10 Things to Do in Fairhope

10 Things to Do in Fairhope

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I love Fairhope. If you know me, you’d know this. I am a lifelong, proud resident and graduate of the, “old” Fairhope high school. I just wanted to take a minute to share some of my favorite things to do in Fairhope. And, of course, you will notice that I am a “foodie”! Make time to appreciate what our area has to offer and the “charming-ness” of Fairhope.

  1. Christmas Tree Lighting – This is a must! In Downtown Fairhope @ Section and Fairhope Avenue. This won’t disappoint. It is scheduled, this year, for November 16 from 5:30 – 8:00.
  1. The Grand Hotel – You have to take time to spend at least 1 night here. My husband and I make it a point to visit the historic hotel at least once a year, sometimes twice or more. We usually go during the warmer months because we like to swim in the pool, hang out @ the beach and walk the walk-way amongst Fairhope’s most beautiful homes. Their food is to die for! Schedule a facial or massage – either will NOT disappoint (and don’t forget to ask for a mimosa while you wait in the quiet room).
  1. fairhope-alabama-realtorDowntown Fairhope Gift & Specialty Shops – Fairhope is known for it’s charm and beauty. When you visit our local shops and restaurants, you will be greeted by locals with lots of southern charm.
  1. First Friday Artwalk – And, speaking of downtown, head out the first Friday of every month to the art walk. I love to check out the vendors and some food vendors participate as well. You will run into your family, neighbors, people you go to church and work with – just a great time.
  1. Mardi Gras – One thing that I absolutely LOVE to do is go to the Mardi Gras parade in Fairhope. Check out the website for the 2018 schedule at the city’s website: http://www.cofairhope.com/about-us/calendar-month-view
  1. Windmill Market – Since I previously admitted that I am a food-junkie, I am also willing to tell you that on many occasions I have frequented MaryAnn’s Deli in the Windmill Market. Great lunch food!
  1. Fairhope Inn – Also a great place to eat is the Fairhope Inn. You can rent a room or get a reservation for only dinner (filet is fabulous). I’ve been to several events in the courtyard (class reunion, wedding reception, party…) and I’ve had a great time EVERYTIME.
  1. fairhope-realtor-alabamaSunset – Our sunsets in Fairhope are like no other. Just go see. I love watching it from the Grand Hotel, the Fairhope Pier or just walking along the bay on the sidewalk. Breathtaking.
  1. Fairhope Municipal Pier – This pier is a spot for many things: the rose garden, the water fountain, the fishing, the sunsets, Shux restaurant, sailing, canoeing, paddle-boarding, dog-walking. Also, there is a beach there; and, for a minimal fee, you can picnic there, swim and hang out with the ducks.
  1. Arts and Crafts – In the Spring, Fairhope hosts a huge event down the streets in Downtown Fairhope. There are food vendors, entertainment, so many booths with arts and crafts from locals and craftsman from far away. I do not miss this one EVER.