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Events during March 12 - 17, 2014

Events in the Mountains of NE Alabama
March 12 - 17, 2014

Cave Tours through one of the first tourist destinations in Fort Payne, Glass Blowing, Spring Home & Garden Expo and a guided Waterfall Hike are among the many activities taking place this week into early next week in the mountains of NE Alabama. Every day is a good reason to visit Mentone and Lookout Mountain, Fort  Payne and Valley Head and Sand Mountain. We look forward to seeing you on our mountain in Mentone to get your experience started with us at Mentone Cabins!

While visiting Mentone, be sure to make time for dining at all of our wonderful restaurants in downtown Mentone and shopping at our many unique craft and gift shops that include the Crow's Nest Antiques, the Little River Trading Post, The Gourdie Shop, Miracle Pottery, and so much more!

The Gourdie Shop in downtown Mentone
Photo courtesy of Patty Tucker

The Mentone Farmer’s Market is held EVERY Wednesday and Saturday in the heart of Downtown Mentone!

March 12 Treasure Hunt Adventure Do you enjoy trying to solve riddles and clues?  This 5-hour adventure will take you deep into the heart of Manitou Cave.  You will have to solve and follow each clue in order to find the next one, and ultimately the Treasure!  True Adventure Sports 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. 256-997-9577

March 13 Rock Climbing Adventure Nestled in the NE corner of Alabama are some of the best and unique sandstone cliffs in the country.  Come experience first-hand what rock climbing is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed.   2 p.m. to 6 p.m.  256-997-9577

March 15 – 16 Home & Garden Expo  Spring is bursting wide open with brilliant colors not only outside but inside at this annual Home & Garden Expo!! Enjoy dozens of displays featuring products for home improvement, gardening, housewares, recreation and more!  Northeast Alabama Agri-Business Center. Free admission. 256-638-1650

March 15 Paperweight Class at Orbix Hot Glass This class is designed for those who really just want to see what molten glass is all about.  Feel the heat, gather from the furnace, sculpt the glass into your own design.  It is ultimately about the experience, some experimentation and a couple nice paperweights to take home or to the office to show your friends and family.  Class size at the largest will be five students so everyone has adequate time at the bench working.  There will be material provided before the class for you to review and become familiar with concerning safety and basic glassblowing vocabulary.  Please join us for some in-depth discovery. Reservations Required $130 per person. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  256-523-3188

March 15 - 16 One World Backpacking Series Backpacking basics & Eco-friendly etiquette: The first trip of our series will cover all the backpacking basics. After reaching our camping site, you will learn how to pick and set up your camp site. Some backpacking friendly etiquette and for the new backpackers the business behind the tree. All in all it is a fun opportunity to learn some basic knowledge and have some fun outdoors. Spaces are limited and discounts are given for taking all seven classes. Ages: Adults and youth 14 and up. Youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: $110 per person includes meals and all equipment. $85 per person includes meals (must provide your own equipment). $65 per person includes instruction (must provide on equipment and food). Group max: 6 upon registration and you will be sent a packing list. Call 256-634-8370 to register.

March 15 Waterfall Hike at DeSoto State Park Join staff & volunteers for a fun day of hiking through-out the park to see some of DeSoto’s waterfalls, big & small. See Lost Falls, Laurel Falls, Indian Falls, Lodge Falls, even more water features like Laurel Creek & the West Fork of Little River. Moderate Terrain over 5 to 6 miles.  Meet at the DeSoto State Park Country Store.  10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free & open to everyone.  256-997-5025

March 14 Extreme Night Hike This end-of-day adventure does not slow down just because it's dark.  Intended for a large group team-building exercise, this hike has a bit of bouldering, some scrambling, some spelunking, and a whole lot of required working together.  Headlamp and enthusiastic guide included. Meet at True Adventure Sports.  7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. 256-997-9577

March 15 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE Alabama.  No previous experience necessary.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

March 15 Brian Free and Assurance at The Pickin Post Come enjoy a night of great singing.  The Pickin Post is located in Fort Payne next to Gary’s Appliance Warehouse on Hwy 11 North. The show starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are available now at Blacks Tire in Rainsville, Rogers Music and Pawn in Fort Payne and available at door day of the show. Tickets are only $10 each! 256-996-8910

March 15 Night Zip Line All our zip lines are set up just before the adventure to ford a gorge or cross from one high point to another.  Enjoy the thrill of the zip line at night.  Pre-registration required at True Adventure Sports by 6 pm the day before the adventure.  7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

March 17 Wild Cave Tour Go beyond where the average tourist explores!  This 2.5 hour adventure is for those of you ready to explore on your knees, on your belly, in the mud and through tight tunnels.  Explore in one of NE Alabama's most unique all-weather caves, Manitou Cave, in the heart of Fort Payne.  This cave was one of the original tourist destinations for the city of Fort Payne in the early 1900s and is no longer open to the public. This is your opportunity to see inside this natural wonder of NE Alabama! Adventure includes helmet, cave lamps plus a fun informative guide.  Meet at True Adventure Sports.  5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

Events provided by the property rentals of Mentone Cabins and Mentone Mountain View Inn
courtesy of DeKalb Tourism.