A DAY IN POINT CLEAR, AL
At the start of summer the kids and I love to make a list of fun outings! A day in Point Clear was on the list! Point Clear is a special little community nestled on the Eastern Shore of the Mobile Bay; It consists of full time and summer residents. Families began enjoying summers in Point Clear as early as the 1800’s. You can feel the history as you drive Scenic 98 and read the family names posted at the entrance to the long driveways and the century old oak trees covering the lawns and gardens. There are only a handful of restaurants and shops, but an area full of the same love for the breezes off the Mobile Bay!
We started our adventure at Battles Market for lunch! It is a tiny old gas station known by the locals for their Buck dogs and great place to stock the cooler before heading out to enjoy the Bay. Miles’ loves their fresh Pulled Pork Sandwich with homemade barbecue sauce, Evian’s favorite is their Chef Salad, and Ryan and I have tried every one of their wraps! We enjoyed our lunch on the picnic tables outside!
PUNTA CLARA KITCHEN
After lunch, we drove to Punta Clara Kitchen, one of our favorite sweet shops. The sweet kitchen is set in an old historic home. The kids love to try ALL the samples out on the tables. They have such a variety of treats, salty and sweet. Pralines, Fudge, Chocolate covered everything, cheese straws, jellies, and fabulous cakes! A great place to get a sweet fix and buy gifts, they package and ship anywhere, we love to buy Christmas gifts for our family out of state! Miles’ pick today was a chocolate blue crab and Evian chose “eggs and bacon” made with pretzels and chocolate.
A short walk down the rode is my one of my favorite gallery & gift shop. Full of unique coastal decorations, art, jewelry and clothing! (You can’t photograph inside, so I don’t have any pictures of the inside but trust me you want to visit The Garage!! )
We got in the car and drove back towards the Grand Hotel and took a turn towards the Confederate Cemetery. The Cemetery “Confederate Rest” is a memorial to 300 Confederate soldiers whose bodies were buried over a hundred years ago. The soldiers died in the Confederate hospital located in what is now known as the Grand Hotel. We have visited this cemetery a number of times on our bikes, the kids love walking around and looking at all the old names and dates. I love watching them search the headstones and calculate the life span of the variety in the cemetery. As they get older they are realizing more about how precious life can be!
THE GRAND HOTEL
Our next stop was across the street to Marriott’s Grand Hotel, a fabulous historic hotel with a wide variety of activities; lawn games pier fishing, duck feeding, pool and slide, bike riding, open water activities, and tea & cookies! The Grand Hotel was build in 1847, known as the “Queen of the Southern Resorts!” and used as a hospital during the Civil War. Every afternoon at 4:00 the hotel honors the Military. They have a patriotic military salute, a small parade around the hotel grounds, and a presentation about the history of the hotel by the canon overlooking the Mobile Bay. They fire the canon and my kids love it! I think they actually love the traditional tea and cookies that follow the canon firing in the main lobby. In the summer it is a nice treat to grab a few cookies, in the air conditioned lobby, and in the winter the warm cup of tea hits the spot. The hotel has been renovated numerous times with deluxe guest rooms, a top ranked Spa, and Golf Club. You can still feel the history as you walk throughout the main lobby, especially as you look at the black and white pictures of the hotel!
I love this picture, Miles’ on the ground after a hard throw 😉
The kids have so many choices of games on the outdoor lawn: ping-pong, corn hole, horseshoes, croquet, and mini golf. I love running from game to game with them, the view of the Bay and the breeze never gets old! What more could I ask for!
One of the kids favorite activities at the Grand is to ride bikes down the boardwalk. The boardwalk winds along the Mobile Bay and the Bay Houses. I love looking at the small cottages and large family homes, smelling the Magnolias, and the shrubs of Rosemary blooming. Some of the homes along the boardwalk date back to early 1800’s. I love hearing the residents refer to the part of the house that faces the Mobile Bay as the “front of the house!” I love that! The boardwalk ends at the old Zundel’s Wharf, where the ferry used to unload the visitors and residents and they would walk down the boardwalk to their summer house!
THE GRAND HOTEL POOL
Cooling off in the pool is one of our favorite places!! The kids love the slide and have an ongoing game of slide catch going. There is a fun playground adjacent to the pool and they love to run back and forth! Waterfalls, shallow splash pad, and a deep end for jumping! There is also an “adult only” pool for adults who are trying to get away from little swimmers!
END OF THE DAY
Ending the day on the Bay beach looking out on the water. Even though we are lucky enough to do these activities all the time, it was so fun to lump them all together into a day of fun with “my people,” and share a little piece of our paradise with you!