Hills and Dales Estate in LaGrange, Georgia

Hills and Dales Estate in LaGrange, Georgia

Guide to LaGrange

Home to Great Wolf Lodge and the historic Callaway estate, LaGrange has plenty of things to do, places to stay and great restaurants to suit every taste.

Named for the General Marquis de Lafayette, who visited the region, LaGrange was founded in 1828. The area's economy was then based on cotton plantations. After the Civil War, it shifted into textiles, bringing the rise of wealthy families like the Callaways, who made their fortune in textile, agriculture, and five and dime stores. Home to one of the state's largest lakes, modern LaGrange has a thriving arts scene, with music, arts and a popular downtown.

Things to Do

There's plenty to keep travelers busy in LaGrange.

Great Wolf Lodge in LaGrange, Georgia
Great Wolf Lodge in LaGrange, Georgia

Great Wolf Lodge

Great Wolf Lodge attracts families for its indoor water park, onsite accommodations, character encounters, kids activities and multiple dining options. Made up of more than 93,000 square feet, it's the perfect year-round destination for your little travelers.

Wild Leap Brewing Co.

LaGrange's own Wild Leap Brewing Co. has quickly become one of the best in the state for its juicy IPAs and tasting room, set in the former Westbrook Service & Tire Company building. Open for tours and tastings, they also have an outdoor patio that overlooks downtown LaGrange.

Hills and Dales Estate in LaGrange, Georgia
Hills and Dales Estate in LaGrange, Georgia

Hills and Dales Estate

The historic estate known as Hills and Dales Estate was once the home of textile magnate Fuller E. Callaway Sr. The original gardens were created in 1841, making it one of the best preserved in the country. Visitors can tour the Italian villa-style home and see the museum exhibits at the visitors center.

LaGrange Art Museum

Admire works from around the region at the LaGrange Art Museum, which boasts an impressive collection of art by outsider and folk artists like Howard Finster and St. EOM. Housed in an 1892 jail, it also features traveling exhibitions.

Biblical History Center in LaGrange, Georgia
Biblical History Center in LaGrange, Georgia

Biblical History Center

Step back in time at the Biblical History Center, an archaeological museum that explores daily life in ancient times. It features artifacts from the Holy Land and interactive experiences showcasing Biblical meal presentations and the experience of nomadic shepherds.

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Places to Stay

Rest your head at one of LaGrange’s accommodations, including the aforementioned Great Wolf Lodge.

A room at the Wingate by Wyndham in LaGrange, Georgia
Wingate by Wyndham in LaGrange, Georgia

Wingate by Wyndham

The Wingate by Wyndham is well located near the highway and offers free WiFi, free breakfast, a business center, outdoor pool and a 24-hour fitness center.

Hampton Inn

The Hampton Inn is the perfect base for visiting downtown LaGrange and nearby Callaway Gardens, featuring comfy beds, free WiFi, free daily breakfast, free tea and coffee, a pool, fitness center, business center and meeting space.

Highland Marina Resort

Set on West Point Lake, Highland Marina Resort is perfect for a weekend getaway, offering cottages and cabins, chalets and RV campsites. Boaters can park at the marina's boat slips, and guests have access to high-speed Internet, full kitchens and televisions.

Courtyard by Marriott in LaGrange, Georgia
Courtyard by Marriott in LaGrange, Georgia

Courtyard by Marriott

Guests of the Courtyard by Marriott have access to the in-house restaurant, The Bistro, as well as free WiFi, a fitness center and meeting space.

Home2 Suites by Hilton LaGrange

Similarly, the pet-friendly Home2 Suites by Hilton has spacious suites with kitchens, free breakfast, a business center, outdoor pool, fitness center, laundry facilities and free WiFi.

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Places to Eat

Dine at some of LaGrange’s beloved local restaurants.

Drunken Fried Chicken Sandwich at the Brickhouse Grille in LaGrange, Georgia
Drunken Fried Chicken Sandwich at the Brickhouse Grille in LaGrange, Georgia

Brickhouse Grille

Enjoy American classics at Brickhouse Grille, which has burgers, beer and one of the best happy hours in town. “The Southerner” is a popular choice, topped with pimento cheese and a fried green tomato. The Drunken Fried Chicken Sandwich was voted one of Explore Georgia's 100 Plates Locals Love.

C'sons Restaurant

C'sons Restaurant offers seasonal New American dishes with top-notch service. Stop by for drinks, dinner or late-night desserts, like their white asparagus risotto, smoked duck breast and prime steaks.

Charlie Joseph's

Established in the 1920s, Charlie Joseph's is a LaGrange icon, serving hot dogs in a downtown space filled with vintage memorabilia. Sip on old-fashioned drinks like the lemon sour.

Taste of Lemon Restaurant in LaGrange, Georgia
Taste of Lemon Restaurant in LaGrange, Georgia

Taste of Lemon Restaurant

Taste of Lemon Restaurant is a favorite for the lunch crowd, serving chicken and dumplings, hamburger steak, and “meat and three” options. Its vegetable plate was named one of Explore Georgia's 100 Plates Locals Love.

Mare Sol

Spend the night dining out at Mare Sol, which specializes in tapas, flatbreads, pizzas and pastas. Favorites include the shrimp and grits, house-made ravioli and crispy Georgia quail.

Cart Barn Grille

Set near a driving range, the appropriately named Cart Barn Grille is a no-frills eatery serving seafood plates, steaks and burgers.

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Published: November 2018