When creating MobileAL.com, we wanted to capture Mobile, and it's surrounding areas. One of those areas is the charming city of Fairhope, located 30 minutes from downtown. This sweet spot is where you can find yourself on a day off or a day trip on your way to the beach. Here are a few activities you won't want to miss!
1. Wake up with Refuge Coffee.
Refuge Coffee, owned by Jim McLean, was the first third wave coffee shop to open in our area offering method brews and light roasted espresso beverages. Between the clean, working environment to the knowledgeable baristas, you are sure to have a great beverage and snack before heading out for some exploring around the city. Refuge Coffee is open 7a-6p Monday - Friday, 8a-6p on Saturdays, and closed on Sundays.
2. Take a walk on the Municipal Pier.
One of the most well-known spots around the city is the Municipal Pier and Park. This is a great spot to take the kids or grandparents to walk on the pier or play at the park on the beach. You can even grab a bite to eat at Shux on the Pier. Don't forget your picture by the fountain before you leave!
3. Head over to Thyme on Section for the best truffle fries of your life.
Thyme, located on Section Street in downtown Fairhope, opened in 2010 offering foods that highlight Alabama's freshest local produce and seafood. The handcrafting of their beverages and a few southern classics are sure to fill that lunch craving. Thyme on Section is open for lunch on Wednesday - Saturday from 11a-3p, dinner on Wednesday - Saturday from 5:30p-9:30p, and open on Sundays from 10:30a-2p for brunch.
4. Shop around at local stores.
- Book Store: Page & Palette (32 S Section Street)
- Souvenir Shop: The Fairhope Store (323 De La Mare Avenue)
- Children's Boutique: Gigi & Jay's (400 Fairhope Avenue)
- Surf and Skate Shop: Adrenaline (328 Fairhope Avenue)
- Gift & Specialty Shop: Church Mouse (14 S Church Street)
5. Grab a float at Mr. Gene's Beans
Mr. Gene's Beans is a dessert STAPLE in Fairhope. Open since 1993, Mr. Gene is still scooping you ice cream daily. The cafe is most known for their Fairhope Float which consists of an iced mochaccino poured over french vanilla frozen yogurt, with whipped cream and your choice of chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, or nutmeg sprinkles. You have to try one! They are open Monday - Thursday from 8a-9p, Friday and Saturday from 8a-10p, and Sundays from 1p-6p.
6. Visit the Mosher Castle for kicks and giggles.
Occupying the outskirts of downtown Fairhope stands the hidden Mosher Castle. Owners Dean and Pagan Sheldon bought the house in 1983 and have been morphing their home into a mystical castle ever since. Every part of Mosher Castle is handmade and designed by Dean Mosher down to the last detail, such as the entrance doors with their subtle dragon motif, showing the dragon shooting a fireball around the doorknob. Thousands of visitors view their home every year to see and take pictures of the castle. Groups can contact Pagan Sheldon to view the interior.
7. Book a night at the Grand Hotel.
After all of your walking around downtown Fairhope, you're going to want to rest at the Grand Hotel. Located in Point Clear, this Marriott Resort hotel captures the peaceful vibe of the city. The family-friendly hotel is on historic property and is full of plenty amenities including a 20,000 square foot European spa, golf course, and pool complex. Visit their site to book.