Life’s a Beach

So, after a full 12 hours of driving I arrived in Gulf Shores, AL on Saturday evening. What did I do first? Head out to the beach! My life IS the beach for a whole week!Life on the beach

I have to admit I was very hesitant about vacationing in Alabama. I prefer international beach destinations and thought Gulf Shores was going to be a cheesy, Margaritaville beach experience. Most of my family have never been out of the country so our definitions are very different. While there are places in Gulf Shores that are annoyingly touristy, you can still find really great seafood and beautiful beach spots. Southerners are also extremely polite and my name ranges from sweetie and sugar to sweetheart and darlin’. I’m cool with the Southern charm 🙂 The rents did well!

I haven’t done much except lay on the beach, swim, and eat (three of my favorite things!) Food styling at the beach and restaurant recommendations are coming up the next few days! I will leave you with images of white sand beaches and emerald waters. Until tomorrow…Beach at Gulf Shores

WineDownAustin is going to Gulf Shores, AL!

Gulf Shores coast AL

Photo by Becky Vanhoose, step mom extraordinaire

This weekend I will travel to Gulf Shores, AL to spend a week on the coast with my Dad, step mom, sisters, BIL’s, and niece. This is a pretty big deal as we have not vacationed together since my siblings and I were kids. We all have very different lifestyles, personalities, beliefs, and outlooks about the world. However, this was one place the whole family could agree to go to stateside. We are all looking forward to the beach!

It sounds like there is plenty of sand, sun, and seafood which is great!  I’m going to be live blogging on the coast, visiting seafood markets, food markets, exploring sand dunes, and looking for fun places to hangout.

Check back or like WineDownAustin’s Facebook page for fun-in-the-sun photos, posts, beach cocktails, and perhaps another video!

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