Writer’s Workshop for 11.21.2019

(NaBloPoMo Day 14)

This week, the prompt I chose for Mama Kat’s Pretty Much World Famous Writer’s Workshop was “If you could purchase a vacation home anywhere in your state, where would you choose?”

Well…since I’m limited to my state (Alabama), I’m choosing to purchase a vacation home on Dauphin Island for a variety of reasons:

  • I’ve always wanted to live near the ocean.
  • I’ve always wanted to live on an island.
  • This island is not only beachy, but wooded!
  • The population is less than 2,000.
  • Although I’ve never actually vacationed here, the small coastal Alabama towns seemed so charming in Hart of Dixie.
  • It’s only two and a half hours from New Orleans, one of my favorite cities!
  • The freshest seafood. I’m not much of a seafood eater, but Crab Rangoon is my food soulmate, and I bet it tastes even better in a coastal town!
  • MUSIC!!! The Hangout Music Fest is held in nearby Gulf Shores, only a half hour away. It’s only two and a half hours from New Orleans’ Voodoo Music + Arts Experience. Panama City Beach’s Gulf Coast Jam is a little over three hours away.
  • My family and friends are still within a day’s drive of me; the ones I visit most being in the Memphis, TN area and the Atlanta area.

My only question is, does this have to be my vacation home? Because I want to move there for real! And this is the perfect place for me.

Featured image of a Mobile Bay Lighthouse courtesy of Skeeze on Pixabay


  1. Liz A. says:

    Hart of Dixie did have quite the little town. I agree, living on an island would be cool. I’m tempted to move to Catalina, which is pretty close to where I am, but I’d first have to get a job that would let me live there.

    • Kim says:

      I totally understand. I often contemplate moving – I would love to get closer to Atlanta or New Orleans….or Dauphin Island! I work retail, so I could probably transfer to another of our stores at some point, but it’s also hard to leave something I’m comfortable with.

  2. Abby says:

    Very cool! I know very little about the south as I’ve only ever visited South Carolina once. Never been to Alabama, and never heard of Dauphin island, but it sounds wonderful.

    • Kim says:

      Unfortunately, I don’t get to do a lot of travel, either. I go to the Memphis area because it’s not far and I visit family. And I go to the Atlanta area a bit, too, because I have friends there. But I would love to go somewhere on vacation again one of these days!

  3. I live on the Gulf Coast in Destin vicinity, so I do know where Dauphin Island is.
    Cons for coastal living include possible “hurricane evacuation” from time to time needing to extra to carry Federal Flood Ins. plus just finding a carrier offering reasonable rates for home insurance in general. Also paying for yearly termite inspection is a MUST in this region as termites here are fierce since there’s no ground freeze to kill them and mold or wood rot of any sort invites them in. You’ll want to know when the property of interest was last ground treated for termites and if it was on an annual inspection plan. Also a thorough inspection of the home and the A/C for mold of any sort is important, even if that means paying extra to hire your own inspector. I’ve known 2 people in our area who purchased homes, that weren’t even close to the water, only to discover black mold behind appliances and in the A/C that was missed—and black mold is toxic.

    • Kim says:

      The hurricanes/evacuations would probably be what scare me the most. I have pets I’d have to travel with. Of course, this entire scenario is hypothetical for me, as I don’t foresee ever being able to live in that area. Cons aside, it sure would be nice, though!