Situated just steps from picturesque panoramas of the DeSoto Falls, Lookout Mountain, and the Little River Canyon, Mountain Laurel Inn excites environmental excursionists with a blend of rustic charm and rich relaxation. Keep an eye on nature from the comfort of the restive king-size bed and stratosphere-spying skylights of the Inn's upstairs apartment room, which can comfortably sleep two guests. Once rested, outdoorsy types can ramble through the scenic underbrush to enjoy healthful hikes and placid star-gazing, or consult the inn's activities page to find entertainment inspiration both outdoors and in.
Color Cool Studios distributes artistic, locally created pieces to appreciative patrons in Alabama and beyond. The studio's prints, created by Robin Voils, combine traditional and non-traditional methods of printmaking to showcase the natural wonders found on Lookout Mountain in northern Alabama. Indigenous illustrations, such as the flower powered Lookout Mountain Bloom or the leafy Pitcher Plants and Spider Lily Plants ($80 each), satiate household desires for greenery without the need for constant watering or weeping willows therapy sessions. To guarantee each print is an original, pieces are sold as limited editions and signed by the artist who made them. A complete tracking history from shipping to doorstep ensures the pleasant prints arrive safely without taking lengthy pit stops or scenic off-road drives. For each vibrant print sold, Color Cool Studios will donate a percentage of the profits to a charitable foundation in DeKalb County, helping the very community it draws inspiration from.
As one of the only mini-golf courses in Jackson County, Parnell Creek RV Park invites putter-wielding patrons to traverse 18 holes of slick, tricky, obstacle-laden greens. Expertly guided dimpled orbs weave in and out of the course’s various impeding miscreants, which include train tracks, a wishing well, stoplights, and nearsighted Easter egg hunters. The course is well maintained and suited for birdie-gatherers of all ages, abilities, and 40-yard-dash times. Free rounds will be granted to the lowest scorer of the foursome and any sage green-readers who convert a hole in one on the harrowing 18th hole.
Iris equips its students with the power to read quickly and effectively, reducing molasses-slow reading habits to rubble and replacing them with a laserlike ability to consume and comprehend literature. With a five-hour class, students will learn drills to drum up the speed of their reading, creative note-taking tips, and how to better retain knowledge gathered during reading. Different mediums of information conveyance will also be covered, such as technical materials, magazines, newspapers, and websites. Past students have reported reading up to five times faster as a result of Iris's instruction, leaving more time for hobbies such as carpet weaving or ship-in-a-bottle smashing.
An extensive menu of fresh and comforting treats takes shape in Jefferson’s laid-back interior, where friendly servers warm up crowds with starters such as fried dill pickles ($3.00/$5.75), corn nuggets ($6.50), and Ultimate fries, smothered with three types of cheeses, Cajun seasoning, and a layer of crispy bacon ($6.95). Spice up a slow workday or a slow-moving fasting day with an order of Jefferson's fully customizable wings ($6.95 for 10), or nosh on a fried oyster po' boy, a hearty hoagie stuffed with fresh gulf oysters that are battered and fried until golden brown ($7.95). Other seafaring portions include fried catfish ($7.50), a spicy shrimp basket ($8.25), and a melodious band of fish 'n' chips fronted by soulful slaw and backed by harmonious hush puppies ($7.95). Customers craving candied confections can find fulfillment in slices of creamy peanut butter or pecan pie ($2.95 each).
In spite of their business name, the versatile technicians at Advanced Carpet Cleaners specialize in more than just eradicating dirt from shag. They apply the same cleaning prowess that's garnered them three Best of Jackson County awards to clean home exteriors, driveways, and patios with pressure washing. During warmer climes, the team revs up mowers to manicure overgrown lawns.