Baldwin County, Alabama
The largest county in the state, Baldwin County, Alabama includes part of Mobile Bay and covers 22,027 square miles. This county is larger than the states of Delaware or Rhode Island, and as of 2012, was home to more than 190,790 people.
History buffs will enjoy the story of how the county seat was moved to Bay Minette from Daphne in 1900. History reports that the State Legislature had ruled the county seat be moved to Bay Minette. Many of the locals disagreed with the ruling and refused to obey. Some of the men of Bay Minette joined in a plot to convince the Sheriff and deputies that a murder had been committed. They had the Sheriff and his deputies out chasing a fictitious murderer late into the night. As planned, they broke into the Courthouse late that night in Daphne and stole the county records. They took the records to Bay Minette where they remain until this day. There is a plaque that hangs in the lobby of the Bay Minette Courthouse commemorating the event. It is titled, "The New Deal".
The City of Gulf Shores
Gulf Shores, Alabama is "A clean, attractive, safe, friendly, family-oriented, beachside community, with an excellent quality of life for all residents and visitors. Gulf Shores has a protected environment and year-round sustainable economy."
Whether you stay downtown with all the restaurants and shops; enjoy the slower paced lifestyle that the single family neighborhood of West Beach can offer; or prefer to hike the nature trails in search of wildlife on the Ft. Morgan peninsula, your family will appreciate vacationing with us! You can even fly your own plane into Jack Edwards Airport, located just 15 minutes from the beach. The music festival, Hangout Fest, and the colorful Shrimp Festival draw people to Gulf Shores every year!
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The City of Orange Beach
In The Best Place to Be - The Story of Orange Beach, Alabama, authors Margaret Childress Long and Michael D. Shipler describe some of what makes the city among vacationers: "Having enjoyed many visitors for at least the past 11,500 years, this is not surprising when you consider that it is located on the Gulf of Mexico, has access to interior bays and bayous lying just north of Perdido Pass, a semitropical climate and miles of sugar white sand beaches."
Orange Beach boasts one of the highest numbers of boats per capita in the nation. For boating, fishing, swimming, water sports, restaurants, entertainment and shopping, Orange Beach is the place to be!
The City of Fairhope
Fairhope was founded in 1894 as a Utopian "Single Tax" Colony, and today is a popular wintering spot for artists and intellectuals. In 2012, Fairhope was home to more than 16,479 residents.
Whether sailing on the bay, visiting the charming Grand Hotel, or shopping the wonderful galleries and boutiques, you will enjoy your time in Fairhope. There are wonderful restaurants with world-renowned chefs, and a lovely downtown area that's perfect for walking and sightseeing. The First Friday Art Walk is great way to learn the community and meet some of the local business owners and artists.
Ask locals about the Fairhope Jubilee! This is a natural marine phenomenon where crustaceans and bottom-dwelling fish become very easy to catch, so residents rush down to the water with their buckets and gear. It typically occurs in August, but can also happen at other times during the summer months, just before dawn.
Named after a historic military fort, Fort Morgan is a picturesque unincorporated community located west of Gulf Shores. The area features quiet, beautiful beaches and easy access to the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. Also close by are the amenities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, and several golf courses.
If the laid back atmosphere and quiet surroundings of living on an island appeal to you, then Ono Island should be added to your short list. Located on the Gulf of Mexico, at the mouth of Perdido Bay, this gorgeous barrier island offers a way of life that many can only dream of.
Luxury beach homes boast gentle breezes from their waterfront setting and breathtaking vistas in every direction. Boaters love the private docking facilities and a harbour that offers easy Gulf access. For the active set, several recreational opportunities are located on Ono Island and Orange Beach is minutes away.