Foley: Bed Pans, Fizzscians and Miniatures
Most people pass right by Foley, Alabama on their way to the beach and never realize the awesomeness of this small town. You can spend a few hours or a whole day exploring Foley. Either way, it’s definitely worth a stop, even if it’s just to stretch your legs. Here are a few of our Foley favorites.
The Holmes Medical museum is located next to the visitor’s center. It was a working hospital from 1936-1958. This was the county’s first hospital, and oh if these walls could talk. Almost every medical need could be met at this one location. If you had mental problems, they had a quack doctor. If you needed a tooth pulled, there was a dentist and if you were in labor, they would deliver your baby! Some tools and methods are relatively the same while other methods (such as bleeding a patient) sound absolutely absurd today. We didn’t run across anyone who was treated in this hospital but we would love to hear their stories!
Stacy’s Old Tyme Soda Fountain is Foley’s oldest drugstore and soda fountain. It’s still filling prescriptions in the back and making sodas and shakes in the front. The coffee is a whopping 10-cents and the jukebox plays for free. Stacy’s has been in business since 1929 and the customers are still coming in for their afternoon fix. We loved the cute couples sharing milkshakes and banana splits! They are well known for their key lime milkshake but we stuck with the staples, coke float and a chocolate shake! No complaints here!
Lunch at Magnolia Court won’t disappoint! They hand cut their French fries (which are hard to find these days) and their fish sandwich is local and fresh! We had a very friendly server that was happy to tell us all about his favorite spots in town. One of his suggestions was the Hospital Museum. Which was a very interesting stop that we otherwise would have skipped. After lunch, take a peek next door at the Magnolia B&B.
Last but certainly not least… The Foley Railroad Museum and Model Train Exhibit! We had such a fun time with the model trains we have a whole separate post about it! Keep your eyes peeled for a fun video on the Model Trains! I know what a teaser right…..guess you will just have to stay tuned!
hey u guys. next time you are in gulf shores try Sailes for sunday brunch. Right on the dock and easily a step above mediocre.
obtw we just retired and hope to begin our RV adventure in June.
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Hey guys, great to see that you loved Alabama. Some of the places you visited on part of our http://www.100RoadTrips.com campaign!
If you ever travel through the upper Midwest, you must stop off at Mackinac Island, Michigan. It’s a beautiful quaint island, historic, no motorized vehicles allowed. While you’re there you have to visit the Butterfly House, awesome stop, you would truly enjoy it.
Great site. My wife and I did two tours of the U.S. and Canada. In 1997 we took a Class-C camper because we like to camp in smaller campgrounds. We soon realized that if we wanted to go to a store or a tourist site we had to take our entire home with us. In 2006 we traveled the U.S. again, but with a travel trailer and pick up truck. That worked out best for us. We were able to get ourselves into some tent sites even with the 30′ travel trailer with a 12′ slide out.
Heard of you recently on House Hunters RV. Brought back tons of memories. Be well and travel safe,
Thank you for taking us all on vacation….I can hardly wait to see where you take us next!! There is something very “American” about you two touching places across the states and sharing it with us. It’s like in the old days when you would get a post card from someone traveling….. except now we get a whole bunch of cards (your pictures) and lots of writing all at once!! Our family is praying for your travels and health, and we look forward to more “post-cards”!
Just saw ya’lls episode on House Hunters, loved it. Had to look up your blog. My husband and myself have always wanted to do what you are doing. Keep up the awesome story. We currently reside in Mineola, Tx. We have an awesome Train Museum here in Mineola, you ought to check it out sometime. Stay safe and enjoy your travels.
Just tuned into HGTV and saw you purchase your RV today. Went online to check out your blog and discovered you’re not too far from us right now! We’re in Pensacola. I’m very inspired by your adventures. How fun! Can’t wait to read more.
I thought for a minute you guys went and got your dental work done! I should know better to look at your website when I am hungry. Yum! Hand made sodas and that meal looks so good!
Interesting. I am right now watching your segment on House Hunters RV. I congratulate you on taking a risk and making it a success! I envy you in your adventurous spirit and I hope your cats are enjoying themselves, too.
Candace, the cats are having are living the life. Some days, I wish I was my cats!
Hey guys! Are you all coming up to the North Alabama…anywhere near Huntsville? I’d love to point you to some of our best spots!
Katy, we have not visited enough of Alabama! We are hoping to get back, just not sure yet when. Keep an eye on our “where the wynns blow” page. I try and update it about once a month, we are always changing it up!