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Guidebook for Chelsea

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Guidebook for Chelsea

Food Scene
This is one of the local favorites for cafeteria style home-cooking.
Hartley's Down Home Kitchen
150 Chelsea Corners Way
This is one of the local favorites for cafeteria style home-cooking.
This is a favorite local place for good Alabama-style Barbecue in a casual atmosphere.
Johnny Ray's Chelsea
10569 Old Hwy 280
This is a favorite local place for good Alabama-style Barbecue in a casual atmosphere.
This is a new restaurant we like for its wide range of authentic Asian dishes. Very popular and fairly priced.
Pinto Thai
16712 US-280
This is a new restaurant we like for its wide range of authentic Asian dishes. Very popular and fairly priced.
China Garden is a good restaurant for typical Chinese food, and prepares takeout orders quickly. There are usually few dine-in guests, so it is a nice place for a quiet meal or to meet with others in a large group.
New China Garden
10569 Old Hwy 280
China Garden is a good restaurant for typical Chinese food, and prepares takeout orders quickly. There are usually few dine-in guests, so it is a nice place for a quiet meal or to meet with others in a large group.
A nice, small restaurant featuring Mediterannean fare.
Pita Hut
100 Chelsea Corners Way
A nice, small restaurant featuring Mediterannean fare.
Friendly, comfotable, & quiet, with WI-FI. Nice place to go with a friend for coffee, sandwiches, & smoothies.
Chelsea Coffee House
109 Foothills Pkwy
Friendly, comfotable, & quiet, with WI-FI. Nice place to go with a friend for coffee, sandwiches, & smoothies.
Ground Up Coffee & Smoothies is located inside of Snider's Pharmacy. Casey, the owner, is a personal friend, and will treat you well.
Snider's Discount Pharmacy
16233 US-280
Ground Up Coffee & Smoothies is located inside of Snider's Pharmacy. Casey, the owner, is a personal friend, and will treat you well.
Very good Mexican dishes and Margaritas, with ultra-fast service. (The only restaurant we've ever seen the wait staff actually running to serve us!)
Habanero's Mexican Grill
16054 Old Hwy 280
Very good Mexican dishes and Margaritas, with ultra-fast service. (The only restaurant we've ever seen the wait staff actually running to serve us!)
Drinks & Nightlife
Morgan Creek is a wonderful nearby vineyard specializing in Muscadine and fruit wines. A dear friend operates the tasting room and gift shop, and will give you a tour of the facility. Morgan Creek grows their own grapes, so you can be assured their wines are locally sourced (unlike some "vineyards" that import juices).
Morgan Creek Vineyards
181 Morgan Creek Ln
Morgan Creek is a wonderful nearby vineyard specializing in Muscadine and fruit wines. A dear friend operates the tasting room and gift shop, and will give you a tour of the facility. Morgan Creek grows their own grapes, so you can be assured their wines are locally sourced (unlike some "vineyards" that import juices).
Parks & Nature
Dunnavant Trail is only 10 minutes away, and is a pleasant, easy 1.5 mile trail along Yellow Leaf Creek. There is no entrance/use fee charged. Several places along the creek are suitable for wading, but not deep enough for swimming or tubing. The woods are mixed pine and hardwoods. It's a nice location to see native Oak Leaf Hydrangeas (Alabama's state wildflower) and Mountain Laurel blooming in season. Directions: From US-280 west out of Chelsea, turn right after 2.7 miles onto Dunnavant Valley Road. In 1.2 miles on the right is a gravel parking lot for trail access.
Old Dunnavant Valley Road
Dunnavant Trail is only 10 minutes away, and is a pleasant, easy 1.5 mile trail along Yellow Leaf Creek. There is no entrance/use fee charged. Several places along the creek are suitable for wading, but not deep enough for swimming or tubing. The woods are mixed pine and hardwoods. It's a nice location to see native Oak Leaf Hydrangeas (Alabama's state wildflower) and Mountain Laurel blooming in season. Directions: From US-280 west out of Chelsea, turn right after 2.7 miles onto Dunnavant Valley Road. In 1.2 miles on the right is a gravel parking lot for trail access.
Entertainment & Activities
Treetop Family Adventure offers arcade games, laser tag, miniature golf, and go-carts. A nice place to play.
Treetop Family Adventure
1012 Dunnavant Valley Road
Treetop Family Adventure offers arcade games, laser tag, miniature golf, and go-carts. A nice place to play.
This is the closest theater to Chelsea, and is in a shopping plaza with a variety of stores (including groceries), car service centers, and quite a few restaurants.
AMC CLASSIC Lee Branch 15
801 Doug Baker Blvd
This is the closest theater to Chelsea, and is in a shopping plaza with a variety of stores (including groceries), car service centers, and quite a few restaurants.
Sightseeing
Kymulga Grist Mill and Covered Bridge are both over 150 years old, and in a quiet country setting. The mill is still functional, and mill products are available for purchase. Open 10-5, Wed. thru Sun.
Kymulga Grist Mill Park
7346 Grist Mill Rd
Kymulga Grist Mill and Covered Bridge are both over 150 years old, and in a quiet country setting. The mill is still functional, and mill products are available for purchase. Open 10-5, Wed. thru Sun.
DeSoto Caverns is a "dry" cave, meaning the formations are not still actively being formed due to changes in the water table. It does have attractive rooms and formations, however, and a laser light show. Outside is a maze and enjoyable carnival-type activities.
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locals recommend
DeSoto Caverns
5181 Desoto Caverns Pkwy
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locals recommend
DeSoto Caverns is a "dry" cave, meaning the formations are not still actively being formed due to changes in the water table. It does have attractive rooms and formations, however, and a laser light show. Outside is a maze and enjoyable carnival-type activities.
Essentials
Has in-store pharmacy and bakery; good source for better quality meats if you're grilling.
Winn-Dixie
150 Chelsea Corners Way
Has in-store pharmacy and bakery; good source for better quality meats if you're grilling.
Everything Else
Largest grocery store in Chelsea, with Pharmacy and Bakery; good source for uncommon produce.
Publix Super Market at Chelsea Crossroads
501 Chelsea Crossroads
Largest grocery store in Chelsea, with Pharmacy and Bakery; good source for uncommon produce.