3 vineyards near Birmingham, AL that are nothing to wine about

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Looks like our kind of hangout. Photo via Corbin Farms on Facebook

Birmingham, AL has no shortage of delicious food, stunning natural scenery, and unique cocktail bars. However, something I never knew was thriving in the Magic City is the wine scene!

Fantastic blends that are bottled in Birmingham are enjoyed all over Alabama and beyond—and you can get an inside look.

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5 places to buy fresh flowers in Birmingham, including the NEW Magic City Flower Market

We’re big fans of fresh flowers here at Bham Now! Photo by Meghan Murphy

With the time change, many of us are getting home from work or school after dark. The winter blues are something many can relate to, but did you know it’s actually a real condition?

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that generally occurs during the fall and winter months. One way to combat it? Fresh flowers and houseplants! Here are five places to buy in Birmingham.

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6 indoor activities to get you moving in Birmingham

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Forma Arts + Wellness offers tons of fun ways to break a sweat. Photo from Forma Arts + Wellness Facebook page.

As the weather in Birmingham is finally cooling off, it’s time to say goodbye for now to many outdoor activities that we all love, like swimming at Oak Mountain. Because of this, it can be hard to find ways to stay active during the colder months, especially ways that make it fun. 

Thankfully, there are plenty of indoor activities located around Birmingham that will get you up, on your feet and having a blast. Here are six locations with great indoor activities for this fall and winter season.

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5 places to volunteer with the elderly in Birmingham, AL

In the past year, Meals on Wheels delivered more than 231,000 meals (and even more smiles!) to homebound seniors. Photo via United Way on Facebook

It’s a fact: volunteering is good for you and good for others. Plus it gives good back to our community right here in Birmingham. There are hundreds of local nonprofits, centers, and more that do wonderful work in our city.

If you love spending time with the elderly, here are 5 places to check out!

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34 pet-friendly hotels in Birmingham, PLUS meet the Bham Now mascots!

Meet Ginny! She’s the very best chocolate lab you will ever meet and yes, I will argue with you about that. Photo via Beth Cunningham

The holiday season is quickly approaching, and everyone knows that means prime travel time. Whoever you have coming to visit you in Birmingham, tell them to bring their fur babies along! The Magic City is fun for all—even Fido. Check out 34 hotels all over Birmingham that will welcome your pets with open paws.

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4 places in Birmingham to get your locally-made National Chocolate Day fix

Who says Halloween candy is just for kids? Photo via Honeycreeper Chocolate

Calling all chocolate lovers! Today is YOUR day. Grab your truffles, bars, and bonbons—October 28 is National Chocolate Day, and we’re ready to celebrate with deliciously decadent treats made right here in Birmingham. Check out four local chocolatiers where you can get your chocolate fix!

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6 independent bookstores to check off your list in Birmingham, AL

Check out #2 on this list for details on this unique bookstore and community space. Photo via Burdock Book Collective on Facebook

Cold and dreary weather is coming—and you know what that means. Bookstore season! Spending a rainy afternoon perusing a local bookstore has to be on the list of best activities on Earth. Check out these six independent bookstores in Birmingham, and start making your winter reading list!

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5 best places to play retro and modern arcade games in Birmingham

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Paramount in downtown Birmingham has food, drinks and games… What more could you want? Photo from Paramount Bham Facebook page

With flashing lights, tickets streaming and people cheering, there’s nothing quite like that classic feel of an arcade. Even though I grew up in the internet age of the ’90s and 2000s, my Dad made sure that I was educated in the arcade classics. On trips out of town, we’d always try and find someplace to play Pac-Man or battle it out in skeeball. 

Need something to do while you’re waiting for the game to start this weekend, or something to burn off your buzz after? Whether you want nostalgic games or to try something new, here are five great Birmingham places to get your arcade fix.

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X marks the spot: 13 spooky Birmingham places to check out. FREE map included!

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Abandoned coffins. Photo via Josh Box of Underground Birmingham

A chill is in the air and Halloween is upon us, Birmingham. What better way to celebrate than to go explore some of Birmingham’s very own spooky spots? Below is a list of places where things go bump in the night… get a friend, hop in the car, and check them out, if you dare! 

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Happy Halloweek! 5 ways to celebrate spooky season in Birmingham

We love spooky season around here. Photo via Bham Now

All Hallows’ Eve is almost here. Looking to get in the spooky spirit? Here are five ways to send chills down your spine right here in Birmingham. From ghost tours to creepy cocktails, it’s time to seek out those things that go bump in the night in our Magic City.

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5 outdoor activities within one hour of Birmingham to get you in the autumn spirit

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My college roommate and I are big fans of fall road trips and outdoor activities alike.

I don’t know about you, but as soon as temperatures get below 75 degrees, all I want to do is go get some fresh air and enjoy the sunshine. Autumn is a favorite season for many, and for good reason! If you’re looking to get in the autumn spirit, check out these 5 outdoor activities within an hour of Birmingham, AL.

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Moving out and moving up – check out three organizations in Birmingham helping young professionals connect in the city.

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Movers, shakers and everything in-between, Birmingham is growing and it’s time to get your foot in the door. Photo via Dustin Massey Studios for Creative Mornings.

You moved the tassel from right to left and your resume template is so perfectly crafted from Canva.com that it mimics Photoshop work, and now it’s time to enter the world of the young professional.

With any luck you’ve found yourself starting a career in Birmingham, but moving to a city where everyone seems to know everyone is intimidating. Here is a sneak peek into three organizations who can help you make waves.

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11 women in wellness making Birmingham healthier

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Jasper Elliot Wolfe of Conscious Body Healing Arts Center. Photo by R. Daniel Walker

If you’ve spent any time in wellness spaces in Birmingham, you’ve probably noticed there are a lot of women helping other women find balance and wholeness in their lives.

We decided to introduce you to 11 of these women and what they have to offer. We know we can’t include everybody. So, do be sure to tag us @bhamnow to let us know who we missed!

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