How was your Easter weekend? Ours was great!

We didn’t get to go home to Illinois to spend it with our family (it is a ten hour drive each way and Drew only had Saturday and Sunday off work– way too long and exhausting to drive each way to only be there for just over 24 hours!). Since the end of school for us and our wedding day are both quickly approaching, we decided the best thing to do on our weekend was to get some much needed rest and relaxation. What better way to do that than with a mini-vacation?!

We decided to head to Gulf Shores, Alabama to the beach! It is only a few hours from here, so it was a nice little weekend trip. I had Friday off school and used that day to get a much needed haircut and work on some wedding projects. Then Saturday morning, we got up, put our stuff in the car, and were on our way. We took a nice little scenic drive through the country for part of the way and stopped in this cute little quaint beach town of Fairhope, Alabama for lunch and to walk through some shops and art galleries. Once we checked into our hotel in Gulf Shores, we spent the afternoon on the beach and then went out for dinner (really great seafood).

We lucked out with a really awesome room in a nice hotel for not too expensive (we only stayed one night). Our room was huge and on the end of the hotel, so we had a nice window and balcony facing the beach and also three more windows that gave us views of the beach and city from the other sides as well. Sunday we got up, watched the waves from the balcony, then went on a walk down the beach. The water right in front of our hotel was really awesome and super clear. There was also this really cool sandbar that allowed you to be able to walk pretty far out without getting in water too deep. It was perfect. We loaded up our stuff, checked out and headed to eat some Easter lunch at a cute little local diner. We spent a little time driving around and shopping, then headed back home.

It was a really perfect and relaxing weekend! I wish it had been longer! Here are some of our photos via Instragram:

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