Spend a Saturday in Decatur, where creativity and craftsmanship collide

Are you looking for fun, relaxed and culture-enhancing weekend plans? Then look no further than Decatur Morgan County, a true gem of a city, located in the thriving region of North Alabama. There is so much to do while “finding your flow” in Decatur, you may not know where to start. So, we are here to help.

Decatur is full of unique trails to follow, so pick one or two per visit to immerse yourself in while you’re here. For a cultural experience, with a little sugar on top, start at the MoCo Art Trail, then hop onto the MoCo Sweet Treats Trail for a pick-me-up, or two, or three. It’s going to be a Saturday you won’t regret…and you’ll be back to discover more of Decatur before you know it.

Unlock your creativity on the MoCo Art Trail

Bank Street (Decatur Morgan County Tourism/Contributed)

Decatur is home to many talented artists whose work is exhibited throughout Morgan County. At the MoCo Art Trail, you can take a free tour of artwork to admire or buy throughout the county. Join the trail with a exclusive mobile passport, made up of select attractions to redeem during your visit, without the need for an app. Listed below are some must-see stops on the MoCo Art Trail:

Bank Street Art and Antiques

With three stories and over 12,000 square feet of art and antiques from local merchants, you’ll be able to shop ’til you drop and get your art fix all in one great location.

DeAnn Art Studio and Gallery

Internationally recognized local artist and educator DeAnn Meely owns this fantastic gallery, which features her collection of work, as well as pieces by other artists and students. She teaches regular classes, seminars and workshops.

Carnegie Visual Arts Center

Built in 1904 as the Decatur Carnegie Library by millionaire philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, it is one of the few remaining original Carnegie Library buildings. Currently a visual arts center in downtown Decatur, the Carnegie Visual Arts Center features local, regional, and national exhibitions, as well as classes, camps, workshops, and lectures.

Satisfy your sweet tooth at the MoCo Treat Trail

Tess’ Place (Decatur Morgan County Tourism/Contributed)

While enjoying all the local art Morgan County has to offer, your Decatur Saturday wouldn’t be complete without a stop at one of the many sweet shops in the area. From ice cream to candy to shoemakers and everything in between, don’t skip the Sweet Treat Trail during your visit. Get your passport patterned as you hit the trail and be sure to check out these favorites:

dutch oven bakery

This small Mennonite bakery, located near the Bankhead National Forest, offers delicious homemade muffins, cakes, cheesecakes, fudge and more.

Tennessee Valley Pecans

For a different kind of treat, try Tennessee Valley Pecans, located on historic Bank Street in downtown Decatur. They offer pecans in all flavors, including the ever-popular Key Lime Pecans, which are the perfect combination of nutty sweetness.

tess place

Gourmet ice creams and floats… is there anything better? We think not. Try any combination of unique flavor ice cream, signature sundaes and even shaved ice at the downtown Decatur shop named after Tess, the owner’s beloved French bulldog.

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