So I thought I'd start sharing these stops and maybe you could visit, too.
Oh, Alabama. I don't mean to pass judgement because I hate it, but I've always been wary of the big A. The state just never seemed terribly exciting. But I've learned my lesson and will admit that I was very impressed. Montgomery has some pretty sweet spots and was glad we were able to visit.
Welcoming and enormously helpful staff.
Cool setup.. hello old kitchen-turned-cookbook collection.
And because we drove something like 3 hours to get there, we decided to make a day of it. We had lunch at a little cafe (pictured above) and then dinner at a really great Mexican restaurant. The real highlight, however, aside from the bookstore, was Leroy Lounge. I found the drink menu online and knew we had to stop. I had a Pimm's cup for the first time and a blackberry-champagne concoction. Delicious. Plus, the bar's atmosphere was just incredible. A dark interior, with vintage light fixtures and plush, burgundy walls like velvet. If you're there, you have to visit!
I'd like this to serve as an opportunity for readers to share their favorite independent (local or not) shops as well. Leave a comment if there's one you want to share!