Ave Maria Grotto in Cullman was an interesting stop located on the grounds of a Benedictine Abbey. There are over 125 miniature reproductions of famous churches, shrines and buildings from all over the world. Take Exit 308 off Interstate 65 and drive 4 miles east to St Bernard Abbey.
Check out Alabama diaries online at http://www.freeopendiary.com/diarylist.asp?statecode=AL&statename=Alabama&list=5 start=1 This will give you everything you didn't want to know about people in Alabama!
Ave Maria Grotto, Cullman
Cross Garden, Prattville
Joe Cain Day, Mobile
Joe Mintner's Yard, Birmingham Key
Underwood Coon Dog Graveyard, Tuscumbia
Lambert's Café, Foley
Naked Art, Birmingham
Riverhouse Bed & Breakfast, Theodore
Toilet Paper Tree, Auburn
Tom Mann's Fish World, Eufaula
Unclaimed Baggage Center, Scottsboro
The little tiny University of Montevallo has a wonderful campus to visit, and they have a very unique homecoming experience if you are travelling through the area at the time. It's called college night, and instead of a football game, two teams make up a play, rehearse, and then perform it for a few nights. The audience then gets to vote on whose play they liked more, and at the end of the week, there is a winner! It's really fun, and University of Montevallo is the only school in the country to do this.
In addition the great and often missed !!! Boll Weevil Monument, there is another one on the road from Atlanta to the coast. It is the Hunting Dog monument. What more could a traveller want?!?!? Can you believe I have actually seen both of these now?
Elberta Sausage Festival
When: March 25
Contact: Elberta Volunteer Fire Department, 334-986-5805
Located about 10 miles in from the Gulf Coast, tiny Elberta — population 500+ — some 40,000 sausage-loving visitors attend.
The sausage is prepared according to a doubly secret recipe. Part of the recipe came from Alfred 'Pop' Stucki, who ran the Elberta Locker Plant until he passed away in 1973. Organizers chose his 'Pop's Pride' recipe when the festival started in 1977. The recipe is a combination of Stucki's and one from Farm Fresh Meats, the nearby company that provides the sausage.
The festival features more than 200 arts and crafts vendors, country bands, and carnival rides for children. Entertainment includes five bands, a gunfight show, cloggers, and a caged bull, where you can have your picture taken.
Sauerkraut and other German specialties abound, but, so does red beans and rice and other regional specialties. About 7,000 pounds of sausage, and have historically been prepared and they run out sometime between 4 and 4:30 pm. The Elberta festival is held twice a year, you can mark your calendar for next Oct. 28th, and still get in on the fun.
Plan to eat you way through this wonderful day!
Birmingham -- All of Alabama is 'off the beaten path,' but its largest city is so far off the path that it's invisible. Actually, it is invisible, but that's because the smog is just that thick. Birmingham's got pollution that rivals some cities in Russia. We're talking nasty. So it's no surprise that people try to flee as soon as possible, just to avoid emphysema.
That's a pity, because B'ham is shockingly beautiful, if you know where to look. Anywhere in town, you should be able to see the big ol' statue of Vulcan, Roman God of blacksmithing (in honor of the steel industry that made B'ham rich and messy). The statue is splendid, and the area around it filled with beautiful Victorian homes, pretty gardens, and a surprisingly clean atmosphere.
Plus, B'ham has some funkiness in its blood. They've converted one of the old steel mills into a Haunted House for Halloween, and it's one of the best. You can't get any scarier than an old abandoned strangely creaking factory. Talk about post-industrial nightmare!
If you up for some good hiking in north Alabama, try out the Sipsey wilderness. For more about it, try my Sipsey wilderness page listed under Grayson, AL.
In Tuscumbia, you will find Ivy Green, the home of Helen Keller with many mementos. In the summer there are performances on the grounds of 'The Miracle Worker.'
THE HIGH POINT IS CHEAHA MT...ELEVATION IS 2407 FEET...NO HIKING NECESSARY.
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