A short and sweet stop in Gulf Shores, Alabama still has us longing to return to the cute beach town. From putting our toes in the soft white sand to watching the waves crash, it felt like a dream.
This touristy town is known for Hangout Music Festival. Live music from bands you love while enjoying the beach? Yes, please! We didn’t get to experience it, but hope to in the future. They manage to land a wide variety of artists from many different genres to perform. Here’s to hoping things get somewhat back to normal.. for live music’s sake!
October 29, 2019, we arrived and had 24 hours to spend in Gulf Shores. Pet-friendly hotels were very limited so we spent the night in a classy motel. We got up early and started the morning off right with Beach Girl Coffee. A cute, yummy local coffee shack with that sweet southern hospitality. The coffee was delish and definitely lived up to the shop’s high ratings online.
Being there during the off season meant a few more clouds and not a lot of people. Luckily, the temps still felt great outside. That also meant no lines at the souvenir shops. While on the road, we enjoyed collecting a sticker and magnet from each state and a coffee sleeve from each coffee shop. There were many shops to choose from and just outside of Gulf Shores, in Foley is the Tanger Outlets. We spent a little time here and I got a steal on some hiking boots from Columbia Sportswear.
Wishing we could have taken our dogs with us to the beach, Gulf Shores beach was not pet-friendly. The two of us spent a short time walking the gorgeous beach and taking in the views of the ocean and the birds. Since the dogs couldn’t come with us to the beach, we took them through Gulf State Park to the Dog Park off Shelby Lakes. Gulf State Park isn’t only for dogs, there are hiking trails, fishing and you can even tie the knot there. Have you ever seen a speed limit sign for 26 MPH? You can even find that in Gulf State Park. There weren’t many pups at the dog park and the grass was a bit mushy, but Riley & Brutus were as happy as could be!
Feeling hungry, we did some research on Google and Pinterest and decided to try Hog Wild BBQ. Another spot with that sweet southern hospitality! We had to go with the beef brisket, fries and mac & cheese. They have a variety of tasty sauces for dipping. Yum, Yum, Yum!! The pups approved of the fries. We approved of everything! This was by far, the best BBQ we had encountered on our trip! I am a sucker for some good macaroni, that’s why they call me Devaroni.
Fed and happy, we cozied up in the Subie and began our drive to New Orleans to spend Halloween on Bourbon Street. Our boys are seriously, the best travelers.