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This peaceful, pedestrian-friendly town on the shores of Mobile Bay has long drawn artists attracted to the small town ambiance and prevalence of local galleries and studios for displaying their work. The galleries pepper downtown streets along the waterfront, alongside more than 80 antique shops, small boutiques and locally owned restaurants. The first Friday of each month, the Eastern Shore Arts Center and Fairhope Visitors Center host an arts walk, and visitors can meet the artists and enjoy live music, drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Each March, the town welcomes more than 150,000 visitors to its three-day Arts & Crafts Festival.

 

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