Fairhope, Alabama

So happy to say I’ve found my retirement spot! My hubby and I headed south a couple of weeks ago, before the touring season starts back up for him and store/recording craziness starts back up for me. We stopped in the absolutely paradisiacal town of Fairhope, Alabama. This place has provided some serious inspiration, Winston Groom (author of Forrest Gump) and Fannie Flagg (author of Fried Green Tomatoes) are residents. After drooling over every single house in town, we decided to indulge in homemade fried pickles alongside a BLFGT sandwich (Bacon, Lettuce, and Fried Green tomatoes=sweet paradise), we spotted a chubby bulldog we wanted to take home, found some steals at the local antique shop, spent an hour in the unbelievably cool old-school hardware store, and ended the day at a perfect spot on the bay for sunsets and beer (highly recommended). It was an absolutely perfect Afternoon Off

Love this screened-in front porch!

Try the coconut cake (as featured in Southern Living) at this perfect lunch spot, Sandra’s Place

I wanted everything here-Villa Decor

ALC tank, Giada Forte necklace, Aubin & Wills shorts (one of my favorite London shops)

My new best friend

Sunset on Mobile Bay at Fly Creek Cafe, so happy to say I was Alabama bred…
ESSENTIAL EATS-
Thyme By The Bay -Amazing views and homemade fresh, seasonal food
Washhouse Restaurant -Key lime bread pudding is a must, good wine list
Camellia Cafe -Known for great seafood and their ricotta cheesecake, menu changes daily
Fairhope Inn and Restaurant -Try the Sunday brunch
Wentzell’s Oyster House -I usually am not a fan of chain restaurants, but the oysters here are truly something special

ESSENTIAL SHOPS-
CK Collection -Nars makeup, Rebecca Minkoff, J Brand, Vince and Stella McCartney perfume round this shop out wonderfully
Villa Decor Rugs -Stunning rugs and interior pieces
Debra’s Bayside -3.1 Phillip Lim, Helmut Lang, By Malene Birger and Brochu Walker fill this surprisingly edgy store for a southern, small town
Page and Pallette -Great little bookstore
Fairhope Hardware -Love this old timers store with everything one could ever need

* I haven’t stayed here but I recommend the Bay Breeze B&B (Camellia suite, Garden suite and Jubilee room look heavenly), if you want something bigger try the Grand Hotel Resort & Spa by Marriott

Hope you get to visit very soon…

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7 Responses to Fairhope, Alabama

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  2. Martha Hill December 16, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

    Can’t wait to try those oysters. Your blog makes my day.

  3. Debi September 21, 2011 at 7:40 pm #

    Fairhope has been a favorite spot of mine for a long time.
    My aunt and uncle go to Farihope every winter to escape the Chicago cold.
    Hope all is well in your family.
    Debi

  4. Katherine September 16, 2011 at 2:12 pm #

    I came across your website via a family member. I live in Fairhope and actually live in the third house you have pictured. It is lovely that you have featured our little town and so glad you like our home!

    Cheers!

  5. Laura Musgrave September 14, 2011 at 4:01 pm #

    Key Lime Bread Pudding?! Really?! i MUST try!

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