After a couple of vacations in recent years ended prematurely, the third time was the charm for Global Connections Inc. Receptionist Dee’d A. and her husband. Their stay at the Gulf Shores Plantation in Gulf Shores, Alabama, was just the trip to rejuvenate their bodies, minds and spirits.
As a bonus, the trip was full of sightseeing and Naval history, and Dee’d was happy to tell us all about it for another Global Discovery Vacations employee Member Monday!
GDV: How was the Gulf Shores Plantation?
Our condo and the whole resort were really nice and very clean. It had a kitchen, two bedrooms and two bathrooms, which was good because my husband and I would have killed each other. The resort had two outdoor pools, one indoor, and a hot tub. There were a lot of kids there. Apparently Tennessee and Kentucky had their Fall Break.
GDV: How close were you to the beach?
If you looked out from our balcony, there was a sidewalk that went to one of the pools and on the other side of that was a boardwalk that took you right to the ocean. It wasn’t even a two-minute walk. It was fabulous. I do a lot of walking so I took my morning walks along the beach, a mile out and a mile back. Absolutely gorgeous.
The sand was really cool, but it was kind of hard to walk in. I didn’t realize how heavy it was. You could feel it in your legs. But once you got to the ocean, it was smooth walking. And the water was warm. Hurricane Matthew affected the waves a little bit. It didn’t hit us, but we had a lot of wind.
GDV: What attractions did you visit?
Eight miles south of us was Fort Morgan, a Civil War fort and museum, if you’re into that sort of thing, which we are. We went to the Track Recreation Center, which is a huge place with go-karts, bumper cars, miniature golf and things like that. And yes, I rode a go-kart. My husband passed me like I was sitting still. I never saw him again until the ride was over, but I made up for it and kicked his butt in miniature golf.
We drove onto the ferry by Fort Morgan and headed to Mobile and Biloxi, Mississippi, which weren’t that far away. In Mobile, we visited the USS Alabama, which is a big battleship. We loved it. My husband was in the Navy, as was my father, so it was interesting to me because I had never seen the inside of a ship. I would hear stories of when my father used to go down the narrow stairways, so now I could see what he was talking about. And they had a really cool flight simulator where you were supposed to be a Blue Angels pilot.
Pensacola, Florida, was easy to get to and we visited the Naval Air Museum, which is home of the world-famous Blue Angels. One of the first airshows I saw as a child was the Blue Angels, so I was fascinated by that.
GDV: What spots do you recommend for fellow travelers?
There are so many places to eat. Doc’s was our favorite in Orange Beach. My daughter recommended that, they have a friend who lives there on the beach. I never thought that I would get shrimped out because I love shrimp, but we decided one day to seek out a steakhouse called Gilbey’s. It was really good.
We went to the visitor’s center and got a whole bunch of stuff on Monday. We spent Sunday on the beach, swimming and in the hot tub. I overheard the lady say they have a cute little zoo there. We found it and it was really neat. It had lions, tigers, and an American brown bear. When you first see the area, it doesn’t look that big, but the zoo had all kinds of animals.
GDV: What was your favorite memory?
Walking on the ocean. I could do that every day. It was just so beautiful.
GDV: When was the last time you had a vacation?
This is the best vacay we’ve had in a while. A year ago, we went to San Francisco, but I got sick in the middle of it. In August, we went on a fishing trip and we got rained out. We were so thankful nothing happened this time. That was the best part.
Also, this was the first time using Global Connections for accommodations and it was very pleasant. Debbie G. set me up with the condo. I used our travel agency as well. Everything went so smoothly.
We hope this is just the beginning, Dee’d! Many more travels await you.
Photos courtesy of Dee’d A.