Whether you’re waiting for your coach to be built or taking care of maintenance, as a Tiffin owner, you can look forward to some time in Red Bay, Alabama. Here’s our guide for your stay.
Red Bay and Tiffin Motorhomes
Red Bay is a small town in West Alabama that got its name from its red clay and bay trees, which were both prevalent when the city was established in 1907. The Tiffin family has always called Red Bay home, so it made sense to build the company here. Unlike most towns its size, Red Bay receives visitors from all over the country year-round because it's where we build every Class A motorhome and where our skilled technicians provide service. While it may not seem like there’s much happening in a quiet town like Red Bay, you might be surprised. Red Bay is a place full of history and Southern charm.
Places to Visit in Red Bay
Your first stop in Red Bay should be the Tiffin Allegro Club headquarters. They’ll have information about Red Bay and the surrounding areas. Pick up some fun Tiffin merchandise while you're there, and don't forget to take a walking tour of the factory at the main plant – it’s a sight to see!
Your next stop should be the Red Bay Museum. Learn about when the town was founded, how it has changed over the years, and walk through intriguing displays showcasing items related to Red Bay’s past, including artifacts from the Bay Theater, the Red Bay Depot, and Native Americans from the area. You won’t be able to miss the entire floor dedicated to Tammy Wynette, a country music legend who called Red Bay her "home town". Located at 108 4th Ave SE, the museum is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for students, and children under six are free.
Next on your list is Coon Dog Memorial Graveyard. It might seem strange to visit a cemetery, but this one is uniquely charming. The Coon Dog Memorial Graveyard was established in 1937 when Red Bay resident Key Underwood buried his faithful coon dog, Troop. Many hunters followed suit and now more than 185 coon dogs from across the United States are buried here. Walk around the site and view the variety of tombstones, interesting coon dog names, and epitaphs. On Labor Day, the friends of Coondog Cemetery host a celebration with entertainment including music, dancing, food, and a liar's contest. The cemetery is located at 4945 Coondog Cemetery Road in Cherokee.
If you love the outdoors, Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail is a must. This is a beautiful 444 mile-long parkway that winds through picturesque parts of Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi. There are many ways to enjoy this National Park—you can hike the trails, bike the parkway, or drive between mileposts used to help you locate attractions along the Trace. We recommend starting at the Colbert Ferry Park, located approximately 40 miles from Red Bay in Cherokee, Alabama.
Less than 40 miles from Red Bay, you’ll find Helen Keller’s Birthplace. Immerse yourself in the world of Helen Keller—learn about her life and accomplishments while exploring her childhood home. Stand where Helen stood when her teacher Anne Sullivan pumped cold water into her hands and spelled “w-a-t-e-r” into her hand for the first time, sparking Helen’s passion for improving the lives of blind and deaf people around the world. If you happen to be in the area in June, be sure to check out the Helen Keller Festival, June 27-30, 2019. Located at 300 North Commons Street West in Tuscumbia, the house and museum are open Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where to Eat in Red Bay
The Mason Jar on Main should be at the top of your list of places to eat. This adorable, diner-style restaurant is perfect if you’re craving classic Southern dishes with a side of Southern hospitality. Try their fried green tomatoes, burgers, and seasonal pies and cobblers. This place is worth paying a few visits during your stay—they have a good variety of new specials each day, located at 102 4th Ave SE.
Another good option for lunch is the Piggly Wiggly of Red Bay. Now you might be thinking, “Piggly Wiggly for lunch?” Yes! Their deli & bakery is home to one of the best hot bars in town (some say the fried chicken is just like your grandma used to make). With new entrees and sides available every day, you’ll find something to love every visit. Piggy Wiggly is located at 518 4th Ave SE.
If you’ll be in Tiffin for an extended period of time, we recommend checking out the Big Star Grocery for all your grocery and dining needs. The store offers a variety of fresh options including salads with homemade dressing, delicious BBQ (smoked daily), homemade pies, and more. If you stop by, make sure to try their famous Pimento Cheese! Big Star is located at 406 4th St. SW and is open Monday through Sunday from 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Next on your list is the Fourth Street Grill & Steakhouse. The owners, Red Bay natives, Lorie and Brent, value delicious food and friendly service. It’s a great spot for classic comfort food. Some crowd favorites include the Flat Iron Steak, the Prime Pork, and the Fried Green Tomato BLT. Be sure to enjoy the fresh, local produce at the salad bar. For dessert, we recommend asking about their homemade options. Located at 607 4th St. NW, the Fourth Street Grill & Steakhouse is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Next, head about 20 miles north to the Rattlesnake Saloon, a restaurant built inside a cave (yes, you read that right). The same family has owned the land since 1916, and in 2009, they built the Rattlesnake. A visit to this establishment promises to be an experience like no other. The whole family will be able to enjoy delicious fixings, Southern hospitality, and live music inside the earth at the “watering hole under the rock.” Located at 1292 Mount Mills Road in Tuscumbia, it’s open Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. February through November and Sundays from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. April through September.