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Getaway Guide: Weekend Road Trip To Gulf Shores, Alabama

Georgia and gulf shore vacations have gone hand in hand as long as the state's been inhabited. Atlanta's natives of today grew up packing the family into the station wagon for summer vacations on these white sand beaches on the Gulf of Mexico in Alabama. This laid back area is perfect for a relaxing summer retreat, especially near Perdido Pass.

Atlanta to Gulf Shores, Alabama

Getting There

From Atlanta, it's an easy six-hour drive, or around 350 miles from metro Atlanta down I-85 South through Montgomery to I-65 South toward Mobile.

RV Camp Resort
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Gulf Breeze RV Resort
19800 Oak Rd. West
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 968-8462

Price: $32 RV campsite nightly/$192 weekly/$99 cabins nightly

Gulf Breeze RV Resort boasts more than 250 RV hookup campsite that come along with picnic tables, grills, water and sewage hookups. It also offers a limited number of one and two-bedroom cabins. Amenities include a playground, a game room, basketballs courts, mini-golf along with cable television and wireless Internet service. Rentals may be nightly, weekly or on a monthly basis.

Beach Club
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The Beach Club Gulf Shores
925 Beach Club Trail
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(866) 348-9112

Price: $200 to $700 per night

While there are many wonderful RV Resorts and Motels in Gulf Shores, Condos here seem to be the best way to stay. One such choice is The Beach Club. This premier resort is a haven for those who appreciate relaxation in a more luxurious setting. This resort offers both condos and cottages that have amenities such as pool, hot tubs, onsite restaurants, games rooms, easy beach access and more.  For the area's only full-service resort with a tropical island essence stay in one of their gulf front or lake
front view condos this summer.

Shrimp Basket
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The Shrimp Basket 
301 Gulf Shores Parkway
Gulf Shores, AL 36546
(251) 948-7687

Most southern towns have their own versions of the Shrimp Basket, with delicious, soulful coastal food flavored by the locals who know flavor. For a fast seafood meal featuring perfectly crisp shrimp and all of the fixins' grab a bite at the Shrimp Basket. Nobody goes wrong here with the fried shrimp basket and potato salad. Wash it all down with some good ol' southern sweet tea and your meal will be complete.

Lu Lu's at Homeport
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LuLu's at Homeport
200 East 25th Ave.
Gulf Shore, AL 36547
(251) 967-LULU (5858)

Margaritaville is anywhere you want it, and you'll definitely want it at Gulf Shores at LuLu's at Homeport. Gulf Shores own Margaritaville is owned by Lucy Buffett — singer Jimmy Buffet's sister. This needs no song to be a popular restaurant. Its fresh shrimp and seductive southern sides take care of that, so shoot for arriving before 4 p.m. to avoid a wait. Its fried shrimp is huge hit, but do not hesitate for order the seafood gumbo with a specialty LuLu's own Crazy Sista Honey Ale.

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The Beach Club
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Sirena del Sol Spa at The Beach Club
925 Beach Club Trail
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(866) 775-7917

Price: $35 to $120 treatments/$165 to $350 packages

Spa visits, especially during a weekend getaway, should not be considered a luxury — they're essential to a healthy body and mind. Do not miss a chance to visit the Sirena delSol Spa at The Beach Club. The specialty treatment the Quench Cocoon is a skin-soothing body wrap with warm shea butter, healing vitamin E and soothing jojoba oil to give your body the moisture it craves naturally. Hydrate and refresh your skin with a wrap or one of the many other treatments available from $35 and up.

The Wharf Marina
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The Wharf
4673 Wharf Pkwy.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(251) 224-1900

If you plan a visit to The Wharf you may not need to pack much; it's got everything necessary for the perfect beach getaway. Take the gals to get beach bags, pedicures and sandals before striding out to the sand. Don't worry, the guys will be busy taking in all the fishing gear while the kids build stuffies at Build a Bear. When everyone meets back up, snack, dine, drink or hit the nearby theater to round out this trip.

Related: Best New Beach Reads for Summer

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Ava Roxanne Stritt is a travel writer and blogger from Atlanta with more than 20,000 Twitter followers. She is a luxury hospitality, spa and skincare industry consultant, as well as a writer, financial analyst, and a wife and mother. Her work can be found at

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