Last Friday night, I set out from Tuscaloosa with my sights set on a treehouse Airbnb deep in the woods of Hope Hull, AL. As always, Alabama’s endless hidden gems made for some magical pit stops. Here were some of the road trip’s highlights…
1. The Barefoot Belle
My friends and I started our trip out with lots of energy, but we were feeling a little tired two hours into the drive. We stopped by Hope Hull’s The Barefoot Belle for some refreshments, and were immediately welcomed by Southern charm. The gift shop and farmer’s market is located in a fern-lined country home.
The owners of The Barefoot Belle, Greg and Sabrenia Sanders, were absolutely delightful. They treated us to free samples of their frozen lemonade and peach cider. Both were delicious! The kudzu-scented candle from Lightning Hill Candles was a hit amongst my friends and I, but everything in the shop is a treasure.
Greg and Sabrenia also gave us free cheese straws and pound cake for the road. The Barefoot Belle is a must-shop for Alabama adventurers.
2. The treehouse Airbnb!
To our pleasant surprise, our Airbnb was less than twenty minutes from The Barefoot Belle. Shrouded in Spanish moss and twinkling lights, the treehouse Airbnb in Hope Hull, Alabama is the most unique Airbnb I’ve ever stayed in. The house comfortably sleeps ten, and is suspended by trees and wooden beams alone.
The treehouse is only half the fun of the Airbnb. It’s located on a beautiful retreat-style property filled with wildflowers, forest paths and ponds.
3. Bibb Street Pizza Company
My friends and I started to get hungry, so we headed to Montgomery’s Bibb Street Pizza Co. for dinner. I ordered two slices of cheese pizza with pesto, black olives and sundried tomatoes. It was some of the best pizza I’ve had in Alabama–Bibb does it right with classic New York style za and a bomb marinara sauce. Thin crust, big flavor!
4. Alabama Safari Park
After a bittersweet checkout from our Airbnb, my friends and I were ready for another adventure. We headed to the Alabama Safari Park with no expectations. As soon as we entered, our car was surrounded by water buffalo, rheas (South American ostriches) and llamas. Towards the middle of the drive, we met some friendly zebras. We laughed and screamed more than we had all semester.
The Alabama Safari Park’s giraffe tower was also a highlight. I’ve never been so close to my favorite animal—they ate right from my hands.
5. J.W. Beverette’s Soul Food
By the time we finished the safari, we were feeling quite hungry. We headed back into Montgomery for some soul food at the legendary J.W. Beverette’s. I got the fish sandwich, but my best friend’s southern BBQ wings were the star of the show. The restaurant’s mac & cheese and mashed potatoes were also highlights.
- Location: 1172 S Decatur St, Montgomery, AL 36104
- Contact: 334.313.2457 | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter
Once again, this weekend proved that Alabama is full of secret spots waiting to be discovered.