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Day trip to Birmingham, Alabama

April 27, 2016
Day trip to Birmingham

Recently we took a day trip to Birmingham, Alabama.  After touring the downtown area we ventured a few miles outside the city to a trendy area called Avondale.  We were there on a sunny spring Saturday afternoon and the area was full of activity.  We decided to eat at Rowe’s Service Station.

Day trip to Birmingham, Alabama

It is legit and the original service station sign is still in place.  I was naturally drawn to this restaurant because I love old buildings and I love cars!  We sat outside and enjoyed talking to the people at the surrounding tables.

Day trip to Birmingham, Alabama

The staff was incredibly nice.  We were there while brunch was being served.  Rose had the Eggs Concord.  She thought it was very good.

Day trip to Birmingham, Alabama

I had the Steak Burger which was absolutely delicious!  I love the little service station details like the blue shop towels for napkins.  Nicely done.

Day trip to Birmingham, Alabama

Check out the chandelier hanging over the bar!  I love that quirky detail to the service station.

Day trip to Birmingham, Alabama

Day trip to Birmingham

We met the nicest couple sitting next to us with their adorable dog.  We told them that we wanted to find a bakery somewhere in town.

Day trip to Birmingham, Alabama

They knew of a great bakery and looked it up to see what time they closed and pointed us in the right direction.  We only had about 15 minutes to get there before they closed so we said a quick good-bye and set off for the bakery.  Thank you for the “sweet” recommendation for the Pastry Art Bake Shoppe…it was delicious indeed!

Day trip to Birmingham, Alabama

We arrived about two minutes before closing, they were so nice!  The cupcakes were meticulously frosted and the mini ones are a work of art.

Day trip to Birmingham, Alabama

Notice anything missing in that picture or do you think I would just order 11 cupcakes?  I’m going to have to get my camera ready faster because my kid doesn’t mess around when cupcakes are involved.  These little bite size wonders are awesome.

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We still had some daylight left and were on a sugar high so we headed about 27 miles south of the city to Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park.  We were just checking it out since we had never been there but we lucked out and it was a trade day, which was a huge craft / flea market.  My lucky day for sure because I do love a good craft market.  We strolled through the market as our sugar high faded away.

Day trip to Birmingham, Alabama

Secretly, I wanted to hike through the entire park on all of the trails but I could tell the kids were not digging that plan so late in the day.  So, we just toured the main areas to see what there was to see.  There was a really nice camping area which I will be returning to.

Day trip to Birmingham, Alabama

There are craft cabins…hello…there was a quilter there!!!  I love to quilt, I could have stayed all day but I tried to stay focused.

Day trip to Birmingham, Alabama

Day trip to Birmingham, Alabama

There was even a cute little general store with some camping essentials and non-essentials also!

Day trip to Birmingham, Alabama

The park and entire day in Birmingham was very nice.  So if you are passing thru town I would recommend these stops or just plan a day trip to Birmingham.  I think you would have a lot of fun.

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For a great place to stay in Birmingham check out the Redmont Hotel!  For some awesome free things to do in Birmingham check this out!

Crystal

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  • Reply Free Things to do in Birmingham - Fabulousindeed May 2, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    […] you are looking for a great place to eat check out my review of Rowe’s Service Station and Pastry Art Bake Shop.  We ate at those two places on a previous […]

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