A Stay by the Bay

Text by Lauren Eberle / Photography by John O’Hagan

An Alabama couple crafts a beautiful bayside getaway filled with rich woods and waterfront charm.

Raised by their respective parents who were dear friends, Gaines and Linda Thomas have known each other all their lives. Their happiest childhood memories were filled with bayside vacations, and when the couple was older, they began to dream of having a home here. Their wish became reality when the Thomases purchased their vacation bungalow, only to be dashed in 2004 by Hurricane Ivan’s path.