Staycation Guide: Boutique hotels in Birmingham + itineraries for each

via The Tutwiler Hotel's Facebook
A staycation? Yes, please! Photo via The Tutwiler Hotel’s Facebook

From a global pandemic to important social movements, we could all use a break and change of scenery. Odds are most summer vacation plans have been altered. Luckily, Birmingham’s a great place to be for a staycation. Check out these boutique and other local hotels for some inspiration. I’ve even included a little itinerary for each location just for you.

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RESCHEDULED: U.S. Army Special Ops skydive into Birmingham to honor healthcare workers + where to see them

Don’t miss a unique sight on Tuesday, June 30th. Photo via Black Daggers Facebook

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s actually the U.S. Army Special Ops. On Tuesday, June 30, turn your eyes to the sky for a sight to behold. The Black Dagger Parachute Demonstration Team is coming in hot and skydiving into Birmingham in honor of our healthcare workers. Keep reading to learn where they’ll be heading.

UPDATE: Event rescheduled until further notice due to weather.

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Baseball is back in Birmingham! Check out what Regions Field has in store for summer

Baseball’s back, Birmingham and we’re pumped. Photo via Birmingham Baron’s Facebook

You thought Birmingham baseball was canceled this year? Think again! Beginning this weekend, Regions Field opens up the stadium for their new summer series. Keep reading to find out what they have in store for fun-filled summer weekends.

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Celebrate Pride with these local restaurants + businesses, including Rainbow Margaritas & LGBT+ Sandwich

Paul Cordes Wilm’s “Love is Blind” mural at BMA. Photo via Birmingham Museum of Art’s Facebook

As you all probably know, June is Pride Month. To show support for Birmingham’s LGBTQ+ community, some local restaurants and businesses are rolling out new items. Whether you’re ready to grub or looking to add to your t-shirt collection, here are unique ways to celebrate Pride while staying local.

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4 things to know about Brownville, including Birmingham’s mining origins

A glimpse into the past. Photo via Red Mountain Park’s Facebook

As part of Bham Now’s neighborhood series, we’re taking a look at Birmingham’s historic Brownville community. Although this area is mostly residential, it played an essential role in Birmingham’s booming mining industry which is why we’re dubbed “The Magic City”. Keep reading to learn more.

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RV rentals and sales soar due to wanderlust during a pandemic

I think van life is calling my name. Photo via Gearbox Rental’s Facebook

Remember those RVs your grandparents and their friends had? Well, they’re back but they’re nothing like your grandfather’s. Covid-19 has changed how families vacation and now RVs are the newest trend in travel. We’re talking solar fueled, wifi-enabled, sleek modern designed vehicles. Let’s take a look at where you can rent or buy one in Birmingham as well as some cool features you’d never expect.

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8 Birmingham experiences to share with your dad for Father’s Day

Shout out all the dads and father figures. This one’s for y’all. Photo via Railroad Park’s Facebook by @eyesofcorn on Instagram.

Father’s Day is right around the corner and sometimes it’s hard to know exactly what to get your dad or father figure in your life. Why not give him the gift of a memorable experience? Here are eight ideas for local experience gifts he won’t forget.

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Need a cooldown? Here are 8 spots to get shaved ice + popsicles in Birmingham

Hmm. I’ll take one of each! Photo via Steel City Pops Facebook

Here we go, Birmingham. It’s about that time of year when it’s a hazard to touch the steering wheel after a long day in the sun. To help y’all cool down, here are eight places to grab shaved ice and popsicles in Birmingham.

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What it’s like to dine out around Birmingham right now

You know that feeling when you see your food coming? Yea, we sure did miss that during quarantine. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now.

We’re all fans of dining out in the Birmingham area. But what is it really like to go to local restaurants right now? We’re here to clear the air and give you a peek inside eight restaurants so you’ll know what to expect.

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MURAL PHOTOS: How Birmingham businesses + artists are using art to express solidarity for change

#BHAMSTRONG. Photo by Matthew Niblett for BhamNow

We can all probably agree that these past few weeks have been difficult. However, the way the Birmingham community has come together is astounding. I can personally say that I’ve never experienced this magnitude of positivity, support and push towards change in my short 22 years of life. Local businesses and artists are bringing powerful art to storefronts. Let’s take a visual tour of the incredible murals bringing hope and good vibes to the Magic City.

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19 Birmingham-based restaurants to grab brunch or breakfast

Photo via Yo Mama’s Facebook.

This year has been a doozy for all of us. From experiencing a global pandemic to standing together in solidarity to demand social justice. Although the journey is far from over, I could go for some brunch with friends and family right about now. Here are 19 Birmingham-based spots serving up brunch and breakfast now.

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T-shirts you can buy NOW to support local Birmingham businesses + frontline workers

Ted’s employees reppin’ their Yellowhammer Creative limited edition t-shirts. Photo via @tedsbirmingham.

Birmingham voices are powerful. So are our small businesses that are essential to the fabric of our city. Showing support for local businesses and our wonderful frontline workers doesn’t have to be a daunting task. It can be as simple, yet effective as buying a t-shirt. Keep reading to learn more and how you can start repping your favorite local businesses.

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3 drive-in concerts + where to catch a drive-in movie in Birmingham

Photo via Grand River Drive-In’s Facebook. This location is currently under construction.

Who knew that it would take a global pandemic in order for drive-in entertainment to have the comeback it deserves? Now that we’re finding safe ways to have a little fun beyond our four walls, local companies are getting creative. Check out these 3 upcoming drive-in concerts in Birmingham as well as where you can catch a drive-in movie.

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9 location ideas for unique graduation photos in Birmingham

You can find some great backgrounds in unexpected places. Photo via Chaise Sanders for BhamNow.

It’s graduation season and that means one thing: a knockout graduation photoshoot. Grab that cap and gown for some much deserved time in the spotlight. It’ll be a permanent fixture on your family’s fridge so better make it good. Here are 9 places around Birmingham for stellar grad photos.

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