Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Well... It's a marvelous night for a Date Night

Whether your celebrating a birthday, anniversary or a weekend getaway, Calhoun County has many great date night spots. 

1024 Noble Street, Anniston
(256) 237-5388
Known for their Shrimp & Grits, this Downtown Anniston favorite brings classic southern dishes and combines them with fine dining. 

501 Pelham Road North, Jacksonville
(256) 782-0008

Effina's Downtown
919 Noble Street, Anniston
(256) 236-7000
Both Effina's and Effina's downtown serve fresh and authentic recipes, from tuscany to Alabama field greens. 
218 Davis Loop, Oxford
(256) 835-8788
From Sushi to other Japanese selections, Fuji offers even American dishes with a Japanese twist. 

655 Creekside Drive, Suite C, Oxford
(256) 831-0044
From their mouthwatering farm to table veggie plate to delicious steaks, Garfrerick's has something for every palate. 

20 Choccolocco Street, Oxford
(256) 403-0258
Hubbard's Off Main is located in historic downtown Oxford and offers quintessential southern dining experience. 

301 Colonial Drive, Oxford
(256) 241-0142
This Hibachi kitchen offers an Asian fusion of cuisine, from Korean BBQ to Authentic Thai dishes. 
187 Angel Lake Road, Weaver
(256) 403-6090
Nestled along the picturesque Buckhorn and Angel Lake, Zoe's serves up delicious southern food with a cajun twist. 

Pack a Picnic

Cheaha State Park - Just twenty miles from Anniston, Cheaha State Park, the highest point of Alabama, is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts or those just wanting to catch a breathtaking sunset from one of the scenic overlooks. With its trails and climbs, and swimming, the park has it all, including hotel accommodations.

Oxford Lake- This area houses a paved/gravel track around the lake, tennis courts, batting cages and more. It is also home to one of Alabama’s oldest remaining covered bridges, moved from Coldwater Creek to Oxford Lake and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

What to know about Pokémon Go

 Are you Mystic, Valor or Instinct? Truthfully, no matter the team, Calhoun County has some great PokeStops, including our downtown areas.

Jacksonville's Square is packed every day, so opt outside and meet other gamers at its three Pokestops. With its share of historic sites and churches, Jacksonville's a great spot for Pokemon! Nearby Jacksonville State also has four gyms and more than 20 Pokestops. Nearby businesses are offering prizes and specials, like Mad Hatter Cupcakes and Get Personalized.

In Anniston several area churches, cemeteries, historical markers and buildings are great locations to hunt, and we've heard even Anniston's Museum of Natural History, Berman Museum and Bird of Prey Trail are hot spots to explore.

Oxford Lake has great trails, Pokestops and good catches!

As you trek down the streets, please be cautious and courteous to those around you. Be aware of your surroundings, shop local with area businesses, and be respectful of local law enforcement. Don't use the app while driving and be safe!

#PokémonGo, #OptOutside and Explore Calhoun County!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Shop Like a Local

Calhoun County is home to four fresh farmers markets, with items perfect to serve farm to table.

Calhoun County Farmers Market
Wednesdays and Saturdays until lunch, vendors offer fresh veggies, canned goods and even handmade jewelry for sale behind the County Administration Building on Noble Street in Anniston.

Main Street Market
Thursdays, from April to September, downtown Oxford's Simmons Park hosts the Main Street Market. This weekly market also features downtown shops and restaurants, perfect for an afternoon outing. This market is open from 2-7 P.M. each Thursday afternoon.

The Downtown Market
Located behind Anniston's City Hall on West 12th Street, this market sells locally produced fruits and veggies, and you can meet your farmer. Crafters also sell soaps, jewelry and more each Saturday morning, April through October.

Jacksonville Farmers Market
Each Saturday morning, through October, the Square hosts local farmers from across the region with their delicious fruits and vegetables.

Whether you're passing through or here for a few days, these area markets are a great way to meet the people and have a unique Calhoun County experience. These markets are also surrounded by great coffee shops, boutiques and restaurants, so enjoy the whole experience!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Where to Eat Sweet Treats

 Calhoun County dishes out some great food, including that to appease the sweet tooth.

Artisanal Baked Goods
1702 Quintard Avenue, Anniston
This small, from scratch bakery is family run and crafts delectable breads, mouth-watering pastries and tasty cakes. Our favorites are the cookies and macaroons, perfect for any afternoon snack.

Java Jolt Coffeehouse
5 Public Square E, Jacksonville
Not only is this a great spot for a coffee or a nook to read a book, but their menu includes appetizing muffins and pastries, sandwiches, and more. We recommend the scones and muffins for a delicious breakfast.

Mad Hatter Cupcake Shop
12 Public Square Suite 1, Jacksonville
This quaint shop serves up adorably themed cupcakes for everything from "Shark Week" to daily classics like red velvet. Our favorite is the "Rocky Cocky," a blend of cookies and cream with red velvet, and the cake pops are delish.

Smallcakes Cupcakery
100 Ali Way, Oxford
With a convenient location along Highway 78, it's an easy detour off any highway or I-20, and the detour for scrumptious sweets is worth the trip. The chocolate flavors, like S'mores, are our fav.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Essentials to Explore in Calhoun County

1. For the Collector
Are you an "American Picker?" You enjoy gathering conversation pieces and memories from days of old. You set out on an adventure with discovery in mind. Calhoun County is "Perfect for Pickers," with antique stores and markets that have anything you could possibly want and great bargains.

2. For the Southern Seeker
Are your ancestors southern or are you drawn to southern heritage and history? Calhoun County has mouth-watering southern cuisine and historical sites from Civil War to Civil Rights.

3. For the Outdoor Enthusiast 
These travelers seek adventure off the beaten path. From Mountain Biking at Cheaha and Coldwater to kayaking along Terrapin, Calhoun County is rich with "natural" attractions for all ages.

4. For those needing an Escape
If you seek quiet time and an off the grid experience, the Pinhoti Trail connects you to the Appalachian Trail, from Sylacauga to Blue Ridge to Maine.

5. For the Pilgrim
For those wanting to see the world, from museums to arts and theatre or local culture, Calhoun County has many conveniences of large municipalities.

6. For those Passing By
If you're traveling along I-20 or via highway 9, 21, or 431, etc., take a pit-stop. You won't regret it! With you eyes and mind wide open, you'll discover a "Gem of the Hills."

For information about restaurants, hotels and things to do, check out www.VisitCalhounCounty.com.