Get acquainted with Mobile, Alabama

Located just an hour from the Gulf Shores area, Mobile, Alabama, is a great place to get a taste for French flair. With dramatic architecture and plenty of history, you will have numerous opportunities to add a big-city dimension to your chic beach getaway.

Get acquainted with Mobile, Alabama

The city of Mobile, Alabama was established more than 300 years ago by French settlers who embarked on a journey to the New World. The architecture throughout the city reflects this rich and lavish history, with municipal buildings that feature wrought iron balconies and French mansions that have managed to stand strong for hundreds of years. During your stay at a beach vacation house or condo in the Gulf Shores area, consider making a day trip to nearby Mobile for a taste of French culture with hints of New Orleans.

Get to know Mobile

Take a day trip to Mobile, AlabamaMobile is a truly unique city in Alabama, boasting charming French and Creole cultures and a fascinating history as well. The merging of these
two starkly different cultures has resulted in what many would say is one of the most vibrant atmospheres in America. As a bonus - because
of the city's close proximity to the Gulf of Mexico - numerous restaurants feature fresh seafood caught
in the warm waters just offshore.

The true birthplace of Mardi Gras

Did you know that Mobile is actually the birthplace of Mardi Gras? While visiting the Mobile Carnival Museum, immerse yourself in the city's history with this event, which outdates any other Mardi Gras celebration in the South. Since the first parade in 1703, Mobile's festivities have evolved to span over the course of several weeks. The museum contains artifacts that have withstood centuries of these celebrations, including royal robes, crowns and scepters that were used during previous parades.

Feel classy at Spot of Tea

Located in the heart of Cathedral Square, Spot of Tea is a charming restaurant where you can not only have a steaming hot beverage, but also enjoy freshly baked pastries for breakfast, hearty sandwiches for lunch and plenty of seafood for dinner. The chefs serve up an impressive menu of French-inspired cuisine, from filet mignon and cordon bleu to charbroiled rack of lamb and chicken milanese.

It's a good thing that Mobile is located just a short drive north, because you'll have more than enough time to come back to your vacation rental in Orange Beach, Fort Morgan, Perdido Key or Gulf Shores and spend the rest of the day at the beach.

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