WSJ: Birmingham is a winning Southern getaway

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Another national publication has featured Birmingham as a premier destination. The Wall Street Journal showcased the Magic City in its Off Duty section with “A Birmingham Grand Slam: Packed with winning diversions, a whirlwind long weekend in Alabama’s biggest city reveals an American revival.”

“The local-maker renaissance sweeping the South is redefining downtown Birmingham as a 21st-century creative hub, refiring its peanut roasters, installing laudable restaurants in once-crumbling storefronts and seeding green space in the rusted footprint of old rail industry,” said Wall Street Journal Reporter Marli Guzzetta. “Don’t expect the gentility of Charleston or Savannah. This is a city that holds weddings and music festivals inside an abandoned iron furnace. But unapologetic grit and a fair share of alchemy have long been Birmingham’s biggest draws.”

Featured in the article were the best and brightest of Birmingham’s food and drink scene – Highlands Bar & Grill, Hot & Hot Fish Club, Collins Bar, Saws Soul Kitchen, and much more – as well as landmark destinations, both old and new, like Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark, Barber Motorsports Museum, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and Negro Southern League Museum.

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This is one of several articles in the last year where Birmingham has been featured as a winning getaway in a prominent national publication. Earlier in the year, The New York Times named Birmingham one of 52 places to visit in 2017 in the world and featured it in a 36 Hours in Birmingham, Ala., article. In March, The Washington Post published “You’re Going Where? Birmingham,” which highlighted hot spots for tourists and was picked up by newspapers in Atlanta, Houston, Denver and other major cities across the country.