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P R E S I D E N T S’L E T T E R S WELCOME TO HUNTSVILLE/MADISON COUNTY, ALABAMA! On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of the Huntsville/ Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau, it is my honor and a pleasure to welcome you to our community. 2020 is a very special year. The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is celebrating 50 years of showcasing America’s space exploration, and the Rocket City Trash Pandas will be playing their inaugural season at Toyota Field in Town Madison. Whatever brings you to the Rocket City, I encourage you to enjoy the attractions, outstanding dining options and the wide variety of activities available during your stay. World-class shopping and dining sure to please any palate are easily accessible from all major lodging providers. Bridge Street Town Centre, Parkway Place Mall and The Garage at Clinton Row each offer shoppers some of the very finest “Space to Splurge.” Visit the unique retail offerings in Five Points, Downtown Huntsville and Madison, at area attractions and in the Huntsville/ Madison County Visitor Center®. You’re sure to find the perfect gift or keepsake for that special someone! Find “Space at Our Table” at one of over 600 restaurants. You can easily match menus to your mood. Southern specialties include barbecue, grits and sweet tea. Try a beer from one of ten local craft breweries, if you’re so inclined. Visit one of the many upscale dining venues featuring some of the bestknown chefs in the region, or explore our ever-expanding food truck offerings.

Get out and experience our “Space to Play” from the top attractions in the state, all within minutes of your room! The U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Burritt on the Mountain, Huntsville Botanical Garden, Huntsville Museum of Art, EarlyWorks Museum Complex, Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment, Stovehouse, Campus No. 805 and so many more attractions offer visitors memorable experiences. Be sure to see what’s going on at the Von Braun Center. New entertainment options like Top Golf, Stars and Strikes, Dave & Busters and the Stand Up Live comedy club make this an ideal vacation destination. You’ll find a wealth of outdoor venues like the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Hampton Cove, Ditto Landing Marina and Monte Sano State Park. There are plenty of places you can hike, bike, walk or run. Check out the trails and nature preserves of the Land Trust of North Alabama. Not that energetic? Just relax and enjoy the scenery. Big Spring International Park is a favorite destination, in the heart of downtown Huntsville, for locals and visitors alike who want to enjoy a little time with nature. Let us assist you in planning your free time. Watch the Visitor Channel on the television in your room or visit our website at Huntsville.org. Call us at 256-533-5723, or better yet, stop in the Huntsville/Madison County Visitor Center®. It’s located in downtown Huntsville at 500 Church Street NW and open seven days a week for your convenience. Ask us about our money-saving coupons for attractions, sports, and arts and entertainment. Once again, welcome to our community. We’ve Got Space and we’re so happy you’re in it!

SAVOR THE FLAVOR OF DECATUR AND MORGAN COUNTY, ALABAMA! Nestled on the banks of the Tennessee River, Decatur, Alabama is a vibrant city that offers a variety of family friendly activities to enjoy throughout the year that celebrate our unique history, culture and natural resources! A visit to Decatur is an adventure for the senses as you thrill to the sight of hot-air balloons as they fly through the sky, smell the savory scent of world-famous barbecue, splash in the waters of America’s first wave pool, taste delectable chocolates made by hand or hear stories that tell of a proud past and a city of survivors! Decatur’s rich history and culture is found in our historic downtown that abounds with interesting museums, fabulous dining and wonderful shopping! The adjacent historic residential districts and beautiful parks add to the air of grace and charm to discover! Unique historic sites and museums offer fascinating insight into the stories that shaped and define our past. Shop one of the many stores that features an appealing mix of art, antiques, home decorative objects, “Made in Alabama” gifts, upscale clothing and more. As you stroll

your way through our historic districts that boost one of the largest collections of 19th and early 20th century architecture, you will work up an appetite that you can satisfy at one of the many local eateries! Whether your taste is for down-home or innovative farmto-fork cuisine, Decatur has a restaurant that will satisfy your taste buds! If you love the outdoors, Decatur, Alabama has so much to offer! From beautiful park settings to the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, you will reawaken your sense of adventure! Spend some time on the water and catch one of the big bass or catfish that have made Wheeler Lake a popular destination for tournaments and recreational anglers. Create a memory with a visit to a town that provides a unique, authentic and delicious experience! Decatur Morgan County Tourism is happy to help you plan your visit to the area and encourages you to stop by our Visitors Center at 719 6th Avenue SE, call 800-524-6181 or explore our website at decaturcvb.org for more information.

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WELCOME TO HUNTSVILLE, a city of rockets and defense, bio-tech and computer science, arts and parks—a smart city on the move. Huntsville is home to the second-largest research park in the United States with a concentration of high-tech workers. Named the “Rocket City” for its close history with U.S. space missions, Huntsville has played a vital role in developing space technology since the 1950s. It is one of the most recognized cities in the Southeast that is consistently named as a best place to live and work by a variety of national publications. We offer an exceptionally high quality of life experience through our museums, educational facilities and cultural and recreational activities. All of these opportunities, when coupled with the area’s affordable housing and low cost of living, provide a unique environment for families to prosper. You’ll find an array of shopping and dining options at Bridge Street Town Centre, Parkway Place Mall, and throughout our beautiful downtown. If you have time to spend outdoors, we also have beautiful mountains and rivers, magnificent caves to explore, hiking and bike trails, and a ribbon of pedestrian greenways throughout the city. I hope your visit is a pleasant one. Enjoy yourselves while you are here and know that you are always welcome in Huntsville, the Star of Alabama!

WELCOME TO THE CITY OF MADISON—A city of historic charm where progress meets preservation and residents and visitors alike can enjoy fabulous food and fun entertainment. My family and I are proud to call Madison home! Located only a few miles west of Huntsville and just north of Huntsville International Airport, our more than 47,000 residents enjoy the multiple opportunities Madison has to offer. Nationally recognized schools, superior health care services, family-friendly venues and welcoming neighbors make Madison a safe and nurturing place to call home. While you are in town, take the time to walk, jog or bike the Bradford or Indian Creek Greenways whose natural settings provide miles of relaxation and recreation away from the trappings of urban life. Go back in time walking the rose-lined streets of our Madison Station Historic Downtown. Main Street’s restaurants, brew pub, boutiques and shops provide varied and eclectic shopping and dining experiences. And you don’t want to miss our annual Madison Street Festival the first weekend in October! Whether you are in town for a day, a weekend or a lifetime, we know you will quickly discover that Madison truly is a unique place to live, learn and grow. Sincerely,

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WELCOME TO THE CITY OF DECATUR—Decatur’s richly storied past of opportunity, prosperity, diversity and determination has shaped the city that we are today—The City of Opportunity. From families whose ancestors first settled this fertile river valley to newcomers who move to the area because of our progressive business environment, our city’s welcoming spirit and sense of community are what make Decatur home to a diverse group of people. Our awardwinning schools, access to two interstate points that allows easy access to major metropolitan cities with professional sports teams and family-friendly, safe neighborhoods make Decatur a great place to raise a family. The $35 million Cook Museum of Natural Science opened June 7, 2019. Outdoor recreation is a year-round staple in Decatur. Folks take advantage of our location on the Tennessee River for boating, water skiing and fishing from the first warm days of Spring through those late, lazy Fall days when the sun on the water beckons. Festivals throughout the year bring our citizens and neighbors from around the region together to celebrate with music, balloons, food and fun. With a rich heritage and dynamic future, Decatur will continue to pursue the economic prosperity, cultural diversity, and community spirit that make this – The City of Opportunity. Sincerely,

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CON TEN TS Huntsville 12 Welcome to Huntsville

Huntsville grew rapidly as a leader in technological developments. This continued growth inspires local entrepreneurs and restaurateurs to set up shop here.

14 Huntsville History

From Big Spring to big dreams

16 13 Things To Do Downtown Huntsville’s thriving downtown area is brimming with sights, sounds and tastes for you to experience. Take a walk and take it all in.

26 U.S. Space & Rocket Center Consistently ranked as Alabama’s No. 1 tourist attraction!

28 Explore Huntsville’s Main Attractions

From shopping to museums to nature preserves, Huntsville has the perfect agenda for every traveler.

31 Huntsville Botanical Garden

Offers year-round family fun

34 Wide Open Spaces

From awe-inspiring mountain vistas to echoing caverns, the Huntsville area offers a wealth of outdoor escapes.

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Madison 54 Explore Madison

Where progress meets preservation.

58 Madison Chamber of Commerce Welcomes You See how the chamber helps to make Madison a great place to live, work, play and do business.

62 Taste the Flavors of Madison From old-fashioned candy shops

to upscale bistros and down-home hangouts, Madison restaurants satisfy any appetite.

64 Buenavista Mexican Cantina This local family-owned restaurant

chain has been serving North Alabama for more than 25 years.

66 Map of the City of Madison

A quick reference map to help you get your bearings.

Decatur 68 Discover Decatur

Referred to as “The River City” by locals, few cities in the south enjoy a connection to the Tennessee River like this one.

70 Decatur—A Brief History of The River City

Decatur’s rich history explained by John Allison, Morgan County Archivist.

74 Adventures Await

From golf courses to museums and historical sites, Decatur/Morgan County has the perfect agenda for every traveler.

80 Shop Decatur

From the most popular national stores to local boutiques, art galleries and antique stores, Decatur has what you need to get your shopping fix.

84 Out and About in Decatur

From farm-to-table fine dining and upscale bistros in historic downtown to down-home hangouts on the river, Decatur delivers on flavor and atmosphere.

90 Maps of Downtown Decatur and Surrounding Areas Easily locate Decatur Favorites and attractions.

From the most popular national stores to local boutiques and salons, Huntsville has what you need to treat yourself well.

38 Out on the Town

From enriching plays and theater to rockin’ live music, there are good times to be had in Huntsville and Madison.

44 Dine Huntsville

Social hubs are taking root throughout the Huntsville, Madison and Decatur region. Stovehouse, pictured, is the newest multi-use facility featuring restaurants, outdoor yoga, and plenty of outdoor social spaces for all ages. Photograph by Huntsville native and photographer, Yoon Kim.

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H U N T S V I L L E H I S TO RY

The rumor of a freshwater spring lured John Hunt to explore the north Alabama wilderness. By 1808, three hundred settlers lived around “Big Spring.”

Captivated by dreams of space travel since his youth, Wernher von Braun brought powerful passion and vision to the American space program.

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ucked in the rolling foothills of North Alabama, the city of Huntsville is a hidden oasis of culture, innovation and progress. Known best as the cradle of the American space program, this “Rocket City” has blasted off, amazing visitors and residents alike with its surprising pedigree of events and attractions. But like most places, Huntsville’s origins are much more humble. The story begins more than 200 years ago. Absent were the towering projectiles of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, missing was the sprawling luxury retail jungle of Bridge Street. Back then, Huntsville was all fields, trees and foothills. That is, until Tennessee frontiersman John Hunt scaled Monte Sano Ridge and changed everything. The rumor of a freshwater spring lured Hunt from his home to explore the North Alabama wilderness. Amid the Chickasaw Indians who hunted along the banks, Hunt built a two-bedroom log cabin for his family on a bluff overlooking the spring he discovered. The word spread, and by 1808, around three hundred settlers lived near “Big Spring,” where locals transported their cotton crops down the Indian Creek Canal to the Tennessee River.

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As cotton production picked up, the settlement grew. In 1807, Wyatt Bishop established the town’s first school. The next year, Stephen Neal stepped up as the first sheriff and married the town’s first couple, James McGuire and Elizabeth Ghormley. Soon after, John Bunch’s Old Tavern opened as the city’s first watering hole, and by 1810, the town’s first murder trial had taken place, and Eli Newman had been hanged at the edge of town. With Hunt’s Big Spring booming, the city’s founder headed back to Tennessee to sell his family’s land to pay his settlement registration fees. While he was gone, three profit-minded pioneers bought up his spring-front property and the surrounding area. One of these men, LeRoy Pope, renamed the town Twickenham after the English hometown of his famous ancestor, the poet Alexander Pope. But in 1811, Hunt’s land around Big Spring was reinstated and Huntsville was given its permanent name. LeRoy Pope may have lost the name game, but Twickenham lives on as the name of Huntsville’s antebellum district—the largest in Alabama—famous for its Federal, Italianate and Neo-Classical architecture. With land disputes resolved, Huntsville

was free to grow in peace. By 1812, a city newspaper, the Madison Gazette, had been established. Near the end of that decade, the growing city was named Alabama’s first capital, albeit only temporarily, when state lawmakers gathered in a local cabinetmaking shop to draft the state’s first constitution. By 1823, Huntsville had developed a public water system, thanks in part to its famous spring. With its infrastructure taking shape, the city took its first steps toward industry.

Huntsville Faces War and the Great Depression

The influx of cotton farmers to the area soon drew the railroad industry’s attention to Huntsville. By the mid-1800s, the Memphis and Charleston Railroad had been constructed through Huntsville, becoming the first railway to link the Atlantic seacoast with the lower Mississippi River. Partly because of its strategic location (and perhaps its charm), Huntsville never saw battle during the Civil War. Union forces, led by Brigadier General Ormsby M. Mitchel, moved in quickly in 1862 to cut the Confederate supply lines. Mitchel decided to stay a while, using the Huntsville railroad depot to incarcerate Confederate soldiers. Federal officers occupied Oaklawn Explore more at huntsville.org


H U N T S V I L L E H I S TO RY Plantation on Meridian Street, while renegade Confederate soldiers hid out in the Mayhew home, located on Eustis Avenue. Having avoided the destruction suffered by many southern cities in the war, the thankful townspeople found their lives getting back to normal fairly quickly. But tough times were still ahead. Following the depression and throughout the 1930s, Huntsville faced its first true economic downturn since its founding. Struggling against waning industry, Huntsville survived only on cotton production and its fleeting fame as the watercress capital of the world. But things were to turn around in 1941, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared “a state of unlimited emergency” and the Chemical Warfare Service began searching for an artillery manufacturing facility. The State of Alabama ceded 160 acres of cotton fields to the War Department to build Huntsville Arsenal, which went on to employ nearly 20,000 people. By 1943, the redesignated Redstone Arsenal had expanded to 475 acres.

Moon: Eisenhower Officially Announces Huntsville Satellite Circles Globe,” and the world turned its eyes to Huntsville. Soon after that momentous event, standing on the steps of Huntsville’s new Marshall Space Flight Center, President Eisenhower proclaimed the creation of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. With von Braun as MSFC’s first director, rocketry moved from the defense sector into civilian space exploration. Not only did MSFC receive 1,900 acres of undeveloped land and buildings, but several thousand U.S. Army engineers, scientists and administrators were assigned a slate of challenging space exploration projects. Success came quickly for the growing center, and, barely a year later, the

Leading Alabama into the Future

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However, it seemed that this success would be short-lived. In 1949, WWII was over, and the U.S. Army hung a “for sale” sign on Redstone Arsenal’s doors. What were they to do with this secluded outpost? At the last possible moment—on July 1, 1949—a new prospect appeared on the horizon. That prospect centered around a German scientist, Wernher von Braun, who had grown up in the shadows of Nazi Germany but had maintained a fascination for space travel and rocketry. Von Braun became part of the infamous “Operation Paperclip,” a mission in which the Third Reich’s most brilliant scientists were drafted by the United States. After the war, von Braun found himself and his colleagues transplanted to the isolated cotton fields of North Alabama, where, over the next four years, they would invent rocket science. In September 1954, von Braun presented his first thesis proposing the use of the Redstone military missile, which he would be instrumental in developing, as the prototype for a vehicular rocket that could launch satellites into space. Over the next few years, numerous military missiles were successfully built, tested and launched using von Braun’s thesis. On January 31, 1958, Huntsville earned the nickname “The Rocket City” after the Explorer I became the first U.S. satellite to orbit the earth. The front page of The Huntsville Times read: “Jupiter C Puts Up Go EXCURSIONS Mobile at EXCURSIONSGO.com

civilian contractors work at Marshall Space Flight Center. But most visitors are more interested in the Space & Rocket Center’s Rocket Park, with its massive and impressive Saturn V missile. The U.S. Space & Rocket Center contains the most comprehensive flight hardware museum in the world. It also features the Spacedome IMAX Theater and its renowned Space Camp, where, every year, thousands of students come from around the world to experience space education at its finest. But, dominating it all, hovering 10 feet above the floor, the 476-foot-long, 90-foot-wide, 63-foot-high Saturn V rocket floats like a leviathan above the new Davidson Center facility. Redstone Arsenal is one of the Department of Defense’s most strategic technological assets, employing over 30,000 people and managing over $25 billion in annual federal spending—over half of the army’s total annual weapons procurement budget.

The harsh realities of World War II brought a new industry to Huntsville—the industry of war. Huntsville Arsenal (later Redstone Arsenal) opened to meet the needs of the American military, employing many female workers.

Mercury-Redstone rocket boosted America’s first astronaut, Alan Shepard, into suborbital flight. Then, in 1969, the largest of the Saturn family of rockets built and tested at MSFC propelled American astronauts to their most-anticipated destination—the moon. After the close of the Apollo program, Huntsville experienced an exodus of big business throughout the 1970s. Ultimately, it would be the U.S. Army, and not the space program, that would prevail. Such military innovations as the TOW missiles and the biomedical research from the HudsonAlpha Institute set Huntsville on a more diverse path to technological excellence.

The Moon, Mars and Beyond

Thanks in part to the aerospace and defense industries, Huntsville has one of the most diverse cultures, per capita, in the country. Today, a mixture of nearly 300 international, high-technology and aerospace/defense agencies, plus 50 Fortune 500 companies, reside in the Cummings Research Park, the country’s second largest research and development park. Two hundred years after its discovery, John Hunt’s Big Spring is still at the center of downtown life. Buffered on all sides by a beautiful public park, the lagoon is surrounded by fine hotels and such distinguished civic buildings as the public library and the Von Braun Center. Lined with park benches and accented by its distinct Red Bridge (a gift from Japan), Big Spring Park is landscaped with cherry blossom trees, a gazebo and eternal flame, around which the city gathers for festivals, like the Panoply Arts Festival and many local concerts. It’s fair to say that modern-day Huntsville, with its towering rockets, luxury shopping facilities, manicured parks and decadent dining options, would be hardly recognizable to its grizzled frontiersman founder. But, if you ask its residents and many visitors, they’d say that’s just fine. Supported by a culture of innovation, the Rocket City is poised to lead the state, and the rest of the South, into the next century.❖

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13 Things To Do in Downtown Huntsville Huntsville’s thriving downtown area is brimming with sights, sounds and tastes for you to experience. Take a walk and take it all in…

Downtown Huntsville streets close to host numerous events throughout the year. See the events calendar at downtownhuntsville.org for the latest information and plan your next visit. photograph courtesy of HUNTSVILLE/MADISON COUNTY CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU

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Craft Beer Trail

For craft beer fans, Huntsville has become a popular destination for your favorite ales, stouts and more. Even better, many of the top craft beer establishments are concentrated in the Downtown Huntsville area. That’s why we’ve created the Downtown Huntsville Craft Beer Trail which includes eleven unique downtown destinations. These include breweries at Straight to Ale, Yellowhammer, Salty Nut, Below the Radar, Mad Malts, Green Bus Brewing and Innerspace Brewing as well as craft beer and wine stores such as Old Town Beer Exchange, Liquor Express and Church Street Wine Shoppe. Guests on the trail can pick up a trail card at any of the eleven establishments. From there, you can get your trail card stamped at each stop. Once you complete all eleven, you can redeem your trail card for free trail swag. In other words, the Downtown Huntsville Craft Beer Trail rewards you for tasting all the great local craft beers in the city center.

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Whether you’re looking to grab a drink and chill to some tunes or dance into the night, you can find just the right spot in Downtown Huntsville. Live bands are a mainstay at many bars and clubs, including the Furniture Factory, Sidetracks and Jefferson St. Pub where you can also grab a bite to eat. Or, you can rock out at such local favorites as The Martin Bar & Bistro, Sammy T’s Music Hall and Whiskey Bottom Saloon. Don’t miss Church Street Wine Shoppe, Purveyor, SiP Lounge and Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Domaine South for a handcrafted cocktail or a glass of wine and an appetizer.

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In Huntsville, the Von Braun Center (VBC) is the go-to entertainment venue. On any given night, there’s something spectacular happening at this premier multi-purpose complex. Venues inside the VBC include the Propst Arena, the Mark C. Smith Concert Hall, the Playhouse, and newly added Mars Music Hall, which all work seamlessly together to bring in a variety of entertainment options from large-scale to intimate. Recently added is a fullservice restaurant and rooftop bar – Rhythm on Monroe. Rhythm offers delicious cocktails, craft brews and freshly prepared, locally 18 EXCURSIONS

sourced urban fare. Rhythm is the perfect spot for a pre-show dinner or post-show drinks. Not attending an event? No problem! Rhythm on Monroe is open for all guests. Sports aficionados will find no shortage of cheering opportunities—the VBC is home to the Huntsville Havoc and UAH Chargers hockey teams, and also hosts the annual Rocket City Classic double-header featuring the University of Alabama men’s basketball team. If you’re craving entertainment that’s a bit more cultured, the VBC also hosts The Broadway Theatre League, Huntsville Symphony Orchestra and the Huntsville Ballet Company; as well as Theatre Huntsville and the

Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater. Families will love being entertained at signature VBC events like Family Fun Festival & Expo and the Von Brewski Beer Festival! There’s always something to do at the Von Braun Center—top-billing concerts, A-list comedians, family entertainment extravaganzas and so much more. Learn more and see all upcoming events at vonbrauncenter.com.

Seasonal Calendar BROADWAY THEATRE LEAGUE

October - March HUNTSVILLE BALLET COMPANY

October - April HUNTSVILLE HAVOC

October - March HUNTSVILLE SYMPHONY

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September - April UAH CHARGERS

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In the mood to do a little shopping? Then look no further than the Clinton Row District. This one-of-a-kind shopping destination in historic Downtown Huntsville is home to some of the city’s most unique boutiques. From boho chic goods at Indigo Boutique, Caley Paige Home and Gifts, Clachic Boutique, 5th Avenue inspired fashions at Elitaire Boutique to a full service men’s provisioner at Roosevelt & Co., these locally-owned and operated shops are sure to have a unique selection of items you won’t find anywhere else. See all the unique shopping that downtown has to offer by visiting shopclintonrow.com.

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Explore Big Spring Park on a Downtown Huntsville Pace Bike

Without a doubt, Big Spring Park is the epicenter of life and culture in Huntsville, and now zipping around downtown is easier than ever. One hundred Downtown Huntsville Pace Bikes are now readily accessible throughout downtown at eleven stations including one at the Visitor Center and two in Big Spring Park. Riders can pay by the hour or join the program by signing up for monthly or annual memberships. Throughout the year, the park plays host to numerous events, including the Panoply Arts Festival, Crush Wine & Food Festival, Tinsel Trail and Paddle the Canal. But you don’t have to wait for a major event to enjoy the park. Children will love the famously friendly ducks, geese and koi that call the lagoon home. Or, use the park as a starting point for your exploration of Huntsville. It’s bordered on all sides by some of the city’s most-visited landmarks, such as the Huntsville Museum of Art and the Von Braun Center. Visitors can enjoy strolling the walking trail, viewing the grotto lights display every evening after dark in Big Spring Park East, stopping for a peaceful picnic or even surfing the web courtesy of free wi-fi.

DOWNTOWN FAVORITE

Humphrey’s Bar + Grill 103 Washington Street NE 256.704.5555; humphreysdowntown.com PHOTOS: DOWNTOWN HUNTSVILLE, INC.

Humphrey’s Bar + Grill features an open-air, New Orleans-style patio that is a favorite hangout for locals and was rated one of the top three in Huntsville. Enjoy their creative craft cocktail list and extensive beer selections, as well as the best food and drink specials in the Rocket City. With a focus on buying local and organic, Humphrey’s menu selections include their

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smoked chicken wings with white Alabama barbecue sauce, Angus beef burgers and the best barbecue in town. From acoustic folk to rock-n-roll and down home blues, Humphrey’s is also the place to come to catch the best live music in town. So don’t forget your dancing shoes! See EXCURSIONSGO.com to view their Facebook feed, tap to call, go to their website, get directions and more.

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Experience World Class Art and Performances

Looking for a cultured night out on the town? Head to the Von Braun Center for a variety of performances by local, regional and national groups. Enjoy all that Huntsville performing arts has to offer by visiting the luxurious Mark C. Smith Concert Hall. Treat yourself to an evening with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra and enjoy classical and modern performances led by maestro Gregory Vajda. For information, visit hso.org. The Huntsville Ballet Company also calls the VBC home. Visit huntsvilleballet.org for a schedule of performances by some of the country’s most talented professional dancers. The VBC hosts Broadway Theatre League shows, brought straight from NYC to the Rocket City. For a list of dates and shows, visit broadwaytheatreleague.org. Looking for local theater talent? The Von Braun Center Playhouse plays host to the Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater (fantastplayhouse.org) and Theatre Huntsville (yourseatiswaiting.org).

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DOWNTOWN FAVORITE

The Bottle 101 Washington St. NE, Huntsville 256.704.5555; thebottledowntown.com

The Bottle, an upscale eatery that features southern cuisine with a French influence, specializes in steaks, chops and a variety of the freshest fish available. The changing seasonal menu includes raw oysters, jumbo lump blue crab cakes, veal chops, lamb racks and Hereford Choice Beef. The Bottle—a name referencing the near mythic, long-

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shuttered Green Bottle Grill—invites guests to experience southern hospitality that will not soon be forgotten. See EXCURSIONSGO.com to view their live Facebook feed, tap to call, get directions, link to their website and more.

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Park Place Plaza and A.M. Booth’s Lumberyard are some of Huntsville’s coolest shopping destinations and event venues. Be sure to step into A.M. Booth’s hundred-year-old lumberyard, offering the most original party space in the heart of “uptown” Huntsville. The large outdoor courtyard, surrounded by lounging nooks, covered bars and banquet areas, includes a raised covered stage that can easily host a band, DJ or banquet and a uniquely refurbished 1924 train car, The Blue Bayou. Campus No. 805 has become the connecting point for the resurgence of West Huntsville neighborhoods, the treasured historic districts and the hundreds of exciting new loft residences in downtown. The Stone Center building and the new 16,000 square foot Student Union has attracted a growing list of tenants including craft breweries, restaurants, catering, bars, retail and entertainment venues. Huntsville’s newest open-air venue, Stovehouse, is quickly becoming the social hub of downtown. Venture over to Lowe Mill and watch artists and craftspeople make unique creations—this is the perfect place to find art and souvenirs to take home. Honest Coffee Roasters is also situated on Clinton Avenue and offers a peaceful environment to enjoy a cup of joe.


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Need information about what to do during your stay in the Rocket City? Stop by the Visitor Center, located in the lobby of the Huntsville/ Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau in Downtown Huntsville. Pick up Passport coupons to use at area attractions. Sports fan? Pick up an All-Star Sports Pass which allows you to buy one ticket and get one FREE to Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, Huntsville Havoc hockey, UAH Chargers hockey and Huntsville Tigers women’s football. The Visitor Center is also the perfect place to pick up a Rocket City souvenir, or the Arts & Entertainment Pass. For more information about the Visitor Center and to see online listings of where to stay, shop, dine and play, call 800.SPACE.4.U or visit huntsville.org. Open seven days a week.

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Grab a Bite to Eat

One thing’s for sure—you won’t go hungry while you’re visiting Downtown Huntsville. Whether you’re in the mood for a quick bite, a leisurely dinner or fine dining, there are plenty of options to please your palate. For hand crafted cocktails and an unforgettable dinner, try Purveyor; they have an inventive menu and they’re open late for shareables. For an amazing fine dining experience, The Bottle is a downtown favorite. Meat lover? Be sure to stop in Ruth’s Chris Steak House for the city’s best steak. More local favorites are Oshi Poke Bowl and Sushi, Melt, Moon Bake Shop, Domaine South and Big Oh’s Asian Fusion. Downtown is also home to Cotton Row and Commerce Kitchen by celebrity chef James Boyce. See EXCURSIONSGO.com for a complete list of dining options.

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Have a Blast at a Fun-Filled Festival

Looking for a fun event with local flair? Huntsville boasts a number of annual events. If you’re visiting Huntsville in the spring, don’t miss the Panoply Arts Festival, held in Big Spring Park the last weekend of April. Panoply celebrates music, dance, theater and visual arts, featuring local and regional artists, musicians and actors. The Annual “Battle of the Buffalo” Chicken Wing Festival also rolls around in spring. This annual event donates to local charities in the fight against cancer. BBQ lover? The annual WhistleStop Weekend is the area’s premier music and BBQ festival, held in May on the grounds of the Huntsville Depot Museum. This festival features live entertainment on two stages, Space Camp Kid’s Zone, professional and amateur BBQ cooking competitions and the Alabama Cornnhole Competition. Crush Wine & Food Festival celebrates the arrival of fall where attendees enjoy more than 150 wines from all over the world, live music, grape stomping, food trucks with wine-inspired menu items and more. See EXCURSIONSGO.com for events throughout the year.

Get Cultured

Located in the heart of Downtown Huntsville in Big Spring Park, the nationally accredited Huntsville Museum of Art fills its numerous galleries with a variety of exhibitions throughout the year, including prestigious traveling exhibits, the work of nationally and regionally acclaimed artists and exhibits from the museum’s own 3,000-piece permanent collection. After you take in the art, stop in the Museum Store for unique jewelry, pottery, glasswork and more. Then enjoy Italian fare for lunch or dinner at Pane e Vino Pizzeria.

Finding Huntsville: A Kid-Friendly Field Guide to Huntsville’s Historic Architecture The Historic Huntsville Foundation’s Finding Huntsville scavenger hunt and activity books turn Huntsville’s courthouse square into an interactive classroom. Activity books are available at the Visitor Center, 500 Church Street or Harrison Brothers Hardware, 124 Southside Square. To inquire about a guided tour, please contact donna@historichuntsville.org 22 EXCURSIONS

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Explore Downtown Public Art

SPACES is a collaborative project developed in 2010 by Arts Huntsville, Alabama A&M University, Huntsville Museum of Art, Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment and University of Alabama Huntsville. Originally designed as a biennial sculpture installation, the founding institutions welcomed the Madison Arts Council to the SPACES Sculpture Trail project in 2012 and Ditto Landing in 2017. Now featuring 39 total sculptures, SPACES is designed to engage and enliven the Huntsville/Madison County community through a large-scale public art installation. Explore the trail using the SPACES HSV app, available for free in the iTunes and Google Play stores. Don’t miss the new Secret Art Project—four space-themed art pieces hidden in plain sight around downtown and the Clinton Row ColorWalk—a quirky alley filled with lights and art on Clinton Row. Don’t miss the murals that bring life to walls of downtown buildings. Huntsville has dynamic, street-level artwork that encourages interaction, engagement and social media sharing. Arts Huntsville partners with artists and Google Fiber to bring public art to the people of Huntsville.

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Go Back in Time

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Due to its occupation by Union troops during the Civil War (and the hard work of the Historic Huntsville Foundation), the city of Huntsville boasts more homes on the National Register of Historic Places than any other in Alabama. Located downtown, the Twickenham District is one of the South’s best-kept secrets, featuring the largest collection of antebellum homes in Alabama. In addition to these Southern beauties, the city also boasts some outstanding examples of early 20th century architecture. One is open to the public year-round, the Weeden House, and is now a museum. Harrison Brothers Hardware is downtown Huntsville’s destination shopping experience. Established in 1894, the store retains its original historic fixtures and offers merchandise that reflects “American made” at its finest. Kids and adults alike will be impressed by the re-created world of the past at EarlyWorks Children’s Museum, the newly renovated Alabama Constitution Hall Park, where interpreters live the lives of early Huntsville settlers. And who doesn’t love trains? Stop by the Huntsville Depot Museum for a ride through railroad history. Can’t decide which one you want to visit? See all three and enjoy a discount. Call 256.564.8100 for more information.

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DOWNTOWN FAVORITE

Clinton Row 100 North Jefferson Street 256.539.4090; find us on Facebook

Clinton Row is an innovative mixed-use space comprised of over 20 storage units repurposed into hyper-local retail shops and startup offices. Offering a wide variety of eclectic creations, Clinton Row provides a unique retail experience at the high visibility intersection of Clinton Avenue and Jefferson Street. Merchandise ranges from vintage records to men’s and women’s clothing to locally and regionally made art. The shops are located in the Quigley Entertainment District, allowing patrons to enjoy their favorite beverage as they browse Clinton Row’s offerings. In addition, Redstone Federal Credit Union’s first Downtown ATM is located at Clinton Row. Current businesses include: Clachic Boutique, In Bloom, Clinton Row Gifts, Carol Foret Gallery, Echo Records, 81 Home Gifts and Glam, and more. Come out and shop local in Downtown Huntsville!

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No trip to Huntsville is complete without a visit to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center! Consistently Ranked as Alabama’s No. 1 Tourist Attraction

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accomplishments of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and Huntsville, the state of Alabama established the U.S. Space & Rocket Center as a public museum for space exploration, national defense and energy technology. Located off Interstate 565, the Rocket Center is the nation’s most complete collection of America’s space vehicles, with nearly 1,500 artifacts, interactive experiences and immersive simulators that provide an exhilarating experience for all who visit. A Saturn V moon rocket, the largest object in the collection of the

Smithsonian Institution, is the centerpiece of a collection spanning more than half a century. From the Apollo 16 command module, to the launch console for Explorer I, to NASA’s next launch vehicle, the Space Launch System, visitors learn the past and future of mankind’s greatest journey.

The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is the Official Visitor Center for NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and is also a Smithsonian Affiliate museum. The Center’s Rocket Park, houses the Saturn 1, the first in the Saturn family

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of rockets. Shuttle Park, the home of the Pathfinder orbiter, is the only place in the world that visitors can see a full-stack configuration of the space shuttle. Other exhibits include “International Space Station: Science on Orbit,” which provides an immersive experience of NASA’s current manned spaceflight activities. Visitors can explore a model of the Payload Operation Integration Center, where NASA manages the experiments on the station, as well as two full modules of the ISS, interacting with digital displays and machines in order to learn about how astronauts live and work in space. Families put on their engineering hats in Spark!Lab, a hands-on makerspace that inspires students of all ages to use criticalthinking skills to solve problems, from cleaning up the ocean to creating a flying machine. Developed by the Smithsonian Institution’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Innovation, Spark!Lab includes themes focused on science, technology, engineering and math. The Center is also home to the INTUITIVE ® Planetarium, a stage-of-theart digital theater and planetarium that boasts more than 30-million pixels on a breathtaking 67-foot full dome seamless screen. Visitors experience a cutting-edge level of clarity in a full dome, making a journey through the solar system a truly stellar experience. The Rocket Center is also home to week Go EXCURSIONS Mobile at EXCURSIONSGO.com

long Space Camp®, Aviation Challenge® Camp, Space Camp® Robotics and U.S. Cyber Camp® programs. These internationally-acclaimed educational programs immerse trainees in authentic astronaut, pilot and cybersecurity training,

allowing them to view mathematics, science and engineering as something more than just an academic exercise. Trainees in Space Camp experience simulators like the 1/6th gravity chair, build and launch rockets and conduct science experiments. Space Camp missions include commercial and international space missions to the International Space Station, the moon and Mars.

Out-of-this-world camp programs available for ages 7 to 100!

Aviation Challenge Camp is a militarythemed training experience where young people gain an understanding of the basics of aerodynamics, flight physiology and wilderness survival. During this exciting week outdoors and in jet simulators, they

train like fighter pilots and develop lifelong leadership and teamwork skills. At Space Camp Robotics, trainees learn to use robotic technologies to create engineering solutions for real-world problems. Trainees work as a team to build and test their own designs in air, land and sea challenges. The week culminates in a contest as trainees test the robots they spent the week developing. U.S. Cyber Camp is the U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s newest STEM camp and allows trainees to delve into the world of cyber technologies through blended handson experiences and challenges. Trainees learn the ethics and responsibilities of personal data security for safeguarding professional networks through individual instruction and team building activities. Stay an hour or stay a week—there is something at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center for everyone in the family! ❖

Hours: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (daily) For more information: rocketcenter.com 1-800-63-SPACE (1-800-637-7223) Follow us on Facebook and

Twitter @RocketCenterUSA

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Explore Huntsville’s Main Attractions

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From shopping to museums to nature preserves, Huntsville has the perfect agenda for every traveler.

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Bridge Street Town Centre is the perfect spot for night-time stroll.

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Alabama Constitution Village Constitution Village is a unique and unforgettable journey into Alabama’s past. Come see villagers busy with their daily tasks, seemingly unaware that nearly two centuries have come and gone. Hear the whir of the spinning wheel, smell the enticing aroma of freshly baked bread being prepared over an open fire and turn the great wheel lathe in the cabinetmaker’s shop. Admission charged. See website for hours. {109 Gates Avenue, 256.564.8100; earlyworks.com}

Big Spring International Park Located in downtown Huntsville, this iconic park serves as the center of the city. Named after an underground spring that John Hunt, Huntsville’s founder, built a cabin next to in 1805, it’s now surrounded

Shop for souvenirs at Harrison Brothers Hardware.

by museums, hotels and more. The park plays host to major area events, like the Panoply Arts Festival and local concerts, and showcases gifts bestowed upon the city by other countries, including the “Red Bridge” and 60 cherry trees from Japan. Free Admission. {Located adjacent to downtown Huntsville}  Bridge Street Town Centre

Bridge Street Town Centre is the premiere retail and entertainment center in North Alabama. Featuring over 70 upscale shops and restaurants, including favorites like J. Crew, The Apple Store and Anthropology. The center also includes the 14-screen Monaco Pictures Theater, a 10-acre lake with gondola boats and water craft rentals, a beautiful carousel, fountains and lots of open green spaces. Free admission. {Located at the corner of Old

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Burritt on the Mountain Also known as the “Jewel on the Mountain,” this living museum is seated atop RoundTop Mountain and features entertainment for all ages. At the 19th-century farm, children can pet barnyard animals, while adults can wander the 14-rooms of the unique X-shaped 1930s mansion. Visitors can explore the winding nature trails, visit authentic exhibits and even attend concerts and plays. Admission charged. See website for hours. {3101 Burritt Drive, Huntsville; 256.536.2882}

Ditto Landing For overnight, over the weekend or week-long vacation, Ditto Landing is a camper’s paradise. Nestled

in the shaded comfort of densely wooded lots, the campground is cool, peaceful and just a moment’s walk from an abundance of funfilled activities. It serves as the gateway to Wheeler reservoir, which has more than 60,000 acres of adventurous playground. There are ample facilities for boats of all sizes. See website for hours. {293 Ditto Landing Road, Huntsville; 256.882.1057}.

Dublin Memorial Park Located in Madison, this park features 66 acres of recreational activities. The Dublin Memorial Park Facility includes an outdoor swimming pool with baby and diving pools. Indoor facilities include a double-court gymnasium equipped for basketball and volleyball, an upstairs walking track and a 25-yard heated indoor swimming pool. Other outdoor activity areas include a walking trail, five soccer EXCURSIONS 29


H U N T S V I L L E AT T R AC T I O N S Discover the newly renovated Alabama Constitution Village

Meet Andy at the Historic Huntsville Depot

Explore the past at Burritt on the Mountain

fields, a community-built playground and seven tennis courts. See website for hours. Free admission. {8324 Old Madison Pike, Madison; 256.772.9300}

EarlyWorks Children’s Museum EarlyWorks was designed for children—go ahead...touch, climb, pull, explore! Hear stories from the Talking Tree, play a tune on the giant-sized instruments at the Alabama bandstand and try your hand at building in the Kidstruction Zone. Explore a 46-foot Keelboat, trade your wares at the general store and try on clothing from the 1800s in the federal house. Preschoolers will enjoy exploring Biscuit’s Backyard, a touch-and-learn area which includes a garden, grocery store and even karaoke. See website for hours. Admission charged. {404 Madison Street in Huntsville; 256.564.8107; earlyworks.com}

of antique biscuit jars brimming with old-fashioned candies, cotton throws, colorful tins, marbles by the scoop, cast iron cookware and oak rocking chairs. See website for hours. Free admission. {124 South Side Square in Huntsville; 256.536.3631; harrisonbrothershardware. com}

Historic Huntsville Depot Hear the rattle of the tracks and the engineer’s whistle as you experience life on the rails in 1860. Discover Civil War graffiti and listen as Andy, the robotic ticket agent, tells of Alabama’s railway history. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Depot was an active passenger station until 1968. The original depot building now stands as a symbol of Huntsville’s transportation history and city growth. See website for hours. Admission charged. {320 Church Street, Huntsville; 256.564.8100}

Harrison Brothers Hardware

 Huntsville Botanical Garden

Better than a museum, Harrison Brothers is a living 19th century landmark sitting serenely in the midst of downtown Huntsville. When you’re searching for that perfect souvenir to take home, Harrison Brothers is the place to visit. This shopper’s delight is filled with treasures, like a stack

In this dynamic young garden you’ll find inviting woodland paths, stunning floral collections and exhibits to delight visitors of all ages. Paths meander through the shady woodlands of the Dogwood Trail and the lush fern glade, while native wildflowers quietly populate the Nature Trail.

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The daylily and herb gardens rival or surpass those of older, more mature botanical gardens. The demonstration vegetable garden showcases varieties of produce and inspires home gardeners. With new exhibits every season, there’s always something blooming at the gardens! See website for hours. {4747 Bob Wallace Avenue in Huntsville; 256.830.4447; hsvbg.org}

Huntsville Museum of Art Nestled next to Huntsville’s famous Big Spring Park, the nationally accredited Museum of Art fills its seven galleries with a variety of exhibitions throughout the year, including prestigious traveling exhibits and the work of nationally and regionally acclaimed artists. Shop the Museum Store for unique jewelry, pottery and glasswork by local artists, and enjoy Italian fare at the café, Pane e Vino. Admission charged. See website for hours. {300 Church Street, S. in Huntsville; 256.535.4350; hsvmuseum.org}

Huntsville Madison County Veterans Memorial This memorial recognizes by name the Madison County veterans killed in action during all wars from WWI to present and recognizes and honors Madison County veterans awarded the Medal of Honor. Explore more at huntsville.org


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Groups of 10 or more qualify for group rates: Adults $11; Children 3-18 $8

Huntsville Botanical Garden

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Spring, summer, fall, or winter – find out why we say “there’s always something growing on!” THE 112-ACRE HUNTSVILLE BOTANICAL GARDEN is open yearround and boasts the nation’s largest openair butterfly house, a picturesque aquatic garden, wooded nature trails, and a variety of specialty gardens and plant selections. The Children’s Garden is a popular destination for play, pretend and hands-on learning. In addition to a wide array of events and education programs held throughout the year, the Garden also celebrates each season with a family-friendly festival. During the holidays, more than 140,000

visitors walk or drive through over 200 custom-created animated light displays during Galaxy of Lights. The beautiful guest center is all about Southern charm and hospitality: The Shoppe at the Garden offers a unique selection of botanically-themed gifts, including jewelry, clothing and home décor. Grab a bite to eat in the Dogwood Café or take your lunch outside for a picnic. And the friendly staff is always on hand to assist guests and make recommendations to ensure your visit is extra special.

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Less than 10: Adults $14; Children 3-18 $9 Children 2 and under: Free Garden Members: Free Group reservations should be made in advance by calling 256.830.4447, ext. 223 Located conveniently off Interstate 565 hsvbg.org 256.830.4447 Toll free 1.877.930.4447 See The Garden’s mobile profile at EXCURSIONSGO.com to see their live Facebook feed, get directions, link to their website and more.

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Children love exploring the past at EarlyWorks Family of Museums

Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment Located in historic Lowe Mill, supports a diverse creative community dedicated to the free expression of the arts in Huntsville. Our vision is to be a true arts destination and to grow Huntsville’s appreciation and interaction with the arts. {2211 Seminole Drive 32 EXCURSIONS

Huntsville, 256.533.0399; lowe mill.net}

Monte Sano State Park Slip into your walking shoes and get ready to explore the beautiful North Alabama outdoors! Spread across more than 2,100 acres, historic Monte Sano State Park sits 1,900 feet above sea level and boasts some of the most beautiful views of the Huntsville area. Spanish for “Mountain of Health,” this park features cabins and camping facilities, as well as 20 miles of hiking trails and 14 miles of biking trails. Hours: 7 am – sundown. Admission charged. {5101 Nolen Road SE, Huntsville 256.534.3757}

North Alabama Railroad Museum Located just east of Huntsville in the historic Chase community, this museum is a boon for

train lovers. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, take a guided tour of more than 30 train cars, including locomotives, dining cars and sleeper cars. On Saturdays from March – Dec, you can even take an hour-long train ride and enjoy the local scenery. Admission charged. {694 Chase Road in Huntsville; 256.851.6276; northalabamarailroadmuseum.com}

Old Town Historic District The Old Town Historic District features homes in a variety of styles including Federal, Greek Revival, Queen Anne, American Craftsman and Prairie School with homes dating from the late 1820s through the early 1900s. {Roughly bound by Dement and Lincoln Streets and Randolph and Walker Avenues}

State Black Archives Research Center and Museum Located in the historic James H. Wilson Building on the campus of Alabama A&M University just outside Huntsville, the center is a repository of AfricanAmerican history and culture, providing a dialogue between the present and past. Archival collections and featured exhibits span three floors of beautiful gallery areas. Admission charged. {Located on the campus of Alabama A&M University in Normal, AL; 256.372.5846}

Twickenham Historic District Alabama’s largest antebellum district features Federal, Italianate and Classical architecture, including the Weeden House Museum, Alabama’s oldest house open to public. Guided tours Explore more at huntsville.org

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The mission of the memorial is to inspire visitors by instilling a sense of pride and respect for all veterans who have served in the armed forces of the United States of America, to provide an incentive to serve and to educate visitors, especially the young, about the sacrifices made by those that came before them and those who continue to guarantee our freedom by serving in the Armed Forces of the United States of America. {200 Monroe Street NW; 256.604.3896; hmcvm.org}

Get back to nature at Monte Sano State Park


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Stroll the Twickenham Historic District

conducted. {109 Gates Avenue at Constitution Village in Huntsville}

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 U.S. Space and Rocket Center

The world’s largest space attraction features dozens of interactive exhibits surrounding Apollo, Mercury and Space Shuttle spacecraft. The U. S. Space and Rocket Center is the only place in the world where you can stand under a “full stack”—the Space Shuttle, external tank, and two rocket boosters. Experience three times the force of gravity as you spin in the G-Force Accelerator, feel the powerful G forces of launch aboard the Space Shot and maneuver through space aboard the Mission to Mars. You can also stop for a show in the Spacedome Omnimax theater. Hours: 9 am – 5 pm,

seven days a week. Admission charged. {One Tranquility Base in Huntsville; 1.800.63.SPACE; see their ad pages 26-27}

Veterans Memorial Museum Take a walk through American military history at this museum filled with exhibits, memorabilia and more. The collection includes more than 30 military vehicles, including tanks, helicopters, motorcycles and boats. Dedicated to promoting and disseminating the accomplishments of American military men and women, the museum is popular among veterans and their families. See website for hours. Admission charged—cash only. {2060A Airport Road in Huntsville; 256.883.3737; memorialmuseum.org}

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Visit the newly renovated Ditto Landing

 Von Braun Center

The Von Braun Center is a multi-purpose entertainment venue that hosts major concerts, Broadway performances, ballets, symphonies and a full range of sporting events. The 10,000-seat Arena, 2,153-seat Concert Hall and 502-seat Playhouse Theatre can also be used as meeting areas for conferences or seminars. The Von Braun Center Arena is host to Huntsville Havoc SPHL Hockey, UAH Chargers Hockey, and Tennessee Valley Vipers Arena 2 Football. {700 Monroe Street, Huntsville; 256.533.1953; see their ad on page 18; vonbrauncenter.com}

whose poetry and paintings captured the essence of nineteenth-century Southern culture. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Weeden House is the only home in the Twickenham Historic District open as a museum. Call in advance to schedule a tour. Admission charged. {300 Gates Avenue, SE, Huntsville; 256.536.7718; weedenhousemuseum.com} ❖

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N AT U R A LW O N D E R S Blevins Gap Valley View

Wide Open Spaces Major Outdoor Attractions NORTH ALABAMA BIRDING TRAIL Comprised of 50 sites throughout north Alabama, The North Alabama Birding Trail is not a “trail” in the traditional sense, but a series of mostly roadside stops throughout north Alabama selected for their bird-watching characteristics. While all of the sites can be accessed from a vehicle, many of the sites also have traditional walking trails associated with them; and a few sites contain extensive areas that are best explored by boat or canoe. Contact the Huntsville/Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau for more information at 256.551.2230.

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MONTE SANO STATE PARK Monte Sano, Spanish for “Mountain of Health,” rises more than 1,600 feet above sea level. The mountain has attracted visitors since the mid 1820’s. Currently over 14 miles of hiking/biking trails service our state park and its patrons. The North Plateau Loop and South Plateau Loop trails offer stunning vistas of the Tennessee Valley, with mild trail elevation changes. For our more serious hikers and bikers we invite you to try our Mountain Mist and McKay Hollow trails. Call 256.534.3757 for more information. WADE MOUNTAIN PRESERVE Approximately 11 miles of trails on a combination of land trust and private land and TVA easements. The trails are

moderately technical single-track that ring the west and south sides of Wade Mountain. When followed in the correct order, the trails can provide nearly two hours of enjoyment, riding on undulating or descending single-track (after one long climb). The trail can be ridden in two segments, one 8-mile figure-8 loop with the option of the more difficult 3-mile Land Trust Devil’s Racetrack trail at the beginning or end of the ride. The Devil’s Racetrack is a unique geological formation that surrounds the crest of Wade Mountain. It is connected to trails that encircle the south and west portions of Wade Mountain. Located on Spragins Hollow Road. For more information call 256.534.5263.

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From awe-inspiring mountain vistas to echoing caverns, the Huntsville area offers a wealth of outdoor escapes.


Fagan Creek on Monte Sano Nature Preserve is popular with families.

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CATHEDRAL CAVERNS Located deep beneath Gunter’s Mountain in northeast Marshall County is a hidden treasure that offers breathtaking sights and chilly temperatures. Cathedral Caverns boasts one of the world’s largest stalagmites, frozen waterfalls, flowstone walls and stalagmite forests. The constant year-round temperature is 60 degrees F (16 C) in the 14-acre underground wonderland, designated as a Registered National Natural Landmark in 1972. Call 256.728.8193 for more information. THE LAND TRUST OF NORTH ALABAMA Showcasing leisurely walks and challenging hikes, wildflower trails and natural springs, The Land Trust of North Alabama preserves and protects green space and natural resources for conservation, public recreation, and environmental education. The Land Trust offers more than 62 miles of free public trails for hiking, biking, and outdoor recreation. Fagan Creek runs along Wildflower Trail on Monte Sano Nature Preserve. It’s a great spot for a family hike. Kids can play in the creek and look for salamanders, tadpoles, etc. Trail Maps available at landtrustnal.org. Call 256-534-5263 for more information.

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Enjoy one of many walking trails

Canoeing & Boating

Local Walking Trails ALDRIDGE CREEK GREENWAY

1100 Mountain Gap Road

ATWOOD LINEAR PARK GREENWAY

7500 Atwood Drive

BIG COVE CREEK GREENWAY

100 Old Hwy 431

BLEVINS GAP NATURE PRESERVE

Cecil Ashburn Dr SE

CHAPMAN MTN NATURE PRESERVE

Hwy 72 East

GREEN MOUNTAIN NATURE TRAIL

5000 Nature Trail Road HAYS NATURE PRESERVE

7153 Hwy 431 S

INDIAN CREEK GREENWAY

Slaughter Road

LITTLE COVE ROAD GREENWAY

100 Old Hwy 431

MONTE SANO NATURE PRESERVE

numerous trailheads

RAINBOW MTN NATURE PRESERVE

230 Stoneway Trail, Madison WADE MOUNTAIN PRESERVE

Spragins Hollow Road Trail maps available at landtrustnal.org

CHICKASAW CANOEING Featuring two courses on the Flint River; the upper course is great for small children, while the lower course is a bit more adventurous. Call 256.682.1561 for more information. DITTO LANDING Servicing Wheeler Reservoir, which has more than 60,000 acres of adventurous playground. There are ample facilities for boats of all sizes. Call 256.882.1057 for more information. NORTH ALABAMA CANOE & KAYAK Large variety of canoe and kayak rentals, a variety of river tours for groups of any size, shuttle service to all local waterways, guide service to all local waterways and daily information on water conditions. Call 256.529.0357 for more information. MADISON COUNTY LAKE Madison County Lake is 15 miles northeast of Huntsville. The lake is a 105-acre, public fishing lake offering concessions, picnic facilities, grills, rentals and a bait shop. Fishing license and daily permit required. Madison County Lake is located at 2501 Country Lake Road in Gurley. For more information call 256.776.4905. ❖ EXCURSIONS 35


HUNTSVILLESHOPPING

Treat Yourself From the most popular national stores to local boutiques and salons, Huntsville has what you need to treat yourself well.

THE ANTIQUE MARKET

11595 Memorial Pkwy SW Huntsville 256.270.9636 ENVY ALABAMA

930 Bob Wallace Ave, SE 256.539.6790 FIREHOUSE ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES

INTERIORS BY CONSIGN

PACKARD’S ANTIQUE CENTER

WILLOWBROOK SHOPPE

LENNART’S, INC.

POLLY’S ANTIQUES

UPTOWN BOUTIQUE

RAILROAD STATION ANTIQUE MALL

UNIVERSITY PICKERS

8506 Whitesburg Drive SE Huntsville 256.880.0909 806 Wellman Ave. NE Huntsville 256.536.6789 LIMESTONE FLEA MARKET, INC.

30030 US Highway 72 Madison 256.233.5183

10095 Memorial Pkwy SW Huntsville 256.880.9111

MADISON STATION ANTIQUES

GOLDEN GRIFFIN

MARY’S

104 Longwood Drive SE Huntsville 256.535.0882 HARTLEX ANTIQUE GALLERY

6515 University Drive NW, Huntsville 256.801.9168

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110 Main Street, Madison 256.772.4444

505 Pratt Ave., Huntsville 256.658.4972 MEYER AND LEE FINE JEWELRY

2314 Memorial Pkwy SW 256.536.3321

11110 Memorial Pkwy SW Huntsville 256.881.1678

5813 Criner Road SE, Huntsville 256.883.2032 315 Jefferson Street N, Huntsville 256.533.6550

7900 Bailey Cove Road SE Huntsville 256.270.7181 1047 Jeff Rd NW 256.489.1002

3024 University Drive NW, Huntsville 256.964.6862 ❖

REI

1035 Vinemont Dr NW, Huntsville 256.430.4424 RIVENBANK AND ROPER

313 Jefferson St, Huntsville 256.564.9800 WHITE LILY ANTIQUES

8512 Whitesburg Drive SE Huntsville 256.881.7707 PHOTO:

ALPHA ESTATE & AUCTION SALES

2315 Triana Blvd, Ste. C, Huntsville 256.266.4571

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HUNTSVILLESHOPPING

 Bridge Street Town Centre Bridge Street Town Centre is a premier mixed-use lifestyle center featuring more than 70 upscale shops and restaurants, the 150-guestroom Element Huntsville hotel, the 210-room Westin Huntsville Hotel, a 14-screen Cinemark and XD Theatre and a six-story office tower. The property also features a customer service center, carousel, fountains and lots of green open spaces. Located at the corner of Old Madison Pike and Research Park Boulevard in the heart of Cummings Research Park. 256.327.8400; bridgestreethuntsville.com View their mobile profile at EXCURSIONSGO.com get directions, go to their website and more. (See their ad inside back cover) MENS & WOMEN’S FASHIONS:

Belk Buckle Gap H&M Jos. A. Bank Lucky Brand Jeans Old Navy Orvis Oxford Street Menswear WOMEN’S FASHIONS

Altar’d State Anthropologie Athleta Chico’s Francesca’s J. Jill LOFT Michael Kors New York & Company

Soma Versona Victoria’s Secret White House|Black Market

Kay Jewelers Kendra Scott Pandora REEDS Jewelers Shades

CHILDREN’S FASHIONS

Claire’s Gap Kids Gymboree H&M Justice Old Navy

HEALTH & BEAUTY

Bath & Body Works Rejuvenation Nail Spa Sephora Ulta Beauty RESTAURANTS & EATERIES

JEWELRY & ACCESSORIES

Anna Cate Brighton Collectibles Claire’s Fossil Francesca’s Grogan Jewelers Jared the Galleria of Jewelry

Bar Louie Barnes & Noble Café BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse Bravo! Cucina Italiana Café 153 Cantina Laredo The Chocolate Crocodile Connors Steak & Seafood

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Great American Cookies IT’SUGAR Kona Grill Le Macaron French Pastries MaggieMoo’s Ice Cream Moe’s Southwest Grill Panera Bread P.F. Chang’s Pieology Pizzeria The Pretzel Twister Red Robin Sage Grille at the Westin Scene Restaurant & Lounge Steel City Pops Texas de Brazil Trieste Cafe at The Westin Urban Cookhouse  Vintage Cigar Lounge

HOME FURNISHINGS

Anthropologie Bed Bath & Beyond Mattress Mattress Firm Redline Decor Southern Living Store SPECIALTY STORES

Apple AT&T Barnes & Noble Clarks Dick’s Sporting Goods DSW Shoes Mountain High Outfitters Orvis The Walking Company Trash Pandas Emporium XFINITY by Comcast

Parkway Place Mall Measuring in at 650,000 square feet, Parkway Place is anchored by Dillard’s and Belk. This indoor retail mall offers shoppers of the Tennessee Valley more than 70 stores, including favorites like Ann Taylor and Hollister Co. The attached movie theater features 18 screens. Hours: Mon - Sat: 10 am - 9 pm; Sun: noon - 6 pm. Located at the intersection of U.S. 231 (Memorial Parkway) and Drake Avenue. 256.533.0700 STORES INCLUDE: Belk, Dillard’s, AÉROPOSTALE, Ann Taylor, Hollister, Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma, Men’s Warehouse, New York & Company, Sunglass Hut, Brookstone Denotes our sponsors—see their mobile profiles at EXCURSIONSGO.com

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Out on the Town

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From enriching plays and theater to rockin' live music,dance clubs, comedy clubs and breweries, there are good times to be had in Huntsville and Madison.

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THE MARTIN BAR & BISTRO An open-air bar overlooking Washington Street in downtown Huntsville. The entrance is located at ground level immediately south of the Clinton Street parking garage. Ascend the original Art Deco terrazzo staircase from the 1950’s into the original projection room from the renowned Martin Theater. Design elements include 18-foot ceilings with exposed original beams, intimate seating, multiple TV’s, large island bar serving artisan cocktails and classic American food. The absolute perfect location to see a parade and people-watch.

LOCATED ON THE 2ND STORY OF 116 WASHINGTON STREET IN DOWNTOWN HUNTSVILLE JOIN US FOR SUNDAY BRUNCH AND NFL SUNDAY TICKET 256.539.9435 • Opens at 11am Tuesday – Sunday • themartinbarandbistro.com @themartinhuntsville @themartinbar

ONE HISTORIC BUILDING

▪ THREE BARS / BISTROS ▪ ALL WELCOME

Huntsville’s premier nightclub located in the heart of Downtown Huntsville! Jefferson St. Pub is one of the longest running bars in Downtown Huntsville. Located directly behind the Clinton Ave. Parking Garage on Jefferson Street. Join us for some great American food while watching your favorite sports with 12 flat screen TV’s and 16-foot projection screen!

LIVE MUSIC EVERY FRIDAY & SATURDAY WITH NO COVER CHARGE! SEE OUR WEBSITE FOR DAILY DRINK AND FOOD SPECIALS! LOCATED ON JEFFERSON STREET IN DOWNTOWN HUNTSVILLE Hours: Tue-Fri 5pm–2am; Sat 2pm–2am; Sun & Mon Closed @jeffersonstpub

Home of the original “Friday Night 3 For All” featuring $3 cover charge and $3 drinks every Friday night.

Hours: Fri and Sat 9pm – 2am unless a special event

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116 Washington Street SE 256.539.9974


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HAPPY HOUR AND BEYOND... These are some of our top picks for entertainment and libations in Huntsville and Madison.

HUNTSVILLE  CHURCH STREET WINE SHOPPE See their ad page 45 501 Church St NW 256.970.4097

 HUMPHREY’S BAR & GRILL See their ad page 47 109 Washington St NE 256.704.5555

 JEFFERSON STREET PUB See their ad page 39 111 Jefferson St S 256.519.2997

 THE MARTIN BAR & BISTRO See their ad page 39 116 Washington St SE 256.539.9435

 POURHOUSE

AM BOOTH'S LUMBERYARD

CLUB FORTY7

See their ad page 45 3414 Governors Dr SW, 256.289.7687

108 Cleveland Ave NW 256.715.7130

1914 Jordan LN NW 256.585.2599

BAR LOUIE

COPPER TOP BAR AND GRILL

 PURVEYOR

365 The Bridge Street, Ste 100 256.327.8630

200 Oakwood Ave NE 256.536.1150

BELOW THE RADAR

DAS STAHL BIERHAUS

220 Holmes Ave NE 256.469.6617

7914 Memorial Pkwy SW 256.858.1495

THE BLUE MOON BAR

DAVE & BUSTER’S

1000 Glen Hearn Blvd SW

950 Makers Way NW, 256.947.5650

See their ad page 45 201 Jefferson St N 256.419.2555

 SAMMY T’S MUSIC HALL See their ad page 39 116 Washington St SE 256.539.9974

 TOPGOLF See their ad page 43 6100 Topgolf Dr NW 256.270.4667

 TWIN PEAKS See their ad page 41 5901 University Dr 256.722.2736

 VINTAGE CIGAR LOUNGE

THE BRASS TAP 933 Bob Wallace Ave SW 256.970.4427

THE BRICKHOUSE SPORTS CAFE 7 Town Center Drive NW, 256.585.1599

BUFFALO WILD WINGS 7042 University Dr NW 256.890.8500

See their ad page 43 355 The Bridge St Town Ctr, Ste 117; 256.585.2345

THE CAMP

3000BAR HUNTSVILLE

THE CASUAL PINT

6241 University Dr NW 256.384.7180

2 Off Broadway St NW 256.261.1265

ALLURE MARTINI BAR AND GRILL

CHIPS & SALSA CANTINA

2020 Country Club AVE NW 256.517.1106

10300 #10 Bailey Cove Road SE 256.880.1202

5909 University Dr thecamphuntsville.com

THE END ZONE 7851 University Drive NW 256.715.1966

FRACTAL BREWING PROJECT 3200 Leeman Ferry Rd, 256.541.9046

FURNITURE FACTORY BAR & GRILL 619 Meridian Street N #200 256.539.8001

GREEN BUS BREWING 206 Eustis Ave SE 256.990.2477

HOPPER'S BAR & GRILL 5903 University Dr NW 256.830.0600

HOT SPOT BAR & GRILL 1117 Jordan Lane 256.585.3293

LETO LOUNGE & STUDIO 3504 Stringfield Rd NW 256.270.1683

LONE GOOSE SALOON 2620 Clinton Ave Campus No. 805; 256.715.0705

OLD TOWN BEER EXCHANGE 301 Holmes Ave. NE #150 256.270.7825

MAD MALTS BREWING 109 Maple Ave NW 256.503.2233

MAGGIE MEYERS IRISH PUB 1009 Henderson Rd. 256.964.6216

THE NOOK 3305 Bob Wallace Ave SW 256.489.0911

THE OPEN BOTTLE 7061 Hwy 72 W 256.801.8990

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N I G H T L I F E E N T E R TA I N M E N T PALMS NIGHT CLUB

STAND UP LIVE HUNTSVILLE

109 Washington Street SE 256.715.8042

2012 Memorial Pkwy SW 256.261.3374

PHAT SAMMY’S TIKI BAR

STRAIGHT TO ALE

104 Jefferson St S,

2610 Clinton Ave W Campus No. 805; 256.801.9650

PINTS & PIXELS PUB 115 Clinton Ave E, Fl 3 256.970.4844

ROCKET CITY TAVERN 2100 Rideout Rd SW 256.319.3333

SCENE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE 370 The Bridge Street 256.327.8347

SIDETRACKS MUSIC HALL 415 E Church St, Ste 12 256.585.1390

SIP 111 Greene St NE 256.585.1244

SPORTS PAGE LOUNGE & DELI 9009-M Memorial Pkwy S 256.880.9471

THE HIDEAWAY BAR & GRILLE

MADISON

OLD BLACK BEAR BREWING CO.

11TH FRAME LIVE

REFLECTIONS LOUNGE & ENTERTAINMENT

8661 Hwy 72 256.325.9396

CD'S PUB & GRILL

3228 Lodge Rd NW 256.652.9202

107 Arlington Dr 256.772.9133

UNCORKED WINE SHOP & TASTING ROOM

CORK & CRUST PIZZERIA & WINE BAR

212 Main Street 256.853.4639

8694 Madison Blvd 256.542.3559

ROCKET CITY CRAFT BEER 1079 Balch Rd Ste. F 256.489.0807

ROCKET REPUBLIC BREWING

485 Providence Main St NW 256.970.4717

12120 County LIne Road 256.801.9463

289 Production Ave

VOODOO LOUNGE

GOODLAND POUR HOUSE

110 South Side Square Huntsville, 256.539.0335

12110 County Line Rd,

8694 Madison Blvd. 256.325.1333

HUNT CLUB BURGERS N GRILL

THE STEM & STEIN

WEST END GRILL

10871 County Line Rd 256.542.3266

10871 County Line Road 256.325.3779

6610 Old Madison Pike #106 256.722.8040

YELLOWHAMMER BREWING 2600 Clinton Ave W 256.489.3510

THE STATION PUB AND GRILL

MADISON STATION 8694 Madison Blvd 256.325.1333

5901 University Dr, Huntsville, AL 35806

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Performing Arts Broadway Theatre League

Flying Monkey Arts Center

This organization brings Broadway’s best productions to Huntsville. "Rent," "Chicago," "Sweeney Todd," "Spamalot," "Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang," and extras, such as, "Happy Days" and "The Rat Pack," have been performed in the Von Braun Center. {700 Monroe Street Southwest in Huntsville; 256.518.6155}

Located in the historic Lowe Mill, the center hosts a variety of events and many presentations of the Film Co-op, in addition to other events. {2211 Seminole Drive SW in Huntsville; 256.489.7000}

Community Ballet Association The Community Ballet Association operates the Huntsville Ballet Company and Community Ballet School. In addition to the annual "Nutcracker" and Spring Repertory performances, the CBA works with touring companies to bring the best in dance to Huntsville. {800 Regal Drive in Huntsville; 256.539.0961}

Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theatre An all-volunteer organization, Fantasy Playhouse performs for the children of North Alabama both on stage and off. Fantasy Academy, the organization’s dance, music and art school, teaches children and adults each year. {3312 Long Ave SW, Huntsville; 256.539.6829}

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Huntsville Community Chorus Association The state’s second-oldest performing arts organization produces both choral concerts and musical theater productions, ranging from "The Pirates of Penzance" to "Guys and Dolls" and "Jesus Christ Superstar." {3312 Long Avenue SW, Huntsville; 256.533.6606}

Huntsville Symphony Orchestra The Huntsville Symphony Orchestra is the oldest continuously operating professional orchestra in the state of Alabama. The symphony offers classical, pops, chamber and young people’s concerts. {700 Monroe Street in Huntsville; 256.539.4818}

Independent Musical Productions Founded in 1993, this local group presents at least one annual main production such as "Ragtime," "Civil War," and "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street."

In addition, musicals for children and outreach programs complete the season. {520 Green Cove Road SE, Huntsville, 256.337.9071}

Merrimack Hall Performing Arts Center After nearly $3 million in renovations to their historic building, this facility now includes a 302-seat performance hall, a 3,000 square foot dance studio, and rehearsal and instructional spaces for musicians. {3320 Triana Blvd. SW, Huntsville; 256.534.6455}

Renaissance Theatre The Renaissance Theatre features two stages, the Main Stage (upstairs) and the Alpha Stage (downstairs), each with seating for about 85. {1214 Meridian Street, Huntsville; 256.536.3434}

Theatre Huntsville This nonprofit, all-volunteer arts organization presents six plays each season in the Von Braun Center Playhouse. It also produces the annual "Shakespeare on the Mountain” at an outdoor venue. Call for a schedule of events. {1701 University Drive, Huntsville; 256.536.0807}. ❖

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LIBATIONS • CIGARS • SPEAKEASY

A FULL SERVICE CIGAR LOUNGE EXPERIENCE

Over 2,500 Cigars Craft Cocktail Bar • Whiskey Bar Luxurious Members-Only Lounge Indoor & Outdoor Smoking Areas @VintageCigarL @vintage_cigar_lounge @vintagecigarl #indulgeinthebest

Vintage Cigar Lounge 355 The Bridge Street #117, Huntsville, AL 35806 Come visit us @ 256.585.2345 Bridge Street Town Centre www.vintage-cigarlounge.com Huntsville, AL 256-585-2345 • www.Vintage-CigarLounge.com

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Dine Huntsville

PHOTO: BRENT BOYD

From award-winning fine dining and upscale bistros to down-home hangouts, Huntsville area restaurants are guaranteed to please.

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DINEHUNTSVILLE For a complete list of restaurants in Downtown Huntsville, see page 25.

 PHUKET THAI RESTAURANT AND SUSHI

See their ad page 46. 475 Providence Main Street 256.829.8800

FUN & CASUAL

 ROSIE’S MEXICAN CANTINA

See their ad page 53. • 6196 University Drive 256.922.1001 • 7540-A Memorial Pkwy S 256.382.3232

 BUENAVISTA MEXICAN CANTINA

See their ad page 64 3045 Mountain Cove Blvd SE 256.533.9890  CHURCH STREET WINE SHOPPE

See their ad page 45 501 Church St NW 256.970.4097

 THE MARTIN BAR & BISTRO

See their ad page 39 116 Washington St SE, 256.539.9435

 FOUR LEAVES ASIAN RESTAURANT

 TWIN PEAKS

THE BRASS TAP

See their ad page 51 5901 University Dr 256.722.2736

933 Bob Wallace Ave SW, 256.970.4427

BAD DADDY’S BURGER BAR

2700 Winchester Road 256.852.3442

2309 Memorial Pkwy SW, 256.881.8878 BAUMHOWER'S RESTAURANT

3310 Memorial Pkwy SW 256.881.8878 •1420 Paramount Drive 256.429.2600 •3310 Memorial Pkwy SW 256.469.3005

 HUMPREY'S BAR & GRILL

See their ad page 47 103 Washington St NE 256.704.5555

See their ad page 45 3414 Governors Dr SW, 256.970.4097

BIG ED’S PIZZERIA

 TOPGOLF

BIG SPRING CAFÉ

See their ad page 43 6100 Topgolf Dr NW, 256.270.4667

 HILDEGARD'S GERMAN CUISINE

6125 University Dr NW 256.203.2839 CHUY’S

935 Bob Wallace Ave SW, 256.485.4747 950 Makers Way NW, 256.947.5650 DOMAINE SOUTH

3507 Governors Drive 256.539.9994

103 North Side Square 256.759.9952 DRAKE'S

6000 Memorial Parkway 256.382.5108

256.512.9776

7 Town Center Drive NW 256.217.8868

DAVE & BUSTER’S

255 Pratt Ave NE 256.489.3374

BISTRO 6K

See their ad page 48 2357 Whitesburg Drive S

CHARRITO'S BAR & GRILL

CHOPCHOP FRESH SALADS

BEAUREGARD’S

 MAZZARA’S ITALIAN KITCHEN

See their ad page 50 7044 University Dr NW, 256.429.9393

CAFÉ 302

4800 Whitesburg Drive, Ste. 14 256.517.8588

Five restaurants, one family.

CHURCH STREET WINE SHOPPE

PURVEYOR

MAZZARA’S ITALIAN KITCHEN

POURHOUSE

CATACOMB

wine & tapas // fine bourbon kitchen // fast casual & gelato // comfortably swanky bar // speakeasy

256.970.4097 // churchstreetfamily.com

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Phuket Thai Restaurant and Sushi 475 Providence Main Street, Huntsville, AL 35806 256.829.8800 PhuketExperience.com @PhuketHSV

EARTH AND STONE WOOD FIRED PIZZA

KAMADO RAMEN

2600 Clinton Ave W 256.489.9539

3414 Governors Dr SW, 256.801.2424

FARM BURGER

THE KRAB HUT

930 Bob Wallace Ave SW 256.270.7392 FRESKO GRILLE

3414 Governors Dr SW, 256.678.7044 GIBSON’S BARBECUE

• 3319 Memorial Pkwy S 256.881.4851 • 8412 Whitesburg Drive 256.882.0841 GOOD COMPANY CAFÉ

7500 Memorial Pkwy SW, 256.881.0044 HAPPY TUMMY

2211 Seminole Drive 256.348.8132 HENRY'S MUSTANG CAFE

2500 Jordan Lane NW 256.517.1288 HOPS N GUAC

2620 Clinton Ave W Suite B, 256.517.9797

The Premiere Thai Restaurant in Huntsville TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015–2019 Winner Serving the best Thai cuisine in town, Phuket has made a name for itself with its tremendous menu that ranges from sushi, curry entrees, rice dishes and noodle bowls to pad Thai, satays, steaks, seafood and more. Stop by today and indulge in an affordable and irresistible lunch or dinner at Phuket and taste the difference for yourself! HOURS OF OPERATION: Mon - Fri 11 am - 2 pm Sun - Thurs 5 pm - 9 pm, Fri - Sat 5 pm - 10 pm See their mobile profile at EXCURSIONSGO.com

On the Menu Appetizers: Phuket Lettuce Wrap, Fiery Grilled Beef Salad Sushi: Snow Crab Roll, Rainbow Roll Entrees: Pad Thai Seafood, Grilled Rib Eye, Salmon Green Curry Gluten-Free Menu: Satay Chicken, Thai BBQ Chicken, Jungle Chicken Curry Vegetarian Menu: Tofu Lettuce Wraps, Mixed Vegetables Stir Fry, Drunken Noodle Tofu

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4925 University Dr LITTLE ROSIE'S TAQUERIA

4781 Whitesburg Drive 256.882.0014 LUCIANO

964 Airport Road 256.880.9920 MASON DIXON BAKERY & BISTRO

2358 Whitesburg Drive S 256.213.7545 MELT

201 Jefferson St N Suite I, 256.517.8755 MIYAKO JAPANESE RESTAURANT

10013 Memorial Pkwy SW 256.880.9879 OH CREPE!

3414 Governors Dr SW, 256.678.7032 OL HEIDELBERG RESTAURANT

6125 University Drive NW 256.922.0556

Chef Tukky Phornroekngam PHUKET THAI RESTAURANT AND SUSHI

If you’re in the mood for absolutely authentic Thai dishes, Phuket will not disappoint. Head Chef Tukky Phornroekngam is a masterful Thai Cuisine Chef, certified by no less than the government of Thailand. How’s that for authentic? Far from her homeland, Chef Tukky has made a name for herself in the states, having been voted one of the Best Chefs in the Tennessee Valley in 2009. She says it’s her familiarity and artistry with exotic ingredients that make her such a successful chef. “I love to use kaffir lime leaves, lemon grass, Thai basil leaves and any herbs that are essential to Thai cuisine,” Chef Tukky says. Though it’s hard to nail down a favorite, Tukky says it’s a toss-up between what she would order for dinner at Phuket. “Our grilled ribeyes are delicious, and any of the curry dishes are great,” says Chef Tukky, who has one more piece of advice for diners. “I love having a Lychee Martini or a Thai Tea Martini with my meal,” she says. “You’ll be surprised how well they compliment the Thai dishes.”

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eat, drink

AND BE MERRY Our seasonal menu offers a variety of dishes made with the finest locally sourced ingredients. Reservations are recommended. We also reserve private dining rooms.

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Enjoy $3 Mimosas, $4 Bloody Mary’s, & Live Music EVERY Saturday & Sunday! humphreysbarandgrill

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256-704-5555 | humphreysdowntown.com 103 Washington Street, Downtown Huntsville MON - THU 11am - 12am | FRI 11am - 2am | SAT 10am - 2am | SUN 10am - 12am

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Hildegard’s German Cuisine 2357 Whitesburg Drive, Huntsville, AL 256.512.9776 hildegardsgermancuisine.com @hildegards.germancuisine

PAPA GYRO'S

SCENE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE

4925 University Dr NW 256.489.9050

370 The Bridge Street 256.327.8347

PHIL SANDOVAL'S MEXICAN RESTAURANTE

STONE AGE KOREAN STEAKHOUSE

6125 Univeristy Drive NW 256.489.5711

SUPER CHIX

PIEOLOGY PIZZERIA

365 The Bridge Street 256.801.8132 PIER 88 BOILING SEAFOOD & BAR

TAQUERIA EL CAZADOR

256.970.4844

3414 Governors Dr SW, 256.698.8682

POFTA BUNA INTERNATIONAL CAFÉ

TENDERS

117 North Side Square, 256.715.8098

Crispy, Pan-Fried Schnitzels Served plain or with toppings and gravies Imported German Sausages Beef Roulades & Red Wine-Marinated Sauerbraten Spatzle, Sauerkraut, Red Cabbage, German Potato Salad, & other scratch-made side dishes Black Forest Cake, German Chocolate Cake, Apple Strudel, Blueberry Cheesecake & other house-made desserts

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TERRANOVA’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT

1420 Paramount Drive, Ste. A 256.489.8883

ROLLIN LOBSTAH

THE BOOT PIZZERIA

964 Airport Rd SW 256.585.2227

On the Menu

• 800 Holmes Avenue 256.533.7599 • 527 Wynn Drive 256.721.3395

127 Holmes Ave NW

RETAGGIO

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• 301 Pelham Ave SW, Ste C8 256.519.6262

PINTS & PIXELS

THE POPPY

HOURS OF OPERATION: Tues - Sat 11 am - 8:30 pm Weekend reservations recommended Happy Hour is Tuesday - Thursday from 3 – 5 pm

TACO MAMA

• 328 Providence Main St NW 256.424.6640

2211 Seminole Dr SW, 256.497.8594

Interested in trying a local favorite? Come try the best German food in Huntsville at Hildegard’s German Cuisine on Whitesburg Drive. From their House Specials and imported German sausages and beer, to their hand-breaded schnitzels and house-made desserts, Hildegard’s German Cuisine is where the locals go to have a fantastic, home-cooked German meal with the best service in town. The rich gravies, savory sauces and perfectly seasoned sides are scratch-made: the portions are generous and the price is right. You will never leave Hildegard’s hungry!

2319 Memorial Pkwy SW, 256.489.0078

5850 University Dr 115 Clinton Ave. East, 3rd Floor

Authentic German Cuisine at its Finest

2319 Memorial Pkwy

11505 S Memorial Pkwy 256.489.1771

Tom Chapman EXECUTIVE CHEF

NICK’S RISTORANTE Executive Chef Tom Chapman has been at the helm of a tiny kitchen sending out serious steaks for a few years now. His mother was the first to instill a love of food, and he later lived abroad while in the service, cultivating a passion for international cuisine. “The first chef I trained under was Italian, and I’d say that’s my strength,” he says. “My philosophy is to take elegant cuisine and make it approachable.” For Chapman, the steaks steal the show, but he’s also very proud of the seafood flown in bi-weekly. “If you’ve ever watched Deadliest Catch,” he laughs, “those are the Siberian King Crab legs we serve here. Each is around 16 inches long and the meat is so sweet, so tender. We sell a lot of them.” For our steaks, “we have a spice blend that Nick and I worked to create,” says Chapman. Adding, “our seasoning is seven ingredients: salt, pepper, garlic, smoked paprika, ground oregano, cinnamon and coffee grounds,” he says. “The coffee grounds add a robust flavor that we find compliments a steak very well.”

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A Certified Angus Beef bone-in ribeye served with a grilled prawn

Housemade Brownie Al Capone

Hand-crafted cocktails

Fresh seafood is always on the menu

Nick’s Ristorante

A slice of northern Italy with a broad sense of service

S

inatra’s best lyrics are floating through a microphone in the lounge. The lighting is dim in the larger dining room, where the woods are polished and gleaming. The steaks are sending clouds of charred perfume off hot plates. It’s another night at Nick’s. However, what’s become beloved in just a few short years by locals is often a refreshing discovery for those visiting from out of town. This steak house has a serious love of premium cuts and a philanthropic side for the men and women of our Armed Forces. Behind it all is owner Nick Mikus—a man who served in the Army around the globe for nearly five decades before settling down to serve up some of Huntsville’s most lauded cuisine. “This restaurant is something we talked about doing more than 40 years ago when our mom was still alive.” Inside the space, you feel like you are walking into someone’s home. There are family photos on the wall and the bistro has leather sofas. "We want guests

to relax just like they would at home. The best compliment we receive is when guests tell us being at Nick's feels like coming to your house for cocktails and dinner.” “Our most popular steak is the filet, and when you hear the term cuts like butter, it definitely applies,” Nick laughs. He loves sitting down to the New York Strip. “It’s my favorite,” he says, “because when I cut into a steak, I want to feel the heft of it. We also have a House Sirloin that’s the best deal going. It’s 12 ounces for under $30, and you can easily feed two people.” Nick’s Ristorante is a VA certified service-disabled, veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB). The sense of “family” here extends not just to the ownership and the staff, but to all those who have served our country and come in to sit and be served as a thank you. Nick opens the restaurant early to host events on certain days, whenever groups need a place to gather. “We have a lot of regulars and within

that, a lot of our customers are military,” he says. “We support Wounded Warriors, Still Serving Veterans, Veterans United and many other veterans groups.” Ask Nick about the Mafia Club wherein you can pay yourself forward. It takes the hassle out of splitting a check or the awkwardness of paying. You just tell your server that you have a Mafia Club membership. They take your name and number, and you just sign—no credit cards or cash required. It comes directly out of your account. ❖

NICK’S RISTORANTE 10300 Bailey Cove Road SE Huntsville, AL 35803 256.489.8280 nicksristorante.com Reservations recommended

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Four Leaves Asian Restaurant

Grille 29 Huntsville

7044 University Dr. NW, Suite A, Huntsville, AL 35806 256.429.9393; fourleavesal.com

445 Providence Main Street NW, Huntsville, AL 256.489.9470 grille29.com

@fourleavesasianrestaurant

Modern Asian Cuisine Four Leaves serves four different South Eastern Asian Cuisines. Their customers enjoy a wide variety of Asian cuisines in a comfortable, elegant atmosphere. Their selection of Chinese, Korean and Thai plus a full sushi bar that serves fresh sushi daily. Come try their many selections of martinis and cocktails that will have you wanting another round. Four Leaves has been serving North Alabama for seven years and they will be honored to have you enjoy your fine dinner experience with them. See their mobile profile at EXCURSIONSGO.com for hours, happy hours and additional information.

Menu Favorites Super Crunchy Roll: Spicy Tuna & Asparagus, outside: Tuna, Yellowtail, Salmon, White Tuna & Crispy Tempura Flakes, served with Spicy Mayo & Eel Sauce Filet Mignon with XO Sauce: seared to perfection, served with Asian vegetables and XO sauce General Tso’s Chicken: Fried Battered Chicken Tossed with Bell Pepper & Chili in Sweet & Spicy General Tso’s Sauce on a bed of broccoli Open for lunch and dinner.

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@grille29hsv

@grille29

Sophisticated Sizzle Located in the heart of the beautiful Village of Providence, Grille 29 sets the standard for fine dining in a casual atmosphere in Huntsville through its sophisticated sizzle. Grille 29 continues to be ranked in the top group of “Best Restaurants” on Trip Advisor. Make Grille 29 your restaurant for meeting friends after work, celebrating a special occasion or enjoying a business luncheon. Your table is ready and waiting! Weekend reservations recommended See their mobile profile at EXCURSIONSGO.com for hours, happy hours and additional information.

Menu Favorites Crab Cake Blend Stuffed Sea Scallops The Filet 29 Grouper Oscar: pan seared black grouper topped with jumbo lump crab meat, asparagus, and hollandaise. Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffle Lemon Lava Cake (pictured) Crème Brulee Saturday and Sunday Brunch

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DINEHUNTSVILLE THE BRICKHOUSE

 PURVEYOR

MEZZA LUNA

FULL MOON BBQ

2724 Carl T Jones Drive SE 256.650.2514

1009 North Memorial Pkwy

WALTON'S SOUTHERN TABLE

See their ad page 45 201 Jefferson St N 256.419.2555

LUNCH SPOTS

2501 Suite 5 Oakwood Avenue 256.533.3034

7 Town Center Drive NW 2356.585.1599 4901 Whitesburg Drive 256.203.2979 WEST END GRILL

6610 Old Madison Pike, #109 256.722.8040

 RUTH'S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE

See their ads pages 1 and 53. 720 Gallatin Street at Twickenham Place 256.539.3930  THE BOTTLE

FINE DINING  GRILLE 29

Read more on page 50 445 Providence Main Street 256.489.9470  NICK'S RISTORANTE

Read more on page 49. 10300 Bailey Cove Road #1 256.489.8280

See their ad page 47 101 Washington Street 256.704.5555 1892 EAST RESTAURANT & TAVERN

720 Pratt Ave NE 256.489.1242 CHAR RESTAURANT

931 Bob Wallace Ave SW, 256.937.8004 CONNORS STEAK & SEAFOOD

PHOTO:

345 The Bridge Street NW 256.327.8425

G'S COUNTRY KITCHEN

GREAT HARVEST BREAD COMPANY

ANAHEIM CHILI

2030 Cecil Ashburn Drive SE 256.489.5531 BETTY MAES RESTAURANT

1222 Grace Street NW 256.325.5189 BIG SPRING CAFE

2906 Governors Drive SW 256.539.9994

2615 S Memorial Pkwy 256.361.7111 HOUSE OF KABOB

1212-A Sparkman Drive NW 256.489.9202 LYN’S GRACIOUS GOODNESS

2306 Whitesburg Drive S 256.533.2607 MOE’S BBQ

BLUE PLATE CAFÉ

• 3210 Governor’s Drive 256.533.8808 • 7540 Memorial Pkwy SW 256.885.3550 CHICKEN SALAD CHICK

975 Airport Rd SW 256.213.1067

• 445 Providence Main St 256.715.8667 • 127 Holmes Ave 256.881.1227 NEW ORLEANS LUNCHBOX

4000 Holmes Ave NW 256.830.0081

5901 University Dr, Huntsville, AL 35806

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DINEHUNTSVILLE STANILEO'S SUB VILLA

JAMO’S CAFÉ

FARM BURGER

SALSARITA'S FRESH CANTINA

605 Jordan Lane 256.837.7220

413 Jordan Lane 256.837.7880

930 Bob Wallace AVe SW #219 256.270.7392

3002-A Memorial Parkway S 256.489.7257

TIM'S CAJUN KITCHEN

JUST LOVE COFFEE CAFÉ

JASON’S DELI

SEASON'S RESTAURANT

114 Jordan Lane NW 256.533.7589

2317 S Memorial Pkwy SW

• 6125 University Drive NW 256.382.2999

TOYBOX BISTRO

7900 Bailey Cove Rd SE 256.883.9881

Marriott Huntsville 975 Airport Rd SW 256.213.9866

VENICE PIZZA

6610 Old Madison Pike NW 256.270.8584 VIET HUONG VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT

OLD TOWNE COFFEE SHOPPE

511 Pratt Ave 256.603.0308

FAMILIAR FAVORITES

930 Old Monrovia Road 256.890.0104

ATLANTA BREAD COMPANY

WHICH WICH

6275 University Drive 256.922.2253

2710 Carl T Jones Drive 256.882.9424

BAUMHOWER'S VICTORY GRILLE

2309 Memorial Pkwy SW 256.881.8878

BREAKFAST & COFFEE HOUSES

BUFFALO WILD WINGS

ALCHEMY COFFEE

BONEFISH GRILL

5909 University Dr 256.270.9843 ANGEL'S ISLAND COFFEE

7538 South Memorial Pkwy 256.319.3424

5901 University Drive 256.890.8500 4800 Whitesburg Drive 256.883.0643 401 The Bridge St #180 256.971.9725 CAJUN STEAMER

2722-D Carl Jones Drive 256.883.2915

301 Pelham Ave SW Ste. C-1 256.533.5503

BEIGNET CAFE

CANTINA LAREDO

2246 Winchester Road 256.929.4402

300 The Bridge Street 256.327.8580

BLUE PLATE CAFÉ

CARRABBA’S ITALIAN GRILL

CAFÉ 153

355 The Bridge Street, Ste. 121 256.251.5190 DOWNTOWN GROUNDS COFFEE

109 Gates Ave. 256.535.6564 EDITH ANN’S TASTE OF HOME

11243 Memorial Pkwy SW 256.489.0881 GOLD SPRINT COFFEE

2515 9th Ave SW 256.517.8733

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STEAK OUT

• 6886 Governors West NW 256.971.1235 • 4800 Whitesburg Drive S 256.885.1552 • 8179 Hwy 72 256.721.7831

Rd SW 256.213.9866

P.F. CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO

TAZIKI’S GREEK FARE

305 The Bridge Street 256.327.8320 RED LOBSTER

1818 University Dr NW 256.533.2880

2105 Whitesburg Drive S 256.539.1900 SURIN OF THAILAND 975 Airport

4855 Whitesburg Drive 256.881.9155 TEXAS DE BRAZIL

350 The Bridge Street 256.327.9113 ❖

ROMANO’S MACARONI GRILL

5901-G University Drive NW 256.722.4770 SAGE GRILLE AT WESTIN HUNTSVILLE

The Westin Huntsville 256.428.5424

BRAVO

ANOTHER BROKEN EGG CAFÉ

• 3210 Governor’s Drive 256.533.8808 • 7540 Memorial Pkwy SW 256.885.3550

PANERA BREAD

2801 Memorial Pkwy S 256.288.1333 CHEDDAR'S SCRATCH KITCHEN

6125 University Dr Nw 256.971.2000 CHEEBURGER CHEE BURGER

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Sergio Artiga’s love for food began in his mother’s kitchen in El Salvador. There he learned the simplicity of letting “food be food.” Freshness and proper preparation allow the flavor of the simplest ingredients to be the star of each dish. Because of his love for simple, fresh ingredients, Chef Sergio considers Rosie’s combination fajitas one of his favorites. “Rosie’s fajitas are made from the finest ingredients, incredibly fresh,” Chef Sergio says. “We cut our own meats every morning, produce arrives daily and our tortillas are handmade and prepared to order. The flavors are extraordinary!” Never choosing to eat alone, Artiga enjoys dining with friends and family. “Meal time is the time for a cocktail, relaxing with great company and anticipating wonderful food,” says Chef Sergio. “Buen provencho!” Rosie’s Mexican Cantina serves honest handmade Tex Mex cuisine, prepared from scratch each day. Guests can experience traditional favorites such as chili rellenos, handmade tamales and Texas-style enchiladas along with house specialties unique to Rosie’s.

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Named the “Best Mexican Restaurant in Huntsville,” Rosie’s Cantina is a fun and festive atmosphere for casual family dining. Serving honest, handmade Tex-Mex favorites as well as innovative house specialties, Rosie’s atmosphere is filled with unique works of art, antiques from Old Mexico and upbeat music. Enjoy lunch or dinner indoors or out year round or relax fountain-side beneath beautiful Mexican architecture. A full service bar features Rosie’s famous Margarita Menu, an extensive collection of Mexican beers, tequilas, select wines and martinis. Our Mambo Taxi is legendary! Locally owned and operated since 1995, Rosie’s is a Huntsville tradition. Join us and experience “Flavors Fantasticos!” Lunch Specials daily until 4 pm Dinner Specials Friday and Saturday HOURS OF OPERATION:

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Ruth’s Chris Steak House delights guests with their customaged, USDA Prime steaks, served with the signature sizzle. In addition to dinner service in the beautifully appointed dining room, the Twickenham Square restaurant offers a nightly happy hour in the bar/lounge and private dining accommodations for up to 50 guests. Reservations recommended Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence Winner OpenTable Diners’ Choice Award HOURS OF OPERATION: Dinner: Daily 4 pm - 10 pm See their mobile profile at EXCURSIONSGO.com

On the Menu Crab Stack: Colossal lump blue crab, avocado, mango and cucumber (pictured above) New York Strip: This USDA Prime cut has a fullbodied texture that is slightly firmer than a ribeye Creamed Spinach: A Ruth’s favorite, chopped spinach in a New Orleans cream sauce Ruth’s Chris Chopped Salad: A Ruth’s Chris original, tossed with lemon basil dressing and topped with crispy onions

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Explore Madison HENRY DAVID THOREAU WROTE: Let me live where I will, on this side is the city, on that the wilderness. Not too many years ago this applied to the City of Madison—Redstone Arsenal and Marshall Space Flight Center to the east, cotton fields and gravel roads to the west. Today, the City of Madison, a suburb of Huntsville and the fastest growing city in the state of Alabama, is a rare and eclectic combination of historic charm and progressive innovation. Over the last two decades, the population of Madison has grown rapidly, from approximately 5,000 residents to almost 50,000! With all this growth came the demand for high-quality services, restaurants, retail, parks and green space and family recreation opportunities. However, care has been given to ensure Madison maintained its aesthetic beauty and consistent, highquality growth. Attention to details such as meticulous zoning, green space protection and recruitment of quality businesses has defended the harmonious subsistence of progress and preservation, earning the City of Madison a spot on Money Magazine’s “100 Best Places to Live” list. Madison’s character is found in its rolling hills, familyfriendliness, graceful trees, 54 EXCURSIONS

recreational opportunities and excellent schools. With regularly scheduled festivals and events, Madison is a place to connect with others. During the first weekend in October, more than 20,000 citizens and visitors take pleasure in a truly southern tradition—Madison Street Festival—which offers numerous opportunities to shop the wares of eclectic artisans and vendors. The healthy business climate is augmented and maintained through Madison’s labor force. Industry draws on a highly educated population with nearly 70 percent holding bachelor’s degrees and 17 percent with advanced degrees. While other areas of the country are still emerging from the recent economic decline, Madison’s housing market and business climate have remained healthy and strong. The further expansion of Madison’s western boundary and the addition of over 800 single family homes provide an expansive range of housing prices for new families, professionals and emptynesters. City partnership with the Madison Chamber of Commerce and active recruitment are a couple of reasons more than 450 shops and restaurants call Madison home.

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E X P LO R E M A D I S O N Admire Our Public Art

The Madison Arts Council teamed with the Madison City Council, city leaders, The Arts Council of Huntsville and Huntsville city leaders to expand the SPACES Sculpture Trail into Madison. Madison’s participation has grown to eight works displayed with the generous funding from Madison City Council along with help from The Arts Council. You can find the works of art at the following locations: four at Dublin Park, four installed downtown and one at city hall.

Find a Food Truck

The food truck scene continues to gain speed in Madison. On-On Tacos, Food Fighter Bustaurant, Badd Newz BBQ and Sugar Belle can be found at Blue Pants Brewery, concerts in the parks, Bob Jones High School and local church events. Back Alley Travelling Bistro, HotBox, Pearl: Vietnamese & Hawaiian Subs, I Love Bacon and In The Bun can be found parked in front of Rocket Republic Brewing Co. Check out Facebook for daily locations. It’s worth the chase!

Great Things Are Brewing and Distilling in Madison

Local breweries in Madison are contributing to the new moniker for this area of the state: The Napa Valley of Craft Beer. Rocket Republic Brewing Co.’s taproom offers live music, fantastic food truck cuisine and a place to challenge someone to a ping pong game. Old Black Bear Brewing Co. relocated its production facilities and opened its tap room and restaurant in historic downtown Madison. Black Patch Distillery impresses many whiskey aficionados, located off Madison Boulevard.

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Keeping it Small-Town

Madison’s growth hasn’t diminished its small-town feel! There is no better time to relish in all that is small-town than at the Madison Street Festival. Held annually the first weekend in October, more than 25,000 people gather with friends at concert stages, shop booths filled with unique arts and crafts, sample delicious foods, sweets and local craft beer and enjoy all that is quintessentially Madison. Arrive early for the parade…stay late for the fun! madisonstreetfestival.org

Madison Village Center and Shoppes of Madison are located on Highway 72. Shoppes of Madison is anchored by Target and includes Kinnucan’s, Shoe Fly Clothing and casual dining opportunities like Smash Burger and Panera Bread. Madison Village is anchored by Marshalls, Michaels and Massage Envy. Just west is Medical Park Station with Dunkin Donuts, Pizza 120, Taziki’s and J Whitener Boutique. The Village Shoppes of Madison, on County Line Road, features a Publix, King’s Olive Oil, Tuesday Morning and several other specialty retailers as well as Cork & Crust Pizzeria + Wine Bar.

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For a fantastic meal, check out Buenavista Mexican Cantina on Hwy 72—this local family-owned restaurant chain has three locations and has been serving North Alabama for more than 25 years.. Looking for something savory? Another favorite dining spot is Main Street Café in historic downtown Madison. See a complete list of local eateries in Madison in the Madison Dining section of this publication.

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The new Madison Public Library is open to the public! The 25,000 square foot library is located at 142 Plaza Blvd. The state-of-the-art facility offers new technology amenities including a creativity lab, large outdoor movie screen, tween gaming center and an interactive early literacy center. Explore creature comforts such as private study rooms, indoor fireplace with quiet reading areas, separate children’s story time room and outdoor seating.

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The Gem of Madison

In 1856, tracks were laid by the Memphis and Charleston Railroad Company; families moved into the region for its fertile farm land; merchants were attracted and a business district founded. Even 155 years ago, people knew a good thing when they saw it. Today, the Madison Station Historic District is the iconic and practical heart of Madison; a dining/arts/entertainment district for residents and visitors. It combines Madison’s Historic Downtown District with historic homes—grand to quaint—which line the streets nearby. The Avenue of Madison, a new development off Sullivan Street brings modern livability with boutique shopping and dining to downtown.

A Town within a City

Town Madison, a $400 million, 500-acre development, is conveniently located along the I-565 corridor, stretching from WallTriana Highway to Zierdt Road anchored by a new Minor League Baseball stadium and Margaritaville Resort. Retail, restaurants, hotels and office space is interspersed amongst luxury apartments, town homes and single family houses. Designed by Andrés Duany, the internationally renowned American architect, urban planner and founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism, Town Madison is being designed in the new Urbanist style with walkable blocks and streets, housing and shopping in close proximity to one another with accessible public recreation and green spaces. Excitement continues to build as Toyota Field opens April of 2020 for the inaugural season of Trash Panda Baseball. The quality of life currently enjoyed in the City of Madison will be enhanced by all that Town Madison will provide.

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E X P LO R E M A D I S O N Get Some Fresh Air

Rainbow Mountain Preserve is located off Stoneway Trail, 1.5mile long Loop Trail follows a generally rocky path along the cliff ridge and east side of Rainbow Mountain. It features beautiful rock formations, such as Balance Rock, excellent views of Madison to the west, fossils, caves and a waterfall. Bradford Creek Greenway provides scenic views of the creek and hardwood forests along the banks. The wetland areas support beavers, raccoons and many species of fish and birds. Gain access via Palmer Road, across from Palmer Park, with paved parking adjacent to the east entrance of the park. Mill Creek Greenway can be accessed via Mill Road. Indian Creek Greenway is located on the border of Huntsville and Madison and can be accessed from Old Madison Pike, near the intersection of Slaughter Road.

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Burn Some Calories

Dublin Memorial Park located at 8324 Madison Pike is a fantastic place to get in some exercise while you’re in town. The park features a double-court gymnasium equipped for basketball and/or volleyball with an upstairs walking track, 25-yard, eight-lane heated indoor swimming pool, meeting rooms and administrative offices, paved walking trail, nine soccer fields, nine-hole disc golf course, seven tennis courts, community-built playground, outdoor pool with a diving well and children’s pool.

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E X P LO R E M A D I S O N Come Grow With Us! Nationally Recognized for Growth and Prosperity Starting a business in Madison is a savvy move for anyone with an entrepreneurial spirit. With a highly educated population, outstanding school system, and lower start-up costs, Madison is a nationally recognized location for growth and prosperity. The Madison Chamber of Commerce is an institution of leadership and an advocate for its members and the community. Take advantage of their extensive marketing support. Utilize the Chamber’s advertising and social media channels to reach new audiences and explore new opportunities. Sharpen your business skills with the Chamber’s online learning system and attend award winning workshops. Connect with other business owners as you learn. Participate in community-wide Chamber events, such as Taste the Spirit of Madison, Business Expo & Kids Day, and Connect. Take part in more focused events such as Business After Hours, Best in Business Awards, and ribbon cuttings. Make this investment in your business and watch new doors open. Choose Madison and grow with us!

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Taste the Spirit of Madison Join us for one of Madison’s largest food events! Great for the Madison Chamber and the City of Madison, this festival showcases the best foods and music that Madison has to offer. Each year, thousands of attendees enjoy our famous food-tasting event, featuring delicious samples from over 25 local restaurants and craft breweries. It’s the perfect marriage of food and drink from the trendiest new restaurants and cutting-edge craft breweries to perennial hometown favorites. No matter what your tastes, there is something for everyone to enjoy at this wonderfully diverse event. Come share our culture with us!


E X P LO R E M A D I S O N Get on Board for Train Spotting!

Celebrate Our Successes With Us! Connect—Annual State of the City Address The annual Connect Event is where it all starts for the City of Madison. Mayor Paul Finley helps the community understand how far we have come as a city and where to focus our energies moving forward to help Madison reach its goals. With every event, the community becomes more fully engaged in refining and sometimes redefining what it means to be a resident of the great city of Madison. Madison is at once both high-tech and Southern hospitality. It is the fastest growing city in Alabama and the excitement is palpable. Its energetic community spirit demonstrates change, diversity and growth. Come join our thriving community during this time of exciting growth and development. Partner with the City of Madison and the Madison Chamber of Commerce to realize your entrepreneurial vision.

Trains on Main Scavenger Hunt Trains on Main is a permanent, 24/7 outdoor scavenger hunt through downtown Madison created by the Madison Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the City of Madison and the Huntsville-Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau. Participants hunt for eight bronze trains by utilizing clue cards, available from the Madison Chamber and City Hall. Once train spotters find all eight trains, they bring their completed clue cards to the Madison Chamber to collect a prize. The clues, provided by the Madison Station Historical Preservation Society, educate and inform participants about the colorful history of Historic Downtown Madison as they search for the trains. Families from all over the country have dropped by the Chamber to pick up their prizes and share their experiences. Come join the Hunt! Stop by the Madison Chamber or City Hall to pick up a clue card or download one from madisonalchamber.com/ trains-on-main.

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Business Expo and Kids’ Day An annual event for over 25 years, Business Expo and Kids’ Day is one of the most anticipated gatherings of the year. It is a free, funfilled day for families and a great way to see what our community has to offer. Over 60 local for-profit and non-profit businesses gather to showcase their products and services to the Madison community. Participants visit vendor booths and learn more about each organization’s specialty, then grab a bite at one of our local food trucks. The theme for 2019 was Madison Depot 1869 in honor of our City’s 150th birthday. Kids enjoyed games and activities, including a dunk tank, face painting, balloon animals, an inflatable, and more. We even re-enacted our City’s century old Chicken Capers event, tossing dozens of rubber chickens with gift cards to the waiting crowd. Business Expo and Kids Day epitomizes our community spirit and gives us all a chance to applaud the City of Madison and each other in day of fun and excitement.

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Taste the Flavors of Madison From old-fashioned candy shops to upscale bistros and down-home hangouts, Madison restaurants satisfy any appetite.

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12120 County Line Road 256.801.9463 CRICKET’S

3810 Sullivan Street 256.464.3777

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F E AT U R E D R E S TAU R A N T

Buenavista Mexican Cantina Local family-owned restaurant chain features authentic dishes and a festive atmosphere for its guests Buenavista Mexican Cantina has been a family-owned local restaurant chain and happily serving the North Alabama area for over 25 years. They started making our authentic bend of Mexican food in Scottsboro, Alabama. Now they have locations in Hampton Cove and Madison, Alabama. Buenavista Mexican Cantinas offer a very friendly and family atmosphere at each of their locations. They want everyone to feel like family as soon as they walk in the door. At Buenavista Mexican Cantina, their belief is that good food is finding that perfect balance between the way something looks and how it tastes. Their menus offers traditional mexican fare like fajitas, burritos, quesadillas along with Buenavista specialties

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like Mexican Lasagna made with your choice of chicken or steak, and Cocktel De Camaron, which is Buenavista’s take on shrimp cocktail. Buenavista Mexican Cantinas have plenty of space both inside and out for your special event or corporate meeting. On-site catering is available from each of their locations. Be sure to stop in during Happy Hour each from 3 until 6 p.m. Buenavista Mexican Cantinas offer daily specials: Mondays are Kids Eat Free, Taco Tuesdays and Trivia night, and Margaritas Thursdays! For specials and coming events, view their website at buenavistacantina.com and follow them on their social media channels.

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Discover Decatur Referred to as “The River City� by locals, few cities in the south enjoy a connection to the Tennessee River like this one. Farm-to-fork restaurants, a revitalized downtown, a rich history, a thriving arts and cultural community, unique shops for discovering hidden treasures and pure southern charm make this town a destination by many from around the world. Welcome to Decatur!

The Tennessee River and vertical-lift bridge at sunset. photograph by BRENT BOYD

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Delano Park is the oldest park in the city of Decatur, Alabama. It was created in 1887, as part of a master plan to “re-invent” the City of Decatur, then New Decatur.

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ecatur, Alabama’s history has been entwined from its beginning with that of the Tennessee River. The river has sustained the area’s residents with life-giving water and nourishment ever since the first PaleoIndian peoples arrived in the area up to 11,000 years ago. Decatur’s particular location is due to its position at the head of the Muscle Shoals, a rocky area in the river and an obstacle to river traffic in the days before the Tennessee Valley Authority tamed it with a series of dams in the 1930’s.

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seasonally camped along the river for thousands of years, hunting, fishing and gathering mussels, a dependable source of food. Many rock shelters and riverfront camp sites and at least one mound were excavated in the Decatur area by WPA workers in the 1930’s. These excavations and others yielded thousands of artifacts, including several types of projectile points unique to the area. After construction at Decatur’s Riverwalk Marina revealed ancient human remains in 1999, local people put up a monument commemorating the site. The area’s earliest residents in historical time were Cherokee and Chickasaw. These people occasionally clashed over control of the Tennessee Valley but for the most part a truce existed in the sparsely populated

area. No major settlements were recorded in Morgan County during this time, although nearby chiefs exercised great influence over commerce and travel. A series of four Native American interpretive walking trails are being constructed at Point Mallard Park that tell stories of the lives of these early residents of the Decatur area. The Chief Doublehead and Chief Black Fox walking trails, opened in May 2016, highlight the lives of Cherokees. The Chief Big Foot (Creek) and Chief Colbert (Chickasaw) trails recently opened. The Treaty of Turkey Town in 1816 ceded Cherokee rights to the area south of the Tennessee River, and in 1818 the U.S. Government officially opened the land to white settlers for purchase. Some whites, known as squatters, had already illegally

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Decatur Parks and Recreation unveiled four American Indian Interpretive Walking Trails in 2016 to honor Decatur’s Native American history.

settled on the land. Most Native Americans in the area who remained after white arrival blended into the local population, their heritage passed down through private family oral tradition.

Decatur Established

In 1818, the Alabama Territorial Legislature established Cotaco County, renamed Morgan County after Revolutionary War General Daniel Morgan in 1821. In 1820, entrepreneur Dr. Henry Rhodes began a ferry service at the site of today’s Rhodes Ferry Park in Decatur. Later that year, President James Monroe promoted the establishment of a town at this ferry crossing, at the last consistently navigable point on the Tennessee River above the Muscle Shoals. Tradition holds that the President requested the town be named for U.S. Naval hero Commodore Stephen Decatur, who had died after a duel in March 1820. Rhodes, along with Jesse Winston Garth, McKinney Holderness, Isaac Lane and George Peck founded the Decatur Land Company. They purchased patents for land and laid out the original plan of the town. Settlement began as new residents bought lots and established businesses in the new river town. The beautiful Palladian-influenced Dancy Polk House, built in 1829 by Col. Francis Dancy, is the oldest standing structure in Decatur and is indicative of the promise of wealth in the young community. Go EXCURSIONS Mobile at EXCURSIONSGO.com

Decatur’s most iconic landmark is the Old State Bank. The Greek revival structure was originally built as a branch of the Bank of Alabama. The Alabama General Assembly established the staterun bank system, with other branches in Montgomery and Mobile, in 1830. Its creators hoped that the bank would be able to provide investors with the capital to spur development and provide a source of revenue for state government. After a brief period of apparent prosperity, flaws in the system were exposed during the nationwide financial panic of 1837. By 1840, the Decatur Branch had an outstanding debt of one million dollars. The bank’s charter was revoked in 1842. In the years to come, the bank served as a private residence, as a hospital during the Civil War, as a boarding house and tavern, as a bank again and as an American Legion hall. The bank has served as a museum and civic hall since 1934. In 1982, it was restored to its original configuration, including a first floor cashier’s cage and a second floor apartment furnished in the Federal style of the 1830s and 1840s.

Early Railroad in Decatur

In Decatur’s history, the railroads are second only to the Tennessee River in significance. The Tuscumbia, Courtland and Decatur Railroad was the first rail line west of the Alleghany Mountains. The brainchild of investor and Lawrence

County planter Benjamin Sherrod, the TC & D was designed so that travelers and cargo on the Tennessee River could move easily and dependably around the treacherous Muscle Shoals. The railroad was chartered in 1832 by less than 100 stockholders, most of them prominent planters from Morgan, Lawrence and Colbert Counties. Early progress was slow, but by December 1834 crowds welcomed the “Fulton,” the railroad’s first steam locomotive as it rolled into Decatur from Tuscumbia. The little railroad struggled to turn a profit, but Sherrod stuck with his dream, shoring it up with infusions of capital until his death in 1847. The TC &D’s most famous passengers were displaced Cherokees on the “Trail of Tears.” A new Alabama Historical Commission marker at Rhodes Ferry Park commemorates the passage of the Ridge, Deas and Whiteley detachments of Cherokee people from Georgia and Tennessee through Decatur in 1837 and 1838. A National Park Service trailhead is also in development that will include narrative panels that explain the history of Cherokee removal, the railroad’s role and the “witness structures” in Decatur that stood in 1838. The TC & D was incorporated into the Memphis and Charleston Railroad, and in 1855 the first railroad bridge across the Tennessee River at Decatur was completed. The location of this river crossing on the South’s most important

The Depot as it appeared in 1905

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Union soldiers dig trenches on Bank Street, 1864.

rail artery from the Mississippi River to the Atlantic Coast added to Decatur’s importance. By 1860, Decatur was also a terminus of the Nashville and Decatur Railroad, making the River City one of the more important crossroads of rail and river travel in the Southeast. This promising distinction unfortunately led to Decatur’s destruction during the Civil War, as the city changed hands as many as nine times between the Union and Confederate armies.

The Civil War

Decatur’s unique geographic position made it a prime staging location for campaigns during the War. Confederate General Albert Sidney Johnston gathered his forces here in March of 1862 before marching to the battle of Shiloh, where he was killed. In April, Union forces under Col. John Turchin took Decatur and burned the strategic railroad bridge. In 1864, Union troops forced most of the city’s inhabitants to leave so that the city could be fortified to protect one of General Sherman’s crucial supply lines for his Georgia campaign. In the process, most of the town’s structures were demolished. The Old State Bank, the Burleson-McEntire House, the Dancy-Polk House and a 72 EXCURSIONS

The Civil War exhibit in the Morgan County Archives

handful of others survived destruction. In October 1864, John Bell Hood and the Army of Tennessee surrounded Union troops at Decatur. Hood wanted to cross the river at Decatur for a quick route to the Union supply depot at Nashville, but strong Union fortifications and Union gunboats above the Muscle Shoals made an assault on Decatur too costly. Hood lost as many as 500 men assaulting the works at Decatur before heading west. Hood’s delay gave Union forces time to prepare for his arrival in Tennessee, where his army was nearly annihilated at the battles of Franklin and Nashville. The story of Decatur’s role in the war is dramatically illustrated by a Civil War Walking Trail and by a major exhibit in the Morgan County Archives.

“Boom Times” and the Two Decaturs

Decatur and the surrounding countryside was thoroughly destroyed by the war’s end. After a period of great struggle, the town began to rebound in the 1870s and 1880s with the rebuilding and expansion of the rail lines that passed through the area and the resumption of trade along the Tennessee River. The Memphis and Charleston Railroads rebuilt the railroad bridge in 1866 and later became the

Southern Railway. The Nashville and Decatur Railroad was incorporated into the Louisville and Nashville (L&N) in the 1870s and located a massive car repair works at Decatur that employed up to 3,000 workers. The railroad expansion attracted many businesses to Decatur during this period. In 1887, the Decatur Land Improvement and Furnace Company laid out the city of New Decatur, south and east of the old city and contiguous to it. The new development, backed by both Northern and Southern investors, sought to become “The Chicago of the South.” Modern water, electric and sewer services began to be laid out, along with rail branch lines to factories along the southern bank of the river. A yellow fever epidemic broke out in 1888, severely limiting new investment and stunting the massive growth that the investors anticipated. An obelisk in the city cemetery honors the doctors who perished treating those afflicted by the epidemic. Still, the new town’s development was impressive. In spite of many leaders’ efforts to unite the two cities, much animosity developed between them, and residents voted to change the name of New Decatur to Albany in 1916. Many wealthy migrants to New Decatur built stately mansions

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Burleson-Hinds McEntire House The Princess Theatre was built in the 1880s. Dancy-Polk House

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in the area that is now the nationally registered Albany Historic Neighborhood. The crown jewel of the neighborhood was a beautiful public green space now known as Delano Park, improved over the years with a dramatic rose garden, gazebo and other features. Decatur’s railroad growth was accompanied by the construction of three new train depots, one of which remains standing. Decatur’s Union Depot, so named because both the Southern Railway and the L & N boarded passengers there, was built in 1905. The depot was in operation until 1978. It sat empty from then until 2015 when work began to renovate the space into a railroad museum and offices for the Decatur Police Department. The railroad also spurred the growth of Old Town, Decatur’s oldest neighborhood, just west of the Union Depot. Old Town was racially integrated, and as the turn of the twentieth century approached it became home to a number of AfricanAmerican owned businesses. Black professionals and business owners joined churches and civic organizations that provided leadership for the Old Town community. A new gateway marker placed on Vine Street at the entrance of Go EXCURSIONS Mobile at EXCURSIONSGO.com

Morgan County Archives Building

the neighborhood tells the stories of this unique neighborhood. New Decatur’s business district became the commercial heart of the town, with dozens of businesses, restaurants, hotels and theatres. The historic Princess Theatre was originally built in the 1880s as a massive stable, and later converted into a vaudeville theatre and movie house. It was thoroughly remodeled into its current art deco form in 1941. The two Decaturs were finally united in 1927, as business leaders united to lobby for the location of the “Bee Line Highway” (U.S. 31) bridge at Decatur. The opening of the Keller Memorial Bridge was a major event and cemented Decatur’s importance as a crossroads of water, rail and road travel. Today’s Hudson Memorial Bridge, named for Captain “Steamboat Bill” Hudson is located at the spot of the original bridge, demolished in 1998.

Wild Steamboat Days and the River Tamed

The completion of the Muscle Shoals Canal in 1890 increased steamboat travel on the Tennessee River. Legendary captains like the infamous Simp McGhee made names for themselves on the river and in increasingly wild port towns like Decatur. One of Decatur’s oldest and finest

The Old State Bank

restaurants on Bank Street is named for the captain. Liquor flowed in the bars and gaming houses near the water. Violence often erupted in “Dead Man’s Alley” behind Bank Street between Lafayette and Church. Even after prohibition, bootlegging and speakeasies proliferated. One local fixture of the vice community was Kate Lackner, a madam who ran a large “sporting house” at the corner of Market St. that entertained customers from the 1880s until the 1940s. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt visited Decatur in 1932 and declared that poverty in the Tennessee Valley would be a major focus of federal efforts during the “New Deal.” The Tennessee Valley Authority built a series of dams that finally tamed the river and provided hydroelectric power to millions. Decatur billed itself as “the TVA Town” and recruited businesses with the promise of cheap electricity and easy transportation. Today, Decatur continues to be known as a prime spot for industry, with industries like United Launch Alliance, Daikin America, 3M and many others located along the river. ❖

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Union Historic Depot and Railroad Museum

Adventures Await Alabama’s Largest VictorianEra Historic Districts The Old Decatur and Albany Historic Districts of Decatur make up the largest concentration of Victorian-era craftsmen and bungalow homes in Alabama. Often referred to as “The Painted Ladies,” some date to the early 1800s, while others were constructed around the turn of the century. Both are listed in the National Register of Historical Places. A detailed tour map and brochure are available at the Decatur Visitor Center on 6th Ave. • The Old Decatur Historic District embraces over 116-acres with houses ranging in age from 1829 to the

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present. Styles vary from the French-influenced Empire period to the Edwardian Cottage and beyond. • The New DecaturAlbany Historic District was founded by northern businessmen in the late 1800’s and was named after the New York state capital. Styles reflect early 20th century trends such as Colonial Revival, California Cottage, Dutch Colonial and Frank Lloyd Wright influences.  Carnegie Visual Arts

Center

A not-for-profit organization, the center is a cultural,

educational and communityservice organization providing an environment to promote learning, creation and appreciation of the visual arts. It also preserves one of the area’s historical buildings and serves as a multi-purpose community resource. Check website for latest events. {207 Church Street NE, Decatur, 256.341.0562, carnegiearts.org}  Cook Museum of Natural Science

The Cook Museum of Natural Science is in downtown Decatur. The new 60,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility will serve the people of North

Alabama and the Southeast as an educational destination as well as a premier tourism attraction. The museum will be an interactive immersion into North American biomes, from deserts to oceans, to arctic tundra and hardwood forests. Each exhibit will be a part of a narrative explaining how the natural world works. Key features of the new museum will include: educational programs, live animals and aquariums, mounted wildlife from across North America, collections of rocks minerals, fossils, shells and coral, native plant landscaping, café with outdoor patio, three classrooms, theater and museum store. For more information

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Hartselle’s Historic Depot and Downtown Sixty-nine of the buildings in the central business district of Hartselle, including the Hartselle Depot, have been nominated for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places because of their architectural and historic significance. The Depot, built in 1914, includes historical displays provided by the Hartselle Historical Society. The popular downtown shops offer such items as imported Mexican pewter, art work by local artists and craftspersons, linens, soaps and all kinds of antiques, from glassware to large furniture items. {110 Railroad St. SW, Hartselle; 800.294.0692, 256.773.4370; hartsellechamber.com}

Morgan County Archives Located in the 1927 Tennessee Valley Bank Building in the Bank Street Historical District of Decatur. Holdings

total approximately 1,500 cubic feet of archival and manuscript materials including the original estate and guardianship case files, birth and death ledgers, marriage records (1819-1930), tax records dating from the 1920s, county commission records, circuit court records and newspapers. Genealogical materials include census, family histories and bible records. The Morgan County Archives features two new state-of-the-art permanent exhibits on the Scottsboro Boys Trial in Decatur and the Civil War in Morgan County. {624 Bank St. NE, 256.351.4726}

Bank. Since its construction, the building has weathered two depressions and a Civil War, and has served as a hospital, guardhouse, bank and dance hall. Named to the National Register of Historical Places in 1972, the Classic Revival architecture of the Bank is symbolic of the period in which it was built. The building is decorated with antique pieces from the Federal and Empire period. It is the first stop on the Civil War Walking Tour of Decatur. Founders Park and Daikin Amphitheatre are also located on the Old Bank property. {925 Bank Street NE, 256.341.4818}

Old State Bank

 Point Mallard Park

The Old State Bank was one of three banks authorized by The Alabama General Assembly in 1832. Few structures can boast as varied a past as the

Point Mallard is designed to provide family recreation opportunities throughout the year. A 35-acre water theme area (open daily summer

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Point Mallard Park offers a regulation-size indoor ice rink. The rink is open throughout the year with public skate sessions, private parties, basic skill skating lessons, private instructions for the more advanced, youth and adult hockey classes, adult “pickup” hockey and other cool activities. Within the complex are stadium seating for special events, meeting facilities, a pro shop, arcade games, skate rental room, concession stand, ice rink viewing area, rental lockers and a dressing room with showers. Also serves as the home ice for the Point Mallard Ducks, a NA3HL team. {256.341.4910, pointmallardpark.com}

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 Princess Theatre for the Performing Arts

The Princess began as a livery stable in 1887; was transformed into a vaudeville playhouse named the Princess in 1919; and, following a 1941 face-lift, emerged with the art deco style that remains today and features a brilliantly lit neon marquee. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the 677-seat theatre now serves as Decatur’s performing arts center. {112 Second Ave. NE, Decatur. 256.350.1745. princesstheatre.org}

Union Depot Museum The restored depot links the historic downtown to the city’s oldest neighborhood and to the city’s historic center of its African-American cultural heritage. Today, the museum portion occupies the foyer and west passenger waiting room (for artifact display), a second portion of the same waiting room (theater) and the ticket office (model train display). The entire loading area has been restored and is open to the public for amazing train watching with the nearest main track only 12 feet from the loading dock. {701 Railroad St, Decatur}

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for waterfowl, the Refuge encompasses 34,500-acres of preserved woodlands. The Givens Wildlife Interpretive Center serves as the welcome center for the Refuge and is also one of the South’s largest educational centers for waterfowl and wildlife study. The center features a large glass-enclosed observatory and is open to self-guided tours with displays, pamphlets and wildlife films. The Givens Center is open free to the public daily {Highway 67, 256.350.6639. fws.gov/wheeler}

TRAILS AND TOURS Alabama Scenic River Trail alabamascenicrivertrail.com The Alabama Scenic River Trail is the longest and most experience-rich river trail in America—from mountain streams to multi-class whitewater to river delta and the salty waves of the Gulf of Mexico. Paddling and powerboat experiences and exploration abound along over 5,300 miles of accessible waterways with over 50 adventure services to serve and assist you. We have organized a network of volunteer Trail Angels who can help you plan and conduct your journey. We have amenities and campsites to support everything from long-distance touring to organized paddles to races, overnight trips or any kind of day trip you might imagine.

Point Mallard Indian Interpretive Trail Decatur, decaturcvb.org The Point Mallard Indian Interpretive Trail is a 5.5 mile natural walking trail through the wooded areas of Point Mallard Park. Divided into four trails, all connected throughout the park, we honor local Cherokee chiefs, Doublehead and Black Fox; Creek Chief, Bigfoot; and Chickasaw Chief, George Colbert. The walking trail

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months) offers America’s first Wave Pool, the Duck Pond and Squirt Factory kid’s pools, Lazy River Ride, two new drop slides and more! The Park also features a scenic 18-hole, par 72 championship golf course; a 25-acre wooded campground, the Strike Zone driving range and batting cages, lighted tennis courts, ball fields, a recreation center; amphitheater, and an indoor Ice Skating complex (open year round). Call for seasonal facility hours. {256.341.4900. pointmallardpark.com}


D E C AT U R AT T R AC T I O N S will celebrate Indian culture in Morgan County and the Tennessee River area, as well as provide a beautiful walking experience for all to enjoy. The trail also includes a children’s amphitheater for educational experiences and performers.

Battle for Decatur Civil War Walking Tour Decatur, decaturcvb.org The Civil War Walking Tour is located in the Old Decatur and New Albany Historic Districts, just off the southern bank of the Tennessee River near downtown Decatur. Covering 13 blocks, the self-guided walking tour chronicles events surrounding Confederate General John Bell Hood’s attempted advance across the Tennessee River, a four-day battle that took place in October of 1864.

North Alabama Birding Trail Morgan County, decaturcvb.org Decatur-Morgan County is part of the central loop of the North Alabama Birding Trail, which features over 50 designated stations that allow visitors to observe the birds in their native habitats. There are eighteen stations located along the central loop, including eight within the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in Morgan County. The Refuge embraces both banks of the Tennessee River and is home to more than 300 species of birds.

Amen Trail Morgan County, decaturcvb.org The Amen Trail is located in Decatur and throughout Morgan County. Many of the churches are at least 100 years old, on its original site and still hold services today. This self-guided tour recognizes churches that define the

heart of Decatur and Morgan County’s rich and diverse cultural and spiritual heritage. Two of the 19 churches listed on the Amen Trail are also a part of North Alabama’s Hallelujah Trail, which was published in The National Geographic’s Driving Tours of Appalachia.

APPALACHIAN RECREATION— GOLF, FISHING, MARINAS AND MORE Morgan County is the focal point of all outdoor recreation on the 67,100-acre Wheeler Reservoir (Wheeler Lake) on the Tennessee River. It’s

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The Cook Museum of Natural Science, located in downtown Decatur, Alabama, is a hands-on, immersive experience where guests can explore, interact with, and learn about nature.

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Enjoy the visual spectacle of the Alabama Jubillee Hot Air Balloon Classic held Memorial Day weekends annually

the largest lake in the region, stretching approximately 60 miles. Wheeler Lake is basically a wide river until it flows through the City of Decatur, after which it widens considerably and takes on more of the appearance and characteristics of an impoundment. Decatur has played host to many national fishing events, including the Bassmaster Top 150 Tournament, Bassmaster Invitational, Wal-Mart FLW and the Crappie USA National Championship. Wheeler presents a mixture of deep drop-offs and shallow banks; narrow tributaries and wide open spaces. There is flooded timber, grass beds and seemingly bottomless depths; quiet coves, brushy sloughs and wave-washed cliffs. Wheeler represents the southern most point for the natural habitat of smallmouth bass, making the

area home to many lunkers. Largemouth bass, spotted bass, crappie, stripe and catfish are all popular game fish. Wheeler Lake is on the Alabama Bass Trail and is considered one of the country’s best fisheries for catfish.

MARINAS Ingalls Harbor 256.341.4930, decaturparks.com The marina is also one of the sites on the Alabama Bass Trail. Includes fishing boat launch, parking and green space suitable for family gatherings and festivals. Future additions include a riverboat docking area, visitors center and Tennessee River Heritage Museum. {701 Market Street, NW. Mile Marker #303.5}

Riverwalk Marina 256.340.9170, decatursports.com

Founded in 2012, the Alabama Center for the Arts is a partnership between Athens State University and Calhoun Community College, with collaboration from the City of Decatur and Morgan County. The campus, located in beautiful downtown Decatur, consists of two state-of-the-art buildings, where students can take several types of courses in art, theatre, graphic design, and music. College courses taught here can lead to Associate of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees. The 43,000 square foot Visual Arts Center houses painting, drawing, and sculpture studios, graphic design labs, as well as state-of-the-art gallery spaces. At 44,000 square feet, the Performing Arts Center features a 150-seat recital hall with a digital projector for films and lectures, a 300-seat black box theatre, a recording studio with two booths for sound engineering, sound-proof rehearsal rooms, a space for set construction, a music lab, computer lab, dressing rooms and smart classrooms.

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Hone your skills at one of Decatur’s golf courses

Includes private slips and boathouses, public launching ramps, vending area, Hard Dock restaurant, boat sales and dockside gas/oil. {Located on the north bank of the Tennessee River on Hwy. 31. Mile Marker #305}

Brickyard Landing 256.350.1449, brickyardlandingmarina.net Includes 240 dry docks, boat repair, waterfront marina store, dock side gas/oil. No public launch ramp. {Located on the south bank of the Tennessee River on Hwy. 20. Mile Marker #303.5}

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Jay Landings Marina & RV Park 256.350.4722, jaylandingsmarina.com Includes wet-slips, vending, RV sites and public launching for a fee. {Located on the south bank of the Tennessee River on Hwy. 20. Mile Marker #302.5}

18 manicured Tiftdwarf Bermuda greens designed to United States Golf Association specifications Tee time reservations may be made up to three days in advance and group or company outings are welcome. Recognized as “The Best Public Course to Play” by the Tennessee Valley Golf News and as one of the best three public courses to play in the state by members of the Dixie Section of the Professional Golfers Association of America. Point Mallard golf course facilities include a modern clubhouse with a pro shop, restaurant and shower and restroom areas. Open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. 15 percent discount for Senior Citizens.

Quail Creek - Hartselle 256.784.5033, qcresort.com An 18-hole, par 71 course laid out on 6,007 yards on Nat Key Road. Open year round. ❖

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C ARNEGIE VISUAL ARTS CENTER Passionately promoting art for all! Please stop by and visit us. There is always something new and inspiring going on at the Carnegie. • Free Exhibits to the public year round • Art on the Street downtown at 3rd Friday’s from March to October • Carnegie Carnival Mardi Gras on Feb 22nd Kid’s Parade, Dog Parade & Evening Parade with over 30 floats

207 Church St. NE Decatur, AL Tue - Fri 10 AM - 5 PM Sat 10 AM - 2 PM 256-341-0562 www.carnegiearts.org

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LOCAL COLOR ART HOUSE & STUDIOS

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MEL’S SWEET TREATS

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MIRANDA ALEXANDER INTERIORS

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MORGAN PRICE CANDY COMPANY

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OLD RIVER ANTIQUES & INTERIORS

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ANDERSON HOME CONSIGNMENTS

430 Johnston St SE 256.353.1851

BANK STREET ARTS AND ANTIQUES

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719 Bank Street NE 256.306.9892 DADDY DUKE CIGARS

113 Grant St SE 256.822.2136

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MARTIN’S FAMILY CLOTHING

2150 Beltline Rd SW 256.350.2812

MCCORVEY’S PRO SHOP

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Kathleen’s Fine Art & Interiors 211 2nd Avenue SE, Decatur, AL 35601 256.355.7616 @kathleensinteriors

Kathleen’s Fine Art & Interiors gives you the best of all worlds. From original art creations from local and regional artists from around the southeast, to interesting and unique home accessories, you will find it all here for your convenience. Works range from paintings to pottery to jewelry and furniture. The inventory changes frequently so be sure to stop by each time you visit for an opportunity to find a unique treasure for your home or someone you love. See Kathleeen’s mobile profile at EXCURSIONSGO.com to view their Facebook page, get directions, hours, link to their website and more.

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Out and About in Decatur From farm-to-fork fine dining and upscale bistros in historic downtown to down-home hangouts on the river, Decatur delivers on flavor and atmosphere.

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RESTAURANTS  JOSIE'S MEDITERRANEAN CAFÉ

(See ad page 86) 109 2nd Ave NE 256.822.2229  MELLOW MUSHROOM

(See ad page 88) 202 E Moulton Street 256.355.5161  MOE’S ORGINAL BAR B QUE

(See ad page 89) 202 E. Moulton Street, Ste C 256.686.4112

PHOTO: (OPPOSITE) BRENT BOYD

 SIMP MCGHEE’S

(See ad page 87) 725 Bank Street NW 256.353.6284 ALFONSO’S PIZZA

2400 6th Ave SE 256.350.0211 APPLEBEE'S GRILL + BAR

2041-A Beltline Rd SW 256.340.0114

ARD'S SEAFOOD MARKET

CASA SANTIAGO

FULIN’S ASIAN CUISINE

1216 Beltline Rd 256.301.4600

2812 Spring Ave SW 256.552.9499

1241 Point Mallard Pkwy SW 256.355.3588

AY CHIHUAHUA MEXICAN RESTAURANT

CHEESEBURGER BOBBY'S

GREEN LEAF THAI BISTRO & SUSHI BAR

725 Beltline Rd SW 256.822.2955

1614 Beltline Rd SW 256.686.0777

CHICKEN SALAD CHICK

GYRO UNO

1821 Beltline Rd SW 256.598.9083

324 2nd Ave SE 256.686.4100

CITY CAFÉ

HARD DOCK

101 1st Ave SE 256.353.9719

3755 US-31 North 256.340.9234

CRACKER BARREL OLD COUNTRY STORE

HWY 67 ROADHOUSE

620 Hwy 67 256.445.7007 BANK STREET GRILL

719 Bank St, NE 256.686.4202 BIG BOB GIBSON’S BAR.B.Q

1715 6th Ave SE 256.350.6969 CAFE D AZURE

2216 Kooken Ave 256.355.4806 CAHOOTS

117 Main St W, Hartselle 256.751.4723 CAMINO REAL

2504 US Hwy 31 256.353.6727 CANTON HOUSE

609 14th Street SE 256.350.8868

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407 Beltline Rd SW 256.350.6263 CURRY’S

115 Johnston Street SE 256.350.6715 , DOWNTOWN DAWGS

1820 6th Ave SE 256.227.3575 FRANCESCO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT

2613 Highway 31 S. 256.584.6770

2941 Point Mallard Pkwy 256.584.8025 JAVA JAAY COFFEE HOUSE

1713 6th Ave SE 256.351.8555 JW STEAKHOUSE

45 Marco Dr 256.355.5560 LAWLERS BARBECUE

725 Beltline Rd SW 256.822.1006

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Josie's Mediterranean Café

Josie’s Mediterranean Café 109 2nd Avenue, NE, Decatur, AL 35601 256.822.2229 @josies

@josies_downtown

Casual Dining with a Mediterranean Flare Josie’s Mediterranean Café is located on Second Avenue in the heart of Downtown Decatur’s Arts & Entertainment District. Located across the street from “The Princess Theatre,” one of the oldest theatres in Alabama. Josie’s culinary concept is a menu of house made Mediterranean cuisine featuring pizzas, flatbreads, pastas, soups, salads, wraps and tapas. They offer an imported wine list, a great selection of draft beers, live music and a pet friendly sidewalk café. Saturday and Sunday Brunch View their mobile profile at EXCURSIONSGO.com for hours, links, more photos and more.

On the Menu Appetizers: Avocado Toast, Charcuturie Board and a range of Tapas and Flat Breads, Oysters Rockefeller

LAS VIAS

NASH BBQ

2224 6th Ave SE 256.686.3344

1203 Courtyard Cir 256.260.0512

LET’S DO LUNCH

NATURE’S TABLE AT COOK MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE

435 Holly Street NE 256.340.1317 LIBBY'S CATFISH & DINER

1401 AL Hwy 67 256.353.9767 LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE

1213 Point Mallard Pkwy 256.350.0555 M & S SANDWICH SHOP

2504 Gordon Terry Pkwy 256.301.3080 MI HACIENDA

404 6th Ave NE 256.353.3233

Entrees: Build Your Own Signature Pizza, Pasta, Steak Marsala, Paella (pictured), Tacos

MINNIE LEE’S DOWNTOWN DINER

Wraps & Bocadillos: The Mobster, The Meatball, Chicken Caesar

MOE’S ORIGINAL BBQ - PRICEVILLE

Soups and Salads: French Onion Soup, Mediterranean Salad Desserts: Tiramisu (pictured) and Baklava

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2101 Gordon Terry Pkwy 3524 Deere Rd 256.686.1462 MOE'S SOUTHWEST GRILL

1241 Point Mallard Pkwy 256.580.2817

133 4th Ave NE 256.898.6301 NINJA JAPANESE RESTAURANT

1241 Point Mallard Pkwy #115 256.686.4518 O'CHARLEY'S RESTAURANT & BAR

2148 Beltline Rd SW 256.355.0505 OLIVE GARDEN ITALIAN RESTAURANT

1102 Beltline Rd SW 256.306.1880 PANERA BREAD

1241 Point Mallard Pkwy 256.350.4800 RED LOBSTER

2027 Beltline RD SW 256.306.0092 RIO GRANDE

1203 Courtyard Cir 256.350.4450

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Simp McGhee's

Simp McGhee’s 725 Bank Street NE, Decatur, AL 35601 256.353.6284 simpmcghees.com @simpmcghees

Fine Dining with a Cajun Twist ROCK N ROLL SUSHI

THE RAILYARD

2421 US HWY 31 256.686.2449

209 2nd Ave SE 256.580.5707

SAMI'S PLACE

TIO JUAN MEXICAN GRILL

1228 Beltline Rd SW 256.355.0543

1318 6th Ave SE 256.306.9992

SCRUGGS BBQ

TWIST GRILL & BAR

1315 AL Hwy 20 256.351.7937

1101 6th Ave NE 256.355.3150

SOUTHERN STYLE BARBEQUE

WHISK’D CAFÉ

1505 Moulton SW 256.350.6702 SUCH-N-SUCH

2616 6th Ave SE 256.686.3598 TAQUERIA EL PALOMINO

1410 6th Ave SE 256.355.4464 TEXAS ROADHOUSE

1006 Beltline Rd SE 256.301.007

1051 Grant Street SE 256.580.5909 WHITTS BARBECUE

2532 Spring Ave SW 256.350.2748 WHITTS BARBECUE

918 6th Ave 256.351.6294 WINGS TO GO

1241 Point Mallard Pkwy 256.309.5407

THE BRICK DELI

112 E Moulton Street 256.355.8318

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There are many tales told of Simp McGhee, the infamous river boat captain of Decatur at the turn-of-the-century. His boisterous ways, unconventional operations and blustering manner made him a most picturesque legend of the Tennessee River. Nestled into a corner of historic Bank Street, just a stone’s throw from the Tennessee River, lies the heart of fine dining in Decatur. Simp McGhee’s exudes old-fashioned charm while offering fresh Cajun seafood and beef selections sure to please all palates. Enjoy live music and their rustic historical atmosphere while you dine or relax. You may also dine under the stars on their pet-friendly sidewalk café. HOURS OF OPERATION: Mon - Thu 5 pm - 9 pm Fri - Sat 5 pm - 9:30 pm; Sun closed View their mobile profile at EXCURSIONSGO.com

On the Menu (changes seasonally) Appetizers: Crawfish Eggrolls, Matt’s Tuna Tartar, Mushroom Caps, Fried Green Beans Dinner Entrees: Crystal Shrimp, Tenderloin Au Poivre, Maple Leaf Farms Duck (pictured), Filet Mignon (pictured) Desserts: Derby Pie (pictured) and others

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Mellow Mushroom

Mellow Mushroom 202 Moulton Street East, Decatur, AL 35601 256.355.5161 mellowmushroom.com @mellowmushroomdecaturalabama @rivercitymellow

Out of this World Pizza Located in the heart of historic Downtown Decatur, Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers serves up fresh, stone-baked pizzas to order in an eclectic, art-filled, and family-friendly environment. Their mission is to provide delicious food in a fun and creative environment. They began from humble roots, born out of the free-wheelin’ hippy culture of the 70s. The idea back then was the same as it is now: to make the most delicious, craveable pizza on the planet. HOURS OF OPERATION: Mon - Wed 11 am - 10 pm; Thurs - Fri - 11 am - 12 am; Sat 11 am - 12 am; Sun 11 am - 9 pm See their mobile profile at EXCURSIONSGO.com

On the Menu Oven-Roasted Wings: Crisp double-baked wings. Choose from hot, mild, BBQ, jerk, sweet Thai chili or naked. Pizza: build your own from a vast list of fresh ingrediants and try one of their specialty pies. Calzones: All calzones are made with fresh Mellow dough and served with a side of Mellow red sauce. Ingredients for a calzone are priced at small pie prices. Hoagies: All hoagies are served on a French roll or multigrain roll. Burgers: 8 oz. of 100% USDA-certified choice, all-natural black angus beef, from family-owned and operated Harris Ranch served on a brioche bun.

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BARS & GRILLS 6 POCKETS BILLIARDS

1819 Bassett Ave SE 256.686.3171 AMF RIVER CITY LANES

3117 US Hwy 31 256.353.3162 BB PERRINS SPORTS GRILLE

O’CHARLEY’S RESTAURANT & BAR

2148 Beltline Rd. SW 256.355.0505 RED LOBSTER

2027 Beltline Rd SW 256.306.0092 SAM'S SPORTS GRILL

1208 Beltline Rd SW 256.686.4111

608 Holly Street NE 256.355.1045

SHAGGY'S TAVERN

BUFFALO WILD WINGS

SMOKEY C’S BAR-B-QUE & WINGS

945 Wimberly Dr. SW 256.301.5454

3075 Hwy 20, Priceville 256.353.7787

GENO'S PUB

THE BRICK DELI & TAVERN

1015 6th Ave SE. 256.355.9998

112 E Moulton Street 256.355.8318

HARD DOCK

TWISTED BAR AND GRILLE

3755 US Highway 31 256.340.9234 HIGHWAY 67 ROADHOUSE

2941 Point Mallard Pwky SE, Ste. V, 256.584.8025

1426 Carol Lane

Doubetree by Hilton Decatur Riverfront 1101 6th Ave NE 256.355.3150

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Moe's Original Bar B Que

Moe’s Original Bar B Que 202 Moulton St E, Decatur AL 35601 256.686.4112 moesoriginalbbq.com @mobdecatur

COFFEE & SPECIALTY SHOPS

MORGAN PRICE CANDY COMPANY

 TENNESSEE VALLEY PECAN

SIMPLY DELICIOUS

806 Bank St NE 855.353.1880

2215 Danville Rd SW 256.355.7564

DAYLIGHT DONUTS

STARBUCKS

459 AL Hwy 67 256.822.2309

2141 Point Mallard Pkwy 256.898.3036

DONUT EXPRESS

1114 6th Ave SE 256.686.0462

1735 6th Ave SE 256.350.2992

WESTSIDE COFFEE PLACE & CAFE

2699 Sandlin Rd SW 256.353.2025 ❖

HIGH POINT MARKET

307 2nd Ave SE 256.822.2027

A Southern Soul Food Revival

Moe’s Original Bar B Que serves up an award-winning, all-things-southern, BBQ experience. Our fast-casual eatery and catering company offers Moe’s award-winning Bamastyle BBQ offerings including pulled pork, ribs, wings, chicken and turkey in addition to catfish and a Shrimp Moe-Boy sandwich, not to mention an array of southern sides prepared fresh daily. The full premium bar serves frozen concoctions including the famous Bushwacker, southern-style cocktails, wine and plenty of craft beers on tap. Large party takeout orders and full-service catering with delivery are also available. HOURS OF OPERATION: Mon - Wed 11 am - 12 am Thurs - Sat 11 am - 2 am; Sun 12 pm - 8 pm View their mobile profile at EXCURSIONSGO.com

JAVA JAAY CAFE

1713 6th Ave SE 256.351.8555 K MAY DOUGHNUTS

1815 6th Ave SE 256.686.2240 MEL’S SWEET TREATS

401 14th St SE Suite 4D 256.560.0910

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On the Menu Redneck Nachos: House fried tortilla chips, queso, choice of meat with red sauce, white sauce onion, tomatoes and jalapeños. Stuffed Potatoes: Baked potato with butter, cheese, choice of meat, topped with red sauce, white sauce and green onions. Sundays: Kids under the age of 10 EAT FOR FREE!

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Decatur Favorites 1 ABSAROKA 123B 2nd AVe 256.686.2448 2 CARRIAGE HOUSE 115 Johnston St SE #101 256.355.4349 3 DECATUR VISITOR CENTER 719 6th Ave SE 256.350.2028

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4 JOSIE'S MEDITERRANEAN CAFÉ 109 2nd Ave NE 256.822.2229

7 MOE’S ORIGINAL BAR B QUE 202 E. Moulton Street, Ste C 256.686.4112

5 KATHLEEN'S FINE ART & INTERIORS 211 2nd Ave SE 256.355.7616

8 OTTIS AND KATE 123A 2nd Ave 256.686.2923

6 MELLOW MUSHROOM 202 E. Moulton Street 256.355.5161

9 PRINCESS THEATRE CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

112 2nd Ave NE 256.350.1745

0 SIMP MCGHEE’S 725 Bank Street NW 256.353.6284 q TENNESSEE VALLEY PECAN CO. 806 Bank Street NE 855.353.1880 w THE CUPBOARD 504 Bank Street NE 256.686.4500

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8 NORTH ALABAMA BIRDING TRAIL 3121 Visitors Center Rd 9 OLD DECATUR HISTORIC DISTRICT 0 OLD STATE BANK 925 Bank St. NE w WHEELER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE 3121 Visitors Center Rd

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7 MORGAN COUNTY ARCHIVES 624 Bank St. NE

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Accommodations See map to left for the following:  DOUBLETREE BY HILTON DECATUR RIVERFRONT

 MOTEL 6  STUDIO 9

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