Muse Award
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.

Best Places to Swim in North Alabama

What better way to beat the heat than taking a dip in a cool pool or rushing down a slippery water slide? Here's a list of some of the best places in north Alabama to swim, but make sure to lather up with sunscreen first! Most pools and water parks open Memorial Day weekend. DeSoto State Park's…

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July 4th Fireworks and Fun!

July 4th is almost here, and if you love fireworks, we have put together a list of some fun things to do this holiday weekend in North Alabama! 🇺🇸 Spirit of America Festival The Spirit of America Festival at Point Mallard is July 4 from 1-9pm! There will be inflatables for kids, food trucks, live…

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Zip Lining in North Alabama

Zip lining is absolutely exhilarating, and when you get to see some beautiful scenery in the process, that is an added bonus! Check out the fun places to zip line in North Alabama, and then make plans to go on your own adventure. Screaming Eagle Zip Lines at Lake Guntersville State Park At…

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Exploring the Veterans Memorial Park of Jackson County

Located in Scottsboro, Alabama, the Veterans Memorial Park of Jackson County is a solemn and educational destination dedicated to honoring military service members. Spanning six acres, the park offers a range of activities and displays that provide visitors with a deeper appreciation for the…

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99 Things To Do This Summer in North Alabama

Summer is here! And before long the kids will be saying they’re bored. Maybe you need a weekend getaway just the two of you or a girls weekend. Whatever the case, we’ve got the perfect list to keep y'all busy all summer long. If you love swimming… 1. Have a blast in America’s first wave pool at…

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Summer Festivals in North Alabama

Summer is almost here, and you do not want to miss these fun summer festivals taking place all over north Alabama! 3rd Friday Downtown Decatur Each third Friday from April to October, downtown Decatur comes to life at night with live music, vendors, food trucks, vintage cars, and businesses are…

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Water Parks in North Alabama

Water parks are amazing, am I right? The twisty water slides or the speed slides that send you rushing down are exhilarating! And if speed isn't your thing, you can sit by the pool or relax in the lazy river. Whatever you enjoy, you'll find it at the exciting water parks in north Alabama. Check…

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A Tranquil Retreat at the Soakhouse & Soapery

Nestled in Guntersville’s historic district, the Soakhouse & Soapery offers a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. This exquisite spa retreat provides a seamless blend of relaxation and local charm. Whether you're planning a day visit or an extended stay, the Soakhouse & Soapery…

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North Alabama Barbecue

May is National BBQ Month, and we could not be more excited! North Alabama is home to some of the best barbecue you will ever put in your mouth, so check out North Alabama Ambassador's trip through our Barbecue Trail and let us know what is your favorite. Big Bob Gibson's Barbecue Our…

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