Girls just wanna have fun. But also relax a bit. Splurge on yummy eats and a few drinks. And discover cute boutiques along the way. LaGrange has all of these ingredients and more for a great girls’ weekend.
With beautiful historic buildings and a charming, walkable downtown, it’s the perfect destination for you and your besties. Whether you want to extend your playtime after a concert at Sweetland Amphitheatre or an event at Wild Leap Brew Co., or just ready to get out of town – downtown LaGrange is calling. Here are some ideas to help you plan.
Let the newly built Courtyard by Marriott be the upscale basecamp to start your fun weekend. The convenient, central location puts you within a five-minute walk of art museums and countless shops and restaurants. After you check in, unwind with a nightcap in the lounge. Then snuggle into your spotlessly clean and comfy room that features a mini-fridge and even Netflix. In the morning, they made it super easy to grab a cup of coffee downstairs as you put the finishing touches on your day’s itinerary. Since you’re right on the square, just leave your car here in the free, covered parking garage and see the sights on foot.
If antiques are your thing, LaGrange sports a vast selection. Marketplace at LaFayette Square is a two-story dream featuring everything from dining room tables and French sideboards to fine china. Make sure to make your way downstairs and flip through the stacks of vintage rugs in all shapes and sizes. Afterwards, head over to Main Street and explore Ye Olde Red Door and Bradley’s Antiques as well. On your way out of town, don’t miss B.A. Evans Home House. It’s 10,000 square feet of architectural antiques, old columns, mantles and more great finds.
Some call it a splurge. Or you can choose to call it a souvenir you can wear. Of course, a girls’ trip is not complete without a little personal shopping spree! Let Stephens Exclusives on Main Street tempt you with a beautiful collection of women’s apparel and accessories from names like Pandora Jewelry, Spartina449, Free People, and Chocolate Blu. They also have an extensive baby registry and fun baby gifts.
Just a short walk down Broad Street, Splash Kitchens & Baths features not only a gallery of swoon-worthy kitchen and bath designs but also a selection of unique gifts and home décor, including fine drinkware, handpainted tea towels, candles and more. So stop for some design ideas and grab a hostess gift too. Gift wrapping is complimentary.
Make sure you set aside time to get out and really see the sights, because there are some can’t miss treats in town. For architecture, gardening and history buffs, a tour of Hills & Dales Estate is a triple threat. Leisurely stroll the paths of the luscious gardens that surround this 1916 estate and immerse yourself in the enticing story of the generations that called this beautiful place home.
For those more interested in fitness, The Thread is the perfect path to stretch your legs while winding through LaGrange. Enjoy an early morning walk to catch the sunrise before your day, or go for a run past the beautiful LaGrange College campus and past historic downtown homes. The 12-foot wide sidewalk provides ample space to walk with girlfriends in a group.
For a casual brunch to get your day started right, try Beacon Brewing Co. In addition to craft beer, it’s got a killer menu. Enjoy a mimosa or two and nosh on eggs benedict (topped with pork belly for a twist!). Located in the historic Hillside neighborhood, the industrial building pays homage to the textile mills that once thrived here. P.S. Raise a pint to the fabulous female brewer and chem grad who brews all of the beers, Liv Lawnick.
All that shopping downtown is sure to work up an appetite. Good thing it’s only a short walk over to Mare Sol for a fresh, local lunch. The Mediterranean-American menu offers an array of tasty fare to please everyone, from the Southern fave, shrimp and grits, to healthy grilled salmon. Or order a selection of small plate tapas to share with the table before moving on to their fresh pastas, salads and flatbreads.
After a full day, treat yourself to an elegant dinner at Venucci. Traditional Italian food and a great atmosphere are the perfect combination for a memorable meal – and catching up on girl talk. (The good wine may just sway you to start planning a return trip to LaGrange soon.) Oh, and make sure to save room for dessert; the cheesecake is divine.