Destination Spotlight | Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama

Greetings, Festiva travelers. We have lots to share this month about the twin resort beach communities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama. Keep reading for a special bulletin as well as interesting events going on in the month of March.

If you’re staying at The Shores or Palm Beach Resort, prices have changed this season for beach chairs and umbrella rentals offered by Suncoast in front of the resorts.

Here’s the 2018 pricing chart offered by Suncoast, call 251-968-2466 for further information:

Beach Chair & Umbrella Set-Up Prices (2 chairs, 1 umbrella)

# Days                                                 Price*              Savings

1                                                          $35                  —-

2                                                          $55                  $15

3                                                          $75                  $30

4                                                          $95                  $45

5                                                          $115                $60

6                                                          $135                $75

7                                                          $155                $90

Over 7                                                 Add $10 per day

Chair Only                                          $15 per day

Umbrella Only                                    $20 per day

*All prices include sales tax.  Rates apply only to consecutive days when rent is paid in full.

If you’re headed down there this month, here are some great events you shouldn’t miss:

Spectra is back with their sound and light spectacular at The Wharf.

March 10-11: 44th Annual Festival of Art
The Festival of Art celebrates an extraordinary amount of arts and artists from visual arts and fine arts and crafts to glass artists, potters, painters, sculptors, watercolorists, textile artists and wood artists. The event will also hold a kid’s art alley, a culinary arts court featuring local fare and a music and songwriter’s stage.

Come see some very cool oceangoing vessels, as well as smaller rigs suited for inland waterways.

March 31: The Original German Sausage Fest
The Elberta Sausage Festival makes its semiannual return to that South Baldwin hamlet. Held in Elberta Town Park, just north of the town’s only stop light on Hwy. 98, the event attracts up to 20,000 revelers, according to organizers. A 40-year tradition, the festival is a major regional event that attracts a cross section of the community in what has become a reunion type atmosphere.

Pat Barcas

Pat Barcas serves as staff writer and photographer for Festiva, based in Asheville, NC. In his spare time he enjoys photography, astronomy, hiking, hanging out with his family, and of course, traveling!

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