Hi everyone! My name is Katie and I am SUPER excited to be kicking off the 2017 #iHeartHsv campaign! For the past three years, the Huntsville/Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau has hosted a social media campaign to encourage people around the world to share what they love about Huntsville and Madison County. Every day at 8 a.m., the day’s prompt will be posted on the CVB Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (username @VisitHuntsville) channels. All you have to do is answer the prompt on your social page, using #iHeartHsv, and you will be entered to win some amazing prizes! Last year, they gave away meals at some amazing local restaurants, stays at some of our local hotels, swag bags, and more.
Prompts could be something like, “What is your favorite local coffee shop?” or “Where do you like to go to relax?” To get your creative juices flowing, I thought I’d share some of my favorite Instagram spots in Huntsville today.
I love a good flatlay. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll notice that I use this technique of overhead shooting all the time, because I love how it gives you a bird’s eye view of what you’re up to. Some of my favorite things to flatlay are beverages and food. The super hip Alchemy Lounge coffee shop at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment is the perfect place for a coffee flatlay. On this day, I grabbed an iced latte and a muffin, posed them with my planner, and snapped away! They have wooden tables, copper, tables, marble tables, and tables by natural light- an Instagrammer’s dream!
Another one of my favorite flaylay spots in Huntsville is Old Town Beer Exchange. OTBX has a huge selection of craft beers on tap, plus one of Huntsville’s most impressive can and bottle selections in case you’d rather have your beer at home. Flights, or a selection of smaller pours, are a great way to try new beers, plus they look great in a flat lay. On this day, I chose a few stouts- my favorite style- and snapped away!
There is no way we could talk about Instagram and not mention selfies. Love them or hate them, selfies are great at sharing where you are with your followers. One of the more recent selfie spots in Huntsville to pop up is the Hello Huntsville mural in Big Spring Park. This larger than life mural is definitely a hotspot for selfies, as you can see in the video! It even comes with its own “#HelloHSV” hashtag for you. Pro tip- the best time for a selfie here is in the late afternoon so the sun won’t be right in your eyes.
Another classic selfie spot is, of course, the Saturn V rocket at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. There is nothing more uniquely “Huntsville” than the huge rocket watching over the city. Many a photo on my Instagram features the rocket, and yours could too! I love taking selfies there, but another great way to shoot the rocket is from below. That way, you can get the whole height, silhouetted in front of a gorgeous Alabama sky! Pro tip- tip the parking lot by the Davidson Center is where I take all my rocket photos.
There is no shortage of beautiful scenery in Huntsville year-round. One of my favorite things to do is take advantage of our trails, especially the ones with a cool feature. For a scenery photo, a great spot is the Stone Cuts trail on Monte Sano. To get there, follow the Sinks trail until you see the Stone Cuts trail split off. Stone Cuts is a trail that goes alongside rock walls, past split boulders, and often through rock tunnels. So much to photograph! I brought my dog Luna along and she was so excited to scramble up the rock piles and be the queen of the trail.
These are just some of the things I like to Instagram in Huntsville, but there is so much more! I can’t wait to see what you love about Huntsville and Madison County from February 1-14, so make sure you use #iHeartHsv!