Quality Of Life
Live your life out here with us!
The people of the Coastal Gateway area live full, diverse lives that take advantage of all the benefits of the world around us. From golf to hunting and fishing, from swimming in the ocean to exploring rivers and streams, life here is about the experience of going out into the outdoors, then soaking it all in and bringing it home.
For fishing, boating and canoeing enthusiasts, the Coastal Gateway region offers two major rivers (Tombigbee, Alabama) and several smaller branch waterways (Sepulga, Little, Conecuh, Buckatunna). Local waterways are rich with many species of fish, primarily largemouth bass, bream and catfish. The hunting enthusiast will also find the river basins and rolling hills of the area to offer some of the best whitetail deer hunting opportunities in the country, along with plentiful dove, quail, turkey, wild boar and waterfowl. Guided hunting and fishing tours are available.
Golf enthusiasts are also in luck! Choctaw County boasts the Choctaw County Country Club, Monroeville is home to the historic Vanity Fair Golf & Country Club, and Brewton is the site of both Dogwood Hills Golf Course and the Jerry Pate-designed Country Club of Brewton. Jackson is home to Pierce Memorial at Jackson Links, while Thomasville is home to Pineview Country Club.
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Our history and culture might surprise you.
Many people know that southwest Alabama is home to sunny skies and Southern hospitality. But did you know we're also writers, musicians, artists, chefs and educators?
Monroeville is known as the “Literary Capital of Alabama.” Nelle Harper Lee, who wrote the American classic “To Kill A Mockingbird,” hails from there – as does her childhood friend Truman Capote – and those who have seen the movie adaptation of her book will recognize the historic courthouse on the downtown square, which served as inspiration for the movie set. Fans of the book and movie can visit the Monroe County Museum, and if you're lucky enough to score a ticket, you can watch our local actors stage a live theater adaptation of Lee's work every spring. The play has been performed by these local actors at venues like the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, as well as overseas.
In Atmore, you can discover the roots of Southern country and bluegrass music each July at the Old Time Fiddlers Convention. You can also get your fill of Southern food in September during A Taste of the South, featuring local bands and some of the best cuisine we have to offer.
Our Native American heritage is very important to us, as well. The Poarch Band of Creek Indians not only put on events like the Poarch Creek Indian Pow-Wow, an authentic Thanksgiving celebration and arts and crafts show, they also operate WindCreek, an entertainment venue and casino just outside Atmore. WindCreek boasts a highly-regarded hotel, spa, bowling center and multiple restaurants, and also offers hands-on cooking classes taught by its chefs!
In Brewton, we host the Alabama Blueberry Festival every year. The Thomas E.McMillan Museum offers a glimpse into local life through the centuries, containing some artifacts that are more than 10,000 years old.
Thomasville is home to the Kathryn Tucker Windham Museum, honoring the famous folklorist and storyteller of the same name. Jackson and Grove Hill are home to multiple sites on the National Register of Historic Places.
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We're just around the corner from much, much more!
If you have an hour or two to spend getting somewhere, you won't believe what you'll find around us.
Much of the Coastal Gateway region is just minutes away from the Gulf of Mexico. The unique sugar sand beaches of places like Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Pensacola, Fla., make for a day trip you'll not soon forget. Coastal Gateway residents have their pick of several vacation destinations. Getting there is a major undertaking for families across most of the United States; for us, it's just down the road!
If you like golf but want to get out of the Coastal Gateway region and explore some of our neighboring courses, get ready to make a list: There are more than 100 golf courses in a 100-mile radius around the Coastal Gateway area. Some of the more famous ones include the Jerry Pate-designed Kiva Dunes in Gulf Shores, the Arnold Palmer-designed Craft Farms and the world-famous Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, which includes six host sites within a short drive of the Coastal Gateway area. The closest of those, Cambrian Ridge, is located in Butler County, which directly borders both Monroe and Conecuh counties in the Coastal Gateway region. It offers 27 holes of championship golf, a nine-hole executive course and was featured in the video game “Links 2003.”
Is shopping more your thing? We're practically in the backyard of metropolitan centers like Mobile, Montgomery and Pensacola. But we're also close to historic Fairhope, and the malls of Foley and Spanish Fort.When you or your kids get tired of the beach, we'll show them a good time at places like the U.S.S. Alabama Battleship Memorial Park near the Port of Mobile, which houses both the Battleship Alabama and the U.S.S. Drum submarine. Mobile is also home to Fort Conde, a replica of a 1720s French fort that was one of the city's earliest landmarks. And while you're there, check out the city's Mardi Gras celebration – Mobile was where it all started in the United States, not New Orleans!
In Montgomery, you can find the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, a major theater company and venue that hosts not only plays by its namesake, but also by other classic playwrights, contemporary authors and locals. The Mobile Symphony brings an annual calendar of masterworks and annual performances in Thomasville and Monroeville in the Coastal Gateway region. In all, the Mobile and Montgomery areas alone are home to more than 30 museums covering a variety of subjects.
Fans of college and professional sports have plenty of options near the Coastal Gateway region There are several nearby minor league baseball affiliates that provide family-friendly entertainment. And of course, we live and bleed college football here, with the home stadiums of The University of Alabama Crimson Tide, Auburn Tigers, South Alabama Jaguars, Troy Trojans and Alabama State University Hornets all just a short drive away.
A short drive gets you an overnight visit in Atlanta, Birmingham, or New Orleans! Great professional sports, spectacular concerts, world famous cuisine, whatever your heart desires.
These are just a few of the things we offer our local residents. The way we see it, we have the best of both worlds: friendly, safe, unfettered rural living, but close enough to still be able to see the city lights whenever we want to. We think you'll love it here just as much as we do!