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Road Trip to the Gulf Shores

Once the holidays have ended you look around and find your family appears to be in a rut, its almost like a let down, everyone seems to be recovering from all the magic of the Christmas season and now winter has set in and you look around the room, only to find everyone wrapped in blankets, staring at computers with blank stares.  
It's time to get some blood pumping and wake everyone up from their winter hibernation! Downtime is great, but this has been the same scene for the entire month of January, its the start of February, time for a road trip! 
In the south we have the beach, usually anywhere from 3 to 4 hours of travel time, plus the rates are down so you can take a quick winter getaway without putting too much damage on the family budget.   
Alabama beaches are some of the most beautiful beaches in the south to visit, often people will head to the beach in the summer, but off season in the winter time does has its benefits. If you like smaller crowds, winter is the time to go, the restaurants have shorter waits, the beach is less crowded and temperatures are a bit cooler for longer walks on the beach at night! 
Wintertime doesn't mean the action stops in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. These sister cities are packed with events and activities all year long, and the winter months are no exception. From historic tours to art shows and concerts, there's no shortage of things to do during a winter vacation on Alabama's white-sand beaches. 
Browse the calendar of events for the latest happenings during your beach vacation. If your trip has you at the beach for an extended period, check out the 2017 Welcome Center Showcase and Lecture Series. Each week, you'll find different presentations on topics including Orange Beach wildlife rescue, craft beer making, the oyster trail and more. This series features local artisans, nature tourism specialists, historians and others who are devoted to the area and their crafts or trades. 
The 30th Annual Entertainment Series in Gulf Shores offers a host of shows this winter, including performances by the Atlantic City Boys, New Christy Minstrels, Kingston Trio, The Young Irelanders, Russian String Orchestra and more. Tickets must be purchased online and start at $35 per person. Shows begins Jan. 23 and run a variety of dates through March 7. 
Be sure to check out Gulf Shores/Orange Beach for your next winter get-away weekend road trip!  

Author Note: Tammy is the owner and author of the Frugal Southern Mom Blog. Visit her on FacebookPinterest, and Twitter!

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