Hotel at a Glance: Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa
The Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa provides an excellent way to take in The Shoals. Simply head to the revolving restaurant at the top of their Renaissance tower, grab a seat and a drink, and soak up the scenery the region's four cities and the Tennessee River. You're likely to enjoy the rest of your stay, too: the hotel has been ranked among the top Marriott hotels in North America in guest satisfaction.
- Dinner with a view: The revolving 360 Grille tops Renaissance tower and offers sweeping views of the Tennessee Valley
- Burgers and music: Swampers Bar and Grill, also on site, offers casual eats and live nightly music acts of all styles that celebrate Florence's rich musical heritage
- Hit the links at The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at The Shoals and play two 18-hole championship courses along the Tennessee River. The property offers a complimentary shuttle service to the golf course.
- Relax in style: With a luxury massage at the onsite Spa at the Shoals
- Take a dip in the indoor and outdoor pools and whirlpools
- Work out in the onsite fitness room
Florence, Alabama: University Town with Blues Music Heritage
Alabama's northwest corner is better known as "The Shoals," a broad community made up of four smaller cities—Muscle Shoals, Tuscumbia, Sheffield, and Florence. The largest of the four quad cities, Florence is home to the University of North Alabama and a number of museums that celebrate the region's rich history as a producer of Blues and other styles of music. W.C. Handy, the "Father of the Blues," was born here, as was record producer Sam Phillips, who founded Sun Records and discovered Elvis Presley. The W.C. Handy Home and Museum honors the famous musician and features artifacts such as his trumpet and personal piano.
Just blocks away from the W.C. Handy Home, visitors can tour architect Frank Lloyd Wright's Rosenbaum House, Alabama's only Wright-designed home. This single-family home is a notable example of the architect's Usonian house concept, which refers to his pre-World War II vision of what American homes and cities should look like. Further towards the University, the The Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts spotlights artists from the Southeast and hosts concerts and lectures.