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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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Mobile Plays Host to Navy Week

 

America’s Navy is celebrating in Mobile!

Mobile was selected as one of the 15 cities selected to host a Navy Week, one of the Navy’s signature outreach programs.

Mobile Navy Week is scheduled around one of the best weekends of the year – Mardi Gras weekend!  So, there will be no shortage of events and fun over the next week!

Mobile Navy Week is scheduled for February 22-28, coincident with a port visit from USS Mitscher (DDG 57) and designed to give area resident and visitors an opportunity to learn about the Navy, its people and its importance to national security and prosperity.

Take a look at the week-long celebration!

Thursday, Feb. 23

8:50 a.m. – Navy Week Mobile Kick-off Event at Battleship Memorial Park

5:30 p.m. – Navy Parachute Team, “Leap Frogs” Jump at Mardi Gras Park

 

Friday, Feb. 24

TBD – Navy Sailors Participate in Habitat for Humanity Project

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Navy Oceanographic Office at Exploreum Science Museum

6:30 p.m. – Navy Band in Crewe of Columbus Parade

 

Saturday, Feb. 25

8:00 to 10:00 a.m. – USS Mitscher Open for Public Tours

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Navy Oceanographic Office at Exploreum Science Museum

10:30 a.m. – USS Constitution Color Guard in Floral Parade

12:00 to 6:00 p.m. – Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Divers at Mardi Gras Park with Dive Tank

1:00 to 3:00 p.m. – USS Mitscher Open for Public Tours

2:00 p.m. – Navy Band Concert at USS Alabama Park Pavilion

6:00 p.m. – Navy Band in Mystics of Time Parade

 

Sunday, Feb. 26

8:00 to 10:00 a.m. – USS Mitscher Open for Public Tours

12:00 p.m. – Navy Band Concert at Mardi Gras Park

12:00 to 6:00 p.m. – Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Divers at Mardi Gras Park with Dive Tank

1:00 to 3:00 p.m. – USS Mitscher Open for Public Tours

5:00 p.m. – Navy Band in Le Krewe de Bienville Parade

 

Monday, Feb. 27

10:30 a.m. – USS Constitution Color Guard in King’s Parade

12:00 p.m. – Navy Band in Floral Parade

12:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Navy Community Relations Project at Feeding the Gulf Coast Food Bank

4:30 p.m. – Navy Band Concert at Mardi Gras Park

 

Tuesday, Feb. 28

8:00 to 10:00 a.m. – USS Mitscher Open for Public Tours

1:00 p.m. – Navy Band in King Felix III Parade

1:00 to 3:00 p.m. – USS Mitscher Open for Public Tours

 

For more information, contact:

Lieutenant David Carter

901-874-5590

David.carter@navy.mil

Before You Reach The Beach

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Heading to the beach this summer?  Need to stretch your legs? Instead of driving THROUGH Mobile this time, plan on stopping off for a bit to find out what this old city has new to offer. With the opening of GulfQuest National Maritime Museum last fall and great new exhibits at the Gulf Coast Exploreum and the History Museum of Mobile, an afternoon in downtown Mobile before you reach the beach is a perfect time to wait out the traffic and have family fun in the cultural center of the Gulf Coast.

 

Over a dozen new locally owned restaurants and shops have opened in the past few years in our historic downtown and entertainment district while favorite attractions like the USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park, Bellingrath Gardens and Home, the Mobile Museum of Art, the Mobile Carnival Museum, historic homes and other museums continue to provide one-of-kind experiences for every generation. There are now several city tour options (car, van, bus, historic trolley and -coming soon- duck boats!) that even let you cover more ground in a limited amount of time.

 

We know you’ll find enough to do to plan on a return trip to Mobile in the fall!

 

Start your trip at the historic Fort Conde Welcome Center, where friendly faces will be on hand seven days a week to distribute city vacation guides, brochures, maps and coupons – located on the corner of Church Street and Royal Street.

Mobile’s Music Scene Is Making Some Noise

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Mobilians are born to celebrate and nothing livens up a celebration more than music. Mobile’s spirited, soulful approach to hospitality makes it the perfect town for musicians and music lovers. This weekend, Downtown Mobile will be rocking to the tunes of over fifty bands, along with an art market and live art competition, food and fun. Founded in 2011, SouthSounds Music Fest is the first festival dedicated to showcasing the best musicians and artists in the South and has grown exponentially, garnering national recognition by musicians, the music industry and fans each year.  SouthSounds is held annually on the second weekend in April in venues and on free public stages throughout Downtown Mobile.   Learn more at www.southsoundsfest.com.

Year-round, you’ll find live music just about everywhere you look. From recent national acts like Robert Plant, Harry Connick Jr. and Dr. John at the historic Saenger Theatre to mega stars like Elton John and Wide Spread Panic at the Mobile Civic Center to nightly shows in pubs and local bars/restaurants featuring our talented local acts, music is a way of life for many Mobilians. (In fact, the lobby of the Saenger proves to be one of the best spots in town – pre-concert – to run into friends, neighbors and newcomers!)

Additionally, take a look at our recommendations for planning your music-filled Mobile getaway:

The Mobile Symphony Orchestra, Mobile Opera and the Mobile Pops offer cultural experiences like no others anywhere along the Gulf Coast.

Ten Sixty Five, the city’s newest outdoor music festival has plans to roll out their second annual concert festival the first weekend of October.

 Live music performances are featured monthly at the LODA Artwalk held on the second Friday of each month.

Other locally owned venues like Alchemy Tavern, Boo Radley’s, BLUEGILL, Café 615, Callaghan’s Irish Social Club, Dauphin’s, Joe Cain Café, The Merry Widow, Moe’s Original Bar-B-Que, O’Daly’s Irish Pub,  OK Bicycle Shop and Veet’s offer live music regularly. Check our website for listings to many more restaurants, bars and music venues.

You’ll find someone singing something somewhere every day in Mobile!

 

 

 

A Doggone Good Time in Mobile

Traveling is fun. Traveling with your favorite furry, four-legged friend is even more fun!  Mobile has long been a dog-friendly destination and we welcome you and your best friend in many ways.  From dog-friendly hotels, restaurants and shops to numerous dog-centric events, we know you will both have a great time in our colorful, coastal town.

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  • There are nearly thirty Mobile area hotels that welcome pets including the historic Battle House Hotel located in the heart of downtown Mobile.
  • The annual Erin Go Paw Fest, Green Dress Run 5K and dog-friendly street party at Callaghan’s brings together hundreds of two- and four- legged friends. Check our event calendar, there are several dog-devoted events, organizations and fundraisers (WoofStock, Delta Dogs) year-round.
  • Take a stroll through downtown Mobile or one of our many historic neighborhoods, you’ll be surprised how many establishments welcome dogs and how many folks will stop, say hello and give your buddy a little pat.
  • The OK Bicycle Shop hosts Doggy Happy Hours on Mondays when the weather is nice.
  • Favorite hangouts like the above mentioned Bike Shop,  Loda Bier Garten, Heroes, Callaghan’s Irish Social Club, Cream & Sugar, Café 615 and many other area watering holes and restaurants welcome your dogs on their patios and porches.  Be sure to ask for free treats (for the dog, you’ll have to pay for yours!)
  • Stop by the Urban Emporium for a great selection of doggy treats, food and accessories (and if you have a cat at home, you’ll find something to bring back.  Not that the cat will care. She’s probably still mad you left.)
  • Dauphin Island, just 45 minutes to the south of Mobile, is the region’s only dog-friendly beach.
  • Chickasabogue Park encompasses over 1,200 acres of beautifully designed trails and recreational areas that offer scenic viewings of Mobile Bay and other waterways. Perfect for stretching all of your legs!