At the Crossroads
With its town center, Russell Crossroads, Russell Lands offers a picturesque place for Lake Martin residents and visitors to shop, dine, and play.
Dining & Shopping
In keeping with its natural surroundings, SpringHouse prides itself in bringing home-grown products to the table. Situated on a hilltop with panoramic views, the restaurant imbues a rustic vibe with exposed stone, rough-hewn beams, and roaring fireplaces. And while the atmosphere feels casual, Executive Chef Rob McDaniel brings it up a notch with his sophisticated menu that includes favorites such as Roasted Tanglewood Farms Chicken, Hickory Grilled Scamp, and Roasted Duck Breast and Confit. No one can resist completing the meal without an order of SpringHouse S’mores or Sweet Potato Doughnuts. 12 Benson Mill Road, Alexander City. 256.215.7081.
Bring the whole family to this friendly gathering spot and enjoy hand-crafted pastries, locally roasted coffees, and a full breakfast and lunch menu in the café. The market side offers the best local, regional, and international items, as well as fresh seafood, specialty produce selections, fine wines, and a variety of domestic, imported, and craft beers. Don’t miss the Friday night wine tastings every week during the summer season. 17 Russell Farms Road, Alexander City. 256.215.7070.
THE COMPANY STORE
Just steps from Catherine’s Market, The Company Store is the go-to place for unique lake-themed décor items. You’ll also find clothing, games for the kids, and more. Most recently, the store began offering works from local artisans, including handmade jewelry and pottery. 28 Russell Farms Road, Alexander City. 256.329.0209.
Located in a rustic cabin across from Catherine’s Market, The Adventure Center can introduce you to the many activities that the area has to offer. Visitors can book guided or self-guided tours with the center’s naturalist to explore the surroundings and wildlife. The center also rents canoes for use on the lake, as well as bikes for a Russell Forest trail ride. For more thrills, a Russell Lands adventure outfitter can plan family activities, such as guided horseback rides or geocaching on the trails. 28 Russell Farms Road, Alexander City. 256.329.0209.
THE TOWN GREEN
Enjoy an afternoon picnic with friends and family on the open grassy space of The Town Green. Or sit back with a glass of wine to enjoy the sunset. The Green is also the site of many events such as summer’s Fridays on The Green with live entertainment. Summer also brings yoga classes to the outdoor space. No matter what time of year, kids will love to run and play in this park-like setting.
Don’t Miss Events
- Derby Day at The Stables, May 2. Benefiting Children’s Harbor, this event includes food, music, and a viewing of the “Run for the Roses.” 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., 256.397.1019.
- Fridays on The Green. May 22- late September (Fridays except July 4). Enjoy live music and lawn games. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., 256.397.1019.
- Arti Gras, July 4. View the wares of craft and art vendors on The Town Green. 256.794.1397.