The Ultimate Alabama Getaway at Magnolia Springs

Innkeeper’s Itinerary Recommendations

A good vacation can be difficult to pull off. With all the planning and so many things to do, organizing a trip can feel overwhelming, if not downright impossible. However, here at Magnolia Springs, an Alabama bed and breakfast, we believe the best kind of getaway is one without worry! While the idea of a perfect vacation may be different from person to person, we’ve crafted not one, not two, but three distinct itineraries that cater to various types of vacationers. There’s something here for everyone, so read on and check out three ways to stay at our inn and plan an unforgettable Alabama getaway.

Couple biking through the trees

For the Outdoor Enthusiasts

While some might prefer to stay inside, there’s nothing quite like some fresh air to clear the mind and wash away the stress and worries of everyday life. A vacation out in the elements is the best choice for the avid outdoor enthusiast! With so many things to do in Gulf Shores, Alabama we have curated a guide that incorporates a fun-filled, active trip for all to enjoy!

Day of Arrival:

  • Enjoy some time on the front porch with a delicious coffee or housemade drink in hand.
  • Take a walk down to the river and catch one of our colorful sunsets.
  • Take a 5-minute walk to have dinner at the finest establishments in the area, Jesse’s Restaurant. Serving a delicious assortment of seafood and certified Angus beef steaks, you won’t know what to choose!

Day 2:

  • Wake up with our signature breakfast made fresh every morning.
  • Day-rent a kayak from Gulf Coast Paddle Sports and take a float down the river.

Day 3:

  • Feast on a mouthwatering breakfast featuring fresh seasonal fruit and delights such as egg casserole and baked french toast. Enjoy with freshly brewed coffee, tea, soda and juice.
  • Day-rent a bike at Infinity Bike Orange Beach and explore the Hugh S. Branyon Back Country Trails, with long stretches, great for hiking or biking.
  • Spend an afternoon on the beach at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge and see what interesting animals and plants you can find.
  • Take in the sunset at Historic Fort Morgan and finish your evening with a delightful dinner in Orange Beach. We recommend dining at Fishers, Cosmos or Big Fish!

Day 4:

  • Sit down and enjoy breakfast at the inn. Our gourmet breakfast features a variety of rotating dishes so you never get bored. In need of a mid-day pick me up? Enjoy a cup of coffee from our 24 hour Keurig machine.
  • Take a drive on the Alabama Coastal Connection Scenic Way and don’t forget to visit Weeks Bay National Estuarine and Pitcher Plant Bog on your way out.
  • If you have the time, take a drive through scenic highway 98 along the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay, near 5 Rivers Delta Center. This is a great way to cap off your vacation!

Innkeeper Tip: If you’re feeling more adventurous check out our Alabama events page with details on upcoming things to do in the area.

a couple relaxing by a fireplace

For the Cozy Couples

Love is in the air at Magnolia Springs and when it comes to luxurious romantic accommodations, other hotels in Alabama just can’t compete. Get away from it all and spend some quality time with your partner exploring and seeing everything there is to do in the surrounding area.

Day of Arrival:

  • Relax on the porch or take a walk around the property to get acquainted with your home for the next couple days.
  • Take a walk down to the river and take in the gorgeous scenery or watch the majestic sunsets.
  • As mentioned before, we recommend dinner at Jesse’s Restaurant, since it’s just a short distance from the inn. Make sure and try the Dry-Aged Delmonico Ribeye, a local favorite.

Day 2:

  • Wake up with our signature breakfast made fresh every morning.
  • Pamper yourself with a relaxing massage at Moonstone Massage in Fairhope or All About Massage Therapy in Foley.
  • Take in the sights and sounds of the city in downtown Foley or Owa, and don’t forget to check out the Outlets of Tanger Mall for all your shopping needs!
  • Dinner at Tin Top in Bon Secour is perfect for a nice romantic meal to end the day.

Day 3:

  • You can taste our signature hash brown casserole for breakfast. Golden brown and delicious, it’s a hearty meal that’s just the ticket for a day spent exploring.
  • Spend the day in Fairhope shopping and explore the area.
    • Don’t forget to check out local attractions while you’re there like the Lakewood Golf Club.
  • You can’t go wrong with a lovely dinner at Wash House or Camelia Cafe!

Day 4:

  • Another one of our gourmet breakfast options includes an assortment of egg casseroles. Don’t just take it from us, try it for yourself!
  • For your last day, head on down to the Wharf and experience the area’s unique dining and shopping before heading home.

In addition, there are plenty of excellent museums in the area. The Pensacola Naval Museum, USS Alabama in Mobile, and Co Foley Railroad Museum in Baldwin are all great options.


Innkeeper Tip: Since you’ll be spending some time in your room, make sure to take the time to peruse our various cozy options and different room types.


a man hiking alone in the woods

For the Professional Vacationers

Far be it from needing an itinerary, the plans you make work the best with a small outline. You prefer to venture out, try new things, and see where the day takes you, and that’s awesome! Therefore, we’ve put together a shorter and far less detailed itinerary just for you with a quick weekend trip that’s two days instead of three. Feel free to fill in the blanks and make your own special days. We’ll provide everything you need to make your dream a reality. You can also stop by the front desk for more ideas.

Day of Arrival:

  • Take the chairs, towels, umbrella, and cooler, available at the front desk for guests, and head to the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. Now all you have to do is sit back, relax on the beach, and do absolutely nothing else except listen to the waves, read a book, and have yourself a nice drink, maybe even catch a few Zs.

Innkeeper Tip: Out there it’s just you, nature, and a beautiful restorative environment. No “Chatty Cathys”, no screaming kids, and no boom boxes, it’s just you and nature! Sounds great huh? If it does then we have the perfect spot. It’s a hidden gem and incomparable to any other place. If you are willing to walk a little bit, then you won’t have anyone near you for yards and yards! You can take all those pictures you only see in magazines and have the entire beach to yourself. Talk to our staff to get the details!

Day 2:

  • Wake up to a delicious made from scratch breakfast.
  • Spend a relaxing afternoon at the Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermen’s Market. Check out unique vendors and sample local flavor from all over the local area.
  • Fill in the blank: Other options for getaways and things to do in Alabama can be found on our website.
  • Dinner at nearby Wolf Bay Lodge is guaranteed to please, with some of the best seafood around.

Day 3:

  • Eat a final breakfast at your private table either inside or outside and reminisce on the highlights of your stay.
  • On your way out of town, stop by The Gulf Restaurant. With amazing views and a premium location, it’s a great way to say goodbye to the Gulf Shores while also appreciating everything it has to offer.

Whatever your vacationing style, whether you’re inexperienced and traveling alone, with your partner, or have done this many times before, there’s a place for you at Magnolia Springs. With so many interesting and exciting activities to choose from, there’s no time to worry about planning. Use these itineraries and skip straight to the fun. We hope to see you soon!

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