I grew up in the Huntsville, AL area, but Chris did not. While he had visited Huntsville before, It wasn’t until I took him home with me one weekend to visit my parents that showed him around town a little more. He fell in love with the city at our first stop and when looking for jobs, Huntsville was his first place to apply. My family is here, and his family is under two hours away, so it seemed to be the perfect spot for us to settle down. Here are our top spots in Huntsville that you have to check out!
**Note that pictures were taken before the pandemic or masks were taken off for a brief moment during the picture**
1. Bigfoot Little Donuts
This was the first place I took Chris when he first came to Huntsville with me when we were dating. I first heard about the company when they were selling their mini donuts out of a camper on the side of the road. The company has grown and now has two storefronts in the Huntsville/Madison area. The donuts come in all kinds of flavors and literally melt in your mouth when they’re hot. By far the best donuts you will ever have! My personal favorites are the Raspberry Lemonade and Vanilla Birthday Cake. They have Strawberry Nutella, Fruity Pebbles, and lots more flavors that you can try. If you’ve been to Bigfoot Little Donuts, what flavors are your favorite and what should I try next?
2. Campus 805
Campus 805 is one of our newest favorite spots, especially for date night. It used to be a school that they transitioned into the best date night spot in town. You’ll find Yellowhammer Brewing and Strait to Ale which are probably the two most popular breweries in the Huntsville area. Earth and Stone Pizza has some of the best pizza around, and there is even a Rock and Roll Sushi next-door. It is home to several other bars, including one with pool tables which we love taking advantage of. You can also find X-Golf Huntsville and Civil Axe Throwing, which we have never been to but heard great things about. One of the newest additions is Pints & Pixels, which is a bar filled with vintage arcade games. We recently went to Campus 805 on a Sunday afternoon and night and there was hardly anyone there. They enforce mask wearing and we noticed the workers constantly sanitizing everything which we appreciate due to COVID.
3. Lowe Mill Arts and Entertainment
If you live in Huntsville, I’m sure you’ve heard of, if not been to, Lowe Mill. According to their website it is the largest privately owned arts facility in the US. It has over 150 art studios and contains several art galleries, entertainment venues, and more. It is home to both Piper and Leaf Tea and Pizzelle’s Confections. We love getting some tea and chocolate and walking around the building, both to look and shop. Concerts in the Car is their COVID friendly Friday night event that lets you sit in the car or socially distanced on the lawn while local artists play.
Stovehouse, which was once a stove factory built in 1929, was renovated in 2019. It has a large courtyard with outdoor and indoor seating surrounded by restaurants, upscale bars, shopping, and more. There are lawn games in the courtyard along with the occasional live band playing. They have great street tacos, ramen, BBQ, and even a place to get amazing crêpes! For a full directory of all their restaurants, bars, and shopping click here.
5. Space and Rocket Center
Chris and I have both been to the Space and Rocket Center, but never together. Its not a place we would go on a date night or hang out at on the weekends. We just love knowing it’s there. We love seeing the rocket as we pass by. And honestly, you can’t live in Huntsville and not love the fact that you are surrounded by smart, talented people that literally send people to space. We can’t wait to take our kid there one day to teach them the history of rocket science and maybe even send them to space camp.
Chris and I love hiking and getting outdoors, so while some of our favorite spots in Huntsville are hiking trails, I decided to save all those spots for a future post. So stay tuned! Until then, leave a comment about what your favorite places are in Huntsville, AL. What places should we check out next?