Mobile Bay, an inlet off the Gulf of Mexico, rewards a wide range of interests, from nautical to natural to historical. Just west of the Fort Morgan Peninsula, the Bay’s laid-back atmosphere is a stark contrast to the busy sands of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

The eastern shore of the Bay is home to the picturesque Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa, located on over 550 acres of scenic property. Perennially ranked among the top luxury hotels in the southeast, the Grand is ideal for overnight trips.

Travelling north along the eastern shore, boaters will arrive in Fairhope, where fine dining and eclectic shops helped the city earn the title of “Best Small Town in the South” from Southern Living magazine in 2016. Dock and dine at either the Fairhope Yacht Club or Flycreek Marina. If you’re going inland to downtown Fairhope, try Thyme On Section or Camellia Café. For a quick drink, pop into the Fairhope Brewing Company for some local brews.

A visit to Mobile Bay provides something for everybody. You can go at your own pace, and enjoy the people, food and attractions that will make it a regular detour on your travels.