Recommended by the same mountain biker was Fairhope, Alabama, and I’m so glad he did mention it, because I am loving this little town! It was just a few miles (like, fewer than 20) from where I’d spent the night before (at an Alabama state park I am not a huge fan of). I thought I’d pass through and keep going, but I was too enchanted, so ended up staying for a day & night.
We walked the beach and I walked part of the pier (no dogs allowed), we visited a local park where they were filming a movie that I think we walked right through, got some local handmade ice cream and browsed a used bookstore, visited a big, beautiful dog park and chatted with some locals. I found Indian food for dinner! And Hops and I finished up at a local brewery before moving on.