Thursday, October 27, 2011
Recognition abounds in Holly Springs
The last five years have flown by for me considerably. New to the area, and state, I had a lot to learn but fell in love with Holly Springs as many others have over the years. In reflecting, I realized just how many people see our bright future and help us in celebrating our uniqueness.
We have received praise and recognition from organizations and publications such as Mississippi Magazine, which has spotlighted us many times in articles as well as named us “Best Off-Beat Destination” for Graceland Too both in 2007 and 2009.
Mississippi Magazine has also recently recognized Court Square Inn as one of the “Best Bed & Breakfasts” in the state and the entire town as one of Mississippi’s “Best Day Trip” in 2010 and 2011!
Even Garden & Gun Magazine fell in love with us this year and named us one of the “South’s Most Creative Small Towns” for our unique blend of Hill Country Blues, among other things.
Lots of organizations have also noticed us such as the Mississippi Tourism Association, which named us “Best Small Tourism Bureau of the Year” in 2008 and 2011. The Southeast Tourism Society has named the Hummingbird Migration Celebration and the Christmas Home Tour in their “Top 20 Events in the Southeast,” which appeared in countless publications including Better Homes and Gardens!
In 2009 we were recognized by Governor Haley Barbour as the “Cultural Corner” of the Hills region. Also we were named “Customer Service of the Year” by the Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce in 2010, and last year we received the “Promotion of the Arts Award” by the Holly Springs Main Street Association.
Our most recent accolades came from the American Bus Association which named the Spring Pilgrimage of Homes as one of the “Top 100 Events in the U.S.”
Here at the tourism bureau we have also worked on very exciting projects.
Just recently we completed an audio tour that has opened a host of new avenues for us to promote Holly Springs.
The tour can be downloaded directly through our website, www.visithollysprings.com, or visitors can pick up a CD at the tourism office.
Soon it will be able to be downloaded directly to your smart phone through our mobile site. As the digital world explodes, we hope to offer additional tours in the future on various topics such as Civil Rights, Hill Country Blues and the Civil War.
It has been an exciting five years and I can’t wait to see what the next five hold.
For more information on things to do in Holly Springs, go to www.visithollysprings.com, call 888-687-4765, or stop in to see us at 148 E. College Avenue.
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