FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2021
STAN ADAMS PROMOTED TO EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SPORTS FOR TUSCALOOSA TOURISM AND SPORTS
Tuscaloosa, AL – President and CEO Don Staley has announced the promotion of Stan Adams to Executive Director of Sports for Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports (TTS) effective immediately. Adams, who has been with the organization in a full-time role since 2017, most recently held the position of Director of Sports.
“Since Stan’s return to Tuscaloosa, he quickly made his professional mark in sports tourism locally, regionally, and nationally,” said Staley. “He is a bright star in our profession because of his dedication to his career, and TTS and West Alabama are very fortunate to have someone of his caliber promoting our destination.”
The announcement came after TTS’ executive committee for the board of directors approved the request by Staley. Adams began his career in the sports tourism industry as an intern for TTS in 2015. Upon graduating from The University of Alabama with a master’s in sports management, he joined the Wicomico County, Maryland team as a sports marketing representative in 2016. In 2017 he returned to TTS as the sports sales manager. Adams is also a young professional member with Sports ETA, the sports events and tourism industry’s association that provides essential resources for sports commissions, sports destinations, sports event owners, and industry partners.
“I want to thank the TTS board of directors and Don Staley for having the confidence in me to take this next step in my career,” said Adams. “Tuscaloosa is home for me – it’s where I went to school, started my career, and found my fiancé. I look forward to continuing the success we have had at TTS and taking our organization to new heights through sports tourism.”
Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports’ mission is to promote and develop local tourism and sports industries to stimulate Tuscaloosa’s economy and enhance the quality of life for all Tuscaloosans. TTS generates lodging, dining, shopping, and entertainment revenue for the City. TTS is a destination marketing organization that promotes tourism to leisure travelers, conferences, conventions, sporting events, and more. To learn more, go to visittuscaloosa.com.
We get it, putting together an itinerary can be overwhelming with vast options to select from. And in Tuscaloosa, the tide rolls all year long with things to do, people to see, and places to be! So, we want to share Tuscaloosa itineraries to help. Up first, a 48-hour, fun-filled schedule that offers you a taste of all things Alabama. While the itinerary below would be best suited during a non-football weekend, you can certainly hit these spots while in town for a football weekend, too! Either way, this itinerary is pretty legendary…
8:30 am – There’s nothing like specialty coffee and doughnuts to kickstart your day! Babe’s Doughnuts serves unique donuts such as Heath Bar donuts, fruity pebbles, and even rich red velvet, yum! They also have stellar breakfast wraps.
9:30 am – Now it’s time to learn about Alabama football. Roll Tide! The Paul W Bryant Museum exhibits artifacts and memorabilia that trace their long history. The museum includes state-of-the-art displays enhanced by videos highlighting great players, plays, and games, and is open Tuesday – Sunday. Members and children under 5 are free. Non-member admission for an adult is $5 and children (K-12) are $3.
11:00 am – If it’s a nice day, stroll down Paul W Bryant Drive after exiting the Bryant Museum. Walking out the door, you’ll be greeted by Sewell-Thomas Stadium, Coleman Coliseum, the Mal M. Moore Athletic Facility, and more. It’s the heart of Alabama’s athletic facilities. Continue west down Bryant Drive as you make your way towards Rama Jama’s – the perfect bama-fied restaurant for lunch. Rama Jama’s is a sports-centric bar and grill for American eats including all-day breakfast, sandwiches, and shakes. We’re talking about the Large Touchdown Burger Platter, an 8oz burger with a fried egg, choice of hash browns or french fries, and a drink.
1:00 pm – Now let’s head for the Quad! As you walk from Rama Jama’s hit up Bryant Denny Stadium, the Walk of Champions, the legendary Coaches Walk, and Tuska. This whole area offers many Instagram-worthy photo opps! As you mosey on to the Quad, which is also home to our beloved Denny Chimes, you’ll find a 22-acre quadrangle in the center of UA. Take time to soak up the sun and explore that area of campus. Surrounding Denny Chimes you’ll find hand and footprints of past Alabama team captains in the concrete.
3:30 pm – Another classic part of an “Alabama Gameday” experience is Gallettes. You must try one of their famous gameday Yellowhammers! The atmosphere is easygoing and it’s a refueling hang out spot loved by locals and visitors alike.
6:00 pm – Who’s hungry for steak? One of Tuscaloosa’s beloved local gems is Nicks in the Sticks. With traditions like their famous “Nicodemus” and pinning dollar bills to the ceiling, this classic joint is almost always packed out, so come a little early and enjoy yourself. Our mouths are watering just thinking about that filet wrapped in bacon and their dinner rolls.
8:00 pm – Now you’re ready for some live music, right? Temerson Square is a tremendous place to scout out local, live music! From country to rock and alternative, there will be such a wide variety of music. You’ll have many options to end the night with in this area.
7:30 am – If you enjoy a good run or walk, hit up the Tuscaloosa Riverwalk or campus – or both! There’s something so motivational about running along the Walk of Champions. It’s like you can feel the presence of legends right there.
9:00 am – Another incredible breakfast joint is The Waysider. You feel like you’re at home the moment you step in – much like how legendary Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant felt when he at there, too. Their customer service always guarantees a happy visit, too. Be sure to check out the homemade biscuits and beignets or their incredible sugar-cured ham!
10:30 am – Now it’s time to buy some Alabama swag. Check out the University’s Supe Store to find some of the best Bama gear. Speaking of Alabama swag, another spot to explore (if you didn’t yesterday) is The Strip. While it’s home to many bars and restaurants, there are a few other spots you can purchase gameday attire.
1:00 pm – Lunchtime (so much food!) Local Tip: Innisfree goes far beyond a bar. They have some of the most delicious grub that never fails to surprise people! For example, the secret menu item is the Irish Gold Chicken Fingers, which are out of this world. On gamedays, this spot is packed with fans as the bar boasts many TVs, making it perfect to keep up with all-things sports.
2:30 pm – Now it’s time to explore the beautiful and revitalized area of Downtown. If you have the kiddos with you, the Children’s Hands-On Museum is a great place that allows little ones to explore, create, and discover! There are also a plethora of storefronts, eateries, and attractions to entertain those of all ages. Some long-time retail spots downtown include The Locker Room, The Pants Store, and The Shirt Shop.
4:30 pm – Before heading to dinner, you might want to take a quick break in the downtown area. If you’re looking for a park, head over to Government Plaza. Need a quick drink, a solid charcuterie board, or something sweet? Check out The Wine Market.
6:00 pm – It’s dinner time! Baumhowers Victory Grille is one of those places you can’t miss while in town. If you’re an avid Alabama fan, you’ll probably recognize that name. Alabama football legend Bob Baumhower is the owner of this local spot and the restaurant is home to the weekly radio show “Hey Coach with Nick Saban” during football season!
8:00 pm – There’s nothing like ending the day with drinks at a friendly, homey brewery. We have two local breweries in town that both offer wonderful atmospheres. But if Black Warrior Brewery and Druid City Brewing Company aren’t your style, don’t fret, our website can help with that. Fun fact: Druid City is famous for their wall-art and it’s not uncommon for you to see art featuring legends like Coach Nick Saban or Bear Bryant. It’s another perfect spot for a selfie in T-Town. For a starry night, Hotel Indigo’s The Lookout Rooftop Bar is a beautiful place to admire the city from above with a beautiful view of the Black Warrior River.
While Tuscaloosa offers a unique blend of sports, history, outdoor adventures, music, and food for every palate, we hope that you enjoyed this “Alabama” themed itinerary featuring legendary history, popular gameday spots, and just all-around one-of-a-kind experiences that only Tuscaloosa has to offer. Stay tuned for more!
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Tuscaloosa’s food truck scene has certainly evolved over the past few years, and we’re totally here for it! Whether you’re attending a local festival, exploring The University of Alabama’s beautiful campus, or simply frequenting some of our neighborhoods, it’s likely you’ll see a food truck out and about. If you’re like us, there’s just something special about a delicious meal cooked to perfection and served with a smile and at the convenience of “on-the-go”. Today, we want to share six local food trucks that you can find hitting the streets of T-Town.
Just remember, there are many more food trucks in Tuscaloosa than the ones we’re covering, especially depending on the time of the year (ie: football season – roll tide!).
- Catch a Taste
Serving with love and devotion to make great food is the goal of this food truck. It’s nearly impossible to leave this place without a smile. They move around day-to-day, so you can click here to view their schedule. Whether you’re looking for a beef wrap combo or a wing platter, you will be more than satisfied as soon as you catch a taste.
- Bean Me Up Scottie
This little gem is relatively new to town, but word travels fast when the food is incredible. This organic eatery has unique delicacies like vegan cupcakes, mac and cheese burger, and the classic BLT sandwich. All of their meat is plant-based for those vegetarians and vegans out there. With deserts like Zucchini bread and banana nut bread, this place can cure just about any craving! Their schedule will be posted soon on their Facebook page.
- Cheese Louise
This local gourmet grilled cheese food truck specializes in, none other than, spectacular sandwiches. They have earned quite the reputation around town and have lived up to the hype. This place puts a bit of a spin on the American icon. Just imagine, you order the Macdaddy, which is filled with Colby jack cheese, bacon, and chipotle sauce on freshly toasted white bread. Yum!! For the full menu and more details check out their website here.
- Little Poblano
Hungry for tacos and tamales in Tuscaloosa? This Poblano food truck has just what you want to satisfy even the deepest hunger. They offer an incredible chicken roasted in an orange tinga sauce, guacamole, pickled red onion, marinated cabbage, and house crema. And if that’s not your style, the classic quesadilla never disappoints with chicken tinga, cheese, and roasted poblanos. For more information on Little Poblano click here.
- Big Tasty
One of the more classic food trucks that roam T-Town is Big Tasty, serving a wide range of hot dogs and hamburgers. They offer quality services that go a long way to ensuring that your order is to perfection. Not to mention the rave reviews they receive about their customer service going above and beyond. If hamburgers and hot dogs aren’t your thing, they also serve a mouth-watering wing combo, served with a side and a drink. For more details check out their website.
- Urban Cookhouse
When the official food truck of Urban Cookhouse roams Tuscaloosa, we all know what that means… it’s time to grub! They’re serving up your favorite UC Classics, now on the go! Check out their website to find our next stop! Whether you’re craving something healthy like Berry Good salad and wrap or something hardy, Applewood bacon, avocado, lettuce, and tomatoes with aioli on toasted white bread, you’re sure to be satisfied with all the variety of options here.
June 19 marks an incredible milestone for black liberation. Juneteenth, or Freedom Day, is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. It commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas – two months after the Confederacy had surrendered. This was also about 2 ½ years after the Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves in the Southern states.
We are encouraged to recognize today as an opportunity to listen, learn, and act as we fight for progress and equality within our very own community. With the help of some of our employees, we have compiled a list of five ways you can celebrate Juneteenth in Tuscaloosa this year!
- Educate Yourself
One of the very best approaches to fully understand what Juneteenth means is to simply spend time listening and learning. We have the emerging Civil Rights Trail that collects, preserves, and tells the stories of the important struggle for civil rights in Tuscaloosa. The trail, museum, and other resources represent the historical honesty necessary for our community to prosper. Enjoy the summer sun and immerse yourself in the rich civil rights history of this city with this walking trail.
- Support Black-Owned Businesses
Another incredible way to celebrate this holiday is to support all of the amazing black-owned businesses right here in Tuscaloosa. Want to branch out and try something new? Check out Reggae Flava’s delicious, gourmet Jamaican cuisine! They also have fun drinks like the Frozen Pina Colada or the Blue Coconut Rum Runner. If your appetite is far from adventurous, check out the local staple Catfish Heaven. Although their dining rooms are closed, now is the perfect time of year to grab some wings to-go and enjoy the fresh air! For all black-owned businesses in town check out Young Tuscaloosa’s list!
- Listen and Learn
We really wanted a full collaboration for this blog, so some of our TTS family joined in on the conversation. So why is it so important to celebrate and recognize Juneteenth? According to Naytalia Douglas, our director of first impressions, any part of American history, good or bad, deserves to be recognized because it helps teach the future generation how to evolve as an entire community. Loretta Jones, our expert accountant, also shared advice for someone who wants to learn and better understand the meaning behind Juneteenth. Her suggestion is to “research, ask questions, and do not be afraid to empathize with the people around you.”
Don’t miss out on all of the Juneteenth celebrations this year! There is one at Snow Hinton Park from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday. This free event, organized by West End Pop Up Festival, will feature food, music, and vendors. There is also a free family-friendly event in Kentuck Park, located in Northport, from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Saturday. This celebration will include free food, inflatable bounce houses, games, activities, and a live radio broadcast by 105.1 The Block.
- Take Action
It is important to take time to learn about Juneteenth, but the holiday represents much more than education. Juneteenth represents the power of change. Educating yourself on our nation’s history can only take you so far. It’s the tactical actions that make a real difference! One way to embody the spirit of Juneteenth is to volunteer online with the United Nations and its “Let’s Fight Racism” initiative. Put your skills to work for a great cause. There are a plethora of ways you can volunteer, whether it be writing an article, developing a communications strategy, or even designing an infographic.
If you or your family and friends participate in a Juneteenth celebration here in Tuscaloosa, be sure to tag us in your photos! We’d love to share them.
June has begun and events here in Tuscaloosa are quickly starting to pick back up. This weekend is going to be one for the books because we have a boatload of fun for all ages. Whether you’re cracking up at a comedy skit, dancing up a storm at Live at the Plaza, or the red barn, you’re bound to have an unforgettable weekend in the one and only Tuscaloosa. Below we’ll highlight some of the many activities for the upcoming weekend!
The Pop-Up Farmers Market is operating from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. tomorrow (Friday)! The pop-up markets happen every weekday and will continue until Sept. 30. The schedule remains the same throughout the season but the locations vary. Enjoy fresh produce while supporting local at the same time!
In need of a good laugh? Comedian Rocky Dale Davis will perform live in Tuscaloosa from 7:30 – 9: 00 p.m. on Saturday, June 12th upstairs at Dillards Chophouse. Rocky Dale Davis appeared on NBC’s “Bring The Funny”, E’s “Dating No Filter” and MTV’s “Greatest Party Stories”. You don’t want to miss this!
The Old Paths will perform at the Bama Theatre at 6:00 p.m. this Saturday. With loads of enthusiasm and ministry experience, The Old Paths Quartet materialized out of Atlanta, Georgia to become one of the most influential, trend-setting Christian groups in Southern Gospel.
The Children’s Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa is where children explore, create, and discover every time they visit. When they say “hands-on” they really mean it! Learning through play is what their exhibits are all about. Learn about ocean zones, paint coral reefs, discover sea anemones at Ocean Commotion this Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Get ready for some jukin’ at the Red Barn at Sokol Park! Debbie Bond, Soapy and Andrew, and Michael Batitto will perform from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. Bring a cooler, kick back inside or out. There is no cover, just show some love for the incredible musicians. Get ready for a fun community music gathering – spread the word!
National Travel and Tourism Week 2021 (May 2-8) spotlights the collective strength of the U.S. travel industry.
This National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW), there is more reason than ever to celebrate the collective strength of the U.S. travel and tourism
industry and its dynamic workforce.
The 38th annual NTTW, taking place May 2-8, recognizes the Power of Travel and the critical role our industry will play in bringing back our vibrant
communities, restoring the economy, rebuilding our workforce, and reconnecting America.
Prior to the pandemic, the travel industry was a powerful economic engine, supporting jobs and driving local economies in every pocket of America. The industry had experienced 107 straight months of growth, generated $2.6 trillion in economic output, supported 17 million American jobs, and delivered a $51 billion trade surplus to the U.S. Unfortunately, that strong growth trend plummeted last year due to the pandemic. Travel spending in the U.S. declined 42%, costing the economy $1.1 trillion, while hard-working Americans supported by travel made up a staggering 65% of all U.S. unemployment. Here in Tuscaloosa, travel spending went from $697 million in 2019 to $450 million in 2020. However, Tuscaloosa—and the travel industry—is resilient.
While we faced extraordinary challenges in the past year, our industry united like never before, lifted each other up, aided one another, and devoted ourselves fully to the task of supporting and restoring all sectors of travel. This year’s NTTW is an opportunity to turn the page to a new chapter in our industry’s story and celebrate its collective power by spotlighting the innumerable ways travel will drive recovery, bring Americans together again, and help define our country’s path forward.
Tuscaloosa is participating in NTTW by incorporating the Power of Travel content into all of our social media platforms for the week.
From the Civil Rights Trail to The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa’s travel and tourism industry contributes so much to our local economy and our community’s unique character. From all of us at Tuscaloosa Tourism & Sports, we are so excited to share the full power of our industry—and the strength and spirit of Tuscaloosa—this NTTW.
Are you looking for some pre-Valentines Day festivities to get your weekend rolling? Tuscaloosa has everything you need to make you say “Cheers to the Weekend!” As we can all agree, Fridays are the start of a little escapism! Here are a few tidbits of inspiration:
The Tide is still rolling for another weekend! Catch the Crimson Tide challenge the Georgia Bulldogs this Saturday, Feb.13th, at the Coleman Coliseum. Want to watch the game in person? Tickets will be available in the lobby 1.5 hours before the start of the 2:30 CST game. For those who can’t attend or are taking health precautions, you can tune into the SEC Network from the comfort of your home to watch the Tide reign!
Outdoor Live Music
In need of a little relaxation after a long day’s work? The Lookout Rooftop Bar located in Hotel Indigo is the place for you to unwind while enjoying great local acts! Live Music Thursdays are back in business, kicking off with singer Megan McMillan on Feb. 11th. Get your live music fix while also enjoying the Lookout’s wide array of craft cocktails and beers! Just remember, the Lookout Rooftop is smoke-free and pet friendly, and practicing all social distancing protocols to offer you a fun night out!
POSTPONED UNTIL NEXT WEEK: Maybe you’re busy on Thursdays, not feeling the sports atmosphere, and you love music! You and your buddies can head to the Buddy Powell Pavilion this Saturday, Feb.13th, for a socially distant live music performance! The Second Saturday Outdoor Music Series is taking place from 1 pm to 4 pm. Catching local artists and bands in the open air is a great way to get out-and-about while being safe. Don’t forget your mask and chairs!
Mardi Gras at CHOM
There ain’t no party like a Mardi party- right? Even though the traditional Mardi Gras festivities have been postponed this year, that doesn’t mean our community isn’t finding ways to celebrate! Mardi Gras at the Children’s Hands-On Museum is taking place this Saturday, Feb.13th, from 9:30 am to 4 pm. All activities are included with general admission, but remember to wear your mask, or else you won’t get any beads!
Chronicles of the Arctic
Looking for an activity to keep your little ones happy this weekend? Head to the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum for an Arctic winter surprise! The Chronicles of the Arctic Exhibit is being held for the remainder of February. Explore the wilds of the beautiful and dangerous North through the stories and accomplishments of the past as well as come face-to-face with a Reindeer and Caribou! Mask protocols and sanitation efforts are being enforced to ensure the safety of you and your family! For more exhibit information, click here.
Written by: Olivia Nonnengard
For the Foodies
The most important meal of the day plus a build your own Bloody Mary sounds like the perfect way to start your Valentine’s Day festivities! Brick & Spoon offers a uniquely southern approach to your traditional boozy brunch meals.
Pasta for the Soul
Looking for a meal that will make your heart and stomach happy? Depalma’s Italian Cafe gets it right every time! They offer a huge menu featuring food and drink specialties that will excite even the pickiest eaters. Better get there early! Depalma’s operates on a first come first serve basis.
Wine It Down
Need a little pick me up after dinner? Head over to The Wine Market for an impressive list of international wines and cheese plates. Not into wine? The Wine Market offers a variety of craft beers that will make everyone glad!
We Found Love in a Hopeless Place
The lights are low. You’re getting all comfy cozy with your partner when a fat stack of waffles is set down in front of you. Could this be a dream? No, you’re at Waffle House! What better way to end a long Valentine’s Day with a hot stack of your favorite waffles! Check out which location works best for you, here.
For the Adventurers
Take a Hike
Lake Nicol is home to several miles of trails that line the banks and cliffs of the lake. Strap on your good shoes and enjoy your partner’s company while basking in the scenery of Lake Nicol!
Grab your favorite finger foods and head to the River Walk for an ultra-romantic picnic! Worried about finding the right spot to plant your blanket? The River Walk has many flat areas that are perfect for you to relax and enjoy the banks of the Black Warrior River!
Bowling with Bae
Looking for excitement indoors? Bowlero has reinvented the old traditional bowling experience. The neon lights and music will surely make up for the fact that you have to wear bowling shoes! Go ahead and snag your lane while you can!
Swag Tuscaloosa offers a unique t-shirt printing experience that is bound to make your Valentine’s Day one to recall forever! I mean come on, who doesn’t want a t-shirt to remember a great day!
For the Singles
Grab your favorite bottle of wine at Craving’s Specialty Grocery. From reds to rosé, Craving’s has a variety that will fit any connoisseur’s tastebuds.
Nothing screams “treat yourself” as a good face mask. But what about a face mask AND an amazing bottle of wine from Cravings? Now you’re really talking my kinda talk!
Fall in love all over again with Peterbrooke and its vast array of fine chocolates. Head over to their store to snag yourself a delicious gift that you won’t have to share with anyone but yourself! But really, who wants to share chocolate anyways?
Netflix and Chill
To wind up your night, what could be more perfect than a good movie? Grab your wine and chocolates and get comfy while watching some of the hottest new flicks out to date. Want something seriously romantic? Try A Walk to Remember. Looking for something along the lines of a Rom-Com? Someone Great has been receiving rave reviews!
Happy New Year! We are thrilled to welcome in 2021. Events are trickling in slowly, but surely as our city adapts to the new norms and you can find events for the whole family this weekend!
Tuscaloosa Farmers Market
Start your day off right with a cup of coffee and a basket of locally grown produce! The Tuscaloosa Farmers Market takes place on Saturday from 7 am until 12 pm. Featuring fresh, locally grown produce; grass-fed meats; unique artisan crafts; and an Alabama authenticity that cannot be replicated, the Tuscaloosa Farmers Market has something for everyone! Support your local farmers and artisans by shopping local.
Static Shock at Children’s Hands-On Museum
Looking for a perfect activity for your children (ages newborn to 13)? Look no further than the Children’s Hands-On Museum’s “Static Shock” event! Open from 9:30 am to 4 pm, CHOM offers three floors of fun with 26 unique exhibits to play in. This Saturday, children can experiment with static electricity, take on the circuit board challenge, and demo a Van de Graff generator! This event will be socially distanced and have a visitor limit.
Second Saturday Outdoor Music Series
Round out your Saturday with some socially distanced live music! This event takes place at the Buddy Powell Pavilion from 1 pm until 4 pm with the lineup as follows…
1 pm: MHC & The Biscuit Cannons
2 pm: MarK Ultras Thought Police
3 pm: Susy & Andrew
The creators of this event series have asked people to please bring their own chair or blanket, wear a mask, and socially distance themselves!
We have a lot going on throughout the upcoming winter months and are excited to share more. Give us a follow on our social media pages (@visittuscaloosa) for more announcements and future events. We can’t wait to see you around Tuscaloosa!
College Gameday has made its way back to Tuscaloosa and from playing with a furry friend to socially distanced football, there are tons of things to do all around town! If you find you are needing to fill your time with something other than football, the City of Tuscaloosa has plenty to offer. Whether you want to enjoy live entertainment, do some shopping, or even visit some exciting museum exhibits, we have made a list of some incredible activities available to do throughout the weekend for everyone! As always, be sure to bring a mask along wherever you go in Tuscaloosa for the safety of yourself and the safety of others.
For everyone’s safety, many gameday updates have been made for the 2020 season all around campus. If you are part of the lucky 20 percent allowed into the stadium, head to the University of Alabama’s 2020 Gameday Information Page for all the details on what you need to know to stay safe and keep those around you safe. If you are wondering what has been updated and added to the Alabama Crimson Tide Game Day Experience, read the article here on the University of Alabama website!
It is rare to be able to come to Tuscaloosa on a gameday Saturday without having to plan several months in advance. This year, as I’m sure you’re aware, is different than any other because of the open availability at some of our incredible hotels. Now is the time to take a road trip down and see what T-Town is all about. For information on the diverse selection of our city’s hotels, many within walking distance of Tuscaloosa’s unique restaurants, shopping, and entertainment, click here.
Have you been missing the entertainment of live music since March just like us? Hotel Indigo near Downtown Tuscaloosa near the Black Warrior River is home to the Lookout Rooftop Bar that features a wide menu of cocktails and food, and even hosts live concerts safely outdoors! This gameday weekend, the Lookout Bar is hosting concerts at the Hotel Indigo featuring Brad Kuehner on Thursday and Mama Dixie & The Prize Inside on Friday. There is limited seating at the Lookout Bar, so make sure and arrive early to grab a seat and a bite to eat before enjoying live music to start off a long weekend of SEC football!
The Tuscaloosa Metro Animal shelter offers a unique experience they call Happy Hour. Happy hour allows members of the community to help a dog’s mental health by getting the animals out of the kennel environment and allowing them to get exercise. If you’re looking for something fun to do tomorrow, you can check an approved dog out between the hours of 12-4 PM at their shelter. With a valid driver’s license and a participation contract, you will be ready to have a fun day with your new best friend! Find out more information on their website!
If you want to feel what our city’s champions have felt like, swing by the Paul W. Bryant Museum to get a picture with the Coaches Trophy/National Championship Trophy! The Bryant Museum operates on specific gameday hours, so visit the Gameday Facebook page here to confirm when the museum is open for business this upcoming Saturday. The museum recommends purchasing admission ahead of your visit to ensure admittance and to offer an idea of visitation for the curators to healthily operate the museum according to their health protocols. For more information on pricing and exhibits available for viewing, visiting the Paul W. Bryant Museum website!
A wonderful way to start off a gameday full of activity is to visit the local farmers market to browse all the local Tuscaloosa vendors have to offer! Even on game day, the Tuscaloosa Farmers Market at the Tuscaloosa River Market is hustling and bustling as usual along the Black Warrior River! Starting early on Saturday at 7:00 AM and only going to 12:00 PM, the Tuscaloosa Farmers Market is open for business for all the Crimson Tide fans in town. Additionally, this farmers market currently features a curbside option for those who are being extra safe with COVID-19. For more information on the farmers market and the available vendors, visit the Tuscaloosa Farmers Market website here.
The Children’s Hands-On Museum is brewing up some trouble this upcoming gameday on October 17th at their Witches Brew, so if you are looking for somewhere to take the kids away from the chaos of a game day, stop by! The CHOM is open and operating regularly, with additional safety protocols instituted to ensure the safety of all the visitors. With exciting and fun exhibits for kids – and even adults – of all ages, the experiential learning the museum has to offer is a must-do activity in town. Visit the Children’s Hands-On Museum website to find admission and get a sneak peek of all the fun in store for you and your kids!
Written by: Will Baggett
Whether you are a die-hard fan of golf or have never set foot on a golf course, golf is a peaceful activity that nearly everyone can enjoy! Not only is it the perfect sport for the Fall weather, but it is also a COVID-safe outdoor activity to safely enjoy with a close group of friends. We have gathered a list of four public courses located near or around Tuscaloosa that feature full 18-hole courses, as well as places for you to gear up before your round. Set aside some time to take a break and take a swing at some of the sensational and serene public golf courses around the City of Tuscaloosa! Some of these courses even have rentable clubs so call ahead to reserve them if you’re in need of a set. While planning your day on the links, as always, bring a mask along with you in case you will be indoors around others!
Hidden Meadows is a public golf course in Tuscaloosa that winds in and out of tree-lined fairways and a fairly-tricky terrain through and through. Although it may prove to be a test for players, this golf course is a beautiful setting to enjoy a pickup round of golf with friends on a peaceful weekend morning! This public course is located in Northeast Northport and features a Par-72 course with up to 6,828 yards of golf from its pro-level tees.
Characterized as “Affordable Championship Golf”, The Links AT Tuscaloosa Golf & Country Club is a great and affordable option for anyone looking to have a relaxing day on the course with a few friends! This course is a Par-71 with 6,195 yards of golf, located south of town near Lake Mimosa. The natural beauty of this course is what sets it apart from others, located right next to Mimosa Lake and featuring elevated areas for wonderful views. This course has its challenges but is considered to be enjoyable for golfers of every age and every skill level. So pull a group of close friends together and plan a trip over to The Links AT Tuscaloosa for an afternoon of driving and thriving on the golf course!
The Tall Pines Golf Club is a Par-71 golf course located on the Southeast side of Tuscaloosa that features professionally-curated landscapes all along the course. It is open all year-round, so it is the perfect course to truly hone your golf skills while enjoying time with friends or family outdoors. In addition to its fine golf course, Tall Pines Golf Club has a regular rotation of food trucks and events available to its visitors, so be sure to check their Facebook page ahead of time to see what is being featured! Tall Pines Golf Club is not only a wonderful place to bring friends for a round of golf, but it also a fantastic course to enjoy a round of family fun!
The Ol’ Colony Golf Course is a Par-72 championship course located North of town that features up to 6,494 yards of golf for pros and beginners alike! The landscape of this course features Bermuda grass fairways and greens, with 25 acres of lakes that sneak up on you on several holes. This championship course has earned the title of “Best Public Course in Alabama” by Golf Digest and “Top 50 in the USA” by Golf Week and is sure to live up to the hype. This golf course features The Bounce Back Grille, a food concession available to golfers enjoying the course. Additionally, Ol’ Colony features a Pro Shop for all of your golfing needs, featuring: golf-appropriate clothing, top-tier equipment, and must-needed accessories
Before heading out to the links to enjoy a day of golfing, make sure to stock up on the right gear for the activity! Golf is an outdoor sport and many courses have dress codes, so it is important to be dressed in the proper attire before heading out to your tee time. Tuscaloosa is home to several retailers with a wide selection of golf-ready attire from dri-fit polos to athletic baseball caps, with many of them sporting Crimson Tide colors and logos. If you’re around downtown, you may want to swing into The Shirt Shop, The Locker Room, or Christopher Mobley to name a few of our great retailers. All located within one mile of each other either on University Boulevard or in Downtown Tuscaloosa, there’s no better way to feel better about your game than by simply looking confident while you’re doing it!
Written by: Will Baggett
Visit Tuscaloosa continues to monitor the rapidly changing situation related to the spread of COVID-19. We understand that concerns for health, safety, and the impact on meeting attendance, among other issues, affects our community. Our main priority is the health and safety (physically, economically, and socially) of the residents and visitors of the Tuscaloosa community.
According to the City of Tuscaloosa, there are several steps you can take to protect yourself from getting sick:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
We encourage all travelers and attendees to follow the guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
We want to encourage residents of Tuscaloosa to continue supporting local restaurants while maintaining safe social-distancing practices. The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama has compiled a spreadsheet of independent & local restaurants offering take-out, drive-thru, & delivery options. Find the list here, and check back as this spreadsheet continues to grow: tuscaloosachamber.com/support-local
Follow these links for real-time updates and information:
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
- Alabama Public Health
- US Travel Association – “Travel Leaders Echo Experts: Make Fact-Based Decisions About Traveling”
- The University of Alabama
- Southeastern Conference
On March 12, the Southeastern Conference announced the suspension of regular-season competition for teams in all sports on SEC campuses, as well as SEC championship events, until March 30. This includes all SEC events at Texas A&M University. To learn more, visit rolltide.com.
On April 2, the Governor of Alabama announced a statewide stay-at-home order. This went into effect on Saturday, April 3 at 5:00 P.M. The new order allows people to travel to obtain necessary supplies, including food, medication and equipment needed to work from home, and products needed to maintain safety, sanitation and essential maintenance of a home or residence.
Health Authorities and Academics
Looking for more information? Here is a shortlist of trusted resources.
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention coronavirus website
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention travel information and alerts
- World Health Organization advice for the public
- World Health Organization planning recommendations for mass gatherings
- Johns Hopkins University live tracker