Enjoy the ten reasons to love and visit the Auburn-Opelika area.
It's a family that could easily become yours. It's a ball in a cup, one under if you're very lucky or very good.
Eagles live here. And tigers too. It's a spirit that is not afraid. We take our football seriously but know that
no one can play golf without a sense of humor, and people all around the world know we have the best of both. Auburn-Opelika
is the proud home of Auburn University, Alabama's biggest, and the Robert Trent Jones Trail, the world’s finest. It's the
coolest college town in the South, according to us, and one of the top 10 cities in the US for small businesses, according
to Forbes. Centrally located near Atlanta, Birmingham and Montgomery, Auburn-Opelika is easy to get to and easy to love.
Robert Trent Jones himself proclaimed Grand National as the “single greatest site for a golf course” he had ever seen. Recognized by writers, designers, and players from around the world, Grand National has received accolades for everything from the “world’s prettiest hole” to the “world’s best public course.” Featuring 54 lake-hugging holes open 364 days a year, try your luck at the championship
Located in the heart of Auburn, Toomer’s Corner is the intersection at which the city of Auburn meets Auburn University. Thusly, making your way there is usually pretty simple; that is, unless you’re trying to get there after an Auburn Tigers victory!
An Auburn-Opelika tradition since 1952, the secret recipe for Mrs. Story’s famous homemade chili dogs reminds us that, thankfully, some things never change. Still in its original location on Pepperell Parkway, the owners of this 50s style walkup are the third generation of the Story family to serve the freshest “fast” food in the area. Open Mon-Wed 10am-9pm and Thurs-Sat 10am-10pm. 1900 Pepperell
Two employees of the Auburn Parks & Recreation Department conceived Auburn CityFest, our largest outdoor spring festival, over lunch at Niffer’s Place while discussing a way to give back to the community. Since the festival made its debut in 2000, it has turned the last Saturday each April into a fabulous family day of fun at beautiful Kiesel Park. More than 40,000 festival-goers and 130 vendors a
Relax and unwind in an intimate, jazz-infused environment that wraps you in comfort and style. Creative specialty cocktails and a full menu of delicious “small bites” are the perfect accompaniment to the jazz stylings of eclectic musicians from all over the South. Cozy up next to the fire with your tiger-striped martini glass and the world’s most perfect California roll or share a couch with frien
It is one of the most iconic moments in all of college football: Jordan-Hare’s capacity crowd of almost 90,000 rumbling in unison as a Golden Eagle is released to free-fly in circles around the stadium, eventually landing mid-field on its leathery pseudo-prey. We defy any living, breathing human, regardless of the colors you wear, to not get goose bumps from this phenomenon. Nova (War Eagle VII) i
On a beautiful spring and fall evening in the heart of downtown Opelika along historic Railroad Avenue, the area’s finest restaurateurs offer a delicious selection of dinner entrées while would-be oenophiles sample over 20 selections of eclectic, seasonally relevant wines. Live music sets the perfect backdrop for a delightful evening while the Mainstreet merchants remain open for your shopping enj
When Toomer’s lemonade ranked number one in Esquire magazine’s “162 Reasons It’s Good To Be An American” in 2001, it was only about 105 years after the rest of us already knew. Handmade to order, this tart and tangy concoction is the hallmark of Toomer’s Drugstore, a beloved Auburn icon and the only business that has occupied this historic corner since 1896. Open seven days.
Originally a student of interior design and architecture, Dale Chihuly has been credited with establishing the blown glass form as an accepted medium for installation art and for contemporary expression in the late 20th and 21st century art in general. The focal point for the entry of the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University, Chihuly’s Amber Luster is a three tiered masterpie
See the historic Victorian homes of Opelika transformed into an Old World Christmas wonderland. Blocks of turn-of-the-century homes are adorned with life-size Santas, angels, toys, teddy bears, carousel horses, and other figures. Featured in Southern Living and Better Homes and Gardens, Opelika artist Jan Jones spent years creating the impressive displays by loving hand. A self-directed driving or