EAT, STAY, PLAY: CLEVELAND

Nestled in the Mississippi Delta, Cleveland is a charming community, full of music history and friendly faces. This small farm town is home to Delta State University, the GRAMMY Museum Mississippi, and 18 of Mississippi’s Blues Trail markers, including the home of the “Father of the Delta Blues.” There is much taste, see, and hear, and we invite you to try it all!

Eat

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.

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.

 

Stay

Hampton Inn                                                 

Hwy 61 North/912 Davis Ave.

Cleveland, MS 38732

(662) 846-2915

 

Holiday Inn Express

Hwy 61 North/808 Davis Ave.

Cleveland, MS 38732

(662) 843-9300

 

Play

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.

 

Photo: The Old Dockery Service Station at Dockery Farms in Cleveland by Rory Doyle

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.

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