alabama vagabonds

Age: 45-55

Member since April 2016

I own a casual family restaurant. I am a military brat, Air force, and have lived around the world. My wife and I plan on becoming full-timers in the next two years. Two beautiful children.

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I grew up as a military brat to an Air force officer and a school teacher. I have lived in four countries and half a dozen states and went to thirteen schools before graduating high school. I have a masters degree in secondary education, language arts and a bachelor's degree in hospitality management. I have worked for the Marriott corporation, Walt Disney World, Morrison's....I have taught middle and high school English, literature, speech, and social studies. I am married to Susan. She is from Boston but her parents moved her to Alabama when she was a sophomore in high school. We have two beautiful children, one attending Tulane University in N.O. and one in high school. I own and operate a casual family restaurant located on Fish River in Fairhope, Alabama. We opened in 2007. We plan on selling our business and home when our son graduates from high school and becoming full timers. I like the idea of being a boondocker and hosting boondockers is a great way for me to learn. I think I offer a very nice spot for a quick overnight-er or a couple of days to explore. We are not far from Interstate 10 and other major highways.


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alabama vagabonds's Rig

Rig Type: Class A

30 feet long

class A, used 35 ft

alabama vagabonds's Travel Preferences

  • Has a tow vehicle
  • Needs to run a generator

alabama vagabonds Has 1 Host Location

Big Daddy's Grill, Fish River Paradise

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References from Guests (57)


October 2018

Perfectly picturesque pitch 😍

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


September 2018

More than paradise

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.


September 2018

Great host/location

Great spot!


September 2018

Super Stay

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!


August 2018

What a cool place!

Excellent location and a gracious host. Full hookups was a treat and a restaurant 25 ft from the camper = an awesome experience.


July 2018

Fun time, great location and amazing food!!!

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!


June 2018

Little Paradise

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.


June 2018

Beautiful and delicious

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!


June 2018

Fantastic location and stay

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.


May 2018


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.

Cath and Frank

May 2018

Paradise in deed!!

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


May 2018

Wonderful location and a fantastic host!

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!


May 2018

Best experience EVER!

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!


April 2018

Big Daddy’s Fish River Paradise

Excellent stay, nice location, nice staff & great food! Highly recommended!


April 2018

The perfect spot to rest and eat well!

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.

Roving Ronins

April 2018

Awesome boondocking experience!

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!


April 2018

Fish River Stay

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


March 2018

Great host

Great peaceful place

Travelers Rest

March 2018

Our Second Visit To Big Daddy's

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.

Travelers Rest


March 2018

Picture perfect

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!


March 2018

Great Place - Great People!

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!


March 2018

Jason’s place was Awesome!

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!


March 2018

Gracious people; Great Spot with Amenities!

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


March 2018

Nice visit

Jason is a very friendly and hospitable host. His staff are very friendly and helpful as well. We enjoyed our two nights here.


March 2018

Be sure to come for dinner

Great overnight. Best for smaller rigs. Food was delicious! Thanks.


March 2018

A spot on the water and a very warm welcome by our hist Jason

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.


March 2018

Big Daddy Jason

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.


March 2018

best of both worlds

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.


March 2018

Easy to find, easy in/out

We had a great time. Visiting at the restaurant with staff and guests was so much fun! Thanks so much!


February 2018

Great host, spot and food

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!


February 2018


Loved staying there, Jason was excellent, great conversation, very kind man.
The place is really pretty, worth going through.
Thank you jason


February 2018

Great spot and excellent host

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!


February 2018


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.!


February 2018

great stay

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


February 2018


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!!! :)


January 2018

Awesome Host!

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!).


January 2018

Great place to stay

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.


January 2018

Southern Hospitality!

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!!!


January 2018

Just fantastic

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 :)


January 2018

Absolute Legends

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


January 2018

loved everything about it.

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.


December 2017

Big Daddy's is a Boondockers paradise!

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!


October 2017

Great host, great location, great time!

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!


September 2017

Nice stopover

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.


September 2017

My Sweet Temporary home Alabama

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............


May 2017

Quiet spot by the river

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.


May 2017

Great host and place!

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:)

Travelers Rest

April 2017

Great Southern Hospitality

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.


April 2017

Just perfect

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.
Thank you!

Dundee Girl

March 2017

Hidden Gem

So glad we stopped for the night, great location, great restaurant, most congenial host. Nice little town. Stop in, you wont regret it!


March 2017

Great stop!

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!

A former member

March 2017

The best of the best

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.
Highly recommended.


March 2017


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.


February 2017

Highly Recommended!

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!


January 2017


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.


December 2016

Really nice place and restaurant

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.

french family

December 2016

Very nice stay

We have met a very nice man. He welcome us and made all the facilities available. We hope see him again.
Thanks a lot