We're trying to pick a location for our summer vacation (7/13 - 7/20) and thinking about trying out Gulf Shores. We have a 7 year old and a 3 year old. We'd like to be right on the beach with a balcony overlooking the beach, a condo is fine as long as there is washer/dryer and kitchen as we'll likely eat breakfast and some meals at home. We definitely need a pool and a kid friendly pool or splash area is a bonus, as is a hot tub. An indoor pool would be great in case it rains. My husband and I will be in the middle of marathon training for the Chicago marathon, so a workout facility with treadmills where we can get some runs in if it's too muggy outside is almost required. We'll likely drive there, so we'll have our car, but if we could be walking distance to some restaurants/shops, that's even better. We definitely don't want to be far from everything requiring a 15 min drive every time we want to go somewhere (so Ft. Morgan is out).
Where would you recommend we look? I've been playing around vrbo, but am a little overwhelmed with the options and not being familiar with the area and where the restaurants/shops are located, I thought I would ask the experts!