On a recent visit to Fairhope, AL, I had the privilege of spending time with a “local,” who also happens to be my long-time friend Vivian Oden Weaver, known in Fairhope as the town’s Official Mrs. Claus. We covered a lot of territory, conversation-wise, in the couple of hours we had together, but she also showed me a couple of places that are well-known to the locals but likely hidden from tourists. One is a great place to eat, the other a beautiful store for home decor and furnishings. Click on the photos for a closer look.
Vivian Weaver – Fairhope’s Official Mrs. Claus with a costume she designed and fashioned herself.
One was Sunset Pointe at Fly Creek Marina. It is right across the bay inlet from the yacht club and offers both indoor and outdoor waterfront dining. The hostess and servers were friendly, and the food was delicious and attractive. Check out these food photos and make your plans to include it in your next trip to the Gulf Coast.
The other place was a stunning shop located at 801 N. Section Street, Green Gates, owned by Vivian’s good friend, Rene Mashburn. This statement from the store’s website says it all — “Her . . . success is due to the inviting atmosphere, the selection of unique inventory and presentation. Everything is presented in beautiful vignettes.” Here are some pictures I took recently. Bear in mind that the vignettes are ever-changing. Also, a second location will open soon closer to the main downtown area.