Wine, Women & Song

Women (and men) can shop ’til they drop and enjoy fine dining and music as well. Our superb vineyards, restaurants and shops show why Alabama offers the best dish in the house.

Day 1

Jazz music echoes from the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame and the nightclubs of Birmingham while dinner sizzles at any one of the many nationally recognized restaurants in Alabama’s largest city. Eat at the restaurant immortalized in the best-selling novel, “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe,” in Irondale. Down the road, sample wine in Harpersville at Morgan Creek Vineyards or take a Blue Bell Ice Cream plant tour in Sylacauga. Return to Birmingham for shopping at the Riverchase Galleria, the largest mall in Alabama. Overnight in the area.

Day 2

Travel to Montgomery where country music legend Hank Williams sang. Visit his gravesite and at the Hank Williams Museum see his ’52 Cadillac on display. Shop at the boutique stores on Mulberry Street and enjoy a “meat ‘n three” at any of the many group-friendly restaurants in town. Travel I-65 south to Perdido where Perdido Vineyards offers free tastings Monday through Saturday in the gift shop. Its line of wines includes 15 flavors, with jams, jellies and non-alcoholic muscadine juices also available. A short distance away is Sweet Home Cheese Farm in Elberta with 15 varieties of naturally-aged cheese without preservatives, coloring or growth hormones. Dine in the area and ask for Alabama wild shrimp, caught just off the coast. Overnight in the area.

Day 3

Shop in Fairhope where over 80 shops, boutiques and cafes are along sidewalks full of flowers. In nearby Foley stop at several antique malls and enjoy over 120 factory stores located in the Tanger Outlet Centre. Enjoy a meal at Lambert’s, home of the “throwed rolls,” or snack at the Stacey Old Tyme Soda Fountain, a charming ice cream parlor. Later that night travel to Gulf Shores to take in the Bart Rocket Magic Show or have dinner at Lu Lu’s, owned by Jimmy Buffet’s sister, Lucy. Overnight in the area.