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July 5, 2018
Orange Beach Hotel in 1924

By Alex Wilkerson for City of Orange Beach

The Orange Beach Hotel was the first hotel built in the beach area. Construction began in 1923 and was completed in 1925.

The building overlooked Wolf Bay and was owned and operated by Hilda Dietz, daughter of James C. Callaway. Dietz opened the hotel with her husband Edward, who was a doctor from Ohio. The hotel was meant to...

June 29, 2018
Archery event at Orange Beach Rec Center

The annual Junior Marksmanship Program wraps up July 19 with an archery event.

The free program, conducted in conjunction with the State of Alabama, Department of Conservation, Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries Division, is open to children ages 8 to 15. Younger or older children may attend pending approval. For more information, call Chris Litton at 251-980-5946.

The archery...

June 29, 2018
Orange Beach restaurant nominees

Four Orange Beach businesses have been nominated for the 19th annual Alabama Retailer of the Year Awards – BuzzCatz Coffee and Sweets, Cobalt the Restaurant, Cosmos Restaurant and Bar, and Wolf Bay Lodge and Restaurant.

Votes for your favorite on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pg/...
June 29, 2018
Gulf State Park Pier Octagon (ADCNR Photo)

In response to the angling community’s interest, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is expanding its pilot program for permitted managed shark-fishing at the Gulf State Park Saltwater Fishing Pier in July. The next shark-fishing events will take place on the south end of the pier – called the octagon – from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. the next morning for the following...

June 28, 2018
Roy Walkers Pier

By Alex Wilkerson for City of Orange Beach

Two families, the Callaways and the Walkers, were among the first settlers in Orange Beach and contributed greatly to the development of the area.

James C. Callaway immigrated to the region in 1875. He was a logger and a farmer who later developed a successful shipping business with his sons. Callaway was also a self-taught...