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Old 04-07-2009, 11:31 AM
 
Location: in the Southeast
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Hi all! It looks like I'll be moving to either Birmingham or Selma by the end of this month. I currently live in Atlanta and enjoy taking weekend trips to places I can reach within 4 hours. My favorite weekend trip is to the North Georgia mountains, which is about 90 minutes away.

I'm wondering what weekend trips I'll be able to take from Birmingham or Selma. Specifically, I'm looking for locations that are anywhere from 1-5 hours away by car, perhaps have good shopping, nice b&b's, great restaurants, maybe a beach, perhaps some mountains, warm weather... I'm not picky at all, and I'm very much a homebody, so I don't need a lot of nightlife, action, clubs, casinos or things like that. I just like getting away for a couple of days, and usually end up staying in or only going out to eat, shop, or sunbathe.

Any help will be appreciated! Thanks!
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Old 04-07-2009, 12:19 PM
 
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Hiya. Within 4 hours, you have the beach, Chattanooga, the mountains, some very nice state parks with great lodging, Atlanta, Nashville, Callaway Gardens, etc.
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Old 04-07-2009, 01:48 PM
 
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Alabama has a great State Park system with some fantastic Golf Courses. Plus nature!

New Orleans is within the 5 hour travel time you mentioned. Orange Beach and Gulf Shores are a few hours away. Wind Creek Casino (I-65 at Atmore) is a fun stop on the way to the beach. Huntsville (less than 2 hours) is worth a day trip (Space and Rocket Center).
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Old 04-07-2009, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Alabama!
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Put it on your calendar: Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic, in Decatur on Memorial Day weekend. www.alabamajubilee.net

Foley (near Gulf Shores) has a balloon rally on Father's Day weekend.
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Old 04-08-2009, 04:45 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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If you're an architecture fan there is a Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian house in Florence.

Wright In Alabama - Homepage

You've also got the various pilgrimages and open house weekends in Selma, Demopolis, etc. when the old antebellum homes are open.
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Old 04-10-2009, 09:06 AM
 
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Personally, I like going to the casinos in Mississippi when I have some extra money to spend. Nothing too major, just the slots and other low cost items. For me, that is about a 4-5 hour drive.
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Old 04-15-2009, 06:41 AM
 
Location: AL resident in PA at every oportunity
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I love Dahlonega. My husband was stationed there for a year and it was wonderful!.

I haven't been yet, but I want to check out Camden, AL and Gees Bend. Read the history beforeyou go. Also, Burnt Corn Creek and Ft Mims.
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Old 04-15-2009, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Calera, AL
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I live in Birmingham, but am originally from Mobile. In 4 hours you can be at Gulf Shores, my all time favorite place. The outlets are in Foley, and the food is the best. Gulf Shores also has the Shrimp Festival in October, I have been for 15 years now. They have arts and crafts, paintings, pottery, and live music. It is family orientated, but at night gets a little grown up. (With the music and beer).
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