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Stories Are Brewing

We had the pleasure of hosting our first Craft Beer Blogger last month and what a fun couple of days that was!  In case you didn’t know, Mobile is quite the up-and-coming brewery scene as three breweries are either under construction or set to open soon. It’s exciting times for our historic city that loves to celebrate!

It was a hot afternoon in June when Bryan Richards of  The Wandering Gourmand landed in Mobile from his home in Charlotte, NC.

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Meet Bryan!

When one of the first things out of his mouth made us laugh  – we knew this was going to be a fun couple of days with our new friend.

We set him up with the folks who are opening the three Mobile breweries –  Haint Blue Brewing Co., Serda’s Brewing Co and Iron Hand Brewing for tours and interviews. We also drove across Mobile Bay to give him a taste of Fairhope Brewing Company.

When we weren’t meeting with those fine folks,  we took him to our local craft beer establishments where visitors and locals alike hang out and drink cold brews.  Loda Bier Garten, Old Shell Growlers and The Haberdasher welcomed this beer lover {and his questions} with a bottomless mug.

In between his visits, he ate. And ate…and ate…and ate.

We make no secret that Mobile’s food scene is downright delectable.  With Bryan’s audience being craft beer enthusiasts,  we wanted to match the cuisine appropriately.

Bryan sank his teeth into burgers from LoDa Bier Garten and Callaghan’s Irish Social Club, devoured a hot dog from Drew Drop Inn, destroyed beignets from Panini Pete’s, chowed down on tacos and sushi from OK Bicycle Shop/Liquid Sushi and showed the Eggs Cathedral from Spot of Tea who was boss. We should also mention the moment of silence that occurred when he tasted the Corned Beef Hash that Tony cooks up at Bob’s Downtown Diner.  

It was a full couple of days for Bryan {pun intended} but he couldn’t of been a better sport!

Since it was his first trip to Mobile, we had to make sure he saw more than just beer and food. {Not that Just beer and food is a bad thing} He road a duck boat with Gulf Coast Ducks, toured the Mobile Carnival Museum, popped into The Fort of Colonial Mobile and we took him on a drive throughout our historic districts.  We even did some excellent convincing that he should load up his family and move to Mobile!  {We’ll keep you posted on that one.}

Bryan was super cool which made our week with him super cool.  

He asked for the Mobile experience….. we think he got it!

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Click HERE to read Bryan’s first story on Mobile!

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Family Fun Along Alabama’s Gulf Coast

We love any chance we get to work with incoming travel media. So, it was so nice to spend a little time with this writer when she was visiting Mobile last month!  Take a look at her Alabama Gulf Coast experience by clicking the link to her story in below!

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Tara Settembre knows how to capture Wintzell’s Oysters!
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Gorgeous photo by Tara Settembre of Alabama’s Gulf Coast

Thanks, Tara for the incredible story in the Huffington Post!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/southern-charm-family-fun-in-alabamas-gulf-coast_us_5970e281e4b0f68541cd631e

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Mobile Mardi Gras in the Big Apple?

Your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you — yes, we said Mobile Mardi Gras was in the Big Apple!  In fact, Mobile Mardi Gras took over Times Square!

Alabama Tourism Department ‘Sweet Home Alabama’  took to the streets of NYC for the second year with one-of-a-kind experiences.  They kicked off their activations with a celebration, right in the middle of Times Square as New Yorkers and tourists were thrown a Mardi Gras celebration on a custom-built float.

There were beads, there were MoonPies and there were REVELERS.

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The takeover was a big hit and taught thousands of New Yorkers that Mobile is the home of America’s Original Mardi Gras!

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Join us for Mobile Mardi Gras 2018 that kicks off on January 26 with Fat Tuesday on February 13!

 

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Bloggers Who Celebrate!

We recently had the pleasure of hosting the fabulous folks behind the international travel blogs MariaAbroad, 2TravelDads, Zengrrl, and RoadTrips  for several days in Mobile — and let us tell you—it was a FUN couple of days!

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They rode an Airboat, kayaked the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta, visited museums, toured one of our up-and-coming breweries and ate their way through Mobile! Not a terrible couple of days, right? 

Their stories about their time in Mobile are being published and they have us reliving our time with Maria, Rob, Michele and Rene.

 To read each story, click the image below! We hope you enjoy their stories just as much as we enjoyed having them!

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Rene’s articles, all in Danish, can be found on RoadTrips iUSA.

This tiny but mighty group of characters embraced all the charming and quirky things about Mobile and had us laughing for three straight days!

Rob, Maria, Rene and Michele — we celebrate you for celebrating Mobile!

 

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RTJ TRAIL TURNS 25!

Did you know that Mobile has championship golf courses right in its backyard?  Meet Magnolia Grove – a 54 hole beauty that’s carved through indigenous hardwood and pine. It’s a golfer’s paradise and one of the championship courses along the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail {RTJ}.

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Nearly 12 million rounds of golf have been played on the RTJ Trail since opening 25 years  ago!

Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate Golf Tournament

To mark the 25th anniversary, a series of celebrations are taking place across the Trail, with the milestone being recognized at our very own, Magnolia Grove tomorrow {Thursday, June 15.}   And, in honor of this very important milestone – golfers will be able to play Magnolia Grove on Thursday, June 15 for $25, including cart.  {To make reservations call 251.645.0075.} 

RTJ’s 25th festivities will kick off at 11 am tomorrow with a news conference and celebration to follow!

Congratulations, RTJ Trail!!

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Cozy up to the Classics!

In a world where most people are on the go all of the time –  a movie night can be just the re-charge your batteries need.

Saenger Theater

Imagine yourself in this theater, sitting in one of those cozy red velvet chairs, smelling the aroma of freshly popped, heavily buttered {because who wants light butter?} popcorn while one of these famous movies are on the big screen. You can see it, right? That vision is pretty nice, right?  Well, mark your calendars for Summer Movies at the Saenger!

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The series will begin Sunday, July 16 at 3 pm with “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”.  {As if this movie needs a description.}  This 1961 Comedy/Drama/Romance stars Audrey Hepburn as a young New York socialite that charms a young man (George Peppard) who has moved into her apartment building, but her past threatens to get in the way.

 

 

Blazing Saddles

July 23 at 3 pm –Blazing Saddles”, 1974, Comedy/Western – Mel Brooks directs this film about a western town where a corrupt politician appoints a new sheriff who become major adversaries.  Starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder.

 

Color Purple

July 30 at 3 pm – “The Color Purple”, 1985, Drama – Based on the novel by Alice Walker, screenplay by Menno Meyjes and directed by Steven Spielberg.  A story in which a black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering abuse from her father and others over four decades.  Starring Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey.

 

 

Willie

August 6 at 3 pm – “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”, 1971, Fantasy/Musical –  Charlie receives a golden ticket to a candy factory, where there’s an adventure in every turn.  Starring Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson and Peter Ostrum.

 

 

North by

August 13 at 3 pm – “North by Northwest”, 1959, Mystery/Action – A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive. Starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint and James Mason.

And last, but certainly, not least.  Frankly, my dear…..

 

GWTW

August 20 at 3 pm – “Gone with the Wind”, 1939, Drama/Romance – A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.  Starring Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh and Thomas Mitchell.


All shows begin at 3 pm at Mobile’s Historic Saenger Theatre. Doors open at 2:30 pm.   Tickets are general admission: $6 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under and $3 for 60+ senior.  All movies will be seated on a first-come-first-served basis. Tickets are sold at the box offices and are not available for online purchasing.

Tickets can be purchased at either the Saenger Theatre Box Office located at 6 South Joachim Street, Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. or at the Mobile Civic Center Box Office located at 401 Civic Center Drive, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  The Saenger Box Office will open at 12:30 p.m. on the day of the movie.  The main concession stand downstairs will be open for snacks and beverages such as popcorn, sodas, candy, beer, wine and mixed drinks.

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SPRING IS HERE- LET US CHEER!

Spring has sprung in Mobile, with events galore!

Check them out!

Thursday-Sunday, March 23-26: Festival of Flowers, Providence Hospital Campus. The 24th Annual Festival of Flowers will take place on the Providence Hospital Campus from Thursday, March 23, through Sunday, March 26. The theme is “Wildly Whimsical,” and the central showcase by Bellingrath Gardens and Home will feature a scene from  the Dr. Seuss book “The Lorax,” with Truffula Trees, Swomee-Swans and Humming-Fish. The Mobile Botanical Gardens Tickets are $12 in advance and $14 at the gate ($13 for seniors and military). Hours are Thursday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For details, or to order tickets, visit festivalofflowers.com. For information on special group packages to visit Bellingrath Gardens and Home during the Festival of Flowers weekend, visit bellingrath.org.

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Saturday, April 1: 24th Annual Camellia Classic Open Car Show, Bellingrath Gardens and Home. Enjoy a display of hundreds of vintage and classic automobiles on Saturday, April 1, as Bellingrath Gardens and Home hosts the Mobile Bay Mustang Club’s 24th Annual Camellia Classic Open Car Show on the Great Lawn. It’s all for a good cause, too; proceeds from car registrations will go to Feeding the Gulf Coast (formerly Bay Area Food Bank) and the Autism Society of Alabama. Admission is $13 for adults and $7.50 for children. Tickets may be purchased at the Gardens. To register a car, visit the Mobile Bay Mustang Club’s website, mobilebaymustangclub.org. For details about the Camellia Classic Car Show, visit www.bellingrath.org.

Friday, April 7: 85th Anniversary of Bellingrath Gardens and Home. Walter and Bessie Bellingrath developed the beautiful property now known as Bellingrath Gardens from a rustic fishing camp purchased in 1918. Over the years, more and more friends and family members would venture to the property to admire the gardens. On April 6, 1932, Walter Bellingrath placed an ad in the Mobile Register, inviting the public to tour the Gardens the next day. The Bellingraths were stunned by the response: Nearly 4,700 visitors arrived, causing a huge traffic jam. The couple decided to keep the Gardens open to the public and to charge a small admission fee. Life at their idyllic Fowl River retreat would never be the same. To celebrate this milestone, guests are invited to enjoy the Gardens on April 7, 2017, at a special admission rate of $8.50 per person. Other surprises will be in store! Join us on this special day in the history of Bellingrath Gardens and Home.

Saturday, April 8: Easter Egg Hunt on the Great Lawn at Bellingrath Gardens and Home. Hop on down to Bellingrath for a morning of Easter fun with our annual Easter Egg Hunts! Thousands of Easter eggs will be scattered across the Great Lawn for children to collect, and there will be plenty of candy and treats for little ones to fill their Easter baskets. There will be three hunts for different age groups. After the egg hunts, families are encouraged to enjoy other Easter activities within the Gardens. Admission is $13 for adults and $7.50 for children ages 5-12 will be charged. Children ages 4 and younger are always admitted free. For details, visit www.bellingrath.org.

Sunday, April 16: Easter Sunrise Service at Bellingrath Gardens and Home. As the sun rises over Bellingrath Gardens and Home on Easter Sunday, guests are invited to a special Sunrise Service on Live Oak Plaza. The service will begin at 6:30 a.m. and is open to everyone in the community. There is no admission charge. A limited number of chairs will be set up and guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs. After the service, breakfast will be available for purchase in the Magnolia Café. In the case of inclement weather, the service will be moved indoors into the Magnolia Café.

Friday, April 28: “Invasive Exotics” lecture with  Fred Nation. Come out to Mobile Botanical Gardens to hear from Botanist and Author, Fred Nation as part of the Mobile Botanical Garden’s 2017 Lecture series. To reserve your spot, call (251)342-0555.

Friday, May 12: National Public Gardens Day. This is a day to recognize the importance of public gardens in promoting environmental stewardship and awareness. At Bellingrath, we’ll offer a special behind-the-scenes tour of our Production Greenhouses, conducted by our Horticulture Management Team. Find out how we grow the signature displays that provide beauty to more than 110,000 visitors each year. The one-hour tour will start at 10:30 a.m. and is included in the regular Gardens admission of $13 for adults and $7.50 for ages 5-12. There is no charge for Bellingrath members or for children ages 4 and younger. Registration is requested; to register, call 251-973-2217.

Friday, May 12: “Paleobotanical Discoveries in Alabama” lecture with Dr. Brian Axsmith. Come to Mobile Botanical Gardens to hear from Head of Botany at the University of South Alabama, as part of the Mobile Botanical Garden’s 2017 Lecture Series.  To reserve your spot, call (251)342-0555.

Sunday, May 14: Mother’s Day Garden Concert, Bellingrath Gardens and Home. The Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra will present our annual Mother’s Day Concert at 1 p.m. (The earlier time will allow members of the orchestra to attend a graduation ceremony later that same day.) Bring Mom to enjoy music in the beautiful surroundings of the Gardens! Limited seating is available, and guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs. Guests are also welcome to bring a picnic lunch; beverages and snacks will be available to purchase. The concert is included in the regular Gardens admission of $13 for adults and $7.50 for ages 5-12. There is no charge for Bellingrath members or for children ages 4 and younger.

Saturday, May 20: Mrs. Bellingrath’s Birthday Celebration, Bellingrath Gardens and Home. Born on May 20, 1878, Bessie Morse Bellingrath left an enduring legacy of beauty in the Gardens and Home she created. Guests are invited to join Museum Director Tom McGehee as he conducts a special tour of the Bellingrath Museum Home, with an emphasis on Bessie Bellingrath’s favorite collectibles. Tickets are $21 for adults and $13 for ages 5-12. Be sure to visit the Gift Shop for the annual “Buy Like Miss Bessie” sale!

Friday and Saturday, May 19-20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Gallery of Gardens, presented by Mobile Botanical Gardens. Volunteers with the Mobile Botanical Gardens carefully select some of the city’s most interesting and elaborate gardens, and help dress them up for the annual Gallery of Gardens. Private gardens in the historic districts of Church Street East, Oakleigh, and DeTonte Square in the City of Mobile will be open to the public for tours. See beautiful gardens, stunning outdoor art and gracious Southern style. To order tickets, visit www.mobilebotanicalgardens.org; tickets will also be available at select Mobile outlets during the month of April. For more information, call 251-342-0555 or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.

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