Laurel is the perfect destination for a girls getaway! Especially if you’re a fan of Ben and Erin Napier’s home renovations on HGTV’s Home Town. Gather up your girlfriends because there’s plenty to see and do – both what you’ve seen featured on the small screen and beyond!
Road Trip-Worthy City
When you and your girlfriends are ready for a weekend-long, quiet getaway, Laurel and Jones County offer the perfect respite from crowded city scenes and beach towns. With plenty of cozy B&Bs, name brand hotels, and Airbnbs to rest your head, Jones County is an ideal girlfriend getaway destination. While you’re here you and your girls can shop, explore history, discover the beauty of Southern architecture, and eat to your heart’s (and tummy’s) content!
Speaking of finding a spot to eat…
Our coffee shops make more than just a good cup of joe, offering quick grab and go or sit and stay breakfasts. For lunch, soups, sandwiches, BBQ, burgers, and International cuisine are on the menus of local restaurants. Grab some good, Southern cuisine at Pearl’s Diner or R&A’s French Quarter Café, or after a long day of exploring, quench your thirst with a glass of wine and delicious cuisine at Café La Fleur, Blue Crab Grill, Mimmo’s, or The Loft. For a full list of restaurants and places to eat, head here.
If you take a girls trip and don’t Instagram it, did it even really happen? The murals throughout Jones County are definitely Insta-worthy photo spots. Also on the photo-op list: Jones County Blues Marker #127 (a stop of the Mississippi Blues Trail), in front of historic buildings such as the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art or iconic landmarks of Jones County like the Laurel Little Theatre. Be sure to share your photos with us using #VisitLaurelandJonesCounty!
For a Quick Stop
Beach-loving pals find Jones County to be the perfect stop en route to the shores of the Gulf Coast! If you’re only joining us for a quick stop, be sure to check out our Guide for a Day Trip to Laurel, MS. Fans of HGTV’s Home Town will want to be sure to add a stop at Laurel Mercantile Co. and Scotsman General Store for souvenirs, plus grab a quick bite at one of our local eateries, and perhaps dessert for the road from Something Sweet Bakery, Sweet Magnolia’s Bakery, Shug’s Cookie Dough & Candy Bar, Hill Street Bakery, or even a few LoblolliPops which can be found at various locations throughout Jones County.
Shop your Heart Out
Shopping is plentiful here! From Historic Downtown Ellisville and Historic Downtown Laurel to more shopping on 16th Avenue and at Sawmill Mall, you’re sure to find unique home décor, trendy boutique clothing and accessories, eclectic collectibles, vintage and antique finds, and so much more!
Looking for a souvenir to bring back to the little ones or the guys you left at home? Try grabbing something Distinctly Masculine at Guild and Gentry on Magnolia Street in Laurel for your significant other, and be sure to swing by Bella Bella and The Cotton Boll for toys, clothes, and other items that are guaranteed to put a smile on your kids’ faces!
Go On, Play a Little
If you and the girls have Lady Luck on your side, a stop at Bok Homa Casino is a definite must! Located in Sandersville, this casino features nearly 800 themed slots, plus classics such as blackjack, poker, craps, and roulette. Get ready to place your bets! Find out more at BokHomaCasino.com.
Laurel Historic District
There’s never really a bad time to visit Jones County. The mild winters of Mississippi mean wandering the great outdoors and through historic downtowns is an option year-round. If outdoor recreation is on your girls getaway agenda, then be sure to explore our top ways to enjoy the great outdoors in Jones County. But if taking a stroll through Laurel’s history sounds more your outdoor speed, then there’s no escaping the draw of the picturesque, Southern scene of Laurel’s Historic District. Known for its HGTV fame, this area is also the largest in-tact contiguous collection of turn-of-the-century craftsman & bungalow style housing. Go ahead and do as the locals do: mosey, wander, and stroll through this beautiful area, but be sure to be golden during your visit! Get information on a self-guided walking tour at The Laurel Welcome Center or the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art.
For more ideas on what to do during your girls-only getaway to Laurel and Jones County, MS, be sure to visit VisitJones.com/blog.