Book a weekend package for your post-holiday getaway into nature
The holidays are such an exciting time of year, but let’s be honest … by the New Year, you’ve got a touch of cabin fever. You’ve been cooped up indoors, and you’ve only been exposed to one live tree (if that). Cure your claustrophobia with a little outdoor adventure to Lake Guntersville State Park for the 32nd Annual Lake Guntersville State Park’s Eagle Awareness Program.
Spoiling yourself with nature goals
From January 20 to February 19 only there are weekend packages available to stay at Lake Guntersville State Park for the Birding & Eagle Awareness Program, which focuses on eagle-awareness throughout state parks.
Getting a weekend pass is actually a perfect gift for “the family” (yourself) because it totally gives you something to look forward to once the ball drops on 2017 and the last confetti popper is swept into the dustpan (not that we recommend rushing the season).
If you enjoy being outdoors and having adventures while learning something new and exciting about the world, then this is the winter weekend escape for you. Lake Guntersville happens to be a breeding ground for eagles, so you’ll have the opportunity to see nesting eagles and (maybe) to observe baby eagles as visitors in recent years have been able to.
Where to stay & what to do
To enjoy this special time in Guntersville, book a weekend-long Fly with the Eagles Package and stay at the Lake Guntersville State Park Lodge. This particular package includes:
- A room at the lodge for two nights
- All guided tours and programs
- Reserved seating for birding programs
- Tickets to Cathedral Caverns
- A special gift (for each guest)
There are also suite, cabin, and camping packages available for groups of four or more.
While weekend packages come with plenty of perks and chances to schedule planned activities, you’ll also have the option of exploring on your own.
- Guided Tours: Guided tours and birding day trips take you around the area. You may not know it, but Guntersville has four stops on the North Alabama Birding Trail with roughly 275 species of birds recorded throughout the county. Guided tours will show you the nesting sites and will enable you to view other birds in a beautiful natural environment.
- Live Bird Shows: Live bird shows can’t be beat. Not only does Auburn University bring Nova, the famous eagle that soars high over Jordan-Hare stadium before each football game, but many of the shows feature other large, beautiful birds of prey.
- The Wings to S.O.A.R. program is a “save our raptors program” that not only educates guests about magnificent birds of prey, but also excites children and tickles parents as the program features a winged animal flying over the kids’ heads.
- On Friday nights, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons, there will be varying speakers.
- New in 2017, there are live-animal shows on Sundays.
- Gunter, the Lake Guntersville State Park Mascot, will make special appearances throughout the awareness event season.
- Kick Back for Family Movie Night: Every Friday night during the event, there will be a family movie that starts at 8:00 p.m. You’re encouraged to veg out like you’re at home … wear your jammies and snack on freshly popped popcorn during the movie.
Tour the community
While staying at Lake Guntersville, schedule a little time to tour the local community. Visit the Guntersville Museum or the Arab Historic Village while in the area.
Dine on great Southern cuisine and seafood in casual bistros and cafes like Café 336, Rock House Eatery, Crawmama’s, and Top O’ the River. Meanwhile, foodie families can enjoy authentic farm-to-table cuisine at the Olde Town Stock House.
Your weekend in Guntersville will be a getaway in crisp, clean air where you can hike off the weight of the holidays (we mean the pressure of the holidays, not that your pants fit a little differently … although we totally don’t judge if they do) while enjoying your family and discovering something new. The Birding & Eagle Awareness Program is by no means only for birders … it’s for everyone … especially families. It’s a fun, exciting getaway that only comes once a year and that’s only featured for a few special weekends.
It’s a great way to start 2017, and it’s an even better way to treat you and your family to something that’s almost impossible to buy: an experience … a memory … a moment. You’ll never forget your weekend package stay at Lake Guntersville.
Are you looking to escape the holiday hubbub for a fun, relaxing time in nature with your family? Visit the Marshall County CVB website to learn more about Birding & Eagle Awareness at Lake Guntersville State Park. It’s fun for everyone.
Photos courtesy of Marshall County CVB