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“Traveling I-10 in Alabama? Stop by this town.”
Review of Fairhope

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lower alabama
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
54 helpful votes
“Traveling I-10 in Alabama? Stop by this town.”
Reviewed 14 October 2010

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.

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6 Thank ejbpesca
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Glendale
Level 5 Contributor
76 reviews
31 helpful votes
“A nice town outside of Mobile”
Reviewed 4 July 2010

This is a lovely small town with an interesting history and some excellent public art as well as a nice community art gallery. The ice cream shop is worth a stop, and the park along the coast is lovely. The only downside is that all the shops close tight at 5:00 p.m. Be sure to stay in town, not on the main Highway 98, as the town is on Scenic 98..

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2 Thank TakinRTime
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Tampa, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
14 reviews
15 helpful votes
“"Favourite Alabama City"”
Reviewed 25 April 2010

First time visit while on business in Mobile; located on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay. Lovely small coastal city with beautiful parks and a great pier with restaurant, quality shopping, golf courses, fabulous restaurants and art galleries. The street-corner flowerbeds are a sight to behold.

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Harvey LA
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
20 helpful votes
“Simply Delightful town, so charming”
Reviewed 25 March 2010

Such a charming little town. Visited in March 2010. The entire historic shopping district had --spring flowers everywhere. Beautiful tulips, petunia, impatients the list goes on, Town very clean, nice variety of restaurants and coffee cafes. Shops to suit everyone's taste located in 6 block area. Everyone is very friendly and willing to assist you. Very walkable area, plenty of parking and just a stress free environment. Don't miss the pier the sunset are just beautiful and it is only 5 blocks from the center of town. Every thing is conveniently located. We stayed at Hampton Inn in center of town. Also drove to Fort Morgan in Gulf Shores, my husband really enjoyed and so did I. Hope to visit Fairhope again.

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5 Thank southernbelle123
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Ohio
2 reviews
9 helpful votes
“a little bit of Utopia, I'm betting ...”
Reviewed 8 March 2008

As a yearly vacationer to Fairhope, I truly can guarantee that you'll find a bit of what an Utopia must be made of .. tranquil, friendly, beautiful. It's a laid back quaint small town with a highlight on the cultures of art and music and books ~ exceptional people and scenery!

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3 Thank irishgalOhio
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