Summer Escapades: 12 North Alabama Adventures for Couples

Life = experiences, not possessions. This means, summertime, traveling, hanging out with best friends, and soaking up every single gamma ray of sunshine on a warm, humid Alabama day that’s charmfully southern and filled with escapades.

A quintessential suburban couple, my husband and I are always on the hunt for the next adventure. Here’s a few pursuits in (and around) the north Alabama area that have allured us in and held us captive.

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1) Start the summer with Brewfest

- Held in early May, this weekend event features tastings of the best craft beers available in Alabama. Buy passes early, as the prices increases as the the date nears.

2) In June, head up to Manchester, Tennessee for Bonnaroo.

- One of the largest music festivals in the world is only an hour and a half from many parts of north Alabama. It’s a four day camping festival that’s called the likes of Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Elton John.

3) Go camping at Joe Wheeler State Park

- Located in Rogersville, Alabama, this quaint state park offers 116 modern campsites, in addition to primitive camping. Tenting or RVing too rugged? A lodge hotel and cabins are also available for rent.

4) Hit up Point Mallard Water Park’s 1/2 Price Days after work

- On Tuesday’s and Thursday’s, the water park remains open until 8:00 P.M., and offers half-price admission. Go on a hot sunny day after a long day in the office.

5) Take a hike on Rainbow Mountain

- This greenspace features beautiful rock formations along several miles of hiking and walking trails. Take a breather at the “balance rock” and enjoy breathtaking views.

6) Spend a Saturday afternoon at Lowe Mill

- With over 100 artists, businesses, and restaurants, this cultural center thrives in a historic textile mill located on Seminole Drive in Huntsville. Saturdays opens up the Flying Monkey Artist’s Market, where local artisans set up booths and sell wares.

7) Jump in the Madison Pool at Dublin Park

- This outdoor pool features two diving boards, including a high-dive. Admission is only $3; the staff is friendly, and crowding is generally not an issue. Go on a hot, sticky, Sunday afternoon.

8) Pick up a craft brew at Wish You Were Beer.

- North Alabama’s first craft-only beer store offers a wide selection of both domestic and import craft beers. Buy beers to take home, or have one in the store. They also offer samples and tastings on select days.

9) Kayak the Elk River

- Located in north Alabama and south Tennessee, the Elk River has many areas for kayaking and canoeing. The area as a whole offers many river tributaries and creeks that perfect for a lazy or fast-paced day on the water.

10) Host a Cookout for Friends

- Plan the party around non-holiday times, as many people have family obligations for holidays. Make it a casual, potluck-style event.

11) Catch a show at Vertical House Records

- Opened in 2007, this shop features new and used LPs, CDs, VHS, turntables, and stereo equipment. The bonus is the live shows of amazing local and regional bands, held throughout the year.

12) Take a road trip to see the Atlanta Braves

- A four hour drive from most Huntsville locations, Atlanta is a great city for a weekend getaway or an easy day trip. Have a pet? Take the furry friend for Bark in the Park, generally held twice a year.

 

The First Adventure of Hester Ann

This weekend marked the first adventure of Miss Hester Ann, our beautiful 1963 Yellowstone Trailer. Nervous? That would be an understatement, for sure.

This was the first time we’d taken her anywhere. We decided to go to Joe Wheeler State Park – about 35 minutes from our house. We’d tent camped there before and really enjoyed it. There’s a good crowd, the staff is friendly, and the bathhouses and facilities are clean. Plus, we knew the drive well – not a lot of hills or sharp turns for the old girl.

We only stayed for one night since we mainly, “just wanted to try it out.” It went really well. We asked for a pull-through campsite, since Daniel isn’t a pro at backing up just yet.

It’s not spring break around here, so the campground was mostly retirees and couples.

Apparently, curtains will breeze out the window while in tow if not secured. Who knew, huh?

The above is bunting I made from the leftover curtain fabric. The pollen in the trees was ridiculous. I’ve lived in the south my entire life, so I’m accustomed to it. However, this was so thick, it was visibly floating in the air. We left the truck windows down, and the inside was covered in yellow and green.

There’s still a few things we’d like to do, but we really don’t have to do everything at once. She’s fine for now, and worked great for what we needed. Here’s to the rest of the summer!