Three Cheers for Fairhope!
Who doesn't love lists? You don't have to agree with them, but they're always fun to read.
And I have to say that's certainly true about the list compiled by Coastal Living magazine of the "Top 10 Romantic Escapes." The key word here is "coastal," so it's no surprise to see such honorees as New York City, Naples, Fla., Niagara Falls (Ontario) and even St. Michaels, Md. It was rather odd to see that Barbados was the only spot in the Caribbean to make the cut, but there's a lot of coast out there, I suppose.
Another local entry: North Carolina's Outer Banks. I'm an OBX fan, but I never really considered it all that romantic. But then the magazine press release gooily proclaimed that while there are plenty of tourist diversions, "it's also easy to sneak away and find your own private stretch of beach, with vivid stars overhead, moonlight-silvered surf at your feet, the sea breeze tousling your hair -- and magic ready to happen." Sounds like any nice, empty moonlight-slivered, magic-filled beach to me, but I'll buy it.
But what to make of another entry on the list, Fairhope, Ala.?
I've never heard of the place, but, then again, I've never heard of a lot of places. Still, how could Fairhope compare with other magazine faves like Sausalito, Calif., and La Jolla, Calif.
Pretty easy, it appears (and I'm sure the fact that the mag is based in Birmingham, Ala., has nothing to do with it). Here's how Coastal Living describes the town:
"This charming village nestles on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay like an idealized, movie-set small town. Blossoms burst from planters and flower boxes along every block of the tree-shaded downtown. Wrought-iron balconies lend a bit of New Orleans flavor--appropriate for a community that celebrates Mardi Gras with a half-dozen parades spread over more than two weeks. Couples could spend days contentedly browsing the boutiques, art galleries, antiques shops, parks, and, most deliciously, the restaurants. Day's end brings a beautiful bonus: sunset over the bay."
Sounds ideal, doesn't it (except for that icky "most deliciously" part)? My friend Betsy, who sits across the partition from me and can hear me typing this, grew up in Alabama and is sort of familiar with the town. She agrees it's a nice place, but even she's a little dubious about its new status.
In lieu of deliciously strolling around town, I just went to the town's Web site instead. One of the country's most romantic spots? Dunno. But it sure is cute.
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