Thursday night, I was thrilled to find out that Rob wasn't scheduled to fly on Friday or at all for the entire weekend. I felt like we had opposite schedules all week so a three day weekend was exactly what we needed! I wanted to make the most of a free Friday so we decided to head to Fairhope, Alabama for a little getaway. Rob took me to Fairhope back in April to celebrate my birthday and we were excited to make a trip back.
Fairhope is an charming, quaint town on the Mobile Bay, only an hour from Pensacola. Besides being called home by Jimmy Buffet, Fairhope is best known for the flowers. Every inch of this adorable small town appears to be covered in gorgeous fresh flowers, which are changed out six times each year. Even the trash cans are topped with flower pots!
The first place we had to stop when we got into town was Panini Pete's. Featured on Food Network's Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives, this little sandwich shop is worth the wait. I had a turkey panini and Rob tried a burger (both delicious!) but the best part of Panini Pete's is hands down the beignets. I know I'm going to get struck down for saying this but I really think these are my favorite beignets on earth, even over Cafe Du Monde! The secret is to squeeze a lemon over all of that powdered sugary goodness. I was totally uninterested in the lemon the first time we came but after I tried it, there was no going back!
When we stayed in Fairhope back in April, we stayed at the Grand Hotel and fell in love. Rob didn't get a chance to golf when we were there since we spent most of the weekend relaxing by the pool, so making a tee time at Lakewood was a must. While he played golf, I spent the day shopping at the little boutiques and antique stores downtown. Afterwards, we met back up for pizza and ice cream. Mr. Gene Bean's serves Blue Bell ice cream (yum!!) and their famous Fairhope floats.
While there is not much nightlife in Fairhope, the sunsets over the bay are unparalleled. Snagging a hammock at the Grand to watch the sunset is a necessity. Doesn't get much more relaxing than this!