Escape for an unforgettable girls’ getaway that promises a delightful blend of relaxation and excitement. Immerse yourselves in the rich local culture as you explore historic landmarks, indulge in delicious Southern cuisine, and visit some of our boutique shops. Starkville offers an array of experiences that will create lasting memories for your girls’ retreat.
Get your trip started with some retail therapy in Historic Downtown Starkville. Visit one of the many unique stores and boutiques. Need a new outfit for this girl’s trip weekend? Head to L.A. Green, Occasions, Reed’s, George-Mary’s, and Liza Tye.
Looking for a unique gift to take home? Head to Dunkington Art & Jewelry, The Olive Tree, and Merle Norman & Luna Bella. Check out our other fantastic locally owned shops like Book Mart & Café, Disc and That, Magnolia Soap and Bath Co., and Scooter’s Records.
Grab a Bite
Starkville has lots of choices for lunch, from traditional Southern fare to Thai, Indian, Mediterranean, and so much more.
Enjoy the weather with one of our restaurants that offers outdoor searing. For Starkville classic restaurants which are favorites of the locals, try BIN 612, The Little Dooey, Central Station Grill, or Rosey Baby. For a quick bite, McAlister’s, Newk’s, Slim Chickens, and Sweet Pepper’s Deli offer sandwiches, salads, and more on their patios.
Whatever you decide, you will not leave hungry! Check out all of our locally owned and inspired restaurants.
View the Art
Relax & Unwind
It’s always the perfect time to get a rejuvenating facial or a relaxing mani-pedi! Be sure to make your appointment in advance at one of our many salons or spas including Allure Salon, The Beauty Bar, Tokro’s, or Vitality Skin & Spa.
Starkville offers several fine dining spots perfect for enjoying time chatting with friends. 44 Prime offers pasta dishes, steaks, and cocktails; Harvey’s offers seafood and pasta, steaks, and has a separate bar area. Restaurant Tyler offers fine Southern cuisine from steaks and chops to fried catfish and lamb gnocchi.
Find live music, drinks, and dancing at some of our local clubs and restaurants. Hobie’s on Main is a fun spot for dancing, right on Main Street. Dave’s Dark Horse Tavern often has live music from local bands and is a favorite of the locals. Or try handcrafted cocktails at the local speakeasy, The Guest Room, found in the alley behind Restaurant Tyler. You can dance the night away to live bands at Rick’s Cafe Americain.
Then spend a quiet night at one of Starkville’s local hotels or bed and breakfasts.
Brunch with the Girls
You can grab brunch on the run from one of our local food trucks like Easy Street Brunch Co, or have a sit-down meal downtown. Some brunch spots include The Starkville Cafe, Central Station Grill, and Restaurant Tyler.
If coffee and a pastry, breakfast sandwich, or burrito are more your style, try 929 Coffee on Main Street or The Coffee Depot on South Jackson St. Or get fresh donuts from Dapper Doughnut or Shipley’s. The fresh-made baked goods from Proof Bakery are sure to put a smile on your face.
Start on the Clock
The perfect place to begin your day is the Mississippi State University Welcome Center. Make sure you are on time, because the lobby features a display of more than 400 clocks and watches dating back to the 1700s.
Traipse Through History
Next stop is MSU’s Mitchell Memorial Library where history springs to life through exhibits at three free museums. Begin at the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library which is one of only six Presidential Libraries located on a college campus. Don’t miss the Charles H. Templeton Sr. Music Museum and the John Grisham Room, also located at the Mitchell Memorial Library.
No trip to Starkville would be complete without a stop at the MSU Cheese Store, which is operated by the University and serves as a teaching tool for food science and marketing students. The Edam cheese cannonball is the most popular purchase, but locals know that the Vallagret cheese and muscadine jelly are the best kept secrets – and the most delicious!