Small Town…Big Beach.

So here’s the deal. My fun-loving kooky clan decided to take a family road trip to Gulf Shores, Alabama for a six day vaca. We thought it would be fun to try someplace new since Florida is usually our go to vacation spot. Why Gulf Shores you ask? It seemed like a place where we could enjoy the beach, but without the hustle and bustle of a big city.


It ended up being six days of pure relaxation and after coming back I feel completely rejuvenated from our little adventure! So let’s recap shall we?!


My sister, my boyfriend and myself endured the 12 hour drive down to Gulf Shores with a pit stop in Kentucky at one of our favorite restaurants. When I was younger my family traveled quite often, and one of the places we loved to visit was Kentucky Lake. Right off the interstate there is this amazing restaurant called Patti’s Settlement with THE BEST southern comfort foods. I am pretty sure they invented the fried pickle because I have yet to find a place that does it better. Another staple item is their flowerpot bread with homemade strawberry butter. YUM!  If you’re passing through the area I highly recommend stopping by, you do not know what you’re missing!

patti's 2


After a long day in my car we made it to Alabama where we met up with my mom, dad, brother, sister in-law and my niece. Most of the houses were built on stilts to avoid any water or storm damage.  Our condo followed this common beach house design. It was interesting to have the ability to park your car under the house.  The best part?  It was only a five minute walk to the beach!


houses GS

Our days were spent lounging on the beach, playing board games, visiting the zoo and enjoying the local shops and community. While at the zoo, I found that the goats in particular were very photogenic.  See featured selfie below.


goat selfie GS


All silliness put aside, we really enjoyed this magical small town where the beaches stretched for miles.  My boyfriend and I enjoyed a little parasailing excursion on our last full day.


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When you are on the boat it is loud and you feel the movement of the waves, but once you are up in the air it gets so quiet.  Both of us had a profound moment where you realize just how small you are and how beautiful the world is from a different point of view.

shrimp GS

This was the delicious meal I had on our last night.  The shrimp tasted like it was caught the same day.  So good!  My family went out for dinner to celebrate my parents being married for 31 years.  Way to go parental units!

On the way home my boyfriend and I stopped in Mattoon, IL for his stepbrothers wedding, and what a beautiful wedding it was!  As cheesy as it sounds, we love celebrating love.  Congrats again Katlin and Quinton!  We had a great time.

wedding GS

Overall, it was a wonderful week and a half spending time with loved ones.  Thanks Gulf Shores for making it so hard to leave and thanks to our families who made it a memorable trip!

“TRAVELING.  It leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”


-The Mod Maven


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