Along the Gulf Coast, the allure of the water is felt throughout spring and summer, whether it’s the beaches calling from nearby states or the Gulf seafood it provides calling from the restaurants of the French Quarter. Whether you’re spending an afternoon at the oyster bar or gliding along the bay on a paddleboard, adventures abound away from home this season. Unplugging for a pure vacation is of course desirable, but, these days, travel doesn’t require taking vacation days—remote work provides new options for getting away while also getting things done. Take an adventure while the weather welcomes you outdoors to a nearby condo, lake house, or luxury hotel and restaurant patio and treat yourself to the sights, sounds, and flavors you’ve been craving for months. Peruse the following options, and back your bags for spring and summer fun.
Premier Island Management Group
This summer, upgrade your remote working and learning environment with a getaway to Pensacola Beach, Florida, and the properties of Premier Island Management Group. Situated just a few hours outside of New Orleans along the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf Island National Seashore, this collection of vacation rentals includes beach homes, condos, and the acclaimed skyhomes of the Portofino Island Resort.
Northwest Florida’s premier beach vacation experience, Portofino Island offers families the perfect location to work, learn and play. Step away from your laptop and enjoy a kayak or paddleboard adventure in the sound. At recess surf the emerald green waters, or take a parasail ride. Whether you chose to leave your work behind or bring it with you, there’s a Premier Island property that will be the perfect home away from home for you and your family.
More than just another getaway, this will be the one your family remembers for a lifetime. Discover yours at PremierIsland.com or call 866-935-7741.
Visit South Walton
With 26 miles of stunning sugar-white sand beaches and 16 unique beach neighborhoods, each with its own personality and style, South Walton offers endless opportunities for visitors to find their perfect beach.
Nestled along a pristine stretch of Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, South Walton is a short 4.5-hour drive from New Orleans, making it the ideal destination for a weekend getaway or an extended stay. South Walton is set apart by its unmatched natural beauty. Vast nature preserves create a relaxed respite not often found in similar destinations, offering adventure-seekers more than 200 miles of hiking and biking trails, four state parks, a 15,000-acre state forest and 15 rare coastal dune lakes. Unique landscapes, eclectic shops, luxury accommodations and an abundance of award-winning restaurants are all part of South Walton’s distinctive character and relaxing atmosphere.
Find your perfect beach in South Walton, Florida. Go to VisitSouthWalton.com.
Alabama Gulf Coast
For most people, the last year has shown how much families and friends value an ability to travel and escape the routines of home. The Alabama Gulf Coast offers the ideal recipe of ingredients for creating memorable summer getaways. With 32 miles of sugar-white sand, turquoise Gulf waters, beautiful weather and a plethora of off-the-beach activities and attractions, it’s easy to have endless amounts of fun in the sun along Alabama’s coast.
Safely experience everything there is to see, hear, taste and feel with your family and loved ones. Nature-based activities, such as kayaking on the Coastal Alabama Back Bay Blueway or paddle boarding in Lake Shelby in Gulf State Park are a great way to discover your adventurous side. After an exciting day in the sun, be sure to relax with a cold drink and some fresh Gulf seafood at one of the area’s many water-front open-air restaurants.
For more ideas and destinations, visit gulfshores.com/things-to-do.
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
This spring and summer, enjoy a Bourbon Street Revival at Royal Sonesta New Orleans. Featuring luxury accommodations, creole favorites at Desire Oyster Bar, custom cocktails at Le Booze, and world-class fine dining at Restaurant R’evolution, Royal Sonesta New Orleans offers a total escape right in the heart of the French Quarter. Guests can enhance their stay at Sonesta Sundays poolside events featuring refreshing beverages from Oasis Pool Bar, live music and poolside eats.
Ready to make your warm weather staycation dreams come true? Book today and save with Royal Sonesta New Orleans’ French Quarter Fling package, featuring rates from $149/night plus complimentary valet parking. Make your reservation online at Sonesta.com/RoyalNewOrleans with promo code FQF.
Big Bay Lake
Big Bay Lake is a one-of-a-kind planned community on one of Mississippi’s largest private recreational lakes. Located just outside of Hattiesburg, and only 90 minutes from New Orleans, Big Bay Lake blends seamlessly into its natural surroundings. Waterfront homesites are available for building custom homes and retreats starting at $70,000, and several resale homes are usually available for immediate purchase. Both the homes and homesites within this community provide unique opportunities to create the perfect home or weekend getaway.
It’s time to relax, unplug, make memories and create new traditions at Big Bay Lake. Whether you are a boating or fishing enthusiast or just a family who loves to make a big splash, Big Bay Lake is simply about the lure of the water. Come enjoy sun-kissed, fun-filled days at Big Bay Lake, where the little things make life…“Big!” Call for a boat tour today at 877-4BIG-BAY or visit bigbaylake.com.
AAA 24/7 Roadside Assistance
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