Something we hear time and again from first-time visitors to Birmingham is that they never realized the beauty of the area. With the foothills of the Appalachians as a dramatic backdrop, the city is laid out on a series of lush rolling hills, with woodland-covered neighborhoods just minutes from downtown.
That this Southern city has its own cosmopolitan personality is another eye-opener to visitors. It’s hip without being pretentious. It’s tuned-in without being pushy. It’s very cool without exertion. So if you thought you were coming to the Waffle House—not that there’s anything wrong with that—you’re coming to James Beard country instead.
Speaking of dining, fine follows many paths. Should you have us pigeonholed as serving only barbeque and fried pies, just remember that Birmingham is home to numerous James Beard Award winners and nominees. Dining is one of the great joys of being in Birmingham. Anyone visiting the city should take great delight in the beauty of fine Southern cooking here as well. No one wants to leave without a meal of catfish, fried okra, fresh corn, tomatoes ripened on the vine, cornbread (made without sugar, please), all topped off by deep-dish peach cobbler—hot—with a dollop of ice cream.
1. ) What is your destination most known for?
Birmingham is known for its role in civil rights history. Also, in recent years Birmingham has garnered countless awards for its delicious food and restaurants.
2.) During this time, how can we enjoy your destination?
Birmingham has a beautiful climate all year. During the pandemic, we began touting our beautiful topography. We are located at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. We’re home to one of the world’s longest golf courses along the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. The enjoyable climate lends itself to opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, and other outdoor activities.
3.) What hidden gem should not be missed when visiting your destination?
Jim Reed Books/The Museum of Fond Memories-A rare and unusual book loft, housing the “Museum of Fond Memories”. This unique shop contains books as old as 500 years.
4.) What’s one feature that can’t be missed when visiting your website?
Pictures of delicious food. Not your average plate of food. Beautiful cocktails too. And, diners enjoying food and drink.
5.) How did you hear about NATJA, why did you join?
I heard through colleagues while attending a media marketplace.
6.) Is there anything else you feel travel media should know about your destination?
Birmingham will surprise you. The Southern Hospitality is unmatched. We will make you feel welcome. Expect “strangers” to say hello.