72 Hours in Gulf Shores: The Perfect Romantic Long Weekend

A couple that travels together stays together. Whether you’re a newly minted couple or celebrating a milestone anniversary, Gulf Shores is the perfect destination for a romantic weekend getaway. With its stunning beaches, delicious restaurants, and endless activities, you’ll fall in love with Gulf Shores (and each other) all over again. So, pack your sunglasses and your sense of adventure, and get ready for a long weekend full of romance and fun in the sun with your partner!

Day 1: Checking in to Paradise

One of the most important decisions when booking a romantic getaway is where you’ll be staying. Luckily, Gulf Shores is home to not one, not two, but dozens of beachfront hotels and cottages primed for any lover’s retreat. One of the most romantic is The Lodge at Gulf State Park, which offers  incredible architecture combined with the luxury of on-site restaurants and activities while giving off a secluded vibe that’s perfect for spending time with the one you love.

After checking into your lodging, take the afternoon to get familiar with the sunny skies and cool Gulf breeze. Gulf State Park offers free bike sharing so you and your partner can take a nice ride along the freshwater lakes and pier while soaking in all the natural beauty of the area. It’s the perfect opportunity for a little one-on-one time surrounded by all the peaceful sounds of nature and 28 miles of hiking trails. You’ll likely hike and bike up an appetite, so head on over to Woodside at Gulf State Park for some laid-back vibes, outdoor games, good eats, and unbelievable cocktails—just be careful not to get into a fight over cornhole!

As the sun starts to set, begin this wonderful weekend with a romantic dinner at Perch at Gulf State Park. On The Lodge’s property, Perch overlooks the Gulf and is perfect for catching our famous Gulf sunset and will absolutely set the tone for the rest of the trip. Share a bottle of wine, locally sourced steaks and seafood, and each other’s company before you head back to rest for another unforgettable day.

Day 2: Relaxation for Two

After waking up to the warm Gulf sun, make your way over to Foodcraft at Gulf State Park for a leisurely breakfast before heading out for the rest of the day. Enjoy breakfast favorites like banana bread French toast or crab cake benedict and a nice cup of coffee—name a better way to start the day. Now that you’re full, why not relax for a bit on the beautiful coast of the Gulf? Take a stroll hand in hand along the beach, take a refreshing dip in the water, or simply lounge on the sand and soak up the sun. For a romantic lunch, consider bringing a picnic to enjoy together as you listen to the waves break against the shore.

You may be ready to explore a bit after a relaxing afternoon basking in the sun. The Wharf at Gulf Shores is a lively entertainment district that offers plenty of fun activities for couples to enjoy. You can take a walk along the marina, check out local shops, or snuggle up on a bench and watch the sunset together. There are also a number of dinner options at the Wharf, like Mile Marker 158 Dockside and Villaggio Grille, where you can enjoy delicious cuisine and waterfront views. End the night with a walk down the boardwalk, taking in the twinkling lights and Gulf breeze as you reminisce on another perfect day.

Day 3: The Sunset of a Perfect Trip

Begin your final day with a breakfast coffee and treat from Roasted Oak in The Lodge’s lobby. Take the morning slow and enjoy it rocking back and forth in a chair on Alabama’s Front Porch, featuring panoramic views of the Gulf. If you’re feeling sporty, you can start the day off with a round of golf at one of Gulf Shores’ many courses. Kiva Dunes or Craft Farms are some popular courses with beautiful views and scenery. For another relaxing afternoon, book a couples’ massage at a local spa. Austin Massage and the Magnolia Float Spa are some affordable options that’ll give you a vacation from your vacation!

To send off the weekend, doll yourselves up and head over to Perch’s gorgeous terrace to enjoy some delicious cocktails before going to one last perfect dinner. Cobalt and Voyagers are both fantastic options, complete with beachside views and high-end seafood and drinks to really seal the deal on a divine weekend. Once back at the hotel, enjoy one last nightcap with your one and only as you think about where your next escape is going to be.

With its miles of pristine beaches, breathtaking sunsets, and endless opportunities for adventure, Gulf Shores is sure to ignite the passion in you and your significant other. Whether you’re looking to spend your days lounging on the beach or exploring the natural beauty of the area, Gulf Shores has something for every couple. And, if you haven’t tied the knot yet, what better place to pop the question!?


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