Orange Beach, Alabama is just a few miles down the road from Destin, but I’ve only ever been once. Jason surprised me with a trip to see Keith Urban at The Wharf last week, so we headed over for two glorious kid-free days on the beach.
Everyone said that lunch at The Gulf was a must. What a cool spot!
The Gulf is a beachfront restaurant and bar made from old shipping containers. It’s like industrial meets coastal. Very neat!
It’s counter service for food and you can choose from a selection of tacos, burgers, raw seafood, and such. There are also two bars serving up cold drinks as well as a gift shop.
I had the shrimp tacos, Jason had the fish tacos, and we shared some delicious guacamole. This really was a fun spot, right on the water. It was very HOT at lunchtime underneath those metal roofs. It would probably be more pleasant for drinks and appetizers in the late afternoon.
We stayed at the Hampton Inn & Suites Orange Beach and it was just right for us. We were kid-free for our two nights, but the hotel is ideal for families. It has a pool (part of the pool is indoor, so the babies can be out of the sun), lots of beachfront, a tiki bar, and a large, hot breakfast included each morning.
We rented chairs and an umbrella on the beach our second day. We live 5 minutes from the beach in Destin, but with our newborn, we never go. It was pure heaven to sit on the beach all day without a care! The day-long rental was $30 and the attendant was very friendly and happy to move our umbrella a zillion times as the sun moved across the sky.
The main reason for the trip was to see Keith Urban in concert! There is an amphitheater at The Wharf, which draws lots of great country acts.
Aside from the amphitheater, The Wharf is a large shopping and dining complex. It was hopping and popping the night that we went! We got pre-concert appetizers and drinks at Villaggio Grille. I failed to snap any pictures, but the crab bruschetta was amazing!
The concert was wonderful. Maren Morris and Brett Eldredge opened for Keith Urban and they were all wonderful performers. The venue was great. It only seats about 11,000 so there really are no bad seats. As long as the weather is nice, it makes for a great time.
We ventured to Brick & Spoon our first morning for breakfast. Going out to a big breakfast is such a treat and something we hardly ever do.
We shared a couple biscuits with strawberry jelly, then Jason had the breakfast tacos (with fries!) and I had the creole omelette with shrimp, peppers, onions, and a creole hollandaise sauce. Whoa. That was a serious breakfast!
After lounging on the beach all day, we cleaned up and headed to Fisher’s for dinner. Fisher’s also came with a lot of great reviews. You can dine downstairs for a casual meal, or upstairs for a finer dining experience.
We opted for upstairs- we were kid-free after all! The restaurant was absolutely gorgeous and the staff was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. At one point, the manager asked if we minded moving tables because he really needed our table for a large party. We happily obliged and they sent over two incredible desserts on the house.
I ordered the seared scallops with roasted cauliflower and an herb salad for my main dish and it was AH-MAZING. I’m a scallop lover and these did not disappoint.
We had the best quick trip to Orange Beach. It’s a lot like Desitn, but far less crowded. That means there is less to do, but that is certainly appealing for many people. Jason and I liked that it was only a 2 hour drive, so it makes for an easy getaway.
We’ll definitely be back. Maybe next time we’ll even bring the kids.