Discover Alabama Rate Sheet
Alabama. What does that word conjure in
Bear Bryant and Alabama football? George
Wallace, Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights
movement? NASA operations in Huntsville?
Well, if you haven’t looked at Alabama lately, you
may be surprised that it is an up-and-coming relocation
spot for the baby boomers and beyond crowd.
Why? Because there is so much more than meets the
eye at first glance.
Play golf? No serious golfer could sniff at the
Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail (www.rtjgolf.com),
Imagine 378 holes – that’s right – 378 scenic and challenging
holes of public golf woven throughout the natural
topography of the state.
Built as one project, the Robert Trent Jones Golf
Trail was created by the Retirement System of
Alabama to spur tourism and retirement attraction.
Not only is there an incredible collection of Alabama
golf adventures awaiting you, the Trail also features
eight luxury resort hotels to enhance your stay along
the way. The signature resort is the imposing, Frenchgothic
Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa
(www.rossbridgeresort.com), with its 259 elegant
rooms and sunset bagpipe interludes.
Suffice it to say, when you think of Alabama, you
also need to think of two words: Golf Heaven.
Enjoy other outdoor sports and activities? For
retirees, it would be a full-time job to engage in all
Alabama has to offer. From the Alabama mountain
region down to its Gulf Coast, the opportunities seem
to be endless.
For instance, Alabama offers myriad choices when
it comes to sailing, boating and water sports, hiking
trails, and garden, birding and walking trails. Find out
about adventures in Alabama’s State Parks and
National Forests at www.outdooralabama.com. Don’t
miss the lakes in the North Alabama mountain region
If you like coastal living, you can get great value on
the Alabama Gulf Coast. Mobile (pop. 200,000) is the
largest coastal metro city and Mobile Bay
(www.mobilebay.org) stretches to the lovely and scenic
coastal communities of Dauphin Island
(www.dauphinisland.cc), Fort Morgan, Gulf Shores
and Orange Beach (www.gulfshores.com).
There is great fishing and wildlife, as well as hometown
friendliness, in the “River Heritage” or
“Wiregrass” towns of Dothan, Enterprise, Eufaula and
Troy. Dothan (pop. 60,000) (www.visitdothanal.com)
is the home of Fort Rucker, where most Air Force helicopter
pilots train. Troy (pop. 14,000) is the home of
Troy University. Enterprise (pop. 27,000) resembles
Mayberry, USA with an interesting downtown and
friendly folks. The legendary George Jones, nicknamed,
“The Possum” and considered the Greatest
Living Country Singer, is building a home in Enterprise.
Enjoy spectator sports? You don’t want to miss the
races at Talladega (pop. 15,000) Super speedway
(remember Ricky Bobby?). And, of course, the football
Saturdays at Auburn (pop. 45,000) University and
the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa (pop. 78,000)
are among the best in the South.
Or, are you a music lover? Did you know Hank
Williams (father of Monday Night Football’s
“Bocephus”) was born in Alabama? Check out important
sites in the country music star’s life on the Hank
Williams Trail (www.hankwilliamstrail.com).
Or, did you know that Grammy award-winning
singer/songwriter Lionel Richie is a native
Alabamian? The former Commodore’s member was belting out songs like “Brick House” and “Sweet Love”
decades before the tabloids discovered his daughter,
Nicole. Other diverse musical artists and groups with
an Alabama connection are the group, Alabama,
Lynyrd Skynyrd, W.C.Handy, American Idol Taylor
Hicks, Nat King Cole, Tammy Wynette and Emmylou
If you are a fan of the arts, Alabama would be a
great relocation choice. The 35-year-old Alabama
Shakespeare Theater hosts the sixth largest
Shakespeare festival in the world. The state is full of
talented artists, musicians, artesans and craftsmen,
opera and theatrical troupes and actors and actresses. In
fact, Alabama Governor Bob Riley has named 2007 as
the Year of Alabama Arts. The venues, events, performances,
gallery showings and festivals are too numerous
to list. To find out more, go to www.800alabama.com.
If you move to Alabama, you’ll be happy to know
that good medical care can be found at a number of
hospitals around the state. The hospital that has ranked
the highest in the U.S. News & World Report magazine
rankings is the University of Alabama Hospital at
Birmingham (pop. 250,000). For instance, the hospital
ranked 20th in geriatrics and 18th in cancer treatment
and 32nd in orthopedics among all U.S. hospitals.
You can’t talk about Alabama without mentioning its
civil rights history. In 1955, Rosa Parks, “the mother of
the civil rights,” started the Montgomery Bus Boycott
when she would not give up her seat and move to the
back of a bus in favor of white passengers. The Boycott
launched a local Montgomery preacher to prominence:
Martin Luther King. Ironically, the boycott in
Montgomery came about 100 years after Jefferson Davis
had been inaugurated as the president of the
Confederate States of America there.
Today, Montgomery (pop. 200,000), the state capital
of Alabama, is considered a progressive city with a
number of museums and historical sites memorializing
the civil rights struggle.
So, in a nutshell, Alabama is a vibrant, creative,
engaging state with friendly people and lots to see.
Investigate the state and you’ll quickly find out that your
cost of living and cost of housing will generally be a
fraction of what you are now paying.
The things you will generally NOT find in Alabama:
high prices, congestion, hustle and bustle, extreme cold
weather and mean people. What you will find: Open
spaces and open-minded people. Old fashioned values.
Lower prices and lots of opportunities. Solid medical
care and great recreational and cultural attractions.
There is no way to fit all there is to say about
Alabama in one short article, so you’ll have to come
visit and see for yourself. There is something for everybody
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