The week of Memorial Day, my mom took me and my two siblings down for a four-day mini-vacay to Gulf Shores. This travel diary was originally intended to be one post all together, but we packed so much into our days I ended up splitting it into two. Enjoy Part 1, and stay tuned for Part 2!
Day 1: Monday, May 27th
Monday was a travel day for us, and we got an early start, heading out at 7:30. About 45 minutes into our time on the Interstate, the tire pressure signal began to go off in my mom’s minivan, which gave us all a good scare to start off our trip. There ended up being no issues, and we continued on our way with no more trouble.
My mom and I both love an adventure, and since we had plenty of time for our road trip before we needed to check into our condo, we decided to make some stops along our way. In Clanton, Alabama, we found the cutest little market called Peach Park. On their Facebook page that I linked, you can find their hours, photos, as well as plenty of reviews.
In the front of the building, they had a little farmer’s market area with lots of fresh produce (and tons of peaches of course) as well as shelves and shelves of all kinds of canned goods, preserves, and ciders.
Peach Park also had a full home made ice cream shop and bakery, complete with a fruit topping bar and a huge selection of fried pies. Next to the bakery was a full barbecue kitchen, which my brother completely fawned over.
Peach Park even had a gift shop area, as well as their very own “Posh Peach” boutique. (I mean, how cute is that?)
Final thoughts on Peach Park: the peach ice cream is HEAVENLY!
We got to nearly the end of our drive before stopping for lunch at Street’s Seafood Restaurant, where mom split a shrimp po’boy. I’ll tell you, that po’boy was pretty amazing, and I have pretty high standards for po’boys having grown up with the real deal from New Orleans.
At right around 4, we made it to our condo. We got checked in and took some time to settle in, and also admire the cute little space. The balcony of our condo was complete with a set of yellow beach chairs, which I obviously fell in love with.
I was so happy to finally get out in the sand and water, since it’d been about 2 years since our last Gulf trip. I am at my happiest listening to the waves and enjoying the sun.
Right after we had settled into our condo, we went to pick up a few groceries at the local Rouses Market, where I found my favorite thing so far: a drinkable coconut! Ya girl has major love for all things coconut.
I also whole-heartedly adore actually getting out in the water and getting soaked by waves, especially when the surf’s super high like it was on Monday.
We ended the night enjoying some boiled crawfish from Rouse’s Market and watching the sunset from our balcony.
Day 2: Tuesday, May 28th
A lot of people call us crazy for it, but my family is always willing to wake up at 5:30 or earlier in the morning just to catch a beach sunrise. I’m telling you, there’s something magic about a quiet, empty beach first thing in the morning. I love to use this time to look for shells, read, or even paint.
A morning like this really does the heart good!
After such a wonderful morning in the sand, we had to find a great breakfast spot to follow it up. Luckily, McClure’s New York Bagel & Sandwich Shoppe lived up to our expectations! It was such a cute little space, and everything was freshly made, from their rainbow bagels to their strawberry parfaits. I chose a bacon, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich on a pumpernickel bagel, and loved every bite!
There’s just nothing like a fresh bagel!
Following breakfast, we just had to visit Ron Jon Surf Shop, where I bought a (probably overpriced) T-shirt as well as stickers for my car and Hydroflask. I also took a minute to take some pics by their palm trees, because when in Gulf Shores, right?
After another few hours of tanning by the pool and resting in the condo, it was time for lunch. We chose the Sassy Bass Caribbean Grille in Orange Beach, a place we had tried before but were desperate to go back to. My family are all very adventurous eaters, so this is one of our favorite spots.
I had the Jamaican Grill plate: grilled fish filet served with mango salsa and a side of black beans and rice. It was DELICIOUS. I also enjoyed a pina colada smoothie, because as you all know, I’m a sucker for anything coconut (especially when pineapple is included).
I’ve had such a a wonderful time so far, and I can’t wait to see what the next two days hold. Thank you all for reading and please stay tuned for Part 2 of my Gulf Shores Travel Diary!
Stay Sweet, Sophia ❤