LAGRANGE, GEORGIA- 2018–Annually millions, of people travel Georgia’s Interstate-85, crossing the Georgia/Alabama line with no idea they are minutes from LaGrange’s vibrant downtown, which puts the spotlight on mouthwatering food, energetic entertainment and opportunities for memory-making.
Music to the ears
Live music can be found every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night at a number of pubs or venues around town, including Wild Leap Brew Co. (308 Main Street), Brickhouse Grille (141 Main Street), Mighty Joe’s Pizza (101 LaFayette Parkway) and Pure Life Studios (206 Clark Street). Sweetland Amphitheatre at Boyd Park (110 Smith Street) offers a well-rounded calendar of concerts, movie nights, special events and more. Performing and visual arts expand options for entertainment and include the LaGrange Society of Performing Arts (210 Bull Street), LaGrange Symphony Orchestra, LaGrange College’s Price Theatre, LaGrange Art Museum (112 LaFayette Parkway) and the Legacy Museum on Main (136 Main Street).
Antiquing is a sport in and of itself and LaGrange has multiple places to get lost in as you hunt to find those one-of-a-kind items you can’t wait to get home. We call the perfect find the perfect souvenir! In downtown, shoppers can hunt for treasure at Marketplace at LaFayette Square (100 Bull Street), Ye Olde Red Door Antiques (6 E. LaFayette Square) and Bradley’s Antiques (127 Main Street).
Tempt the taste buds
Taste of Lemon (204 Morgan Street) is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This local treasure served as a church in past years and has since saved many guests who were hungry from their travels, satisfying with delicious meat and vegetable options. (Hint: Be sure to ask for the Sherried Chicken.)
Venucci (129 Main Street), a restaurant led by Chef Tulla White, is located just off the square and features traditional Italian food and a fabulous ambiance. The eatery is open from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and Saturday from 5-9:30 p.m.
Don’t miss Charlie Joseph’s (128 Bull Street), a LaGrange tradition featuring its famous hot dogs, burgers and treats since 1920. Grab a bite from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday.
For a fancier affair, C’Sons (120 Main Street) sets the scene with its upscale, airy atmosphere featuring a New American eclectic menu, and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 5:30-10 p.m.
Satisfy a carb craving at Mare Sol’s (124 Main Street) where the Mediterranean menu boasts its handmade pastas. The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5-10 p.m., as well as Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Raise a glass
Wild Leap Brew Co. (308 Main Street) is open seven days a week (check for hours) and is an exciting addition for travelers and locals, alike. Though just opened in 2017, it has already become a hot spot offering a unique setting, craft beers and special events. Even the building, with its beautiful curved glass from its 1940 days as a car dealership, is a site to enjoy.
Your proverbial dance card can fill up quickly with so much to do while exploring LaGrange.
Treat yourself to frozen, yet fresh, deliciousness by heading to Frios (120 Bull Street) for a gourmet ice pop made with locally sourced ingredients.
Stretch out the fun with a stay at the brand-new Marriott Courtyard (25 W. LaFayette Square), now occupying one-fourth of the Square, in the heart of LaGrange–an ideal location for walking short distances to many area attractions. The hotel’s special features include a modified Starbucks, fireplace and putting green. Guests staying on the fourth floor have an incredible aerial view overlooking LaFayette Square.
Don’t miss a single attraction. Download the app for the “Downtown Walking Tour,” or pick up the map by the same name at the LaGrange Troup County Chamber of Commerce (111 Bull Street). To learn more about visiting LaGrange-Troup County area, visit www.LaGrangeChamber.com.
Side Bar: Fun Fascinating Facts and Finds
The song “You are My Sunshine” (you remember it!) was first written in LaGrange by Oliver Hood in 1933. It was later recorded by several artists and is the state song of Louisiana. Check out the lyrics. While commonly thought to be upbeat, they are about a gentleman being left by his girl.
The Thread is a brand new projected 29-mile trail system that provides a healthy opportunity for walking and biking in and around Downtown LaGrange.
Plan to visit LaGrange during the LaGrange International Friendship Exchange Festival, an opportunity to enjoy international friendship exchanges through art, education and commerce. This free event features food, music and fellowship.
Plan ahead to the third Saturday of the month and participate in the LaGrange Art Museum’s (112 LaFayette Parkway) Super Saturday–a free art activity for all ages, 1-4 p.m.
About LaGrange-Troup County, Georgia
Ideally-located less than an hour from both Atlanta and Columbus and sharing a 35-mile border with Alabama, LaGrange-Troup County–named for the estate of French and American hero General Marquis de LaFayette and Governor Troup–is home to 69,000 residents and plays host to popular annuals events like March’s Azalea Storytelling Festival, September’s LaGrange International Friendship Exchange Festival and October’s Hummingbird Festival. The town’s 80 benches make strolling this charming town an easy decision with plenty of places to stop and soak in the atmosphere. Home to Great Wolf Lodge’s newest property, this indoor water park resort is expected to draw more than 500,000 guests per year. The sophisticated Southern city features two four-year liberal arts and sciences colleges, LaGrange College and Point University, and West Georgia Technical College. A cultural hub, LaGrange offers a gallery, two art museums, a history museum, the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra, four performing arts theatres, more than 80 mouth-watering restaurants, as well as three new craft breweries. Recreationally, LaGrange is proud to offer outdoor offerings including the 26,000-acre recreational wonder known as West Point Lake, the new projected 29-mile walking and biking trail called The Thread, and the 2,500-seat outdoor Sweetland Amphitheatre at Boyd Park featuring concerts and special events. For more information, visit www.LaGrangeChamber.com.
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