7 reasons to head to Oxford, MS for your fall getaway, including Square Books

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Square Books in Oxford is a must see for anyone interested in literary tourism in Faulkner's hometown
Square Books has been on the historic town square in Oxford, Mississippi since 1979. Photo via Visit Oxford

Raise your hand if you’re as ready for a fall getaway as I am ✋🏽. We found seven reasons to hop in the car to visit Oxford, Mississippi, including the chance to see Ole Miss, stroll Faulkner’s old stomping grounds and visit Square Books. Less than three hours away from Birmingham, Oxford has an abundance of fun things to do to keep you and yours busy for a weekend or more.

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Spelunking + exploring some of Alabama’s underground caves

Can you believe Stephens Gap is just a short drive away from Birmingham? Photo via Outdoor Alabama on Facebook

Have you heard of spelunking? I hadn’t until a few weeks ago, but now that I’ve taken a deep dive into everything underground, I’m fascinated. Here’s a look at this adrenaline rush of a hobby and some of Alabama’s most awe-inspiring caves.

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Pack your bags! 3 types of fall getaways you can enjoy in DeKalb County

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I’ll hit the road right now if it’s headed to anywhere that looks like this. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

After this year, we’re all in need of a peaceful getaway—and DeKalb County is the place to do it. With some of the most beautiful outdoor offerings and fall foliage in the country, Alabama’s Mountain Town is the perfect autumn destination. They truly have a trip for everyone, and we did the work for you.

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Natural Bridge Park: Adventures with Adamson Ford ep. 6

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The longest natural bridge east of the Rockies. Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

Over 200 million years ago, most of Alabama was covered in a shallow sea. When the water washed the sandstone away, ancient iron ore veins were left behind. Today, that iron ore is holding up a massive natural bridge. We went to check it out for ourselves, thanks to our friends over at Adamson Ford.

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3 ways you can become an Alabama State Parks champion

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King’s Chair at Oak Mountain State Park. Photo from the Alabama State Park Facebook page

When you enter Oak Mountain State Park, the entrance road is called John Findlay, III Drive. Have you ever wondered, who was John Findlay, III?  A park ranger? An Alabama state legislator or local politician in the area? A former landowner? None of the above.  

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The Sunflower Field: Adventures with Adamson

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Blue skies and golden flowers, what more could you want? Photo via Bham Now

The Sunflower Field is one of the most popular summer day trip destinations in Alabama. They’ll still be open for another week or so, but if you can’t make it down this year, don’t worry. Our friends over at Adamson Ford helped us to go capture the experience for you. It’s less than an hour and a half from downtown—come tag along!

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Staycation Guide: The freshest Airbnbs around Birmingham + itineraries for each

Say no more. I’m packing my overnight bag now! Photo via Airbnb

Whether you’re looking for loft living in the heart of downtown or an off-the-grid getaway in the woods, Birmingham offers impressive Airbnbs for those staycations. Here are some to check out. Psst! I even included a little itinerary for each location just for you.

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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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Turkey Creek Nature Preserve: Adventures with Adamson Episode 3

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Sunshine and cool shoot locations—that’s about all we need. Photo via Bham Now

Your summer playground awaits. The best part? It’s just half an hour from downtown Birmingham. Our friends over at Adamson Ford lent us a sweet ride so we could go see it for ourselves. Find out all you need to know before you go right here!

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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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4 nature escapes when you’re ready to return to Alabama’s Gulf Coast

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Enjoy a scenic nature escape at the Alabama Gulf Coast. Photo by Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

There’s no denying that we’ve all undergone some major life shifts the past few months. And with summer here, we are all in some serious need of a break from the real world. If you’re craving a summer getaway, but are still trying to lay low, Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism is ready when you are with these nature escapes that are off the beaten path. Bonus: you’ll still be able to dig your toes in the sand. 

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Blount County Covered Bridges: Adventures with Adamson Episode 2

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Your favorite road trippers ready to guide you on your next adventure.

A day spent adventuring through some of the most stunning countryside Alabama has to offer. A historic trail that feels like a step back in time. We teamed up with Adamson Ford to bring you the perfect day trip to kick off your summer. Read on for an inside look + your very own road trip map!

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