Alabama Magazine article on National Village

January 4th, 2018

Opelika mayor initiates tradition in recognizing city’s railroad history

November 3rd, 2017

Four loud blasts from a train whistle, unleashed by a grinning Mayor Gary Fuller, offered a symbolic tribute to the city of Opelika’s railroad history.

The blasts also rang in a new tradition – all 114.2 decibels of it.

Click HERE for full story

Auburn/Opelika Marriott breaks ground for new Spa at Grand National

September 7th, 2017

The Auburn/Opelika Marriott Hotel & Conference Center broke new ground Tuesday, announcing in a morning ceremony that it is building a new spa facility, expected to be complete by spring of 2018.
The hotel will become classified as a “Marriott Resort” in 2018, becoming one of only 54 Marriott Resorts worldwide and 17 in the United States.
The Grand Hotel in Point Clear, another RSA-owned property and part of the Resort Collection on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, is the only Alabama property on the Marriott Resort list, according to a press release from the hotel.
“What a great day this is in our community,” said Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller. “I want to congratulate the entire staff here at the Marriott for what you’re doing and what you’re going to do.”
The 20,000-square-foot spa facility will have three floors that each has an array of services.
Guests of the spa will go to the first floor for treatments, said Kevin Cross, general manager of the hotel.
“We’ll have a small retail outlet there with our spa product line, ladies and men quiet rooms, infrared sauna facility and eight treatment rooms,” Cross said. “Those eight treatment rooms include two that are couple treatment rooms.”
On the second floor, guests can use the facility’s salon for styling, manicures and pedicures. There will also be a retail outlet and a bridal lounge, according to Cross.
Guests that want to work out can use the facility’s 2,000-square-foot fitness center. There will also be saunas and a 450-square-foot movement studio with instructor-led classes, according to Cross.
‘Natural elements’ involved in design
The design component for the facility is still in progress, but there will be natural elements involved.
“The elements that will be brought into this facility will be earth, water, air and fire,” Cross said.
The hotel is in the process of opening a spa membership program for the resort, according to Cross. He said the membership would include access to the hotel’s spa, tennis courts, pool facilities and golf courses.
“We’re excited to launch that probably sometime around the first of the year,” Cross said.
The Spa at Grand National was designed by Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood and will be constructed by Jesco Construction.
In 2017, the hotel started construction on 93 additional rooms on the north side of the property.
“We broke ground on 93 rooms on the north side of the building, scheduled for completion in spring of 2018,” Cross said. “The highlight of that is a 1,700 square foot presidential suite that will be overlooking the 14th hole on the Links course as well as Lake Saugahatchee. We’re very excited to have that come on board sometime in the spring and it brings a whole new dynamic for our hotel here.”
The hotel’s achievements in 2017 include being awarded the area’s first Four Diamond distinction by AAA and being ranked as one of the top five Marriott Hotels in North and South America (out of 365) for guest satisfaction.

National Village Awards

August 21st, 2017

2017 – Women’s Council of Realtors East Alabama Chapter Tour of Homes Winner
      Best Overall Interior Design & Workmanship
      Best Overall Kitchen Design & Finish
      Best Overall Bathroom Design & Finish
2016 – Women’s Council of Realtors East Alabama Chapter Tour of Homes Winner
      Best Overall Exterior Design & Workmanship
      Best Overall Interior Design & Workmanship
      Best Overall Kitchen Design & Finish
      Best Overall Bathroom Design & Finish
2016 – NAHB The Nationals “Best Interior Merchandising of a Model Priced under $350,000”
2013 – Professional Builder Magazine’s Gold Award for “Best Single-Family Product – 2,000 Sq. Ft. or Below”
2013 – Professional Builder’s Magazine Silver Award for “Best Single-Family Product – 2,000 Sq. Ft. or Below”

Dr. Mark Fagan Reviews Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail

July 28th, 2017

Dr. Mark Fagan joins Gary Christian to review the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Alabama on the Golf Channel. Click HERE to view.

German-based company to bring $12 million aviation-related plant, jobs, to Auburn

June 20th, 2017

Winkelmann Group, a German-based manufacturer serving the aerospace industry and others, soon will begin production at its first United States production facility in the Auburn Industrial Park.

The company plans to invest $12 million to establish the metal-forming plant and expects to create approximately 50 jobs over the next five years, according to a city of Auburn release.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and Winkelmann Group CEO Heinrich Winkelmann announced the new location, called Winkelmann Flowform Technology LP, in France at the Paris Air Show on Monday.

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Southern Living “Best of the Rest Small Towns”

May 8th, 2017

See where Auburn/Opelika rate here or linked PDF below!



Art in the Park

April 11th, 2017

Saturday, April 1st was the first National Village “Art in the Park”! We received great response from our artisans here in the neighborhood and a few that will be joining us from outside our area that are close friends/relatives of our folks here. There was a wine tasting as well!

Sponsored by: The National Village Ladies Club

3-D Immersion Virtual Tours!!

March 24th, 2017

To use the 3-D Immersion, simply hold down your left button on your mouse while moving side-side/ up-down to look around the room and double click the mouse to walk around the home.

Click each of the 3 models below to begin your virtual tour:

  1. Eagle Spirit Model
  2. Soaring Eagle model
  3. Harpy Eagle model

Auburn listed as #7 best southern small town for 2017

March 14th, 2017

As any Auburn Tiger can tell you, this small town in rural Alabama is addictive, with tree-shaded streets and great old storefronts. Together with sister town Opelika, it gives students and locals interesting options for food and drink, not to mention live music.

Click HERE to read the full article from Southern Living