Mississippi barbecue isn’t the only thing bringing the heat! Summer is here, and we’ve compiled all the best ways to enjoy longer days surrounded by sweet Southern hospitality. From tasty ice cream and fresh lemonade to exploring downtown Laurel on a golf cart or relaxing at the spa – are you ready to summer love and have a blast in Laurel and Jones County, Mississippi?
Refreshing Sweet Treats:
In our opinion, the best way to beat the heat is by indulging in a delicious sweet treat. If you are in the mood for ice cream – order a scoop (or 3) from Betsy’s on Magnolia or a spectacular banana split made with homemade custard from The Laurel Creamery! Also, check out the newest ice cream shop in Ellisville – Bennie & Mae’s!
Need something more on the refreshing side? Scotsman General Store serves up great snowballs, and right down the road in Ellisville at The Coffeehouse, you can find a special kids’ refresher drink menu, and while you’re there, pick up an iced latte for mom.
Jones County has many ways to fill your pockets full of sunshine during your visit. Spend a day exploring historic downtown Laurel on a Golf Cart from Puttin’ Around Rentals, then stop at Trustmark Art Park and sit under a shaded oak tree for a picnic. If spending your day playing a round of golf is more your style, visit the Dixie Golf Club; you’re guaran-tee-d to have a great time. Are you hungry yet? Stop by 320 Fifth Street, sit on the patio, and listen to live music with a refreshing cocktail and tasty appetizers.
If you want to have fun out of the sun while in Jones County, try Renew Medispa to relax and get pampered or kick off some friendly competition at Adventure Axe Throwing Co.. We even have a place for our art and history buffs, the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, filled with beautiful cultural exhibits and collections. You can also create your own work of art at one of their Summer Watercolor Workshops to bring a piece of Laurel & Jones County back home with you. The Laurel-Jones County Black History Museum & Arts Laurel-Jones County Black History Museum & Arts is a great place to visit to gain insights into the history and contributions of African Americans locally and nationally.
If you want to get crafty, HAND+Made in downtown Laurel will fulfill all your DIY dreams. Last but certainly not least, this is for all of our HGTV Home Town fans – Scotsman General Store & Woodshop. This is where all the magic happens when Ben designs and curates the wood structures shown on the show; you could even run into the star himself.
No matter how you decide to spend your time indoors or out, with a refreshing snack or a sweet treat, you’ll be sure to have a summer sweeter than tea in Jones County.