EAT, STAY, PLAY: WEST POINT
West Point resides on the fertile northeast "black prairie" region of the state and had its early beginnings as an agricultural and railroad town. West Point is also located at the apex of the "Golden Triangle" which is comprised of the cities of West Point, Columbus, and Starkville. Two major universities, a community college, an extensive industrial base, an excellent regional airport, international port access via the Tenn-Tom waterway, and the rich farm land, have made the Golden Triangle one of the state's fastest growing areas.
Grab breakfast at Tin Lizzie, a family-style café serving traditional Southern fare.
The Twisted Burger Co. or CJ’s Pizza offer casual atmosphere for lunch time.
Anthony’s Good Food Market, located on historic Murff Row in downtown West Point, offers made-from-scratch Southern dishes and more than 80 varieties of bottled beer. Customers can bring their own wine and spirits, too.
Shadowlawn Bed and Breakfast was built in the mid-1800s, and the historic mansion has been home to more than ten families. Some of its original architectural highlights have been preserved, but the home has been modernized and refurbished to give guests a more comfortable and relaxing stay. A full gourmet breakfast with menu options is offered to guests.
Backstrom’s Country Bed and Breakfast is a unique brick and wood home located in a quiet setting only minutes from town. The home is constructed of lumber from a century-old Tennessee country store owned by Mrs. Backstrom's family. The balcony in the vaulted great room is a gallery of original art and sculpture. Offered are three large upstairs bedrooms. A country breakfast is included.
Old Waverly Golf Club boasts an 18-hole course with an antebellum-style clubhouse. Home to the 1999 U.S. Women’s Open, the 7,088 yards are a test to golfers of all levels.
Waverly Mansion was built by Colonel George Hampton Young of Georgia in 1852, and is a striking example of antebellum elegance. The house is among the sites on the Mississippi portion of the Civil War Discovery Trail. Its connection to General Forrest is one of the primary reasons, as was the use of the cupola as a lookout post.
The Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway is a 234-mile-long Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway includes 44,000 acres of lakes and 13,000 acres of land designated as recreational areas; an additional 88,000 acres are part of an expansion plan for wildlife refuges and hunting areas. Kennedy Lake, located on a hilltop overlooking the waterway, is encircled by a hiking path with a series of wooden footbridges. There are scenic biking trails and multi-use play courts for basketball, volleyball, and badminton.
Photo: Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point.
This post was written by the staff of Visit Mississippi and highlights some of our favorite destinations. To learn about other top West Point visitor attractions and to plan your trip, see www.wpnet.org.