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.

The farm-to-table dining has taken hold of downtown Cleveland with the opening of the Delta Meat Market. Chef Cole Ellis returned to his hometown of Cleveland after sharpening his culinary skills in restaurants across Charleston, SC, and at the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville, and offers fresh and local menu options that change daily. This lunch spot also hosts a live music happy hour only on Friday nights, featuring signature cocktails and hard-to-find craft beer. 

 

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

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.

Cleveland exists because of the rail, and a visit to the Martin and Sue King Railroad Heritage Museum is a great way to learn about how the blues, agriculture and a town flourished with the line. Located in downtown Cleveland, this complimentary museum boasts the largest O-gauge model train in the south. Both adults and children alike will enjoy the incredible detail, sounds and scale of the impressive “Anytown, USA.” 

 

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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