Lounging on the Lake

This sleepy North Alabama hamlet lures those in search of a restful weekend.

Tanner Latham
Lounging on the Lake (PROMO)

Sunday--Take a Drive
Rise for a stack of three pancakes with ham ($4.99) at Reid's Restaurant, another local diner just down the hill from your hotel.

Not surprisingly, most businesses downtown are closed today. Consider a 30-minute drive to Cathedral Caverns State Park in Grant ($8 adults, $5 ages 6-12; no credit cards). Park rangers lead guided tours into one of the largest cave openings in the world. Pack a jacket, because the caverns stay a cool 60 degrees.

You could also drive 20 minutes southeast on U.S. 431 to Boaz, home to three outlet malls with more than 80 shops (www.shopboaz.com).

Of course, you can always drift to the lake one last time and lie around making plans for your next trip to Guntersville.

Getting on the Lake
A few marinas in town offer boat and other watercraft rentals. Their service agreements authorize you to drive the boat even if you don't have an Alabama boating license.

  • Guntersville Boat Mart: (256) 582-2038. Rates: 4- to 12-person pontoon boats ($120-$170 half-day, $145-$195 full day); three-seater personal watercraft ($40 per hour plus gas).  
  • Covenant Cove: (256) 582-1384. Rates: 8- to 10-person pontoon boats ($100 half-day, $170 full day); kayaks ($8 per hour, $25 half-day).

For more information: Contact the Marshall County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1-800-582-6282 or www.marshallcountycvb.com. Or contact The Lake Guntersville Chamber of Commerce at (256) 582-3612, 1-800-869-5253, or www.lakeguntersville.org.

This article is from the July 2004 issue of Southern Living. Because prices, dates, and other specifics are subject to change, please check all information to make sure it's still current before making your travel plans.