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Unexpected Adventures in North Alabama

We’re excited to announce that we have created a podcast all about north Alabama! The Unexpected Adventures in North Alabama podcast will focus on all the amazing places in north Alabama that you might not even know about. We’ll talk about our favorite places to be outdoors, fascinating museums, road trips, and so much more. So subscribe to our podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, CastBox, Deezer, iHeart Radio, Listen Notes, Podcast Addict, Podchaser, or Radio Public and stay tuned to all of our unexpected adventures!

Back Forty Beer Company is a pioneer in the brewing scene in Alabama and has brought its original beer creations to many people across the South. Jason Wilson, the company’s founder, joins Melea on today’s episode to tell the story of how he started Back Forty, his goal of bringing craft beer culture to the South and the different types of beer he has on tap. Back Forty Beer Follow North Alabama on Social Media! Website Instagram TikTok LinkedIn YouTube Twitter Facebook The Unexpected Adventures in North Alabama Podcast is a part of the Destination Marketing Podcast Network. It is...
Published on: 2024-02-15
By Visit North Alabama
Jahni Moore is an accomplished artist from Huntsville, Alabama who works in many different types of media. On today’s episode of Unexpected Adventures in North Alabama, Jahni sits down with Melea to talk about his history with art and where you can find his work across North Alabama. Jahni also talks about his creative process and the importance of art in our lives. Jahni Moore Follow North Alabama on Social Media! Website Instagram TikTok LinkedIn YouTube Twitter Facebook The Unexpected Adventures in North Alabama Podcast is a part of the Destination Marketing Podcast Network. It is hosted by Melea Hames...
Published on: 2024-02-01
By Visit North Alabama
Located in Huntsville, AL, Bricks and Minifigs is part of a chain of Lego stores across the country that not only sell brand new Lego sets, but also used, certified and retired sets that might not be available anymore. Carl Powell, the store’s owner, joins Melea on today’s episode to talk all things Lego and his store. Listen in to learn about what sets Bricks and Minifigs apart from other Lego stores, a lesson on Lego terminology and the different events that the store holds. Bricks and Minifigs Huntsville Follow North Alabama on Social Media! Website Instagram TikTok LinkedIn YouTube...
Published on: 2024-01-18
By Visit North Alabama
In this episode of Unexpected Adventures in North Alabama, host Melea Hames sits down with local mural artist Missy Miles. Dive into the captivating world of mural painting through Missy's stories of her unique experiences. Missy also discusses her journey as an artist and the inspiration behind her stunning creations. And learn all about the North Alabama Mural Trail, the perfect opportunity to see Missy's work, along with other incredible local works of art. The North Alabama Mural Trail Follow North Alabama on Social Media! Website Instagram TikTok LinkedIn YouTube Twitter Facebook The Unexpected Adventures in North Alabama Podcast is...
Published on: 2024-01-04
By Visit North Alabama
For over 50 years, the Tennessee Valley Pecan Company in Decatur has served up delicious pecan treats, such as chocolate-covered pecans and pecan pie. David Armistead, the president and general manager of Tennessee Valley Pecan, joins Melea on today’s episode to talk about the history of the company and how he was able to purchase the company from its original owners. Listen in to learn all about the tasty treats David offers in his store and how pecans make great holiday gifts. Tennessee Valley Pecan Company Follow North Alabama on Social Media! Website Instagram TikTok LinkedIn YouTube Twitter Facebook The...
Published on: 2023-12-21
By Visit North Alabama
When completed, The Singing River Trail will be a 200-mile greenway system spanning across four counties of North Alabama. Dr. John Kvach, the executive director of the trail, joins Melea to talk about how the trail came to be and how people can experience the trail today. Dr. Kvach also discusses the Singing River Trail’s tie to Native American history and what the trail means for the North Alabama region. The Singing River Trail Follow North Alabama on Social Media! Website Instagram TikTok LinkedIn YouTube Twitter Facebook The Unexpected Adventures in North Alabama Podcast is a part of the Destination...
Published on: 2023-12-07
By Visit North Alabama
Join Melea in this episode of Unexpected Adventures in North Alabama as she explores the hidden gem of Noccalula Falls Park in Gadsden, Alabama. Nestled on the outskirts of the city this tranquil paradise promises an unforgettable experience for every member of the family. Melea is joined by Christina Richardson, the supervisor at Noccalula Falls. Get ready to immerse yourself in a world of adventure as they discuss all of the many things to see and do at the falls. From embarking on a picturesque hike to riding the train through a display of millions of lights at Christmastime, the...
Published on: 2023-11-16
By Visit North Alabama
Unleash your inner wild animal in this episode of Unexpected Adventures in North Alabama. Melea talks with Sue Steffens, founder of Tigers for Tomorrow Exotic Animal Preserve, to discuss the preserve's history, mission and the various animals it houses. Sue shares that the preserve, which started as a big cat sanctuary, has grown into a predatory preserve and an outdoor environmental education center. She also talks about the daily care and enrichment provided to the animals, the importance of supporting conservation efforts and the unique experiences visitors can have at the preserve. Tigers for Tomorrow Exotic Animal Preserve Follow North...
Published on: 2023-11-02
By Visit North Alabama
EJ Powell, a student and the hype man for the University of North Alabama, joins Melea on today's episode to talk about his background and why he chose UNA. EJ touches on his current role for the school and the atmosphere at their sporting events. For students who are new to campus, he also gives out some helpful advice and highlights great activities and restaurants in and around the area. University of North Alabama Follow North Alabama on Social Media! Website Instagram TikTok LinkedIn YouTube Twitter Facebook The Unexpected Adventures in North Alabama Podcast is a part of the Destination...
Published on: 2023-10-19
By Visit North Alabama
When it comes to outdoor adventures, North Alabama has no shortage of waterfalls to see, caves to explore and beautiful scenery to enjoy. On this episode of the podcast, Melea is joined by Cory Lee, an accessibility-focused travel influencer, to talk about how people of all abilities can enjoy the amazing outdoors of North Alabama. They talk about hikes, caves and even waterfalls that are accessible to people in wheelchairs. They also discuss why accessibility in tourism is so important. Follow Cory Lee on Instagram Follow North Alabama on Social Media! Website Instagram TikTok LinkedIn YouTube Twitter Facebook The Unexpected...
Published on: 2023-10-05
By Visit North Alabama
Local historian Judge David Breland joins Melea on today's episode to talk about two historic landmarks in Decatur. Tune in for a look at the extensive history of the Old State Bank and how it was one of only a few buildings in Decatur to survive the Civil War. Judge Breland and Melea also talk about the Decatur Union Depot and the importance of the railway in Decatur's history. Old State Bank Decatur Union Depot Follow North Alabama on Social Media! Website Instagram TikTok LinkedIn YouTube Twitter Facebook The Unexpected Adventures in North Alabama Podcast is a part of the...
Published on: 2023-09-21
By Visit North Alabama
The Orion Amphitheater is an outdoor venue in Huntsville that hosts concerts and other events. Ryan Murphy, the managing director of the amphitheater, sits down with Melea to talk about how his work with Ben Lovett of Mumford and Sons led to the creation of the Orion. Ryan also touches on the different events held at the center and how the center engages with the Huntsville community. The Orion Amphitheater Follow North Alabama on Social Media! Website Instagram TikTok LinkedIn YouTube Twitter Facebook The Unexpected Adventures in North Alabama Podcast is a part of the Destination Marketing Podcast Network. It...
Published on: 2023-09-07
By Visit North Alabama
GoFAR USA Park is an adventure park in Decatur, AL that has tons of outdoor activities for families to do. Emily and Patrick Fagerman, the owners and operators of the park, join Melea on today's episode to talk about their backgrounds and the history of the park. Emily and Patrick also touch on some of the fun things to do at the park, like its obstacle course, petting zoo, zip-lines and climbing wall. GoFAR USA Park Follow North Alabama on Social Media! Website Instagram TikTok LinkedIn YouTube Twitter Facebook The Unexpected Adventures in North Alabama Podcast is a part of...
Published on: 2023-08-17
By Visit North Alabama
Today’s episode of Unexpected Adventures in North Alabama is all about the Whole Backstage Theatre, a community theatre in Guntersville, AL. Joining Melea is Denton Gillen, the president of the theatre, to talk about his personal connections to the organization and the importance of a great community theatre scene in a city. The Whole Backstage Theatre Follow North Alabama on Social Media! Website Instagram TikTok LinkedIn YouTube Twitter Facebook The Unexpected Adventures in North Alabama Podcast is a part of the Destination Marketing Podcast Network. It is hosted by Melea Hames and produced by Relic. To learn more about the...
Published on: 2023-08-03
By Visit North Alabama
Join us on this week’s episode of Unexpected Adventures in North Alabama as we explore the hidden, breathtaking beauty of Dismals Canyon. Learn how the canyon got its name and why it is the perfect habitat for some of the world’s rarest creatures to thrive. From eerie tales of mythical creatures to ancient Native American legends, we uncover the rich tapestry of stories that give Dismals Canyon its allure. Whether you're an avid hiker, a lover of legends or simply in awe of the beauty of untouched nature, this episode will transport you to the magical world of Dismals Canyon....
Published on: 2023-07-20
By Relic Agency