Hello from Orange Beach, Alabama

Hello from Orange Beach, Alabama! This is the view from our balcony.

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After not posting because of illness and a hectic schedule, I am on vacation this week, but I wanted to drop in and say hi. It’s been a wonderful week. We drove to Louisiana, which is where my husband is from, and stopped for a night in Memphis. We did the total tourist thing, first stopping to see the march of the ducks at the Peabody and then we ate at Rendezvous, which is one of my favorite BBQ joints in Memphis. I was so hungry I didn’t snap any photos, but here’s a link to the iconic restaurant, which has INCREDIBLE potato salad and is known for its ribs. Expect to wait because it’s very popular.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Charlie-Vergos-Rendezvous/131059266937444

Then we took three days off and went to Orange Beach, Ala., which is part of the Gulf Shores. This is my first time to Alabama and my 47th state! Woo hoo! I now only have three states to visit and I can say I have visited every state in the U.S.

Alabama has exceeded my expectations. The weather has been perfect. Not nearly as hot or humid as I expected.

We stayed in a beach-front condo for $175 a night. Of course that doesn’t include cleaning fees or taxes, but it’s still a good deal.

Look at the view from our bedroom.

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We had a king bed and my mother and sister-in-law had twin beds in the other room. If you use the sofa, it sleeps six.

This was our sunset the first night. Oh my goodness! It was stunning.

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Here’s a link to the property. I recommend it:

http://www.luxurycoastalvacations.com/resorts/broadmoor-orange-beach-al

As for our days, they were pretty lazy. We swam, ate and hung out.

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That’s me and my beautiful little girl snapping a selfie before we went to the beach.

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Since my husband and I love to cook, we ate in most of the time and bought fresh seafood.

We did eat lunch at a restaurant named Big Fish and it was good, but not worth the money. We had this lovely lobster appetizer which was a tempura battered tail for $14. It was great, but small.

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These signature ginger skewers were fantastic but the rest of the meal was average and the dessert was awful. It was prepackaged and tasted like a microwave meal. But the shrimp skewers were excellent.

Oh and a highlight was a dolphin sightseeing cruise. I definitely recommend the company we used – The Cold Mil Fleet_ because they have two boats and go side by side to create a wake, which the dolphins love and jump in. It was $20 per person and worth it! We saw at least four dolphins but they were so close and jumped and jumped. IT was a blast for the family. Here’s a link to the company:

http://dolphincruises.com/

Anyway, I have a couple of stories to file and then I need to get back to my vacation. I am having a margarita party tonight and will post those recipes next week. I hope you have a great day. If you have any questions about Gulf Shores or Orange Beach, let me know.

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