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The Perfect Way to Spend an Auburn Spring

228 days ago
SEC Staff
Photo: Henry Reagan

OPELIKA, Ala. (April 20, 2022) -- Spring has sprung in the Loveliest Village on the Plains! Auburn-Opelika is the coolest college town in the South, according to us, and one of the top cities in America to live, according to CNN. Easy to get to and easy to love, it's a perfect choice for a weekend getaway.

Visit for a game day weekend, and you'll see lots of white stuff in our tress, but it's not snow. Rolling Toomer's Corner is one of Auburn's oldest and most renowned traditions; thousands of AU faithful gather in downtown Auburn to celebrate tiger victories by hurling tissue into the surrounding trees, lamp posts, and anything that will stand still long enough. A quirky fracas that can last for hours, a blizzard of paper is left blanketing the entire intersection. There's no way you haven't heard if it, but seeing is believing! And here's a fun fact: Auburn is the only city in the country with a line item in its budget for removing toilet tissue!

Events are plentiful this time of year with loads of options so you can be entertained before and after the game, the show or the concert. From half marathons to award-winning chefs, there's always something new to try in Auburn-Opelika.

If you like to spend your weekends in the great outdoors, load up the bike rack and check out Chewacla State Park. With over 32 miles of versatile track, Chewacla offers world-class trail systems designed for both mountain biking beginners and seasoned pros. Located in the last foothills of the Appalachian TRAIL, don't miss the Great Wall of Chewacla and the Loch Ness Cobra nestled among miles of well-groomed flow trails.

If your idea of adventure happens on your plate instead of two wheels, opportunities for indulgent dining abound in Auburn-Opelika's emerging culinary scene. With over 50 independent and chef-owned experiences to choose from, you'll see why, if you haven't yet heard the hype, you'll definitely get it.

You'll also find plenty of specialty retailers as well as a variety of activities and diversions. The community offers year-round outdoor experiences from picking your own berries or flowers at a local farm to sipping wine produced from grapes you just tasted off the vine. Historic downtown Opelika houses its very own brewery, local distillery, and the South's largest by-the-glass wine bar.