Small town in Alabama among the most beautiful in the country, according to Architectural Digest
When Architectural Digest decided to rank “The 55 Most Beautiful Small Towns in America,” Alabama made the cut thanks to a small coastal community.
Magnolia Springs in Baldwin County made the selection. It’s not the first time the community southeast of Fairhope has been so honored: Southern Living once described it as having “almost too much charm to handle.”
Contrary to the title of the site, the architecture was not the main factor. The cities were chosen based on “easy access to nature, the presence of historic or design districts and an attractive topography in itself – whether it is beaches or mountains, or perhaps to be from a perch beside a river”.
As with other entries on the Architectural Digest list, Magnolia Springs described its charms only briefly: “Mature magnolias create a canopy in this little town along the Magnolia River where mail is still delivered by boat. Magnolia Springs Bed and Breakfast is the only lodging option in this Gulf Coast town, but it’s very stylish.
Had he gone into a bit more detail, the article might have mentioned that the river provides a connection to Weeks Bay, with its vast nature reserve, and from there to Mobile Bay. Or that Jesse’s Restaurant has a regional reputation. Or that the picturesque St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Although accommodation options aren’t plentiful, there are some great choices in the area. A nearby blueberry was once ranked as the most hospitable Airbnb site in the state.
Other southern cities on the list include St. Francisville, La.; Pawley’s Island, South Carolina; Sewanee, Tennessee; Cashiers, North Carolina; and Madison, Ga.