America’s Favorite Beach Towns 2014

With boardwalk rides, historic mansions, and homemade fudge, the best seaside towns offer charms that stretch beyond the sand.

No. 8 Fairhope, AL

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Readers gave this Gulf Coast town—where five rivers converge—high marks for its sense of local pride. One source of that self-esteem could be the regular slate of festivals, from antique shows and arts and crafts festivals to the annual L.A. Songwriters’ Festival (here, “L.A.” means Lower Alabama). Come summer, Fairhope’s location on Mobile Bay brings the possibility of jubilees—a natural phenomenon when live flounder, crabs, or shrimp suddenly wash ashore by the thousands. For a good vantage point, stay at one of the town’s bay-view B&Bs, such as Emma’s Bay House.

America’s Favorite Beach Towns 2014

No. 8 Fairhope, AL

Readers gave this Gulf Coast town—where five rivers converge—high marks for its sense of local pride. One source of that self-esteem could be the regular slate of festivals, from antique shows and arts and crafts festivals to the annual L.A. Songwriters’ Festival (here, “L.A.” means Lower Alabama). Come summer, Fairhope’s location on Mobile Bay brings the possibility of jubilees—a natural phenomenon when live flounder, crabs, or shrimp suddenly wash ashore by the thousands. For a good vantage point, stay at one of the town’s bay-view B&Bs, such as Emma’s Bay House.

Ben Callahan
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