Nothing brightens up a room like a vase of fresh flowers. If you don’t have a green thumb and you’re looking to support your floral addiction with something a little more sustainable than Trader Joe’s, look no further than these 8 Alabama flower farms. Offering everything from U-pick weekends to delivered flower CSAs, these local farmers are guaranteed to keep you in bloom all summer—and beyond—long.
If you grew up in Alabama or have spent any amount of time in the state, then you likely know a little about Helen Keller's life here. After suffering a severe illness at 19 months, she was left deaf and blind. For the next five years, her world was dark, lonely, and utterly silent until Anne Sullivan entered her life. On a spring day in 1887, the teacher made a breakthrough when she successfully taught Helen the word “water” by repeatedly pumping cool well water into her hand while tapping out an alphabet code spelling the word into her other. By the end of the night, Helen had learned 30 words.
Christy and Cal Breed are fluent in the language of fire. In 2002, the couple opened a hot shop and gallery to practice and teach others about the ancient art of glass blowing. Since then, Orbix Hot Glass, located on 26 acres bordering Little River Canyon National Preserve in Fort Payne, has become an established business—attracting visitors from near and far to see Cal’s extraordinary pieces and the fascinating process of creating them. We sat down with Christy to learn more about Orbix, glass art, and the Alabama maker community.
It may be best known as host to one of the Southeast’s biggest music festivals, but The Hangout in Gulf Shores has been showing crowds a good time for far longer than the Hangout Music Festival’s 10-year tenure.
Around these parts, ice cream is a year-round endeavor. However, the cold, creamy treat is especially satisfying when the weather warms and the humidity starts creeping in. Whether you’re in the mood for a classic scoop or an outrageous milkshake, our state has plenty of places to chill out.
If you’ve ever visited the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. and stared up at the translucent marble ceiling, you’ve witnessed a piece of Alabama history. The ceiling is made of white marble mined in Talladega County’s Sylacauga (appropriately known as the Marble City).