Southern Stays is a series in which we review a property, whether it be a hostel, hotel or other forms of accommodation. To suggest a property please leave a comment or email us. While we usually don't feature chain hotels, the Marriott Shoals Hotel and Spa in Florence, Alabama is unlike any other from the brand. Located next to the dams of the Tennessee River, the hotel … [Read more...] about Southern Stays: Marriott Shoals Hotel and Spa
The southern United States is roughly the size of some countries in terms of geography and as diverse within its bounds as countries as well. The signature dishes from Cajun country of Louisiana are vastly different from what you'll find in the Ozarks of Arkansas. The landscapes are just as varied, including wetlands, mountains, plains, and everything in between. The process of … [Read more...] about Should I Go on a Group Tour?
Since 2015, Sloss Music and Arts Festival has been Birmingham, Alabama's best. A diverse lineup of music acts in the rock, pop, and even rap genres has brought in names like Fitz and the Tantrums, Ben Harper, Manchester Orchestra, and Tyler the Creator. What makes the music and arts festival so unique is its location, the Sloss Furnaces, a former iron forge. Held every July, … [Read more...] about A First Timer’s Guide to Sloss Music and Arts Festival
Named for founder John Gunter, the town originally known as Gunter's Landing was settled in 1848. John Gunter was the wealthy owner of a salt mine and married a local Cherokee woman to solidify his land holdings. Many of the local residents worked for the nearby cotton mill. The town now has less than 10,000 residents and brings in fishermen for Lake Guntersville. Interested … [Read more...] about Small Town Saturday: Guntersville, AL
Founded in the 1800s, the area now known as Fort Payne was home to a thriving Cherokee community until their removal. The town was named for Major Payne, who built the internment camp for the Native Americans. The completion of rail lines between Birmingham and Chattanooga increased the population. The band Alabama hails from Fort Payne and a number of attractions are centered … [Read more...] about Small Town Saturday: Fort Payne, AL