8 off-the-grid Birmingham getaways within 4 hours of Birmingham starting at $89 a night

Mog Mountain Airbnb in Kimberly
Ready, set, adventure! Photo via Mog Mountain Airbnb

Are workdays and gloomy weather getting to you? Are you looking for a fun but safe way to relax on Valentine’s Day? If you’re already nodding, it’s time for a safe vacation close to home. There’s no need to travel long distances to find an off-the-grid spot close to Birmingham! Check out these 8 fun Birmingham getaways within 4 hours from Birmingham—starting at $89 a night—and plan your stay today.

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Make your reservations now + head to Oxford, MS for MLK weekend

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Eating out in Oxford, MLK weekend
Eating out in Oxford, MS. Photo via Erin Austen Abbott

Nobody needs to be convinced that a change of scenery can be a good thing these days. Did you know that Oxford, MS is less than a three-hour drive from Birmingham? Make your reservation now and head over for the long MLK Day weekend (or any time) to enjoy Civil Rights-era history, the great outdoors and local restaurants.

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Travel + Leisure names Birmingham “Best Places to Travel in 2021”

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Birmingham’s future is looking bright. Photo via Jon Eastwood

Travel + Leisure is one of the largest travel magazines in the world, with almost 5 million readers. They just released their list of the “50 Best Places to Travel in 2021,” and our favorite city made the list. Check it out!

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This Bham-born reporter found the last US slave ship—here’s his story

Ben Raines with a piece of the last US Slave Ship
Ben Raines holds the first piece of Clotilda to see the light of day in 160 years. Raines and a team from the University of Southern Mississippi discovered the wreck in April of 2018, though it was not confirmed and announced until May of 2019. Photo via Joe Turner

Did you catch this clip on the Clotilda, the last slave ship to the US, on 60 Minutes with Anderson Cooper, November 30, 2020? To learn more about this discovery and its impact on the people of Africatown and across the globe, we reached out to journalist Ben Raines and Joycelyn Davis, a direct descendant of Charlie Lewis, one of the Clotilda’s captives and founders of Africatown. Keep reading to find out more.

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Head to Oxford for Winter Wonderland + Holly Jolly Holidays Dec. 6-13

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Oxford Square lit up during the holidays
Oxford Square. Photo via Bham Now

Less than three hours away from Birmingham lies a picturesque Southern snowglobe just waiting to be explored. Enjoy the season and a change of pace in Oxford, Mississippi. Hop in the car and head over between December 6-13 for winter fun, food and festivities. Check out Visit Oxford MS to start planning your trip today.

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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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