Highland Scores Again

The national online reservation service, OpenTable, has named Highlands Bar and Grill in Birmingham one of the 10 best restaurants in America for 2014. The award is based on the opinions of more than five million restaurant reviews submitted by OpenTable diners in all 50 states.

Alice’s Restaurant and Sweet Tenor

You can get anything you want at the Alys’ Performing Arts Center. Two upcoming performances showcase the diversity of entertainment at the Alys Stephens Center.

Ross Bridge Name Top Hotel for Golf

Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa has been named the number one Marriott or Renaissance hotel in North America for golf satisfaction. All of Alabama had an impressive showing, with four of the top five sites located along the state’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.

Good Things Come in Small Packages

On the other side of town at the Birmingham Museum of Art, visitors are enjoying art in a smaller format. Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals & Their Contemporaries runs through April 26 and is the first exhibition to explore the little-known field of small-format 17th century paintings from the Dutch and Flemish Golden Age.


New Orleans celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse was in Birmingham recently causing a small stir among fans dining at the tony Bottega Café. He was in town to create a new cookbook with Birmingham-based Oxmoor House publishers. Word on the street has it that he dined on sea urchin, chestnut pappardelle and grilled red snapper.

‘Unprecedented’ Warhol Show at UAB

Currently on view at the University of Alabama at Birmingham is an exceptional exhibition of works by the late legendary artist Andy Warhol (1928-1987). Organizers are calling Warhol: Fabricated an “unprecedented” show, bringing together private and public Warhol pieces that have never before been exhibited together.

As the World Returns

In 2013, Birmingham invited the world to the 50th anniversary of Civil Rights activities here. This year, we issued another invitation to host the 2021 World Games, and the world accepted.

Saluting Black History Month

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute has a full schedule of February events, many marking Black History Month. Running through February 22 is the annual Helen Keller Art Show, showcasing the works of visually- and hearing-impaired children.

Why We Come to Work: Activities at the Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Marketing & Communications Department is interested to know how you like the new format of this newsletter. Somebody told us that nobody reads the copy; they just look at the pictures. That was discouraging, but we’re here to accommodate. While you’re voicing opinions, please check out the new design on the CVB website, too, that now includes bold areas on the home page to better accommodate social media. Do you like it? Please let us hear from you by sending your thoughts to dhilley@birminghamal.org. And remember, bad thoughts are better than no thoughts at all….

Spacey Horticulture

“To the moon, Alice…!” That famous Ralph Kramden threat has nothing really to do with this bit of trivia—except the moon part. Area residents and visitors alike are largely unaware of the Moon Tree at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.