Chelsea and I have been itching for an adventure, but we couldn’t exactly go anywhere that would require us to be gone longer than the day. So spur of the moment – aka we ran out of things to do in Pensacola – we decided to hop in the car and drive to Fairhope, Alabama. Fairhope is just a little over an hour drive away and they have the cutest downtown area. I used to take day trips with my family to Fairhope around Christmas time because my Mom and Amma loved seeing all the trees light up at night time. We would walk around the stores and coffee shops during the day then have dinner together at Pinzone’s Italian Downtown before walking down the tree lit streets back to the car.
It’s been a couple of years since I’ve been back to Fairhope and when Chels asked what I wanted to do that day I suggested we adventure over to their downtown area because my mom kept telling me about this adorable coffee shop inside of a bookstore. Well, that was enough to get Chelsea on board! We found Latte Da and Page & Palette to enjoy the best carrot cake I have had in a long time with coffee and tea. Page & Palette is this small, cute family-owned bookstore that has been in Fairhope for over 40 years and while we were walking around their quaint space we discovered that they also have a bar/event space attached to the store as well that is open all week to the public.
My favorite part of the downtown area in Fairhope is their little piece of Italy. Just down the road from Page & Palette, you can find the entrance to this walkway that will make you feel like you are walking a quiet street in Italy. This is where you can find cute little stairways, that Italian restaurant I mentioned before, and the perfect spot for an impromptu photo shoot. If you plan on visiting Fairhope, I suggest going on any day other than Sunday. Like any good southern town, most of their shops and restaurants are closed on Sunday. But, if you are looking for a quiet day that you can spend at the coffee shop browsing books and stroll through the empty streets, then Sunday would probably be the best day for you to visit their little downtown area.
I think it’s safe to say that you can be expecting more mini adventures from Chelsea and I. We are always craving an adventure, but we don’t always have a free weekend together to make it happen. So, until then, our Chegan Adventures will be kept close to home so we can explore what all our beautiful Gulf Coast towns have to offer.