I own a restaurant located on Fish River in Fairhope, Alabama and have a spot on property that can accommodate one RV, trailer, camper....water, sewer and 30 amp available. I will provide "free" coffee to all boondockers in exchange for 5 minutes of "education" about the RV lifestyle. Oh yeah, we have pretty good food too.
Be nice and interesting (if you're a boondocker, you are already interesting!). We are a "busy" restaurant and if you don't have a tow vehicle and leave your site for the day to visit the area, it may have a car parked in it. Most guests leave by 9:00 pm and your spot will be open again. We love pets but not their after dinner "business" so please be kind and pick up any landmines they may leave!
The most level parking is on hard packed gravel. There is a large concrete parking area but it is on a "severe" slope. There are two different roads leading to the restaurant, one has a near 45 degree curve (Ferry Road) the other is straight all the way (Meadow). Access is not difficult as I have large semi-trailers delivering food and beer daily.
Can park tow next to RV or anywhere else desired.
Always send me a message before coming. Mondays - Fridays are available year round. No Saturdays or Sundays from March through August.
We are located 8 miles from Fairhope and Pt. Clear and Marriott's Grand Hotel. 30 miles from Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama. We are located 40 miles from Mobile, Alabama and Pensacola, Florida. Fairhope is a lovely walking/riding town with bountiful sidewalks and bike paths, many boutique stores, mom & pop restaurants and pubs. It is an exceptionally talented town full of artists, writers, musicians and free thinkers all with a "fair hope" of a successful future.
We loved our stay with Alabama vagabunds
The place is spacious, and unique. It has great views of the lake. The restaurant is amazing and we love the food. But the best part of all was meeting our host.
He was nice, welcoming and gave us all information about the town, some history of the area and even tips for our next destination.
I hope to see you on the road soon!
Our visit with Alabama Vagabonds was absolutely perfect. Our host greeted us upon our arrival and made us feel so comfortable and welcomed. He supplied us with plenty of information to help us orient to this lovely area. Directions to Alabama Vagabonds were excellent, with no issues getting to our spot, which was huge, and had a beautiful view of the river! We very much enjoyed our dinner at Big Daddy's Grill, and would highly recommend it while you are here! We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and give our host all the credit for that! Thank you for making our trip so relaxing! Last, but not least, thank you for the coffee! :-)
We found out too late about Big Daddy's winter hours which meant the restaurant was closed and vacated on the day we arrived. We'd been looking forward to dinner and adult beverages within walking distance of "home," a treat when you're full-time RVers. However, we did enjoy a delicious meal before leaving the next day with friendly service to boot. The water/electric hookup was super generous and the directions to this one-of-a-kind, gotta-see-it hangout were super. Looking forward to a warm weather re-visit!
Stayed two nights at Big Daddy’s. The host was on vacation, so we never got to meet him. Easy to get to, didn’t find any issues coming down Ferry Rd. (His directions tell you that there is a difficult turn along the way, but we don’t know what turn this could be as none were problematic for our 36’ motorhome towing a car.) General note to boondockers: the site on which you park is not gravel, but dirt. There were very heavy rains before we arrived and the parking site was extremely wet, puddled and muddy. It was hard to find a spot where our motorhome door didn’t open into mud. So, if there has been heavy rain prior to your reservation here and mud is going to be an issue for you, call ahead or consider staying elsewhere. The majority of the water had drained within 24 hours, but the mud remained. (By the way, we did eat at Big Daddy’s and the food was excellent. Especially the hush puppies, potato salad and cole slaw, which we bought to go before leaving! Also, do chat with the locals who stop by to check their boats. We learned a lot about the area from friendly folk, including that the confederates used to hide ammunition and/or weapons along the Fish River during the civil war, and Jimmy Buffet used to dock a boat here.)
We enjoyed our stay and had to try the food and we weren't disappointed! It was a little rainy so we are glad we had rain boats but hey you are in Alabama and near swamp land for a reason. Hopefully, we can come swing thru in the future and stay a second time.
Jason has set the bar pretty high for a boondockers host! Between the full hookups to the quiet surrounding neighbourhood to Jason's awesome restaurant! You'll be hard pressed to find another host that measures up!
I should add that Jason is pretty special! Warm, outgoing, personable, hospitable. Basically he's one of the good guys.
Jason is awesome- very personable and friendly. Everyone is friendly here! Food is good too. The spot is great, very quiet at night.
Our stay was a great experience. Not only was the RV site a gem, there was the bonus of great food and cold beer just steps away. The weather put a damper on the Christmas Boat Parade but downtown Fairhope made up for it. We will be back!
Nice back in space with 30 Amp, water, and sewer. Lots is level and plenty of clearance for RV's. The restaurant sits right on the water, the food is delicious, and the staff are very welcoming.
Had a great conversation with the owner, and he also recommend multiple places to eat/drink in Fairhope. We needed to stay an extra night, to avoid a day of travel in the rain. Jason was great, had no problems with us extending.
The parking spot is on the north end of the parking lot. There a three entrances, take the second entrance. You can pull into the second entrance, and it will circle around to the parking area the RV.
Also this is a restaurant that get busy. I suggest getting here before 3 PM, parking lots fills up around 4-5.
Great place for a stopover nearby fair hope to bumble around the town good food and friendly atmosphere!at this boondockerwelcome facility!
Big Daddy's was our first B-W. What a great way to start. We pulled into an almost level site and had full hookups. How wonderful. Especially when two tanks are full and the fresh water tank is empty. We had tasty crabcake sandwiches and hush puppies for supper, then sat back for an evening of TV. The next morning, I met the owner, Jason when I walked into the kitchen and scared the crap out of him. We shared stories for a long time, as he prepared food for the day. What a great guy! We are looking forward to visiting again in our return trip home. Thanks
Fairhope, what a wonderful town!
Magnificent food at Big Daddy’s.
I’m gonna go outa my way to visit here again, maybe look for some land to build on.
Fairhope is a gorgeous town, and around 10 minutes from our Host’s location. Check out the beach and shopping while you are there! There was a beautiful view from the spot where we set up, and our host was friendly and welcoming. (Hope to have more time to chat next time!) We had a great experience for our first time using Boondockers Welcome, and will definitely be stopping here again on our way back through!
We found this spot to be wonderful.. delicious food and the host was so friendly. We would highly recommend Big Daddy's to any Boondockers. We shall return!
P.S. Coffee pot is on in the mornings! Thanks Jason!!
We enjoyed our quiet time on the river and the food at the restaurant. The host greeted us and was kind and friendly.
Don't miss this spot!
Stayed one night and had a wonderful time. We hope to come again and stay longer next time. A great host and was able to share a lot of good information with us.
We had a wonderful time while staying and would highly recommend it. The food was delicious and the host is extremely pleasant to have coffee with! We fit our 30ft travel trailer in with no problems! Plus we had room for the 22ft Ram 3500 dually :-)
This place is great. Jason is wonderful and a great person to meet. He is a wealth of knowledge. He greeted us with coffee the first morning and gave us a wealth of information about things to do here. He is even letting us stay an extra night. The bar/restaurant is excellent. Great food and good beer. We will define stay here again given the chance.
I stayed only one night there, but it was peaceful, quiet and very pretty. I recommend staying at Jason's place where you can boondock and have a good meal at his fine restaurant.
Better than described - the photos don’t do this spot justice... the views we woke up to of calm river water, with blue skies and sunshine were beautiful... I’d upload a photo of I could!
Big Daddy and his team were welcoming and super friendly - and of course the food at Big Daddy’s grill was great too. We just wish we had time for a second night.
Highly recommended - and I hope to stay in touch with Big Daddy for future RVing chat and maybe we can help if/when he visits the UK.
Lots of love from Tom and Katie
What a great location and welcome. Had an outstanding stay. Great visit with Jason. He is the role model host for those who do not have an rv. At least not yet, but learning from all of us luck enough to stay at Big Daddy's. Great food at the restaurant and we were given a handy map of the area. Fairhope is a delightful laid back area. Hope To return and one day provide as good hospitity when Jason and his wife get their RV and visit south Florida. Thanks for sharing.
Big Daddy’s is a super place in a very nice location. The people here are very friendly and helpful. Fairhope is a fun small town too. If we’re back this way we will ask to stay again. Thanks!
Excellent location and a gracious host. Full hookups was a treat and a restaurant 25 ft from the camper = an awesome experience.
This place was fantastic! You are right next to the water, with bar and great food next door. The people are all so friendly. My wife and I have no idea about southern food, and the friendly team went through the menu and explained everything! They even bought us fried Okra to try!!!
The campsite is level with full hook-up, and we found driving our RV around a breeze!
This spot is absolutely fantastic. It has full hookup and it feels like being on a campground - only better: The host was unbelievably friendly and did everything to make us feel welcome. He gave us lots of helpful travel recommendations, which made us decide to stay another night. He is simply a really good person, who shares this awesome place with people from all over the world and makes is possible for people on a budget, like us, to have a really good time. The restaurant is gorgeous, people sit outside, all staff and guests are super nice, there is music, a scenic river view, and little lights make for a perfect summer night. The kids loved to play at the little sand beach and did not ever want to leave. Fairhope is probably one of the most beautiful towns we have ever visited. We simply fell in love with the whole place and are so grateful to have found this lovey location.
We only stayed a night at this location but it’s right on the river and a little walk away is a park with a tiny beach entrance to the river. We only met the owner for a quick time but he was very welcoming. We ate at his restaurant and had a lovely meal while
Listening to a live band!
This boondock location was far beyond expectations. Jason was a super host and the location all we could ask for. Be sure to eat at the Big Daddy's Grill. Our family loved it.
We were greeted with open arms! It was a very nice place to stay and on the water. Jason has a great setup and is extremely helpful.
This place is so peaceful and relaxing. Jason is really welcoming, so is the staff at his restaurant Big Daddy's, wich is also really good. This area of Alabama is charming and there is stuff to do in Fairhope. Highly recommend!
Thx again Jason
We just spent 2 nights at Fish River Paradise and had an amazing experience!
The directions given by Jason were clear and easy to follow. Upon arrival Jason was there to greet us and show us the spot with FULL HOOK UP!
The restaurant is on a beautiful part of Fish River and we were parked under a tree with plenty of space and privacy.
After we got set up, we went into the restaurant for some beers and food. Great staff, really good selection of beers and cocktails and a vast menu.
The food was really good (especially the gumbo) and we had a lovely few hours chatting with Jason, some locals and the bar staff there. Jason even gave us a great map with all the things and places we should see in Fairhope. The next day we visited the weeks Bay and the town of Fairhope, really nice town with some old buildings and good restaurants/bars.
Jason invited us for coffee in the morning and we learned a lot about the area and had a wonderful time.
We would highly recommend Jason and the Restaurant, and we will definitely be back!
Thanks again Jason, you and your family are welcome in St Pete anytime!
What a great time we had staying here! Jason was over the top awesome and the location was cool too! And the food was excellent!
Excellent stay, nice location, nice staff & great food! Highly recommended!
The owner welcomed us right away and let us use the premises for the duration of our stay. We enjoyed reading on the dock by the river. While here, we took the opportunity to eat at Big Daddy’s every day. We understand why it is the top restaurant in the vincinity according to Trip Advisor.
The staff of the restaurant took care of us and we felt part of the family.
We took a few hours to visit Fairhope and were impressed by the beautiful small town which has a lot of character.
We have no hesitation to recommend this place for a stopover.
Jason is a super nice guy in a very sweet spot! We truly enjoyed our conversations with him. He was an excellent host and the space he offered was wonderful! We will definitely be visiting again!
We had a great overnight stay at Fish River Paradise. Jason is a great host. The food and service at his restaurant, Big Daddy's Grill, is excellent. The view of the Fish River is relaxing. He does have full hookups if needed as a courtesy and fresh coffee in the morning. We enjoyed sharing stories of our travels and the RV lifestyle. We will look him up if we are traveling through this way again. Cathy & Mark
Once again we had a great overnight with Jason at Big Daddy's. Peaceful stopover with great morning conversation with Jason. Highly recommend this host.
We had a great time staying at BIG DADDY'S. All the staff were very friendly and helpful, we both loved the food and great local beers. We explored Fairhope during our stay, poking around antique shops, hitting the yoga studio and of course, the brewery. All excellent. We would love to visit Jason again and wish you all the best with getting your wheels turning, keep in touch and we would love to meet again!
What a great location for an even better restaurant! Jason is definitely the "Host With The Most", and I got to meet his wife Susan who had never met one of their Boondockers before. Such a fun spot - thanks!
We truly enjoyed our overnight at Jason’s place. The spot, the food and the company were just great! If we are ever in the area we would definitely stay here again.
So nice of Jason to have water/ electric and sewer for guests!
Definitely eat here too. The crab cake sandwich was delicious!
Jason and his Big Daddy Grill staff were welcoming, kind and his Boondockers spot is sufficiently large for most RV's ... my 22' nestled in perfect under a tree and next to their storage container. Walked dog on country road "in the neighborhood" and spent some lovely time w a beer & book on deck before heading inside for a snack.
Definitely a "Super Host"; only spent one night as was passing through but would have liked to explore nearby town but matter a future trip? Thanks Jason & Taylor and Angie for your kindness. J T
Jason is a very friendly and hospitable host. His staff are very friendly and helpful as well. We enjoyed our two nights here.
Great overnight. Best for smaller rigs. Food was delicious! Thanks.
This is a great spot right on the Fish River and Jason's restaurant serves great food as well! He made us feel most welcome and comfortable right from the start. What a pleasant departure from the typical RV Park .. We would definitely stay here again if we find ourselves in the area.
What can I say about Jason, that hasn't already been said. He has been a very gracious host. When we got here, he had a map of some great places to eat, do our laundry, fill the propane, and just enjoy ourselves. He can't wait to get on the road, and we talked about being full timers. We absolutely love Fairhope, and the surrounding area. The time here, has just flown by, and we will be sad to leave. Don't miss this hidden gem in the Alabama woods, you will not regret stopping here, and enjoying everything this place has to offer.
A great location with the perfect opportunity to enjoy a "night out". No cooking, good eating and a walk across the parking lot to a safe haven for a quiet nights rest. Perfect, thanks.
We had a great time. Visiting at the restaurant with staff and guests was so much fun! Thanks so much!
This was a fun spot to be for a few days. There was plenty of room to fit our big rig in the designated spot but the parking area fills up with customers and would have been hard to maneuver if full. Great sand pit that our kids spent most of their time at. A dock we sat at and had coffee or could fish from. Host is very freindly and welcoming and yes, there was always coffee. Hope to come back again!
Loved staying there, Jason was excellent, great conversation, very kind man.
The place is really pretty, worth going through.
Thank you jason
We enjoyed our 2 days in this gem of a town Fairhope, which has a lovely water front with plenty of places for walking and stopping for a great coffee. Our host was gracious and very informative and he made us feel completely welcome and at home. Excellent location right on the river. Thanks for having us!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this beautiful area of Alabama. Jason and all of his staff are so friendly and so accommodating. Great meals at the restaurant too! This was our first experience with boondockers welcome and it was great! Thanks again, Jason, for everything.!
friendly people, good location, good food and beer available, very helpful with local info, hope to see you on the road soon
Paul and Ineke
Jason est un hôte en or. Très sympathique et accueillant. Coup de coeur pour nous. Endroit calme et agréable. Les filles ont adoré le sand pit. Merci pour tout et à une prochaine sans aucun doute!!! :)
Jason was GREAT - Super friendly guy! Kim and I both agree that we feel like we not only have a new spot we'd like to revisit, but that we also have a new friend in Fairhope! Honestly I felt like I had known Jason for years after only a few minutes! Thanks, Joe (with Kim's blessing!).
Wonderful host! Caution: don't follow Garmin RV 770 directions, use Google. It sends you to a turn we couldn't make in our 40 ft. rig, and no way to pass it as we were too heavy for the bridge.
After being greeted with a "I have coffee ready" and after engaging in conversation with Mr. Alabama Vagabonds, I wished we would have stayed another day. There was plenty of space and had exactly what primitive campers in a teardrop needed! Thank you for your hospitality!!!
What a beautiful and amazing experience! Thank you, Jason and everyone for the all-out hospitality, the recommendations (Walter Anderson Museum is mesmerizing) and for the sheer kindness and joy. Oh, and Big Daddy's Grill fried seafood is the best we've ever had, and we've had some :)
Everything about this place was brilliant. Jason and his team were fantastic. We had to stay a few extra days to have some maintenance issues sorted and everyone helped us out. We did not want to leave. A wonderful part of the world. Thank you
This was a great spot to go. There's was plenty of room for our rig and we felt out of the way. The restaurant was great, with great local seafood and local beers. The spot right on the Fish River was gorgeous. We were there in November, but i can imagine what its like in the summer. Jason was an awesome host, taking time from his busy goings-on to make sure we had everything we needed and knew what there is to do in the area. Great spot that I highly recommend people check out.
Staying at Alabama Vagabonds was SO fun. It felt like a vacation from the full-time life. Jason is such a kind person and takes care of his guests, while being so busy running a restaurant! His staff is also extremely courteous. The food is fantastic, so is the view and the amenities. Oh, and the free coffee ;) Highly recommend, thanks Jason!
Our time with Jason was amazing! Great river view, excellent food, free coffee and fun discussions on RVing and life.
We truly enjoyed every moment of our time in Fairhope and couldn't have asked for a better host. Jason is super friendly, super excited about the RV life and we would come back in a heartbeat.
Highly recommend this stop!
We had friends in the area but had no idea where we could park our rig while visiting with them. The Alabama Vagabonds came to the rescue. Not only did they provide a nice shaded spot to park but we were able to visit with our friends while having a nice lunch in the restaurant. I can't wait to visit again and see the town since we were on a tight schedule this time. We will definitely be back.
Alabama Vagabonds are as laid back as their eating establishment, and the surrounding area (Fairhope AL). The sweet spot was next to a boat launch and alongside his very hospitable family style restaurant. My host was true to his word. He traded me a good morning cup-o-jo, for some very engaging RV shop talk. He got back with me within 12 hours, was cool with my dog, and was very generous with a site map, local park location, recommendations for sight seeing, he had wifi, and Ice, and zero hassles. He's a really good guy, and I feel privileged to have been able to stay with him at his BD location. Thank you again, and good luck with your ensuing Tiffin plan............
Alabama Vagabonds' restaurant is in a beautiful, quiet spot on the Fish River. The owner and his staff were extremely hospitable and we enjoyed some great southern style seafood in his family restaurant. He gave us a hand drawn map of the area along with some tips on places of interest in nearby Fairhope which is a very pretty town on the water. We highly recommend this spot – generous host and beautiful area.
I can't say enough good things about Alabama Vagabonds and his place. Within minutes it felt like we were old friends--he's one of the kindest, warmest people we've met. Food at the restaurant is great, and all the staff is just as friendly and welcoming. The restaurant even has a little sandy beach area that our kids LOVED playing in each day. Nights were quiet, and we felt very safe. The town of Fairhope is a gem, and we loved exploring the area. Will definitely stay again if we find ourselves back in the area, and we're looking forward to hosting Alabama Vagabonds down the road:)
If you'd like to experience Southern hospitality at its best, then overnight at Alabama Vagabonds. You'll be graciously welcomed, nestled in a waterfront park like setting complete with resident ducks, and have the ability to enjoy delicious, local food. Great Overnight stay with a people person host and his accommodating staff. Thank you, we will be back for sure.
This host took care of us like we have been friends forever. We ran into severe weather and his advice was more than welcome. The place is perfect, and the restaurant is terrific too. Couldn't be happier. I highly recommend this host.
So glad we stopped for the night, great location, great restaurant, most congenial host. Nice little town. Stop in, you wont regret it!
We had a wonderful time in Fairhope at Big Daddy's Grill. Wonderful food and such a gracious host. The restaurant is on the water and you are a short drive from town. So glad we made this stop. Thank you again! Hopefully we'll be back some day!
Stayed a couple of nights with this host. Couldn't ask for a nicer guy and place to park. Not only is the food great at his restaurant but his staff are also first rate. Parking spot is level and easy to get into. Fairhope is a great vacation destination and this host had many recommendations of what there is to do and see in the area.
ALABAMA VAGABONDS was a wonderful host sincerely gracious!! His site is perfect, peaceful, and to get the yummiest oysters in Alabama you only need cross the parking lot to his restaurant. Fairhope is a delightful town and the beaches are just south down the road. Would always look for a chance to stay again.
Staying at this location was great! It was a nice, quiet and safe place to stay, in a super quiet neighbourhood too. The surrounding towns were gorgeous and we really enjoyed all the host's recommendations! This was our first time boondocking and we couldn't have asked for a better host! Highly recommended!
This spot is a very unique must stop type of place. Fairhope, AL has so much history and was a great time. The host was so friendly and made us feel at home. So close to so many things make sure you plan to stay more than a night. We are already talking about next time! You will not be disappointed by stopping here.
We stayed 2 days with alabama vagabonds and it was really worth the detour! Our host was really friendly and just a fantastic person to chat RV and travel with. Very close to town for laundry and grocery and the site is real quiet at night. It's right next to a lake too. Our host even had a sewer and water faucet available for us! We hope we can stay there again in the futur.
We have met a very nice man. He welcome us and made all the facilities available. We hope see him again.
Thanks a lot