Things to do on Lookout Mountain in Alabama
Not many people have heard of Mentone, Alabama but many of us have heard of Lookout Mountain. I visited once when I was a teenager with my Girl Scout Troop on a trip to Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Tennessee sides claim to fame is you can see seven states from one of the lookouts. I didn’t get a chance to admire the view because I was scared of heights back then. Fast forward many years and I had the Opportunity to experience it from the Alabama side. The
Fast forward many years and I had the Opportunity to experience it from the Alabama side. The Unclaimed Baggage marketing team took a group of us who were attending the Travel Bloggers Exchange (TBEX) Conference in Huntsville, Alabama for a two-day adventure. The first day included some local cuisine, art, and nature. The second day filled with shopping, more about that here.
Mentone is located at the top west brow of Lookout Mountain in Northeast Alabama in Dekalb County. The town is filled with great food, art, and nature all within a short drive from each other. We left Huntsville and headed north to our first stop for what else food.
Wildflower Cafe and Country Store
We had brunch at the Wildflower Cafe in Mentone. It was voted best cafe in the state of Alabama and made the list of 100 places to eat before you die. The cafe has a unique variety of southern cuisine. The most popular dish being tomato pie. I guess I can die happy because I have had the pie and it was worth the trip.
We also had shrimp and grits, strawberry crepes, and mashed potatoes. I wasn’t able to personally try the shrimp and grits because of a shellfish allergy, judging by the empty bowls that were left I’m going to conclude it was good. The staff was very accommodating to make vegetarian options for those of us who don’t eat meat.
Kamama Art Gallery Cafe and Spa
Our next stop was the Kamama Gallery. The gallery, cafe, and spa are operated by Ray Padgett and his wife, Sandra. You can find many paintings, photographs, sculptures, textiles and more from various artists who currently live on Lookout Mountain. All of the artworks are for sale.
During our visit, we found out that Ray was also a writer. He wrote a children’s book titled the Grinning Possum. If you look closely, there is a slight resemblance between Ray and the possum, although Ray disagrees.
We also received some life about relationships from them. Someone asked what is the secret to being married for over 30 years. Ray said it was that Sandra was always right. Sandra said it was you have to learn to compromise.
The couple is also involved in the fundraising for building the Mentone Arts and Cultural Center. The center is for the local artists to learn and have a place to perform and showcase their work.
Miracle Pottery Art Gallery
Miracle Pottery Art Gallery is owned and operated by the artist Valinda Miracle. Valinda discovered a passion for pottery while recovering from injuries from a serious car accident. The accident left her with limited mobility and short-term memory loss. But with her determination and love of art, Valinda learned to make pottery and begin to sell her pieces out of her restaurant. She wrote a book about her journey titled “The dead don’t bleed. Those who are alive do.”. She is a living miracle.
You can stop by Miracle Pottery Art Gallery and purchase some artwork. Valinda also teaches pottery classes weekly.
Our next stop was to Desoto Falls.
Little River Canyon
Ten miles south of DeSoto State Park, is Little River Falls in Little River Canyon National Preserve. It is slightly smaller at 45-feet. Both have spectacular views surrounded by trees, plants, flowers, and wildlife.
There are several smaller falls located in DeSoto State Park and Little River Canyon National Preserve. This concludes our visit to DeKalb County Lookout Mountain. As you can see, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Thank You to Unclaimed Baggage Center for hosting me. All opinions expressed are my own.
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