Of course, the sunny, white-sand beaches along this stretch of the Gulf of Mexico are a natural draw for families vacationing with children of all ages—from tiny tots to teenagers. And adding to the kid-friendly nature of the area is a wealth of attractions, restaurants and activities that strive to create an atmosphere that appeals to all ages of vacationers.
Meyer Vacation Rentals’ 1,100+ beach properties had families in mind when they were built to feature pools, lazy rivers, and plenty of kid-friendly places to play in their list of amenities.
At the same time, this area is also a draw for vacationers traveling without children—romantic retreats, girlfriend getaways, golf outings, reunions or other group gatherings, and extended fall and winter vacations for retirees or those who can work from a remote location, for example.
The beaches of the Gulf Shores area are often the meeting place for women looking to escape for a little girlfriend time.
Grab breakfast at one of our favorite restaurants, hit the beach for a little R and R, shop in the afternoon and dine at one of the many seafood restaurants in the area.
Don’t miss the opportunity to visit The Wharf in Orange Beach for shopping, dinner, maybe a glass of wine, and a movie. Or, plan your trip around a concert at the Amphitheater.
Tanger Outlets Foley, just north of Gulf Shores beaches, is another must-do during a girlfriend retreat. Or, an antique shopping trip throughout the county, including quaint nearby Fairhope, might be in order.
Romantic RetreatsA romantic getaway with your significant other is one of the best ways to de-stress and reconnect.
There are lots of things couples can do together to strengthen their relationship: create a work of art at the Coastal Arts Center in Orange Beach; lounge around one of the most unique restaurants on the Gulf—The Gulf; enjoy a sunset sailing experience; indulge your inner child at an amusement park or mini golf course; enjoy a spa experience; or explore local flora and fauna on a backcountry hike, for example.
Regardless of the purpose of the trip, Meyer offers right-sized vacation rentals to create just the right atmosphere for your next romantic retreat.
Golf TripsGolfers particularly enjoy spending time on the Gulf Coast. That’s because there are numerous courses to appeal to all skill levels, including Craft Farms Golf Resort, the Peninsula course and Kiva Dunes, to name a few.
Because the weather along the northern Gulf Coast is mild year round, a golf outing can be a good idea no matter the season. You may find rates to be a bit lower in the winter. But the grass stays green all year long.
Reunions & Group GatheringsWhether a family reunion in the summer when the whole family can gather in a large beach house or a leadership retreat in the fall, the Gulf Coast is perfect for group gatherings.
Bringing your team together at the beach not only encourages camaraderie but it also gives people a chance to tap into their creativity. That’s because a beach retreat relaxes both body and mind, allowing the chance to spark new ideas, make better decisions and improve relationships.
An important benefit of choosing a vacation rental over a cookie-cutter hotel is the privacy it affords the group. There are multiple bedrooms at Meyer’s beach houses, many with private bathrooms.
And, regardless of whether it’s a group of family members or a team of professionals, they’ll appreciate spaces like large dining areas, decks, media rooms, multiple living rooms and multiple master suites that can be found at many of our luxury beach house rentals.
Off-Season AdventuresOne of the most special times of year in the Gulf Shores area is when fall and winter guests arrive.
Whether it’s retirees looking to escape the cold temperatures up north or others whose jobs allow them to work wherever they want, this area is a fantastic place to visit in the off season.
Fall temperatures are pleasant, and rental rates are slashed from peak summer rates. This is prime time for adventures like golfing, hiking and exploring the natural beauty of the area. Some families even rent a vacation beach house or condo for a month or more and drive in just for several long weekends in a row!
In the winter, we see guests flocking in from colder states like Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. Vacation rental properties are affordable at a monthly rate, and activities are bountiful. In fact, Meyer even organizes a variety of exclusive activities in January and February just for Meyer guests to enjoy.