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24 Hours in Fairhope: A day trip to Alabama’s charming bayside town

Fairhope is one of Alabama’s most charming towns. Situated along Mobile Bay, the city is a fabulous destination for Alabama locals to spend a day or weekend. Rich with amazing food, stunning views, and welcoming residents, Fairhope proves the perfect escape from the hustle. We have put together a guide for the perfect day trip to Fairhope.

Sunrise at the Bay

Picture this: a beautiful spring morning. A light breeze. Spanish moss hanging from the trees that line your drive to the bayside. You step out and walk down the dock to catch the morning air. The sun rises gently over the horizon looking toward Mobile. This is our ideal way to greet the day in Fairhope.

(Provision/Facebook)

A Beautiful Breakfast

Fairhope is known for being quaint, cozy, and charming. These three characteristics come together beautifully at Provision. Provision is a paradise for the aesthetically inclined. Serving as a restaurant, coffee shop, bar, and market, Provision is home to the most beautiful breakfasts and the most tastefully curated selection of sundries. Our recommendation: the avocado toast with fresh fruit. Light and lovely, just like the atmosphere.

A Stroll Through Downtown

Once you have had time to peruse Provision, take a step outside and start walking. Any direction really, but toward the heart of downtown will be most suited for a late-morning stroll. Fairhope offers a range of amazing locally owned shops that offer everything from stunning fashion pieces to handmade home goods. It is easy to spend an hour or two walking through the city.

(Dragonfly Foodbar/Facebook)

A Light Lunch

Now, there are many options for a killer late lunch in Fairhope, so we will provide a few options. If you’re craving sushi, try Master Joe’s. Feeling something light like a tuna taco? Try Dragonfly. Looking for a little bit of everything? Try Thyme on Section. And we won’t fault you for heading back to Provision for one of their amazing salads or an assortment of fun snacks from their market.

Down Time By the Bay

Our personal favorite way to spend a late afternoon in Fairhope is stopping into the adorable bookshop, Page & Palette. This locally owned gem offers an amazing assortment of books with an entire section dedicated to local authors. Our recommendation: grab a locally written book and a coffee from their cafe and make your way down to the bay. Enjoy an hour or two soaking in some rays and a bit of local perspective.

Dinner at Hope Farm

Now for the most exciting part of the day: dinner. There are several great dinner options, but we recommend The Hope Farm. The Hope Farm offers a range of locally sourced dishes with incredible flavor profiles. The attention to detail is impeccable, and many of the fruits and vegetables are freshly harvested from their farm. Our favorite way to enjoy dinner at The Hope Farm is outside in the lounge area next to a personal firepit under the twinkling lights. Bonus points are awarded if you get to experience the live music lineup.

(The Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection/Facebook)

The Grand for Drinks

For those interested in keeping the fun going, dessert and drinks at The Grand Hotel are a must. The Grand Hotel is one of Fairhope’s oldest landmarks, having opened its doors in 1847. With a few dining options to choose from, patrons can choose the experience most suited to their taste. We recommend finding a cozy spot by the water and enjoying drinks and dessert under the stars.

(This story originally appeared in SoulGrown, an affiliate of Yellowhammer Multimedia)

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