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ISSUE 04 • SUMMER-FALL 2012 River Region Visitor Guide

What, Where & Who’s Cool

Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce President Randall L. George

Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Convention & Visitor Bureau Vice President Dawn Hathcock Publisher

Pam Mashburn

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Pam Mashburn Stacie Berry Mindi Wilson The Montgomery & River Region Visitor Guide 2012 is published by exploreMedia for the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Convention & Visitor Bureau. All information is subject to change. For the most current information and events, please check

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A few of our favorite annual events

So many reasons to visit Montgomery

Take a bite of our diverse culinary scene

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Creativity abounds in the capital city

Loads of fun for kids and families

Walking in the footsteps of history

Discover why downtown is a cool spot

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Wetumpka, Pike Road, Prattville, Millbrook, Tuskeegee, Tallassee

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Montgomery Area Visitor Center information

Details on dining out

Attractions: Art, History, Shopping, more...

Detailed maps for getting around

Find your style

Details on hotel options

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If you haven’t seen Montgomery lately, you need to look again. The capital city’s restaurants, attractions and more are so hot, they’re cool. Watch for the Cool Factors and Cool Spots designated throughout the Guide to find the “must see and do” things that’ll make your visit a cool one you won’t soon forget. Look for the Capital Cool Spot stickers at places all over town.


Go and have some fun! We’ve got events to get you going. Check out these annual favorites. SUMMER July-September

WINTER January-March

In the mood for music? Don’t miss The Montgomery Symphony Orchestra’s “Broadway Under the Stars,” a free, outdoor concert that features favorite Broadway tunes performed by moonlight.

Grab your boots and don your 10-gallon hat for the Southeastern Livestock Exposition & Rodeo. The SLE Rodeo features the nation’s top rodeo athletes riding and roping and also includes horse shows, the Junior Beef Expo, Calf Scramble and Mutton Bustin’.

If swing is more your style, check out the Navistar LPGA Classic. This annual golf tournament brings a full field of the world’s best female professional golfers to play at the Robert Trent Jones Capitol Hill. You can be a part of the excitement at the Montgomery Dragon Boat Festival, an annual event that thrills and entertains each summer with its boat races. Teams paddle their slim, sleek, brightly colored “dragon” boats down a stretch of the Alabama River adjacent to Riverfront Park. The nation’s No. 1 hunting association holds its Annual Buckmasters Expo at the Montgomery Convention Center each August. Expo highlights include the Buckmasters Top Bow Indoor World Championship activities like archery shooting, laser shooting and target simulators; hunting seminars; and displays of all the latest and greatest hunting equipment and gear.

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FALL October-December Active visitors race to sign up for The Montgomery Half-Marathon, now entering its fourth year. This USTAFcertified event takes runners and walkers through 13.1 miles of scenery and history on a diverse course. Enjoy a delicious afternoon of wine and water at the Riverwalk Wine Festival, which showcases the beauty of the Riverfront while offering wine tastings from more than 100 wineries.

Second Saturdays Downtown: Every second Saturday in April through September, the entire city as well as visitors are invited to Riverfront Park for a FREE family friendly event from 5p.m. to 8p.m. The fun includes live entertainment, games for all ages (bocce ball and more!), food vendors and adult libations at the SandBAR at the Silos.

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SPRING April-June The UWP-IJSBA Watercross National Tour makes a big splash when it stops in the capital city each May with exciting, fan-friendly personal watercraft action on The Alabama River. Experience the diverse and varied heritage of the South during the Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s Southern Writers Project, an event that gives modern-day storytellers a chance to develop their stories. Let your child’s (and your own!) imagination run wild at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts’ Flimp Festival. This interactive event highlights art and encourages creativity.


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Tour The Fun Starts Here The Montgomery Area Visitor Center in Historic Union Station Downtown

The Visitor Center is your one-stop spot for fun and information. Check out the many services you’ll find to help you get the most out of every minute you’re with us. n

Civil Rights and Civil War Audio Tours

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Informative video that hits the city’s highlights

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Trolley Tour of historic downtown

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Restaurant, attraction and hotel recommendations

You’ll find it all at the Montgomery Area Visitor Center. 300 Water Street Montgomery, Alabama, 36104 334-262-0013

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What’s Cool The reasons to visit Montgomery are many and varied, but since we can’t list them all, here are some of the very best.

n Heritage Hotspots: Walk in the footsteps of world-changing events. Montgomery was the cradle of the Confederacy and, a century later, the impetus of the Civil Rights Movement. n Flavors: Eat your fill of Southern-fried favorites and upscale culinary creations at Montgomery’s diverse restaurants. n Treasure Hunts: Shop for treasures of yesterday and today at stylish independent boutiques, eclectic gift shops, art galleries, antique stores and large national retailers.

n Fabulous Firsts: Montgomery was the site of the Wright Brothers’ first civilian flying school and boasted the first electric streetcar system in the country.

n Plain Nuts: Enjoy Montgomery’s own Tucker Pecans. They taste great right out of the shell but even better when smothered in chocolate.

n Cool Cocktails: Don a faux fur coat and throw back an ice-cold shot in the frozen shot room at The AlleyBAR downtown.

n Shakespeare, Y’all: Take in a play at one of the country’s most celebrated theatres, The Alabama Shakespeare Festival. And every season offers more than Will’s works. Popular contemporary plays, including musicals, take the stage too.

n Hot Dog!: Take a bite of history at Chris’ Hot Dogs, a local favorite that’s been serving tasty dogs smothered in a signature sauce since 1917.

n Warm Welcomes: The friendly smiles of Montgomery’s genuine people underscore the fact that manners matter here. Get ready to hear plenty of “thank you,” “ma’am” and “please.”

n Crooner’s Caddy: See the car in which iconic country music superstar Hank Williams took his final ride at The Hank Williams Museum. It also houses the largest collection of Hank memorabilia found anywhere.

n Nightlife: Pick up the pace with the excitement of The Alley, the city’s new entertainment district, right across from the Montgomery Convention Center.

n Cheesy Chow: Do your taste buds a favor and fill up on a good-n-greasy cheeseburger from Hamburger King downtown.

n Miles of Smiles: The entire family will have a ball (and maybe learn a bit too!) exploring our family friendly attractions, places like Old Alabama Town, ArtWorks and more. n River Rides: Roll on down the Alabama River aboard the city’s very own riverboat, The Harriott II.

n Park Places: Take a walk, fly a kite or just relax with a book at one of Montgomery’s multiple green spaces like Blount Cultural Park or Vaughn Road Park. n Great Outdoors: Our mild weather means you can eat, drink and be merry alfresco at many of Montgomery’s restaurants and bars. Try Capitol Oyster Bar at the Marina, Pine Bar and The Tipping Point.

n Pass the Biscuits: Catch a Montgomery Biscuits baseball game and maybe a flying biscuit too at the lovely and historic Riverwalk Stadium. n Sweet Treats: Get a mouthful of sugary goodness at Louisa’s Bakery tucked away in Old Cloverdale and indulge in a peanut butter cupcake. n Otter Nonsense: Go wild at The Montgomery Zoo, with hundreds of animal species. Don’t miss the tigers, the elephants or the playful otters. n Local Talent: We’re over-run with artists. Check out M. Bagwell’s colorful pottery creations, or the array of stunning fine art photography and paintings at galleries like Stonehenge, Dauber Gallery and SAC’s Gallery.

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Be Cool

Do As The Locals Do COOL CHATTER Check out what’s got other visitors talking:

“Montgomery’s a hidden gem that’s getting better and better.” “There’s lots of activity. Loved the Riverfront...” “The city’s got Southern charm and is buzzing with life.” “Hope to come back soon — There’s so much more to see!”

Where’s a good spot for an afternoon snack? The Tipping Point at Hampstead is a local hangout and a great pit stop. Refuel for more Montgomery exploration with a great cup of coffee or tea and their delicious Cookie Skillet, a big, warm, freshly made chocolate chip cookie. This restaurant also has lunch selections and at night, transforms into a casual bar with live music. — Anna Lowder, Director of Development, Hampstead

Where do the locals go to hear cool blues and smooth jazz? Sous la Terre downtown is legendary for its live music, as is the Capitol Oyster Bar at the Marina, which is tucked away down on the river. It has great seafood and brings in some really impressive musicians every weekend. One other cool spot: 1048 Jazz & Blues in Old Cloverdale. — Candy Capel, Station Manager at WVAS-FM

Know of a good Montgomery mystery? Sure. How about the “coffin” on top of the pink Steiner-Lobman building on Commerce Street downtown? Local legend claims that an old man is buried in the structure that looks like a sarcophagus. According to the story, he asked to be interred atop the building so he could look out over his beautiful city forever. — Will Thompson, Executive Director of the Fitzgerald Museum

“Here you find a profound scope of American history.” “Our visit was interesting, friendly and fun!” “In Montgomery, there’s something for everyone.”

What’s unique about Montgomery? It has the positive attributes of both a big city and a small town. We have great restaurants, museums and other cultural outlets, yet at the same time we have the intimacy of a close-knit community too. It’s the best of both worlds. — Michael Briddell, City of Montgomery Director of Public Information and External Affairs

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What are your favorite places to play in Montgomery?

What should visitors know about Prattville?

That the city doesn’t end at the intersection of Cobbs Ford and McQueen Smith roads. I like going to Blount Cultural They need to venture further in Park and feeding the ducks and and discover our historic and playing catch. And, I can’t wait charming 1800s-era downtown. to go to the skateboard park There are some great locally downtown and practice my tricks.   owned shops and restaurants all tucked into architecturally — TJ Fleming, age 7 interesting buildings. — Charlann Jones, Treasurer of Prattville Downtown Unlimited


Take a Taste ofHMontgomery All of our area restaurants invite you to drop by and sample their creations. But the multitude of choices can be daunting, so check out these popular eateries sharing the secrets of their “signature dishes.”

Baumhower’s Restaurant With two locations in Montgomery, Baumhower’s Restaurants focus on freshness and fun. These casual, sportsthemed restaurants feature an outstanding selection of Southern favorites. Steaks; fresh, local seafood; chicken platters; and, of course, buffalo wings are all available. Baumhower’s signature dish, the Black & White Chicken Platter, features a boneless chicken breast that is Mojomarinated, char-grilled with lemon pepper and served with their world-famous White BBQ sauce. If you are visiting downtown, be sure to stop in their location inside the RSA Headquarters. D 334-263-8800 • www.baumhowers.com

Get Some Goodness Located in Wetumpka, Oakview Farms is a small, family owned and operated farm and grist mill producing stoneground grits, hydroponic lettuces, blueberries, honey and more. With a commitment to sustainable farming practices, Oakview Farms is always looking for the best way to get the most out of every plant, while still maintaining the quality it has

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become known for. Its “hoop house” is a prime example. The large plastic “bubble” extends the growing season for tomatoes, cabbages and other leafy greens without being heated or cooled, like a regular greenhouse is. Several local restaurants depend on Oakview to add fresh flavor to their menus including The House at the Renaissance. You can enjoy all that Oakview Farms offers by shopping its on-site store or by visiting its booth at local farmers’ markets, including the market at The Shoppes at EastChase, held every Saturday this summer. Check www.oakviewfarms.com to find exact dates and times.

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Joe and Patty Lambrecht, owners of Oakview Farms


Chappy’s Deli

Cantina Tortilla Grill

Dreamland BBQ

For over 22 years, this Montgomery establishment has been serving up something for everyone. With a large, diverse menu of deli classics as well as new, innovative flavor combinations all served in a friendly atmosphere, you just can’t go wrong choosing Chappy’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Picking one signature dish was hard, but one of the staff’s favorites is the Maple Turkey Croissant. Other great choices include The Reuben (corned beef piled high); the Turkey Melt (cheesy goodness); and The Brazilian Salad (grilled chicken and fruit in a tangy, tart dressing). And kids under six always eat for free.

A warm welcome and award-winning, fresh Mexican food await visitors to this eclectic restaurant located in The Alley downtown. Crunchy chips, flavorful salsa and guacamole are all made daily for the best possible taste. The Cantina celebrates street food from around the world, so while the dishes have Mexican and Latin influences, they go far beyond what you’d find at a typical Mexican restaurant. Be sure to try their signature item, the Shrimp Quesadilla. It’s amazingly satisfying and full of flavor. Whatever you eat, enjoy it on the outdoor patio and wash it down with a tangy margarita. D

End your quest for the perfect ‘cue at Dreamland BBQ downtown, famous for its succulent ribs and delicious sauce. Feel free to “pig out” on some pork, but save a little room for dessert since Dreamland’s signature dish is its Banana Pudding, made fresh daily with all the right stuff—vanilla wafers, ripe bananas, fluffy whipped cream and creamy pudding—plus a secret ingredient that puts it over the top. Dreamland also offers the largest draft beer selection in central Alabama and has outside dining. D

334-279-7477 • www.chappysdeli.com

334-262-2339 • www.cantinatortillagrill.com

334-273-7427 • www.dreamlandbbq.com

For information 800-240-9452

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Cool Beans at the Cafe d’ Art

The Tipping Point

The Exchange

With a sophisticated atmosphere in the heart of downtown, Cool Beans is the spot for a perfect cup of coffee and delicious food. Menu items boast exotic, international flavors, and everything is homemade using locally grown, organic produce whenever possible. All coffees are Fair Trade Organic and artisan roasted. This restaurant’s signature dish is its wide array of daily specials, which range from Moroccan Chicken and African Spicy Shrimp all the way around the globe for the El Cubano, a great pork loin sandwich. Lobster Bisque is a Thursday ritual, and there’s the Friday Breakfast Club, too. You’ll always find food to feed your body, music and art to feed your soul. D

Located in Hampstead in East Montgomery, The Tipping Point has something for everyone. This casual restaurant, coffee shop and bar has a playful and affordable menu inspired by some of America’s coolest cities. It also offers Intelligentsia coffee and teas and a great selection of specialty beers and wines-by-the-glass, plus weekly live music and events. Order The Tipping Point’s signature dish, the Chicago Dog, an all-beef dog loaded with American cheese, kraut, peppers and mustard.

With world-class wines, beer and cocktails all served up in a swanky atmosphere that includes a covered patio complete with live entertainment nightly, The Exchange at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa could stop right there and still be a great place to kick back and hang out. But wait… there’s more. They also offer a tasty menu to complement the bar with items like house-breaded Pecan Chicken Fingers with honey mustard, Blackened Fish Sandwich and the signature dish, Maryland Crab Cake Sliders, which are mini crab cakes served on snowflake rolls with Old Bay tarter sauce. D

334-260-9110 • www.tippingpointhampstead.com

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Speak Southern? If you’re not from around here, some of the lingo you’ll read and hear at area restaurants may be confusing. Here’s a little dictionary to help decipher Southern food speak.

Capitol Oyster Bar at the Marina A long-time local favorite, the Capitol Oyster Bar recently moved to its new digs at The Marina bringing together delicious seafood, a come-as-you-are laidback atmosphere and some great live music all on a bluff overlooking the Alabama River. Fresh catches from the Gulf of Mexico are grilled, sautéed, and of course, fried. The restaurant’s signature dish is the thick, rich gumbo, slow cooked with okra, peppers, tomatoes and filled with shrimp, crawfish tails, crab and sausage all served over fluffy rice. According to owner Lewis Mashburn, “It’s not too spicy, but it’s got a little kick.” D

Meat & Three: Usually refers to more casual “home cooking” spots and means the menu offers a plate with your choice of one meat (fried chicken, country fried steak, fried catfish — sensing a pattern here?) and three sides, usually Southern-style vegetables like fried okra, fried green tomatoes, squash casserole, creamed corn, collard greens (see definition below) and more. Often served with cornbread or biscuit. Grits: A creamy, savory porridge-like dish made from ground hominy and often embellished with cheese. Shrimp & Grits is a favorite Dixie dish. Sweet Tea: The default setting when you order a glass of iced-tea down here. And sweet means S-W-E-E-T. Specify “unsweet” if you don’t want any sugar. Or ask for half-and-half for just a little sweetness. Collard Greens: Collards are leafy green veggies that are packed full of vitamins. They’re most often slow-cooked for hours with some kind of pork fat for flavoring. Look for a glass bottle with little green peppers in vinegar on your table; it’s pepper sauce, and it’s meant to be sprinkled on your collards.

334-239-8958 • www.capitoloysterbar.com

For information 800-240-9452

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The Deli at Alley Station

Moe’s

Sa Za Serious Italian Food

A wide range of traditional deli and comfort food favorites are blended with Southern flair, but the restaurant’s Rueben Sandwich takes the prize for signature dish. The Deli’s Reuben is a well-balanced blend of robust flavors, and it is a bit different from your average Reuben, using pastrami, a signature sauce and thick-sliced pumpernickel bread. Swiss cheese and sauerkraut top it all off. The Deli is also an easy pickup place for take-out foods, and its market has staples like bread and canned goods. You can even choose from its wide selection of import and domestic beers to create your own six-pack. D

“Welcome to Moe’s!” It’s the friendly greeting every single customer gets when they walk through the door. But beyond that, diners are welcomed by the scents of Tex-Mex food at its finest. Salads, quesadillas, tacos, nachos and burritos of all sizes are bursting with fresh ingredients like beans, spicy salsa, savory meat, cheese and more. Moe’s signature dish is the Homewrecker, a big burrito that’s got everything but the kitchen sink including mountains of meat, sour cream and guacamole wrapped up in a soft flour tortilla. A side of crunchy chips makes it a meal.

Sa Za is a feast for the senses. Taste authentic Italian masterpieces like Eggs in Purgatory, Stuffed Anaheim Hot Peppers as well as both traditional and specialty pizzas. Join the crowd and try Sa Za’s best-seller, angel hair pasta with Maine lobster meat, chopped shrimp and spinach in a chardonnay, exploded garlic and olive oil sauce. Or opt for Sa Za’s signature dish: the Rigatoni Bolognese, which has a rich sauce made from carrots, celery, onion, veal, beef, pork and cognac that’s roasted for five hours before it is finished with heavy cream and served with rigatoni pasta. D

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Legendary country music crooner Hank Williams got his start in the capital city and frequented many Montgomery restaurants. He was known to often write songs while sitting at the lunch counter in Chris’ Hot Dogs on Dexter Avenue.

Chris’ Hot Dogs

Nancy’s Italian Ice

For a bite of Montgom­ery and a mouthful of history, grab a few napkins and get your hands around a hot dog from Chris’ Hot Dogs on Dex­­ter Avenue. This legendary diner marked by the green-and-white-striped awning opened on May 1, 1917. It’s now being run by the second and third generations of its founding family. You can get a ham­­­­burger here, but the signature dish is a Hot Dog “All the Way,” a dog drenched in Chris’ secret sauce, sautéed onions and kraut. D

Indulge your sweet tooth with a cool treat from Nancy’s Italian Ice. Choose from 12 to 20 diverse flavors of ice (the most popular are strawberry-lemon and mango), as well as softserve ice cream, cookies and cupcakes. Have the best of both worlds with Nancy’s Italian Ice’s signature dish, the Fancy Nancy. This palate-pleasing pleasure has tiers of Italian ice layered with tiers of ice cream. 334-356-1403 • www.nancysice.com

334-265-6850 • www.chrishotdogs.com

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fine dining

Central A sophisticated yet laid-back feeling permeates this downtown restaurant that’s in an old 1890’s grocery warehouse. Central’s menu is focused on fresh, regional products like produce, meats and Gulf seafood. The restaurant’s signature dish is is Pork Shank, which is mojo braised and served with a chayote slaw and Mexican cream corn. The shank is on the menu year round, but its accompaniments change with what’s in season. Another favorite, the steak frites consists of tender, juicy hangar steak covered in a slightly sweet and thick house-made steak sauce and served with crispy, tasty French fries. D 334-517-1155 • www.central129coosa.com

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Finish your Montgomery meal with a decadent dessert from one of these eateries.

Found in the ROUX Market next door to the restaurant, a ROUX strawberry cupcake is like heaven in your hand. Fresh berry flavored fluffy cake is highlighted with a creamy, luscious icing that’s just sugary enough without being overly sweet. Other kinds of cupcakes, cookies and brownies await your tastebuds at ROUX Market too.

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You deserve a giant cookie, right? Then treat yourself to a Cookie Skillet at The Tipping Point. It’s a soft, chewy homemade chocolate-chip cookie served warm in a skillet and topped with rich fudge sauce and vanilla ice cream.

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It will be difficult, but do your best not to completely fill up on the delicious deli classics and new, innovative sandwiches found at Chappy’s Deli. If you save a little stomach space, you can enjoy a mini ice cream cone filled with the soft-serve flavor of your choice. And the best part? It’s free.


ROUX

Sinclair’s

La Jolla

Nestled in the heart of Old Cloverdale near Montgomery’s historic Garden District, ROUX is a neighborhood restaurant blending classic Southern fare and Louisiana Creole influences for authentically American cuisine. The Chef focuses on a “back to basics” approach to cooking, celebrating regional flavors with food that is simple, flavorful and distinctive. Open seven days a week for lunch, dinner, cocktails and Sunday Brunch, ROUX welcomes everyone to come and try its signature dish: succulent grilled Gulf shrimp and grits with farm-fresh veggies and candied bacon.

This neighborhood favorite is welcoming, warm and as full of charm as it is flavor. Its moderately priced menu offers soups, crisp salads, heaping helpings of pasta, juicy steaks and more, but the signature dish at Sinclair’s is the Tomato Seafood Stack. Succulent shrimp, tender scallops and lump crab meat are paired with fresh tomatoes baked in a perfectly seasoned parmesan crust and finished with a delicate white wine cream sauce. Enjoy this delight at one of two Sinclair’s locations in the city: in the heart of Old Cloverdale or in East Montgomery on Vaughn Road.

You’ll find fine dining and stellar service at La Jolla, located in The Shoppes at EastChase. Executive chef Todd Batey has made it his mission to offer the best food in the city. The signature dish, Grilled Pork Medallions, is served with a spicy and sweet mango salsa over Caribbean rice with black beans and bacon. La Jolla is committed to providing its patrons with an intimate, relaxing fine-dining experience, so no children under 18 are allowed.

334-356-3814 • www.rouxmontgomery.com

334-271-7654 • www.sinclairsrestaurants.com

334-356-2600 • www.lajollamontgomery.com

For information 800-240-9452

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Olive Room

Garrett’s

This swank fine-dining spot downtown is the place for a romantic evening embellished with amazing food. Its unique décor creates a private, intimate feel, and now, a new chef has given this longtime favorite some new life. Chef Frederick Henderson is in Olive Room’s kitchen, and he’s turning out delights like the restaurant’s signature dish, sautéed veal medallions. The tender, succulent veal is generously topped with jumbo lump crabmeat, shitake mushrooms and an herb butter. Sweeten the deal with one of Chef Henderson’s desserts.

Just minutes from The Shoppes at EastChase, Garrett’s restaurant delights diners with a menu that’s a mix of French, Creole and Asian flavors, and every dish is prepared with the best ingredients. Savor the delicious dishes offered by this fine dining establishment in an elegant environment with stellar service. But the real magic happens in the kitchen. Chef and owner Gary Garner showcases his culinary artistry with Garrett’s signature dish, Grilled Prawns with Yukon Gold Potatoes and Bordelaise Sauce.

334-262-2763 • www.theoliveroom.com

334-396-9950 • www.garrettsartoffood.com

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Montgomery boasts 12 must-eat items on the Alabama Tourism Department’s “100 Alabama Dishes to Eat Before You Die” list. Get a mouthful of these favorites: Jalapeño truffle chocolate soufflé at Garrett’s; Fresca salad with house dressing at Sinclair’s; Fried chicken at Martin’s; Ahi Tuna Spring Roll at La Jolla; Hot dog with Chris’ sauce at Chris’ Hotdogs; Lemon catfish and Johnnie Mae’s peach cobbler at Isaiah’s; and Mediterranean pizza at Tomatino’s.


The Seeds of Something Good The appeal of an “eat fresh, eat local” philosophy is growing in Montgomery, thanks to area chefs and restaurants that are committed to bringing diners produce, meat and other products straight from farm to fork.

With two urban farms in the city and many traditional farms in the surrounding rural areas all producing rich harvests, it’s only natural that capital city chefs are inspired to take advantage of all the farm-fresh goodness. Several standout restaurants are building most of their menus around locally grown and produced foods to delicious effect.

Central At the “center” of Central’s cooking concept is the use of local, seasonal ingredients. At this downtown eatery built into a historic warehouse, a sophisticated metropolitan environment is complemented by the “classic American with a Southern twist” dishes created by executive chef Michael Bertozzi, all of which are driven by what’s available locally and what’s ripe and ready to eat. The focus on fresh, regional products like produce, meats and Gulf seafood means the menu changes often.

ROUX This neighborhood restaurant in charming Old Cloverdale has gone “back to basics,” delivering simple Southern favorites that are flavored with natural, local ingredients. With extreme attention to details, the beauty of the area’s bounty is highlighted in every bite.

Cool Beans Cool Beans prides itself on its array of tasty dishes for breakfast and lunch that incorporate local, organic ingredients for both their better flavor and their health benefits. At this funky spot, art is on the walls and on the plates.

Country Comes to Town: Montgomery’s Urban Farms

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ontgomery is blessed with two urban farms: Hampstead Farms, which opened in 2009, and its sister farm, the Hampstead Institute Downtown Farm, which opened in the spring of 2011. Both urban farms offer residents and visitors the chance to connect with the area’s agricultural heritage and a wealth of farm-fresh food.

An old red caboose that’s been re-purposed to serve as resident farmer’s office marks the entrance of the Downtown Farm. This 2.5-acre, all-natural, community farm provides fresh,local produce for area restaurants, educates resident and visiting school children and provides a welcome punch of green to the city’s center. Hampstead Farms is a 3-acre oasis embedded in the Hampstead neighborhood and hosts many entertaining and educational events. Visit each of the farms to check out their working windmills, a children’s learning area, wildflower plots as well as a sunflower field and pumpkin patch (at Hampstead in the fall). www.hampsteadinstitute.org

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Culinary Cool Much More Than Food For the chefs and cooks heating up the kitchens of Montgomery’s dining scene, food is not only essential for life; it’s a way of life. ALPHABETICAL LISTING Montgomery Area Restaurants Ala Thai Classic............................. 24 Ala Thai East................................. 24 American Deli............................... 23 Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill........................ 26 Asia Bistro & Seafood................... 24 Baumhower’s Restaurant............. 29 Blue Moon Cafe............................. 28 Bonefish Grill................................ 26 Buffet City.................................... 24 Cafe Louisa................................... 26 Cafe M.......................................... 26 California Yogurt Kraze................ 26 Capitol Oyster Bar........................ 28 Capital Stockyard Cafe................. 23 Carrabba’s Italian Grill.................. 26 Chappy’s Deli................................ 26 Charles Anthony’s Restaurant at the Pub.................. 29 Cheezie’s Pizza............................. 26 Chicken Salad Chick...................... 26 Chili’s............................................ 26 Chin Chin....................................... 24 Chophouse at Vintage Year.......... 26 Choppers Restaurant.................... 28 Christi’s Italian Grille.................... 27 CiCi‘s Pizza................................... 27 City Grill ....................................... 26 Corsino’s Italian Restaurant......... 27 Country’s Barbecue...................... 25 Cracker Barrel.............................. 28 Cuco’s........................................... 27 Derk‘s Filet & Vine........................ 28 Dreamz......................................... 26 East China..................................... 24 Eastbrook Cafe............................. 28 Eastside Grille.............................. 28 The Egg & I.................................... 26 El Paso Chili Company................... 23 El Rey Burrito Lounge................... 27 Ezell’s........................................... 28 Farmhouse Kitchen....................... 29 Five Guys Burgers & Fries............. 23 Flips Uptown Grill......................... 23 Fried Tomato Buffet..................... 27

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Gail’s Down The Street Cafe......... 29 Garrett’s....................................... 26 Golden Corral................................ 23 Green Papaya............................... 24 Guthrie’s....................................... 23 Hibachi Sushi................................ 24 Honey Baked Ham......................... 23 Hungry Howie’s Pizza & Subs........ 27 Island Delights.............................. 26 Ixtapa Bar & Grill.......................... 27 Ixtapa Mexican Restaurant........... 27 Jalapenos Restaurant................... 27 Jason’s Deli.................................. 23 Jim N Nicks Bar-B-Q..................... 25 Jubilee Seafood............................ 28 K&J Rib Shack............................... 25 Kabuki Japanese Steakhouse....... 24 Key Largo Bar & Grill.................... 29 King Buffet.................................... 24 Korean Garden.............................. 25 La Zona Rosa................................ 27 La Jolla Restaurant...................... 26 Lek’s Taste of Thailand................. 25 Longhorn Steakhouse................... 29 Los Cabos Cantina........................ 28 Los Ranchos.................................. 28 Los Vaqueros................................ 28 Marco’s Pizza............................... 27 Martha’s Place.............................. 29 Martin’s Restaurant...................... 29 Mellow Mushroom......................... 27 Michael’s Table............................. 26 Midori........................................... 25 Midtown Pizza Kitchen ................. 27 MiMi’s Cafe................................... 23 Ming’s Garden............................... 25 Miyako Japanese Steak and Sushi Bar................................ 25 Moe’s Southwest Grill................... 28 Momma Goldberg’s Deli................ 23 Mr. Gus’........................................ 26 My Place....................................... 29 Nancy’s Italian Ice........................ 26 No Way Jose Grill Cantina............. 28 Noodle Cafe.................................. 25 Odessa’s Blessings....................... 29 Olive Garden................................. 27

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Outback Steakhouse..................... 29 Panera Bread................................ 23 Peyton’s Place.............................. 29 Piccadilly Cafeteria...................... 23 Pizza Perfect................................ 27 Red Lobster.................................. 28 Red Robin Gourmet Burgers......... 23 Red’s Little School House............. 29 Ric & Mos...................................... 29 Rock Bottom American Pub.......... 29 Rooster’s...................................... 29 ROUX............................................. 26 Ruby Tuesday............................... 23 Ruddle’s Pub Grill......................... 23 Saigon Bistro................................ 25 Salsaritas...................................... 28 Sam’s Bar-B-Que........................... 25 San Marcos Mexican..................... 28 Sarris’s......................................... 26 Satsuki.......................................... 25 Schlotzsky’s Deli........................... 23 Shashy‘s Fine Foods..................... 26 Shilla............................................. 25 Shogun.......................................... 25 Sinclair’s....................................... 26 Smoothie King.............................. 26 Sommer’s Place............................ 26 Sophia’s BBQ................................. 25 Steak Out...................................... 24 Stevi B’s Pizza.............................. 27 Street Cafe................................... 25 Sundown East............................... 24 The Super Buffet........................... 25 Sushi Café..................................... 25 Sushi Yama................................... 25 Sweet P’s...................................... 26 Taqueria El Cantaro...................... 28 Taste of India................................ 25 Tenda Chick.................................. 24 Texas Roadhouse.......................... 29 Thai Gratiem................................. 25 Thomas Buffet.............................. 29 32 Degrees, A Yogurt Bar............. 26 Taziki’s......................................... 26 Tipico De Mexico........................... 28 Tipping Point................................. 26 Tomatinos..................................... 27

Top China...................................... 25 Tropical Smoothie Cafe................. 26 Varsity BBQ.................................. 26 Wagon Wheel Cafe........................ 29 Willow Tree Sushi.......................... 25 Wing House................................... 29 Wingers Sports Grill...................... 29 Wings Xpress................................ 24 Wishbone Cafe.............................. 24 Wooga Korean............................... 25 Young Barn Pub & Oyster Bar....... 28 Zaxby’s......................................... 24 Zoe’s Kitchen................................ 26

Downtown Restaurants A Social Event/Bandanas.............. 28 Baumhower’s of RSA.................... 29 Cantina ........................................ 27 Central.......................................... 26 Choices Restaurant...................... 24 Chris’ Hotdogs.............................. 26 Commerce Street Soda Shop........ 26 Cool Beans at Cafe De Art............. 26 Courthouse Cafe........................... 23 Cuco’s Express............................. 27 Davis Cafe..................................... 28 Deli at Alley Station...................... 26 Dreamland BBQ............................. 25 The Exchange............................... 26 Farmers Market Cafe.................... 29 Hamburger King............................ 23 The House..................................... 26 House of Bread............................. 26 Isaiah’s Restaurant....................... 29 Lek’s Railroad Thai at Union Station............................ 25 Mama’s Sack Lunch To Go............. 23 Montgomery’s Cafe at Embassy Suites........................ 23 Olive Room................................... 26 Railyard Brewing Co..................... 26 Sa Za’s Serious Italian Food.......... 27 Scott Street Deli........................... 23 Smoothies & Things Cafe.............. 26 Stop & Sip Coffee.......................... 24 Wing City....................................... 26 Wintzell’s Oyster House................ 28


American American Deli 971 Ann St 334-262-6122 Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.iloveamericandeli.com

Capital Stockyard Café 1464 Furnace St 334-265-6033 Breakfast $ Lunch $

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Courthouse Cafe D 100 S Lawrence St 334-832-1684 Closed: Sat-Sun Breakfast $ Lunch $

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El Paso Chili Company 539 N Eastern Blvd 334-244-0118 Closed: Sun Lunch $

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Five Guys Burgers & Fries OPENING SUMMER 2012 3010 Zelda Rd Lunch $ Dinner $

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Five Guys Burgers & Fries H 7220 EastChase Pkwy 334-239-7220 Lunch $ Dinner $ www.fiveguys.com

Hamburger King D 547 S Decatur St 334-262-1798 Closed: Sat–Sun Breakfast $ Lunch $

Flips Uptown Grill 3900 Atlanta Hwy 334-244-8833 Breakfast $ Lunch $ Dinner $

Honey Baked Ham H 2816 E South Blvd 334-284-9100 Lunch $

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Momma Goldberg’s Deli 7960 Vaughn Rd 334-517-1071 Lunch $ Dinner $

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Red Robin Gourmet Burgers 7005 EastChase Pkwy 334-396-1078 Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.mommagoldbergs.com

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Montgomery’s Cafe at ­Embassy Suites H D 300 Tallapoosa St 334-269-5055 Lunch $ Dinner $$

Ruby Tuesday 1310 Eastern Blvd 334-396-0224 Lunch $ Dinner $

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Flips Uptown Grill 7900 Vaughn Rd 334-270-5559 Breakfast $ Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.flipsuptowngrill.com

Jason’s Deli H 1520 Eastern Blvd 334-409-9890 Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.jasonsdeli.com

Panera Bread 7224 EastChase Pkwy 334-274-9170 Breakfast $ Lunch $ Dinner $

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Ruby Tuesday 6970 EastChase Loop 334-215-2285 Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.rubytuesday.com

www.panerabread.com

Golden Corral 1480 Eastern Blvd 334-532-0020 Breakfast $ Lunch $ Dinner $$

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www.goldencorralmontgomery.com

Guthrie’s 5376 Atlanta Hwy 334-396-8300 Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.guthrieschicken.com

Mama’s Sack Lunch To Go 21 S Perry St 334-265-5554 Closed: Sat-Sun Lunch $

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MiMi’s Cafe H 6814 EastChase Pkwy 334-271-0124 Breakfast $ Lunch $ Dinner $

Piccadilly Cafeteria 2601 Eastern Blvd 334-271-6189 Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.mimiscafe.com

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Panera Bread 2998 Carter Hill Rd 334-262-0064 Breakfast $ Lunch $ Dinner $

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Ruddle’s Pub Grill H 3133 Bell Rd 334-277-8710 Closed: Sun Lunch $ Dinner $$

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Schlotzsky’s Deli 5055 Carmichael Rd 334-409-9993 Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.schlotzskys.com

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Scott Street Deli H D 412 Scott St 334-264-9415 Closed: Sat-Sun Breakfast $ Lunch $

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Steak Out 3271 Malcolm Dr 334-270-0747 Lunch $$ Dinner $$

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www.steakout.com

Steak Out 2930 Carter Hill Rd 334-269-1800 Lunch $$ Dinner $$

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www.steakout.com

Stop & Sip Coffee D 981 Adams Ave 334-230-9989 Closed: Sat-Sun Breakfast $ Lunch $

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Sundown East H 3416 Atlanta Hwy 334-271-0501 Closed: Sun Lunch $ Dinner $

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Tenda Chick 5951 Atlanta Hwy 334-260-8547 Lunch $ Dinner $

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Zaxby’s 2923 Eastern Blvd 334-420-3500 Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.zaxbys.com

Wings Xpress 5780 Woodmere Blvd 334-244-7898 Lunch $ Dinner $

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Wishbone Cafe H 7028 Atlanta Hwy 334-244-7270 Closed: Sun Sat: Breakfast Only Breakfast $ Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.wishbonecafe-montgomery.com

Zaxby’s H 3130 Taylor Rd 334-481-0406 Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.zaxbys.com

Zaxby’s 6453 Atlanta Hwy 334-277-8066 Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.zaxbys.com

Zaxby’s 2675 Zelda Rd 334-293-9933 Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.zaxbys.com

Asian & Indian Ala Thai Classic 963 Ann St 334-240-2549 Lunch $ Dinner $

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Ala Thai East 6663 Atlanta Hwy 334-271-3141 Lunch $ Dinner $

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Asia Bistro & Seafood 7839 Vaughn Rd 334-213-3628 Closed: Mon Lunch $ Dinner $

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Chin Chin 3441 Malcom Dr 334-394-9998 Lunch $ Dinner $

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Choices Restaurant D 80 Commerce St 334-262-0888 Closed: Sun Lunch $ Dinner $

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East China 8153 Vaughn Rd 334-279-1779 Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.china2004.com

Green Papaya 409 Coliseum Blvd 334-395-7654 Closed: Sun Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.greenpapayacuisine.com

Hibachi Sushi & Supreme Buffett 181D Eastern Blvd 334-260-6111 Lunch $ Dinner $

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Kabuki Japanese Steakhouse 7834 Vaughn Rd 334-273-8885 Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.kabuki2005.com

King Buffet 2727 Bell Rd 334-273-8883 Lunch $ Dinner $

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Korean Garden 2891 Vaughn Plaza Rd 334-277-5685 Lunch $ Dinner $

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Lek’s Railroad Thai at Union Station H D 300 Water St 334-269-0708 Closed: Sun Lunch $ Dinner $$

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www.thaiemeraldlek.com

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Lek’s Taste of Thailand H 5421 Atlanta Hwy 334-244-8994 Closed: Sun Lunch $ Dinner $$

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Midori 5824 Woodmere Blvd 334-593-1754 Lunch $ Dinner $

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Ming’s Garden 1741 Eastern Blvd 334-277-8188 Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.mingsgardenmontgomery.com

Miyako Japanese Steak & Sushi Bar 8173 Vaughn Rd 334-215-2275 Dinner $$

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Noodles Cafe 8123 Vaughn Rd 334-517-1179 Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.noodlescafe.net

Saigon Bistro H 1060 Eastern Blvd 334-279-5921 Closed: Sun Lunch $ Dinner $

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Satsuki 6534 Atlanta Hwy 334-239-7450 Lunch $ Dinner $

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Sushi Yama 2070 Eastern Blvd 334-612-7800 Lunch $ Dinner $$

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www.satsuki-dk.com

Shilla 3526 Eastdale Cir 334-354-3026 Closed: Sun Lunch $ Dinner $

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Shogun 5215 Carmichael Rd 334-271-3141 Lunch $ Dinner $

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Street Cafe 2777 Eastern Blvd 334-396-2232 Closed: Mon Lunch $ Dinner $$

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Taste of India 8868 Minnie Brown Rd 334-356-4533 Lunch $ Dinner $

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Thai Gratiem 8868 Minnie Brown Rd 334-215-9960 Closed: Mon Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.thaigratiem.com

Top China 9160 EastChase Pkwy 334-270-1668 Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.topchina.150m.com

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The Super Buffet 5831 Atlanta Hwy 334-215-0055 Lunch $ Dinner $

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Sushi Café H 3004 Zelda Rd 334-819-7060 Lunch $ Dinner $

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Willow Tree Sushi Hibachi & BBQ 2690 Eastern Blvd 334-271-9600 Lunch $ Dinner $ Closed: Sun

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Wooga Korean BBQ 911 Eastern Blvd 334-649-4815 Closed: Sun Lunch $ Dinner $

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Barbeque Country’s Barbecue 2610 Zelda Rd 334-262-6211 Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.countrysbbq.com

Country’s Barbecue 5761 Atlanta Hwy 334-270-0126 Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.countrysbbq.com

Dreamland BBQ H D 101 Tallapoosa St 334-273-7427 Lunch $ Dinner $

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K&J Rib Shack 4255 S Court St 334-356-1368 Closed: Sun–Mon Lunch $ Dinner $

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Sam’s Bar-B-Que 3510 Atlanta Hwy 334-279-0008 Closed: Sun Lunch $ Dinner $

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Sophia’s BBQ 1055 Adams Ave 334-269-1177 Breakfast $ Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.mgm4lunch.com

Varsity BBQ 5471 Atlanta Hwy 334-279-5444 Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.varsitybbq.com

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Jim N Nicks Bar-B-Q H 6415 Atlanta Hwy 334-213-0046 Lunch $$ Dinner $$

Cafe Louisa 1034 E Fairview Ave 334-264-4241 Breakfast $ Lunch $ Dinner $

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Cafe M H One Museum Dr 334-240-4333 Closed: Sun–Mon Lunch $

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Cool Beans at Cafe De Art D 115 Montgomery St 334-269-3302 Closed: Sat–Sun Breakfast $ Lunch $$

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Chappy’s Deli H 2055 E South Blvd 334-286-9200 Closed: Sun Breakfast $ Lunch $ Dinner $

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Island Delights 323 Air Base Blvd 334-264-0041 Closed: Sat–Sun Lunch $

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www.chappysdeli.com

Chappy’s Deli H 8141 Vaughn Rd 334-279-1226 Closed: Sun Breakfast $ Lunch $ Dinner $

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Nancy’s Italian Ice H 7976 Vaughn Rd 334-356-1403 Closed: Sun Lunch $ Dinner $

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The Tipping Point H 5015 Hampstead High St 334-260-9110 Closed: Sun-Mon Breakfast $ Lunch $ Dinner $

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Tropical Smoothie Café 6542 Atlanta Hwy 334-213-2999 Breakfast $ Lunch $ Dinner $

Olive Room H D 121 Montgomery St 334-262-2763 Closed: Sun-Mon Lunch $ Dinner $$$

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www.nancysice.com

www.tropicalsmoothiecafe.com

Railyard Brewing Company D OPENING SUMMER 2012 12 W Jefferson St Lunch $ Dinner $

Wing City H D 701 Madison Ave 334-819-4100 Closed: Sat-Sun Lunch $

Shashy’s Fine Foods H 1700 Mulberry St 334-263-7341 Closed: Sun Breakfast $ Lunch $

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www.shashys.com

Casual Dining Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar 3001 Carter Hill Rd 334-264-9064 Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.chickensaladchick.com

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Chili’s 7355 EastChase Pkwy 334-270-1973 Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.chilis.com

Chris’ Hotdogs H D 138 Dexter Ave 334-265-6850 Closed: Sun Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.chrishotdogs.com

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Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar 3195 Taylor Rd 334-274-0009 Lunch $ Dinner $

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Commerce Street Soda Shop H D 15 Commerce Street 334-262-8282 Closed: Sun Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.applebees.com

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar 6601 Atlanta Hwy 334-279-1902 Lunch $ Dinner $

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Dreamz 511 E Edgemont Ave 334-239-7303 Closed: Sat-Mon Lunch $

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California Yogurt Kraze 3010 Zelda Rd 334-356-3716 Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.californiayogurtkraze.com

California Yogurt Kraze 7730 Vaughn Rd 334-215-9135 Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.californiayogurtkraze.com

Chappy’s Deli H 1611 Perry Hill Rd 334-279-7477 Closed: Sun Breakfast $ Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.chappysdeli.com

Sarris’ at the Station 9553 Vaughn Road 334-593-8322 Lunch $ Dinner $$ Sinclair’s H 1051 E Fairview Ave 334-834-7462 Lunch $$ Dinner $$

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www.sinclairsrestaurants.com

Sinclair’s H 7847 Vaughn Rd 334-271-7654 Lunch $$ Dinner $$

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www.sinclairsrestaurants.com

Smoothie King 7026 EastChase Pkwy 334-356-5621 Breakfast $ Lunch $ Dinner $

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FINE DINING Bonefish Grill 7020 EastChase Pkwy 334-396-1770 Dinner $$$

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www.bonefishgrill.com

Central H D 129 Coosa St 334-517-1155 Lunch $$ Dinner $$

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www.central129coosa.com

The Chophouse at Vintage Year H 405 Cloverdale Rd 334-264-8463 Closed: Sun-Mon Dinner $$$

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www.smoothieking.com

www.chophousevy.com

Smoothies & Things Cafe D 109 S Court St 334-241-0770 Breakfast $ Lunch $ www.smoothiesnthingscafe.com

City Grill H 5251 Hampstead High St 334-244-0960 Closed: Sun–Mon Dinner $$$

Sommer’s Place H 7972 Vaughn Rd 334-279-5401 Closed: Sun Lunch $ Dinner $$

Garrett’s H 7780 Atlanta Hwy 334-396-9950 Closed: Sun–Mon Lunch $$ Dinner $$$

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The Exchange at Renaissance Montgomery Hotel H D 201 Tallapoosa St 334-481-5165 Dinner $

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www.renaissancemontgomery.com

The Egg & I H 2920 Zelda Road 334-277-0802 Breakfast $ Lunch $

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www.theeggandirestaurants.com

House of Bread D 317 N Hull St 334-590-3322 Closed: Sun Lunch $

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Sweet P’s Eats & Treats H 11775 Troy Hwy 334-288-4900 Closed: Mon-Tues Lunch $

The House Restaurant at ­Renaissance Montgomery Hotel H D 201 Tallapoosa St 334-481-5166 Breakfast $$ Lunch $$ Dinner $$

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32 Degrees, A Yogurt Bar 7030 EastChase Pkwy 334-272-4773 Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.renaissancemontgomery.com

La Jolla Restaurant & Bar H 6854 EastChase Pkwy 334-356-2600 Closed: Sun Lunch $ Dinner $$

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www.lajollamontgomery.com

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ROUX H 503 Cloverdale Rd 334-356-3814 Sun: Brunch Lunch $$ Dinner $$

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www.rouxmontgomery.com

Greek Mr. Gus’ H 6268 Atlanta Hwy 334-356-4662 Closed: Mon Lunch $ Dinner $$

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www.mrgsmontgomery.com

Taziki’s OPENING SUMMER 2012 EastChase Pkwy Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.tazikiscafe.com

Zoe’s Kitchen 7218 EastChase Pkwy 334-270-9115 Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.zoeskitchen.com

www.dreamzbanquet.com

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www.theoliveroom.com

Chicken Salad Chick OPENING SUMMER 2012 3070 Zelda Rd Closed: Sun Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.chappysdeli.com

The Deli at Alley Station H D 130A Commerce St 334-263-2922 Breakfast $ Lunch $ Dinner $

Michael’s Table 2960 Zelda Rd 334-272-2500 Closed: Mon Lunch $$ Dinner $$

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Zoe’s Kitchen 2960C Zelda Rd 334-395-4698 Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.zoeskitchen.com

Italian Carrabba’s Italian Grill H 1510 Eastern Blvd 334-271-7500 Sun: Lunch Lunch $$ Dinner $$

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www.carrabbas.com

Cheezie’s Pizza 8125K Decker Ln 334-244-9496 Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.cheeziespizza.com

Cheezie’s Pizza 2762 Bell Rd Bldg B 334-365-5423 Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.cheeziespizza.com


Cheezie’s Pizza 1113H Perry Hill Rd 334-239-9263 Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.cheeziespizza.com

Hungry Howie’s Pizza & Subs 1712 Carter Hill Rd 334-262-8988 Lunch $ Dinner $

Olive Garden 2700 Eastern Blvd 334-260-9220 Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.hungryhowies.com

Christi’s Italian Grille 92 Knollwood Blvd 334-215-9344 Closed: Sat-Sun Lunch $ Dinner $

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CiCi’s Pizza 981 Ann St 334-386-3086 Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.cicispizza.com

Pizza Perfect 428 Coliseum Blvd 334-244-7721 Closed: Sun Lunch $ Dinner $

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Marco’s Pizza 3171 Taylor Rd 334-356-6000 Lunch $$ Dinner $$

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www.marcos.com

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Marco’s Pizza 1623 Perry Hill Rd 334-356-8680 Lunch $ Dinner $

Sa Za’s Serious Italian Food H D 130 Commerce St 334-495-7292 Lunch $$ Dinner $$

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Corsino’s Italian Restaurant 911 S Court St 334-263-9752 Closed: Sat–Sun Lunch $ Dinner $$

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Hungry Howie’s Pizza & Subs 113 N Burbank Dr 334-272-2999 Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.hungryhowies.com

www.sazapizza.com

Mellow Mushroom 7915 Vaughn Rd 334-213-6443 Lunch $$ Dinner $$

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Stevi B’s Pizza 5411 Atlanta Hwy 334-279-3112 Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.mellowmushroom.com

www.stevibs.com

Midtown Pizza Kitchen H 2940 Zelda Rd 334-399-0080 Lunch $$ Dinner $$

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www.midtownpizzakitchen.com

Tomatinos 1036 E Fairview Ave 334-264-4241 Closed: Sun Lunch $ Dinner $$

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Mexican Cantina H D 130 Commerce St, Suite 103 334-262-2339 Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.cantinatortillagrill.com

Cuco’s 11123 Chantilly Pkwy Suite A 334-271-3528 Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.cucosofmontgomery.com

Cuco’s Express H D 31 S Court St 334-832-0081 Closed: Sat–Sun Lunch $

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www.cucosofmontgomery.com

El Rey Burrito Lounge 1031 E Fairview Ave 334-832-9688 Closed: Sun Dinner $$

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www.burritolounge.com

Ixtapa Bar & Grill H 7157 EastChase Pkwy 334-277-7600 Closed: Sun Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.ixtapaeastchase.com

Ixtapa Mexican Restaurant H 6132 Atlanta Hwy 334-272-5232 Closed: Sun Lunch $ Dinner $

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Jalapenos Restaurant 8157 Vaughn Rd 334-277-2840 Lunch $ Dinner $

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La Zona Rosa 2838 Zelda Rd 334-274-1153 Closed: Sun Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.zonarosa.net

Los Cabos Cantina 1801 Eastern Blvd 334-277-7571 Lunch $ Dinner $

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Los Ranchos 127 Eastern Blvd 334-270-1509 Lunch $ Dinner $

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Los Vaqueros 2195 Eastern Blvd 334-277-8339 Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.losvaquerosmexicanrestaurant.com

Moe’s Southwest Grill 2900 Zelda Rd 334-273-9198 Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.welcometomoes.net

Moe’s Southwest Grill 7028 EastChase Pkwy 334-356-3333 Lunch $ Dinner $

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No Way Jose Grill Cantina 8844 Minnie Brown Rd 334-819-7363 Lunch $ Dinner $

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San Marcos Mexican ­ Restaurant 61 N Burbank Dr 334-279-6680 Lunch $ Dinner $

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Taqueria El Cantaro 1130 Ann St 334-356-7361 Closed: Mon Lunch $ Dinner $

Red Lobster 300 Eastdale Cir 334-277-0780 Lunch $ Dinner $$

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www.elcantaromexican.com

Tipico De Mexico H 3441 Malcolm Dr 334-356-0459 Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.tipicodemexico.com

Seafood Capitol Oyster Bar at The Marina H 617 Shady St 334-239-8958 Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.capitoloysterbar.com

Salsaritas H 8015 Vaughn Rd 334-356-5430 Lunch $ Dinner $

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Jubilee Seafood H 1057 Woodley Rd 334-262-6224 Closed: Sun–Mon Dinner $$

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Wintzell’s Oyster House H D 105 Commerce St 334-262-4257 Lunch $ Dinner $

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Blue Moon Cafe 7725 Averritt Dr 334-356-0543 Closed: Sat Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.eastbrookcafecatering.com

Choppers Restaurant 3457 McGehee Rd 334-649-1552 Lunch $ Dinner $

Eastside Grille 6667 Atlanta Hwy 334-274-1200 Lunch $ Dinner $$

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Young Barn Pub and Oyster Bar 5331 Young Barn Rd 334-819-7423 Closed: Sun Lunch $ Dinner $

Davis Cafe D 518 N Decatur St 334-264-6015 Closed: Sat–Sun Breakfast $ Lunch $

Southern A Social Event/Bandanas H D 301 Jefferson St 334-265-9113 Closed: Sat–Sun Lunch $

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Cracker Barrel 9191 Boyd Cooper Pkwy 334-244-1085 Breakfast $ Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.youngbarnpubandoysterbar.com

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www.theblueneonmoon.com

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Eastbrook Cafe 520 Coliseum Blvd 334-272-2438 Closed: Sat Lumch $ Dinner $

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Derk’s Filet & Vine 431 Cloverdale Rd 334-262-8463 Closed: Sun Breakfast $ Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.filetandvine.com

Farmers Market Cafe D 315 N McDonough St 334-262-1970 Closed: Sat–Sun Breakfast $ Lunch $

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www.mgm4lunch.com

Farmhouse Kitchen 5251 Hampstead High St. Suite 100 334-284-8989 Closed: Sat Lunch $ Dinner $$

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www.farmhousekitchenonline.com

Fried Tomato Buffet H 6050 Atlanta Hwy 334-244-6162 Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.friedtomatobuffett.com


Gail’s Down The Street Cafe 2741 Zelda Rd 334-279-1009 Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.gailsdownthestreetcafe.com

Isaiah’s Restaurant 135 Mildred St 334-265-9000 Closed: Sat–Sun Lunch $

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www.butterflyinn.net

Martha’s Place H 7798 Atlanta Hwy 334-356-7165 Lunch $ Dinner $

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Martin’s Restaurant H 1796 Carter Hill Rd 334-265-1767 Closed: Sat Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.martinsrestaurant.com

Odessa’s Blessings 726 Forest Ave 334-265-7726 Closed: Sat-Sun Lunch $

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Peyton’s Place 5344 Atlanta Hwy 334-396-3630 Closed: Sat-Sun Lunch $

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www.paytonsplacelunch.tripod.com

Red’s Little School House 20 Gardner Rd 334-584-7955 Closed: Mon-Tues Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.redslittleschoolhouse.com

Thomas Buffet 3701 Eastern Blvd 334-215-5116 Lunch $ Dinner $

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My Place 1200 Eastern Blvd 334-649-2700 Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.thekeysbargrill.com

Wagon Wheel Cafe 1961 Maxwell Blvd 334-265-9979 Closed: Sun Breakfast $ Lunch $

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Ric & Mos 3150 Watchman Dr 334-517-1140 Dinner $$

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www.mgm4lunch.com

Sports Bar & Grille Baumhower’s Restaurant H 2465 Eastern Blvd 334-271-1831 Lunch $ Dinner $$

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www.baumhowers.com

Rooster’s H 6561 Atlanta Hwy 334-260-7799 Lunch $ Dinner $

Key Largo Bar & Grill 1343 Dalraida Rd 334-272-1401 Dinner $

Baumhower’s of RSA H D 201 S Union St 334-263-8800 Closed: Sat-Sun Lunch $ Dinner $$

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www.baumhowers.com

Rock Bottom American Pub 2430 Eastern Blvd 334-239-7625 Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.rockbottomamericanpub.com

Wing House 6134 Atlanta Hwy 334-356-4674 Lunch $ Dinner $

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Steakhouse Charles Anthony’s Restaurant at the Pub H 10044 Chantilly Pkwy 334-281-3911 Closed: Sun Dinner $$

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www.charlesanthanysatthepub.com

Longhorn Steakhouse H 4095 Eastern Blvd 334-613-7555 Lunch $$ Dinner $$

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www.longhornsteakhouse.com

Outback Steakhouse 1040 Eastern Blvd 334-270-9495 Lunch $$ Dinner $$ Sun: Lunch

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www.outback.com

Wingers Sports Grill 2773 Bell Rd 334-277-3379 Closed: Sun Lunch $ Dinner $

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www.wingers.info

Texas Roadhouse H 7525 EastChase Pkwy 334-396-7774 Sun: Lunch Lunch $ Dinner $$

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www.texasroadhouse.com

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night Life

Catch some live music, mix and mingle, watch the big game or just kick back with a cold one at any one of the city’s many nightlife options.

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Don’t miss Montgomery’s most happening spots

• Toast the sunset on the river’s edge with a tangy and tart margarita at the Capitol Oyster Bar at The Marina.

Downtown 50/50

Montgomery St, 36104 |129 334-612-7755

• Relax in the spacious covered outdoor area and sip a tasty Bellringer at The Exchange. In the 1800s, Freeney’s Bell Tavern occupied the corner where the Renaissance now sits. Today, a replica of Freeney’s Bell hangs at the Exchange Bar and chimes daily at 5p.m. signaling the end of the workday. • At AlleyBar, the action heats up when you get cold. Don a faux fur coat (in a situation-appropriate “alley cat” print) and enter the city’s only frozen shot room, where your drink is served in a shot glass made of ice.

AlleyBar

Commerce St, 36104 |166 334-387-3333

www.alleybarmontgomery.com

• At La Jolla, ask for the French Martini, a sophisticated blend of vodka, raspberry liquor and pineapple juice topped with champagne.

AviatorBAR

FALL 2012 |OPENING 166 Commerce St, 36104

Club 322

1048 Jazz & Blues Club

E Fairview Ave, 36106 |1104 334-834-1048

Havana Dreamin

Carter Hill Rd, 36106 |2061 334-262-3131

Liquids

Vaughn Rd, 36117 |5060 334-649-2300

www.1048jazzandblues.com

www.havanahdreamin.com

www.facebook.com/liquidsclub

Barra Hookah Lounge

Head on the Door

Pine Bar

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1408 Madison Ave, 36104 334-834-7980

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5028 Vaughn Rd, 36116 334-270-1928

www.facebook.com/barrahookah

Blue Byrd’s

Atlanta Hwy, 36117 |6804 334-356-4690

www.bluebyrdbar.com

Bud’s

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1018 E Fairview Ave, 36106 334-356-3866

Capitol Oyster Bar at The Marina

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617 Shady St, 36104 334-239-8958

www.capitoloysterbar.com

Eastside Grille

www.thepinebar.com

It’ll Do Tavern

N East Blvd, 36109 |557 334-356-1355

Key Largo Bar & Grill

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1343 Dalraida Rd, 36109 334-272-1401

La Jolla

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6854 EastChase Pkwy, 36117 334-356-2600

Ric & Mo’s

Watchman Dr, 36116 |3150 334-517-1140

www.facebook.com/ricandmos

Rock Bottom American Pub

Eastern Blvd, 36117 |2430 334-239-7625

www.rockbottomamericanpub.com

www.lajollamontgomery.com

Leroy

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2752 Boultier St, 36106 334-356-7127

The Tipping Point

Hampstead High St, 36116 |5015 334-260-9110

www.tippingpointhampstead.com

www.facebook.com/leroylounge

Atlanta Hwy, 36117 |6667 334-274-1200

www.eastsidegrille.com

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Cloverdale Rd, 36106 |501 334-239-9061

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The Twisted Monkey

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553 Northeast Blvd, 36117 334-356-3509

N Lawrence St, 36104 |322 334-263-4322

Dreamland BBQ

Tallapoosa St, 36104 |101 334-273-7427

www.dreamlandbbq.com

The Exchange

Tallapoosa St, 36104 |201 334-481-5165

www.renaissancemontgomery.com

La Salle Bleu & Sous La Terre

Commerce St, 36104 |82A-B 334-265-2069

Railyard Brewing Company

SUMMER 2012 |OPENING 12 W Jefferson St, 36104

SandBAR at the Silos

Coosa St, 36104 |355 334-387-3333

www.facebook.com/sandbaratthesilos


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Cultural COOL The capital city is steeped in history, but there’s more to Montgomery than an interesting, inspiring past. Today, our present is buzzing with creativity that’s being expressed with paint, metal, textiles and clay and through dance, music and theatre. The amount of art being produced in Montgomery may surprise you, and we know it will impress you.

Feast Your Eyes From folk art to fine art, there’s a dizzying array of visual works on display in Montgomery for your viewing pleasure.

The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts It’s big, it’s beautiful and it’s bursting with all kinds of art: paintings, porcelain, prints and glass. Thousands of works of art representing cultures around the globe and spanning centuries of expression can be found at the MMFA. Permanent collections include paintings, sculpture and works on paper that are among the most comprehensive in the region. Other works worth a look are those by artists of the Southeast, and particularly Alabama, including over 60 quilts. www.mmfa.org

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Other small galleries around the city showcase the works of local and regional artists. Make plans to visit The Dauber Gallery, SAC’s Gallery (downtown), Stonehenge Gallery (in Old Cloverdale) and Gallery East (in Peppertree).

Now Hear This! The capital city is alive with the sounds of music.

The Montgomery Symphony Orchestra The Montgomery Symphony Orchestra has been thrilling the ears of audiences for over 30 years with its concerts preformed by world-class violin fellows and the all-

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volunteer orchestra led by accomplished conductor Maestro Thomas Hinds. Children’s Concerts, the free Broadway Under the Stars (featuring favorite show tunes performed outside) and the Holiday Pops Concert draw thousands. www.montgomerysymphony.org

Montgomery Chorale For 38 years, Montgomery Chorale, has been serenading Montgomery as the city’s oldest musical performing arts organization and its official performing choral group. www.montgomerychorale.org

ClefWorks

Montgomery Chamber Music Organization

ClefWorks promotes chamber music in a casual, relaxed environment. Each year with its Festival Season concerts, its House Concerts and Outreach concerts, Clefworks features worldrenowned musicians in unique venues collaborating with other art forms.

In 1960, MCMO was founded to bring superb chamber musicians to the River Region. MCMO’s commitment to excellence in great music and great artists has kept this organization strong and growing for over 50 years.

www.clefworks.org

www.montgomerychambermusic.org


Center Stage There’s never been a better time to be a theatre lover in Montgomery.

The Alabama Shakespeare Festival This fully professional regional theatre is known around the world for its Shakespeare productions, yet its well-rounded seasons with 14 productions also include Broadway musicals, children’s productions, American classics and world premieres of brand-new works. All of this activity plays out in the $21.5 million Carolyn Blount Theatre, which houses two theatres (the 750-seat Festival Stage and the 225-seat Octagon), production shops, rehearsal halls and administrative work spaces all set in English-style grounds. www.asf.net

The Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts Opened downtown in 1930, this grand theatre was restored to its former glory in the 1980s. With 1,200 seats the theatre hosts amateur and professional musicals, dramatic productions, chamber music groups, orchestras, ballets and instrumental performances of all types. montgomery.troy.edu/davistheatre/

On Pointe Montgomery boasts two ballet companies, each presenting annual favorites.

Add up all the art in the city.

300: The number of works on display at MMFA. 12: The number of Montgomery galleries highlighting the works of local and regional artists.

250: The pairs of point shoes needed each season for the Montgomery Ballet’s professional dancers.

The Cloverdale Playhouse is the city’s new community theatre set in the heart of Old Cloverdale and housed in a renovated church. The facility hosts lectures and other arts performances in addition to its season of plays, which are wholly produced, set, directed and acted by community volunteers.

8,700: The number of hours MSO musicians practice each season.

www.cloverdaleplayhouse.org

Montgomery Performing Arts Center

The Montgomery Ballet

Experience a bit of the Big Apple in the capital city when Broadway productions run at the Montgomery Performing Arts Center, a 1,800-seat, state-of-the-art theatre downtown. MPAC also hosts concerts with the hottest names in music as well as comedy shows and kids’ events. www.mpaconline.org

The Montgomery Ballet is the city’s official professional performing company, treating the area to 53 years of the grace, beauty and power of classical ballet. Montgomery Ballet presents two free outdoor performances annually, Performance on the Green and Ballet & the Beasts (at the Montgomery Zoo), and every December delights children and adults alike with its magical, full-length production of “The Nutcracker,” a family favorite. www.montgomeryballet.org Alabama Dance Theatre

Montgomery’s only independent theater, The Capri is in the heart of charming Old Cloverdale and shows independent films and also hosts the performances of other arts groups like ClefWorks. www.capritheatre.org

Calculations

14: The number of world-class plays staged each year at ASF.

Cloverdale Playhouse

The Capri Theatre

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ADT is an award-winning ballet company with an eclectic repertoire including classical and contemporary ballets by nationally recognized guest choreographers, as well as emerging choreographers within the company. Its holiday offering “Mistletoe” is a Montgomery tradition, as is its celebration of summer’s end, Stars On the Riverfront, held right on the banks of the Alabama River beside downtown.

300k: The number of visitors who come to see ASF actors light up the stage each year.

Arts

Gone Wild Combining a few of Montgomery’s cultural treasures and top attractions into one experience, Arts Gone Wild is a cool spot that highlights The Alabama Shakespeare Festival, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and the Montgomery Zoo and makes it simple for visitors to find out about the multiple events and opportunities at all three, serving as an information hub, ticket outlet and gift shop for each attraction.

www.alabamadancetheatre.com

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PLAY IT COOL What You Want To Do Montgomery has almost limitless ways to entertain. Explore it all!

Montgomery Performing Arts Centre

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201 Tallapoosa St, 36104 334-481-5100

www.mpaconline.org

Located in the heart of downtown as a part of the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center complex, this 1,800-seat, state-of-the-art facility is large enough for first-run Broadway shows, yet intimate enough to view a wide variety of concerts, operas, comedy acts, kids shows as well as performances by local arts groups. MPAC’s schedule stays full with diverse offerings that are sure to entertain everyone. D

Alabama Artists Gallery

Monroe St #110, 36104 |201 334-242-4076

www.arts.alabama.gov

This gallery provides an ongoing showcase of the work of Alabama artists in all media. Free admission. Open Mon – Fri. D

Alabama Shakespeare Festival

Festival Dr, 36117 |One 1-800-841-4ASF or 334-271-5353

www.asf.net

Ranked one of the Top Ten largest Shakespeare Theatres in the world, this internationally acclaimed theatre offers so much more, which may be why it draws over 300,000 visitors from all over the globe each year. ASF puts on a wide variety of productions that all share one thing: they are world-class. Admission charge. Call for schedule. Open Mon – Sun and performance nights.

Capri Theatre 

E Fairview Ave, 36106  |1045 334-262-4858 

www.capritheatre.org

The Capri was built in 1941 and was Montgomery’s first neighborhood theatre. It is located in historic Old Cloverdale and serves as Montgomery’s only independent cinema. Admission charge. Call for schedule.

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Hank Williams Museum

Commerce St, 36104 |118 334-262-3600

www.thehankwilliamsmuseum.com

This popular attraction pays tribute to one of the most revered and loved country music writers and performers. Most of Williams’ personal belongings are on display, including the baby blue 1952 Cadillac in which Hank took his last ride. Admission charge. Open Mon–Sun. D

Hank Williams Statue

Hill Plaza, N Perry St, 36104 |Lister A life-size statue of the famed

country music legend Hank Williams stands across from the old city auditorium, the site of many of his performances as well as his funeral. Free admission. Open Mon – Sun dawn to dusk. D

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F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum

Felder Ave, 36106 |919 334-264-4222

www.fitzgeraldmuseum.net

Tour the home of literary legends F. Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald, where they lived from October 1931 through April 1932. Admission charge. Open Wed – Sun.

Faulkner University Dinner Theatre

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5345 Atlanta Hwy, 36109 334-386-7190

www.faulkner.edu/campuslife/dinnertheatre.asp

Enjoy Broadway-style family entertainment in a Christian-based atmosphere. Call or go online to view upcoming shows and prices. Call for schedule. Admission charge.

Hank Williams Memorial

Upper Wetumpka Rd, 36104 |1304 Legendary country music singer

Hank Williams’ final resting place is located in Oakwood Cemetery Annex. Free admission. Open Mon – Sun dawn to dusk. D

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Museum Dr, 36117 |One 334-240-4333

www.mmfa.org

Its collection includes 19th and 20th century American paintings, Southern regional art, Old Master prints and decorative art. It also houses an interactive gallery for children, ARTWORKS. Free admission. Open Tue–Sun.

Riverwalk Amphitheater

Coosa St, 36104 |355 334-625-2100

www.funontheriver.net

The Amphitheater, a sprawling grassy area on the banks of the Alabama River, is perfect for picnics, concerts, movies, plays, productions and more. The Splash Pad offers a fountain of water for children to play in and the surround sound system provides crystal clear quality for each event. Call for schedule. Open Mon – Sun dawn to dusk. D

Troy University’s Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts

Montgomery St, 36104 |251 334-241-9567

http://montgomery.troy.edu/davistheatre/

The Davis Theatre has been completely restored to its original 1930s look when it was the Paramount Movie House. Now affiliated with Troy University, the annual Subscriber Series is comprised of touring productions of Broadway shows to concerts. Admission charge. Call for schedule. D

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Arts & Theatre Itinerary Day One 9:00 Montgomery Area Visitor Center, Historic Union Station 10:00 SAC’s Gallery 11:00 Shopping in the Mulberry District --------------------------------------------------2:00 Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts 3:30 Blount Cultural Park & Shakespeare Gardens -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------6:30 Alabama Shakespeare Festival or the Faulkner University Dinner Theater Day Two 10:00 Hank Williams Museum and Memorial -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------1:30 F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum 3:00 Shopping in Old Cloverdale -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------7:00 Local Theatre at the Davis Theatre for The Performing Arts or the Montgomery Performing Arts Centre


Haunted

History

Generic ghost stories are everywhere. But a haunt that has roots in a rich history is much more thrilling. If you’re after a fright of this type, check some of the capital city’s spooky sites. The Red Lady: Montgomery’s most famous ghost is Huntingdon College’s Red Lady. The wandering spirit of a former suicidal student appears late at night, peering from a fourth-floor window of Pratt Hall, wearing a blood-red dress. Flashes of red light in the hallways and

corridors of Pratt Hall have also been reported, usually preceding the specter’s presence. Hank Williams: Iconic country songwriter-singer Hank Williams is buried in Montgomery’s Oakwood Cemetery Annex, and contemporary country music superstar Alan Jackson made the gravesite legendary in his song “Midnight in Montgomery.” According to the song, Hank’s ghost sometimes shows himself to devoted fans who visit his final resting place long after sunset.

The Capitol Murderer: Local legend says that on Halloween night in 1912, some unlucky soul met his end in the state capitol building. Today, some that work in the building claim that the faucets in the bathroom across the hall from the governor’s office sometimes turn off and on by themselves as if the killer is still trying to wash the blood off his hands. The Confederate’s Widow: Some who work in the capitol claim the widow of a Confederate solider haunts the building too.

Get Goosebumps in October If you want to explore the city’s largest and oldest place of interment, Oakwood Cemetery, Montgomery historian Mary Ann Neeley will be leading special tours in October. Call Old Alabama Town at 334-240-4500 for more information and times. Or take ride in a hearse you’ll actually remember with Haunted Hearse Tours, an hour-long tour of sites that are said to be haunted and/or are attached to a murderous mystery all October long. Visit www.hauntedhearsemgm.com for call 334-514-4457.

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Walk Back in Time Montgomery Historical Attractions Old Alabama Town

Columbus St, 36104 |301 334-240-4500

www.oldalabamatown.com

There are no facades or newly constructed buildings here. This 19th-century village covering six blocks in downtown features completely authentic 19th and early 20th century homes and buildings that have been saved from demolition, carefully restored and reopened to the public as a living history museum. Visit over 40 restored structures including Lucas Tavern, a schoolhouse and a cotton gin. Scheduled group tours are available, or for self-guided walking tours, maps are provided and costumed interpreters are on hand at each block to answer questions and provide more information. Admission charge. Open Mon – Sat. D

Alabama Department of Archives and History

Washington Ave, 36104 |624 334-242-4435

www.archives.alabama.gov

It is the oldest state-funded

334.264.4222

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Archives in the nation and features a genealogical research facility and museum exhibits that tell the story of Alabama history. Free admission.  Museum open Mon – Fri, Research Room open Tues – Fri. D

“…another of Montgomery's best kept secrets. Just to walk in the house is to know you've traced the footsteps of one of the most dynamic and literary couples to ever live.” – Insiderpages.com

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Alabama Judicial Building

Dexter Ave, 36104 |300 334-229-0700

www.judicial.alabama.gov

Learn the history of the legal profession and judicial branch of government in ­Alabama and visit the Alabama Supreme Court and the Courts of Criminal and Civil Appeals. Free admission. Open Mon – Fri. D

Alabama State Capitol

Dexter Ave, 36104 |600 334-242-3935

www.preserveala.org/capitoltour.htm

Witness the spot where Jefferson Davis took the oath of office as President of the Confederate States of America and where the Civil Rights March ended. Guided tours are available. Free admission. Open Mon – Sat. D

City of Saint Jude

W Fairview Ave, 36108 |2048 334-265-6791

Visit the final campsite of the Selma-to-Montgomery March and site of the “Stars for Freedom” rally featuring Harry Belafonte, Mahalia Jackson, Sammy Davis Jr., and many others. Free admission. Open Mon – Fri.

Civil Rights Memorial & Center

Washington Ave, 36104 |400 334-956-8200

www.splcenter.org

Dedicated to those who died during the modern Civil Rights Movement, the wall includes excerpts of the historical speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial–Free admission. Open Mon – Sun, dawn to dusk. Center – Admission charge. Open Mon – Sat. D


Court Square Fountain

of Commerce St and |Intersection Dexter Ave, 36104

This beautiful fountain is topped by a statue of Hebe, Goddess of Youth and Cupbearer to the Gods, and was built in 1885 over an existing artesian basin. D

Dexter Avenue King­ ­Memorial Baptist Church

Dexter Ave, 36104 |454 334-263-3970

www.dexterkingmemorial.org

In this National Historic Landmark see the modest pulpit where Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. first preached his message of hope and brotherhood. Call for tours at least one week in advance. Admission charge. Open Tue – Sat. D

Dexter Parsonage Museum

S Jackson St, 36104 |309 334-261-3270

www.dexterkingmemorial.org

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and his family lived here from 1954 to 1960 while he led the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Admission charge. Open Tues – Sat. D

First White House of the Confederacy

Washington Ave, 36104 |644 334-242-1861

www.firstwhitehouse.org

This 1835 home became the residence of Confederate President Jefferson Davis & his family during the spring of 1861 when Montgomery served as the Capital of the Confederacy. The house contains many of the Davis’s personal belongings as well as period furnishings. Free admission. Hours - Monday - Friday 8:00 - 4:30; Saturdays 9:00 - 4:00. Closed Sundays and holidays. D

Governor’s Mansion

Perry St, 36104 |1142 334-834-3022

www.firstlady.alabama.gov

Built in 1906, this graceful mansion has been home to the Governor of Alabama since its purchase in 1950. Call for schedule. Free admission.

Freedom Rides Museum

S Court, 36104 |210 334-242-3935

www.freedomridesmuseum.org

Located in Montgomery’s historic Greyhound Bus Station, the museum features the Road to Equality–The 1961 Freedom Rides art exhibit. Share Your Story, an interactive video exhibit, will capture and show thoughts and feelings from riders, witnesses and museum visitors. Admission charge. Call to schedule tour. D

National Center for the Study of Civil Rights & African American Culture at ASU

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1345 Carter Hill Rd, 36106 334-229-4876

www.lib.alasu.edu/natctr/index.html

View Civil Rights and African American cultural exhibits and hear scholarly lectures and stories from foot soldiers of the Movement. Free admission. Open Mon–Tues; Thurs – Sun.

Rosa Parks Library and Museum & Children’s Wing

Montgomery St, 36104 |252 334-241-8615

http://montgomery.troy.edu/rosaparks/museum/

Experience the energy and emotion of the Montgomery Bus Boycott at this museum, which features a recreated street scene and reenactment on the bus with video footage that transports witnesses to the fateful day on December 1, 1955. The Children’s Wing prepares visitors for the museum reenactment involving Rosa Parks. Admission charge. Open Mon – Sat. D

St. John’s Episcopal Church

Madison Ave, 36104 |113 334-262-1937

www.stjohnsmontgomery.org

St. John’s was built in 1855 and has been a beacon of hope throughout Montgomery’s history. Jefferson Davis’ pew and a Tiffany window are among its unique attributes. D

MONTGOMERY MUSEUM OF FINE

Wynton M. Blount Cultural Park One Museum Drive | Montgomery, AL 36117 Phone: 334.240.4333 Email: museuminfo@mmfa.org www.mmfa.org

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Cool For Kids All for Fun & Fun for All Montgomery and the River Region boast a bounty of attractions and activities that entice the entire family. Here, mom, dad and kids of all ages find endless options for fun.

Education & Inspiration

Located inside the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, ArtWorks is an interactive, hands-on wonderland where the world of the visual arts becomes child’s play. Visitors are encouraged to touch the art in ARTWORKS and to explore the many computers with a variety of

experience with the state’s multi-faceted heritage by taking the free, guided tour of the State Capitol Building. Built in 1851, Alabama’s State Capitol Building is one of the only state capitols designated a National Historic Landmark and one of the oldest capitol buildings in the country. (And we think one of the most beautiful too!) The tour guides at the Capitol share a wealth of knowledge and insider information. FREE. (pg. 36) Visit over 40 carefully and authentically restored Alabama buildings depicting life in the 19th and early 20th centuries at Old Alabama Town. Structures include Lucas Tavern, a Schoolhouse, several houses and a Cotton Gin. (pg. 36)

Fresh-Air Fun

Slide, glide and whirl across smooth ice in the comfort of a climate-controlled rink. Enjoy Ice skating year-round in Alabama’s only indoor ice rink, The Ice Palace inside Eastdale Mall. (pg. 40)

art-related software. A mezzanine features an assortment of art-related books, games and puzzles. (pg. 34) The W.A. Gayle Planetarium in beautiful Oak Park promises an out-of-this-world experience. Its comfy auditorium is designed especially to simulate the natural sky by projecting images of the sun, moon, planets, stars and other celestial objects on a 50-foot domed ceiling. (pg. 40)

Remember When Alabama is a treasure trove of history— some of it tumultuous, all of it interesting— and you can get an up-close-and-personal

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The 350-acre Blount Cultural Park is reminiscent of the English countryside and houses the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. It’s a great spot for a picnic, a game of tag or for flying a kite. FREE. (pg. 61) Explore the River Region in a canoe or kayak. Whether you want the thrill of rushing rapids or just a lazy river float, the friendly folks at Coosa Outdoor Center or Coosa River Adventures are happy to assist you with everything you need for an exciting outdoor adventure. (pg. 60)

Where the Wild Things Are

Take in the Alabama River’s natural beauty with a visit to the Riverwalk. But when the temperature heats up, so does the fun level, thanks to the Riverwalk Splash Pad. Parents can chill out while the kids cool off—running, jumping and, of course, splashing among rising and falling jets of water. FREE. (pg. 34) You’ll have a swinging good time at any of Montgomery-area Playgrounds (see center map for locations), but the abundance of swirling slides, monkey bars and more at Kiwanis Park (downtown) and Vaughan Road Park promise an afternoon packed with endless action. FREE. (pg. 60)

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Go wild at the 40-acre Montgomery Zoo, where hundreds of animal species await in natural habitats divided into five continents. See rare white Bengal Tigers, African Elephants, North American River Otters and even hand-feed Giraffes at the Zoo’s Giraffe Encounter. Paddleboats, a playground and a train traversing the Zoo are additional amusements. And while at the Zoo, don’t forget about the Mann Museum, with its over 275 exhibits of wildlife. Kids can touch and feel a variety of the displays. (pg. 40) Watch as over 1,000 Hyundai vehicles are made daily by 2,700 Team Members on a guided tour of the state-of-theart Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama plant. FREE. (pg. 48)


1980s arcade games up front and outdoor seating in a courtyard that gives energetic kids room to move around. (pg. 27)

Eat It Up Don’t miss these familyfriendly spots for a casual lunch or dinner.

Chris’ Hot Dogs

Chappy’s Deli The diverse offerings at Chappy’s Deli include deli classics like the Reuben and The Club Sandwich as well as popular choices like buffalo chicken wraps and the Brazilian Chicken Salad and a great kids’ menu. Plus, kids under 6 eat free. Combine all of this with fast, friendly service, and you’ve got a winning choice for breakfast, lunch or dinner. (pg. 26)

Commerce Street Soda Shop What’s more fun that creating your own unique drink? Choose from myriad flavors that are then hand-mixed into a custom soda at the Commerce Street Soda Shop.

The Shop also has a big menu with yummy lunch-counter dishes at reasonable prices. (pg. 26)

Midtown Pizza Kitchen Find a slice of authentic Italian cooking at Midtown Pizza Kitchen, with offerings including classic Caesar and panzanella salads, a long list of sandwiches and of course, pizza. The comfy atmosphere was designed with families in mind – it has butcher paper covering wooden tables waiting for kids’ artistic creations (crayons are on every table), two circa

Get a taste of hot dog perfection and Montgomery history at this eatery that celebrates its 95th anniversary this year. Many prominent figures in the city’s story have occupied a seat at Chris’ and gotten the “special sauce” on their hands in the last nine decades. (pg. 26)

Ice Cream! When you’re downtown, stop in Tucker Pecan and enjoy a hand-dipped ice cream cone for just a buck. (pg. 54) For a cool treat in east Montgomery, pop in Nancy’s Italian Ice (pg. 26) and savor a sweet and smooth ice. And at Chappy’s (pg. 26), everyone gets a free mini ice cream cone after their meal.

at old alabama town Class is in session every day at this authentic 19th century village, where six blocks of historic architecture present how early Americans of all backgrounds lived.

open mon-sat 9 am to 4 pm Discounts to military, AAA & seniors

For more information & calendar, visit OldAlabamaTown.com Located in Downtown Montgomery | 301 Columbus St

888-240-1850

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FamilyFun …summoning smiles from kids of all ages Alabama Cattlemen’s ­Association “MOOseum”

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201 S Bainbridge St, 36102 334-265-1867

www.bamabeef.org

Montgomery Zoo

Coliseum Blvd, 36110 |2301 334-240-4900

www.montgomeryzoo.com

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Take a walk on the wild side at the Montgomery Zoo, where over 500 animals await in natural habitats divided into five continents. The 40-acre, AZA-accredited Zoo is alive with exotic animals and lush vegetation. Embark on an educational adventure and see African Elephants, North American River Otters and even hand-feed Giraffes at the Zoo’s Giraffe Encounter. Paddleboats, a playground and a train traversing the Zoo are additional amusements. While at the Zoo, don’t forget about the Mann Museum, with over 275 exhibits of wildlife. Admission charge. Open Mon – Sun.

This hands-on children’s educational center has a unique agricultural theme. Let your kids be cowboys and cowgirls with interactive displays and dress-up fun! Free admission. Open Mon – Fri. D

Hyundai Motor ­Manufacturing Alabama

Hyundai Blvd, 36105 |700 334-387-8019

www.hmmausa.com

Experience over 1,000 Hyundai vehicles made daily by 2,700 Alabama Team Members.  Enjoy a guided tram tour while wearing safety glasses and a headset. Tours of the facility are available, by reservation only, Mon, Wed and Fri at 9:30am, 12:30pm & 2:00pm and on Thurs. at 6:30pm. Minimum age: 6. Please call or visit the website for more information. Free admission.

Ice Palace

Eastdale Mall, 36109 |1000 334-277-2088

www.shopmalls.com

Ice skate year-round in Alabama’s only ice rink inside a mall. At Eastdale Mall. Admission charge. Open daily.

Mann Wildlife Learning ­Museum

Vandiver Blvd, 36110 |325 334-240-4900

www.mannmuseum.com

Visit the Mann Museum and witness North American wildlife in realistic settings that reflect their natural habitats. Touch and feel a variety of displays and animals. Admission charge. Open Mon – Sun.

Riverboat – Harriott II

of Commerce St |End at Riverwalk, 36104 334-625-2100

www.funontheriver.net

Take a ride on Montgomery’s newest attraction, the Harriott II and enjoy a scenic ride along the Alabama River. Admission charge. Call for schedule. D

W.A. Gayle Planetarium

Forest Ave, 36106 |1010 334-625-4799

http://montgomery.troy.edu/planet/

Located in beautiful Oak Park, the planetarium hosts an auditorium designed especially for simulating the natural sky by projecting images of the sun, moon, stars and other celestial objects on a 50-foot dome ceiling. It’s operated by Troy University for the City of Montgomery. Admission charge. Open Mon-Thurs and Sun.

Family Itinerary Day One 9:00 Montgomery Area Visitor Center, historic Union Station 10:00 Old Alabama Town -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------1:30 Alabama Cattlemen’s “MOOseum” 3:00 Alabama Department of Archives & History -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------7:00 Riverwalk Stadium or Riverboat Cruise on the Harriott II Day Two 9:00 Montgomery Zoo 10:30 Mann Wildlife Learning Museum -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------12:30 ARTWORKS at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts 1:30 Shopping at the Shoppes at EastChase 2:30 Skating at the Ice Palace inside Eastdale Mall

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Get your game on here! Whatever you’re up to, the capital city is the perfect place to play. Multi-Plex Facility

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www.visitingmontgomery.com

This brand new 90,000-squarefoot indoor sports facility adjacent to Cramton Bowl. The main floor will be approximately 72,000 square feet with a seating capacity of 4,000. Admission varies. Call for schedule. D

Montgomery Biscuits Baseball

Coosa St, 36104 |200 334-323-2255

www.biscuitsbaseball.com

Have a blast at Montgomery’s beautiful and historic Riverwalk Stadium, home of Montgomery’s very own AA baseball team, the Biscuits. In addition to some championship baseball action, a family-friendly atmosphere and scores of yummy food options keep the stands full. Admission varies. Call for schedule. D

BASKETBALL Dunn-Oliver Acadome

Robert C. Hatch Dr, 36101 |1595 334-229-4529

www.alasu.edu

This multi-use facility is home to the Alabama State University Hornets’ Basketball and can also host entertainment activities, conference meetings and conventions and cultural events. Concessions available. Admission varies by game. Call for sche­dule.

FOOTBALL

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BASEBALL & SOFTBALL Buddy Watson Park

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1801 Taylor Rd, 36117 334-625-2300

www.montgomeryal.gov

A 30-acre facility located off I-85 on Exit 9. Concessions available.

Catoma Ball Fields

Mitchell Young Rd, 36108 |1780 334-625-2300

www.montgomeryal.gov

A 15-acre facility located in West Montgomery. Concessions available.

Dean Fain Park

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8700 Minnie Brown Rd, 36117 334-244-5741

www.montgomeryal.gov

A 40-acre, four-field complex located just off of I-85. Concessions available. Admission varies by game.

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Gateway Park Ball Field

Davenport Pkwy, 36108 |3800 334-284-7920

www.montgomeryal.gov

A 180-acre park located off I-65. Admission varies by game.

Lagoon Park Batting Cages-Slugger Sport

Lagoon Park Dr, 36109 |2855 334-395-6699

www.sluggersport.com

Complete with eight batting cages and a full-service pro shop. Token prices vary. Hours change seasonally.

Lagoon Park Softball Complex

Lagoon Park Dr, 36109 |2855 334-271-7016

www.lagoonparksoftball.com

The premier Softball Complex complete with picnic areas, playground equipment, concessions and souvenir shop. Admission varies by game.

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Brown Springs Rd, 36117 |250 334-625-2300

www.montgomeryal.gov

A 25-acre facility located behind Auburn Montgomery. Concession available. Admission varies by game.

Paterson Field

Madison Ave, 36107 |1215 334-625-2300

www.montgomeryal.gov

Local baseball field located in downtown Montgomery. Admission varies by game. D

Thompson Park

Ray Thorington Rd, 36117 |1655 334-241-2300

www.montgomeryal.gov

Special needs facility. Concessions available. Admission varies by game.

Cramton Bowl

Madison Ave, 36104 |1022 334-261-1100

www.visitingmontgomery.com

Local football field with artificial turf located in downtown Montgomery. Concessions available. Admission varies by game. Call for schedule. D


GAMING Creek Casino Wetumpka

River Oaks Dr |100 Wetumpka, AL 36092 334-514-0469

www.pcigaming.com

This 39,000-square-foot casino features a Players Club, ATM machines and check cashing. Admission is free.

Montgomery Alabama River Skate Park

MOTORSPORTS Montgomery Motorsports Park

Bibb St, 36104 |301 334-240-4561

N Belt Dr, 36110 |2600 334-260-9660

www.montgomeryskatepark.com

Try for a crispy tailgrab or an awesome 180 at the River Skate Park downtown. This facility features a 5-foot mini ramp and invites skaters of all ages to come out, hop on their board and smooth their skills while having some fun. Admission varies. Call for schedule. D

www.mmpdragracing.com

A Jim Howard Track and a member of the National Drag Racing Association. Concessions available. Admission varies. Call for track schedule.

Montgomery Motorsports Speedway

SOCCER Emory Folmar YMCA Soccer Complex

Booth Rd, 36108 |480 334-262-6101

www.montgomeryspeedway.com

Creek Casino Montgomery

Eddie L. Tullis Rd, 36117 |1801 334-273-9003

www.pcigaming.com

This 21,000-square-foot casino overlooks Alabama’s scenic Tallapoosa River and features a Players Club, state-of-the-art “Ticket In-Ticket Out” technology, ATM machines, check cashing and free parking. Admission is free. Have the best of both worlds: play the machines or a round of golf.

Brown Springs Rd, 36117 |300 334-261-1100

One of the finest racing facilities available in the Southeast, hosting several National Racing Series. Concessions available. Admission varies. Call for track schedule.

www.visitingmontgomery.com

This new facility includes eight lit soccer fields along with two stadium fields.

MULTI-PURPOSE Garrett Coliseum

Federal Dr, 36107 |1555 334-242-5597

TENNIS Lagoon Park Tennis Center

Lagoon Park Dr, 36109 |2855 334-240-4051

www.montgomeryal.gov

Located in the heart of Lagoon Park, this facility offers lit courts, a pro-shop and a restaurant. Concessions available. Court fee.

O’Conner Tennis Center

www.garrett.state.al.us

Anderson St, 36107 |500 334-240-4884

An ideal entertainment facility for rodeos, concerts, social events, expositions, trade shows, sports events, horse and cattle shows and sales and the circus. Concessions available. Admission varies. Call for schedule.

www.montgomeryal.gov

Public courts located close to Alabama State University. Court fee.

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Golf: In the Swing of Things

Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail–Capitol Hill

Tee up at any one of the eight spectacular, and distinctive, golf courses in the Montgomery area that are definitely up to par.

Constitution Ave |2600 Prattville, AL 36066 334-285-1114

www.rtjgolf.com

Cottonwood Golf Club

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www.cottonwoodgolfclub.com

www.playmontgomerygolf.com

This Byron Nelson designed, 18-hole championship course sports a challenging, but fair, layout.

This course is a beautifully manicured, par-72 championship layout. It was ranked a Top 50 public course in the United States by Golf Digest.

Emerald Mountain Golf Club

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254 Mountain View Dr Wetumpka, AL 36093 334-514-8082

www.emeraldmountaingolfclub.com

Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail–Cambrian Ridge

Sunbelt Pkwy |101 Greenville, AL 36037 334-382-9787

Emerald Mountain has two different styles of 9-hole championship courses perfect for all skill levels.

www.rtjgolf.com

Gateway Park Golf Course

Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail–Grand National

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3800 Davenport Pkwy, 36105 334-284-7920

www.playmontgomerygolf.com

Gateway has a 9-hole 5,862-yard, par 32 executive course with par 3 and 4, a state-of-the-art clubhouse and scenic views.

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As the closest RTJ course to the capital city, Capitol Hill boasts three 18-hole Championship courses, appro­priately named The Senator, The Legislator and The Judge. Each is unique. The Senator offers a traditional, Scottish-style layout; The Legislator lets you play among the pines; and The Judge offers unrivaled natural beauty, with 12 of its holes bordering the Alabama River. Capitol Hill hosts the Navistar LPGA Classic each fall.

Lagoon Park Golf Course

Golfers can mix and match using the three 9-hole championship courses to find their perfect 18.

Robert Trent Jones Trail |3000 Opelika, AL 36801 334-749-9042

www.rtjgolf.com

With two 18-hole championship courses, Grand National is a favorite.

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Tallapoosa Lakes Golf Course

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1501 Dozier Rd, 36117 334-260-4900

www.tlakesgolf.com

This 36-hole complex is one of Alabama’s most popular courses, featuring generous landing areas and Bermuda greens.

The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail is ranked by national magazines like GOLF and Golf Digest as some of the best and most affordable public golf in the country. Three of the courses are within an hour’s drive.


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Center of It All

Uncover the capital city’s pivotal role in two major moments in American history. Photo by Jim Pepper

Photo Courtesy Alabama Department of Archives

Cradle of the Confederacy

Change Born of Courage

In the late 1850s, turmoil was brewing around slavery and states’ rights culminating in the Civil War. And it all officially began in Montgomery. When the city was still only decades old, the orders to fire the first shot and embark on the largest armed conflict on American soil were signed and sent from the Winter Building on Dexter Avenue. There’s no better place to delve into Civil War history than in the city where Jefferson Davis, first and only President of the Confederacy, was sworn in and resided.

One hundred years later, Montgomery’s story came full circle. Proving a simple act can transform the world, Rosa Parks’ display of quiet courage sparked the Bus Boycott giving impetus to the Civil Rights Movement and making Montgomery the epicenter of a groundbreaking societal shift that would change our entire nation for the better. The struggle reached its positive resolution when, in 1965, following a brutal attack that stopped a prior march, marchers led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. set off from Selma and marched along U.S. Hwy. 80 to the capital city. They covered the 54 miles between Selma and Montgomery in four days and gathered without incident in front of the State Capitol. Not long after, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law.

Home Base for Heritage Montgomery makes a great home base for exploring many important Civil Rights sites. Montgomery to Selma: Much of the Civil Rights story can be revisited in Montgomery. But even more can be found along the National Civil Rights Trail, which links Montgomery to nearby Selma. Once in Selma, tour compelling sites like the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute, the Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church & King Monument and the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Montgomery to Tuskegee: A daytrip to Tuskeegee offers a glimpse of heroism at the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site. Educational accomplishments are also honored in Tuskeegee at “The Oaks,” home of Booker T. Washington, and at the George Washington Carver Museum.

Listen & Learn Take advantage of The Civil Rights Audio Tour, a selfguided walking or driving tour of Montgomery’s Civil Rights sites. The program includes information about the places and people, featuring their voices. Visit the Montgomery Area Visitor Center for tour information.

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a UNION STATION Union Station, located on the Alabama River and adjacent to the thriving downtown commercial district, reflects the heyday of railroad travel. The Romanesque Revival architectural style station, designed by L&N architect B. B. Smith and completed in 1898, has a handsome interior including stained woodwork, art glass windows, and intricate tile flooring. The two adjacent smaller buildings handled baggage and mail. The towering Train Shed, located behind the Station, is a National Historic Landmark and one of the few surviving industrial structures of this type.

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b Rosa L. Parks Library and Museum AND CHILDREN’S WING Near this site, on December 1, 1955, seamstress Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a city bus to a white man. Her arrest was the catalyst that began the Montgomery Bus Boycott, a protest against the city’s segregation ordinances regarding public transportation. The Boycott lasted until the Supreme Court declared segregation on public transportation unconstitutional; this offered encouragement and inspiration for the Civil Rights Movement, which then began in earnest. Artifacts in the Museum include a restored 1955 station wagon and a replica of the bus on which Mrs. Parks was seated.


c Court Square Fountain In 1885, this ornate fountain was placed on top of an existing artesian basin. After Alabama seceded from the Union in 1861, representatives from the six states that had also seceded came to Montgomery where they organized the Confederate States of America, with Montgomery as the capital. On April 11, 1861, telegrams were sent from The Winter Building (at the southeast corner of Court Square) to remove the Union soldiers from Fort Sumter. When the Union refused, Confederate batteries fired on Fort Sumter, and the Civil War began.

d Freedom Rides Museum at the Greyhound Bus Station Twenty one young people stepped off a Greyhound bus at this station on May 20, 1961, to a waiting angry crowd that viciously attacked them. The event led the Kennedy Administration to become more involved in the Civil Rights Movement. The riders’ goal was to help end illegal racial segregation on public transportation and its facilities. The Freedom Rides Museum explores this compelling American story using artworks, quotes, photographs and architectural elements.

e Civil Rights Memorial and Center Designed by Vietnam War Memorial artist, Maya Lin, the polished granite memorial chronicles key events in the Civil Rights Movement. The monument, which features a Biblical reference to justice quoted by Dr. Martin Luther King, bears the names of 40 men, women and children. In the Center, learn the stories of these 40 activists who lost their lives between 1955 and 1968 in the struggle for racial equality.

f Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. began his ministerial and Civil Rights leadership in this church, the only one he ever served as pastor. This 125-year-old National Historic Landmark was the center of the 1955-56 Montgomery Bus Boycott. An interior mural depicts Reverend King’s Civil Rights crusade from Montgomery to Memphis.

g Alabama State Capitol Montgomery became the state capital in 1846, and late in the following year, an elegant state house opened on Goat Hill. After a fire destroyed the original building in 1849, this edifice, similar in many details, opened in 1851. It served as the first capitol of the Confederacy with Jefferson Davis being sworn in on the front steps as its president in February 1861. A brass star now marks the spot where he took the oath of office. The north and south wings are 20th-century additions. Because of its significance in American history, the Capitol is a designated National Historic Landmark.

h Alabama Department of Archives and History The oldest state-funded archive in the nation is housed in this magnificent building built in 1940 with a recent expansion completed in 2009. The museum exhibits a massive artifact collection that documents Alabama history from early Native Americans to Civil Rights. State and private document collections offer extensive historical and genealogical resources. Children will enjoy a hands-on gallery with Grandma’s Attic and Discovery Boxes.

i First White House of the Confederacy This 1835 Italianate style house was the home of President and Mrs. Jefferson Davis during the first months of the Civil War while Montgomery was capital of the Confederacy. Many of the Davis family’s personal belongings are among its handsome collections.

j Old Alabama Town Old Alabama Town is a collection of over 40 authentically restored 19th and early 20th century buildings located within this downtown area. Many of the historic structures, moved from other locations and restored as house museums, depict Alabamians’ life-styles. An antebellum urban plantation the Ordeman House with its slave quarters, kitchens and carriage house, interprets middle class life in the 1850s. Other buildings include Lucas Tavern (Montgomery County’s oldest building), schoolhouse, shotgun house, grocery store, cotton gin, print shop and blacksmith shop.

k St. John’s Episcopal Church Designed by Frank Wills and Henry Dudley of New York, this handsome Gothic Revival building dates to 1855. The church’s congregation organized in 1834, and since that time many members have played prominent roles in Montgomery history. During the early days of the Confederacy, it was the place of worship for President Jefferson Davis and his family. The church’s grand interior features stained and painted windows, intricate ceiling stenciling, marble and brass statuary, and other interesting memorials to past congregants.

l Riverfront Park and Harriott II Riverboat From the arrival of the first steamboat, The Harriott, in 1821, until the early 20th century, this area was lively as workmen loaded thousands of bales of cotton for shipment to Mobile and unloaded tons of goods for Montgomery merchants and townsfolk. Today, the stern-wheel Harriott II offers scenic cruises of the Alabama River. In 1897, the Tunnel opened, providing access to the river under the increasingly busy railroad tracks. Today, it serves as the entrance to Riverfront Park and Amphitheater, both now settings for concerts and other entertainment.

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Moving Along in Montgomery Take the HMMA Tour for a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most productive and innovative automotive manufacturers in the world that just happens to be in Montgomery.

They move in perfect sync, their precise movements mesmerizing onlookers as they gracefully turn, twirl and dip. But this dance is not to be found at a performance put on by one of Montgomery’s accomplished ballet companies. Nope. You can catch this show at the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) facility during a plant tour. Since it first started producing vehicles in 2005, over 95,000 people have taken the tour and watched as “dancing” robotic arms, robotic machines (there are 400 robots total in the plant) and Hyundai team members stamp, weld, screw, torque, paint, polish and finally, test thousands of Hyundai Sonatas and Elantras. Set on 1,744 acres, the 3-million-square-foot, state-of-theart plant turns out 1,300 cars each day in a process known as “just-in-time” manufacturing that ensures there’s not a minute wasted waiting for the previous task to be finished. It all begins with just a thin, plain sheet of steel that quickly, almost magically becomes a car door, thanks to a giant stamping machine. Next, robotic arms move together in a dizzying waltz to apply the multiple spot welds needed on each door. The process continues through the paint shop, the engine shop and the general assembly line. While the robots do the heavy lifting, the people on the plant floor do the tasks that require hand-eye coordination. Skilled team members affix the doors, install interior parts on the cars’ bodies, each performing a very specific task at just the right moment to keep everything moving.

Hyundai vehicles are renowned for their durability and quality, and the company’s commitment to continuing that quality is evident everywhere at HMMA, from the squeaky clean facilities and the many inspections to the signage encouraging team members to, “Be the world’s best plant.” And when the car is done, it’s still not actually done. Every vehicle is tested on the plant’s 2.3-mile test track, and tested in every conceivable way. The 1.5-hour tour encompasses all of this and more and highlights the science and art behind the production of 320,000-plus cars each year. Tour guides are friendly, funny and knowledgeable, making the tour a great addition to any Montgomery visit. Scheduled tours are held during the day on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and in the evening on Thursdays.

Reservations are required, so visit www.hmmausa.com or call 334-387-8019 for more details and to reserve your spot. All photos courtesy of HMMA.

At Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, you can watch one of the nation’s leading safety sedans, the Sonata, and the 2012 Car of the Year, the Elantra, being made right before your eyes.

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10. First White House of the Confederacy 11. Freedom Rides Museum 12. Hank Williams Museum 13. Hank Williams Statue 14. Montgomery Performing Arts Centre 15. Old Alabama Town 16. Riverboat – Harriott II 17. Riverwalk Amphitheater 18. Rosa Parks Library and Museum 19. St. John’s Episcopal Church

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• Prattaugan Museum • Heritage Center • RTJ Golf Course • Wilderness Park • Danial Pratt Historic District & Creekwalk

• AWF at Lanark • Alabama Nature Center • Village Green Park

• Asteroid Crater • Jasmine Hill • Ft. Toulouse • Gold Star Park • Swayback Bridge Trail

• Council Tree • Old Mill Bridge • Thurlow Dam • Riverfront District • Patterson Log Cabin

• Tuskegee Institute • George Washington Carver Museum • Booker T. Washington’s Home • The Oaks • Tuskegee Airmen • National Tuskegee Human and Civil Rights Multicultural Center

The River Region got its name thanks to two major rivers, The Coosa and The Tallapoosa, joining to form The Alabama River just north of the capital city. The Alabama River runs alongside downtown Montgomery and continues south where it forms the Mobile and Tenasaw rivers, which finally empty into Mobile Bay.

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Take Your Trip Home Don’t want to leave? Pick up a few of these items to keep the memory of your Montgomery experience alive.

Candles Made specifically for the Governor’s Mansion, these scented candles’ aromas are related to the home and its grounds including native flowers and even the Mansion chef’s gingerbread recipe. Find them at The Governor’s Mansion Gift Shop.

Alabama Clay These figures are fashioned by hand from the rich deposits of clay found in the River Region’s Elmore County area, showcasing the material’s natural hues. Find it at The Stop at Union Station inside the Montgomery Area Visitor Center.

Blue Moon Cookbook This quintessential collection of Southern recipes includes the delicious dishes made famous at Montgomery’s Blue Moon Inn restaurant, which closed in 1978. Cecil McMillan, the restaurant’s owner, put out the cookbook in 1979, and it is now in its final printing. Get your copy before they’re gone at The Goat Hill Museum Store and The Stop at Union Station.

Cinda b. Bags If you need a place to stow all your Montgomery shopping finds, get a pretty, functional tote or other bag made by nationally known designer cinda b. Find a variety of her products at hue studio inc. and Christine’s Feathered Nest.

The Stop at Union Station Your source for everything Montgomery, The Stop has local artwork, Alabama food products and much more.

Tucker Pecan Find tins full of pecans grown in the River Region that have been provided by the Tucker family for three generations. Plain, sugared and chocolate covered are favorites. Tucker Pecan also has a wide selection of unique gifts.

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Shopping

...find your style!

Style Savvy

Deck the Walls

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Dauber Gallery

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Eve’s Studio

S.A.C.’s Gallery

2101 Eastern Blvd, Suite 411 334-239-0655

130 Commerce St, Suite 102 334-538-4677

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Focus on Fashion

Stonehenge & Stonehenge Lighting

2026 Clubview Ave 334-262-8888

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413 Coliseum Blvd 334-272-1170

Henig Furs, Inc.

529 S Perry St, Suite 14 334-265-9931

Cloverdale Rd |401 334-263-3190

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the Perfect GiftS

Just for Kids

Al’s Flowers

7449 EastChase Pkwy 334-277-7610

Born Children’s Boutique

Zelda Rd |3014 334-215-9140

Storkland and The Name Dropper

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7107 EastChase Pkwy 334-277-7118

Carter Hill Rd |1725 334-265-1125

Capitol’s Rosemont Gardens

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2210 Rosemont Pl 334-834-7731

Fine Line Engravers & Gifts

Marguirette’s Exquisite Jewelry

Vaughn Rd |7818 334-270-0074

Southern Homes & Gardens

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8820 Vaughn Rd 334-387-0440

Wetumpka Hwy |3561 334-277-67460

Ware Jewelers

EastChase Pkwy |7268 334-749-5005

You Name It

Atlanta Hwy |5350A 334-272-9878

Be Specific Ciao Bella

Commerce St |213 334-356-1412

Kinnucan’s

EastChase Pkwy |6820 334-356-3050

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Buckelew’s

Charlotte’s Jewelry

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Heidi’s Fine Jewelry

The Stop at Union Station

Vaughn Rd |7012 334-279-5147

The Locker Room

Carter Hill Rd |1717 334-262-1788

1651 Perry Hill Rd 334-281-7577

Vaughn Rd |8161 334-396-1991

Vaughn Rd |4695 334-239-7700

Southern Trails 12 W Jefferson St 334-239-9438

Water St |300 334-262-0013

Gourmet Goodies Edible Arrangements

Zelda Rd |3000 334-270-2888

Filet & Vine, Inc.

Cloverdale Rd |431 334-262-8463

Peppertree Steaks & Wine

Vaughn Rd |8101 334-271-6328

Tucker Pecan Company

N McDonough St |350 334-262-4470

All Together Now Eastdale Mall

Atlanta Hwy |5501 334-277-7380

The Shoppes at EastChase

EastChase Pkwy |7274 334-279-6046

Discover Treasures Eastbrook Flea Market & Antique Mall

Coliseum Blvd |425 334-277-4027

Pickwick Antiques

Interstate Ct |3851 334-279-1481

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The Beat Is On In Montgomery, the heart of the city is beating strong again.

Montgomery, Alabama, the capital city of the American South, is steeped in history, has been tested by rebellion and is courageous and changing. What’s changing today — and changing for the better — is the face of the city’s downtown and riverfront areas. City leaders and local developers have a grand vision for the city’s center, and it began to take shape with the Riverwalk project along the edges of the Alabama River. The first phase was completed in 2003 and included the beautiful Riverwalk Amphitheatre and the adjacent Riverwalk Stadium, home of the Montgomery Biscuits baseball team. The Biscuits, the AA affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, provide family entertainment and fun for sports enthusiasts. In 2008, downtown welcomed the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Spa at the Convention Center, along with the adjacent 1,800-seat Montgomery Performing Arts Centre and a 9,000-square-foot European-style spa.

nicknamed “The Alley,” was unveiled in the spring of 2009. This highlight of the city’s continuing downtown revitalization is framed by Commerce, Bibb, Coosa and Tallapoosa Streets. It includes both casual and fine dining (Dreamland BBQ, Sa Za’s Serious Italian Food and Cantina to name but a few), specialty boutiques and nightlife spots. In addition, thanks to some fabulous new loft apartments and office spaces, new tenants now call The Alley home. Just one block from The Alley, the Harriott II Riverboat cruises guests along the Alabama River. This newest addition to the downtown and riverfront rebirth began ferrying folks in 2009 and has definitely

The energy and excitement of the city’s revitalized downtown has caught the attention of national media. “With the addition of restaurants and nightlife near the Riverwalk Stadium, Montgomery is livelier than ever.” — Southern Living magazine

Across from the convention center complex, the new Alley Entertainment District,

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exceeded expectations. The majestic riverboat is a unique special events venue that can accommodate up to 400 passengers and is capable of hosting multiple parties each evening. In the middle of all the action is the Montgomery Area Visitor Center inside Historic Union Station. Guests can catch an automated trolley tour or pick up “made in Alabama” souvenirs from the Stop at Union Station. There’s even more excitement on the horizon too. Plans for a walking trail that will include multiple civil rights museums and sites as well as other downtown historical attractions are now underway. With all of these changes and others to come, Montgomery is quickly becoming a hot spot for groups, conventions and meetings, and family travel. For more information on the downtown and riverfront development or to find things to do and see in the city and surrounding River Region, please contact the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitor Bureau at 334-261-1100 or check out www.visitingmontgomery.com.


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M ontgomery L egend

Octavia Spencer When the movie based on the wildly popular book “The Help” started showing in theatres across the country, it was the spunky, no-nonsense maid Minny that instantly stole the screen and moviegoers’ hearts. Montgomery native Octavia Spencer brought Minny to life, and did it so well that she earned her first Academy Award as well as a Golden Globe in 2012, both for best supporting actress. In the midst of all her accolades, Spencer never missed an opportunity to give her home state and hometown a shout out, thanking family and friends back home as well as “all of Alabama” for supporting her career. She became interested in performing as a child, and when she graduated from Jefferson Davis High School in Montgomery and then went to Auburn University, she studied English and Theater Arts. After graduation from college, she worked behind-the-scenes on a few movies filmed in Alabama.

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Octavia with her Oscar.

Her first acting role was in 1996’s “A Time To Kill,” where she met Tate Taylor. Their friendship would play a significant role in her career’s progression. After appearing in “A Time To Kill,” she moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting even further and went on to garner parts in several television shows. In 2003, Spencer played a part in friend Taylor’s short comedy film, “Chicken Party” and got rave reviews. A role on stage and a few more small, yet attention-grabbing, parts in movies and TV shows followed. But it was “The Help” that launched her to new heights.


Taylor introduced Spencer to another close friend, his childhood chum, author Kathryn Stockett. She was working on a novel called “The Help,” which chronicles the stories of a young white woman and her relationship with several African-American maids in segregated 1960s Jackson, Mississippi. Spencer was actually the inspiration for Minny, and when it was published, the book became a best seller. Taylor had already secured the movie rights, and Spencer was the obvious choice to play the character partially based on her. The movie “The Help” was as popular as the book and was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award, as were Spencer and two of the movie’s other actresses. When Spencer won the Oscar, she immediately and sincerely thanked, “my family in Alabama and the state of Alabama,” in her acceptance speech.

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Outdoors Adventure Outside

Kimberly Moon at

Coosa Outdoor Center

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172 River Rd Wetumpka, AL 36092 334-201-5510

Bass Pro Shop

Rocky Mount Rd |2553 Prattville, AL 36066

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415 Company St Wetumpka, AL 36092 334-514-0279

www.coosaoutdoorcenter.com

www.coosariveradventures.com

Whether interested in camping, renting canoes or sit-on-top kayaks, organizing a group trip or purchasing equipment, the staff at COC is ready to assist you with your outdoor adventure. Prices vary. Call for schedule.

Coosa River Adventures outfits you with a canoe or sit-on-top kayak and provides access to the launch site, paddles and life jackets. Prices vary. Call for schedule.

334-290-6400

www.basspro.com

334-567-3002

www.fttoulousejackson.org

The park features a 1700s French fort in a 165-acre park amidst the rural setting at the confluence of the Coosa and Tallapoosa Rivers. Just 10 minutes from Montgomery. Admission charge. Open Mon – Sun. www.coosariverpics.com

Montgomery

Playgrounds Kids can burn off some energy, and parents can take a break on a bench at one of these city parks that offer plenty of playground essentials like swings, slides, monkey bars, climbing walls and more.

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Gateway Park • 3800 Davenport Pkwy

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Oak Park • 1010 Forest Ave

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IDA Bell Young • 5400 Vaughn Rd

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Vaughn Rd Park • 3620 Vaughn Rd

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Kiwanis Park • 400 N Hull St

Fort Toulouse/ Jackson Park

W Fort Toulouse Rd |2521 Wetumpka, AL 36093

The store offers nearly 140,000 square feet of outdoor excitement including the area’s largest selection of quality gear for fishing, hunting, camping and boating as well as large freshwater and saltwater aquariums.  Free admission. Open Mon – Sun.

See map on page 49-51 For additional information call 334-625-2300 or visit www.funontheriver.net

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Lower Wetumpka Shotgun Sports Club

Lower Wetumpka Rd, 36110 |4758 334-420-3371

This complex offers two sporting clays courses, a covered five-stand, wobble trap, skeet field, archery and continental pheasant hunts. Call for hours.


Gardens & More: Super Natural Explore the beauty and bounty that Mother Nature bestowed on the River Region.

Blount Cultural Park

Vaughn Rd, 36116 |6055 www.blountculturalpark.org

This 350-acre park is reminiscent of the English countryside and houses the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Free Admission. Open seven days a week, dawn to dusk, unless reserved for a private party.

Hampstead Institute Downtown Farm

Alabama Nature Center

Lanark Rd, Millbrook, AL 36054 |3050 800-822-9453

www.alabamawildlife.org

The Alabama Nature Center is on the grounds of the Alabama Wildlife Federation’s headquarters and is a 350-acre planned-use outdoor education facility with five miles of boardwalks and trails traversing forests, fields, streams, wetlands and ponds. There are special events (guided hikes, kids’ fishing rodeos, nature photography classes) planned for the public, especially in the summer months. Free admission. Call for schedule.

Molton St, 36104 |425 www.hampsteadinstitute.org

In the midst of downtown Montgomery, this all-natural urban farm offers community planting beds, you-pick fruits, an orchard, a star-gazing hill and exciting learning opportunities with the farmer-in-residence. D

Shakespeare Garden & ­Amphitheatre

Vaughn Rd, 36117 |6055 334-271-5300

www.blountculturalpark.org

Located within the Blount Cultural Park, this is one of seven such gardens in the USA,

Jasmine Hill Gardens and Outdoor Museum

Jasmine Hill Rd |3001 Wetumpka, AL 36093 334-263-5713

www.jasminehill.org

This incredible 20-acre garden features mythical gods and Olympian heroes with beautiful flowers year round. The Olympian style visitor center will make your visit to “Alabama’s Little Corner of Greece” memorable. Open mid-March through the end of June from 9am-5pm Fri–Sat and from 12pm-5pm on Sun. Open July-Oct on Saturdays. Admission charge.

which features plants and flowers mentioned in Shakespeare’s plays. Free admission. Open seven days a week dawn to dusk, unless reserved for a private party.

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UniqueVenues 129 Coosa

129 Coosa

334-262-8859 • www.129coosa.com

Exposed brick and wood beams with walls showcasing historic photos of city landmarks give this venue a warm ambiance. A balcony overlooks The Alley. D

Alabama Activity Center

334-269-0222 • www.montgomery-catering.com

This building has a spacious, elegant room on the ground floor with easy access for everyone. Guests can spill out onto the large, airy plaza and gather around the beautiful fountain. D

AlleyBAR

334-387-3333 • www.alleybarmontgomery.com

This dynamic bar and entertainment venue in downtown is full of energy with a combo of modern and historic décor and the city’s only frozen shot room. It has two spaces for private functions: The BackALLEY and The Upper Room. D

Alley Station

334-277-1077 • www.alleystation.com

Located at the newly renovated Alley, Alley Station’s beautiful architecture and unique event spaces set it apart, as does its Rooftop Terrace. D

Auburn University at Montgomery 334-244-3000 • www.aum.edu

This college campus boasts versatile meeting spaces to meet almost any need. Take advantage of the venues alone or make use of its stellar, and affordable, conference services, which can help you plan the details of your entire event.

Capital City Club

334-834-8920 • www.capitalmontgomery.com

Located in the heart of downtown, this rooftop venue offers sophistication, beautiful views and exceptional facilities. D

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Club Room at Hampstead

Chapel Hill Meeting House at The Waters 334-272-3200 • www.thewatersal.com

Southern charm is the hallmark of this fullservice venue set amid the tranquility of The Waters community.

Club Room at Hampstead 334-270-6700 • www.hampsteadliving.com

Located inside the vibrant, beautiful community of Hampstead, The Hampstead Club Room offers an elegant, one-of-a-kind space in Montgomery and features gorgeous views from atop the Hampstead Tower.

Gateway Park Lodge

334-284-7920 • www.montgomeryal.gov

Situated on the lake at Gateway Park, The Lodge has expansive outdoor decks as well as a large fireplace in the main room and an octagonal club tower with an in-the-round serving bar.

Hank Williams Museum

334-262-3600 • www.thehankwilliamsmuseum.com

Fans of music and history will enjoy the vibe at this nostalgic spot that celebrates the life and career of country music legend Hank Williams. D

Harriott II Riverboat

334-625-2100 • www.funontheriver.net

Docked beside the Riverwalk and Amphitheater, the boat offers dinner, dancing and live entertainment, along with activities for children. D

Hillcrest Manor Bed & Breakfast

334-264-8253 • www.hillcrestmanorbedandbreakfast.com

This historic storybook mansion was rebuilt around 1915 and is located on a tree-lined street tucked amid gardens and formal fountains on a hill overlooking the Historic Garden District.

Chapel Hill at The Waters

Jasmine Hill Gardens

334-567-6463 • www.jasminehill.org

Lush gardens full of color and stunning statuary add interest to any event. This venue is perfect for outdoor events, with indoor options as well.

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts 334-240-4333 • www.mmfa.org

All types of events gain new dimension here. From the grand Rotunda with marble floors under a magnificent dome to the outdoor Terrace and Amphitheater with picturesque vistas, the Museum is the perfect venue for a unique event.

Montgomery Zoo

334-240-4900 • www.montgomeryzoo.com

The presence of nearby animals from around the world adds exotic appeal to this venue. The Zoo’s Overlook Café can accommodate a large number of people, complete with sit-down dinners or an elegant buffet. The onsite Mann Museum offers an indoor setting that will easily accommodate a sit-down dinner or cocktail buffet.

The Oaks Plantation

334-260-8116 •www.theoaksplantation.com

Take a step back in time when you drive up the Avenue of the Oaks to the grand Oaks Plantation, built in the 1830s and located in a pastoral setting. This facility blends history with modern facilities.

One Dexter Avenue 334-262-1245

Civil Rights pioneer Rosa Parks was arrested nearby, and across the street, the telegram that started the Civil War was sent. One Dexter Avenue has always been in the center of the action and still is. D

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Our beautiful, elegant venues have seen breathtaking wedding receptions, charity galas, business affairs, political gatherings, teas, and proms. Call us for details for your next occasion. alabaMa aCtivity Center

MontgoMery Catering, inC. | 334-269-0222 | montgomery-catering.com

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Riverwalk Amphitheater

Riverwalk Stadium & Riverwalk Amphitheater

Davis Theatre

Union Station Train Shed

Troy University’s Davis Theatre

Union Station Train Shed

The Davis Theatre is ideal for many different types of meetings and events in its size, design and especially its location. It is in the center of the city’s revitalized downtown, making it a perfect complement to Montgomery’s nearby convention facilities. D

Adjacent to Historic Union Station, this covered outdoor space offers you the flexibility to host any kind of event, from a casual cook-out to a formal wedding reception and everything in between. In the background, the Alabama River provides the perfect natural landscape for your event. D

334-269-6090 • www.montgomery-catering.com

Troy University’s Whitley Hall 334-241-9543 • montgomery.troy.edu

W.A. Gayle Planetarium

High above Montgomery, the sixth floor of the RSA Plaza Building offers a breathtaking view of the city. A lovely terrace surrounds one large room, which can be divided into four smaller venues. D

The central location of this venue provides easy access to all that Montgomery’s revitalized downtown has to offer. D

Shakespeare Gardens & Amphitheater

Union Station

The planetarium can be rented with the option of using the lobby and the auditorium. With over 200 seats, the planetarium’s dome is a great spot for custom presentations, as everybody has the best seat in the house.

334-625-2100 • www.funontheriver.net

Flexible meeting spaces abound at the ballpark in the heart of downtown, and set right on the riverbank, the Amphitheater can host gatherings large or small with a long list of amenities. D

RSA Plaza Terrace

334-271-5300 • www.asf.net

Located within the Blount Cultural Park, this is one of seven gardens of its kind in the country. It features plants and flowers mentioned in Shakespeare’s plays as well as a terraced Amphitheatre.

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334-261-1120 • www.visitingmontgomery.com

Historic Union Station provides the perfect backdrop for any event. This historic building still displays the original tile flooring and stained glass windows, which makes any event unique and special. D

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334-625-2100 • www.montgomeryal.gov

334-625-4799 • montgomery.troy.edu

Young House

334-264-7480 • www.jenniewellercatering.com

Set among the 19th-century community known as Old Alabama Town, this historic home offers your guests an opportunity to dine in style while experiencing the culture of the Old South. D


Come Together Cool: Family Reunions Bring the whole gang! Montgomery’s abundance of family friendly attractions and activities, dining destinations and venues all permeated by a rich history and true Southern hospitality blend together to make our city the place to host a family reunion full of fun and fellowship. Last year, 232 families gathered here to reconnect and strengthen family ties. The Convention & Visitor Bureau can help you put together a meaningful event that will generate fond memories to last a lifetime.

Need a Few Ideas? Try these activities and attractions with your loved ones. • Hit a homerun and take your family reunion to a Biscuits baseball game in downtown Montgomery. Several options with special extra touches are available for groups. • Discover Montgomery’s natural beauty with a relaxing ride down the Alabama River aboard the Harriott II Riverboat. Group rates are available, as is the ability to customize a cruise just for your family. • Mix and match. Set up a friendly game for the golfers in your group at one of eight area courses. While they’re chasing little white balls, others can enjoy the serenity of the European spa at the Montgomery Renaissance Spa & Hotel.

How the CVB can help you plan your family reunion

Look Inward.

Rosa Parks Museum and Children’s Wing

We can provide services and resources throughout the planning stages of your reunion. Go to visitingmontgomery.com or call 800-240-9452 to request a detailed planning guide with valuable tips and a complete planning checklist. Here is what we can do for you: l

Assist with finding the most suitable hotel.

Provide visitor information for the reunion planning committee and your guests. l

Provide nametags. Plastic name holders with printed name are complimentary if you have 200 or more hotel room nights. Otherwise, there is a nominal fee of 50 cents per name badge. In either instance we require a minimum of two weeks notice, and the names must be electronically submitted if badges are to be printed.

Step back in time and experience the sights and sounds that forever changed our country. This state-of-the-art, interactive museum features multi-media presentations and hands-on exhibits honoring the historic decision of one woman. Rosa Parks Museum ticket prices: 12 years and under $5.50; over 12 years $7.50 Mon. - Fri. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sat. 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Sun. and Holidays Special engagements only (334) 241-8661 252 Montgomery St. Montgomery, AL 36104

Gaze Skyward.

W. A. Gayle Planetarium

One of the largest planetariums in the Southeast, the W. A. Gayle Planetarium offers a spectacular variety of out-of-this-world shows, exhibits and programs.

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Calling All Groups! With a wide array of services and helpful advice delivered by a knowledgeable, friendly team, the Montgomery CVB makes FUN convenient and affordable for groups of any kind and any size. When groups of any size meet in Montgomery, BIG things happen. Whether you’re gathering here for business or pleasure, Montgomery has a host of group-friendly attractions, restaurants and unique sporting facilities to make your event a brilliant success. This vibrant capital city is the spirit of Alabama’s heritage; the courage of Rosa Parks; the heart of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail; the steadfast dream of Martin Luther King Jr.; and the grace and beauty of the arts. There’s so much to see and do, and the Convention and Visitor Bureau is here to meet your every need.

What They Say... We think Montgomery is a great place to visit, but don’t just take our word for it.

where Dr. King once preached, and they can visit the basement ... “[In Montgomery] Tourists can stand and look out from the pulpit mery Bus Boycott.” -The Wall Street Journal where movement leaders hatched plans for the year-long Montgo

“Montgomery doesn’t try to hide its past. Memorials, tourist sites and a narrated trolley ride tell the stories.”-Atlanta Journal Constitution

“With the addition of restaurants and nightlife near the Riverwalk Stadium, Montgomery is livelier than ever.” -Southern Living magazine

“A visit to the The Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery is a stirring experience.”

“The city [Montgome ry] is the civil rights movement’s ground zero.” -USA Today

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See It All: Take a Tour To best experience all Montgomery offers, plan a tour. Our Group Tour Sales staff can help you with all of your tour details. We will contact lodging properties and refer you to step-on guide services and local tour companies. Our sales staff can also suggest a variety of entertainment options for your guests after their tour. Let our staff help you plan scheduled itineraries or assist you with planning several different activities and visits to local attractions. Together we can create a custom tour itinerary just for you.

Stay Power: Lodging The Montgomery area offers over 7,000 total hotel rooms across the city. Let us make your accommodation reservations for you and your group. Our complete list of contacts for each Montgomery property will assure that we find you the best rates, assist you with special services and additional requests.

Enjoy a Warm Welcome: Bags & Brochures The CVB offers welcome bags and name badges based on the number of room nights booked. Our bags have our Montgomery CVB logo and are accompanied with a souvenir. Each group is given one souvenir per person, and all items are subject to availability. The CVB will also provide your group with Visitor Guides in which they will find complete lists of attractions, restaurants, entertainment options and general information about the city. We can also provide your group with a calendar of events that highlight the city’s many activities.

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STAY Cool Southern Hospitality Full-Service Hotels Meeting Your Needs

Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center 201 Tallapoosa St, Montgomery, AL 36104 • 334-481-5000

www.renaissancemontgomery.com

The Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa and the adjacent Convention Center have brought much more to downtown Montgomery than an impressive new shadow on the skyline. Contemporary styling married with classic Southern hospitality combine with

the hotel’s long list of amenities. With 342 rooms, ample and flexible meeting spaces, a European spa, a restaurant, fitness center and more all in one place, this AAA Four Diamond property is quickly becoming the premier destination for both business and leisure travelers. The hotel offers a 14,000-squarefoot Grand Ballroom on the main level and provides meeting space with 18 breakout rooms that total 14,000 square feet. The Convention Center has over 73,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting space.

Embassy Suites Hotel and Montgomery Conference Center 300 Tallapoosa St Montgomery, AL 36104 334-269-5055

www.embassysuitesmontgomery.com

Located in downtown Montgomery, Embassy Suites Hotel and Montgomery Conference Center combines an upscale, full-service, all-suite hotel with stellar service and a diverse array of amenities. It is right next to the Montgomery Area Visitor Center and the Montgomery Convention Center and is only nine miles from the Montgomery Regional Airport. Embassy Suites offers 15,000 square feet of meeting space including a ballroom and breakout rooms.

Holiday Inn Montgomery Airport South 96 Folmer Pkwy, Montgomery, AL 36105 • 334-288-3858

www.holidayinn.com/montgomeryal

This Montgomery, Alabama hotel is conveniently located off I-65 and only minutes away from the Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM). This full-service hotel, on the south side of historic downtown Montgomery, has the amenities to ensure your satisfaction. Families and business travelers alike will enjoy dining in Magnolia’s Cafe or the convenience of in-room dining. Free airport shuttle.

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Montgomery is one of the safest cities in the state, and it’s getting safer all the time. n Safety is Montgomery’s top priority, with the capital city registering its lowest crime rates in more than 20 years. In 2012, overall crime dropped 4 percent, and violent crime was down 12.4 percent. This decline follows back-to-back reductions in crime during 2009 and 2010. n Thanks to the Montgomery Fire & Rescue Department’s exceptional fire services, the capital city boasts an Insurance Services rating of “2.” Of Alabama’s four largest cities, Montgomery is the only city to earn a rating this high. Questions about Montgomery’s Public Safety Services? Dial the city’s call center at 311 or 334-240-INFO. In case of emergency, always dial 911.

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Summer fun explodes with Festivals & Celebrations

Montgomery plays host to numerous events all year long, ranging from music to food to art to sports. So join the crowd, and let’s celebrate Southern style. See what all the noise is about online at

visitingmontgomery.com or call 800.240.9452.

Visitor Center, Historic Union Station | 300-A Water street | Downtown

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The River Region

In the middle of Alabama, this diverse area is a dynamic

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s its name implies, the Montgomery River Region is an area full of rivers. Some are lazy, others fast flowing, but this confluence of water in Central Alabama has formed a section of the state that is known for many things. Encompassing everything from the natural beauty and rustic feel of rural landscapes and agricultural industries to high-tech manufacturing facilities, the seat of state government and a major Air Force base, the River Region is

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centerpiece of the state.

composed of several distinct communities, all boasting rich histories and exciting futures on the horizon. The River Region’s communities include: Montgomery, Prattville, Millbrook, the Town of Pike Road, Wetumpka, Tuskegee and Tallassee. The region is growing quickly and is currently home to over 366,000 people. Discover the abundant opportunities that make them great places to live, work or visit.


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Wetumpka

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Thanks to abundant natural beauty and a long, colorful history, residents are proud to call Wetumpka and Elmore County home and thrilled to share their slice of Central Alabama with visitors.

Just as the Coosa River winds its way through Elmore County, blessing the area with its beauty and options for fishing, boating and swimming, so too is a rich heritage woven into the picturesque landscape. The history of Native Americans, French and British settlers, Civil War soldiers, enterprising visionaries, hard-working farmers and more merge together to form a multi-layered mix of stories and scenes, legends and legacies. Today, the independent spirit that drove this region forward is still present and combines with sincere hospitality to make Elmore County, the fourth fastest growing county in the state, a pleasant, prosperous place to live or visit. What A Blast! Eighty-three million years ago, a giant meteor. It struck the earth in Wetumpka, blasting through bedrock to leave an Im-

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pact Crater that is still clearly visible today. It is the only confirmed meteorite crater in the state and is considered one of the best preserved in the world. While Wetumpka seems young in comparison to the crater, it celebrated its 175th birthday in 2010, and as the county seat, the city serves as a focal point for all of the historical and outdoor attractions that define Elmore County, which also includes Millbrook, Tallassee and Eclectic.


History & Heritage Abound The recurring arches of the Bibb Graves Bridge greet visitors to Wetumpka. This unique, prominent landmark was completed in 1931 and is one of only two such structures in Alabama. In the city’s heart, its charming downtown, guests can stroll to quaint shops, restaurants and historic homes and churches following a self-guided walking tour. Downtown recently received a “freshening up” that preserved its architectural character while bringing its capabilities into the modern age. One can’tmiss stop on the walking tour is the Elmore County Museum. It provides a peek into the past with informative exhibits and local artifacts from the Civil War and other historical events. Just south of Wetumpka, over 6,000 years of the area’s history are uncovered among the 165 acres of Fort Toulouse/Jackson Park State Historical Site, located where the Coosa and Tallapoosa Rivers meet. Here, visitors can explore both French and American Forts, a Mississippian Mound site, wildflower fields and forests on the William Bartram Nature Trail, the museum and Graves House filled with archeological artifacts, and even get a tangible taste of yesterday’s traditions at the living history weekends held once a month. It’s Only Natural Pride in its past may be prevalent in Elmore County, but it never overshadows the progress of the present, including the location’s close ties to Mother Nature. Wetumpka is appropriately known as the “city of natural beauty,” but in truth, the phrase could easily apply to all of Elmore County. The region is known for its scenic spots, many centered around the Coosa River. The Coosa’s importance to the area was first noted by the Native Americans who gave Wetumpka its name, which means “rumbling waters.” The river is the perfect place for fishing, swimming, canoeing and kayaking and is joined by the Tallapoosa River just below Wetumpka to form the Alabama River. Close proximity to two of central Alabama’s sparkling lakes, Lake Jordan and mammoth Lake Martin, is also a plus. Mountain biking or hiking through the 12 miles of forest hills and dales on the nationally known Swayback Bridge Trail are other popular pastimes that draw many outdoor enthusiasts to Elmore County. “Our lakes, rivers and beautiful land provide great recreational opportunities for our residents and visitors,” said Vanessa Lynch, Executive Director of the Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce. Blooming Beauty Tucked at the bottom of the Appalachian foothills, Elmore County boasts a mild climate that fosters a diverse array of plant life, and nowhere is this on finer display than at Jasmine Hill Gardens and Outdoor Museum. With 20 acres of bountiful blossoms and classical Old World ambiance, the gardens put on a fabulous floral show all year, along with an impressive collection of statuary representing the art and ideals of ancient Greece.

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Playing Around Thanks to The Wetumpka Depot Players, community theatre is a thriving part of the social and arts scene in the county seat. Adding culture to the area’s appeal, the Depot Players produce a variety of original plays, beloved Broadway shows, hilarious comedies and poignant dramas each year. Audiences enjoy them all in an intimate, 160-seat theatre in Wetumpka that was once an old grocery store, which the Depot Players bought and converted in 1999. Event-Full Elmore County moves at a more relaxed pace, but there is no shortage of things going on. Favorite annual events include The Coosa River Challenge, which incorporates river paddling, biking and trail running into a true test of will and strength, The Coosa River Whitewater Festival, Riverfest Festival and Christmas on the Coosa as well as Frontier Days and the French and Indian Encampment, both held at Fort Toulouse/Jackson Park. A very popular event, the 2013 Riverfest Music & Arts Festival, is slated for April 20. Beautiful Places & Friendly Faces Despite the multitude of attractions and opportunities for outdoor fun, it is perhaps Elmore County’s people that are her biggest asset. Their easy smiles and warm handshakes welcome visitors and newcomers from all over the world to experience the laid-back good life that they enjoy. “Elmore County still retains its small-town values. It is family friendly, relaxed and close-knit,” Lynch said. “And there is a real sense of community and a genuine neighborly atmosphere. Yet we are still close to all of the conveniences and amenities of larger cities nearby, like Montgomery and Birmingham. We keep growing as more and more people discover this.”

Who Knew?

Wetumpka’s idyllic charm has captured Hollywood’s eye three times. Its picturesque downtown area served as part of the setting for the movies “The Grass Harp” (1995), “The Rosa Parks Story” (2002) and “Big Fish” (2003).

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The Town of Pike Road

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A quintessential Alabama “hometown,” The Town of Pike Road welcomes all to experience its well-blended mix of old and new.

Connected & Community-Focused Starting where Montgomery’s eastern side ends, the Town of Pike Road is a perfect snapshot of smalltown life, offering pastoral scenery and a more leisurely pace that feels a whole world away, yet is only minutes from all that the capital city offers. The Town of Pike Road is somewhat new; it was incorporated as a municipality in 1997. But a thriving community has flourished in the area for over 175 years. The old and the new are inextricably intertwined in the Town of Pike Road. Today, the area is growing again, drawing new families, those

looking for both the peaceful appeal of days gone by and the excitement of a reinvigorated town with fresh ideas. The Town’s sprawling meadows and woodland glens are dotted with over 35 unique neighborhoods, each with its own personality and including some of the region’s oldest settlements. The population of approximately 5,400 residents is diverse, with citizens across the demographic spectrum calling the Town of Pike Road home. A Proud Heritage In 1815, the arrival of three families — the Marks, Mathews and the Meriwethers —marked the beginning of the Pike Road community. They took to the area’s fertile land and began farming and were joined by other families who did the same. Soon, a small but booming town sprouted up at the intersection of the highly traveled Pike and Meriwether Roads.

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A Prosperous Present Its ability to attract such a variety of people is proof of its appeal, and perhaps the town’s biggest asset is its commitment to preserving the past while planning wisely for the future. Small family farms and equestrian facilities maintain the town’s ties to its agricultural roots, as new businesses and new neighborhoods come to the area, creating a harmonious mix of yesterday and today. “Our motto is ‘welcome home,’” said the Town of Pike Road Mayor Gordon Stone. “These words exemplify the spirit of this town and the feeling we try to convey to everyone who comes here to visit or stay.” A PROMISING FUTURE Since its incorporation, the Town of Pike Road has come full circle and is at a new crossroads — near the intersection of Pike Road and Vaughn Road, which is the location of the new Town Hall facility. To ensure continued prosperity, the Town of Pike Road allows citizen input to determine its direction and drive it there. One major priority is now being realized. In December 2010, the town established a public school system, with the first school set to open in 2015. The town recently completed the first phase of its Natural Trail System that highlights the beauty of its rural landscape and connects neighbors, family and friends. Phase I is a fourmile stretch of multi-use trails for walking, running and biking. When complete, the system will have over 30 miles of trails and form a loop around the town.

Who Knew? The original Pike Road community, and then the Town of Pike Road, took its name from one of two major thoroughfares in the area, Pike Road. The road got its name from the toll or “pike” that travelers had to pay to use it.

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Arbor Week. In partnership with the Alabama Forestry Commission, the Town of Pike Road distributes free seedlings to local residents. A poster contest for fifth graders and an official tree planting round out the week’s events.

Community Yard Sale. The first Saturday in June, the Pike Road Town Hall parking lot buzzes with shoppers and sellers during the annual community yard sale. Part of the World’s Widest Yard Sale, the Pike Road event features everything from housewares to bedding plants, jewelry to antiques.

Small Town Fourth. Fourth of July is a big deal for this small town whose official mascot is the patriot. Various events take place on Independence Day, including a parade near the site of the original town hall and a fireworks extravaganza over Lake Cameron at The Waters. For details on this year’s event, contact Pike Road Town Hall at 272-9883.

Hey, Look at Us! Plan a drive through our countryside to take in the 30+ hay bales transformed into fanciful creations by each Pike Road neighborhood. The hay bales are displayed through the first weekend in November to coincide with the annual Pike Road Arts and Crafts Fair, which is held on the grounds of the historic Marks House near the heart of old Pike Road.

Christmas Tree Lighting. Usually held the first weekend in December, the annual Christmas Tree Lighting is a time of music, fellowship and fun, ending with an open house at Pike Road Town Hall.

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Prattville

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Proud of its past and enjoying its present, Prattville is looking ahead to even better times to come.

Just 13 miles north of Montgomery, Prattville is a city with multiple personalities that work together to create a place that’s earned itself the name “The Preferred Community.” The city was modeled after a New England village, yet has all the hospitality and warmth indicative of its deep-South locale. Although ranked as one of the fastest growing areas in Alabama, Prattville maintains a quaint charm, and its close-knit, small-town atmosphere belies the many metropolitan opportunities and modern amenities offered. It’s a harmonious marriage of seeming opposites that’s made its residents swell with hometown pride and eager to welcome everyone to their special spot in Central Alabama’s River Region. “Our neighborly feel and sense of place make Prattville such a great city to live in or just to visit,” said Jeremy Arthur, president of the Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce.

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A History of Industry In 1818, Autauga County was established, a full year before Alabama even became a state. The area got its big boost when in 1835, the city’s namesake, New Hampshire native and industrialist Daniel Pratt, bought nearly 2,000 acres at the fall line of Autauga Creek, the area that is now downtown Prattville. Pratt established a town and began manufacturing his cotton gins, and his company quickly became the foremost producer of cotton gins in the world. In addition to the gin factory, Pratt established a sawmill, a gristmill, a cotton factory and an operation that produced sashes, doors and blinds. Pratt is widely considered “Alabama’s First Industrialist,” and as his enterprises prospered, so did Prattville. In 1866, after the Civil War, Prattville became the county seat, and Pratt was unanimously elected the town’s first intendant (mayor). From these humble beginnings, the Prattville community has seen increasing growth and is home to almost 35,000 people today.


Sights to See Prattville’s original nickname is “The Fountain City,” thanks to its many artesian wells. Some have been capped, but there are plenty still offering up gallons of sweet, clear, mineral-rich water, and a few allow citizens and visitors to fill containers and take the water home. Find public artesian wells throughout the historic downtown area including a large well covered by a tin-roofed wellhouse located on Doster Road just past StanleyJensen Stadium. It is history that’s flowing free at the Prattaugan Museum/Heritage Center. This circa 1840 Greek Revival home contains numerous interesting artifacts from the Pratt Family, as well as other items depicting the history of families who settled Autauga County. There’s also a public artesian well at this site. Efforts to preserve heritage in the form of old homes and other structures resulted in the creation of Old Prattvillage. Property owners remodeled existing houses and worked with the Autauga County Heritage Association in relocating the historic Mims Hotel and Slaton House to the area. Another preserved architectural treasure is Buena Vista, a circa1830 structure on the National Register of Historic Places. Legend has it that Andrew Jackson patterned the staircase at his home The Hermitage after visiting Buena Vista. To fully explore the Prattville area’s natural beauty, Wilderness Park is a must-see. Giant oriental bamboo plants soar 60 feet to form a canopy in the sky. The bamboo competes with native trees and shrubs to form this most unusual area, which also contains Alabama’s second largest beech tree. On the banks of the beautiful Alabama River, Cooter’s Pond Park features two boat ramps, docks, a riverwalk and pavilions. The name was taken from the Native American word “kutawh” meaning turtle. A popular, and usually quite productive, fishing hole by the same name abuts the park, which also features a “pick and eat” nut grove with pecans and other nuts available for sampling. The Park has been home to the BassMaster Elite 50 and many other local, state and regional angling events.

Another place that begs a visit is Prattville’s huge Bass Pro Shop, an outdoor enthusiast’s dream-come-true, with cascading waterfalls, fish aquariums, a restaurant, fudge shop and retail space galore. Downtown Delights The Daniel Pratt Historic District in downtown has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1984. Pratt’s careful planning resulted in a pleasing and efficient layout of manufacturing, retail businesses, churches, schools and residences. The rest of downtown retains much of this same feel and has been reinvigorated in recent years, now boasting locally owned shops and boutiques, restaurants and more. The Creekwalk is nestled along the banks of Autauga Creek and winds through a portion of the historic downtown area. Heritage Park offers a great view of Pratt’s dream showcased in the Autauga Creek Dam and the Pratt Manufacturing Complex, which is still in operation today as Continental Eagle. The Grass Is Greener World-class golf is played on the rolling fairways and picture-perfect greens at Prattville’s Capitol Hill, the crown jewel of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. An adjacent state-of-the-art conference center and hotel, Prattville Marriott at Capitol Hill, offers excellent amenities for business groups and individuals. The LPGA Navistar Classic golf tournament has been played at Capitol Hill since 2007. Last year, over 50,000 people attended the event. Looking Ahead Arthur outlined the reason behind his city’s enthusiasm about the future. “We are excited by our community’s unlimited potential and continued opportunities for growth,” he said. Indeed, Prattville is definitely “on the grow.” Yet, it is the linkage of its roots, its present success and a confident vision of the future that make Prattville the unique city it is. “There is no shortage of pride when we talk about Prattville,” Arthur said. “Combine our rich history, our quality of life and our focus on the future, and it all adds up to success. We are a community that is moving forward, and the best is yet to come.”

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City of Millbrook

Getting Bigger & Better H As more and more people discover the allure of the good life in Millbrook, the community spirit of this close-knit city is flourishing On the Grow Numbers don’t lie. And the numbers surrounding Millbrook, Montgomery’s neighbor to the north, are rising higher by the day. The city consistently ranks among the fastest growing cities in Alabama, with its estimated 2011 population of 14,639 in the incorporated area representing a 41-percent increase since 2000. An additional estimated 21,175 people reside in the surrounding unincorporated areas and in the neighboring municipalities of Coosada, Deatsville and Elmore. This influx of new residents has spurred unprecedented residential building in recent decades, which in turn attracted new commercial and retail development. City leaders are thrilled with Millbrook’s growth and diligently work to make sure that services meet and exceed needs. “I feel it is my responsibility as Mayor to ensure public services keep pace with the demands created by rapid growth,” said Mayor Al

Kelley. Recent actions taken to achieve this include the construction in 2012 of a new facility to serve the police and court departments, a major utility infrastructure upgrade made possible by a grant, continued investment in city parks, development of a multi-lane corridor connecting the city’s northern and southern arteries, new vehicles and equipment for police and fire departments, and expansion of street and maintenance services. “Experienced and knowledgeable city employees consistently show that they are equal to the tasks placed before them and deliver city services efficiently and professionally,” Mayor Kelley added. Community Counts Yet numbers and building projects alone don’t tell Millbrook’s real story or reveal its true essence. For most residents, the intangibles are more important and are best described by one word: “community.” According to Mayor

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Kelley, “Community is what ranks close to the top among those things that must be maintained. Community in Millbrook is the kindred spirit, the thread that binds all of us together. It is the annual barbeques, parades and fireworks shows. For those who live it, breathe it and expect it, it is dear and important. This sense of community and the high quality of life it provides is also one of my responsibilities, and I take it very seriously.” To ensure that community is not lost to growth and to maintain the simplicity of a quiet, relaxing, safe and healthy lifestyle, the city readily invests in parks and recreation and civic facilities and venues. The city’s continuing support of local public schools and youth, which takes many forms including both in-kind services and financial contributions to building improvements and academic programs, further enhances the spirit of community. Out & About The great outdoors plays a prominent role in Millbrook’s quality of life, with nature’s beauty celebrated at six wellequipped and maintained public parks that provide recreational options for all ages. Ongoing improvements keep the Village Green, Millbrook’s oldest park, a popular community gathering place, and it is the venue for annual events including the Millbrook Farmers Market, the Spirit of Christmas Parade and the Mardi Gras Parade & Festival. The Pines municipal golf course welcomes experienced and novice golfers. Multiple other outdoor activities are enjoyed at facilities at nearby lakes and waterways. The Alabama River is easily accessed from Highway 143, and scenic Lakes Martin and

Jordan are a short drive via Alabama Highways 14 and 143. Creeks meander throughout the city and public parks, and natural ponds dot the landscape in neighborhoods and on small farms. The most significant asset in the Millbrook area is the Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF). Its headquarters are located on the grounds of the historic Lanark estate only one mile from city hall, and there, AWF is building a top-notch conservation education facility called The Alabama Nature Center. Already in place are miles of diverse nature trails, a pavilion and exceptional programs and events for schools and the public including nature photography classes, gardening workshops, kids’ fishing rodeos and more. Millbrook is dedicated to continuing the growth of the local economy and expanding outdoor activities. In recent years, the City of Millbrook and local sponsors, including the Alabama Wildlife Federation, the Millbrook Area Chamber of Commerce and the Elmore County Commission, hosted both the state and the national championship Crappie Masters fishing tournaments. The Sum of These Parts In addition to all of these attributes, Millbrook has easy access to Interstates 65 and 85, job opportunities and the additional services of nearby Montgomery. This combination means Millbrook residents readily enjoy the best of all worlds. With so much to offer and much more to come, the essence of community in this city is only improving with growth.

Activity All Year Long Millbrook’s Annual Events The Millbrook Farmer’s Market Tuesdays in June, July and August, on the Village Green SummerFest Friday, July 27, 2012, The Pines Golf Course The Spirit of Christmas Parade & Festival Saturday, December 1, 2012 The Millbrook Revelers Mardi Gras Parade & Festival Saturday, February 11, 2012

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If you call yourself the “Treasure on the Tallapoosa,” you’d better have what it takes to back that claim up. With its rich history, scenic beauty and current progress that points to a bright future, the city of Tallassee in Elmore County has plenty to be proud of and more than enough to back any boast.

Indians, Industry & More Bisected by the Tallapoosa River, this small town begins its long list of pros with a convenient location. It’s only 10 minutes from Interstate I-85 and just 20 minutes from Montgomery. Tallassee is also known for its storied Native American history. The roots of the area’s Indian heritage run deep; Tallassee is the location of the Creek Indian nation’s capital, Tukabatchee. One notable site is the Council Tree where Chief Tecumseh made his famous speech at the start of the Creek Indian Removal in 1811. The original tree burned down

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in the 1930s, but another council tree was planted in its place and is still there. This year marks the 200th anniversary of Tecumseh’s speech, and the city will commemorate the event with several special activities, including a dramatic play. The area’s strong Civil War heritage is woven into its industrial past. Tallassee was once home to three major textile mills situated on the banks of the river. One held the distinction of being the longest running mill in the country until its closure in the late 1990s, producing fabrics at the time of the Spanish-American War all the way up to the first Iraq war. Another of the mills was used as an armory during the Civil War to produce the Tallassee carbine rifle. Despite their best efforts, Union troops never reached it, and today it is the only Confederate armory still standing. Tallassee also has one of the largest original mill villages in existence. While these mills are currently silent, Tallassee is actually the industrial hub of the county, with over 21 industries located in the city, including Neptune Technologies, GKN Aerospace and several Tier-1 Hyundai suppliers. “We are a small, but growing city,” said Jeanna Kervin with the Tallassee Chamber of Commerce. And the old mills are about to be buzzing with life once again, according to Kervin. “We are in the beginning stages of developing our Riverfront and Entertainment district around the mills,” she said. “This area will include an amphitheater, a Creek Indian heritage museum, walking paths plus a hotel and conference center.”

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Education Innovation Tallassee’s schools are another point of pride for the city, consistently out-ranking others in the area thanks in part to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. The “community” environment of the school system also contributes to its success. “Everything is really intertwined and integrated,” Kervin said. “The same kid on the wrestling team is also in the band.” The system puts emphasis on arts and especially music, with the largest high school choral group and largest men’s choral group in the sate as well as an award-winning band and a jazz band. The Great Outdoors A noticeable hallmark of Tallassee is the carefree lifestyle it affords both residents and visitors with the Tallapoosa River running through it and the clean, blue-green waters of Lake Martin practically in its backyard. “Our natural resources are bountiful,” Kervin said. “We have great hunting, fishing, lots of walking trails and all kinds of ways to enjoy being in nature.” Fish, ski or just relax on the banks at Lake Talisi, a man-made lake created by Alabama Power Company’s hydroelectric dams on the Tallapoosa River. Trophy-size largemouth and striped bass are plentiful, and ample public access means everyone can enjoy a day on the water. Or you can pedal your way through some of the state’s most striking rural scenery on the cycling road route linking Tallassee to Wetumpka on Rifle Range Road. If a motorized bike is more your speed, check out Monster Mountain, one of bestdesigned motorcross tracks in the country with impressive elevation changes and a flowing layout that draws riders from all over North America. Living Well In addition to easy access to outdoor recreation, a relaxed, “hometown” feeling hangs in the air in Tallassee, adding a lot to the city’s already abundant appeal. “It’s kind of like ‘Cheers’ here; everybody knows your name,” Kervin said. “We are a close-knit community that’s really more like a big family.”

Annual Events Get in on the fun of festivals and other Tallassee happenings, visit www.tallasseechamber.com June — Tallassee Now! July — Sweet Summer Night XVII October — “Tecumseh at Tuckabatchee” November — Battles for the Armory

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Tuskegee

Home of Heroes H This unique city’s deep-rooted history spanning three cultures has given rise to some of the most famous names of the last century.

There must be something special in the soil in Tuskegee, Alabama. This city in the east-central region of the state has produced some of the country’s most notable scientists, an entire group of war heroes, iconic civil rights leaders and a Grammy-winning, multi-platinum-album-recording musician. A visit to Tuskegee gives you the chance to explore and better understand the important contributions of them all. A Foundation of Education Tuskegee was founded in 1833 by General Thomas Simpson Woodward who fought in the Indian Wars under Andrew Jackson. It was probably named after an Indian tribe, the Taskigis, who lived in the area. Tuskegee was also home to the Channuanugee, Chehaws and Tallassee Native American tribes. The City was incorporated in 1843. From the beginning, education has played a major role in Tuskegee’s story. The first law school in Alabama was located in Tuskegee, and today Tuskegee ranks fifth in Alabama of cities having the highest percentage of college graduates. But the real jewel in the city’s crown is the famed Tuskegee University, founded as the Tuskegee Institute, the setting where the careers of two amazing men would unfold and thrive. In 1881, at just 25 years old, Booker T. Washington arrived in Alabama and started building the Tuskegee Institute both in reputation and literally brick by brick. He recruited the best and the brightest to come and teach at the school, including George Washington Carver. Carver’s innovations in agriculture, especially with peanuts, revolutionized agriculture and expanded Tuskegee’s standing throughout the country.  Carver came to Tuskegee to direct the Institute’s department of agriculture at the behest of Washington in 1896. Through his research and experiments he devised methods for better soil management and crop production that helped farmers all over the world improve their practices, and therefore, their business. He also developed products derived from peanuts, sweet potatoes and soybeans, and found 300 derivative products from peanuts—things like ink, dyes, plastics, wood stains, soap, linoleum, medicinal oils and cosmetics. When the boll weevil threatened to take cotton farmers under in 1914, Carver’s research helped save the struggling agricultural industry across the South. In 1940, Carver donated his life

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savings to the establishment of the Carver Research Foundation at Tuskegee for continuing research in agriculture. A tour of today’s Tuskegee University campus, also known as the Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site, includes buildings that were built by Tuskegee Institute students and designed by Robert R. Taylor, the first African-American graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Exhibits, interpretive programs and two introductory films on the many accomplishments of George Washington Carver and Booker T. Washington can be found at the George Washington Carver Museum. You can also visit “The Oaks,” Booker T. Washington’s Queen-Anne-style home. www.nps. gov/tuin/index.htm The Real “Red Tails” Hollywood brought the heroic exploits of the Tuskegee Airmen roaring to life in the recent blockbuster film, “Red Tails.” The movie is based on fact. Despite continued segregation in the military, in 1941 during World War II, the Army Air Corps formed the first all-black unit of combat pilots at The Tuskegee Institute. The pilots who trained there from 1941 to 1946 became known as the Tuskegee Airmen. Now, the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site pays tribute to the dedication of these men, and visitors to the site are invited to share the pride of the “Tuskegee Experience.” The site features aircraft exhibits, films and other memorabilia memorializing the Airmen and their accomplishments. www.nps.gov/tuai/index.htm The Hit Maker One of modern music’s most prolific and successful artists

Must See Sites In addition to exploring the Tuskegee University campus, the George Carver Museum and the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, take the time to visit these sites. The Tuskegee Human and Civil Rights Multicultural Center: When it comes to Tuskegee’s rich, diverse history, one spot has it all. The Center shares the area’s stories, focused on the multicultural history of Macon County’s three distinct peoples -- Native American, European American and African American -- and how they have shaped and transformed America. Three major galleries highlight the shared heritage of these cultures with interactive exhibits. The Tuskegee Syphilis Studies exhibit explores one of the most tragic episodes in American History. The Civil Rights gallery takes visitors along for the epic journey of African Americans in Tuskegee and Macon County that were striving for Civil Rights and public integration. www.tuskegeecenter.org The Tuskegee Heritage Museum: This museum houses artifacts from the Creek Indians as well as items relating to the Tuskegee Airmen and Tuskegee Institute. An 1850s-era farm display highlights the area’s agricultural heritage. 334-727-6200

Who knew? Tom Joyner, one of the first African-American National Syndicated Radio Talk show hosts and the son of a Tuskegee Airman is from Tuskegee. Lonnie G. Johnson, inventor of the Super Soaker Water Gun, is an engineering graduate from Tuskegee University. And noted African-American writer Zora Neale Hurston was born in nearby Notasulga, located in Macon County.

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was born and raised in Tuskegee. Lionel Richie may be best known for his ‘80s pop hits like “Dancing on the Ceiling,” “Hello” and “All Night Long,” but he was a founding member of The Commodores in the 1970s and in between his band days and his solo singing career, he wrote multiple songs recorded by other musicians. Kenny Rogers’ major hit, “Lady,” a song that sits at No. 47 on Billboard’s All Time Top 100 Songs, was penned by Richie. His newest album is, as expected, another hit. Entitled “Tuskegee,” it pays homage to his home and his country roots with 13 of his most popular songs re-recorded as duets with some of today’s hottest country music stars.

Tuskegee Airmen “By the Numbers” 1,200: Number of missions the Tuskegee Airmen flew for the 99th, 100th, 301st, and 302nd Fighter Squadrons under 12th Air Force. 311: Number of missions the 332d Fighter Group under 15th Air Force flew between June 1944 and May 1945. 112: Number of aerial victories the 99th Fighter Squadron and the 332d Fighter Group had during World War II. 96: Number of Distinguished Flying Crosses awarded to the 332d Fighter Group or its squadrons. 4: Number of different aircraft types flown by The Tuskegee Airmen in combat (the P-40, P-39, P-47 and P-51).

Who knew? Tuskegee has been a prominent figure in two centuries of American and Alabama history, including the Civil Rights era. During the struggle, the city was a safe haven for many civil rights activists on the front lines of the fight. Rosa Parks, the humble seamstress who sparked it all, was born in Tuskegee. Famed Civil Rights Attorney for Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. Fred Gray currently calls Tuskegee home.

Annual Events Annual George Washington Carver Arts and Crafts Festival The George Washington Carver Arts and Crafts Festival, held the second Saturday in May on Tuskegee University’s campus, was created in recognition of Dr. Carver’s first love, art. This daylong event encourages artistic expression through music, dance, paintings, sculpture, crafts, vendors and other family oriented activities like a petting zoo.

Memorial Day Fly-In This three-day event is sponsored by the Negro Airmen International and held every Memorial Day weekend. The fly-in features black pilots from virtually every state who participate in aviation safety seminars, competitive navigation, pylon racing and aerobatic demonstrations.

Annual Carver Sweet Potato Festival Held every third Saturday in October in the town square, the festival commemorates the memory of Dr. Carver and his sweet potato research. Sweet potato growers gather to share cultivation tips, showcase new products, enter their products in competition, and, yes, to sell sweet potatoes. Visit www.tuskegeeareachamber.org


Proud Partners Maxwell Air Force Base contributes much to Montgomery, and the capital city welcomes members of the military and their families to the community. It’s a mutually beneficial relationship that’s is key to the area’s prosperity. to staff local events, assist local charities, plant trees, tutor area students, hold and participate in blood drives, food drives, park and public school clean-up efforts and more. Also thanks to the presence of the base, Montgomery has grown to become a hub of military aviation advancements and information technology.

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little over a century ago, man conquered the laws of gravity. In 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright made the dream of flight a reality when their bi-plane soared above the sands in Kittyhawk, North Carolina, for 12 seconds, covering 120 feet. After many more flights going longer and farther, on March 26, 1910, the brothers established the nation’s first civilian flying school in Montgomery at Wright Field, and the first powered flight in Alabama took place. Though the Wright’s school lasted only a short time, it set the stage for exciting things to come in Montgomery, most notably the establishment of Maxwell Air Force Base at the very same place that witnessed the state’s first flight. In the early 1930s, the Army Air Corps Tactical School moved to Maxwell Field, and Montgomery became the country’s intellectual center for airpower education.

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Now, Air University at Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base continues to educate tomorrow’s planners and leaders in air, space and cyberspace power for the Air Force, as well as other branches of the U.S. armed forces, federal government civilians and international organizations.

Montgomery is happy to have the base and everyone associated with it here and shows its appreciation in various ways including the work of The Wright Flyers, an organization of The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce dedicated to furthering the spirit of cooperation and support. Today, the relationship between Montgomery and Maxwell-Gunter AFB continues to grow and strengthen, benefitting both.

Ever since Maxwell-Gunter AFB located in the capital city, a beneficial relationship has flourished, a true partnership that benefits those stationed at the base as well as Montgomery and River Region residents. Base personnel contribute to the local economy simply by being here — MaxwellGunter AFB has an estimated annual economic impact of approximately $1.5 billion on the River Region, and that number is growing. Most of them go a step further though, donating their time and talents to give back to the community. Airmen stationed at the base routinely volunteer Dreamland BBQ: 10% off Garrett’s: 10% off La Jolla: 20% off food for military & guest Moe’s: 10% off The Olive Room: 10% off ROUX: 10% off & 20% off on Friday Saza’s Restaurant: 10% off The Tipping Point: 10% off

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In 1910, famous fathers of flight Wilbur and Orville Wright established the country’s first civilian school for powered aviation here in Montgomery.

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EXTEND YOUR STAY. Cool place to Visit. Cool Place to Live.

Montgomery offers everything you’d expect in a big city — from world-class arts and theater to state-of-the-art health care and vibrant retail — coupled with a small-town charm seldom found in a city of this size. Here are few fast facts to help you get to know Montgomery: Location: In central Alabama at the intersection of Interstate Highway 85 (east and west) and Interstate Highway 65 (north and south), Montgomery is 164 miles southwest of Atlanta, 92 miles south of Birmingham, and 155 miles north of Mobile and the Gulf of Mexico. Approximately one-third of the population of the United States lives within a 600-mile radius of Montgomery. Population: Montgomery Metro Area, 374,536
 Government: Montgomery’s municipal affairs are directed by a nine-member City Council and a mayor who are elected for terms of four years. The Montgomery County Commission consists of five members elected to four-year terms. Economy at a Glance: Montgomery is a city of vast economic diversity, with state government, a major military installation, regional government, wholesale/retail trade, agricultural support and industry providing a well-balanced economic environment. The city also serves as a wholesaling and distribution gateway to the southeast in addition to the 22-county central Alabama area. Visit www.montgomerychamber.com for more relocation information.

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Get Out and Get Around! Transportation Now that you’re in Montgomery, you’ve still got plenty of places to go and things to see! Lucky for you, the capital city has several pretty cool ways to get from here to there. Capitol City Carriage Service

What better way to see scenic downtown Montgomery than from a horse-drawn carriage? Sit back and relax while professional and knowledgeable drivers provide you with historical facts and share the wonderful stories of our city. Or, upon request, they’ll let you enjoy a quiet, romantic ride with that special someone. www.capitolcitycarriage.com or call 334-221-2336

THE DOWNTOWN Trolley

All aboard! Hop on a Trolley for passage to Montgomery’s attractions and destinations in downtown. Catch it at the Montgomery Area Visitor Center Monday – Saturday. 334-262-0013

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