These 15 Alabama towns named most charming + 5 of them we love

Alabama Towns / Streets Of Fairhope
Can you guess where this street is? (Liv George / The Bama Buzz)

Southern Living, the widely-read lifestyle magazine based in Birmingham, has announced their list of fifteen charming Alabama towns. Keep reading to discover which of these idyllic close-knit towns we love. 

Most Charming Alabama towns

Southern Living has curated a list of what they believe are some of the most charming small towns in Alabama—see if your hometown is listed!

  1. Opelika
  2. Bayou la Batre
  3. Cullman
  4. Fairhope
  5. Fort Payne
  6. Greenville
  7. Guntersville
  8. Magnolia Springs
  9. Mentone
  10. Monroeville
  11. Muscle Shoals
  12. Orange Beach
  13. Gulf Shores
  14. Dauphin Island
  15. Eufaula

In no particular order, these five particularly have a special place in our hearts. Keep reading to find out what to do and where to eat in each town.

1. Opelika

Fringe Opelika
Try Fringe while you’re there. (Fringe Opelika)

As the sister town to Auburn—AKA the loveliest village—Opelika has captured the hearts of Southern Living from its unique bakeries to the stunning murals. For the small-town foodie, you’ll love the wide variety of local restaurants serving up Southern classics such as the buttermilk pancakes from Zazu Gastropub.

2. Fairhope

Cool Shops In Fairhope
Cool shops in Fairhope. (Liv George / The Bama Buzz)

If you’re looking for one of the most picturesque Alabama towns, then Fairhope should be your next stop. Southern Living appreciates the beauty of impressive Fairhope’s flora, including the streets lined with live oaks draped in Spanish moss to bright.

This isn’t the first time Southern Living has recognized Fairhope for its beauty. Earlier this year, Fairhope ranked third best small Alabama town.

3. Fort Payne

Little River Canyon
The iconic Little River Canyon Falls. (Pat Byington / Bham Now)

Play me some mountain music at Fort Payne. Formerly known as Alabama’s sock capital, Fort Payne is home to Little River Canyon National Preserve and DeSoto State Park, some of the hiking spots in Bama!

4. Guntersville

Alabama Towns
Lake Guntersville’s breathtaking view! (Madison Croxson / The Bama Buzz)

The adventures you’ll make at Lake Guntersville is reason enough to classify this town as charming. Guntersville is number seven for its miles of shoreline and walkable downtown with multiple places to shop.

Guntersville was also named the best lake town in Alabama for the food, the ziplining and the fishing.

5. Mentone

To no one’s surprise, the small haven that’s Mentone made it to the most charming Alabama towns list. This cozy town makes for the perfect weekend getaway, just rent a comfortable Airbnb and grab a bite at one of their many Southern comfort food restaurants.

Do you agree with this ranking of the most charming Alabama towns? Let us know by tagging us @BhamNow.

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Lover of Weiss Lake in the summertime and camping at Cheaha in the autumn.

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