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Toddler Vacation Survival Guide

5 Jul

Traveling with toddlers is always an adventure, but with a little preparation and a lot of flexibility, it can also be fun. We recently returned from a week-long trip to Gulf Shores, Ala., and we couldn’t have had a better time. (For more about Gulf Shores, see my posts from last year’s vacation here, here and here.)

Based on my experiences, here are my favorite tips for surviving a vacation with a toddler.

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Travel Review: Gulf Shores, Ala. (Part 3 of 3 – All the Rest)

20 Jul

In this final post about our Gulf Shores vacation, I’ll post a little bit of everything. Here are all the other places we visited on our trip.

The House

We spent our stay in a rented beachfront home in Gulf Shores. It was a great location (not too crowded, not too remote).

Traveling with a baby, I can’t even describe how awesome it is to have a full kitchen and a full washer and dryer. We were able to eat lots of meals at home, had ample space to prepare, store and wash bottles, and we were even able to wash and dry our cloth diapers. I highly recommend a house or condo for families with little ones.

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Travel Review: Gulf Shores, Ala. (Part 2 of 3 – The Eats)

15 Jul

The Tin Top Restaurant and Oyster Bar - Bon Secour, Ala.

In this second installment of my vacation review, I’d like to talk about one of my favorite subjects–food!

Since we were staying in a house with a full kitchen, home-cooking was a big highlight of our stay. We had a hot breakfast every morning with grits or biscuits, eggs, bacon or sausage and more. Heaven! We ate well at dinner too, enjoying everything from homemade gumbo and fried shrimp to fresh-grilled steaks and corn on the cob, to homemade spaghetti sauce.

Despite the amazing food at home, we did venture out for a couple of meals. Here are our reviews of the places we tried.

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Travel Review: Gulf Shores, Ala. (Part 1 of 3 – The Beach)

12 Jul

Gulf Shores, Alabama, is a summer tradition for our little household. My husband’s family has been vacationing together here for many years, and now that I’m part of the family I’m lucky to be part of the tradition.

While family is what draws us here, the appeal of the Gulf coast makes it a pleasure to come back year after year. Despite the fact that I am a native Floridian, I enjoy the beaches in Alabama for the slower pace, the friendly people and all the great Southern food.

I’ll review our trip in three parts: the beach, the eats and the rest. If you’re considering a Gulf Shores vacation, I hope they’re helpful.

The Beach is Back

The Gulf Coast is back! We made our annual visit despite the oil spill last summer, and the damage to the area’s natural beauty was heartbreaking. That makes the area’s recovery even more remarkable. The beach looks fresh and clean everywhere we went, and more importantly the crowds are back. New businesses are open, houses up and down the beach are full, fresh, local seafood was on the table and we even saw two weddings on the beach during our stay!

Check out the before and after photos below to see the beach’s transformation is just one year.

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