Visit Laurel: Under the Lights

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Much has been said about the renaissance of our Hometown, but you have not experienced the City Beautiful fully until you stroll under the lights at night. The energy they emit is symbolic of the efforts over the past decade to restore downtown Laurel, and their precise placement is indicative of the hours poured in by local, young entrepreneurs to reignite all corners of these downtown streets. Begin your evening with exceptional offerings at The Loft or Mimmo’s, and you are on the right track to encounter the unmatched spirit of Laurel at night. If you passed on dessert, Shug’s Cookie Dough & Candy Bar keeps evening hours to satisfy your sweet tooth. Stop in Lee’s Coffee & Tea during rotating theme nights or stroll down to Slowboat Brewery for live music; allowing the glow from above to take you to a bygone time. You may have started your day exploring our historic sites, local attractions and renowned shops across Jones County, but your evening in Laurel under the lights will leave you relaxed and ready to plan your next visit to our Hometown. Visitjones.com

Wisteria Bed and Breakfast is located on tree canopied 706 North Fifth Avenue in the heart of the historic district in Laurel, Mississippi. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the only bed and breakfast in Laurel. It was built in 1901 for timber baron, Silas Wright Gardiner and his wife Louisa. Silas was one of the founders of Laurel and one of the owners of Eastman, Gardiner Lumber Company. Wisteria is located one block from downtown and is near restaurants, shopping, parks, churches and on the opposite corner from the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art. Wisteria offers three suites with king beds, private baths, cable TV, high speed Wi-Fi, ceiling fans, central air and heat. A complimentary southern gourmet hot breakfast is prepared and served each morning. A veranda and courtyard are also available to guest. The history of Laurel Brick and Wisteria’s brick courtyard were featured on the pilot of HGTV’s Home Town. Traveling for business or pleasure, enjoy Laurels finest! You can contact them at 601-426-3805, http://www.wisteriabedandbreakfast.com, or for reservations, email wist706@comcast.net.

Celebrating its 95th anniversary this year, the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art is the cultural heart of Laurel and Jones County. The museum’s reputation extends far beyond its immediate area, however, as LRMA attracts visitors from across the nation and world. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums since 1972, LRMA plays a major role as an education resource, field trip destination, and tourism attraction. Opened in 1923 as a memorial to a young man who died of complications of appendicitis, the museum features original oak panels, cork floors, and ironwork and anchors Laurel’s impressive Historic District. The museum’s outstanding permanent collections include American and European paintings, Native American baskets, Japanese woodblock prints and Georgian silver. A vibrant schedule of temporary and traveling exhibitions features a variety of media and artists. The museum’s quest for excellence is reflected in it’s innovative education outreach program that takes the museum into schools, housing projects, retirement homes, and mental health facilities, giving thousands of children and adults access to art activities. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, and admission is free.

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