Fancy a slice of Black Bottom Pie
or Snickerdoodle Pie
? How about taking in a craft demonstration, or viewing quilts and meeting the ladies with the stories behind them.
Those just some of things you’ll find along Southwest Alabama’s culinary trail
As you can tell, the phrase “savoring the experience
” takes on a whole new meaning as you explore this trail. Meandering its way through 11 counties, collectively known as the Black Belt
, it introduces you a part of the state you might not be familiar with, but will enjoy discovering.
“We offer something people will love,” comments Linda Vice, director, Southwest Alabama Regional Office of Tourism and Film
. “Not only will they be well fed , but also well entertained, too.”
“The trail introduces everyone to the interesting and the unusual in the area.”
Vice points out the trail is both a food and
“While food is an integral part, it’s so much more than that. There’s cultural experiences tied in with it as well.”
Not only is there information on what to do, see and eat, but also where to stay. Much like the area itself, the suggested accommodations have their own unique stories and histories
Some of the trail’s other highlights include:
- Linger over breakfast at the Pancake House, which has served Selma for over 50 years. Afterwards, tour some of the town’s museums.
- Visit and tour Alabama’s oldest working farm, Holmestead Farms in Marion.
- Sample some of Mama Nem’s Pepper Jelly at Alabama Rural Heritage Foundation in Thomaston.
The culinary trail is suitable both individuals and groups. Self-guided for individuals, you can pick and choose where you want to go. For groups of 12 and more, Vice’s office will work with the group’s time frame and interest explore a part or all of the trail.
Did you know…While the Culinary Trail is the newest trail in Southwest Alabama, don’t forget the others like the Ghost Story Trail and the Birdhouse Trail. Always something to explore in this part of the state.
photo credit: courtesy of Southwest Alabama Regional Office of Tourism and Film