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Ole Miss Tailgating Featured in the NY Times
In a piece called, "Tailgating Goes Above and Beyond at the University of Mississippi," The New ...
In a piece called, "Tailgating Goes Above and Beyond at the University of Mississippi," The New York Times highlighted the elevated experience of many fans on Game Day.
In many tents, food is served on silver trays, drinks splash through fountains and chandeliers hang from the metal supports. Fur coats abound. Jackets, ties and cowboy boots are common.
Prominent chefs are hired to cater meals, and chicken is a favored entree. “You don’t want to be a chicken in northern Mississippi on game day,” said Tim Walsh, the executive director of alumni affairs.
The tents themselves can be fashion statements. Some fans hire interior decorators. One tent on the Walk of Champions (the Grove’s Main Street) is painted with zebra stripes. One of its owners is Jane Foster, a converted Mississippi State fan. She brings in a rock band once a year.
GameDay in Starkville: Weekend Events
There’s no Gameday like Our Gameday! Mississippi’s College Town is excited to welcome ...
There’s no Gameday like Our Gameday! Mississippi’s College Town is excited to welcome ESPN’s College Gameday to Starkville for what promises to be another historic weekend of Bulldog gridiron action. We look forward to extending our own brand of Mississippi hospitality to thousands of SEC fans visiting as the #3 Mississippi State Bulldogs take on the #2 Auburn Tigers. Championship football is the main event, but with everything from pumpkins and barbecue to cowbells and hoops, there is plenty for fans, young and old, to enjoy! In addition to a great schedule of events, we hope visitors will browse Starkville’s many wonderfullyunique shops and delicious restaurants. While you’re here, please load up our Google Map of Downtown shopping and dining for a virtual walking tour of great style for all ages and the eclectic tastes of the New South throughout the weekend.
Pumpkinpalooza, Starkville’s annual harvest fest, kicks off a great weekend of fun with a spooky flair on Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. This year’s event featuresMaroon Madness with the MSU men’s and women’s basketball teams. Former MSU basketball great, Darryl Wilson, will tip off the official MSU vs Auburn Pep Rally at 6:30 p.m., along with Bully and the MSU Cheer Squads. The Pep Rally will be followed by Maroon Madness at 7:00 p.m. at the half court set up on Main Street. Coaches Rick Ray and Vic Schaefer will address the crowd, and both teams will hold shoot-arounds, dunk contests, and other interactive events. Players will also be available to sign autographs with the kids.
Mississippi Welcomes College GameDay & SEC Nation
The state of Mississippi is thrilled to welcome visitors on Saturday, October 4, as four of the ...
The state of Mississippi is thrilled to welcome visitors on Saturday, October 4, as four of the nation's top 12 teams face off in SEC college football. For the first time, both Mississippi teams boast a 4-0 record in the same season.
Here's what you need to know about Saturday’s games, and what not to miss during your visit to Starkville or Oxford.
SEC Nation in Starkville
Mississippi State (#12) will play Texas A&M (#6) at 11 am, with coverage beginning at 9 am Central. While you’re at Mississippi State, pay a visit to the John Grisham Room – which houses memorabilia from the writings and achievements of the bestselling author – and the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library, one of only thirteen presidential libraries nationwide and five on university campuses.
On Friday, take in a night of live music at the Bulldog Bash, a free concert that takes place in the historic Cotton District and typically draws 35,000 fans. This year’s lineup includes Justin Moore and The Dirty Guv’nahs.
On Sunday, enjoy special shopping and dining hours with Bulldog Brunch and Browse. Participating shops and restaurants downtown & around town are open from 11:00am – 3pm.
ESPN's College GameDay in Oxford
Ole Miss (No. 11) faces Alabama (No. 3) at 2:30 pm Central, and College GameDay will begin broadcasting from The Grove at 8 am.
Because of the many artists, musicians, writers, and chefs who have found inspiration here, Oxford is known as the “Cultural Mecca of the South.” During your stay, don’t miss Rowan Oak, the home of William Faulkner. Stop by the Ole Miss Library, which houses the personal blues album collection of B.B. King and a Mississippi collection of works by William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, and John Grisham. Walk around Oxford's historic square, browsing the shops and exploring the storied culinary scene.
This Friday (and all Fridays before Ole Miss home games), take a historic double-decker bus tour through the Ole Miss campus, the town square, and other points of interest in Oxford. The hour-long tours cost $5 and leave at 2 pm from the Oxford Visitors Center, 415 South Lamar Blvd.
Many restaurants are open for Shop and Dine Sundays. Discover why Oxford is renowned for its food and drink!
We hope that you enjoy your stay with us!
Greetings from the Governor
Welcome to the great state of Mississippi! Every region offers one-of-a-kind experiences that you ...
Welcome to the great state of Mississippi! Every region offers one-of-a-kind experiences that you can’t get anywhere else. We relish life in Mississippi and want to share our passion with you through song, literature, food and art.
As you scroll and click your way through our online resources, we think you’ll feel our enthusiasm, too. We invite you to explore our official tourism website and to start planning your journey through the Magnolia State today.
On behalf of the people of Mississippi, we look forward to having you as our guest. We hope that you’ll return again and again for the real, down-home experiences that you can only get right here.
Governor Phil Bryant
Top 5 Ways to Use the New VisitMississippi.org
Welcome to the new visitmississippi.org! We’ve designed our new site to make it easy and fun ...
Welcome to the new visitmississippi.org! We’ve designed our new site to make it easy and fun to plan your trip to Mississippi. As you move through it, you’ll be able to filter attractions by your interests, and by the area of the state that you’ll be visiting. You can save them to a custom trip itinerary, then email, print, or share it on social media. Read on for the top 5 things that you can do on our new site.
1. Discover what you can see and do in Mississippi.
If you’re new to Mississippi and want to know what you might do here during your trip, start with the Regions page. You’ll learn what each of the five regions of our state has to offer visitors. If you know which region(s) you’d like to visit, click into its page from the top navigation to see only the attractions in that region.
Click on “See & Do” to see all events and points of interest throughout the state, then filter them by region and topic. Hover over “See & Do” to view pages about focus areas, such as Music & Arts and Golf & Sports. Looking for something specific? Use the search bar at the top of the site. You can also translate the site into several different languages.
Interested in visiting places that have been covered by the media? Refer to the “As Seen In” section of the home page to see a few highlights, and find more Media Coverage in the Press Room.
2. Find out about upcoming events.
Did you know that Governor Phil Bryant has declared 2014 the Year of the Creative Economy? That’s why we launched Mississippi Homecoming, a statewide celebration of the arts, culture, music, and food that make our state like no other place on earth. Learn more and find a Homecoming event for you, or see all events listed on our site.
3. Stay current on what’s happening around the state.
At the bottom of the home page, you’ll see a news feed (What’s Happening) with stories related to tourism around the state. On the blog we feature upcoming events, points of interest, and culture, and we can bet that you’ll discover something new. In the footer of our site, you can find us on social media, where you can see up-to-the-minute updates and participate in giveaway contests. Check out the Press Room for our press releases, and media coverage of Mississippi tourist destinations.
In the footer, you can get to know our Tourism Partners, the convention & visitors bureaus and associations around the state. Visit their websites for events and attractions local to each area.
4. Order a free tour guide.
The 2014 official Mississippi tour guide features Clarksdale resident and Ground Zero Blues Club owner Morgan Freeman in its cover story. In the guide, you’ll find feature articles on some of our state’s most fascinating attractions, including tours of working farms and movie locations, Civil War sites, and outdoor adventures. The best part of the tour guide? It’s free to download or receive by mail.
You can also request a variety of other free materials by mail: a golf guide, a Civil War Historical Sites Map, a Blues Trail map, and a blues festival calendar.
Now it’s time to start planning your trip! The Trip Planner tool is designed to help you build a custom itinerary quickly and smoothly. When you click on a bookmark, you’ll be prompted to enter your email so we can save your itinerary and send it to you. Our “smart site” will also keep track of your interests so it can suggest things to do that are most relevant to you.
We invite you to stop in at one of our 13 Welcome Centers, located on the perimeter of the state as you enter Mississippi. Have a cup of hot coffee on us and let our friendly staff know what you’re looking to experience while you’re here.
Thank you for stopping by the new visitmississippi.org! Feel free to Contact Us with feedback on the site, or for anything else that you need.
Camping Road Trip along the Natchez Trace Parkway
CampingRoadTrip.comFor the nature and outdoors enthusiast, there’s no place like the Natchez ...
For the nature and outdoors enthusiast, there’s no place like the Natchez Trace Parkway. It crisscrosses three states for 444 miles, 300 of which are in Mississippi. Along the way, you can enjoy a number of activities, from cycling to fishing, and see a wealth of natural and cultural landmarks. This five-day itinerary highlights the must-sees on your trip.
“A road trip down the Natchez Trace Parkway can be an awe-inspiring experience. It may not hit you at first, but when you drive along the Parkway, you'd be traveling down the approximation of a 10,000-year-old pathway so steeped in history that, if it could, it would tell you tales of wonder you'd never read in any book.”
Weekends Away: Ocean Springs
Country Roads Magazine White sand beaches, local art galleries, and fresh-from-the-Gulf ...
Country Roads Magazine
White sand beaches, local art galleries, and fresh-from-the-Gulf seafood…Ocean Springs has them all. Travel writer Tracey Minkin shares why these charms, as well as the “offbeat and resolute spirit” of this seaside town, made her want to move there.
“I may have discovered the best and most beautiful small town in America. And quite by accident. Like an explorer who went looking for a trade route and stumbled onto a civilization, I went looking for a beach getaway along the gentle arc of Mississippi’s Gulf Coast and stumbled onto Ocean Springs.”
City Guide: Jackson, MS
Design Sponge Jacksonian and designer Shana Bearden’s city guide highlights what makes the ...
Jacksonian and designer Shana Bearden’s city guide highlights what makes the capital city so unique: its strong arts community, cultural heritage, and plenty of outstanding food and drink. The guide includes several timeless attractions, as well as a few new arrivals.
“Mississippi is like a good cocktail. You have to drink it slowly, and savor its layers and simplicity. There is a great appreciation of traditions and history here. So many places will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time, and so many creatives use this atmosphere as a foundation for new endeavors. We mix the best of the old and the new for something truly special. You are sure to experience these charms for yourself when you visit Jackson, Mississippi.”
5 Must-Eats in Mississippi
It’s not only Delta blues music that draws visitors to Mississippi: It’s the food. ...
It’s not only Delta blues music that draws visitors to Mississippi: It’s the food. Authentic Southern fare abounds in the Hospitality State. You’ll find homegrown specialties like spicy, creamy comeback sauce (The Mayflower, in Jackson), fried dill pickles (The Hollywood Cafe in Robinsonville) and for the adventurous eater, pig ear sandwiches (Big Apple Inn in Jackson). Read on for five classic foods that you simply can’t miss when you visit Mississippi.
Taylor Grocery in Taylor started as a dry goods store in 1889, and it reopened as a restaurant in the 70s. This place radiates an authentic Mississippi vibe, with its wooden interior, friendly faces, and great music. It’s a must-stop for any traveler around the Oxford area (just 15 minutes south, down Old Taylor Road). Eat the fresh catfish blackened, grilled, or fried. And don’t forget to write your name on the wall when you’re there!
Jerry’s Catfish House in Florence is not what you’d expect from a country restaurant, at least not from the outside. Housed in a giant white igloo, Jerry’s is like no other place you’ve eaten. Its catfish is so good that you’ll put the “all you can eat” offer to good use, with sides of slaw and hush puppies.
The Crown in Town in Indianola offers “New Southern” cuisine and boasts the motto“Eat Like A King”. Since opening in 1976, The Crown has perfected its offerings, particularly the Catfish Allison. A fancy flair on a southern staple, the Catfish Allison is a fillet gratineed with a sauce of parmesan cheese, butter, and green onion. Who said a catfish plate can’t be fine dining?
You may be surprised that tamales are a traditional part of Mississippi fare. According to the Southern Foodways Alliance, tamales likely became part of Delta cuisine in the early 20th century, when Mexican migrant workers came to harvest cotton. Today, you can travel Mississippi’s Hot Tamale Trail, stopping to try tamales at restaurants throughout the state, or indulge at October’s Delta Hot Tamale Festival in Greenville, the Hot Tamale Capital of the World.
In the Mississippi Delta, Doe’s Eat Place in Greenville has been serving up the same all-beef tamale recipe since 1941, and the restaurant still has an old-time charm. Doe Signa, Jr., grew up working in the restaurant that his father founded, and he has since taken over for him. Try the tamales topped with homemade chili for a meal to write home about.
Tony’s Tamales in Jackson serves three kinds of tamales, ground beef, turkey, or black bean (vegetarian). The handmade tamales are always fresh and well-seasoned. If you’re hungry, order the Chili Tamale Dinner with six tamales covered in chili, cheese, and onions.
At Fat Mama’s Tamales in Natchez, you can accompany your tamales with a famous “Knock-You-Naked Margarita.” You can eat the handmade tamales by themselves, or in a Gringo Casserole covered with chili and cheese. And once you’re back home, you can order vacuum-sealed tamales by the dozen.
3. Fried Chicken
Two Sisters Kitchen in Jackson made Food & Wine’s list for “Best Fried Chicken in the U.S,” and its signature dish does not disappoint. Find it at the all-you-can-eat soul food buffet, surrounded by fluffy biscuits, grits, and Southern vegetables like collard greens. Two Sisters is housed in a two-story Victorian home, so after you climb the stairs to find a table and enjoy your lunch, you can relax afterward in a rocking chair on the front porch.
Visitors drive for hours to eat the fried chicken at Peggy’s Restaurant in Philadelphia. Renowned chef Robert St. John has called Peggy’s “one of Mississippi’s greatest treasures”. Fill your plate at the buffet with comfort food — try the creamed corn and butter beans — and leave your money in the basket by the door when you’re done.
The Shed in Ocean Springs was literally started in a shed built by the Orison family on the Gulf Coast. It has grown into a landmark that has been featured on national television, including a reality show on The Food Network. Visitors from around the world travel to The Shed to eat the BBQ ribs and meet the colorful Orison family. Check out the “Junk-Free” marinades and rubs in the Shed Store, which contain only ingredients that you’d find in your kitchen.
Ubon’s BBQ of Yazoo is a family-run restaurant that has received national recognition. Owner Leslie Roark Scott is a BBQ competition pitmaster known as “The Barbeque Princess.” Ubon’s award-winning BBQ sauce recipe dates back at least five generations. Find it for sale in the Ubon’s store.
Leatha’s Bar-B-Que Inn of Hattiesburg is a quaint, rustic place that all the locals, including Brett Favre, know and love. The BBQ is some of the best in the state, complete with classic Southern sides.
The Little Dooey in Starkville began in 1985 when Barry and Margaret Ann Wood started selling their homemade BBQ at a local service station. They opened the location in Starkville soon after, where you can order their distinctive pulled pork sandwich with baked beans and potato salad, as well as their signature sauces and rubs.
5. Gulf Coast Seafood
The famous Mary Mahoney’s Old French House has been family owned for more than 50 years. It operates out of what is believed to be the oldest home in Biloxi, built in 1737. Try the house specialties: the flounder imperial, a whole flounder stuffed with lump crabmeat, and the St. Patrick, a baked shrimp dish with garlic and butter, topped with lump crabmeat.
Shaggy’s has two locations on the Mississippi Gulf Coast: Pass Christian and Biloxi. Its baskets are full of hand-breaded Gulf specialties, such as shrimp, oysters, and catfish, and served with jalapeno hush puppies.
Every dish at the Blow Fly Inn is topped with a quirky signature garnish: a small, plastic fly. The Blow Fly has been featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives for its bayou fare, including smoked sausage and gumbo. Lunch specials include jumbo lump crab cakes and Gulf Coast shrimp & catfish.
Other eats not to miss are the charbroiled oysters at The Half Shell in Biloxi and Gulfport, and the fresh po-boy sandwiches with hand-battered shrimp at B.B.’s Po-Boys and Seafood in Ocean Springs.