Tuesday Travelers – Gulf Coast Living in Fairhope, Alabama

by Carrie with Children with 6 comments
Welcome to this week’s edition of the Tuesday Travelers series! I’m excited about today’s post because it’s about a state that I love and where most of my family calls home! Andi from Bringing the Sunshine shares the scoop on her town, Fairhope, Alabama.  Andi’s pictures are stunning….makes me want to take off on a trip to Fairhope right now!
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Unlike some other Travel Tuesday destinations, you’ve probably never heard of my town of Fairhope, Alabama, located on the beautiful shores of Mobile Bay on the Alabama Gulf Coast. A unique city with an interesting history, Fairhope is an excellent travel destination for…well, just about anyone!

Fairhope Pier - Taken one morning while out walking our Westie and pushing Nathan in the stroller

Fairhope retains a special charm that’s been lost in many small towns. It’s home to a myriad of art galleries, restaurants, antique stores, and shops (kids especially love Fantasy Island Toys!) For great food, one “can’t miss” spot is Panini Pete’s (featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives), but I also love Mary Ann’s Deli and Pinzone’s Italian Downtown. Fairhope boasts a fabulous pier, lovely beaches, and a number of city parks.

Beaches for the kiddos and a fabulous pier (in the background)

Fairhope is a year-round destination. During the winter, the weather is generally mild (we welcome lots of snowbirds), and we celebrate Mardi Gras! Most people outside of the Gulf Coast region think Mardi Gras is a “New Orleans thing” and….ahem…not family-friendly. Not so in Fairhope! Visiting during Mardi Gras is actually what sold us on moving here in 2008!

One of the floats at this year's "Maids of Jubilee" Mardi Gras parade

In March, you’ll find the annual Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival. In recent years, the event has attracted over 250, 000 visitors for this prestigious juried show with works by hundreds of artists from around the nation. The event is free, although you might want to bring a little cash for shopping!

One section of a wall mural painted on one of Fairhope's downtown buildings

During the summer, if you’re lucky, you’ll get to witness a Jubilee – a unique natural phenomonen that regularly occurs in only one other location in the world. During a Jubilee, various species of crab, shrimp, flounder, eels, and fish come up to shallow bay beach areas. Jubilees occur very early in the morning with little warning and draw large crowds of people – some just to witness this unusual occurrence, others to grab up the easy-to-catch seafood!

Don't forget about Gulf Coast fishing! Sarah Kate caught this one herself.

Just a short drive from Fairhope in the cities of Foley, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, you’ll find pristine white sand beaches (no tar balls here, I promise!), prime outlet shopping, and the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, featured on Animal Planet’s show “The Little Zoo That Could.”

Get up close and personal with the wildlife (in this, baby white bengal tigers) at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

If history is your thing, you can head across the bay to tour Battleship Park, home of the U.S.S. Alabama, a World War II-era ship, or tour one of the three historic forts in the area. Fort Conde is located in Downtown Mobile, Fort Gaines is on Dauphin Island, and Fort Morgan is located near Gulf Shores (there’s also a ferry that travels across the mouth of the bay to and from Fort Morgan and Fort Gaines – fun for the kiddos!)

Visit the World War II-era battleship, the USS Alabama

Want to visit? Although Fairhope has a few area hotels – most notably, the historic Marriott Grand Hotel and Spa – much of our local lodging is found in quaint guesthouses and cottage rentals, some overlooking Mobile Bay.

Each afternoon at the Grand Hotel, a memorial march and cannon firing takes place, followed by high tea in the hotel lobby.

If you’re looking for an off-the-beaten path destination loaded with Southern charm, come to Fairhope! You might just run into my family enjoying a few beignets one morning…

Come visit, y'all!



  • Melissa

    It’s gorgeous! We visit Gulf Shores every year but I would love to check out some places in Fairhope!

    • Young's Suncoast Realty and Vacation Rentals


      Fairhope is definitely a beautiful and unique place. Plus it’s the perfect distance from the beach! Let us know if we can help plan your trip or if you have any questions about the area. We have plenty of gulf front condos available for the summer and many of them are up to 40% off….and only a 30 minute drive to Fairhope 🙂

      Happy summer,

      Young’s Suncoast Realty and Vacation Rentals

  • A Mommy in the City

    Beautiful! I love Alabama. The beignets sound amazing right about now!!

  • Holly Davis

    I have actually visited Fairhope and loved browsing the shops downtown! Hubby and I also toured the battle ship and loved it. It was a fun trip!

  • karljones

    Thanks a lot for sharing the blog its always amazing to come to gulf shore and stay at luxury gulf shores vacation rentals. i like athe amazing places mentioned by you.