Five things to do in your hiking boots

Those who’ve never been to Birmingham, probably don’t have a sense of it being a very green place.  But the fact is, Birmingham, by some estimations, has more green space per capita than any city its size in the country. So, if being outside is what floats your boat, we’ve got lots of options in and around our fair city. Here are but just a few:

Sports Illustrated recommends 5 Birmingham restaurants for your next visit

Sports Illustrated featured 5 Birmingham restaurants as must-eats next time you’re in the Magic City. Whether you’re looking for a classic Alabama biscuit or some perfectly smoked chicken, we’ve got you covered. See the full list at the link below.

Now, Birmingham’s writing the book on Food & Wine

After almost 40 years headquartered in New York City, Food & Wine magazine is moving to Birmingham. While the rest of the country goes, “Wha?” everybody in Birmingham nods knowingly. In the event you are a Birmingham initiate, allow me to tell you a story.

Come to Birmingham to Escape. Literally.

Tired of the same old same old? Looking for a little escapist entertainment? Maybe you should try, well, escaping. Seriously. Here in Birmingham, escape games have become all the rage. What are escape games? Well, here’s the skinny: essentially, you and your compadres (we recommend playing these games as a team of somewhere between 2 and 10 intrepid souls) are put into a scenario that requires the team to engage in complex problem solving in order to free themselves from a room. For example:

A Tour of 6 Farmers’ Markets in Birmingham

Ah, those salad farm-to-table days! It’s time to get fresh with the Farmers Market Tour! No place has the “farm-to-table” movement been more prevalent than here in Birmingham. Heck, our chef celebre, Frank Stitt was doing the farm-to-table thing long before it was  even cool.

Feeling All Festiv-al

One of the many things that make Birmingham the next awesome travel destination in this part of the country is the number and variety of festivals that spring up once summer gets underway. Not that we don’t have great winter events, but, let’s face it, everything down south blooms in the summer, and festivals are no exception. Down here, a good food or music festival grows like untended kudzu. Let’s have look at some of the more noteworthy ones.

10,000 Senior Citizens are Coming to Town! And if you get in their way, they might just run right over you!

Birmingham is honored this year to host the 31st Annual Senior Games, June 2-15, 2017. Pretty much what they sound like, the Senior Games are the equivalent of “Senior Olympics,” (in fact, they were once called the “National Senior Olympic Games” before the United States Olympic Committee weighed in). That’s right, this is where the fifty-and-over crowd gathers to prove that just because you have your AARP card doesn’t mean you have to hang up your sprint spikes and stow your javelin.

Brunching in Birmingham

Ah, brunch! Who doesn’t love that cheerful blend of breakfast and lunch that gives us a chance to sleep in, and then socialize with friends and family over decadent spreads of comfort food paired with signature morning cocktails?  Whether you’re celebrating Mother’s Day or just out-and-about enjoying that perfect Spring air with your significant other, this time of year in Birmingham was made for brunching.

Get Art Connected

Every year in the Spring several things happen in Linn Park in the center of downtown Birmingham: the trees put out new growth, the squirrels begin once again to frolic about the place, and more than 200 of the best artists around descend on the park to share their work. If you’ve never attended Magic City Art Connection, the time has come to get connected.

Visitors, start your engines!

Satisfy your greed for speed this April 21st through 23rd with a trip to Barber Motorsports Park for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. This is the race where some of the best indy drivers in the world gather t test their skills against each other, and against the technically challenging, 17-turn, 2.3 mile Barber road course.