Past Places

New Smyrna Beach: Art & Artist Enclave (Fall 2016)

Charleston's Most Unique Low Country Dishes (Fall 2016)

Grab a Life Vest, Helmet, and a Paddle (Fall 2016)

Upcoming Exhibitions at the North Carolina Museum of Art (Fall 2016)

The Ultimate Staycay? A Homegrown Mediterranean Get-Away (Fall 2015)

Eight Uniquely Charlotte Experiences (Fall 2015)

Hitting the High Notes of Macon's Music Scene (Fall 2015)

Florida's North Peninsula (Fall 2015)

12 Reasons to Visit Huntsville, Alabama (Fall 2015)

Alabama's Captivating Capital (Fall 2014)

Exploring South Carolina Old 96 District (Spring 2014)

Weekend Getaway to Lake Charles, La. (Spring 2014)

Exploring Northwest Florida's Natural Side (Spring 2014)

Discovering the Lake Oconee Area (Fall 2013)

Cumberland Island National Seashore (Fall 2013)

The Best of Today's Waterpark Rides (Summer 2013)

COOKING CLASSES IN THE SOUTH (Spring 2013)

Have a Southern Houseboat House Party (Spring 2013)

Take Flight: Yes, You CAN Get a Pilot’s License (Spring 2013)

Discovering Hollywood's Backlot (Fall 2012)

Color-Fall Tennessee (Fall 2012)

NASCAR 2012: Upcoming Events Around the South (Summer 2012)

RVacations (Summer 2012)

People Go Wild for Glamping (Summer 2012)

Best Beaches for Beach Bums (Summer 2012)

Heirloom Gardens (Spring 2012)

Unforgettable Experiences Await You at Select Registry Inns in the South (Winter 2011)

Golf with a Southern Drawl (Fall 2011)

Bring Rover on Over - Hotels That Want to Pamper Your Pooch (Fall 2011)

Cabana Mania! (Summer 2011)

Time to Plan for Summer Sleepaway Camps (Spring 2011)

He Said Golf, She Said Spa (Spring 2011)

Edu-Vacation Destination: Charleston, S.C. (Spring 2011)

Getting Your Adventure on in the Mountains (Spring 2011)

Freeze Action (Winter 2010)

No Ordinary Love (Winter 2010)

Spa Spectacular: The Natural Choice (Winter 2010)

Freestyle Mountain Adventures (Winter 2010)

Alabama's Captivating Capital

No doubt about it, history is a big part of Montgomery, Alabama, but there is a lot more to this capital city.

Home to the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, and the Montgomery Biscuits, Montgomery is definitely a destination that everyone needs to visit at least once in their life.

Just one weekend here and you can discover what makes this capital city stand out from others.

Do learn the lay of the land with Blake's Segway Tours.

"It's more fun than a bus tour, and a great way to see the sites," comment Jeff Blake, owner.

Offering three tours limited to groups of four, they range from a 45-minutes Riverfront Tour to a more in-depth Civil Rights/Civil War tour at about 2 hours.

Visit the many museums and historic venues that tell the stories about Montgomery's past.

Civil War buffs should check out the First White House of Confederacy. It served as the residence for Confederate President Jefferson Davis during Montgomery's reign as the Capital of the Confederacy.

For those who want to know more about Montgomery's role during the Civil Rights Movement  need to make sure four places are on their itinerary: Rosa Parks Library and Museum and Children's Wing, Freedom Rides Museum, Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church and the Dexter Parsonage Museum.

The Rosa Parks Library and Museum details the events and people associated with the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The exhibits include a replica of the public bus on which Mrs. Parks refused to give up her seat (the original one is on display at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Mich.), and a restored 1955 station wagon that was used as a taxi to transport people during the boycott. The documents in the collection include a letter from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., dated December 1956 - his first letter as a Civil Rights activist.

Freedom Rides Museum, located at the historic Greyhound Bus Station, features the 1961 Freedom Rides art exhibit. Interpretive panels outside documents the events unfolded when young non-violent protestors, who wanted to end racial segregation in public transportation, stepped off the bus at the bus station.

Tour a living institution, Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, the only church where King pastored from 1954-1960. Completed in 1889, the congregation held its inaugural service in the sanctuary on Thanksgiving Day. The church was designated as a national historic landmark in 1974 and renamed for Dr. King in 1978.  While on the tour, notice the many details on the  10' x 47' mural honoring Dr. King's work during the Civil Rights Movement. Created by retired art teacher and Dexter deacon John W. Feagin, it took him and two of his students two years to complete.

Restored to the time the King family lived at the house (1954-1960), the Dexter Parsonage Museum is filled with original pieces from the family as well as donated pieces. You can see the dining room table where the Southern Christian Leadership Conference was created, as well as the kitchen where Dr. King had an epiphany.

Great for all ages is a self-guided tour of Old Alabama Town, a 19th-century village. Within six blocks, the living history museum features restored and reopened authentic 19th- and early 20th-century homes and structures.

See the 1952 baby-blue Cadillac that Hank Williams died in while heading to Ohio at the Hank Williams Museum. Whether you are a country music lover or just curious about Williams, it is worth visiting the museum. Numerous personal items are only display, such as costumes, clothes, books, instruments and more.

Explore Blount Cultural Arts Park, home to Alabama Shakespeare Festival and the Montgomery Museum of Art.

As the sixth largest Shakespeare theatre in the world, Eve Loeb, development director, calls the Alabama Shakespeare Festival  "the brightest star in Alabama's arts crown."
Opened in 1985, the theatre features around from eight to 10 theatrical productions, depending on the season. Performances include Shakespeare as well as other classics, contemporary works and musicals.

The Montgomery Museum of Art holds the distinction of being the oldest fine arts museum in the state. Free admission for the public, the collection features primarily American paintings, but also Old Master prints, southern regional art and more.

Get on the Alabama River with Harriott II. Departing from the Riverwalk, the riverboat takes a leisurely journey along the scenic river.

Eat very well while in Montgomery. With restaurants like Davis Cafe, TRUE in Old Cloverdale, Shashy's Bakery & Fine Foods, Central in The Alley Station, Railyard Brewing Company, if you don't remember a meal while visiting the city, you didn't try hard enough. For a true Montgomery experience, be sure to make your way to Chris' Hot Dogs, celebrating their 97th year in business.

Stay right the middle of it all. Downtown offers accommodations for all budgets and needs. You find everything from Hampton Inn to Doubletree to Embassy Suites to Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa here.

Did You Know

Montgomery is home to the world's only F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum. The couple rented a house in Montgomery for a brief period, with their daughter, Scottie. Today, the museum houses different artifacts including Zelda's cigarette holder, some of her artwork, a complete collection of Fitzgerald's short stories and more, including a stamp collection that F. Scott and daughter Scottie worked on.

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