EAT, STAY, PLAY: GREENVILLE

On the banks of the Mississippi River is Greenville, a wellspring of music, literature, adventure, imagination, history and plain old fun. Greenville has inspired greatness from Native Americans to cotton barons, Pulitzer Prize winners, Civil Rights leaders, Bluesmen, poets and inventors. Discover for yourself that there’s more than meets the eye in this land of rich customs and folklore, creativity and physical beauty that make up one of America’s most unique destinations.

EAT:

For a dinner out on the town, try Doe’s Eat Place or Sherman’s, both known for their quality steaks and family atmosphere.

Stop for a quick bit at Hot Tamale Heaven, a no-frills joint serving up the Delta classic. There’s even a drive-thru for those in a hurry.

STAY:

Hampton Inn Greenville
1155 V F W Rd
Greenville, MS 38701

Holiday Inn Express Greenville
3090 US-82
Greenville, MS 38702

PLAY:

The Highway 61 Blues Museum is a must-see, detailing the rich blues history of the area through events and musicians from within a 100 miles of tiny Leland. That might seem like a small radius, but nearly 150 nationally and internationally known blues artists have come from the area—see memorabilia from Little Milton, B.B. King, Charley Patton, Willie Foster, James “Son” Thomas, Eddie Cusic, Boogaloo Ames and more.


You’ll find four Mississippi Blues Trail markers in Leland:

James “Son” Thomas, famous blues musician and sculptor
Highway 10 & 61, a significant intersection and railroad stop for blues performers working for tips
Johnny Winter, guitar icon
Ruby’s Nite Spot, one of the most prominent blues clubs in the 1950s and ’60s

Greenville is home to the Birthplace of Kermit the Frog Museum, where you’ll find memorabilia and fun photo opportunities in Jim Henson’s hometown.

 

Photo: Doe’s Eat Place in Greenville.

This post was written by the staff of Visit Mississippi and highlights some of our favorite destinations. To learn about other top Greenville visitor attractions and to plan your trip, see visitgreenville.org.

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