Holiday Inn, Dothan AL, and Back to MontgomerySunday, July 02, 2006
Av and I needed to stay one night in Dothan, so we made reservations at the Holiday Inn there. We should have asked first, but this was an older one without interior corridors - the doors opened up to the outside, and the interior needs an update and maintenance. We wouldn't stay here again. Unfortunately there isn't any neat historic or really interesting hotel or B&B in Dothan that I could find...so I think next time we'll try the Courtyard or Hampton.
We had supper at the Conestoga Steak House - we both had the New York Strip and it was really good. The rolls they serve are excellent. They don't take reservations (it is a *very* no-frills place, but a Dothan institution) - we had a twenty minute early in the evening, and it only got worse for the people arriving by the time we were leaving!
One neat thing about Dothan is that it has lots of really great murals downtown:
...and they did one of those downtown civic projects, using fiberglass peanuts (the Wiregrass region of Alabama is perfect for growing peanuts). This one is in front of the Dothan Eagle building:
The road from Montgomery to Dothan - US 231 - and down to the beach has been called the "Bee Line" highway since forever. Here's a motel sign:
I liked this Candlelight sign too...I bet it is so great at night when the neon is on!:
Although I went to college in this area - Troy - I never went to any of those touristy peanut shops that are so common here...so this time Av and I dropped in at the Bama Nut Shop, just to see:
Next, we stopped at Green's Antiques in Brundidge. They have *all kinds* of really wonderful advertising objects and signs. Much of it was more expensive than we've seen at other antique shops, but they had an amazing collection and it was really fun to look around. We didn't see anything we just had to have, but it really was neat.
I had to get a picture of this bull:
...and this little church/mobile home with a steeple on top (in Troy):
Av was in need of a new pair of Sperrys, so we stopped in at Sikes & Kohn in Pine Level, where we got two different pairs of them. We like to shop there because it's owned by local people and they have soooo many shoes - I get all my Borns there too.
It's kind-of a country place - see what they tell people *not* to bring inside? hahaha!!!
Last is this other really great motel sign: