Ft. Payne, Alabama - Any advice for visiting?

Jan 15th, 2009, 06:44 AM
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Ft. Payne, Alabama - Any advice for visiting?

My two friends are planning a trip this June to Ft. Payne, to attend a concert by Randy Owen (lead singer from Alabama). They will be flying into the Chattanooga, TN airport, then renting a car to travel to Fort Payne.

Any recommendations on where to stay, where to eat, other points of interest, or just general info about the area would be appreciated.

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Jan 15th, 2009, 06:51 AM
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Chattanooga is a great city (I happen to live here). When in June and for how long ??

There is the Riverbend Festival from the 5th thru the 13th. Lots of great musical performances.

Chattanooga Aquarium is first rate and a good place to visit.

Baseball team is AA minor league team and great ballpark to easily and cheaply see a ball game.

The Smokies are less than an hour away.

Lots of good restaurants also.

if you need more info, let me know.
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Jan 15th, 2009, 03:35 PM
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Hi Robyn,

I guess your friends know there is a huge "Alabama" fan club/museum in Ft Payne.
Been by it a million times, but never been inside.

They might want to check into VRBO to find a nice place to stay.

Ft Payne is at the foot of Lookout Mt.
Lots of neat cabin/chalet type places on the brow of the mt.
Otherwise, just your basic chain type places to stay along I-59.

Mentone, Al.or the Cloudland, Ga. area has some neat B & B's.
Mentone is a pretty neat town.

There are lots of camps in this area, and in June some will have started their summer sessions.
This means all the cool places to stay get booked by parents bringing or picking up their kids.

Do a search for Mentone. I can't do links. There is several websites to give you some ideas.

Lots of nature in the area.

I will work on ideas for resturants.

Chattanooga is 45 minutes away and is a great small city. Lots to do there, and nightlife.

If they are into more pricey digs, check out the Inn at Gorham's Bluff.

Give me some more details and I will put my thinking cap on.

By the way, are you an artist?

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Jan 15th, 2009, 06:12 PM
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Thanks, nygvic and pharlap, for the information.

Either the first or second weekend of June (I can't remember the date) Randy Owen is throwing a free concert/party for all the members of his fan club, of which one of my friends is a member. So this was a perfect opportunity for a road trip.

They are planning on flying into Chattanooga on Thursday, arriving in the afternoon, then driving to Fort Payne. They'll have all day Friday to do all things "ALABAMA". The concert is on Saturday, then they will fly home on Sunday.

The "Alabama" fan club/museum, I'm sure, is on their list of things to see. They also mentioned a park with statues of the Alabama band members. Any additional info on name, location of the park, etc would be appreciated.

Does Ft. Payne have a downtown area, with a "Main Street", and little shops and restaurants?

How far is Mentone from Ft. Payne?

I checked out vrbo.com and they have a great Little River Canyon hand-hewn cabin available, which would be perfect for them! They're "Country" girls who like the rustic look. Thanks for the suggestion.

They might enjoy some country dancing. Any suggestions?

pharlap - I use to be an artist... I spent 15 years making "art stuff", and selling enough of it to make a decent living. However, after 9/11 there seemed to be less expendable income to spend on unnecessary "stuff", so a few years ago I closed up shop and was lucky enough to find a "real" job. That means less time to post on Fodor's, but more money to afford travelling.

Robyn >-
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Jan 16th, 2009, 03:19 AM
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Since they have such a short stay, they should stick to the Ft Payne area.

Mentone is 15 minutes away.

Look at Mentoneal.org. There is a lot of info on events in NE Alabama.

The main street is Gault Ave.

There is a pretty park on that street, close to the old depot, where the bronzes are.
I think!

I know I have seen them, but am not positive.

Ft Payne is a small town. There are a lot of shops on Gault Ave.

I don't know anything about any of the resturants.
There is your basic chains, Ruby Tuesday, Cracker Barrel.

The Little River Canyon and Desota State Park are close and unique.

I'll see what else I can come up with.
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Jan 16th, 2009, 04:54 AM
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That should be mentonealabama.org.
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Jan 18th, 2009, 03:58 AM
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Thank you for the additional information, pharlap.

Robyn >-
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Jan 25th, 2009, 01:47 PM
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Another website to look at, www.thelookoutview.com

Has a whats happening page that covers Lookout Mt. and surrounding areas. Also stories of local interest.
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Jan 28th, 2009, 04:29 AM
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Just an update on my friends travel plans.. they have booked their plane tickets, and have reserved a cabin on Lookout Mountain (through VRBO)! They are so excited about their upcoming travels.

By the way, thanks for the links to Mentone and Lookout Mountain. I found the history of the area just fascinating. All this time I thought Columbus had "discovered" America, now I find out that Prince Madoc of Wales journeyed here around 1180!!

Have a nice day.
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Jan 28th, 2009, 02:25 PM
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Robyn,

I'm so glad I could help and their plans are underway.

Yes, The Lookout View has some cool articles.

I was their featured artist, in December, or therabouts.

As I think of things about Ft Payne, I will post.

My husband is related to Randy Owen, distant cousin, I believe.

Let me know if you have specific questions.
I love living here, so glad to share.

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