National website highlights tourism in LaGrange

Published 6:19 pm Tuesday, June 4, 2019

A national website has featured LaGrange as a budget-friendly location for a summer vacation.

In April, featured a story from, a website that says its focus is to find customers the best deals, on budget-friendly summer vacations in all 50 states.

LaGrange was picked from Georgia, with the website highlighting the Biblical History Center, nearby West Point Lake and Hills and Dales Estate.

“We made a great list,” said LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce president Page Estes.

“There are so many different options for those traveling on any budget level. That is the great thing about traveling to Troup County. We have museums to theatres to art museums to shops and restaurants that can fit any travelers budget.”

In the 2017 fiscal year, tourists spent $167.37 million in Troup County that supported 1,214 jobs and provided $4.68 million in local tax revenue, according to Estes.

With the addition of three new hotels, Estes expects that number to be on the rise when the full data for the 2018 fiscal year comes out.

“We have these great and growing industries and because of more places that have come, we expect that number to be much higher,” Estes said.

Local breweries, the music scene and wineries have started to attract younger crowds that want different experiences.

“That is what is so special about this community,” Estes said. “We can tailor a visit to any person and even convince them to try something different that they didn’t know anything about. We used to attract 45 to 65 year-old-couples, but with Great Wolf Lodge and several things happening on the music scene, and even the craft beer places, we are now attracting millennials.

LaGrange and Troup County offer a multitude of attractions to locals and tourist, but the area also sees an increase in sports tourism during the months of March through October.

“Over 2,500 athletes, fans, coaches will come into town because of competitive sports,” Estes said. “You’ll see all the youth in their uniforms out at restaurants and stores. Tourism is not always just leisure but sports, too.”