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Great Road Trip to Endearing Mobile Alabama

Posted in: Mobile, Mobile County
By Lucinda Briggs

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Settled by the French more than three centuries ago, today Mobile Alabama real estate encompasses collections of historic mansions with dramatic architecture.  For its class and southern hospitality, Alabama Road Trip No.  3 selected endearing Mobile for "A Romantic Getaway."
Mobile's fascinating museums tell stories unique to the South.  Perusing these museums and the elements of historic homes in Mobile makes for a great Southern road trip or an easy daytrip from the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay.  

Centuries of attention to detail make Mobile what it is today.  Besides the classical architectural elements such as wrought iron balconies, illustrious Mobile properties are highlighted by well-tended gardens and landscapes with beautiful color.  

In 1702, the French and English were competing for holdings in America.  King Louis the XIV of France, during his Renaissance era of beauty and culture, directed French Canadians to establish a base along the Gulf Coast on Mobile Bay.  The settlement became capital of the French colonial empire in the early 1700s before it moved to New Orleans.  The town was ruled by Spanish, French, and British before being captured by Americans during the War of 1812.  The community has thrived for the past 65 years because of the shipbuilding industry.  

The original Mardi Gras celebration in 1703 took place on St. Louis Day, which is August 25.  The concept of family-friendly parades and balls spread to other southern communities. To this day, Mobile's Mardi Gras celebrations are milder than their counterparts in New Orleans.  

Of course, historic sites abound.  The official Welcome Center at 1735 Fort Conde is a great place to begin.  Costumed guards offer tours and explanations of the city's past.  The History Museum of Mobile is located in the old City Hall.  It includes many notable exhibits.  Mobile Carnival Museum includes handmade coronation costumes from important families dating back to Old Mobile, including for-line trains and crowns.  Bellingrath Gardens and Home and the Southern Belle River Boat ride are other memorable stops.

A road trip to view Mobile real estate taken at the beginning of the year produces a panorama of camellias and azaleas in bloom.  Then come roses in the summer, chrysanthemums in autumn and Christmas lights during the holidays. Oh, yes, and plan to eat well.  Tucked into the waterscapes and landscapes, there are excellent restaurants in one-of-a-kind settings.

For information about real estate in the Mobile area, contact Lucinda Briggs of RE/MAX by the Bay at (251) 423-7127.


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Lucinda Briggs
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