Etowah County gets its name from a Native American word meaning “large trees”. The name is fitting as the area is filled with prosperous forests, rich lands, and timber.
In downtown Gadsden, the Variety Antique Mall overflows with local vendors that sell vintage furniture, crafts, clothing, and home décor. Along with vendor booths, a cozy café is conveniently located in the store, which offers a selection of fresh sandwiches, salads, and wraps. This is a perfect spot to find eclectic antiques from all over the South.
In Atalla, Tigers for Tomorrow(TFT) is a non-profit sanctuary that rescues exotic animals and houses more than 160 animals that are taken in from negligent situations. Animals include orange and white tigers, lions, a liger, bears, wolves, hyaenas, capybaras, and more.
TFT gives guests a once in a lifetime experience to see these amazing animals up close, separating the animal from the visitor by just one fence. It offers matchless animal encounters while supporting a notable cause that strives to protect menagerie.
In Duck Springs, Wills Creek Wine Vineyard is a winery that specializes in muscadine wine, locally-grown strawberry and blueberry wine, flavored grape wines, and red and white vinifera. The winery is open year-round and offers a daily brunch. This year, Wills Creek will feature cuisine from different countries and regions one Sunday a month during their renowned brunch. On their Facebook page, the date and cuisine will be posted each month, so be sure to check that out to be in the know for their brunch around the world!
Blackstone Pub & Eatery is a popular pizza spot in downtown Gadsden that partners with local brewery, Back Forty Beer Company. They feature specialty firestone pizzas, salads, quesadillas, and cheese dip that is very popular with Gadsden locals. Secret menu items are available if you ask your bartender as well! There is a diverse group of music genres who perform live at Blackstone Pub & Eatery. Whether you go for a drink, a meal, or to listen to local musicians, Blackstone Pub & Eatery is the ideal place to spend time with friends and family.
For all these hidden gems and more, Etowah County is a wonderful place to find a home, make memories, and begin family traditions of your own.