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Spend a Saturday in Decatur, where creativity and confections collide

Looking for fun, laid-back, culturally-enhancing weekend plans? Then look no further than Decatur Morgan County, an absolute gem of a town, located in the thriving North Alabama region. There is so much to do while “finding your flow” in Decatur, you might not know where to start. So, we’re here to help.

Decatur is full of one-of-a-kind trails to follow, so choose one or two per visit to immerse yourself in while you’re here. For a cultural experience, with some sugar on top, start out on the MoCo Art Trail, then hop on over to the MoCo Sweet Treats Trail for a pick-me-up—or two or three. It will be a Saturday you won’t regret… and you’ll be back to discover more of Decatur before you know it.

Unlock your creativity on the MoCo Art Trail

Bank Street (Decatur Morgan County Tourism/Contributed)

Decatur is home to many talented artists whose work is displayed throughout Morgan County. On the MoCo Art Trail, you can take a free tour of artwork to admire or purchase throughout the county. Participate in the trail with an exclusive mobile passport, made up of curated attractions to redeem during your visit, no app needed. Listed below are just a few can’t miss stops on the MoCo Art Trail:

Bank Street Arts & Antiques

With three floors and more than 12,000 square feet of art and antiques from local dealers, you will be able to shop ’til you drop and get your art fix all in one great location.

DeAnn’s Art Studio and Gallery

Internationally recognized local artist and educator DeAnn Meely is the owner of this fantastic gallery, which features her collection of work, as well as pieces from other artists and students. She holds regular classes, seminars, and workshops.

Carnegie Visual Arts Center

Built in 1904 as the Carnegie Library of Decatur by millionaire philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, it is one of the few remaining original Carnegie Library buildings. Currently a visual arts center in Downtown Decatur, the Carnegie Visual Arts Center features local, regional, and national exhibits, as well as classes, camps, workshops, and lectures.

Satisfy your sweet tooth on the MoCo Treat Trail

Tess’ Place (Decatur Morgan County Tourism/Contributed)

While taking in all the local art Morgan County has to offer, your Decatur Saturday would not be complete without a stop into one of the many confectionaries in the area. From ice cream to candy to cobbler, and everything in between, don’t skip out on the Sweet Treat Trail during your visit. Get your passport stamped as you travel the trail and be sure to check out these favorites:

Dutch Oven Bakery

This small Mennonite Bakery, located near Bankhead National Forest, offers delicious homemade cupcakes, cakes, cheesecakes, fudge, and more.

Tennessee Valley Pecans

For a different kind of treat, try Tennessee Valley Pecans, located on historic Bank Street in Downtown Decatur. They offer pecans in all flavors, including the ever popular Key Lime Pecans, which are the perfect combo of nutty sweetness.

Tess’ Place

Ice cream and gourmet floats… is there anything better? We think not. Try any combination of uniquely flavored ice cream, signature floats and even shaved ice at the Downtown Decatur shop, named after the owner’s beloved French bulldog, Tess.

(Courtesy of SoulGrown)

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