DREAMING OF A DAY (OR TWO) IN DECATUR

Decatur is a small town, but it doesn’t lack for things to do, that’s for sure! From a new state-of-the-art natural science museum to the oldest standing bank building in the state, Decatur’s charm is unmistakable. Deciding what to do will be your biggest challenge, but I’m going to make it easy for you. I’ve put together some days you can spend in Decatur, learning more about its history, shopping and eating, and, of course, having fun.

A Girls’ Day Out in Decatur

For your girls’ day in Decatur, you should definitely begin with a hot cup of coffee from High Point Market on Second Avenue. This quirky coffee shop has many delish drinks as well as super friendly service. Relax on the big couch, sipping on your coffee before you head out to explore the town.

Just across the street from High Point Market is Second Read Books, a secondhand bookstore whose main attraction is not the books but a shop cat Callie. Ok, the books are the main attraction, but Callie is the cutest! Grab a couple of books, scratch Callie on the noggin and head up Second Avenue to do a little more shopping.

One of my fave boutique shops on Second Avenue is Miss Muldrew’s. She has lovely farmhouse décor, and her candles are a must. Ray of Sunshine is my all-time fave.

Continuing with the shopping, head over to Bank Street and do a little more retail therapy at Threaded. This adorably trendy boutique has the most fashionable clothing and accessories.

Ok, so you’ve got our shopping fix out of the way, make your way to the Carnegie Visual Arts Center to take in the latest art exhibit. The Carnegie features the work of many local artists. A fun fact about the Carnegie – it was built in 1904 as a library and was one of 2,509 libraries built by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.

All of this shopping and perusing the art gallery will work up an appetite, and downtown Decatur has so many locally-owned restaurants with a unique flare. Grab lunch at Steakdown Street or Josie’s on Second Avenue. Steakdown Street has delicious grilled entrees and burgers, and Josie’s has a more eclectic menu featuring sandwiches, nachos, mahi-mahi tacos, homemade hummus, and more.

After lunch you will need to grab a chocolatey snack from Morgan Price Candy Company and then take a stroll in the beautifully fragrant Rose Garden at Delano Park. This park was founded in 1887 and is one of Alabama’s oldest parks. In the summertime, the hydrangeas are in full bloom, too, and they are absolutely gorgeous.

Shopping, food, and lots of beauty…that’s a good, full day of relaxing fun with the girls, huh? Grab your girlfriends and enjoy this day in Decatur.

Thank you to Melea Hames for this incredible itinerary.

A 1995 Auburn University graduate, Melea is the Social Media Manager for Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association. She started at AMLA in 2010 after teaching middle school English for three years. Prior to that she worked in public relations for an advertising agency in Atlanta, a minor league baseball team in Columbus, Georgia, and for Auburn University. She loves to travel, go to Auburn games, and she just became a foster mom.

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