Midway between Birmingham and Huntsville, Cullman lies in north-central Alabama in a region that was once part of the Cherokee Nation. Founded by German immigrant Colonel John Gottfried Cullmann in 1873, the city honors its ethnic heritage with an annual Oktoberfest celebration. Visitors looking for comfortable but reasonably priced accommodations should check out one of the city’s four motels, all of which are close to Interstate 65, the main north-south artery through Cullman.
Best Western Fairwinds Inn
Just off Exit 310 of Interstate 65, this two-story, 50-unit motel is only three miles from Cullman’s Ave Maria Grotto, a major area attraction that features 125 miniature replicas of historical structures and shrines. Pets 20 lb. and under stay at the motel for $10 a night, while the charge for those between 21 and 40 lb. rises to $25 a day (prices current as of November 2010). All motel rooms and suites are equipped with microwave ovens and compact refrigerators, as well as high-speed Internet, which is also available in all common areas, including the business center. Recreational facilities include a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and exercise room. The motel provides a complimentary breakfast each morning. Nearby restaurants include Baxter’s Steak House, Cracker Barrel, McDonald’s, Ruby Tuesday and Waffle House.
Days Inn Cullman
This two-story, 119-unit motel, located near the junction of I-65 and U.S. Highway 278, puts golfers within 60 miles of five courses on Alabama’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. All motel rooms feature microwaves and refrigerators, as well as wireless Internet. Other motel facilities and services include a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, business center, on-site restaurant and complimentary hot breakfast. Other restaurants within three miles of the motel include All-Steak Restaurant, Cracker Barrel, Domino’s Pizza, Johnny’s BBQ, Lupe’s Mexican Restaurant, Ruby Tuesday, Ryan’s and Sweet Peppers Deli.
Close to Exit 304 of I-65, this two-story, 60-unit motel lies within easy driving distance of Smith Lake Park, a recreation area that features a large swimming pool and water slides during the summer months. Also nearby is the Cullman Flea Market, a sprawling indoor/outdoor market that boasts 300 or more vendors. Wireless high-speed Internet is available in all guest rooms and common areas of the motel. Some rooms feature microwaves and compact refrigerators. The motel treats guests to a complimentary continental breakfast each morning and a free copy of USA Today Monday through Friday. Nearby restaurants include Hardee’s, Jack’s Steak House, McGill’s Mexican Restaurant and Waffle House.
This two-story, 50-unit motel, just off Exit 310 of I-65, provides a good base for exploring all the attractions of north-central Alabama, including the Huntsville Space Center, which lies 45 miles to the north. High-speed Internet access is available throughout the motel, including all guest rooms and common areas. A limited number of rooms feature microwave ovens and refrigerators, and still others have whirlpool tubs. During the warm-weather months guests use the outdoor swimming pool or relax in the shade of the nearby gazebo. The motel provides guests with a complimentary continental breakfast each morning and a free newspaper on weekdays. The on-site Denny’s Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.