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  • Eric Salas, Montgomery Skyline, Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, Montgomery Chamber, MGMChamber, Montgomery Alabama
  • Find Your Fun Right Here - Staycation Stops

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    Right Here One of Montgomery’s many positives is its close proximity to area lakes, our state’s beautiful beaches and major metro areas like Atlanta. But the city is a hot destination itself, drawing thousands of tourists every year, a fact many residents take for granted. And the
    very things that delight all these visitors are often overlooked and under appreciated by Montgomerians. It’s time to rediscover what makes your city special.
     
    This summer, give your hometown a fresh look by scheduling a “staycation.” We've even done the planning for you.
     
    STAYCATION STOPS
    Day 1
    8:30 am       Biscuits Bar Breakfast at Cahawba House - 334-356-1877 www.cahawbahouse.com
    9:30 am       Walk around Court Square Fountain - 334-625-2300 www.funinmontgomery.com
    10 am          Rosa Parks Museum; Rosa Parks Children’s Museum - 334-241-8615 www.troy.edu/rosaparks
    12 pm          Lunch at Chris’ Hot Dogs and walk around Dexter Ave - 334-265-6850 www.chrishotdogs.com
    1 pm            Civil Rights Memorial Center – 334-956-8439 www.splcenter.org/civil-rights-memorial
    2 pm            Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church - 334-356-3494 www.dexterkingmemorial.org
    3 pm            Dexter Parsonage Museum - 334-261-3270 www.dexterkingmemorial.org
    4 pm            Ice Cream Break at Waterfront Sweets - 334-416-8598 www.waterfrontsweets.org
    7 pm            Dinner at Dreamland BBQ - 334-272-7427 www.dreamlandbbq.com
     
    Day 2
    8 am               Breakfast at Shashy’s in Old Cloverdale - 334-263-7341 www.shashysbakery.com
    9:15 am         Alabama Museum at the Department of Archives and History  - 334-242-4435 www.archives.state.al.us
    10:45 am       F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum - 334-264-4222 www.thefitzgeraldmuseum.org
    12 pm            Lunch at Derk’s Filet & Vine - 334-262-8463 www.filetandvine.com
    1 pm              Heady Segway Tour - 334-201-7012 www.segwaymontgomery.com
    4pm               The National Memorial for Peace & Justice; The Legacy Museum - 334-269-1803 www.museumandmemorial.eji.org/memorial; 334-269-1803 www.museumandmemorial.eji.org/museum
    5:30 pm        Dinner at El Rey in Cloverdale - 334-832-9688 www.burritolounge.com
    7 pm              Show at Alabama Shakespeare Festival - 334-271-5353 www.asf.net
     
    Day 3
    11 am          Brunch on the patio at Vintage Year - 334-819-7215 www.vymgm.com
    1 pm            Montgomery Zoo - 334-240-4900 www.montgomeryzoo.com
    3 pm            Blount Cultural Park and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art - 334-240-4333 www.mmfa.org
     
    “Drawing both leisure and business travel here continues to be a Chamber priority since the tourism industry continues to prove so valuable to our local economy,” said Dawn Hathcock. “We will also keep striving to make residents more aware of the many great restaurants and attractions available to them. There’s so much to see and do here. I hope folks will take some time to explore what’s new and revisit their old favorites.”
     
    By the Numbers
    Montgomery’s tourism numbers keep hitting high notes and continue to bolster the city’s economy.
    • Visitor spending is $1.4 million each day.
    • City lodgings tax collections hit an all-time high for 2017 – more than $9 million.
    • Demand for hotel rooms has led to several new hotels opening all over the city each of the last three years, and there are three to four more hotel projects in the pipeline now, with a few set to open in late 2018 and 2019.
    • DestinationMGM, the Chamber’s tourism team, recently launched a major public relations effort that’s gained serious traction, earning nods and mentions in major media outlets like Garden & Gun, The New York Times, USA Today, Thrilllist, Zagat and more.
    • Private developers are as excited as city leadership about the progress downtown. Additional new development on Dexter Avenue is extending the appeal from the banks of the Alabama River all the way to the State Capitol building.
    Taking Service Skyward
    Tourism officials and leaders in Montgomery’s hospitality and travel industry recently identified the need to raise the standard of service being delivered at lodging, restaurants, venues and other attractions. To address this need, the City of Montgomery, The Chamber and Troy University’s Continuing Education and Outreach have partnered to develop a customer-service training program tailored to the hospitality industry, The Montgomery Hospitality and Service Management Academy. The goal of the Academy is to better “customer or guest services” within the hospitality industry so that Montgomery earns a reputation as a friendly, altruistic, knowledgeable and service-oriented destination for tourists and locals alike.
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