Author Archives: Rod Fitts

About Rod Fitts
Rod Fitts and his wife Kathleen are from Cleveland, Ohio and own vacation rentals in Gulf Shores, Alabama. They, their 6 kids and 9 grand kids have been going to Gulf Shores since 2005

Rod's Restaurant Reviews | Talking Gulf Shores AL Southern Cuisine!

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People are always asking me where’s the best place to eat. Of course, the answer to that all depends on what you are looking for so I am going to break my reviews down into categories: Seafood, Steaks & Such, Barbecue, Italian, Fun Places to Go, Best Breakfast, Cheap Food, Lunch on the Beach and Fine Dining. So here is “Rod’s Restaurant Reviews.”

I will give you a brief description of the place and what I think of it, a star rating (* to *****) and their address. There are a lot of places to eat in Gulf Shores and this is just a list of safe bets. A way you can help is to post your restaurant experiences on our Gulfshoresbeachdays facebook page and I will use your input to update this list. (more…)

The Gulf Shores Zoo In Alabama!


The Alabama Gulf Shores Zoo started is one of Gulf Shore’s hidden treasures. It was in 1989 by Joey Ward as a for profit enterprise in 1991 the Ward family converted the zoo to the non-profit it is today. The Gulf Coast zoo resides on 13 acres of land located less than 2 miles from the beach on Route 59.

On September 2, 2004 Hurricane Ivan slammed into Gulf Shores and placed the zoo under 10 feet of water. With news of the upcoming storm the zoo had to find a safe place to move the animals.

A heroic true story is how zoo director, Patti Hall, (image attached) and arranged to have the animals transported to her personal property located North of Gulf Shores. (more…)

Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail - Orange Beach

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With all the talk about the beaches you may never notice that Orange beach and Gulf Shores sport over 30 miles of walking and bike trails. The Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail is a collection of six walking/biking black topped trails that take you for a relaxing tour of the natural woodlands of the area.

There are several places to get on the trail called trail heads. My favorite place to enter the trail system is on State Park road #2. There are two State Park roads. State park road #1 is located directly across from the Gulf Shore State Park Pier where the zip lines are. This road follows the west edge of Shelby Lake up to Fort Morgan road. If you followed that road it turns in to State Park road #2 and returns you to the beach road. (more…)

Lighthouse Vacation Homes In Gulf Shores | Life At The Beach!

The Lighthouse vacation rentals were originally a rambling wooden apartment building on Gulf Shores Beach. It had a community laundry area where people would meet up as they washed their clothes. To this day people who stayed at the “Old” lighthouse still think back of those as the good old days and stay in touch.

Today the Lighthouse building is 750 feet ling and  houses 283 condos and is one of the premiere buildings on the beach. It was that easy getting here, though. Construction had already begun when hurricane Ivan landed on the Alabama Gulf Shores Coast. (more…)

Golfing In Gulf Shores Alabama | Best Places For A Hole-In-One!


Golfing is a huge item in Gulf Shores Alabama. Everyone from Arnold Palmer to Robert Trent Jones has built courses down there. I am a bit of a golfer and I have a lot of friends who play a couple of times a week in Gulf Shores.

Here is a link that shows a lot of the courses reasonably near the beach. Now I am going to really step out on a ledge here and give you my advise on golf courses.

If you are serious and have the money to pay for it, these are courses that everyone talks about… (more…)