Magical Mentone
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Rhododendron-lined sidewalk in Mentone

Nestled atop Lookout Mountain, in DeKalb County, Alabama, rests a quaint little hamlet that beckons the weary and those seeking solitude from big city life. Mentone, it is called, penned for a French town whose name means ‘musical mountain spring.’ Once a thriving health resort, people came from all over the world to partake of the mineral springs that were believed to have healing powers. The springs are no more but the magic and appeal of Mentone remains.

Accommodations in Mentone are as unique as the town itself. Cozy country cottages sit nestled among the pines along the west fork of Little River and the innkeepers of Mentone’s many Bed & Breakfasts Inns await your arrival. Enjoy the mountain’s gentle night sounds as they lull you to sleep. Then awaken to the melody of nature as it lures you to the breakfast table.

One visit to Mentone and you too will feel the warmth and charm that has attracted tourists for over a century. Make plans today for an experience of a lifetime.a


Special Events and Places to hold Special Events
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Cragsmere Manna Restaurant – Perfect for receptions, dinner parties and group events. 256-634-4677

Fall Colorfest – Held the 3rd weekend of October each year in Mentone’s Brow Park. Sponsored by the Mentone Area Preservation Association. 256-634-4041

Mentone Wedding Chapel – Linda Kilgore, 256-634-4181.

Mountain Musical Strings every third Saturday at 7 p.m. on the town square May- December

Rhododendron Festival – Held in the spring. The arts and crafts festival is held in Mentone at the Brow Park. It is sponsored by MAPA, the Mentone Area Preservation Association. Dates for 2005 are the weekend of April 30th and May 1st. 256-634-4041

Sallie Howard Memorial Chapel – The perfect place for a wedding. 256-638-4441

Winston Place – Open year-round. Leslie Bunch. 256-635-6381.


Shopping in the Northeast Alabama
Appalachian Mountains
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Antique Shopping in Downtown Mentone

Artisans Ltd. “The Inca Connection”
Closed January and August
Open Saturday and Sunday 9-4 CST
Catharina Collings 256-634-3076

Crow’s Nest Antiques – 256-634-4548, open Thursday – Sunday, 10:30-4:00, CST

Hummingbird House Gift Shop and Nursery – 4248 Alabama Highway 117 – 256-634-4055

Iron Age Crafters, Inc. – 706-398-0858

Junk Galore – 1-877-711-5865

Little River Hardware, Inc. – 256-634-4757, 7:30-5:00

Mountain Air Village – 1-706-862-6025, Monday – Saturday, 11:00 – 6:00, EST

Mountain Mamas Craft and Rock Shop – Contact Mary Alice Stout at 1-706-862-6481, Open April – November, Friday-Sunday 12-6 p.m. EST Website

White Elephant Antiques and Gift Galleries – 1-256-634-4529, Open Monday – Friday, 10:00 – 4:00, Saturday – Sunday, 10:00 – 5:00, CST Closed on Tuesday Email

The Gourdie Shop – 1-256-634-4776, Open April – December, Thursday – Sunday, 11:00 – 4:00 CST


Business Services
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Little River Canyon National Preserve

Allgas – Propane Gas and Tanks. 256-442-8323

Body Maintenance – Massage Therapist, By appointment only. Monday, Thursday – Saturday. Donna Sutton 256-634-3032

Clean Care – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday – Friday. Jim Howell 800-848-0596 and 256-845-4224

Douglas E. Hoyt, CPA – By appointment only. 256-635-0292

Jones Construction Company – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday – Friday. Carl Jones 256-634-4049

North Lookout Mountain Fire Protection District – Jim Roberts, Chief. 256-634-4701 (In case of emergency – dial 911)


These Organizations are ready to assist you with your plans to visit the Mentone region of Lookout Mountain, Alabama

DeKalb County Tourist Association – Visitor information center ready to provide you with all the details you need to plan the perfect vacation in the Northeast Alabama Mountains. Call today and let our staff assist you with planning your next visit. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST, Monday – Friday. 888-805-4740 and 256-845-3957. Email

MAPA – The Mentone Area Preservation Association, Non-Profit organization. Sponsors the Rhododendron Festival in May and the Fall Colorfest in October. 256-634-4041

MERF – Mentone Educational Resources Foundation, Non-Profit. Contact Sue Henry at 256-634-4599

Mentone United Methodist Church – 256-634-4881 Frankie Jones, Hours vary.

Town of Mentone – Charming mountain top resort that features many Bed & Breakfast Inns, Antique and Craft shops, unique Restaurants, cozy Country Cottages and breathtaking vistas and scenic attractions. 1-256-634-4444 Office hours 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday – Friday.

Moonlake Baptist Church – Sunday Services at 11:00 a.m. 256-634-4568 Bill Russell

St. Joseph’s on the Mountain Episcopal Church – Sunday Services at 10:30 a.m. with the Reverend David Crippen. 256-634-4476


Dining in the Northeast Alabama
Appalachian Mountains

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Cragsmere Manna Restaurant – 256-634-4677 Serving Southern Cuisine in a 1920’s farm house. Open Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Also available for parties and special events. Prices range from $10 to $20 per person, including beverage.

Dessie’s Kountry Chef – 256-634-4232 Serving Country Cooking, just like Mom used to make. Open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 11a.m. to 2 p.m. Prices range from $5 to $10 per person, including beverage


Camps in Mentone are more than just summer fun for children. They are open year-round and available for family reunions, retreats and more.
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Alpine Camp for Boys – 256-634-4404 Office hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., CST

Camp Laney for Boys – 256-634-4066 Office hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., CST

Camp Skyline Ranch – 800-448-9279 Office hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., CST

Little River Retreats – 256-634-4043 Office hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., CST

Nature’s Classroom – 256-634-4043 Office hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., CST

Riverview Camp for Girls – 256-634-4043 Office hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., CST