LaGrange, Georgia: Five Reasons You Should Know About This Thriving Southern City.
- Treats in the streets steeped in history
In the city center, Lafayette Square is the epicenter of culture, history and commerce. Featuring a magnificent circular fountain and a statue of the Marquis de Lafayette, a hero of the War of Independence who helped give the city its name, Lafayette Square is lined with local businesses, antique shops and shops, museums and restaurants. Explore treasures of timeless finds and eye-catching pieces you never thought you needed (and won’t find anywhere else). Walk out of the square and admire pre-war homes, national monuments and the reason for the region’s historic appeal.
A few blocks to the south is Wild jump, Best New USA Today Brewery of 2019. Known for its unique beers and concoctions, try a flight of local craft beer or mix it up with a savory cocktail made with Wild Leap craft vodka. Housed in the 1948 Westbrook Tire & Service Co., the building’s fashionable restoration won Wild Leap an award for Excellence in Building Rehabilitation by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.
Wild Leap offers a pet-friendly outdoor courtyard and a large tasting room with a wide range of card and board games. The artisanal drinks, the environment and the friendly service will make you want to drink!
While in the city center, make a pit stop Southbend Park and catch the constant action. Southbend offers a skate park, playground, dog park, pavilion, open green space and access to Thread, the city’s multi-use trail system connecting neighborhoods, attractions and more of LaGrange. Enjoy the air? Enjoy The Thread for leisurely explore the city’s sights on foot!
2. Italian-inspired monuments to write about at home
Inspired by the Campanile in Saint Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy, Callaway Memorial Tower is a must. Erected in 1929 as a tribute to textile mogul Fuller E. Callaway, the lush green lawn is the perfect escape for an afternoon picnic. When it cools down and the foliage begins to change, the monument is just as striking as it was in the warmer months. Whatever the season, this location is ideal for photographs, family recreation or quiet moments of reflection.
Sneak up to Lover’s Lane at Hills & Dales Estate, Callaway’s historic home and gardens. Completed in 1916, the 13,000 square foot Italian-inspired villa is home to one of the best-preserved 19th-century gardens in the country. The estate is designed to flow effortlessly into the gardens – the terraces bordered by a series of dwarf boxwood beds that have graced the hill for over 175 years. To let you in on a little secret: Other famous families are known to visit and take notes on how to preserve their homes.
3. The world famous bite house
Fancy a bite to eat? A trip to LaGrange wouldn’t be complete without stopping for lunch at that of Charlie Joseph. Home of their world famous hot dog, it’s hard to find a free bar stool in downtown at lunchtime! But do not worry ; there is a second location just a few kilometers away. For over a century, Charlie Joseph’s has served classics like chili dogs, burgers and Brunswick Stew.
The restaurant retains its nostalgic vibe with its extensive collection of Coca-Cola memorabilia. Walking into Charlie Joseph’s is like stepping back in time to the days when a packet of chewing gum cost five cents and Coca-Cola was only delivered in glass bottles. In addition to collectibles, the downtown location also sports a Coca-Cola mural on the exterior wall, providing an Instagram-worthy photo op.
4. Hit miles and miles of water
Surrounded by deep forests along the Chattahoochee River, West Point Lake offers 525 miles of shore for your adventures. Known for trophy bass, rent a kayak or pontoon at Highland Pines Resort and Marina to pick up your catch or enjoy dock fishing at Hardley Creek Park, Rocky Point Park and McGee Bridge Park. The search for a fishing guide? We have them too.
Apart from fishing, you can enjoy a variety of water sports and outdoor activities like paddleboarding, hiking, bird watching, camping (off-road, electric and RV options) and watching the sunset over the water.
5. The sweet sounds of live music
Where tall pines sway to the rhythm of a southerly breeze is found Sweetland Amphitheater-the sweetest scene in the south. Opened in 2016, this 2,500-seat amphitheater quickly became a legendary place for locals. Music icons such as Willie Nelson, Gladys Knight and The Temptations graced the stage for star-studded performances.
Carved into the existing hill just north of Lafayette Square, Sweetland is within walking distance of restaurants and shops and close to local hotels and attractions. In winter, Sweetland Amphitheater turns for the season into Sweetland on Ice, a 5,500 square foot outdoor skating rink. Rental skates and concessions are available including delicious hot chocolates and craft drinks!
If you are looking for a more intimate and discreet place, consult the program on Pure Life Studios. Located in a renovated warehouse in the historic Hillside district of LaGrange, the 130-seat listening room welcomes local, regional and national talent in a warm environment. Just a five-minute drive from downtown, Pure Life Studios sets the stage for a harmonious night’s sleep. Did we mention that it is approved for brown bags? Yes, feel free to BYOB.
Whether you have an entire weekend or just a day to spend at LaGrange, the city is sure to keep you entertained. With a mix of indoor and outdoor activities, legendary food, and award-winning craft drinks, you’ll be wanting more once you tick these places off your list!