A canopy of white toilet paper rains over the intersection of College Street and Magnolia Avenue, known to locals as Toomer’s Corner. No, someone didn’t pull the ultimate prank; Auburn just won a football game. In the sea of blue, orange, and white, people hug each other as they celebrate another win by the Tigers. But the Auburn family spirit doesn’t stop with football; it can be seen all over town throughout the year.
The recently renovated Hotel at Auburn University stands just steps away from downtown Auburn. Its friendly staff leaves guests feeling right at home, and artwork depicting the campus lends a sense of place.
Owned and operated by an extended family of Southern food lovers, Pannie-George’s Kitchen offers fried chicken so good, it was featured on ESPN’s Todd’s Taste of the Town. Acre, a recent high-end addition to the city’s dining scene, prides itself on simple dishes made with local ingredients and presented with artistic flair. The Hound serves a carnivorous menu of American classics (many prepared with house-cured Berkshire bacon), seventy-five brands of top-shelf bourbon, and twenty-eight draft beers (most from local or regional breweries). Specialty nights featuring seasonal wild game underscore the restaurant’s hunting motif.
If golf is your game, a visit to Grand National in nearby Opelika is a must. Recognized as one of the nation’s top public courses—and one of the most affordable—Grand National features fifty-four holes hugging Lake Saugahatchee. Robert Trent Jones Sr. proclaimed it the “single greatest site for a golf course” he had ever seen.
Another neighboring town worth visiting, tiny Loachapoka is known for its Greek Revival and Victorian buildings and its annual Syrup Sopping Day, when the population swells from 180 to an estimated 20,000. This year’s celebration—complete with home-made biscuits and hot cane and sorghum syrup—takes place October 18.
HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE
“I like Pannie–George’s. It has good Southern-style cuisine. I also like going to Amsterdam’s to get a rum salmon salad.”—Pat Dye, head football coach, 1981–92
“Have breakfast at Big Blue Bagel and finish off
the night at Willie’s Wings and Stuff.”—Bill Stone, president of the Auburn Alumni Association, class of 1975
“I like to go to The Warehouse Bistro. The menu changes, but when available, I recommend ordering carpaccio, the Pittsburgh rare steak, a beef filet,
or lamb.”—Michael Kincaid, professor of marketing
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On the Tracks
This food and wine event takes over the streets in downtown Opelika, Alabama, just outside of Auburn. A tasting trail takes participants through quaint shops and galleries throughout the square, with live music and food vendors lining the streets.
Auburn University 26th Annual Pumpkin Carve
Every year, the Auburn University chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students hosts its annual pumpkin carve. Free to the public, this event is more than just the celebration of a holiday – it’s the premier jack-o-lantern design competition in Auburn!
Victorian Front Porch Tours
For these four days in early December, 60 Victorian and historic homes near downtown Opelika are transformed into colorful, nostalgic reminders of Christmas from a simpler, slower-paced era.
Christmas in a Railroad Town
Railroad Avenue in downtown Opelika transforms into a holiday wonderland. Enjoy hot wassail, holiday treats, and Christmas shopping at the boutiques, which extend their hours for the event.