To explore the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay, which includes Point Clear, Fairhope, Daphne & Spanish Fort, you must consider the season. The discoveries awaiting you change with the season.
The Eastern Shore prides itself on beautiful landscaping year round, but it is at its prettiest during the spring, when the street corners, sidewalk flower boxes and even the roadsides are popping with vibrant colors of new blooms. Spring is also a great time of the year to stroll the shady lanes of the old neighborhoods and glimpse our Southern lifestyle. Front porch rockers and swings abound. Picket fences and azalea bushes are everywhere.
A major spring event for the Eastern Shore is the Annual Arts and Crafts Festival sponsored by the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce. This spectacular outdoor festival takes place in March and is held throughout the major streets of Fairhope. It is one of the oldest and largest festivals of its kind in the south. Each year, hundreds of artists and craftsmen from all over the continent come to show off and sell their wares.
Another unique event held in spring is the Annual Dauphin Island Race. This sailboat regatta is hosted alternatively each year by the Fairhope Yacht Club, Lake Forest Yacht Club, Mobile Yacht Club, and Buccaneer Yacht Club. Each year sailboats of all size and category meet at the host Yacht Club then proceed to race down Mobile Bay to Dauphin Island in one day. It is a spectacular site to behold with the bright colors of sails & spinnakers flying.
In April, don't miss the Strawberry Festival in Loxley, where you can taste the finest strawberry shortcake around!
Oh, the long days of summer. How do we endure the heat? It's easy! The Eastern Shore offers so many wonderful entertaining summer activities for all ages. Living on the water allows for non stop fun in the sun. Not a water person? Try wetting your whistle at a local restaurant or stroll the downtown streets of Fairhope or enjoy a breezy afternoon on a shaded front porch watching the world go by.
The 4th of July is a grand event for most areas with so many activities during the day and ending with a patriotic display of fireworks at dark. If you get a good seat on a quiet pier or even anchor out in the water, you can actually see several fireworks displays going off at one time across the bay.
While the North admire the changing of their leaves, here on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay we admire the changing in our sunsets. No two sunsets are alike. The days can be crystal clear with deep blue hues overhead while the dusk creates a drama you can hardly believe. The western sky radiates with combinations of fire red and orange touched with deep purple that will take your breath away.
With fall comes a stir of activities around the area. One being the Annual Jubilee Festival which is a three day event held in downtown Daphne. This festival is full of fun activities along with Art in the Park for the children as well as all the talented artists and craftsmen selling their wares.
Polo at the Point, which is sponsored by the Point Clear Polo Foundation and raises funds for the USA Cancer Research Institute, is another two day event that allows visitors and locals watch an exciting polo match, tailgate with their finest silver, or wear their best bonnet and help stomp divits.
Visiting the Eastern Shore during the winter months when there is nothing particular you have to do is pure pleasure. Just to linger unhurried, taking in the ambiance of our small towns is the thing to do. The Eastern Shore has a continuous sidewalk known as the Eastern Shore Trail which begins at the Weeks Bay Estuary and continues up the eastern shore to end at the USS Alabama Battleship Park. Although the trail is not yet complete you can still enjoy a scenic walk from Mullet Point to Spanish Fort.
Fairhope hosts the annual Lighting of the Trees in late November to celebrate the Christmas Season and they stay lit until late March. Seeing the shimmering white lights thru town at night is a wonderful site.
The Eastern Shore also enjoys the Mardi Gras season which coincides with the city of Mobile's week long celebration. Fairhope, Daphne, and Spanish Fort all have separate Mardi Gras Societies which parade on colorful floats throwing moonpies, beads & candy to parade-goers then ending the night with extravagant Balls. Even Point Clear participates by having a Mullet Point parade.
In February, warm up with a bowl of chili at the Annual Chili for Charity event supporting Fairhope's Ecumenical Ministries.