For many, the Alabama/Florida Gulf Coast is the closest beach to home.
In fact, the Gulf Shores, Fort Morgan, Orange Beach and Perdido Key Gulf Coast region is only about a five-hour drive from Birmingham, Ala.; a 6.5-hour drive from Atlanta; a 4.5-hour drive from Baton Rouge, La.; and a nine-hour drive from Houston.
Just for fun, we’ve condensed the drive on U.S. Interstate 65 from Birmingham into a two-minute video, noting a few fun stops at landmarks along the way.
Next time you’re planning a beach trip, remember, we really are just a short trip away! Journey to the beach in the video below. Then, read on to learn more about these Alabama landmarks.
Priester’s Pecans – Fort Deposit
Visible from U.S. Interstate 65 in Fort Deposit, Ala., Priester’s Pecans is a major landmark south of Montgomery for those headed to the beaches of Gulf Shores, Fort Morgan, Orange Beach and Perdido Key.
It’s worth pausing your journey to pick up a sweet pecan roll, a pecan pie or brownies, or even a bag of honey glazed pecans for the family to enjoy as a special treat while at their condo or beach house.
You’ll feel like you have taken a trip back in time when you step up onto the porch of the quaint Country Store. Here, you can purchase anything from pure virgin pecan oil, homemade jams, jellies and preserves, snack mix, pies and so much more.
Priester’s Pecans got it start back in the early 1900s when L.C. Priester decided to offer refreshments and a little taste of the South at his Texaco gas station that serviced travelers headed between Mobile and Montgomery. When customers began asking for the pecans to be cracked, L.C. had to begin hiring some helpers who sat on his back porch cracking pecans. Soon, the back porch could no longer handle the volume, and a larger facility was purchased, and the rest is history.
Fort Deposit is only 2 hours and 45 minutes from the beach.
Bates House Of Turkey – Greenville
You know you’re about halfway between Birmingham and Gulf Shores when you see Bates House of Turkey in Greenville, Alabama, just south of Montgomery.
Bates House of Turkey serves free-range turkey raised right on the nearby Bates Turkey Farm. The farm has been in the Bates family since 1923.
The family’s landmark restaurant opened in 1970 and serves only turkey from their farm and all the tasty “fixins.”
Enjoy an old-fashioned roast turkey dinner with cornbread dressing, gravy, cranberry sauce, vegetables, rolls or corn muffin. Or, a Southern-style hickory smoked turkey sandwich or hot open-faced turkey sandwich may be more to your liking.
Whatever your preference, Bates House of Turkey is a great place to stop for a healthy, tasty meal. You can even pick up a whole turkey, sliced ham, turkey sausage, peppered turkey jerky or a smoked turkey breast for sandwiches at the beach.
This is one down-home dining experience you won’t want to miss on your way to the beach.
Greenville is only two hours and 35 minutes from the beach.
Hank Williams Boyhood Home & Museum – Georgiana
Just east of U.S. Interstate 65 in Georgiana is the Hank Williams Boyhood Home and Museum, where you can see the church pew where Hank Williams stood and sang as a child and the front porch where he learned to play guitar.
The facility is dedicated to the memory of Hank Williams Sr. and contains memorabilia and artifacts such as the country and western singer and songwriter’s cowboy hats, album covers, newspaper clippings, sheet music and more.
This 1850 house is the only home remaining that Hank Williams lived in prior to becoming a Nashville star. It opened as a museum in 1993.
Georgiana is only two hours and 22 minutes from the beach.
Burris Farm Market – Loxley
If you’re looking for fresh fruits and vegetables to take to your beach house or condo, be sure to stop by Burris Farm Market on your way.
You won’t be able to miss this family-owned and operated local farm-fresh produce market, as it is in the center of town in Loxley.
Rick and Jeanine Stewart, owners of Burris Farm Market pride themselves on their constantly changing products and the opportunity to provide fresh quality, healthy meals to locals and visitors alike.
Burris Farm Market also offers homemade jams, preserves, pickles, sorghum, molasses, cheese, salads, and baked goods for sale.
Burris Farm Market will open a new location at The Wharf in Orange Beach on Memorial Day weekend.
You’re almost here! Loxley is less than an hour’s drive from the beach.