Boutique hotel, mixed-use development coming to Parkside

The swanky 140-room boutique hotel will be located at 1600 1st Avenue in Parkside. Photo submitted
The swanky 140-room boutique hotel will be located at 1600 1st Avenue in Parkside. Photo submitted

New plans are in the works to bring another mixed-use property to Birmingham’s Parkside district. Developers announced this week their plans to build a 140-room boutique hotel, residential units, an entertainment venue as well as retail and studio space. Here’s a sneak peek into the plans for Parkside’s latest swanky development.

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5 hikes on Birmingham’s Red Rock Trail System: including the new section of the High Ore Line Trail

High Ore Line Trail. Photo courtesy of the Freshwater Land Trust

We’ve had some gorgeous weather in Birmingham the last few days. You know what that means–it’s time to get outside before it’s hot and muggy.  To make your planning easier, we’ve compiled a list of must-do hikes in and around Birmingham on the Red Rock Trail System, a network of more than 120 miles of trails in Jefferson County.  Read on for more info.

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The SEC Baseball Tournament returns to Hoover May 21-26. Here’s everything you need to know about the action-packed event

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Fans at the 2018 SEC Baseball Tournament. To purchase tickets for the 2019 tournament, visit the SEC Ticket Office. Photo via SEC Baseball Tournament
Fans at the 2018 SEC Baseball Tournament. To purchase tickets for any game during the six day event (or buy tickets to the whole thing!), visit the SEC Ticket Office. Photo via SEC Baseball Tournament

The SEC Baseball Tournament will return to Hoover May 21-26 as the top 12 SEC teams play for a chance to continue their journey to the College World Series in June.  Here are the details, as well as what fun shenanigans you can expect at the Hoover Metropolitan Complex this year.

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7 things to know about building a tiny house from scratch by Bekah Blankenship

Bekah Blankenship is the sister of Bham Now's Jacob Blankenship.
Bekah Blankenship is the sister of Bham Now’s Jacob Blankenship. Photo by Bekah Blankenship

By now, who hasn’t heard about tiny houses? Maybe you’ve seen people talking about them on TV. You may even know someone (or, in my case, three other someones), who either have one or are in the process of building one.

To find out more about what’s behind the hype, we talked to Rebekah Blankenship. She’s the sister of Bham Now social media guy and amazing photographer Jacob Blankenship. He’s also documenting his sister’s process here.

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Don’t miss “Family Camp-Out Night at Railroad Park” this summer, reserve your spot on Monday, May 13

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4th Annual Publix Family Camp-Out hosted by Railroad Park Foundation. Photo courtesy of Railroad Park

Who needs to camp-out in the Sipsey Wilderness or the Great Smoky Mountains when you can experience urban wildlife and the outdoors on Birmingham’s “front lawn” – Railroad Park.

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May flowers, anyone? 17 reasons to visit Birmingham Botanical Gardens now. Win a YP membership!

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Birmingham Botanical Gardens

May 13-19 is National Public Gardens Week! The Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens is giving away two free young professional memberships to celebrate the occasion. Visit Bham Now’s instagram for a chance to win.

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7 reasons we’re obsessed with the West Homewood area in Birmingham

Pizzaria GM in West Homewood. (Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now)
Pizzeria GM in West Homewood. (Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now)

Have you checked out West Homewood recently? Well, I hadn’t in a long time and was pleasantly surprised when I stumbled into the cute area around Patriot Park. A quick walk around the block of darling little bungalows, businesses and restaurants had me dialin’ up my realtor and planning my next family move. Here are the highlights of my adventure.

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23 celebrities you don’t want to miss at the Regions Tradition Pro-Am Day Wednesday, May 8

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The celebrity player list is stacked at the Regions Tradition Pro-Am tournament. From 2018, University of Alabama’s Nick Saban and Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin greet spectators.
The celebrity player list is stacked at the Regions Tradition Pro-Am tournament. From 2018, University of Alabama’s Nick Saban and Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin greet spectators. (Photo via Regions Tradition)

Regions Tradition will once again become the football capital of the South Wednesday, May 8. Many of the south’s legendary coaches and players are set take to the Greystone Golf and Country Club course for the Regions Tradition Pro-Am Day. We’ve got all the details on who to expect on the course. Also, where to score autographs around the grounds.

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Channel your inner yogi at Shipt Yoga on the Green at Regions Tradition Sunday, May 5

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Bring your own mat and head to Shipt Yoga on the Green Sunday, May 5. (Photo submitted)
Bring your own mat and head to Shipt Yoga on the Green Sunday, May 5. (Photo submitted)

Shipt Yoga on the Green is the perfect way to kick off the Regions Tradition at Greystone Golf and Country Club in Hoover. Come for the yoga featuring Birmingham’s top instructors, stay for the wine (and margs!) at the Wine Down Social Hour. Find out more.

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Alabama Butterfly Atlas adds new “search by color” feature. Site includes eggs, caterpillars and more

Photo of a Summer Azure butterfly egg taken in 2017 by Sara Bright.

Sara Bright, Birmingham co-author and photographer of the book Butterflies of Alabama informed Bham Now this week that the Alabama Butterfly Atlas has added a new “search by color” feature on their popular nature website.

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UAB is planting an environmentally conscious future. Learn how the campus’s more than 4,000 trees are improving Birmingham

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UAB staff planting tree during 2019 Arbor Day celebration. Photo courtesy of UAB Sustainability

This Spring, visit the Vulcan Park and Museum. Purchase a ticket to take the elevator to the top of Vulcan’s pedestal. Look north toward the Birmingham skyline. Below you and to the west is the UAB campus, spread out over 100 blocks on Birmingham’s Southside.

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Alabama Scenic River Trail to host nations longest paddle race this fall—a 650-mile journey in just 10 days. Can you do it?

Paddlers from all over the country will come to Alabama for the 650 mile race down the Alabama Scenic River Trail. Photo submitted

Get your paddles ready. The Great Alabama 650, a 650-mile paddle race down the Alabama Scenic River Trail, will take place this fall. Find out all the details, plus what’s up for grabs for the winners!

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