Small Town, Safe Travel

Locals to Laurel and Jones County, Mississippi take cleanliness – and charm – seriously!

 

From the long list of things to do to the delicious dining options and the fabulous shopping, we love our hometown for so many reasons! We’re pretty convinced it’s the best small town in America, and our local response to Covid-19 is just one more reason to add to the list of reasons to love Jones County, Mississippi. We’re keeping safety a top priority, and when you’re ready to travel, we’re ready to welcome you!

 

Fewer Crowds than Cities

Travel safely in Downtown LaurelResidents and visitors are encouraged to follow both the Center for Disease Control and Mississippi Department of Health’s guidelines, which includes practicing social distancing.

Restaurants are operating at 75% capacity, and al fresco dining is an option at spots like The Loft, PDI / Phillip’s Drive In, and more. Of course, with such beautiful weather here in Mississippi (hello, mild winters!), ordering to-go and spreading out in picnic fashion at some of our parks is always an option!

Shopping, dining, and attending fabulous events are absolute must-dos when you’re visiting Laurel and Jones County, MS, but don’t underestimate the availability of outdoor activities while you’re here! Check out our favorite ways to enjoy the Great Outdoors during your visit!When it comes to shopping, our boutiques, shops, and stores are taking precautions to ensure your safety during your visit! Retail businesses are also asked to keep capacity to 75%, and individual merchants may require additional safeguards to be taken. Plus, small-town shopping means smaller crowds!

 

Our Accommodations are Ready

Our local accommodations are ready to welcome travelers safely by redefining cleaning and safety standards. Guests’ standards have undoubtedly changed, and although our accommodation providers have rigorous cleaning methods already in place, the commitment to safety provides even more confidence for travelers.

Travel safely in Laurel | Grandiflora Bed and BreakfastLocal spots such as are open to travelers, and are committed to providing a safe environment. For example, the Grandiflora Bed and Breakfast is not only disinfecting the whole house on a regular basis, but the large rooms are separated far apart, and guests have no problem distancing from other guests. They also offer physically distanced breakfast settings.

Our name-brand hotels also have increased their cleaning standards. Hampton Inn & Suites in Laurel utilizes Hilton’s CleanStay program, which gives its guests the comfort of knowing industry-leading hygiene practices are providing the cleanest – and safest experience possible.

Each of our lodging providers has its own set of cleaning standards and safety protocols, so if you’re curious about specific steps being taken, we recommend you reach out to your potential hotel, bed and breakfast, AirBnB, or rental home.

For a full list of places to lay your head while you’re in Jones County, be sure to check out our guide. Camping and RV lodging are also options when you’re in Jones County, MS!

 

We will do our part to ensure all visitors can experience the joy of traveling to Mississippi. We hope you will help too when you #VisitMSResponsibly! Be sure to visit our FAQ page for the most current community and safety information.

 

Erin and Ben Napier Hometown HGTV

Erin and Ben Napier Hometown HGTV Show

Ben and Erin Napier

Ben and Erin Napier have revealed that Home Town, the show based in Laurel, MS, has been approved for season one.

The show centers on Ben and Erin helping home buyers choose and renovate a home in Laurel, located in southern Mississippi.  Local professionals weigh in heavily on the design and implementation of the renovations.

Erin and Ben announced that the show was approved at the 5th Annual Magnolia State Bank Chili Cook Off in downtown Laurel, MS.  Ben and Erin are very excited to showcase Laurel to the world and working to make it thrive as it did early in the 20th century.

For more information on Erin and Ben Napier, and the love they have for their home town, check out their website at erinandben.co or on the official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HometownonHGTV.

For more information on Laurel, MS, and Jones County, visit thenewstateofjones.com.

Welcome to The New State of Jones

The New State of Jones rests upon the notion that there exists an “old” State of Jones. However, you do not have to lose one to embrace the other. A restless, some may say rebellious, spirit stirs from the first generations who settled in Jones County near Ellisville and seceded from the Confederacy to create the Free State of Jones.

As the turn-of-the-century brought the next generation of restless, progressive entrepreneurs leaving their homes in the Midwest to carve out a new home, the population centered on Laurel where the sawmills saw all races working side-by-side, a growing middle class of merchants arise, Mississippi’s first museum built and the first public school for African-American children established.

Today, this subtle, rebellious spirit of her residents still lies under the surface as young families forsake the ubiquitous surroundings of large, suburban cities for a slower pace of life.  Never has it been more evident with the majority of growth realized by self-made, multi-generational companies and world-class corporations who call Jones County home.

Learn more about the history of The New State of Jones, or select something from the menu above to see what The New State of Jones has to offer for you.