With the 2016 National Organization of Rheumatology Managers (NORM) Conference happening in Mobile, AL, on September 16 and 17, we wanted to learn more about our host town. We sat down with Stacy Hamilton, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Visit Mobile, so she could give us the inside scoop on how to act like a local in the Azalea City.
Tell us a little about Mobile.
Stacy Hamilton [SH]: Founded in 1703, Mobile is one of the oldest cities on the Gulf Coast—really, one of the oldest in the South. It is a colorful, eclectic, and cultured town full of warm and friendly people. We love to celebrate anything—big or small—and welcome newcomers with a genuine, ‘we’re so happy you’re here’ attitude.
This will be a lot of people’s first time in Mobile Bay. Can you tell us about some of the great attractions nearby?
SH: I think our historic downtown and neighboring historic districts are so worth exploring first—you can do that by foot or car, or take a city tour on a van, trolley, or duck boat. Starting off your visit to Mobile with a tour gives you some idea of just how special, beautiful, and historic our city is. In addition, signature attractions like the USS ALABAMA, the History Museum, The Carnival Museum, the Gulf Coast Exploreum and the new (and truly one of a kind) GulfQuest National Maritime Museum are all worth visiting.
We are hosting the 2016 NORM Conference at the Mobile Convention Center. Can you tell us about anything within walking distance people should check out?
SH: I would definitely recommend wandering up, down, and just off of Dauphin Street—our historic entertainment district—to find shops, new bars and restaurants, art galleries, antique stores, and live music venues.
What is something unique that visitors can do in Mobile in an afternoon?
SH: Either the city tour, renting a kayak/canoe, riding an airboat, or chartering a sightseeing cruise to explore the nation’s second largest delta (ie, the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta), which is just minutes from downtown.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
SH: Don’t be afraid to say hi or ask questions; Mobilians are proud and happy to show off their beloved town, and want you to love it, too!
Reprint permission from the National Organization of Rheumatology Managers. Y’all Ready for Mobile, AL? by Ginny Inman. Published June 1, 2016. www.normgroup.org/yall-ready-mobile-al.