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Spend a Saturday in Decatur, where creativity and confections collide

Looking for fun, laid-back, culturally-enhancing weekend plans? Then look no further than Decatur Morgan County, an absolute gem of a town, located in the thriving North Alabama region. There is so much to do while “finding your flow” in Decatur, you might not know where to start. So, we’re here to help. Decatur is full of one-of-a-kind trails to follow, so choose one or two per visit to immerse yourself in while you’re here. For a cultural experience, with some sugar on top, start out on the MoCo Art Trail, then hop on over to the MoCo Sweet Treats Trail for a pick-me-up—or two or three. It will be a Saturday you won’t regret… and you’ll be back to discover more of Decatur before you know it.

By |November 25, 2022|

Learn about German holiday traditions in Cullman, Alabama

They say there’s no place like home for the holidays, but few places in the world know how to celebrate the season quite like Germany. Alabamians can get the best of both worlds—with traditions near and far—during Christmas in Cullman. The monthlong celebration pays homage to the Southern town’s German heritage with a series of events designed to help locals and visitors alike get in the Christmas spirit. 

By |November 23, 2022|

Where to see the best holiday light shows in Alabama

For those who bravely untangle last year's Christmas tree lights, imagine covering an entire zoo or botanical garden with the illuminating bulbs. All across Alabama, the custom of lighting up Christmas rises to the level of art with dancing elves, prancing reindeer, walking Gingerbread men, and in one case, a mooning Santa. The displays range from dramatic to whimsical, high in the tree tops to below ground, and from elegant to so tacky that the infamous Griswold house would not make the cut. From November through January, you can fill your senses with holiday cheer. Start early, and follow the lighted trail from north to south. Or, choose an old favorite to share with the whole family. These light displays are filled with joy, whimsy, motion, humor and the holidays at their best. 

By |November 22, 2022|

How to spend a weekend in Scottsboro, Alabama

It’s an unfortunate consequence of air travel. Somewhere along their journeys, suitcases get lost in transit and sometimes they’re never reunited with their owners. If you’ve ever wondered what becomes of all those long-lost bags, you need only to look to Scottsboro, Alabama. This tiny town in northeast Alabama is home to Unclaimed Baggage, the country’s only retailer of lost luggage, where you can buy everything from designer clothing and jewelry to brand-new electronics, beauty products, and even art. 

By |November 12, 2022|

Visit Cheaha Mountain, the highest point in Alabama

Rising above the clouds, it earned the name, “Island in the Sky.” The Creek Nation labeled it “Chaha,” meaning “high place” in the Muskogee language. At 2,407 feet above sea level, Cheaha State Park towers over the rest of the state as its highest point. Located in the town of Delta in North Alabama, this oasis stretches wide across the horizon in the midst of 2,799 acres of state park, plus the surrounding 392,567 acres of the Talladega National Forest, which in turn encompasses more than 7,000 acres of the Cheaha Wilderness. It affords a rare luxury in these crowded times—miles of vista oblivious to human touch.

By |November 5, 2022|
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