It’s an easy drive to Guntersville. Take the Governor’s Drive exit off of I-565 and that road becomes Highway 431 South which will lead you right into town. It’s a beautiful drive over Monte Sano Mountain and then the views of the river begin.
Don’t miss Bakers on Main on the right when you come into town. Park once and enjoy several dozen shops and the Cafe 336 deli or venture on down Gunter Avenue for antiques and boutiques.
I discovered the Guntersville Museum on a recent visit and was very favorably impressed. It’s in the former armory building at 1215 Rayburn Avenue. In addition to the permanent exhibits — which are VERY well-done — a large collection of heirloom quilts will be on display until July 16th. The museum has free admission, but make a note that it is closed on Mondays.
Of course, Lake Guntersville State Park is a popular attraction. There has been much refurbishing since the 2011 tornadoes. The park lost thousands of trees, but they’ve begun replanting and the views from the lodge are spectacular. You might even be lucky enough to spot one of the bald eagles who nest in the park. The lodge restaurant has a good rating on Trip Advisor, as does Top O’ the River and Rock House Eatery, so the eating aspect of a visit is well covered.
Albertville is only 7 or 8 miles down 431 South from Guntersville. A popular lunch place is The Chocolate Moose for salads, sandwiches, soups and desserts. I hear that the servers and kitchen staff are prone to break out singing. That sounds like a happy work environment to me, don’t you agree?
If you’re looking for a new day trip destination, Guntersville might be just the place. You are bound to enjoy a good lunch and the wonderful scenery.