Forbes names Birmingham to worldwide affordable winter 2020 destinations list

The Storyteller. Frank Fleming’s beautiful fountain in the heart of 5 Points Neighborhood. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

According to Forbes, the century old national business magazine, Birmingham is one of the best places to visit for people seeking an affordable winter 2020 destination.

Joining the Magic City on the list? Chicago, Rome, Mexico City, San Diego, Guadalajara, San Antonio, Toronto and Cartagena.

That’s heady company.

Why Birmingham?

Birmingham Alabama
View of Railroad Park from on top of the Elyton Hotel by Pat Byington for Bham Now.

The author of the Forbes story, travel writer Geoff Whitmore, recognizes Birmingham’s James Beard award winning chefs (Thank you Frank Stitt and  Dolester Miles!!) and a growing food scene as the primary draw to the Magic City.

Highlands Bar and Grill was featured by TripAdvisor. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Here is an excerpt from the story – 9 Affordable Winter 2020 Destinations :

“This Alabama destination is growing in popularity and for good reason. Its cultural roots combine effortlessly to produce an amazing food scene, where high-end culinary chops meet down-home flavors. In addition to the restaurants helmed by James Beard Award-winning chefs, you’ll also enjoy a delightful art scene.”

Legendary chef and restauranteur Frank Stitt sitting at “Frank’s Table” a sculpture honoring him commissioned by the National MS Society. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Pleasant Temps

Birmingham’s mild winters were also pointed out as a plus.  The writer did recommended March as a prime time to visit.  We can’t disagreed with that, but we do always seem to get ice/snow storms in late February and early March.

Running List

Photo courtesy of Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham

Birmingham is on a roll when it comes to being  recognized by major national publications.

Over the past 3 years Bham Now has compiled a pretty extensive list of articles featuring the Magic City.

Check it out – it is getting pretty darn impressive.


Forbes – Birmingham named one of the top job markets for the 1st quarter of 2020 by Forbes

fDI Magazine – Birmingham named among top 10 Mid-Sized American Cities of the Future by international publication

Thrillist – Thrillist does a deep dive into Birmingham. Says it should be on everyone’s radar

BBCBirmingham, Alabama: A city using theatres to reinvent itself

Lyric Theatre after re-development. Photo courtesy of Birmingham Landmarks

Conde NastConde Nast declares Birmingham has arrived

Trip AdvisorBirmingham named ‘up and coming foodie city’

Inc. – Birmingham ranks 37 on Inc. 50 Best Places in America for Starting a Business

Birmingham Alabama
Regions Field at night. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Stadium TalkRegions Field named one of the Best Minor League Ballparks in America by Stadium Talk

Dallas Morning NewsThe “good buzz” continues…Birmingham featured in the Dallas Morning News

New York Times – Big News! Birmingham Museum of Art’s Third Space featured in New York Times Best Art of 2017

Wine Enthusiasts – National publication Wine Enthusiast features Birmingham’s “top tier” drinking and dining hot spots

Birmingham, Alabama Skyline
Birmingham, Alabama skyline. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Nylon Magazine – Birmingham sparks attention

Vogue Magazine’s  “the South’s Magic City”

Outside Magazine”s 25 Best Towns of 2017 edition.

Screenshot of the recent Birmingham Audubon video about the W.E. Putnam Urban Farm

The New York Times“Birmingham is ready to surprise you.”

Washington Post“best vacation destinations you’ve never considered” series.

CNN“15 charming cities in the American South you may have overlooked.”

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Pat Byington
Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.
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