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Event-Full Our calendar’s action-packed

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Culture, history, family fun: Explore it all

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ISSUE 03 • WINTER-SPRING 2012

The Guide Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce President Randall L. George

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

Editor Jina Clark

Managing Editor Jennifer Kornegay

Assistant Editor Morgan Berney

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Montgomery Area Visitor Center information

Details on dining out

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

Detailed maps for getting around

Have your gathering or group event here

Details on hotel options

Art Director Bryan Carter

Design Brad Jackson

Features

Photography Carter Photography & Design Mark Dauber Stephen Poff Ellen Dutton

Sales Team Pam Mashburn Stacie Berry Donna Hughes

The Official 2012 Montgomery & The River Region Visitor Guide 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

www.VisitingMontgomery.com www.facebook.com/montgomerycvb For advertising information, questions or comments, contact: exploreMedia 7956 Vaughn Rd #331 Montgomery, AL 36116 (334) 201.8787 info@exploreMedia.org © Copyright 2012 exploreMedia and the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitor Bureau. All rights reserved. For additional visitor information, contact: Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Convention & Visitor Bureau 300 Water St. Suite 200A, Montgomery AL 36104 334-261-1100 • 800-240-9452 Cover Photography by Carter Photography & Design

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28 The Beat is On

9 Things We Love

31 Free Family Fun

10 History Happened Here

46 Farm to Table

12 Do as the Locals Do

47 Shop ’til You Drop

14 Taste of Montgomery

57 Moving Along

26 Montgomery Legends

65 The River Region

A few of our favorite annual events

So many reasons to visit Montgomery

The Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement

Montgomery residents share insider secrets

Take a bite of our diverse culinary scene

Country music superstar, Hank Williams

Discover why downtown is a hot spot

Enjoy it all for nothing

Montgomery’s urban farms

Take your trip home

Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama tour

Wetumpka, Pike Road, Prattville, Millbrook


GO and do! No matter when you visit, or where your interests lie, we’ve got something to get you going. Check out these annual favorites. WINTER January-March 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’ as well as the Miracle Rodeo that allows handicapped and special needs children to interact with the cowboys and rodeo animals.

SPRING April-June The UWP-IJSBA Watercross National Tour makes a big splash when it stops in the capital city each May. Spectators experience exciting, fanfriendly personal watercraft action on The Alabama River complete with closed-course racing as well as the bigair jumps and stunts found in freestyle competition. 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 by working with actors, directors, dramaturges and an audience. Let your child’s (and your own!) imagination run wild at the Montgomery

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Museum of Fine Arts’ Flimp Festival. This interactive event highlights art and encourages creativity.

Karrie Webb, Paula Creamer and others have played in the past.

Celebrate our city with us during Jubilee CityFest and Bama’s Big Bang. This musical extravaganza features today’s top national artists and bands along with local musicians on several stages scattered downtown. Other activities like a 5k run, Brew Fest and Kids’ Fest make for a weekend full of fun all day and into the night. It’s all topped off with the pop and sparkle of a huge fireworks show.

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 to see who can finish first. Each team pays to participate and a portion of this money goes to two local charities. The festival boasts other activities as well, including a kids’ area.

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In the mood for music? Don’t miss The Montgomery Symphony Orchestra’s “Broadway Under the Stars,” a free, outdoor concert on the grounds of the Wynton Blount Cultural Park that features favorite Broadway tunes performed by moonlight. Bring a blanket, lawn chairs, picnic basket and cooler and settle in for an evening of beautiful melodies and fresh air.

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 that traverses through downtown, the Old Cloverdale neighborhood and more.

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 the River Region to play at the Robert Trent Jones Capitol Hill course and compete for major prize money and prestige. Greats like Lorena Ochoa,

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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. Tickets include a commemorative wine glass, discounts on wine purchases, food sampling and live music as well as discounts on tickets for a special wine cruise aboard the Harriott II Riverboat.


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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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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

Your Source for Everything Southern Stop in for memorable gifts with a Southern accent. Montgomery’s most unique shopping experience for locally crafted artwork, Alabama food products, clothing with Southern attitude & so much more. 300 Water Street, Historic Union Station | Mon–Sat 8:30am-5pm | 334.261.1121

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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 many and varied 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 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 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 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.

The reasons to make your way to Montgomery are many and varied, but since we can’t possibly list them all, here are some of the very best.

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 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 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 Cheesy Chow: Do your taste buds a favor and fill up on a good-n-greasy cheeseburger from Hamburger King downtown. 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 strawberry 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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History Happened Here Take a stroll down a single street — Dexter Avenue —

Explorer Hernando deSoto staked a Spanish flag on the banks of the Alabama River near the spot that would later become Montgomery.

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In the Winter Building on Dexter Avenue the orders to fire the first shot of the Civil War were signed and sent via telegram.

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in America’s history. In 1819, when the city of Montgomery was established on the banks of the Alabama River, it made its very first mark on the timeline of history. It would certainly not be its last. In the almost two centuries since, this city steeped in Southern charm has been the site of events and accomplishments that changed our country. Named for Revolutionary War hero General Richard Montgomery, Montgomery came to be after two rival towns, Alabama Town, founded by General John Scott, and New Philadelphia, founded by Andrew Dexter, joined forces and merged into one new city. Dexter harbored a grand vision for the city’s future, and set aside a hilltop, called Goat Hill, to one day be the location of Alabama’s capitol building. Thanks to a thriving cotton trade in the area, Montgomery grew and prospered, living up to Dexter’s dream in 1846, when it replaced Tuscaloosa as the state’s capital. Today, Dexter Avenue, named in honor of Andrew Dexter, bisects the center of downtown Montgomery and terminates at the majestic dome of the State Capitol building. This street has seen more than its fair share of history unfold upon it, and it is here that we start our journey through the city’s rich and turbulent past.

Jefferson Davis Inauguration Start by visiting the Capitol building, and look for the brass star at the top of the marble steps. Close your eyes, and imagine for a moment the scene that took place in that exact spot on 150 years ago. After the Southern states ceded from the Union and the Civil War began, Montgomery earned yet another “capital” designation when it was named Capital of the Confederate States of America. On Feb. 18, 1861, the president of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis, was sworn in while standing on the spot marked by the star.


The Court Square Fountain was placed in its current home at the center of Court Square.

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Wilbur and Orville Wright chose Montgomery to establish the country’s first civilian school for powered aviation, and their bi-plane arrived via train at Union Station, just around the corner from the Court Square Fountain.

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Martin Luther King Jr.’s last year to pastor Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, which today bears his name.

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The Lightning Route Look down the street toward beautiful Court Square Fountain. It was once a busy center of commerce, communication and transportation. In 1886, just a few decades after the Civil War ended, Montgomery became the first city in the United States (ahead of other major metropolitan areas) to install a citywide electric streetcar system called the Lightning Route. Dexter Avenue played a part in this prominent achievement, as one of the main lines on the route.

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Fast-forward almost 70 years and walk from the Capitol toward the Fountain. In 1955, like much of the country, Montgomery was heavily segregated by race. The injustice of the practice came into sharp focus when a middleaged seamstress named Rosa Parks refused to relinquish her seat to a white man on a city bus. She boarded that bus beside Court Square Fountain on Dexter Avenue and was arrested for her civil disobedience. Parks’ simple act of defiance was the spark that ignited the city-wide bus boycott, which kicked off the Civil Rights Movement that led to sweeping changes across the United States.

The Selma to Montgomery March Look back towards the Capitol and picture the wide avenue packed with people on a mission. Parks’ actions added fuel to the righteous passions of the young pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. He emerged as the leader of the Civil Rights Movement and in 1965, he organized and led a march of over 20,000 people from Selma to the Capitol building in Montgomery, leading the protestors right up Dexter Avenue.

Of course other streets and other areas of the city boast their own momentous occasions; Montgomery’s past is packed with too many stories and events to do them all justice here. Learn more by following one of the historical itineraries (see page 50) in this guide or by checking out www.visitingmontgomery.com.


When in Montgomery... Do As the Locals Do Some friendly capital city citizens share the faces, places and things they love in their hometown so you can enjoy them too.

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

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

What’s a “hidden gem” for outdoor enthusiasts visiting the River Region? The Alabama River is one of the best crappie and spotted bass fisheries in the United States. Formed by the convergence of the Coosa and Tallapoosa Rivers, it meanders all the way from Wetumpka to Mobile Bay. Numerous parks line the river and have hiking trails, boat access and parking as well as various camping spots. If you enjoy the great outdoors and would really like to land a large, two-pound-plus crappie, come visit us and come fishing. — Dan Dannenmueller, Crappie Masters Team Angler of the Year

What should visitors know about Prattville? That the city doesn’t end at the intersection of Cobbs Ford and McQueen Smith roads. They need to venture further in and discover our historic and charming 1800s-era downtown. There are some great locally owned shops and restaurants all tucked into architecturally interesting buildings. — Charlann Jones, Treasurer of Prattville Downtown Unlimited

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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? I like going to Blount Cultural Park and feeding the ducks and playing catch. And, I can’t wait to go to the skateboard park downtown and practice my tricks. — TJ Knight, age 7

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

What are the best places for children to learn about Montgomery’s past? Montgomery is so rich in history! From the State Capitol, Old Alabama Town and Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church to the National Center for Civil Rights and African-American Culture at ASU, Greenwood Cemetery and Freedom Rides Museum, the past comes to life here, and there is always plenty for children to learn, see and do. — Barbara Thompson, Superintendent of Montgomery Public Schools


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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.”

Sa Za Serious Italian Food Sa Za is a feast for the senses. See the bold colors, exposed brick walls and eye-catching artwork. Hear the energy in the open kitchen. Smell the herbs, spices and other fresh ingredients like San Marzano tomatoes. And taste authentic Italian masterpieces like Eggs in Purgatory, Stuffed Anaheim Hot Peppers as well as both traditional and specialty pizzas, many made from recipes handed down to the chef by his Italian grandmother. Traditional pastas are also a great choice. 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. Downtown 334-495-7292 • www.sazamontgomery.com

Nancy’s Italian Ice 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 soft-serve 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

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The Deli at Alley Station

Chris’ Hot Dogs

Dreamland BBQ

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. Downtown

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. Downtown

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. Downtown

334-265-6850 • www.chrishotdogs.com

334-273-7427 • www.dreamlandbbq.com/Montgomery

334-263-2922 • www.alleystationdeli.com

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Baumhower’s Restaurant

The Tipping Point

The Exchange

With two locations in Montgomery, Baumhower’s Restaurants focus on freshness and fun. These casual, sports-themed 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 Mojo-marinated, char-grilled with lemon pepper and served with their worldfamous White BBQ sauce. If you are visiting downtown, be sure to stop in their location in the RSA Headquarters. Downtown

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. Downtown

334-260-9110 • www.tippingpointhampstead.com

334-263-8800 • www.baumhowers.com/montgomery

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Capitol Oyster Bar at the Marina

Cool Beans at the Cafe d’ Art

Cantina Tortilla Grill

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.” Downtown

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. Downtown

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. Downtown

334-239-8958 • www.capitoloysterbar.com

334-262-2339 • www.cantinatortillagrill.com

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Garrett’s 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. 334-396-9950 • www.garrettsartoffood.com

Neighborhood Restaurant Serving Classic Southern Cuisine Lunch • Dinner • Market

WWW.ROUXMONTGOMERY.COM 334.356.3814 • 503 CLOVERDALE ROAD

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ROUX

Sinclair’s

La Jolla

Nestled in the heart of Old Cloverdale near Montgomery’s historic Garden District, ROUX is a new 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 is the Ahi Tuna Spring Roll, a delicacy featuring fresh yellow tuna with spinach and wasabi wrapped and flash-fried to crispy perfection and served with soy-lime dipping sauce, pickled ginger and extra wasabi.

334-356-3814 • www.rouxmontgomery.com

334-271-7654 • www.sinclairsrestaurants.com

334-356-2600 • www.lajollamontgomery.com

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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............................. 22 Ala Thai East................................. 22 American Deli................................ 21 Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill........................ 22 Asia Bistro & Seafood................... 22 Baumhower’s Restaurant............. 25 Blue Moon Cafe............................. 24 Bombay Masala............................. 22 Bonefish Grill................................ 23 Buffalo Wild Wings........................ 25 Buffet City.................................... 22 Cafe Louisa................................... 22 Cafe M.......................................... 22 California Yogurt Kraze................ 22 Capitol Oyster Bar........................ 24 Carrabba’s Italian Grill.................. 23 Chappy’s Deli................................ 22 Charles Anthony’s Restaurant at the Pub.................. 25 Cheezie’s Pizza............................. 23 Chili’s............................................ 22 Chophouse at Vintage Year.......... 23 CiCi‘s Pizza................................... 23 City Grill & Next Door.................... 23 City Limits Bar & Grill.................... 22 Corsino’s Italian Restaurant......... 23 Country’s Barbecue...................... 22 Cracker Barrel.............................. 24 Cuco’s........................................... 23 Derk‘s Filet & Vine........................ 24 Dreamz......................................... 22 East China..................................... 22 Eastbrook Cafe............................. 24 Eastside Grille.............................. 24 The Egg & I.................................... 22 El Paso Chili Company.................... 21 El Rey Burrito Lounge................... 24 Ezell’s........................................... 24 Farmhouse Kitchen....................... 25 Five Guys Burgers & Fries.............. 21

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Flips Uptown Grill.......................... 21

Nancy’s Italian Ice........................ 22

32 Degrees, A Yogurt Bar............. 23

Fried Tomato Buffet..................... 25

No Way Jose Grill Cantina............. 24

Tipico De Mexico........................... 24

Garrett’s....................................... 23

Noodle Cafe.................................. 22

Tipping Point................................. 23

Golden Corral................................. 21

Odessa’s Blessings....................... 25

Tomatinos..................................... 23

Green Papaya............................... 22

Olive Garden................................. 23

Top China...................................... 22

Guthrie’s........................................ 21

Outback Steakhouse..................... 25

Varsity BBQ.................................. 22

Hibachi Sushi................................ 22

Panera Bread................................. 21

Wagon Wheel Cafe........................ 25

Honey Baked Ham.......................... 21

Peyton’s Place.............................. 25

Wingers Sports Grill...................... 25

Hungry Howie’s Pizza & Subs........ 23

Piccadilly Cafeteria....................... 21

Wings Xpress................................. 21

India Palace.................................. 22

Pizza Perfect................................ 23

Wishbone Cafe............................... 21

Island Delights.............................. 22

Red Lobster.................................. 24

Young Barn Pub & Oyster Bar....... 24

Ixtapa Bar & Grill.......................... 24

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers.......... 21

Zaxby’s.......................................... 21

Ixtapa Mexican Restaurant........... 24

Red’s Little School House............. 25

Zoe’s Kitchen................................ 23

Jalapenos Restaurant................... 24

Ric & Mos...................................... 25

Downtown Restaurants

Jason’s Deli................................... 21

Rock Bottom American Pub.......... 25

A Social Event/Bandanas.............. 24

Jim N Nicks Bar-B-Q..................... 22

Rooster’s...................................... 25

All City Coney Island Eatery.......... 22

Jubilee Seafood............................ 24

ROUX............................................. 23

Baumhower’s Restaurant

K&J Rib Shack............................... 22

Ruby Tuesday................................ 21

Downtown..................................... 25

Kabuki Japanese Steakhouse....... 22

Ruddle’s Pub Grill.......................... 21

Cantina ........................................ 23

Key Largo Bar & Grill.................... 25

Saigon Bistro................................ 22

Choices Restaurant...................... 22

King Buffet.................................... 22

Salsaritas...................................... 24

Chris’ Hotdogs.............................. 22

Korean Garden.............................. 22

Sam’s Bar-B-Que........................... 22

Cool Beans at Cafe De Art............. 22

La Zona Rosa................................ 24

San Marcos Mexican..................... 24

Courthouse Cafe............................ 21

La Jolla Restaurant...................... 23

Sarris’s......................................... 22

Cuco’s Express............................. 24

Las Salsas Mexican Cuisine........... 24

Satsuki.......................................... 22

Davis Cafe..................................... 24

Lek’s Taste of Thailand................. 22

Schlotzsky’s Deli............................ 21

Deli at Alley Station...................... 22

Longhorn Steakhouse................... 25

Shashy‘s Fine Foods..................... 22

Dreamland BBQ............................. 22

Los Cabos Cantina........................ 24

Shilla............................................. 22

The Exchange............................... 22

Los Ranchos.................................. 24

Sinclair’s....................................... 22

Farmers Market Cafe.................... 24

Los Vaqueros................................ 24

Smoothie King.............................. 22

Hamburger King............................. 21

Marco’s Pizza............................... 23

Sommer’s Place............................ 22

The House..................................... 23

Martin’s Restaurant...................... 25

Sophia’s BBQ................................. 22

Isaiah’s Restaurant....................... 25

Mellow Mushroom......................... 23

Steak Out....................................... 21

Lek’s Railroad Thai

Michael’s Table............................. 23

Stevi B’s Pizza.............................. 23

at Union Station............................ 22

Midori........................................... 22

Street Cafe................................... 22

Mama’s Sack Lunch To Go.............. 21

Midtown Pizza Kitchen ................. 23

Sundown East................................ 21

Montgomery’s Cafe

MiMi’s Cafe.................................... 21

The Super Buffet........................... 22

at Embassy Suites......................... 21

Ming’s Garden............................... 22

Sushi Café..................................... 22

Olive Room................................... 23

Miyako Japanese Steak

Sushi Yama................................... 22

Sa Za’s Serious Italian Food.......... 23

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Taqueria El Cantaro...................... 24

Scott Street Deli............................ 21

Moe’s Southwest Grill................... 24

Tenda Chick................................... 21

Smoothies & Things Cafe.............. 22

Momma Goldberg’s Deli................. 21

Texas Roadhouse.......................... 25

Stop & Sip Coffee........................... 21

Mr. G’s.......................................... 23

Thai Gratiem................................. 22

Wintzell’s Oyster House................ 24

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American American Deli

Ann St |971 334-262-6122 Lunch $ Dinner $ Courthouse Cafe 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 H 7220 EastChase Pkwy 334-239-7220 Lunch $ Dinner $

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

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Flips Uptown Grill

Vaughn Rd |7900 334-270-5559 Breakfast $ Lunch $ Dinner $

Golden Corral

Eastern Blvd |1480 334-532-0020 Breakfast $ Lunch $ Dinner $$ Guthrie’s 5376 Atlanta Hwy 334-396-8300 Lunch $ Dinner $

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Guthrie’s 7216 EastChase Pkwy 334-270-3331 Lunch $ Dinner $

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

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

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

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MiMi’s Cafe H

EastChase Pkwy |6814 334-271-0124

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Stop & Sip Coffee

Adams Ave |981 334-230-9989

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

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

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

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Montgomery’s Cafe at ­Embassy Suites H 300 Tallapoosa St 334-269-5055 Lunch $ Dinner $$ www.embassysuitesmontgomery.com

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Panera Bread

Eastern Blvd |2775 334-272-2122

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

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

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

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

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

Carter Hill Rd |2930 334-269-1800

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Mama’s Sack Lunch To Go

S Perry St |21334-265-5554

Ruby Tuesday

Eastern Blvd |1310 334-396-0224

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Tenda Chick

Atlanta Hwy |5951 334-260-8547 Lunch $ Dinner $ Wings Xpress

Woodmere Blvd |5780 334-244-7898 Lunch $ Dinner $

Wishbone Cafe H 61 Bridge St 334-356-4175 Closed: Sun–Mon Sat: Breakfast Only Breakfast $ Lunch $ Dinner $

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Atlanta Hwy |7028 334-244-7270

Closed: Sun Sat: Breakfast Only Breakfast $ Lunch $ Dinner $ Zaxby’s H 3130 Taylor Rd 334-481-0406 Lunch $ Dinner $

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Atlanta Hwy |6453 334-277-8066

King Buffet

Bell Rd |2727 334-273-8883 Lunch $ Dinner $

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Korean Garden

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

Vaughn Plaza Rd |2891 334-277-5685

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

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

Lek’s Taste of Thailand H

Atlanta Hwy |5421 334-244-8994 Closed: Sun Lunch $ Dinner $$

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

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

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

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

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Bombay Masala H 109 Eastern Blvd 334-272-8510 Lunch $ Dinner $$

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

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

Adams Ave |1055 334-269-1177

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

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

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Sophia’s BBQ

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

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

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Café 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

Montgomery St |115 334-269-3302

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Mulberry St |1700 334-263-7341

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Casual Dining All City Coney Island

Madison Ave |701 334-819-4100

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

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

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California Yogurt Kraze H

Zelda Rd |3010 334-356-3716

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Zelda Rd |3004 334-819-7060 Lunch $ Dinner $

Breakfast $ Lunch $ Dinner $ www.alleystationdeli.com

Dreamland BBQ H

Tallapoosa St |101 334-273-7427

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

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

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

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

Eastdale Cir |3526 334-354-3026

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McGehee Rd |3007H 334-281-1200

Country’s Barbecue

Zelda Rd |2610 334-262-6211

S Court St |4255 334-356-1368

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

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

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

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Commerce St |130A 334-263-2922

Shashy’s Fine Foods H

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

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

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Thai Gratiem

Minnie Brown Rd |8868 334-215-9960

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

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E South Blvd |2055 334-286-9200 Closed: Sun Breakfast $ Lunch $ Dinner $ Chappy’s Deli H 8139 Vaughn Rd 334-279-1226 Closed: Sun Breakfast $ Lunch $ Dinner $

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Dexter Ave |138 334-265-6850

Closed: Sun Lunch $ Dinner $ www.chrishotdogs.com City Limits Bar & Grill 3585 McGehee Rd 334-239-9130 Closed: Sun Lunch $ Dinner $

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

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The Exchange at Renaissance Montgomery Hotel H 201 Tallapoosa St 334-481-5165 Dinner $ www.renaissancemontgomery.com

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

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

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

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Sarris’s at the Station 9553 Vaughn Road 334-593-8322 Lunch $ Dinner $$

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Sinclair’s H 1051 E Fairview Ave 334-834-7462 Lunch $$ Dinner $$ www.sinclairsrestaurants.com

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Sinclair’s H 7847 Vaughn Rd 334-271-7654 Lunch $$ Dinner $$ www.sinclairsrestaurants.com

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

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Smoothies & Things Cafe 109 S Court St 334-241-0770 Breakfast $ Lunch $

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

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32 Degrees, A Yogurt Bar

EastChase Pkwy |7030 334-272-4773 Lunch $ Dinner $

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

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

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

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

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

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The House Restaurant at ­Renaissance Montgomery Hotel H 201 Tallapoosa St 334-481-5166 Breakfast $$ Lunch $$ Dinner $$ www.renaissancemontgomery.com

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

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

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

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ROUX H 503 Cloverdale Rd 334-356-3814 Sun: Brunch Lunch $$ Dinner $$ www.rouxmontgomery.com

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

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Zoe’s Kitchen

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

Zelda Rd |2960C 334-395-4698 Lunch $ Dinner $

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

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

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

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

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

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Corsino’s Italian Restaurant

S Court St |911 334-263-9752

Closed: Sat–Sun Lunch $ Dinner $$

Pizza Perfect

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

Hungry Howie’s Pizza & Subs

N Burbank Dr |113 334-272-2999 Lunch $ Dinner $

Hungry Howie’s Pizza & Subs

Carter Hill Rd |1712 334-262-8988 Lunch $ Dinner $

Sa Za’s Serious Italian Food H

Commerce St |130 334-495-7292 Lunch $$ Dinner $$ www.sazapizza.com Stevi B’s Pizza

Atlanta Hwy |5411 334-279-3112 Lunch $ Dinner $

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

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Vaughn Rd |7915 334-213-6443

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Tomatinos

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

Mexican Cantina H

Midtown Pizza Kitchen H

Zelda Rd |2940 334-399-0080

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Commerce St, Suite 103 |130 334-262-2339 Lunch $ Dinner $ cantinatortillagrill.com Cuco’s

Olive Garden

Eastern Blvd |2700 334-260-9220

Chantilly Pkwy Suite A |11123 334-271-3528 Lunch $ Dinner $

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Cuco’s Express H

Las Salsas Mexican Cuisine

Salsaritas H

Jubilee Seafood H

S Court St |31334-832-0081

Vaughn Rd |7921 334-260-9096

Vaughn Rd |8015 334-356-5430

Woodley Rd |1057 334-262-6224

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

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

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

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

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

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Los Vaqueros

Eastern Blvd |2195 334-277-8339

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

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Ixtapa Mexican Restaurant H Closed: Sun Lunch $ Dinner $ 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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Moe’s Southwest Grill 2900 Zelda Rd 334-273-9198 Lunch $ Dinner $

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

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Young Barn Pub and Oyster Bar

Lunch $ Dinner $ Atlanta Hwy |6132 334-272-5232

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

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

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Cracker Barrel

Boyd Cooper Pkwy |9191 334-244-1085 Breakfast $ Lunch $ Dinner $ Davis Cafe 518 N Decatur St 334-264-6015 Closed: Sat–Sun Breakfast $ Lunch $

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

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Eastbrook Cafe

Coliseum Blvd |520 334-272-2438

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Capitol Oyster Bar at The Marina H 617 Shady St 334-239-8958 Lunch $ Dinner $ www.capitoloysterbar.com

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

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

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Hank Williams

In 1937, a young boy named Hank Williams moved from Butler County, Alabama, to Montgomery with his Silvertone guitar in hand hoping to make it big. He performed a few songs in a small studio at WSFA radio where he had been hired to host and play on a new show. It was the first time his distinctive voice traveled the airwaves, but it would certainly not be the last. Over the course of just 16 years, Williams created country music classics that have been hailed by critics and fans alike as some of the most important songs of all time. The catchy, sometimes tragic, lyrics he penned set to the simple melodies he crafted and sung resonated with many. And through the last six decades, his songs have influenced countless country music stars, as well as artists in other genres, earning him icon status. During his short career, Williams racked up 11 No. 1 hits, and in 2010, the Pulitzer Prize Board recognized his contributions to our culture and awarded Williams

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a posthumous citation in honor of his lifetime achievement as a singer and songwriter. While his name is now known around the country and the world, Montgomery was the jumping-off point for his career and future success. Prior to his “15 minutes of fame� on WSFA radio, he won a talent show at the Empire Theatre in Montgomery (now the Rosa Parks Museum) and often shined shoes on the streets of downtown. Williams


frequented many Montgomery restaurants, and he was known to often write songs while sitting at the lunch counter in Chris’ Hot Dogs on Dexter Avenue. Things came full circle in the end for Hank, bringing him home to Montgomery. Right before his untimely death in 1953 at age 29, Williams played in public for the final time at Montgomery’s old Elite restaurant. He and his wife Audrey are buried in the Oakwood

“Williams racked up 11 No. 1 hits and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in honor of his lifetime achievement as a singer and a songwriter.” Annex Cemetery on the edge of downtown, both gravesites marked by giant granite music notes and Hank’s further embellished with a stone cowboy hat. Today, you can visit the Hank Williams Museum to see the Cadillac in which he took his infamous last ride and to learn more about his life and his music, including the huge impact he has had on some of today’s brightest music stars. Photos courtesy Chris’ Hot Dogs and the Hank Williams Museum

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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.

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Across from the convention center complex, the new Alley Entertainment District, 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 and was recently featured in Southern Living magazine. 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 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.

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

Montgomery Performing Arts Centre

Tallapoosa St, 36104 |201 334-481-5100

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. Downtown

Alabama Artists Gallery

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

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

Alabama Shakespeare Festival

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One Festival Dr, 36117 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 

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. Downtown

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. Downtown

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

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

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. Downtown

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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. Downtown

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. Downtown

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


Top 5 Free Express Yourself

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 art-related software. A mezzanine features an assortment of art-related books, games and puzzles. Admission to MMFA and ARTWORKS is free, but a donation of any size is always appreciated.

Capitol Idea

Alabama is a treasure trove of history—some of it tumultuous, all of it interesting—and you can get an up-close-and-personal experience with the state’s multi-

Family Fun Spots

There’s so much to do in Montgomery and quite a bit of it is yours for the taking. Check out these places that will entertain you and your family without requiring you to open your wallet. 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. Downtown

Splish Splash

Take in the Alabama River’s natural beauty with a visit to the Riverwalk. But when the tempera-

ture 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. Downtown

Pure Play

You’ll have a swinging good time at any of Montgomery’s playgrounds (map on page 44), but the abundance of swirling slides, monkey bars and more at Kiwanis Park (downtown) and Vaughn Rd Park promise an afternoon packed with endless action.

Say Moo

Turn on the imagination with the interactive exhibits and displays at the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association’s MOOseum. Kids and adults alike will walk away with fresh perspective on Alabama’s important agricultural heritage. Downtown While you’re downtown, stop in Tucker Pecan Co. and enjoy hand-dipped ice cream cones for a dollar, and sample the pecans while you’re there.

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

For information 800-240-9452

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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. Downtown

Alabama Department of Archives and History

Washington Ave, 36104 |624 334-242-4435

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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. Downtown

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Alabama Judicial Building

Dexter Ave, 36104 |300 334-229-0700

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. Downtown

Alabama State Capitol

Dexter Ave, 36104 |600 334-242-3935

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. Downtown

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

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. Downtown


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. Downtown

Dexter Avenue King­ ­Memorial Baptist Church

Dexter Ave, 36104 |454 334-263-3970

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. Downtown

Dexter Parsonage Museum

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

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. Downtown

First White House of the Confederacy

Washington Ave, 36104 |644 334-242-1861

www.firstwhitehouse.org

This house was Jefferson Davis’ home while Montgomery served as the Capital of the Confederate States of America and contains many of Davis’ personal belongings. Free admission. Open Mon – Fri, closed weekends and state holidays. Downtown

Governor’s Mansion

Perry St, 36104 |1142 334-834-3022

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

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. Downtown

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

Carter Hill Rd, 36106 |1345 334-229-4876

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

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. Downtown

St. John’s Episcopal Church

Madison Ave, 36104 |113 334-262-1937

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. Downtown

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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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

Montgomery Zoo

Coliseum Blvd, 36110 |2301 334-240-4900

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. Downtown

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 and a coming Sky-Lift will give visitors a bird’s eye view. While at the Zoo, don’t forget about the Mann Museum, with over 275 exhibits of wildlife. Admission charge. Open Mon – Sun.

Hyundai Motor ­Manufacturing Alabama

Hyundai Blvd, 36105 |700 334-387-8019

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

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. Downtown

W.A. Gayle Planetarium

Forest Ave, 36106 |1010 334-241-4799

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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Montgomery

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Get your game on here! Whatever you’re up to, the capital city is the perfect place to play. Montgomery Biscuits Baseball

Montgomery Alabama River Skate Park

Coosa St, 36104 |200 334-323-2255

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301 Bibb St, 36104 334-240-4561

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. Downtown

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 a fully stocked skate shop 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. Downtown

BASEBALL & SOFTBALL Buddy Watson Park

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1801 Taylor Rd, 36117 334-241-2300

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

Catoma Ball Fields

Mitchell Young Rd, 36108 |1780 334-241-2300

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

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

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BASKETBALL Dunn-Oliver Acadome

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

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

Montgomery East - AUM

Gateway Park Ball Field

Davenport Pkwy, 36108 |3800 334-284-7920

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

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

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 |250 334-241-2300

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

Paterson Field

Madison Ave, 36107 |1215 334-241-2300

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

Thompson Park

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

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

Cramton Bowl

Madison Ave, 36104 |1022 334-241-2300

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


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.

Multi-Purpose Facility

MOTORSPORTS Montgomery Motorsports Park

Opening summer 2012 Madison Ave, 36104 334-241-2300

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2600 N Belt Dr, 36110 334-260-9660

This brand new 90,000-square-foot indoor sports facility will be constructed 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. Downtown

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

SOCCER Emory Folmar YMCA Soccer Complex

Montgomery Motorsports Speedway

Booth Rd, 36108 |480 334-262-6101

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.

TENNIS

Brown Springs Rd, 36117 |300 334-244-3000

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

This new facility will include eight lit soccer fields along with two stadium fields. Renovations to the facility should be completed by fall 2012.

MULTI-PURPOSE Garrett Coliseum

Federal Dr, 36107 |1555 334-242-5597

Lagoon Park Tennis Center

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

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

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.

Anderson St, 36107 |500 334-240-4884

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

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

Cottonwood Golf Club

Byron Nelson Blvd, 36116 |7160 334-281-3344

Lagoon Park Golf Course

Lagoon Park Dr, 36109 |2855 334-271-7000

www.playmontgomerygolf.com

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

Emerald Mountain Golf Club

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

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

Gateway Park Golf Course

Davenport Pkwy, 36105 |3800 334-284-7920

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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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.

Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail–Cambrian Ridge

Sunbelt Pkwy |101 Greenville, AL 36037

Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail– Capitol Hill

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

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.

334-382-9787

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

Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail–Grand National

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

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

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Tallapoosa Lakes Golf Course

Dozier Rd, 36117 |1501 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.

Who knew? The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail is regularly ranked by national magazines like GOLF and Golf Digest as some of the best and most affordable public golf anywhere in the country. Visitors who’ve been bitten by the golf bug are lucky: three of the stops on the famed trail are within an hour’s drive.


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night Life

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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.

Drink It All In 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. • Relax in the spacious covered outdoor area and sip a tasty Bellringer at the Exchange Bar. 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.

La Jolla

EastChase Pkwy, 36117 |6854 334-356-2600

Enjoy delicious cocktails, a wide variety of wines and other libations at this sophisticated establishment.

Capitol Oyster Bar at The Marina

Shady St, 36104 |617 334-239-8958

www.capitoloysterbar.com

The Capitol Oyster Bar overlooks the beautiful Alabama River and downtown and boasts a comfortable covered deck with a scenic view. Live entertainment Thurs - Sun.

Fronduti’s Bar N Grill

Dozier Rd, 36117 |1501 334-260-4399

In the heart of Old Cloverdale, 1048 Jazz and Blues Club has live music every night in a relaxed atmosphere.

Find great fun, food and atmosphere at this bar and grill on the golf course with live music and bigscreen TVs.

Blue Byrd’s

Head on the Door

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6804 Atlanta Hwy, 36117 334-356-4690

This premier hotspot features nightly events from poker to live bands.

Bud’s

E Fairview Ave, 36106 |1018 334-356-3866

This neighborhood sports bar is cool and casual in Old Cloverdale.

Eastside Grille

Atlanta Hwy, 36117 |6667 334-274-1200

This full-service upscale restaurant and bar features live entertainment every Wed–Sat.

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5028 Vaughn Rd, 36116 334-270-1928

This capital city nightclub kicks the nightlife scene into another gear.

It’ll Do Tavern

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

This friendly watering hole features live entertainment every Thurs-Sun.

Dalraida Rd, 36109 |1343 334-272-1401

Key Largo Bar & Grill is a leisurely spot with live entertainment. Located at the back gate of Gunter Air Force Base.

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Dreamland BBQ www.dreamlandbbq.com

Enjoy 24 beers on tap along with live entertainment.

Pine Bar

Cloverdale Rd, 36106 |501 334-239-9061

Locals gather after work at this friendly, pub-like bar in Old Cloverdale.

Rock Bottom American Pub

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2430 Eastern Blvd, 36117 334-239-7625

You’ll find it all at “the Bottom”: Food, sports and fun.

The Tipping Point

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

www.tippingpointhampstead.com

Key Largo Bar & Grill

Commerce St, 36104 |166 334-387-3333

Tallapoosa St, 36104 |101 334-273-7427

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

1048 Jazz & Blues Club

AlleyBar

This lively entertainment spot located in The Alley is the place to be downtown.

• At AlleyBar, the action heats up when you get cold. Don a faux fur coat (in a situationappropriate “alley cat” print) and enter the city’s only frozen shot room, where your drink is served in a shot glass made of ice.

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

Downtown

www.lajollamontgomery.com

Go for the coffee and sandwiches during the day; stay for great beer and wine during the city’s “best happy hour” in an easy-going environment with an expansive deck.

The Exchange Bar

Tallapoosa St, 36104 |201 334-481-5165

www.renaissancemontgomery.com

Experience live music every night and enjoy the outdoor covered patio at the Renaissance Hotel and Spa at the Convention Center.

La Salle Bleu & Sous La Terre

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

This jazz and blues lounge in downtown is legendary for smooth sounds and delicious drinks.


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Outdoors Adventure Outside

Bass Pro Shop

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2553 Rocky Mount Rd Prattville, AL 36066 334-290-6400

Kimberly Moon at

Coosa River Adventures

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

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Fort Toulouse/Jackson Park

W Fort Toulouse Rd |2521 Wetumpka, AL 36093 334-567-3002

www.basspro.com

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.

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.

Lower Wetumpka Shotgun Sports Club

Coosa Outdoor Center

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

Whether your interest is 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.

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

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. www.coosariverpics.com

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Gardens & More: Super Natural Explore the beauty and bounty that Mother Nature bestowed on the River Region. star-gazing hill and exciting learning opportunities with the farmer-in-residence. Downtown

Jasmine Hill Gardens and Outdoor Museum

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

www.jasminehill.org

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

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

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. Admission charge.

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, 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.

Alabama Nature Center

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

Alabama is one of the most biodiverse states in the nation, and right off of I-65 in Millbrook, a good sampling of several different ecosystems can be found all in one place at the Alabama Nature Center — one of the best ways to experience the wonders of nature in Alabama. The Alabama Nature Center is on the grounds of the Alabama Wildlife Federation’s headquarters and is a 350-acre planneduse outdoor education facility with five miles of boardwalks and trails traversing forests, fields, streams, wetlands and ponds. There are often special events (guided hikes, kids’ fishing rodeos, nature photography classes) planned for the public, especially in the summer months. Free admission. Call for schedule.

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The Seeds of Something Good Montgomery’s urban farms are growing more than fresh fruits and veggies; they’re growing a good time too.

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Ag-ri-tour-ism [ag-ri-toor-iz-uhm] Letting visitors experience the simpler side of life and authentic, wholesome foods by introducing them to farming activities and culture.

The spring of 2011 saw the first flush of life at a brand new farm. But it’s not just any farm. The adjacent landscape is by no means pastoral. The surrounding sky is framed between office buildings and parking decks. It’s the Hampstead Institute Downtown Farm, an urban farm that opened in downtown Montgomery in April 2011, becoming the capital city’s second urban farm. The other is located in the Hampstead community and opened in 2009. Both locations offer residents and visitors the chance to connect with the area’s agricultural heritage, its natural resources 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 front 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. Future plans at the Downtown Farm call for a greenhouse that will extend the growing season as well as an expansion of the current cooking and organic gardening classes held throughout the year. Hampstead Farms, the city’s first urban farm, is a 3-acre oasis embedded in the Hampstead neighborhood and hosts many entertaining and educational events, including Hampstead Sprouts, a series of classes for kids that teach basic gardening and farming skills, nutrition and more. Both farms were created by The Hampstead Institute, a

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non-profit organization that promotes sustainable growth in the city and surrounding areas. The farms are tools to tout the benefits of eating locally grown, in-season produce, and they do so with multiple annual events including classes for K-8th grade kids; hands-on planning, design and building workshops; behind-the-scene project tours; and nutrition programs. The annual Farm-to-Fork Food Invasion, a culinary festival featuring guest chefs cooking the bounty of the farms, is held each fall at Hampstead and is a local favorite. Visit each of the farms to check out the their working windmills, a children’s learning area, wildflower plots and urban chickens (downtown) as well as a sunflower field and pumpkin patch (at Hampstead in the fall) in addition to their production beds growing everything from tomatoes, peppers and okra to broccoli, kale and herbs. Then take some of the harvest home by visiting the Montgomery Curb Market in the summer or stop by the Farm Stand at the Downtown Farm to buy some of the recent harvest. Find details on the special events held at both farms throughout the year at www.hampsteadinstitute.org


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.

Mandy Bagwell Collection Taking home some of Montgomery artist Mandy Bagwell’s colorful, whimsical plates, bowls, mugs, ornaments and more is a great way to commemorate a visit to Montgomery. Find her work at Southern Homes & Gardens, LULU’s Attic to Antiques and The Stop at Union Station.

Greenman Ceramics These works of art created by Montgomery potter and professor Dr. Christopher Greenman are lovely combinations of texture, color and form. Find them at The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts’ Museum Store.

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Shopping ...find your style! Style Savvy Bou Cou

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2101 Eastern Blvd, Suite 411 334-239-0655

Eve’s Studio

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2026 Clubview Ave 334-262-8888

Focus on Fashion

Coliseum Blvd |413 334-272-1170

Henig Furs, Inc.

EastChase Pkwy |7449 334-277-7610

Just for Kids Barb’s on Mulberry

Mulberry St |1923 334-269-2272

Born Children’s Boutique

Zelda Rd |3014 334-215-9140

Storkland and The Name Dropper

EastChase Pkwy |7107 334-277-7118

STYLE SAVVY for men Buckelew’s

Vaughn Rd |7012 334-279-5147

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers of Alabama

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2960 Zelda Rd 334-279-8838

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The Locker Room

Carter Hill Rd |1717 334-262-1788

Deck the Walls Dauber Gallery

Commerce St, Suite 102 |130 334-538-4677

Marguirette’s Exquisite Jewelry

Vaughn Rd |7818 334-270-0074

Southern Homes & Gardens

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8820 Vaughn Rd 334-387-0440

S.A.C.’s Gallery

Wetumpka Hwy |3561 334-277-67460

Stonehenge & Stonehenge Lighting

EastChase Pkwy |7268 334-749-5005

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

Cloverdale Rd |401 334-263-3190

the Perfect GiftS Al’s Flowers

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1725 Carter Hill Rd 334-265-1125

Capitol’s Rosemont Gardens

Rosemont Pl |2210 334-834-7731

Fine Line Engravers & Gifts

Perry Hill Rd |1651 334-281-7577

Charlotte’s Jewelry

Vaughn Rd |8161 334-396-1991

Heidi’s Fine Jewelry

Vaughn Rd |4695 334-239-7700

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Ware Jewelers You Name It

Atlanta Hwy |5350A 334-272-9878

Be Specific Bass Pro Shops

Rocky Mount Rd |2553 334-290-6400

Kinnucan’s

EastChase Pkwy |6820 334-356-3050

The Stop at Union Station

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

The Vintage Olive

Vaughn Rd |8101B 334-260-3700

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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Home Base for Heritage Montgomery makes a great home base for exploring many important Civil Rights and Civil War sites.

Change Born of Courage A single moment can transform the world. When Rosa Parks’ display of quiet courage sparked the Bus Boycott giving impetus to the Civil Rights Movement, Montgomery became the epicenter of a groundbreaking societal shift that would change our entire nation for the better.

Listen & Learn Take advantage of The Civil Rights Audio Tour, a self-guided 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 to get a walking tour CD.

Civil Rights Itinerary Day One 9:00 Montgomery Area Visitor Center, Historic Union Station 10:00 Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church 11:00 Dexter Avenue Parsonage Museum -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------1:30 Civil Rights Memorial 2:00 Civil Rights Memorial Center 3:00 Alabama Department of Archives & History Day Two 9:30 Rosa Parks Library & Museum and Children’s Wing 11:30 Alabama State Capitol -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------2:00 National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African American Culture at Alabama State University 2:30 Freedom Rides Museum

Cradle of the Confederacy In the Winter Building on Dexter Avenue in a Montgomery that was barely four decades old, the orders to fire the first shot and embark on the largest armed conflict on American soil were signed and sent. Last year marked the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, and there’s no better First White House of the Confederacy place to delve into its history than in the city where Jefferson Davis, first and only President of the Confederacy, was sworn in and resided. Stand on the star Davis stood on as he was sworn in on the State Capitol steps.

Confederate Trail Itinerary

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Day One 9:00 Montgomery Area Visitor Center, Historic Union Station 10:00 Alabama State Capitol 11:30 Confederate Memorial -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------1:30 First White House of the Confederacy 3:30 The Confederate Post Office 4:00 The Winter Building Day Two 9:00 St. John’s Episcopal Church 9:45 The Alabama Department of Archives and History Building -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------1:00 Alabama’s Confederate Prison 1:45 Oakwood Cemetery

Montgomery to Selma

Historical Itinerary

Much of the Civil Rights story can be revisited in Montgomery. But even more can be found along the National Civil Rights Trail. It commemorates the events, people and route of the 1965 Voting Rights March and 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.

Day One 9:00 Montgomery Area Visitor Center, Historic Union Station Dexter Ave. King Memorial Baptist Church 10:00 Alabama State Capitol 11:00 Freedom Rides Museum -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------1:30 Alabama Department of Archives & History 3:30 First White House of the Confederacy

Montgomery to Tuskegee A day trip to Tuskegee offers a glimpse of heroism at the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site. Educational accomplishments are also honored in Tuskegee at The “Oaks,” home of Booker T. Washington, and at the George Washington Carver Museum.

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Day Two 9:30 Old Alabama Town -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------1:00 Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church 2:00 Dexter Avenue Parsonage 3:00 Rosa Parks Library & Museum


The Right Formula for 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.

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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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PLAN 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.

Continuing Education Your Center for Lifelong Learning

Computer Training Classes Social Media for Business Nurse Refresher Course Microsoft Office English as a Second Language

Event Planning Certificate Spring Break Camp Homeschool Enrichment Online Classes Basic English

Download your catalog at www.aum.edu/coned or call 244-3804 Add us on Facebook to receive updates on classes and special prices. Search: AUM Continuing Education

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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.

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

“[In Montgomery] Tourists can stand and look out from the pulpit where Dr. King once preached, and they can visit the basement ... where movement leaders hatched plans for the year-long Montgomery Bus Boycott.” -The Wall Street Journal “With the addition of restaurants and nightlife near the Riverwalk Stadium, Montgomery is livelier than ever.” -Southern Living magazine “The city [Montgomery] is the civil rights movement’s ground zero.” -USA Today

“Montgomery doesn’t try to hide its past. Memorials, tourist sites and a narrated trolley ride tell the stories.”-Atlanta Journal Constitution “A visit to the The Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery is a stirring experience.” -Southeastern Group Tour magazine

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Unique Venues 129 Coosa

129 Coosa

334-262-8859 • www.129coosa.com

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

Alabama Activity Center 334-269-0222

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. Downtown

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. Downtown

Alley Station 334-277-1077

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

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. Downtown Capital City Club

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Get a jumpstart on making your meeting or event in Montgomery a memorable success by choosing from the city’s diverse selection of truly unique venues. There’s something for groups of every type and size.

Club Room at Hampstead

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

Southern charm is the hallmark of this full-service 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 featuring gorgeous views from atop the Hampstead Tower.

Gateway Park Lodge 334-284-7920

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. Downtown

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. Downtown

Hillcrest Manor Bed & Breakfast 334-264-8253

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.

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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. 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.

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. Downtown

Oaks Plantation 334-260-8116

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

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Riverwalk Amphitheater

Riverwalk Stadium & Riverwalk Amphitheater 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. Downtown

RSA Plaza Terrace

Davis Theatre

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. Downtown

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. Downtown

334-241-9543 • montgomery.troy.edu

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Troy University’s Whitley Hall

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. Downtown

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

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Union Station Shakespeare Gardens & Amphitheater 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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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. Downtown

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W.A. Gayle Planetarium 334-241-4799

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.

Young House 334-264-7480

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. Downtown


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 300,000-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 334-387-8012 for more details and to reserve your spot. All photos courtesy of HMMA.

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Southern Hospitality Montgomery Convention Center Convention Center

Connected to the Renaissance Hotel and the common concourse, the Convention Center has over 73,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting space that can be divided into three sections along with 40,000 square feet of pre-function space.

Montgomery Performing Arts Centre

Adjacent to the hotel and Convention Center, this theatre offers seating for 1,800 and Level I lighting and sound, as well as a full orchestra pit and 400 square feet of pre-function space.

Full-Service Hotels Meeting Your Needs Embassy Suites Hotel and Montgomery Conference Center 300 Tallapoosa St Montgomery, AL 36104 334-269-5055

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

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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 14,00 square feet.

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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 sections.


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Who Knew?

Montgomery is one of the safest cities in the state, and it’s getting safer all the time.

n In 2009 and 2010, the Montgomery Police Department registered the lowest crime rates in the last 20 years. In 2011, crime continued to drop with violent crime down 13 percent, and overall crime down 3 percent. 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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The River Region In the middle of Alabama, this diverse area is a dynamic centerpiece of the state.

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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 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 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! On any given night in Alabama, you might get lucky and glimpse a meteor as it streaks across the Southern sky. But 83 million years ago, a giant meteor did much more than leave

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a glowing trail in the dark. It struck the earth in Wetumpka, blasting through bedrock to leave an Impact 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’t-miss 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

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). Just east of downtown lies an almost five-mile-wide meteorite crater which is the result of an 83 million-year-old meteorite impact. It is the only confirmed meteor crater in Alabama and is one of the best preserved in the world. The meteorite is estimated to have been 1,000 feet in diameter.

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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 Jan Wood, Executive Director of the Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce.

Elmore County Museum

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. Playing Around

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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. 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

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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,” Wood 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.”


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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

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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.


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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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

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

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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. 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

Montgomery Pedi Cab Company

This new, fun and FREE transportation option in downtown Montgomery provides transport to Riverwalk Stadium and other area venues via a peddle-powered, open-air coach. Tips for the friendly drivers are encouraged.

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