The Original Romar House Bed and Breakfast Inn
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Come to the Original Romar House: A Seaside Bed & Breakfast Inn
Blending styles from the Caribbean to Australia into a delightful atmosphere all its own!
As the golden sun disappears beyond the white sandy beach, another memorable evening begins at The Original Romar House, Orange Beach, Alabama's first seaside Bed and Breakfast Inn. Listen to the palm trees rustle in the wind, smell the salty air, and feel the cool Gulf Breeze while looking the beautiful Gulf of Mexico.
Wake up to rediscover romance in a charmingly historic atmosphere, as the sun streams through the stained glass windows of your individually appointed room.
After breakfast, take a morning swim in the pool or stroll along the beach collecting seashells, curl up in a cypress swing or hammock and read a book, or relax in the hot-tub whirlpool spa.
You are only minutes by car to gift shops, golf courses, seafood restaurants, marinas, entertainment, and the Foley Outlet Mall. Break away from your everyday world. Come be a part of history at The Original Romar House Bed and Breakfast Inn.
Relax in the sun or take a nap under the covered deck. Relax in the hot-tub jacuzzi with stained glass windows.
The Original Romar House Bed & Breakfast Inn has five individually appointed rooms, one suite, and one guest cottage, all with private bath.
If you are looking for quiet ambiance, comfort, unusual surroundings, friendly service and a relaxed atmosphere on the beach for a romantic weekend or just a "night on the town," you will find it at The Original Romar House Bed and Breakfast Inn.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Greg and Deborah Collard for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
The Original Romar House offers our guests a unique beach experience. They can have the comfort of home, yet have all the quiet time to make their stay their most romantic in years.
What are you best known for?
Definitely our location, beach front on the Gulf of Mexico and our wonderful Southern breakfasts by Greg and Deborah
What makes your inn unique?
Built in 1924, the Original Romar House Bed and Breakfast Inn is the oldest home on the beach in Orange Beach, Alabama.
What do you love most about your inn?
The history of the Inn wanders through the halls and rooms as you can feel so much enlightenment from all the wonderful guests before you. Filled with antiques and stained glass, each piece with its own individual story.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
Orange Beach is enthusiastically doing event after event to encourage tourism. The Food is a MUST have!
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
A couple said they would like to wrap up the Inn with us included and take it home with them so they would never have to leave it. The Inn became a part of their lives.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
The areas of beach, like here that are so very private.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Take in the Naval Museum or the Zoo one day. Go para-sailing or jet skiing. Ride in a glass bottom boat. Go deep sea fishing or on a dolphin cruise. Take a sunset dinner cruise. Play a round of golf or rent a bicycle and ride through the Gulf State Park. Eat at many of our personally recommended restaurants.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Yes, the beach of course and an Oyster Bar is just across the street called The Harpoon 2.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
There are too many excellent restaurants to name just one but a must is the local oysters and shrimp!
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
www.theoriginalromarhouse.com and the Alabama Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce.
How many rooms does your inn have?
We have 6 rooms.
Do you accept pets?
We do not accept pets. You can call ahead to book a reservation at several local vet offices for your baby or babies to stay while you are here with us.
Full Southern Breakfast
A full southern breakfast is served on the 75 year old pine table made by an Italian carpenter and Mr. Roach, the original owner. Breakfast consists of a specialty Southern Breakfast that varies from Greg's Po' Man's Eggs Benedict to Fritatta's to Gravy & Biscuits and the trimmings or even Greg's famous Banana Walnut Pancakes with homemade Apple Cider Cinnamon Syrup. We always have fresh fruit, orange juice, milk and cereal; bacon, ham or sausage on the side; cheese grits or Deb's awesome Sugar grits for the Southerners, and hash brown potatoes for the Northerners. Breakfast for Everyone!!!
Guests enjoy their breakfast on the outside deck under a canopy to protect them from the sun overlooking the beautiful beach and Gulf of Mexico.
The Purple Parrot Bar
Jerry Gilbreath, the proprietor of The Original Romar House Bed and Breakfast Inn previously owned a bar in San Pedro, Belize, a small English speaking country in Central America for many years. The Purple Parrot Bar in the Original Romar House is named after that bar. The front and back of the bar itself is over 100 years old and is from an old Inn in New Hampshire.
The Purple Parrot Bar is a full service Honor Bar with soft drinks and all kinds of Beer, and a full assortment of alcohol to just serve yourself and write it down on your personal tab to pay at the end of your stay.
Jerry Gilbreath, Proprietor
Jerry Gilbreath, Proprietor
The Original Romar House Bed and Breakfast Inn
Jerry Gilbreath is a retired attorney from Laurel, MS, an entrepreneur, a businessman and a former politician. Jerry practiced law until 2005 when he "retired". He owns businesses in 3 states. Jerry developed a condominium named the Purple Parrott Island Resort in the 1990's on Perdido Key, Florida and named it after a bar in Belize he had for many years "The Purple Parrot" at Ramones Village. He is a retired Colonel in the Army National Guard serving 32 years as a Staff Judge Advocate Officer. Jerry served 8 years in the Mississippi House of Representatives from 1975 to 1983.
In 1990, Jerry Gilbreath traveled to Key West, Florida and saw all of the big houses that had been turned into Bed and Breakfast Inns, and he came back and opened the Original Romar House Bed and Breakfast Inn in 1991. The Inn also has a bar named...The Purple Parrot!
In 2004, Hurricane Ivan destroyed the downstairs part of the Romar House, and after fighting with the insurance company for four (4) years, Jerry opened The Original Romar House Bed and Breakfast Inn again on September 23, 2008.
The Romar House is the only old, unique beach house standing in the Gulf Shores/Orange Beach/Perdido Key area that has not been bulldozed down to make way for a condominium. In it's 90 year history, the grand old house is still standing despite numerous hurricanes and offers of Millions of Dollars to bulldoze it down to build a condominium.
Hopefully, the history, charm and romance of this old house will insure its continued operation as a 1920's beach house for years to come.
Greg & Deborah Collard, Managers
Greg and Deborah are excited to be on the beach at the Original Romar House where dreams do come true. Greg is a retired businessman in retail and hospitality and Deborah is a noted Author and retired Registered Nurse. The Collard's have a deep love for people, sharing stories about family and good times. Father and Mother to three wonderful children: Barresa, Michael and Ricci. Grandparents of one beautiful little girl and six rambucious boys.
Both, Greg and Deborah want to make your stay at The Original Romar House a memorable one. They both ask you to come on down and join in the fun and total relaxation that the most surreal atmosphere of the Inn can give you. Stop reading and give us a call....your room awaits you!
Greg and Deborah
"Amidst sand and other sandcastles, the Romar B & B is truly a treasure."
Marcia and Nathanial Shelton (Birmingham, AL)
"Don't change a thing! Great time, great food, great hostess, couldn't have been better!"
Mike and Mary Saathoff (Sterling, IL)
"A special honeymoon place…everything was wonderful."
Terry and Lenah Schroder (Santa Rosa Beach, FL)
"How can you describe Heaven on Earth? Here!!"
Michael and Kacy (GA)
"This is like going home to be with mama."
Don and Verna Hale (Cullman, AL)
"Hemingway would have approved…so do we! We'll be back soon!"
Beth and Henry Bailey (Memphis, TN)
"Just arrived and have fallen under a spell."
Glen and Roxanne Fox (New Orleans, LA)
"Homey beach paradise…we'll be back. Thanks for the TLC!"
Lori and John Tortora (Pikeville, TN)
"Inspected, approved and highly recommended!"
Sarah Sonke, American Bed & Breakfast Association