Wherever you’re from, you’ll feel welcome in Alabama. Politeness and generosity are the norm,
and there’s always plenty of space around the dinner table.
A truly authentic Southern experience is about something far more memorable than a stately plantation or frosty mint julep. While you’ll find plenty of those in Alabama, the moments that best define our state are far more personal.
The firm handshakes, the warm smiles, the generations of stories behind each delicious dish and handmade craft.
Our famous Southern hospitality goes far beyond the warm welcome and fond goodbyes you’ll hear across the state – although it’s always nice to hear “Come on in!” and “Y’all come back!”
More than anything, we love telling stories about times gone by and the traditions passed down through our families. We share these stories to keep the memories alive and remind the world that the most meaningful interactions still happen face-to-face.
For example, if you visit a restaurant in most states outside Alabama, you feel lucky to meet the chef. Here, you’ll not only get a warm welcome from our nationally-celebrated chefs, but you’ll also get chances to meet third-generation restaurant owners who are still using the recipes taught to them as children. You can bet each recipe has a story, and they’ll probably be honored to share both – the recipe and the story.
So if you’re visiting Alabama, there’s one simple rule: Don’t be shy. Whether it’s the owner of your bed and breakfast or the diner waitress serving your farm-fresh eggs, be sure to take every opportunity to ask for advice on where you should go while you’re in town. This website is packed with great info, but nothing beats the tips you’ll learn from locals.
Oh, and don’t be surprised if you find yourself saying “y’all” when you’re back home. Happens all the time.