FAIRHOPE — In a new report, World Atlas identified eight towns in Alabama with the best main streets. Those compiling the list considered local stores and eateries, landscapes, monuments and area attractions.
Fairhope, in Baldwin County, made the top of the list. The report highlighted Fairhope's businesses and the Fairhope Pier, along with surrounding parks and wildlife sanctuaries.
"With its tranquil setting and picturesque beauty, Fairhope is an optimal destination for a serene retreat," the report stated.
Fairhope mayor Sherry Sullivan said it's all about the attention to detail.
"It's an honor to be named in that because we are not even in that Main Street program," she told 1819 News. "And so it really was nice to be recognized like that. It really is all about paying attention. We will see little limbs out of place or something and I say, 'Hey, we need to get that.' It's like that at the ballpark, too. We just make sure everything is in its place and work hard to keep it that way."
Historic downtown Eufaula also made the list thanks to its antebellum buildings and traditional Broad Street. The report also mentioned Lake Eufaula and the city's natural resources.
The city of Prattville's "main street" is actually named Court Street. The area attracts travelers with a variety of shops and eateries. It is also close to the Autauga Creek Canoe Trail and the Prattville Wilderness Park.
"Prattville is an outstanding spot for those seeking to explore Alabama's beauty and abundant past," the report stated.
The other towns that made the cut were Florence, Athens, Opelika, Cullman and Gadsden.
To view what World Atlas had to say about all eight main streets, click here.
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