Take a drive to Alabama for a weekend on the Gulf. Built by Aronov Realty in a spectacularly beautiful location adjacent to the 4,200-acre Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, Martinique on the Gulf is a classic beachside community offering a combination of ocean, nature, recreation and beautiful homes unparalleled in the Gulf Coast region. A variety of homes for both sale and rent are available, including beachside condominiums and villas, each presenting a unique environment to enjoy a leisurely pace not far from the exciting attractions of Gulf Shores. You’ll find nature trails, historic museums, sunset cruises, historic Fort Morgan, the Mobile Bay Ferry, Bellingrath Gardens and more. Getting to Martinique is easy. Interstate 65 and Interstate 10 provide easy access to the Gulf Shores/Orange Beach area.
Martinique’s architectural style refers to the French Colonial period in the Caribbean islands. Ike’s Beach Service offers beach and baby equipment rental and delivery to the Alabama Gulf Coast for your vacation rental needs. Amenities include two pools, beachfront access, nature trails at the Bon Secour Wildlife Refuge, two clubhouses, a fitness center, a professional tennis court and more. You’ll also be delighted to interact with the professional management staff. Contact Martinique on the Gulf, 987 Boulevard Martinique, Gulf Shores, AL 36542, Sales: (800) 239-9448, Rentals: (800) 627-4381, www.martinique-gulf.com.
Also in Alabama, Seachase is a great spot for a getaway. SeaChase Resort, developed by Aronov Realty, offers three beautiful towers on the Gulf of Mexico with two- and three-bedroom condominiums with panoramic views of the Gulf, plus luxury amenities. These include 16 championship golf courses; a fast-dry, lighted tennis court; a spacious fitness center with a Gulf view and state-of-the-art cardiovascular equipment and weight-training; saunas; a whirlpool; and the sugar-white sand that so beautifully hallmarks the Gulf Coast. Sports enthusiasts will love deep-sea fishing with the whole family. SeaChase also is close to nature trails, historic museums, sunset cruises, great antique stores, 120 outlet stores (one of the largest of its kind in the south), fine and casual dining and more. The whole family will also enjoy excursions with mini golf, bumper boats, sky coasters, go-karts and parasailing. Best of all, you’ll enjoy interacting with management. For more information, contact SeaChase: The Great Beachside Resort, 25240 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach, AL 36561, or call toll-free (800) 523-2409, www.seachase.com.
Visit the “Cowboy Capital of the World,” Bandera County, Texas. Bandera County is located in the prettiest part of the Texas Hill Country you will ever see. Lush rolling hills; limestone outcroppings; clear, pristine spring-fed creeks; rivers; and Medina Lake make for an idyllic vacation spot. This summer, plan to attend the Bandera Riverfest on June 28. Wear your swimsuit and bring your tube: You won’t want to miss the opportunity of floating in one of the cleanest, clearest rivers in Texas. RiverFest is Bandera’s way of celebrating summer. Visit www.banderariverfest.com for more information. For additional information about other events in Bandera County, visit www.banderacowboycapital.com. Be sure to check out Celebrate Bandera, Aug. 30–31, held in downtown Bandera to honor Bandera’s cowboy and western heritage. Enjoy the Longhorn Cattle Drive and Parade on Saturday, an arts and crafts exhibit, re-enactments on the Medina River, the Intertribal Pow Wow, the National Professional Bull Riding Challenge, and the Salute to the Kings of Western Swing. (830) 796-4447 or www.celebratebandera.com.
Mississippi is right down the road, and this summer you’ll find new friends at every turn and plenty to do during your visit to Hattiesburg. Explore this city, and you’ll discover the many popular activities, attractions and comforts Hattiesburg provides. You’ll have to visit in person to experience the refreshing spirit and the genuine Southern hospitality that make Hattiesburg such a welcoming place.
As one of the highlights of your trip to Hattiesburg, be sure to visit Historic Downtown Hattiesburg to experience fabulous art, unique architecture, world-class shopping and the best Southern dining. Find out more at www.downtownhattiesburg.com.
Enjoy Longleaf Trace’s Rails-to-Trails Recreational Trail for biking, hiking, horseback riding and more. Find out more at www.mylongleaftrace.com.
While in Hattiesburg, be sure to visit the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby. Learn more about this fascinating venue at www.armedforcesmuseum.us.
Mississippi’s unique dinner theater, The Carey Dinner Theatre at William Carey University, celebrates its 33rd season this year. It will present Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming, the third offering in the popular Connie Ray-written series of musical comedies. This sequel, set in 1945 in the Blue Ridge Mountains and featuring the Sanders Family Singers, will be performed June 12–28. Find out more at www.wmcarey.edu. There are always major events happening in Hattiesburg. Read all about it at www.visithattie.com.
This article appears in the Spring 2008 issue of Louisiana Life