Sunday, July 17, 2022

How to Make the Most Out of Your Trip to Unclaimed Baggage

Are you planning a trip to the Unclaimed Baggage Center (UBC)  in Scottsboro, Alabama, but you are wondering what else there is to do in the area? Lucky for you, we are here to help. From where to stay, eat, and go or what to do, we've got you covered.

Where to stay: Gorham's Bluff in nearby Pisgah is the perfect place to rest your weary head after a marathon day of exploring UBC. The views are lovely and there is much to explore. You can hike, bike, kayak, fish, or just relax. The Dining Room at Gorham's Bluff offers delicious meals at breakfast, lunch and dinner and is open to all by reservation.

If you are wishing for a more rustic stay on the water, there are cabins and cottages at Goosepond Colony and Jackson County Park. Both have all kinds of water activities from boating, kayaking and canoeing to fishing, walking trails and hiking. Goosepond also has a world class golf course.

If you’d like to stay right downtown on the square, there’s is the exquisite Loft on Laurel. You can sit on the rooftop patio and watch the sun rise or set on the Jackson County Courthouse. There are two bedrooms, a fully stocked kitchen and lots of amenities. 

Where to eat: If you aren't staying at Gorham's Bluff or if you just want a quick breakfast, the Variety Bake Shop, located on the historic Jackson County Courthouse Square, is a great option. There you will find pastries, donuts, biscuits and sausage rolls. We love the tenderloin biscuit and the sausage rolls, as well as the chocolate glazed donuts.

For lunch, you can always grab a chicken salad sandwich and some baked potato salad at UBC's own Cups and that would be a great option, but there are a few other equally lovely options nearby. Here are some of our favorites.

Payne's Soda Fountain: As the oldest continually operated business in the state, Payne's has history and great food. It's right on the courthouse square. We love the Reuben with homemade potato salad, the fountain drinks and the ice cream. The hot dogs are served on toasted lobster-style rolls and you can get them with or without Scottsboro's famous red slaw. (I like the white slaw myself.)

McCutchen's Magnolia House: Just a short drive down Willow Street, you can get a meat and three, salads, sandwiches and more. We love the fried chicken, fresh vegetables, the Southern Pecan Crunch salad and the rolls with strawberry or honey butter. They have the best Mac n cheese and coleslaw.

Holy Smokes BBQ: A little further down Willow Street turn left onto Tupelo Pike and you’ll find Holy Smokes BBQ. There you can get pulled pork, smoked chicken, brisket and ribs with all the trimmings. The burgers are great, too.

For dinner, you can drive to nearby Hollywood and try the catfish and hushpuppies at MudCreek BBQ.

If live music is your thing visit KC's BBQ. KC's is laid-back and casual and right on the water at Jackson County Park. The restaurant has inside and outside seating. The smoked chicken sandwich with white sauce at KC's is a favorite. All the pies are delicious!

Miylah Jai’s serves up some of the best wings in town. For two years in a row, they’ve won the specialty sauce category in our annual Salsa competition on our downtown square.

Warehouse 207 is Downtown Scottsboro’s newest restaurant. They serve up wood fired pizzas, burgers and wings.

If you happen to be here on a Friday night, it's worth a 20 minute drive to the small community of Langston to see what's cooking at Homecoming Cafe at South Sauty Marina. Whatever it is, it will be a treat. Everything is always fresh and local whenever possible. Our favorite is usually whatever fresh fish is on the menu. But the vegetables, desserts and homemade ice creams are also delicious. Homecoming Cafe also offers delicious breakfast and lunch choices.

Where to Go and What to Do: If you've still haven't gotten your fill of shopping after your trip to UBC, go to the courthouse square. There you will find Hammer's, Goody Two Shoes, La De Da's Antiques, Back Porch Pickin’, Southern Grace, Sassy Nana’s, Bell’s Beautiful Boutique. The Mercantile and Southern All Sports.

Patches Consignment on Broad Street is 26,000 square feet of retail therapy. With more than 150 vendors, there is something for everyone.

For those who prefer being in the outdoors, there are many opportunities to enjoy yourself. Jackson County is home to many caves and caverns. Russell Cave National Monument is about 35 minutes north of Scottsboro in the town of Bridgeport. For more than 10,000 years, this cave served as a home to various groups of prehistoric people.

South of Scottsboro, in Woodville, you will find one of the most beautiful caves in existence. Cathedral Caverns has amazing rock formations and is definitely worth a look.

Outdoor enthusiasts will also love the Neversink Pit, Walls of Jericho and Stephens Gap. Neversink Pit is a 162 foot open air pit that drops straight down through waterfalls and rare flora. It is the most photographed sinkhole in Alabama. The Walls of Jericho is a bowl shaped canyon with two hiking trails and waterfalls. Stephen's Gap is a 150 ft. cave also with a waterfall.

Summertime is the perfect time to visit the Sauta Cave National Wildlife Refuge, also known as Blowing Wind Cave or simply, Bat Cave. At dusk, visitors are treated to the sight of 250,000 endangered gray bats as they emerge from the cave in search of the insects on which they dine. The refuge is home to about 250 of another endangered species, Price's Potato Bean Plant.

Finally, learn about the history of the area at the Scottsboro-Jackson County Heritage Center where you can explore the historic buildings of Sage Town. They are beautifully restored and offer a glimpse of life in the area in the 1800's. You can also visit the Scottsboro Boys Museum and the historic Railroad Depot. Both are located near Unclaimed Baggage and the Courthouse Square. Be sure to see the Scottsboro Boys mural, as well as several other murals in the downtown area.

We welcome you to Scottsboro and Jackson County and hope you enjoy your visit to our beautiful little corner of North Alabama. Thanks for making us part of your trip!

Three Friends and a Fork
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