Travel with Terri in Fairhope, Alabama – Cross Timbers Gazette | Denton County South | mound of flowers
Southern Living Magazine lists Fairhope, Alabama as one of the “Best Small Towns in the South” and I agree. It is a charming coastal town located just south of Mobile, on the eastern shore of the huge Mobile Bay. It has plenty of flower-lined streets, beautiful parks, walking paths, art galleries, boutiques, cafes, and great seafood…that couldn’t be fresher. No matter if you’re fishing, swimming, or just walking the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail, you’ll witness a very impressive panoramic view of Mobile Bay, and it’s especially breathtaking at sunset!
But the thing that impressed me the most were the many beautiful and huge trees that dot this Deep South community. They have huge crepe myrtles, towering longleaf pines, huge southern magnolias, and my favorite…the majestic live oaks. These trees make a big impression with their gigantic trunks, some measuring up to 27 feet in circumference. And, their impossibly long limbs that gracefully dance across roads, neighborhoods, lawns, and even rooftops. Some of these trees have a limb spread of 200 feet. The streets are literally covered with canopies of these centuries-old moss-covered trees. They are all very large, lush and green.
A favorite gathering place for city dwellers is Fairhope City Park and Pier. It’s a real gem with a large fountain and an award-winning rose garden. The pier is 1,448 feet long and is designed for both fishing and boardwalking. It also includes benches, covered areas, public toilets, a marina and a restaurant.
This quaint southern town may be small, but it might be! Throughout the year, Fairhope hosts several popular annual festivals. Every spring the highly anticipated Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival takes place. This is one of their biggest events. Over 200 artisans take to the streets of downtown Fairhope to showcase and sell their best work. A wide variety of mediums are on display and for purchase, including: fibers and leathers; functional crafts; graphics and drawings; watercolor; mixed media; The painting; photography; jewelry; pottery and ceramics; sculpture; wood; and glass.
On New Years Eve, once the clock strikes midnight, a fun party begins in this south Baytown – Mardi Gras season begins! Here, designers, builders and organizers work tirelessly throughout the year to bring their creativity to life in the form of giant colorful Mardi Gras floats that parade through the streets of downtown Fairhope. These Mardi Gras parades are family-friendly and especially popular due to the beautifully lit backdrops.
I love Fairhope’s location for many reasons, but mostly because there are so many great day trips available. For example, in the nearby Spanish Fort, Alabama is the USS Alabama battleship and memorial park.
This battleship had a remarkable career. She began her World War II adventures in the North Atlantic in 1943, then to the South Pacific where she was known as the “Heroine of the Pacific”. This historic battleship housed a crew of 2,500 Americans and ended up in Mobile, Alabama as a National Historic Landmark and memorial to millions in 1965 when the USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park opened to the public.
A few years later, the park added another gem. The World War II submarine USS DRUM (SS-228), a National Historic Landmark, sits in its cradle next to Mobile Bay and the battleship USS Alabama. The DRUM is the oldest American submarine on public display. It’s fascinating to see and learn more about her crew of 72 and their missions during the war.
Another educational and fun stop at the park is the Medal of Honor Aircraft Pavilion, which houses an extensive collection of aircraft, historic vehicles, and wartime artifacts. Part of the impressive collection includes the Red Ball Express exhibit, honoring the men who transported supplies during World War II, and a Red-Tail P-51 aircraft, just like the planes flown by famous Tuskegee airmen. One of the latest additions to the collection that we enjoyed is Marine One, a recently restored VH1-N/Bell 212 helicopter used by Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan and George HW Bush.
Dedicated to all veterans and branches of the United States Armed Forces, this patriotic park is one of America’s most unique military attractions!.
So whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, traveling on a family vacation, or just want to have a fun weekend…Fairhope, Alabama would be a great choice and destination!
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