Southern Living Magazine lists Fairhope, Alabama as one of the South’s Best Small Towns, and I have to agree. It’s a charming coastal town that is located just south of Mobile on the eastern shore of the massive Mobile Bay. It has lots of flower-lined streets, lovely parks, walking trails, art galleries, boutiques, cafes, and excellent seafood that could not be any fresher. No matter if you are fishing, swimming, or just walking the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail, you will have a very impressive panoramic view of Mobile Bay. And it’s especially breathtaking at sunset!
But the one thing that impressed me the most is the many beautiful, enormous trees that are dotted throughout this deep south community. They have huge Crepe Myrtles, towering Long Leaf Pines, massive Southern Magnolias, and my favorite…the majestic Live Oak Trees. These trees make quite an impression with their gigantic trunks with some measuring up to 27 feet around. And their incredibly long limbs gracefully dance across the roads, neighborhoods, lawns, and even rooftops. Some trees have a spread of 200 feet. The streets are literally covered with canopies of these century-old moss-covered trees. All are very large, lush, and green.
A favorite gathering place for the townspeople is the Fairhope Municipal Park and Pier. This is where many of the festivals take place. It’s a real jewel with a large fountain and award-winning rose garden. The pier is 1,448 feet long and is designed both for fishing and strolling. It also features benches, covered areas, restrooms, a marina, and a restaurant.
This quaint southern town may be little but it’s mighty! Throughout the year Fairhope has numerous annual festivals. Arts and Crafts Shows are monthly and on the first Friday of the month, you can stroll around the town’s Art Walk featuring all the art galleries while they offer appetizers, cocktails, and live music.
Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, traveling on a family vacation, or just wanting a fun-filled weekend…Fairhope would be an excellent choice and destination!