Mobile is a great town to live and work. There are roughly 250,000 residents in the city, and 500,000 in the greater metropolitan area. We recommend downloading the Chamber’s Guide to Mobile [PDF]. Recent economic news include Airbus’ decision to select Mobile as its North American Assembly plant, Austal’s ship-building boom in Mobile’s port, and the Calvert Steel Factory.
Here is just a sampling of area events:
Bellingrath Gardens and Home, North Pole Stroll, Mardi Gras, ARF’s Barkfest, Chili Cook-off, Dragon Boat Race, Greater Gulf State Fair, Art Walk, Springhill Lawn Movies, University of South Alabama sports events, Exploreum & Imax, Maritime Museum, Hot Air Balloon Festival, Moon Pie Drop.
One of the best things about Mobile is the proximity to the water. It is easy to take off for the day or weekend to enjoy the awesome weather at the beach almost nine full months out of the year.
Dauphin Island: 20 minutes from Mobile. Great place for a day trip.
Orange Beach & Gulf Shores: one hour from Mobile., beautiful white sand beaches with great fishing, boating, and restaurants, wealthiest county in Alabama, Home of The Hangout Music Festival in May
Fairhope: Not technically the beach, but it is a gorgeous “Pleasantville” like community on Mobile Bay with abundant boutiques, shops, art galleries, restaurants. Be sure to visit The Grand Hotel and try out an Art Walk on the first Friday of each month.
Date places: Via Emilia, Kitchen on George, The Noble South, Italian Fisherman, Noja, Ruth’s Chris
Daphne / Fairhope: Master Joe’s (sushi), Camelia Café, Penzone’s, Wash House, Fairhope Inn
Coffee Shops: Carpe Diem, Serda’s, Cream & Sugar, Page & Palette, The Coffee Loft
Yelp for more info on the above and for many other options.
Golf: There are ten great courses in the area, including several courses in the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail (buy the Trail Card for discounted rate).
Hunting & Fishing: Visit Outdoor Alabama for more information.
Other: Crescent Theatre (independent, local movie theatre playing a diverse range of movies)
Talk to residents for additional information.
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