Auburn Marriott Opelika Resort & Spa at Grand National

We’ve found our favorite hotel in this part of Alabama — the almost word-salad level name that is the RSA’s (Retirement Systems of Alabama ) Marriott closest to Auburn. I’ve come to really enjoy the RSA properties, and they regularly get very good ratings. Their Marriott portfolio includes:

Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center
Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa
Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel
The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa
Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spasort & Spa
Montgomery Marriott Prattville Hotel & Conference Center at Capitol Hill
Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa
…and this one at Auburn/Opelika

Hmmm…lots of blue and orange here…
The rooms are pretty monochromatic. They’re comfortable and we enjoyed the balcony view of the lake and pool
The pool is super fun and a nice size — our boys completely loved it.

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Here are some fun things going on in the area:

It really is the loveliest village on the Plains, so just visiting Auburn‘s campus is always going to be fab

The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art is small, but often hosts interesting exhibits. For example, Creative Cadences: Works by Roger and Greg Brown (the Brown brothers grew up in Alabama) is showing through November 3.

Coach Dye has a Japanese Maple tree farm and nursery, with 5k+ trees for sale.

Try: Toomer’s always, Mrs Story’s Dairy Bar, and Acre, which is supposed to be amazing.

The Gogue Performing Arts Center opens this fall, and *wow!* Renee Fleming will be on stage September 24.