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Thanksgiving Day Meals Made Easy at Lookout Mountain

Thanksgiving Day Meals Made Easy at Lookout Mountain
By Emily Kirby

Lookout Mountain offers a beautiful backdrop for those seeking a holiday getaway, and the area’s many eateries are making this Thanksgiving even more special with delicious and easy-to-order meals. 

If you’re staying in Mentone, Fort Payne, or the surrounding communities for just a visit this holiday season or are a DeKalb County local and want to avoid the hassle of hours of cooking and cleaning, many local restaurants are offering full Thanksgiving family meals, individual plates, or dining in options.

Pick up meals

  1. Tiger’s Inn Restaurant in Valley Head is taking orders for their traditional Thanksgiving meal until November 21. The menu includes Chicken Dressing, cranberry sauce, and gravy, with lots of side dishes and desserts to choose from, and the meals feed up to 10-12 people. Options to add on rolls, tea, and serving plates, utensils, cups, and more are also available. Visit their Facebook page or call them at (256) 662-0984 for more information and pricing. 

  2. Roadside ‘Que in downtown Fort Payne wants to make your large get-togethers easier by providing whole smoked Turkeys for $55 and Ham for $80 this Thanksgiving. To reserve, call them at (256) 599-1387 Tuesday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Order pick ups will be on Nov. 22 and 23.

  3. Breakfast is always the most overlooked meal of Thanksgiving Day, so to combat this, Buttersnob Baking, located in Blue Jug of Fort Payne, is taking orders for their breakfast quiche. The dish includes ground pork breakfast sausage, yellow grits, and cheese, and they are “pre-cooked and frozen – ready to pop in the oven and satisfy guests and hosts alike.” 

    For dessert, the bakery will take orders for:

    • Pecan Pie – Flaky crust, quality pecans, and delicious filling
    • Chocolate Tart – Flaky pie crust filled with rich dark chocolate ganache. Add whipped cream topping for $2 more.
    • Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart – A peanut crust filled with a creamy yet crunchy peanut butter and peanut brittle filling and topped with a layer of silky smooth chocolate mousse.
    • French Vanilla Ice Cream – One Pint of rich French Vanilla house churned custard.
    • Butter Ice Cream – One Pint of butter flavored house churned custard, ready to take any pie (but especially pecan) to the next level.

    Stop by the store, message, or call them at (256) 648-5550 for more information.

  4. Cracker Barrel in Fort Payne will not only have dining in options for Thanksgiving Day, but also “heat & serve” meals that can be picked up ahead of time and reheated for your gathering or “hot & ready” that is ready to serve. Meal sizes include 4-6 people or 8-10 people, and have lots of options for meats and sides. Seasonal pies are also available, including Cinnamon Roll Pie, Apple Streusel Pie, Pecan, Chocolate Pecan, and Pumpkin. Thanksgiving meals can be ordered and picked up between November 19-27, while supplies last. Click here for more information or call (256) 997-9204.

  5. Mentone Market is closed on Thanksgiving Day, but is open the day prior and will have pre-made and frozen casseroles, rolls, and drinks available for purchase.

Dining in

  1. Mountain Inn Restaurant will hold their annual Thanksgiving Day buffet Thursday, November 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. The menu will include:
  • Salad Bar
  • Baked Ham
  • Turkey
  • Fried Chicken
  • Creamed Potatoes
  • Green Beans
  • Sweet Potato Crunch
  • Cornbread Dressing with giblet gravy
  • Roll
  • Pecan & Pumpkin Pie
  • Coffee, Tea, or Water

The unique Mountain Inn Restaurant is located in the original sandstone Lodge built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in DeSoto State Park during the mid-1930s and is nestled on a canyon-edge overlooking the West Fork of Little River.

     2. Fontastic Foods in Mentone will offer plates on Thanksgiving day in downtown Mentone including:

  • Turkey
  • Ham
  • Dressing with Cranberry Sauce
  • Green Beans Casserole
  • Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
  • Candied Sweet Potatoes
  • Vegetable Medley
  • Deviled Eggs
  • Broccoli Salad
  • Pecan Pie

Call (256) 979-4093 to pre-order and pick up between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.  The food truck, which opened in 2020, sits next to Mentone Inn Bed & Breakfast and opens each Saturday, alongside the Mentone Farmers Market. During regular hours, the truck serves specialty pizza, gourmet sandwiches and burgers, and a wide selection of vegan options.

        3.  For a quick and non-traditional lunch or dinner, Chow King Buffet & Grill will be open on Thanksgiving Day and will offer Chinese cuisine from chicken, steak, seafood, and sushi, to grilled vegetables and desserts, in addition to family favorites such as wings and pizza. Chow King is located at 1509 Glenn Blvd SW, Fort Payne, AL 35968.

       4.  Waffle House, located at 1410 Glenn Blvd SW, Fort Payne, AL 35968 will be open for regular hours on Thanksgiving Day, offering their breakfast and lunch favorites including waffles, hash browns, burgers, cheese steak, and more!

Make this holiday special with one of these convenient options during your stay here in DeKalb County, and Happy Thanksgiving!

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Storehouse 75

The Rusty Lantern is now located Inside Two Peas In A Pod in Fyffe.  New and refurbished home decor, gifts and a boutique line. Offering a combination of all things loved; from vintage to urban country.

Storehouse 75

Location

1002 Main Street
Fyffe, AL 35971

Phone #

256.202.3762

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Blue Ribbon Chili Truck https://visitlookoutmountain.com/blue-ribbon-chili-truck/ https://visitlookoutmountain.com/blue-ribbon-chili-truck/#respond Wed, 16 Nov 2022 17:41:26 +0000 https://visitlookoutmountain.com/?p=34175 Fort Payne, Alabama

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Blue Ribbon Chili Truck

Lunch at Blue Ribbon Chili Truck in the Alabama Fan Club has Great Food! There are specialty items every week plus the Blue Ribbon Chili!

Blue Ribbon Chili Truck

Location

101 Glenn Blvd SW
Fort Payne, AL 35967

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Open Daily Mon – Fri

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Andiamo Lodge

Located atop Lookout Mountain in Mentone, Alabama, Andiamo Lodge offers creative concierge services for a personalized experience. We offer six rustic-luxe rooms, each with a fireplace and en suite bath. We also have a fully furnished cottage with two bedrooms and two baths. Let us awaken your spirit and excite your senses. Andiamo…Let’s Go!  luxury.

Location

3450 County Road 106
Mentone, Alabama 35984

Andiamo Lodge

Phone #

256.273-5198

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The Shee Shop https://visitlookoutmountain.com/the-shee-shop/ https://visitlookoutmountain.com/the-shee-shop/#respond Mon, 07 Nov 2022 20:47:50 +0000 https://visitlookoutmountain.com/?p=33014 Rainsville, Alabama

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The Shee Shop

The Shee Shop offers clothing including tops, dresses, rompers, skirts, and bottoms in sizes small to 3x, shoes, bags, jewelry, and more! Located in Rainsville, Alabama

The Shee Shop

Location

64 East Main Street, Suite 3
Rainsville, Alabama 35986

Phone #

256-996-4041

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Hours

Mon – Fri: 10 AM to 6 PM

Sat: 10 AM to 3 PM

CLOSED WED AND SUN

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Sweet Repeats Consignment https://visitlookoutmountain.com/sweet-repeats-consignment/ https://visitlookoutmountain.com/sweet-repeats-consignment/#respond Mon, 31 Oct 2022 14:10:11 +0000 https://visitlookoutmountain.com/?p=34027 Valley Head, Alabama

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Sweet Repeats Consignment

Sweet Repeat Consignment is a very trendy consignment shop located in Valley Head, Alabama.

Sweet Repeats

Location

71 Winston Street
Valley Head, AL 35989

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Hours

Wed: 11 AM – 3 PM
Thurs:12 PM – 4 PM
Fri: 10 Am – 4 PM
Every 1st and 3rd Sat: 9 AM – 1 PM

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Kinsleys Creative Palette https://visitlookoutmountain.com/kinsleys-creative-palette/ https://visitlookoutmountain.com/kinsleys-creative-palette/#respond Thu, 27 Oct 2022 19:28:17 +0000 https://visitlookoutmountain.com/?p=34020 Fort Payne, Alabama

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Kinsleys Creative Palette

Kinsleys Creative Palette is a place for online and In-Person Paint Parties for groups of 6-200 people at a time. Come and have some fun!

Kinsleys Creative Palette

Location

74 County Road 598
Fort Payne, Alabama 35967

Phone #

256-440-0599

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A Haunted History of Lookout Mountain and Fort Payne https://visitlookoutmountain.com/a-haunted-history-of-lookout-mountain-and-fort-payne/ https://visitlookoutmountain.com/a-haunted-history-of-lookout-mountain-and-fort-payne/#respond Thu, 27 Oct 2022 18:45:45 +0000 https://visitlookoutmountain.com/?p=33989 Like many places of the gothic South, Lookout Mountain and DeKalb County are home to several ghost stories and strange sites that intrigue locals and visitors alike. While the spirits that haunt this area do not appear to hold sinister intentions, their stories add an air of mystery to the already secluded and tucked away areas on the mountain.

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A Haunted History of Lookout Mountain and Fort Payne

A Haunted History of Lookout Mountain and Fort Payne
By Emily Kirby

Like many places of the gothic South, Lookout Mountain and DeKalb County are home to several ghost stories and strange sites that intrigue locals and visitors alike. While the spirits that haunt this area do not appear to hold sinister intentions, their stories add an air of mystery to the already secluded and tucked away areas on the mountain. Here’s a brief look at some of the reported hauntings in the Mentone and Fort Payne areas.

  1. Fort Payne Opera House – 510 Gault Ave N, Fort Payne, AL

The Fort Payne Opera House, built in 1890, is not only the site of plays and concerts, but to a spectral entity that lives among audiences. 

The ghostly resident was dubbed “The Phantom” in 2021 by Landmarks of DeKalb, Inc, the organization in charge of caretaking the Opera House. Staff and volunteers say they have experienced many feelings of being watched or being near the entity, and the ghost also began turning on a bathroom sink faucet when people are leaving the theatre. 

Under the operation of Landmarks of DeKalb County Inc, the theatre and the Hosiery Museum are open for tours Fridays from 12-4 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or by appointment.

The Opera House will also be open to the public Oct. 31, 2022 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visitors can trick or treat and possibly catch a glimpse of The Phantom!

Fort Payne Opera House and Hunt Hall
Canyon Fest Pottery Wheel LRC
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  1. Hitching Post – 6081 AL HWY 117, Mentone, AL

The Hitching Post was originally constructed in 1898 as a general store, and over the years the building has housed many businesses, including a popular dance hall on the second floor.

Little is known about this reported haunting, but some sources say that a female wraith can be spotted on the second floor of the building. 

While currently under construction, The Hitching Post is estimated to reopen early 2023 with a complete renovation and will hold a restaurant, local mercantile, and more! Follow their Facebook page for updates.

  1. DeSoto Falls & DeSoto State Park – 7104 Desoto Pkwy NE, Fort Payne, AL

Many know the stories of Granny Dollar, a local Native American woman whose family evaded the Cherokee Trail of Tears. In her last days, she lived and died on land that is now DeSoto State Park. Granny’s life and memory are intertwined with legend and claims of the old woman being a midwife, folk healer, fortune-teller, and conjurer. Whatever aspects of the legends of Granny Dollar reside in truth are overshadowed by the mysticism surrounding her final years, where she lived out her last days with her 20-year-old dog, Buster, in a cabin located off of County Road 89 near the DeSoto State Park North Entrance. At her death in 1931, Granny Dollar requested her remaining money be used to purchase a tombstone for her own grave, but thieves stole the $23 she had left. It wasn’t until decades later that Granny Dollar was given a proper headstone. Until then, local residents and visitors to the park reported seeing an old woman walking her dog near DeSoto Falls. Now, some say they still see Buster in the woods in the park among the trees, but his owner is at rest.

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  1. Battelle – 5 miles north of Valley Head

The ruins of the Battelle, once a bustling mining town in the early 1900s, now only remain as a ghost town filled with brick and lumber, but no buildings. The settlement once held hundreds of houses, a school, commissary, a hotel, and post office, along with the furnace and coke ovens. After the mines were no longer of use, the homes and buildings were sold and the town was deserted. 

Since then, many people have reported hearing screams and noises from the property. Several railroad deaths were reported in local newspapers at the time, along with shootings and robberies. At the furnaces, it was reported that Drew Hester died in 1906 when a pot containing three tons of melted slag was accidently overturned onto him.

Whether the sounds heard from what remains of the town are simply nature or the spirits of those who met a tragic end, Battelle is a ghostly fixture in DeKalb County’s past.

Note: Battelle sits on private property and it is strongly advised to not enter the area due to safety concerns from wildlife and the ruins itself. 

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Lookin’ At Leaves: A Guide to a Fall Scenic Drive at Little River Canyon https://visitlookoutmountain.com/lookin-at-leaves-a-fall-scenic-drive-at-little-river-canyon/ https://visitlookoutmountain.com/lookin-at-leaves-a-fall-scenic-drive-at-little-river-canyon/#respond Mon, 24 Oct 2022 18:22:26 +0000 https://visitlookoutmountain.com/?p=33936 The fall season is perhaps the most magical time of year here in the northeast corner of Alabama. The already beautiful mountains reach an entirely new level of beauty when they shed their usual green appearance and embrace the warm autumn color tones.

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Lookin’ At Leaves: A Guide to a Fall Scenic Drive at Little River Canyon

Lookin’ At Leaves
A Guide to a Fall Scenic Drive at Little River Canyon
By Emma Goggans

The fall season is perhaps the most magical time of year here in the northeast corner of Alabama. The already beautiful mountains reach an entirely new level of beauty when they shed their usual green appearance and embrace the warm autumn color tones.

There are so many different ways to appreciate and admire this gorgeous fall scenery. From picnicking at Desoto State Park to renting a cabin in Mentone with a stunning view. These are all great choices (and you should definitely try them), but personally my favorite way to enjoy this time of year is a scenic drive through Little River Canyon National Preserve to look at the changing leaves.

Now, if you are a Millenial or a Gen Z, like me, I know what you may be thinking: “Looking at leaves? That sounds dreadfully boring!” Yes, I’ll admit it does sound boring-but don’t knock it until you try it!

When I presented this idea to my friends last fall they responded with the same reaction: “This sounds boring, are you crazy?” Somehow, however, I convinced them to join me on my excursion. This experience not only changed their opinion on “looking at leaves,” but it gave them an entirely new perspective and appreciation for where we live. This is the story of our experience and a guide for you to take your own scenic drive at Little River Canyon this fall.

The Little River Canyon Rim Parkway is 11 miles long and has eight overlooks, four hiking trails, and one unique rock formation. The drive along the west rim of the canyon grants visitors the opportunity to take in the beauty of the canyon, and if they’re up for it, the challenge of hiking down into the canyon to the river below.

We began our drive at the first overlook, Little River Falls Overlook: which is a staple at the National Preserve. This overlook provides its visitors several different viewing points that all highlight the beauty of Little River Falls. We began by walking across the bridge that runs parallel with Highway 35. The bridge overlook gives visitors a direct view into the canyon, and it is perfect for looking at the fall colors. If you want a closer look at the Falls, there is a boardwalk trail that will take you to the area directly below the bridge. After our time at the Little River Falls Overlook, we hopped back in the car and began our scenic drive along Little River Canyon Rim Parkway!

The drive along the rim of the canyon can sometimes be just as breathtaking as the canyon overlooks. The tree branches create almost an archway over the road, and as the sunlight shines through the trees the leaves seem to glow. It is like a Fall Wonderland. Take the time to appreciate the nature around you, and don’t just be focused on reaching the next overlook. There is beauty in every little aspect of Little River Canyon, so enjoy it all!

The second overlook on the scenic drive is Lynn Overlook. The most unique thing about Lynn Overlook actually isn’t the overlook. Lynn Overlook has a long driveway through a sandstone rock glade. Lynn Overlook provides a large and spacious area for visitors to explore the park, as well as a wonderful view of the canyon and its colors.

Hawks Glide Overlook, the third overlook along the rim of the canyon, is known for providing a great view of the fall colors because the foliage is very thick in this area. Last season, while my friends and I were admiring the fall colors at this overlook, we got to witness something incredible: the flight of a red-tail hawk. The reason Hawks Glide is so special is because it provides its visitors a unique view of the raptor’s flight. The viewpoint from the overlook is above the bird. It was so surreal to be looking down on the hawk as it took flight. It is an experience well worth the stop.

Canyon View Overlook is a fan favorite. This overlook offers a fantastic view of the river that is carving through the canyon. The canyon river happens to be one of the largest mountain top rivers in America. This wide and spacious overlook is a wonderful place to take pictures. The view from this overlook is so vast, you can even see the next overlook on the rim of the canyon, Wolf’s Creek Overlook.

While on our scenic drive, I took my friends to my favorite overlook in the entire Canyon: Crow Point Overlook. This overlook tends to be a hidden gem at Little River Canyon. The view from Crow Point Overlook is not visible to the road like the other overlooks, thus leading many visitors to pass right by it. However, this overlook is a must see while visiting the preserve. There is a short 100 ft semi-steep sloped trail visitors must take to reach the viewing point, but it is worth every step. Crow Point Overlook shows where Bear Creek and Little River join together. The view is simply stunning. There is a peacefulness in this area unlike anywhere else in the entire preserve. As the sun sets over the intertwined canyon walls, the fall colors appear golden. This overlook is a great place to enjoy a picnic in the shade on the rocks as you enjoy the breathtaking view.

Little River Canyon National Preserve is Mother Nature’s gift to northeast Alabama. Its beauty abounds, especially in the fall season, and I for one am grateful it is right in my backyard! Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy this magical time of year at this magical place. Plan your visit to Little River Canyon today, and be sure to go on a scenic drive for me!

Though we ended our drive at Crow Point Overlook, there is still so much to see at Little River Canyon! To continue the adventure, check out the list below of the many more treasures Little River Canyon National Preserve has to offer.

5 Ways to Continue the Adventure at Little River Canyon National Preserve: 

  1. Mushroom Rock

“Mushroom Rock is a rock formation found in the middle of Highway 176. The rock is shaped like a giant mushroom. It has also been known as Needle Eye Rock due to the slot in its base.”

  1. Grace’s High Falls

“Grace’s High falls is a 133 foot seasonal waterfall that cascades off the cliffs.”

  1. Eberhart Point Overlook + Hiking Trail

“Eberhart Point is the last improved overlook along the scenic drive. At the top of the overlook is a restroom, picnic tables, grills and a bulletin board with useful information. A concrete paved trail leads you to the overlook. The trail is moderate with a slight slope.The dirt trail leads you down to the bottom of the canyon.”

  1. Visit the JSU Little River Canyon Center

“For information on Little River Canyon National Preserve or to view a movie about the canyon center and National Preserve, visit the Little River Canyon Center, which is owned and operated by Jacksonville State University.”

  1. Hiking Trails

“Little River Canyon features over 26 miles of trail, from serene river-side hikes to steep, strenuous trails leading down the canyon to the river below. Jacksonville State University also offers the Path To Learning Trail, a gentle stroll through the woods behind the Canyon Center. Stop by the information desk at the Little River Canyon Center for suggestions for your hike, or consult the table below and choose your own adventure!”

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Moon Lake Village

Moon Lake Village is and artisan and craftsman village on the former campus of the historic Moon Lake School on Lookout Mountain! The Bill Berry Community Room at Moon Lake Village is also available for rent.

Moon Lake Village

Location

Moon Lake Village
5866 E. River Road
Mentone, Alabama 35984

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