Nicest Place in the South: February 2017

All rivers, they say, flow to the sea, and here in Southern Alabama, that means Fairhope. The city sits high on a sloping plateau, curling itself around the soft brown sand of the Mobile Bay, but despite the panoramic views this offers, you’ll find no towering condos or chronic arcade-bing standing between you and the sunset. The folks of Fairhope subscribe to a different pace, one that mimics the softness of the sea air, the gentle nudge of spent waves, and the quiet of a land utterly at peace with itself. Brimming with artists, writers, and other folks who appreciate the fullness of quietude, this jewel of the eastern shore is easily one of the Nicest Places in the South. (Check back here throughout the month of February for more Fairhope stories and photos.)



A Sea-Worthy Celebration: The Mobile Bay Jubilee

Fairhope, Alabama

It’s one of the craziest things you’ve ever seen: shrimp, crab, eel, flounder—whatever’s been swimming deep in the Bay—all doing their best to get out of the water and into your bucket

Let No Child Fail: The Educational Endeavors of Marietta Johnson

Fairhope, Alabama

Finding a community of like-minded idealists in Fairhope, Marietta Johnson created an environment of learning where children were free to be children and each child’s unique personality was welcomed and cultivated

A Fair Hope of Success

Fairhope, Alabama

Tax law is not, as a general rule, an inspiring subject. For the good folks of Fairhope, Alabama, however, it’s nothing less than the reason for their existence.

Drawing Artists: The Aesthetic Pull of Fairhope

Fairhope, Alabama

When Fairhope was founded, its earliest residents intended the colony to draw the liberal, the open-minded, the thinkers and dreamers and artists. And it did just that.

Have a Fine, Fine Time in Fairhope

Fairhope, Alabama

You’ve got more than just a “fair” chance of having a fabulous weekend in this charming, artsy small town cozied up to the eastern bank of Mobile Bay in south Alabama