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Downtown Huntsville on a Fall Saturday

The weather was perfect last Saturday. Blue skies, breezy, fall-like temperatures -- the kind of conditions that make you want to get out and go somewhere. Steve and I had a few errands to run in Huntsville and made our way to the courthouse square shortly after noon.

Downtown Huntsville has become a happening place with attractive landscaping, colorful murals, whimsical sculptures, swings, benches, restaurants, and shops. An added perk is the fact that parking is free on Saturday, Sunday, and after 5:00 p.m. on weekdays.

One of my favorite murals is this one on Washington Street. The artist is Kim Radford, and the title is "THIS GIRL CAN." It was completed in time for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of women being allowed to vote, which took place in August 1920. The mural is three stories tall. You might want to look at it from across the street to get the full effect.

We were hungry, and both of us particularly enjoy finding places for weekend brunch. Our choice on this outing was Humphrey's Bar & Grill, also on Washington Street. Since college football games were in full swing, Humphrey's served the dual purpose of allowing Steve to watch four games at once AND eat. :) We shared the Shrimp & Grits (which had LOTS of shrimp) and a Bananas Foster Waffle.

One of my favorite stores on the square is Harrison Brothers Hardware. The store is a perfect combination of vintage ambiance and new, attractive merchandise with an emphasis on local artists, authors, and vendors. The manager and employees do an excellent job of changing the displays seasonally, and you are sure to find the perfect gift there. I liked this place BEFORE they started stocking my book -- "100 Things To Do In Huntsville And North Alabama Before You Die" -- but I'm REALLY partial to it now. Do you blame me?

The store first opened in 1897, and the cash register still being used was placed in the store in 1907.

To read other posts I've written about Huntsville places, click on each one that catches your interest.

Have a wonderful week and consider exploring downtown Huntsville soon.

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