Sometimes, you just need to get away from the busyness in life, and many times, this seems unattainable, but some much needed relaxation is closer to you (and your student) than you think. Visit your student in Starkville and make a getaway weekend out of it to curb your stress from life and your student’s stress from college life. Here’s a guide to the perfect weekend in Starkville to give you the perfect getaway.
First of all, lodging! It may be tempting to stay with your student in their dorm or apartment, but trust me, your student would love to get away from the space they live in just as much as you would! Treat them to a stay at the Courtyard Marriott. As the only Marriott hotel in Starkville, it offers so many luxury amenities that will leave you feeling rested and still in the comfort of home. High speed WiFi, a clear water pool, and The Bistro downstairs are all huge complements to the gorgeous, spacious rooms that are located in the Courtyard Marriott. This hotel gives you comfort and style and gives a beautiful getaway for every member of your party.
If a B&B style is more for you, check out the Montgomery B&B. With its rich history as an antebellum home, the Montgomery B&B is sure to treat you right. Relax during your stay in Starkville and learn more about the city, community, and your very own getaway space. Be sure to take in the exquisite décor and breathtaking views while you are there.
For a larger group that needs a place to stay, contact The Homestead Education Center in Starkville. This large house can sleep 22 people, and you can host a family reunion, retreat space, or just a fun getaway weekend with lots of friends.
One of the musts for a perfect weekend retreat is food, and Starkville has some of the finest restaurants in the state of Mississippi. Whether you’re in the mood for fine dining, a good burger, or even gourmet popcorn, Starkville has an option of you. Pop on over to The Pop Porium to get your fix of a unique and yummy treat—gourmet popcorn! The popcorn comes in a multitude of flavors and there’s one for every palette. If you’re a chocolate lover, grab a container of chocolate chip popcorn, maybe you’re more of a caramel lover, grab an order of windy city, or try something more exotic like cheeseburger flavored popcorn. Speaking of burgers, head over to Bulldog Burger for a delectable, flavorful burger with a mouthwatering side. Try the Good Mornin’ Burger, topped with a fried egg, bacon, and cheese, to get your fix of breakfast food, The Bryant, with fried onion straws, crispy bacon, and bourbon glaze, or the classic Bulldog Burger branded with the signature bully on top to satisfy your beef cravings. If you’re feeling more formal, try the Veranda for their delicious fine-dining meals. Their hearty surf & turf combines a juicy filet marinated in an herb demi-glaze with bacon wrapped chipotle shrimp, or their Crispy Duck topped with a hoover sauce on a bed of parmesan risotto. If you are in a rush or need a quick bite to eat, Slim Chickens is a great choice to eat with an amazing atmosphere. Try their chicken and waffles or one of their amazing dessert jars to feed your taste buds. Did you come to Starkville for Southern BBQ? Well, lucky for you, Moe’s Original BBQ is located on Main Street with a plethora of options to choose from. Be sure to try their redneck nachos that are loaded with BBQ pulled pork, cheese, jalapenos, tomatoes, onions, and more. If you want more of a homecooked meal during your stay, but don’t want to cook yourself or clean up the mess, head over to What’s For Dinner? where you can get a homemade casserole or dish to bake in the oven and have a delicious meal for your entire party. Call them ahead of time, and they can even bake it for you! These aren’t the only delicious food options in Starkville, but they’re a good start. You can find food for any mood in Starkville, so give us a try!
Now, what is there to do in Starkville? EVERYTHING! We have arts, entertainment, culture, sports, nature, history, and festivals. So the question should be, what do you WANT to do in Starkville? Check out one of the gorgeous art exhibits on Mississippi State University’s campus including the Giles Hall Art Gallery or the Colvard Student Union Gallery to view art crafted by students, professors, and other nationally recognized artists. Visit the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge to get away from it all with a day of hiking or bird watching. Take a walk through downtown and view some of the history of Starkville by visiting the historic churches, the Hotel Chester, and the Cotton District. While you’re at it, you may see some of the beautiful public art murals placed around the city. Visit some of the various fun shops around the city and pick up some awesome items for you and your student, and you can always enjoy a beautiful afternoon with some Mississippi State athletics.
Starkville is a small town with big flavor, and it is the perfect destination for a getaway for you and your student. Going on a relaxing trip doesn’t have to blow your budget, and Starkville gives you a great weekend without breaking the bank.