My visit last summer to Mobile, Alabama was my first visit to that Gulf Coast town.
We arrived in Mobile after a stay in New Orleans, Louisiana, so our first impression was of Mobile a mini-New Orleans, with similar architecture along Mobile’s main stretch.
Mobile is Alabama’s oldest city, with a history stretching back over 300 years – to its founding in 1702. It is a natural seaport, hence its important port status back when this region was part of French Louisiana.
Following French defeat in the French and Indian War (against England and the colonies) in 1763, control of Mobile fell to England, although it would later fall under Spanish power until 1813.
Mobile remains an important port city today.
The town itself is quite small, and still appears to not have bounced back fully from COVID slowdowns. A lot of downtown properties appeared closed, but we still enjoyed a walk around downtown and dinner in town.
It had been a while since I had enjoyed southern green fried tomatoes, but these were really good – combined with a Mobile Sunset cocktail.
Since we were staying downtown, we also enjoyed the rooftop pool with views over the city.
Our stay was short, so we didn’t have time to visit the USS Alabama Battleship Museum, which we would have enjoyed seeing.
We didn’t have much time in Mobile, but it would up being a pleasant stop-off on our trip from New Orleans to Florida’s panhandle.