Eat Play Stay: Birmingham

Mary Staes

Mary Staes

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Welcome to Birmingham!

Birmingham, Alabama, aka The Magic City, is home to some pivotal moments in the Civil Rights Movement and has a thriving food and culture scene. Located five hours from New Orleans, it’s a great place for an educational and fun weekend trip. 

Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

George Barber started a collection of cars in the 60s. Then, in the 90s, Barber sold his car collection and began collecting motorcycles. As a result, Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum holds a Guinness World Record for the largest collection of motorcycles in the world at 1800 motorcycles! The museum also boasts an 800-acre park and a 2.3-mile road course that you can test drive at the museum’s Porsche driving school.

Eugene’s Hot Chicken

Located in the Uptown District of Birmingham, Eugene’s Hot Chicken started as a food truck nicknamed Matilda in 2015. The truck was so popular that owner Zebbie Carney opened his brick-and-mortar two years later. Here you will get Nashville-style hot chicken that is always fresh and never frozen.

Blue Pacific

This family-owned Thai restaurant opened in a former gas station, and Blue Pacific has been making waves ever since. Known for its Pad Thai, Blue Pacific has created a menu that locals have come to love, and this spot gets major bonus points for having gluten-free options!

Alabama Peanut Company

Owner Jaime Thursby’s Alabama Peanut Company offers over 80 flavors of the tasty snack such as Cajun roast, salted roast, pineapple-lava, and dill pickle ranch. Initially founded in 1907, Alabama Peanut Company uses antique roasters to make sure your peanuts are roasted to perfection.

Rickwood Field

Rickwood Field is America’s oldest baseball park. Built-in 1910, it served as the home park for the Birmingham Barons and the Birmingham Black Barons of the Negro leagues. Over 130 hall-of-famers have played here, including Babe Ruth, Willie Maes, and Ty Cobb. The mini-museum at the field is packed with baseball memorabilia and artifacts. 

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Civil Rights is an American story, and Birmingham Civil Rights Institute tells it beautifully with its immersive experience. You will experience what life was like in the 1960s and how important the Civil Rights movement was for all Americans. Experience the difference in classrooms, public transportation, church, and more in the Barriers Gallery. The story here is one of growth and revolution. 

Marty’s PM

Located in the Five Points District of Birmingham, Marty’s PM has been a local favorite for cold drinks, food, and live music since 1993. This late-night destination serves food until 5 a.m., seven-days-a-week, 365-days-a-year and the place to be after a long night of partying.

Birmingham Tree House

This blend of hospitality and healing combines yoga with a pet-friendly bed and breakfast for the most relaxing stay you may find in Birmingham. Owner Renny Ratliff has created a relaxing art haven where visitors escape everyday life. Renny might be the owner of Birmingham Tree House, but Tree, the doggie inn-keeper, runs the show here. 

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