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Eat, Stay, Play: Tupelo
Tupelo is known by music fans the world over for its most famous native son: Elvis Presley. With ...
Tupelo is known by music fans the world over for its most famous native son: Elvis Presley. With fresh, local food and a tradition of live music, Tupelo has plenty to offer its visitors. The city recently committed $11.5 million to build a bike- and pedestrian-friendly trail connecting the downtown area to the Birthplace and East Tupelo. Southern Living Magazine named Tupelo to its list of “50 Best Places in the South Now.”
The Neon Pig Cafe won Thrillist’s “Best Burger in the U.S,” by international reader vote. Thrillist’s description of the Famous Smash will make your mouth water: “The aged filet, ribeye, strip steak, sirloin, and Benton’s bacon blend gets a dose of savory hoisin and tangy Mississippi comeback sauce, plus melted cheddar, pickled onions, pickles, and more of that smoky bacon. It all goes on a hefty ciabatta bun that’s built to soak up all those delicious juices.” The Neon Pig has a butcher shop and small market onsite.
Kermit’s Outlaw Kitchen on Main Street is the sister restaurant to The Neon Pig. Its menus change weekly based on the current harvest from local farms. They include items like Coriander Braised Brisket and Fresh Parm Fries.
Located conveniently next to the Hilton Garden Inn (see below), the Fairpark Grill serves lunch, dinner, and Saturday and Sunday brunch. A warm atmosphere and friendly staff will make you feel at home as you enjoy menu items like local craft beer, Baja fish tacos, and homemade Snickers bar pie.
Hilton Garden Inn, 363 E. Main Street
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 1612 McClure Drive
The Elvis Birthplace draws fans from around the world to visit the humble, two-room shotgun house where Elvis was born in 1935. On the beautiful grounds are a state-of-the-art museum with exhibits focusing on Elvis’ early years, a Mississippi Blues Trail marker, and a memorial chapel. Elvis’ childhood church, where he first encountered Southern gospel music, was moved to the grounds; a well-produced multimedia presentation lets visitors experience the Assembly of God Pentecostal services of the 1940s.
At the Blue Canoe, order from the extensive craft beer list and the gourmet bar menu, which includes fare such as Caribbean edamame tossed in Jamaican jerk seasoning, and fried chicken sliders with buffalo sauce and whipped bleu cheese. Enjoy live music by talented performers most nights of the week.
Tupelo Hardware is a local, family-owned business in downtown Tupelo where Gladys Presley bought her son, Elvis, his first guitar in 1945, as a birthday present. The boy strummed the new guitar for a while, before his mother paid $7.75 and a 2% sales tax. The rest is history!
This post was written by the staff of Visit Mississippi and highlights some of our favorite destinations. To learn about other top Tupelo visitor attractions and to plan your trip, see http://tupelo.net. For more Tupelo itineraries, see the Americana Music Triangle driving trail from Tupelo to New Orleans.
EAT, STAY, PLAY: MERIDIAN
Situated at the crossroads of the I-20/I-59 corridor, the city of Meridian was established as a ...
Situated at the crossroads of the I-20/I-59 corridor, the city of Meridian was established as a railway town in the 1860s and has grown into a vibrant community full of history, culture, and natural beauty. Home to the Father of Country music and the world's only two-row stationary Dentzel Menagerie Carousel, you’ll love the sights and sounds that Meridian has to offer!
As the oldest restaurant in Mississippi, Weidmann's Restaurant features tried and true recipes, serving in high quality comfort food. Since the 1940s, each table is set with a handmade peanut butter crock; however, no experience is complete without a piece of black bottom pie. Weidmann's is also known for its upstairs lounge, which has a balcony that looks onto the rest of beautiful, historic downtown Meridian. This is a great spot for dining in or just to stop for cocktails.
A relaxed, casual restaurant with an inventive menu, Harvest Grill’s “Cross-Country Cuisine” prominently features fresh, seasonal produce from right here in Mississippi. Whether you’re enjoying the main dining room, bar, covered outdoor patio, you’ll feel comfortable in jeans. Of course, they’re worth dressing up for too, if that fits your mood.
Featuring more than 60 varieties of beers and homemade pub favorites, Brickhaus Bar & Grill offers something to please most any palate. Their laid back atmosphere is the perfect venue for watching live music any day of the week. When the weather is nice, their outdoor patio is a great place to relax and enjoy food and friends.
Located in the heart of downtown Meridian, Century House Bed and Breakfast is a grand, imposing home overlooking the city. The home features porches with classical columns, 12-foot ceilings, huge pocket doors, and antique furniture adding to the house's grandeur.
Meridian is a hotbed of country music history. It’s why the very first Mississippi Country Music Trail marker was unveiled there! Find the Jimmie Rodgers, Elsie McWilliams, Moe Bandy and Country Music Comes of Age markers and learn about Country Music’s influences, as well as, the place that cradled its creation.
Tour the Peavey Visitors Center to learn about the contributions of Peavey Electronics, founded in 1965 by Meridian native Hartley Peavey, to the changing sounds of blues, rock and country. As Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars has said, “Peavey is the sound of the Mississippi juke joint. That's our sound and we take it around the world.”
Located in historic downtown Meridian, The Riley Center occupies the town’s original 1899 Grand Opera House, now a beautifully and carefully restored entertainment venue featuring national acts. Whether you love legendary music, contemporary sounds, or drama, or you want to bring the whole family to a light-hearted show, the theatre always features entertainment that’s sure to please.
This post was written by the staff of Visit Mississippi and highlights some of our favorite destinations. To learn about other top Jackson visitor attractions and to plan your trip, see www.visitmeridian.com.
EAT, STAY, PLAY: COLUMBUS
Founded in 1821 on the banks of the Tombigbee River, Columbus is the perfect destination for anyone ...
Founded in 1821 on the banks of the Tombigbee River, Columbus is the perfect destination for anyone who appreciates classic architecture, literature, good food, and a friendly atmosphere. The city’s roots date back nearly 200 years and now thrives on its rich heritage and Southern charm. We invite you plan a stay and explore Columbus’ exciting sites!
Harvey’s is is an upscale, casual restaurant with an inviting, contemporary atmosphere accentuated by exposed brick, decorative woodwork, and great music. The menu includes everything from specialty salads and sandwiches to Harvey’s signature ribeye and prime rib. This is a the perfect place to meet for a good conversion and a glass of wine.
Old Hickory Steakhouse, open for almost 50 years, is a no-frills, family-owned restaurant is the place to go for a traditional steak and potatoes dinner cooked to perfection. While Old Hickory has a simple menu it makes up for in flavor since all of the steaks are cooked over a real charcoal grill.
Broussard’s, a New Orleans style restaurant serves well-prepared dishes from “scratch” with fresh locally-sourced ingredients. The menu features a wide selection of options from chicken and andouille gumbo and pecan pane catfish to bread pudding beignets, all of which have been perfected to the last bite.
Built in the mid-1800s, some of Shadowlawn Bed & Breakfast’s original architectural highlights remain, but the home has been modernized and refurbished to give guests a more comfortable and relaxing stay. Along with a gourmet breakfast menu, the elegant rooms are spacious and historically furnished.
Restored in 1890s decor, the Painted Lady of Columbus Bed & Breakfast is a beautiful example of Queen Anne architecture and resplendent in authentic antiques of the period. Each morning, a full gourmet breakfast is served on French antique china by candlelight each morning. See for yourself why visitors have called the hospitality they experienced during their stay the “true spirit of Mississippi.”
The Elbow Room was made famous by John McClanahan and Buckshot, the bartending dog, in the ‘80s. However, the historic lounge has even deeper roots in Blues Music lore and continues to support local artists. Stop by for a craft beer, a sandwich, and game of darts or pool while enjoying the new Mississippi sounds played there today.
The Tennessee Williams Home & Welcome Center is the first home of Pulitzer Prize-winning Tennessee Williams, one of the most important playwrights in American history. The author made history with well-known plays such as A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and The Glass Menagerie.
Built in 1843, Whitehall was originally designed as a two-story Greek Revival townhouse. Inside, heart pine floors and handsome woodwork provide the background for the collection of 18th and 19th century antiques. Tours are available year round and is featured during Columbus’ annual Spring Pilgrimage each year, along with many other historic homes.
This post was written by the staff of Visit Mississippi and highlights some of our favorite destinations. To learn about other top Columbus visitor attractions and to plan your trip, see www.visitcolumbusms.org.
EAT, STAY, PLAY: CLEVELAND
Nestled in the Mississippi Delta, Cleveland is an unassuming community, full of music history and ...
Nestled in the Mississippi Delta, Cleveland is an unassuming community, full of music history and friendly faces. This small farm town is home to Delta State University, the GRAMMY Museum Mississippi, and 12 of Mississippi’s Blues Trail markers, including the home of the “Father of Country Music”. There is much taste, see, and hear, and we invite you to try it all!
Built in 1901, The Warehouse has carefully been restored to its original state with a rustic wood interior decorated with architectural salvage old doors, vintage signs, and movie posters. Its Southern fusion menu incorporates local flavors into classic dishes in flavorful and creative ways.
Hey Joe’s is a hip, all-American restaurant with a lot of Delta style. Doubling as a record store, this recent addition to Downtown Cleveland is decorated in pop culture collages, beer bottle chandeliers, and Christmas lights. Enjoy an order of BBQ Pork Nachos or an “Average Joe” hamburger with a frozen beverage from the bar.
Once an actual grocery store, Airport Grocery is filled with nostalgic, antiques and collectables – many items are even for sale. Although known for their tamales, Airport Grocery has a full menu of entree choices like pasta, kabobs, steak and seafood. Their hamburgers have long been a popular menu item, but they serve many other kinds of sandwiches and salads.
Hwy 61 North/912 Davis Ave.
Cleveland, MS 38732
Hwy 61 North/808 Davis Ave.
Cleveland, MS 38732
Set to open on March 5th, The GRAMMY Museum Mississippi is dedicated to exploring the past, present and future of music, while casting a spotlight on the deep musical roots of Mississippi. Cutting edge exhibits, interactive experiences and films provide a one-of-a-kind visitor experience — engaging, educating and inspiring the next generation of artists.
Stop by McCartys Pottery in nearby Merigold to find some of the Delta’s signature Mississippi Mud Pottery. Each unique piece of pottery is made with local clay and trademarked by a wavy line, intended to represent the Mississippi River, just a few miles to the west. Onsite you can also grab a slice of sweet cornbread and iced tea at The Gallery Restaurant for an afternoon pick-me-up!
Located on Highway 8, Dockery Farms was intermittently the home of Charley Patton, the “Father of Delta Blues”, for nearly three decades. B. B. King once said that if you had to name one site where the blues took root, it would be at Dockery. Most of the farm’s notable spaces are can be viewed by taking a walk across the property; however, tours can be arranged, here.
While many juke joints once dotted the cotton fields of the Delta countryside, Po’ Monkeys is one of the last authentic blues experiences you can find in the country. Open every Thursday night at 8:30 p.m., this one-room venue sways with blues and soul rhythms until the early morning.
This post was written by the staff of Visit Mississippi and highlights some of our favorite destinations. To learn about other top Cleveland visitor attractions and to plan your trip, see www.visitclevelandms.com.
EAT, STAY, PLAY: JACKSON
In Jackson, “The City with Soul,” you can trace Mississippi’s evolution from the ...
In Jackson, “The City with Soul,” you can trace Mississippi’s evolution from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement, to the hub of music and culture it is today. The capital city offers world-class arts and entertainment at Thalia Mara Hall and the Mississippi Museum of Art, as well as a large variety of dining options ranging from down-home to upscale. Jackson also has a growing craft beer and spirits scene fueled by Lucky Town Brewery and Cathead Distillery.
For more than 30 years, Hal & Mal’s has been a downtown institution for authentic Southern cooking and live music. Grab a drink at the bar, admire the eclectic music memorabilia lining the walls, and catch a performance in the restaurant while you eat. Make sure to try the gumbo!
Located on historic Farish Street, Johnny T’s Bistro & Blues has a laid-back lounge atmosphere. The live music space upstairs is the former Crystal Palace Ballroom, which hosted the likes of Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington in the 1930s and 1940s. Have a cocktail on the patio and enjoy house specialties like shrimp toast and Cajun chicken pasta.
The Iron Horse Grill, a landmark Jackson restaurant, has a storied history. In 1999, two mysterious fires left the building in shambles, but in 2013 it was beautifully renovated and reopened. The 12,000 square foot space is full of reclaimed wood and exposed brick, a welcoming space for live music. Seasoned housemade tortilla chips, served with fresh salsa, are famous around town. Go upstairs to the Mississippi Music Experience, whose exhibits and life-sized wax statues illustrate the state’s many contributions to America’s music.
The King Edward Hotel in downtown Jackson was a prominent center for political and society events before it closed in 1967 and sat vacant for more than 40 years. After a $90 million renovation, it reopened as a Hilton Garden Inn.
Jackson’s only designer boutique hotel, the Old Capitol Inn, offers rooms with garden patio and city views. Relax on the rooftop bar, which features live music and light menu options several afternoons a week.
Treat yourself to a stay at the historic Fairview Inn, Jackson’s only AAA four-diamond small luxury hotel. In the Library Lounge, order drinks named for Mississippi’s literary greats, and enjoy a seasonal menu at 1908 Provisions restaurant.
Music lovers will enjoy visiting the Jackson markers on the Mississippi Blues Trail, with markers dedicated to locally based artists like Bobby Rush and Dorothy Moore, along with the sites of the notable Ace Records and Malaco Records. See the complete list of Mississippi Blues Trail markers.
Take in some authentic Mississippi blues at F. Jones Corner on Farish Street, every Thursday through Saturday night until 4 a.m. Jesse Robinson, as well as Sherman Lee Dillon and the Mississippi Sound, are regulars.
Visit the Eudora Welty House, a literary museum located in the historic Belhaven neighborhood and former home of Eudora Welty. The house is where the Pulitzer Prize winning author created her novels and short stories of international acclaim. The home, where Welty lived until her death in 2001, still contains her stacks of books, which cover almost every surface. The garden at the house is beautifully reconstructed to the 1925-1945 period.
This post was written by the staff of Visit Mississippi and highlights some of our favorite destinations. To learn about other top Jackson visitor attractions and to plan your trip, see www.visitjackson.com.
EAT, STAY, PLAY: WEST POINT
West Point resides on the fertile northeast "black prairie" region of the state and had its early ...
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.
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.
EAT, STAY, PLAY: VICKSBURG
Vicksburg is a place bursting at the seams with local culture, character, art, entertainment and ...
Vicksburg is a place bursting at the seams with local culture, character, art, entertainment and outdoor adventure. With sweeping views of the Mississippi River, Vicksburg blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern-day attractions. From four world-class casinos and upscale shopping, dining and spas to some of the most fascinating historic sites, architecture and antebellum mansions in the nation, Vicksburg offers an authentic Southern experience you don’t want to miss.
Walnut Hills Restaurant offers family-style, round-table dining and classic, Southern favorites. Live blues every Friday and Saturday nights.
10 South Rooftop Bar & Grill focuses on offering fresh spins on Southern cooking, in a casual environment with the best view in the city.
The Tomato Place is known for its funky atmosphere and casual eats. This old-timey fruit stand offers home cooked food and baked goods.
LD’s Kitchen is soul-food restaurant by day, blues bar by night. The Central Mississippi Blues Society provides a veteran-heavy house band featuring King Edward, Pat Brown and Abdul Rasheed every second and fourth Tuesday.
Anchuca Historic Mansion & Inn is one of Vicksburg’s oldest homes, furnished with fine antiques and art representing the late 1700s to the mid-1800s yet tailored to provide all the modern day luxuries. The inn boasts a library, café/restaurant, courtyards and a pool
Ahern’s Belle of the Bends is a circa-1876, postbellum mansion, named for the famous paddlewheel steamship that brought Teddy Roosevelt to Vicksburg in 1908. The home is embellished with unique crown mouldings of Bavarian plaster and Gold Leafe and is home to exquisite antiques, many original to the bed and breakfast.
One of the four casino hotels located along the Mississippi River, offering an up-close look at the gaming action, buffets and amenities.
Vicksburg National Military Park commemorates the campaign, siege, and defense of Vicksburg in 1863 and includes over 1,340 monuments, markers and plaques, a 16-mile tour road, a restored Union gunboat, and a national cemetery.
Dockside casinos offer games, food and entertainment 24-hours a day, year round.
Step back in time at the Old Courthouse Museum and discover thousands of artifacts that reflect the heritage of Vicksburg from the area’s Natchez Indian tribes to the first French settlers to Civil War relics.
Stroll and shop through historic downtown Vicksburg.
This post was written by the staff of Visit Mississippi and highlights some of our favorite destinations. To learn about other top Vicksburg visitor attractions and to plan your trip, see www.vicksburg.org.
EAT, STAY, PLAY: OXFORD
Touted as the “Cultural Mecca of the South”, creativity abounds in Oxford as musicians, ...
Touted as the “Cultural Mecca of the South”, creativity abounds in Oxford as musicians, artists and writers alike find inspiration in Oxford’s rich history, small town charm and creative community. Over the years Oxford has also been known for offering exceptional culinary experiences and as the home of the University of Mississippi and the Ole Miss Rebels, there is always something here to immerse yourself in.
Start off at Big Bad Breakfast, voted by Travel and Leisure Magazine’s Best Breakfasts Around the World. The menu boasts items such as house-cured Tabasco and brown sugar bacon, grits and steel-cut oats.
Ajax Diner offers uniquely southern entrée’s, daily lunch specials and fresh veggies, located on the historic downtown square.
City Grocery, James Beard Award winning chef John Currence’s flagship restaurant, has become an Oxford staple. This fine dining restaurant and bar has it all.
For more options, check out the full dining guide to Oxford, MS.
The Z Bed and Breakfast, charming B&B close to the historic downtown square offering complimentary breakfast
The Graduate, part of a small chain, is a boutique-style hotel blending school-themed décor into its college-town-only locations.
Review the full lodging guide for Oxford, MS.
Tour Rowan Oak, home of Noble Prize-winning author William Faulkner. While residing there with his family, he wrote such masterpieces as As I Lay Dying, Absalom, Absalom!, Light in August, and A Fable. Rowan Oak remained home to Faulkner until his death in 1962. The house is now owned by the University and maintained for memorial and educational purposes.
Tour The Blues Archives on the university campus, where blues-related materials in a variety of formats for scholars of the blues, African American studies, and southern culture have been preserved.
Shopping and exploring on the historic Oxford Square, where you’ll find boutiques, bookstores, art galleries and restaurants.
Take a look at the Nightlife Guide for Oxford, and enjoy after dinner drinks on any of the balcony bars or live music in one of the music establishments around the Oxford Square.
This post was written by the staff of Visit Mississippi and highlights some of our favorite destinations. To learn about other top Oxford visitor attractions and to plan your trip, see visitoxfordms.com.
EAT, STAY, PLAY: OCEAN SPRINGS
With more than 200 independent shops, galleries, restaurants and nightlife, the Ocean Springs ...
With more than 200 independent shops, galleries, restaurants and nightlife, the Ocean Springs community captures the small town charm with its walkability, white sand beaches, and year round activity.
Start your day with brunch at Bayview Gourmet, located near the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau.
Try a local brew on a Crooked Letter Brewing Company tour.
Nestle into a cottage of your own at Front Beach Cottages, located a quick walk from the beach in Downtown Ocean Springs.
Immerse in history at The Eaves Bed & Breakfast, a remodeled 1930s bungalow.
Visit Walter Anderson Museum of Art, dedicated to celebrating the works of Walter Inglis Anderson (1903-1965), American master.
Take a SUP Yoga or PaddleFit course offered by Paddles Up.
Shop around Downtown Ocean Springs for local artisan work and unique keepsakes
Visit Fort Maurepas Park and Splash Pad, located on Ocean Springs Front Beach.
This post was written by the staff of Visit Mississippi and highlights some of our favorite destinations. To learn about other top Ocean Springs visitor attractions and to plan your trip, see www.oceanspringschamber.com.