Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Back to Reality ~ AFTER ~ Point Clear, Alabama

No better way to begin,
than by sharing a quote from a bellman,
 "we make it happen here at the Grand".


From the moment you enter the gates

and circle to the front doors of the Grand Marriott at Point Clear
you have entered true traditional southern hospitality.

There is no need to leave the resort until it's time
to return home.

This past week I was given the opportunity to
"tag along" with my husband on a company trip.

And, no the couple you see in the picture below
 is not yours truly.

Point Clear, AL is located close to Fairhope
 and its name depicts the location,
as it rests out on a point in Mobile Bay.


The grounds at The Grand are very beautiful and
well maintained.
I could not help but realize & appreciate the "work" that takes place all night as you sleep in the quiet.

The flowers were soaking up the sun and enjoying the humidity.
"can't say the heat & humidity was pleasurable"

A brick paved walkway surrounds the resort
 almost to the entirety.
Great for bicycles and 
midnight strolls with the sweetheart.

Hammocks for relaxing.

swings overlooking the bay
to enjoy during the cooler late evening hours

we had a meet & greet reception
at this outdoor reception area upon arrival

a spectacular view of the bay

dining at its finest
several restaurants with the most
delicious food & the presentation
of the meal amazing

indoors or outdoors

We attended a dinner at the very top
where the brown shutters are in the windows.
The view was breathtaking.



You may request to dine in
The Secret Garden for a special occasion.
~~~
Birthdays, Engagements, Anniversaries & Celebrations
~~~
We did not do this ~ but, our 25th Anniversary is up ahead ;-)
In the Secret Garden the table is set with beautiful
china, crystal and linens, a journal is brought to the
table for recording your celebration, 
while dining you can read of others special moments
spent in The Secret Garden.




Each afternoon at 4:00 sharp
the cannon is fired to salute today's
military and those who have passed through the
 historic hotel through the years.
The ceremony begins with a military band
marching around the property and ending at the Cannon.


The first hotel was built in 1830 at Point Clear.
In 1860 the hotel was used as a military hospital,
after the Battle of Vicksburg.
A Confederate Cemetery, adjacent to the hotel grounds
is a resting place for more than 300 soliders who died
at Point Clear.

Enjoy the remaining pictures.







The hotel was closed in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina
and reopened in November 2006
 following a 50 million dollar renovation.

a family enjoying a game of golf
after brunch on Sunday








I saved the best for last :-)
Be sure to make plans to enjoy
the most relaxing part of the stay.

The Spa at the Grand

The entrance to the Spa.
Hotel rooms are also available above the Spa.
A variety of services are available at this magnificent place.
The Quiet Room is indescribable.
The BEST yet!



 it does the body good to rest awhile

Hope you have enjoyed reading of my
memories and the beauty captured.
I am sharing the link to this
wonderful place.
Karen

Southern Living Magazine
is offering a Post-Labor Day Rate
for the
at Point Clear, Alabama
in September 2011 magazine
you must have the booking code: L9Z

In no way or means compensated
 by Grand Hotel, Point Clear, AL or Southern Living.

Linking to:


15 comments:

Julie Harward said...

I just love the Marriott family, they are from here, Utah, and boy do they know how to make a place homey and lovely in every way. I have never been to one of their place anywhere in the world that it wasn't so very nice! I could spend a week here too! ;D

Anonymous said...

Such a lovely place, Karen. Those grand, old trees with the hammocks are very inviting! The Secret Garden sounds wonderful. I enjoyed your photographs very much. So happy you had this time together.
Mildred

Thoughts for the day said...

wow that is beautiful looks very relaxing and also very differnet. So glad you could experience that.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

THis does look like a peaceful,relaxing place.The beauty is amazing.

S. Etole said...

What an incredible place to relax and enjoy.

mississippi artist said...

Beautiful place. I have friends who have a second home there and they enjoy it very much.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

What a gorgeous place Karen. I would love a visit there.

Mary B said...

What great place!! It looks stunning. I am sure you enjoyed your time there.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Karen, what a gorgeous place to join your hubby on a business trip, someday I hope to travel. Thank you for taking us along. hug ~lynne~

Christie said...

Karen, Glad you are back! Your pictures are AMAZING! What a lovely place to visit. Thanks for sharing it with us! And for your sweet, sweet comments to me at Three Pixie Lane! Christie

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Oh how wonderful....so glad you got to tag along, it looks so beautiful!! I hope you are refreshed and still glowing from the trip. Thanks for sharing the relaxing and beautiful pictures.

Angel said...

What an enchanting place. Your pictures are lovely. Thank you for sharing.

T's Daily Treasures said...

Looks like a fabulous trip! So nice when everything is right there and you don't have to go running around. You can truly relax and enjoy your surroundings! We are tagging along with hubby to Paris next week -- a day or two of business and then the rest is for pleasure. :) Have a great rest of the week. Tammy

Dianne ... Walking In His Grace said...

Sounds wonderful Karen, and I enjoyed looking through your photos at all the beauty you were surrounded with. Glad you had such a wonderful time.

Thank you for stopping by for a visit to my blog.
Dianne :)

Rebecca at Cotton+Wood said...

Oh my goodnesssssssssssssssss!!! I love The Grand!! We stayed there as a family for Christmas once and then my Mom and I went back a few years ago. My parents spent their honeymoon there years ago. We have very, very special memories not only of Point Clear but also of Fairhope and Mobile -- where my Mom grew up. I miss Alabama SO much!!! We used to go visit my Granny and Paw Paw every summer and spent two weeks there.

THANKS for sharing!!!! And so, so, so glad you were able to visit there!