Only about ten miles off the well beaten path of interstate Hwy 10 lies the small town of Fairhope, Alabama. Not to take away from other attractions in the area but giving this town your time for a detour or a stay is worth it only if you are not in a hurry because Fairhope is not in a hurry. Take the south bound exit for Daphne and keep heading south on Hwy 98. Follow you nose to the water where you will find a big public pier. Lost? Just ask someone. The water is on your right, find it where you can, keep going south and you will end up either at Weeks Bay or the Gulf of Mexico.
This town is loaded with artsy and social history that would make you think it was more a mecca of northern liberalness instead of being tucked deep below the bible belt with a high percentage of Baptist inhabitants.
It was stated once, "Fairhope is kinda weird, there are too many people who look like John Lennon there." They have all grown old but to this day there is this special thing about being from Fairhope. Talk to some locals and you know you are in the deep south while talking with others you would think you are in an over the top artist colony...single tax colony that is. Look it up. There is even a history of a nudist colony near old Fairhope. Sorry, long gone.
While in the area you may as well stay a few days and check out all the sites and places. Gulf Shores, Ft. Morgan, Ft. Gaines, USS Alabama battle ship, Old Towne Daphne, Mobile, etc. The locals may travel away to seek their way as young adults but most of them return someday because the place is just that nice. It is a real home town.
As once stated at a party to a guest, "Where ya from?" "Fairhope," he replied. Man answered, "No you're not, if you were, I'd know ya., where are you really from?" "Rhode Island," the guest replied.