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Melea Hames

A 1995 Auburn University graduate, Melea has been a social media manager in the tourism industry for more than a decade at Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association. At AMLA, Melea is responsible for creating content on Visit North Alabama’s social media platforms, writing blog posts on the website, coordinating the North Alabama Ambassador Program, and speaking at various events and meetings about social media. Melea is also the host of Unexpected Adventures in North Alabama, AMLA’s new podcast, produced by Relic Agency. The podcast won a 2022 Muse Award - Silver in the Audio/Podcast category. Melea was honored in October 2023 with the Tourism Promoter of the Year Award from the Alabama Restaurant & Hospitality Association for her work on the podcast.

Prior to working for AMLA, Melea received her Masters at UNA in Secondary Education and taught middle school English and coached middle school cheerleaders for three years. She also taught English at Calhoun Community College for 8 1/2 half years. Before that she worked in public relations for an advertising agency in Atlanta, a minor league baseball team in Columbus, Georgia, and for Auburn University in the development office. Just last year, Melea created her very own social media marketing agency with a friend called M and M Social. She loves to write, travel, walk in the park (she walked over 600 miles in 2020), go to Auburn games, and read books about WWII.

Exploring North Alabama's Best Breweries and Pubs

North Alabama, with its picturesque landscapes and vibrant culture, offers a thriving scene for beer enthusiasts and social butterflies alike. From cozy corner pubs to bustling breweries, there's no shortage of places to unwind with a cold one. On the latest episode of Unexpected Adventures in…

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Rustic Romantic Getaways in North Alabama

Need a getaway for just the two of you? How about a rustic, romantic weekend in north Alabama? There are many lakeside cabins, mountaintop chalets, and bluff-top rooms all across the region to spend getting away from it all. Sip champagne and admire the view from your balcony or curl up fireside…

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Exploring the Vibrant Mural Art Scene in North Alabama

North Alabama is not only known for its rich cultural heritage and scenic landscapes but also for its burgeoning art scene, particularly in the realm of mural art. The region has become a canvas for talented artists who use walls as their medium to express creativity, tell stories and contribute…

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The Singing River Trail

What is North Alabama's Singing River Trail? Stretching across the picturesque landscapes of North Alabama, the Singing River Trail is a captivating outdoor experience that aims to seamlessly weave together nature, history and recreation. Once just an idea to connect two colleges together, this…

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Eagle Awareness Weekends

The bald eagle is America’s national symbol and is quite majestic when seen out in the wild! This is why Lake Guntersville State Park hosts the annual Eagle Awareness Weekends, so that wildlife enthusiasts can have a chance to learn more about the magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. The…

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Festival of the Cranes

More than 14,000 Sandhill Cranes along with several pairs of Whooping Cranes spend the winter each year at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, and to celebrate the winter migration of these long-legged and long-necked birds, Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge hosts the Festival of the Cranes. Over the…

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A Comprehensive Guide to Visiting Noccalula Falls Park

Nestled in the heart of North Alabama, Noccalula Falls Park is a hidden gem waiting to be explored. With its breathtaking waterfalls, lush greenery, and a plethora of recreational activities, this park offers the perfect setting for an unforgettable day trip. In a recent episode of Unexpected…

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Free Things to Do this Christmas

Christmas can be hard on the wallet, so we have put together a list of free things to do this Christmas in North Alabama. Tinsel Trail in Huntsville The Tinsel Trail at Big Spring Park in Huntsville is going to be bigger than ever this year! It's expanding across Church Street into Big Spring Park…

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North Alabama Gifts for Kids that Aren’t Toys

Most kids have a lot of toys and then receive a lot more toys for Christmas. If a family has two or more kids, these toys can really add up quickly. And typically, many kids lose interest in their new toys after a couple of weeks, sending them to the toy box never to be played with again until it’s…

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Christmas Tree Trails in North Alabama

One Christmas tree is beautiful with all it's bright, twinkling lights and colorful ornaments, but a whole trail of Christmas trees is downright magical! Check out the best Christmas Tree Trails in North Alabama. Tinsel Trail at Big Spring Park The Tinsel Trail at Big Spring Park in Huntsville…

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