Great American Main Street Award recognizes Monroeville is booming

Known for literary giants, this South Alabama town is bustling thanks to community support and a wave of youthful entrepreneurs. The Main Street Now Conference’s annual gathering was held in […]

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6 must-try Milo’s menu hacks crafted by long-time employees

Milo’s is a well-known and well-loved Alabama establishment that has kept customers coming back for more since its doors opened in North Birmingham in April of 1946. With high-quality ingredients […]

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How prescribed fires are transforming Alabama’s forests for the better

Smoke billows into the sky, visible to nearby residents and motorists as a sign that something is burning in the Alabama forest. It’s a prescribed fire at Oak Mountain State Park, […]

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Alabama Travel Guide: The best day trips from Birmingham

Looking for a quick getaway but don’t have much time to spare? You may find just what you’re looking for in the landscape of our beautiful state. From urban spaces steeped in history to the beautiful natural scenery of mountain views, Alabama is rich in cultural points of interest.

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Downtown Wetumpka’s Company Street is our 2023 Cutest Street in Alabama

Our 2023 Cutest Street in Alabama is Downtown Wetumpka’s Company Street. There are many factors that contribute to our distinction of “Cutest Street in Alabama.” This year, our decision was […]

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Alabama’s Oyster Revival: Restoring the bounty at Cedar Point Beach

While the Gulf Coast produces some of the nation’s best oysters, the southern staple is becoming a rare delicacy due to its population decline over the last 70 years. This environmental restoration project will reinvigorate oyster reefs at Cedar Point Beach.

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Beauty and Innovation: Sharing Alabama’s greatest asset with the world

“We are fortunate to live in a state that is blessed with such natural beauty and outdoor recreation opportunities. From the mountains of Northeast Alabama, through the River Region and Black Belt in the center of the state, to the beaches and bays of the Gulf Coast, Alabama has something outdoors for everyone.”

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Alabama’s oldest family-owned restaurant to host Night in New Orleans

Traditions run deep at The Bright Star in Bessemer, Alabama’s oldest family-run restaurant. And plans are coming together for one of its most popular rituals, the annual Night in New Orleans featuring a guest chef from the Big Easy. The “night” is actually three nights, featuring a special menu representing cuisines by both the guest chef and The Bright Star. The 34th annual Night in New Orleans is set for Thursday, August 3 through Saturday, August 5. Eric Cook, co-owner and executive chef of the restaurants Gris-Gris (Magazine Street) and Saint John (French Quarter) returns to Bessemer for a second year to conjure his creole dishes

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Alabama-based brand lands Banana Republic collaboration

The formal announcement recently made by the Banana Republic team was a cause for celebration for Alabama natives. Banana Republic is introducing an expansion to BR Home that will include a bedding collection by Alabama-based Red Land Cotton. In the words of President and CEO Sandra Stangl, “Our expanded Home collection is central to our vision to be the premier lifestyle brand that positions BR as an experiential and cultural cornerstone in our customers’ lives.”

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The 3 most unique Airbnbs in Alabama

The advent of the Airbnb concept has redefined travel for many. Previously, travel could be experienced in a very limited number of ways—hotels, resorts, friends’ homes. Airbnb has given travelers the ability to experience trips in a way that adds a distinct layer of depth and understanding of the area. By being given the option to stay in homes within the community, the experience of the traveler becomes increasingly novel. Alabama boasts a number of interesting and unique Airbnbs throughout the state, and we have put together a list of three must-visit spots.

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Jesse’s Restaurant opens new location On The Bay

The owners and chef behind the Magnolia Springs landmark Jesse’s Restaurant are dropping anchor at Fort Morgan with a new casual fine dining concept. Every table has a view of the water at Jesse’s on the Bay, which opened along the stretch leading to the historic fort and tourist attraction. The executive chef over both Jesse’s, Larry Agnew, pays painstaking attention to detail. He sources the restaurants’ produce and proteins as nearby as possible. The kitchen ages its prime beef, heritage pork, and even Gulf fish to enhance its flavors. The new location in Fort Morgan boasts a raw bar featuring Alabama-farmed half-shell oysters and house-made fish ceviche. Both join the cast on the bayside restaurant’s ornate seafood tower.

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Randall Porter

A Man About Town: How to cultivate your personal style

The problem isn’t necessarily that you have nothing to wear, but that you have nothing you like to wear. This happens when you shop without your personal style in mind. And it can change with each season. We have all been there and out of all of the choices, nothing feels like you.

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The history behind one of Birmingham’s most iconic landmarks

On a clear day in downtown Birmingham, passersby can spot a certain futuristic white building looking out over the city. For many Birmingham residents, this is a well-known city landmark […]

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Moments in the Mountains: A fall guide to 24 hours in Mentone, Alabama

Fall in Alabama is always a fan favorite. With ideal temperatures and the holiday season in sight, the fall feeling is palpable across the state. One of the best ways […]

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Discovering Decatur: A hidden architectural gem in the heart of the South

Think of North Alabama, and you’ll likely think of the booming, brilliant metropolis of Huntsville, widely known for its aerospace industries and military technology. Or, you music-types may conjure images […]

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Homegrown Harmonies: 3 Alabama bands to add to your fall playlist

With summer coming to an end and the temperatures beginning to drop, Alabamians can start preparing for indoor activities. While you are spending time with family or hosting your friends, […]

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