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Sep/Oct 2013 Issue

What to pack

It’s September and Southern beaches are less crowded, but water is still warm enough for a post-Labor Day dip. Children are back to school, and destinations along the Gulf Coast have an even more relaxed vibe in autumn.

If you’re planning a beach weekend this fall, these items may brighten up the trip, while valuable AAA discounts help you keep a few bucks in your pocket so you can enjoy a cold drink by the water.

What to pack

Here’s a cheerful little luggage combo for a quick beach escape. Rockland’s 19-inch rolling carry-on with matching tote will hold what you need to chill at the beach. Made of durable polyester with rubberized corners and multiple pockets., $40 for set

Take along this lightweight jersey-knit boyfriend sweater by Missimo Supply Co. to enjoy breezy waterfront dining in comfort. Ultra-soft to the touch, the 3/4-length sleeve is shown in green, but comes in multiple colors. Made of 100 percent cotton., $19.99–$22.99

Just the right size for attending an art fair, this crossbody saddle bag by Merona® won’t weigh you down. Shown in pink; also available in black., $22.99

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Feel like a run or brisk walk along the lakeshore? Reebok’s ZigTech Shark shoe for women has maximum cushioning thanks to the 20-degree angles along the zig-zag sole. Synthetic mesh upper provides comfort, fit, and durability., $99.99


The crowds may be gone, but that doesn’t put an end to fun at the beach. Fall festivals showcase the Gulf’s bounty. Here are two to consider.

The 32nd Annual Biloxi Seafood Festival comes up Sept. 14 and 15. Held at the Biloxi Town Green on Beach Boulevard, this event includes great seafood dishes. Shop for arts and crafts, or enjoy a variety of music and family activities.

There’s nothing small about Gulf Shores’ 42nd Annual National Shrimp Festival, held Oct. 10–13 at the main public beach in Gulf Shores, Ala. Some 300 vendors will sell items, and–best of all–you can enjoy fresh seafood.



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