EAT, STAY, PLAY: INDIANOLA

When most people stroll into Indianola, they’ve got two things on their mind- Mississippi Blues and B.B. King. As the place where Riley B. King grew up and later claimed as home on stages around the world under his new name “Beale Street Blues Boy” – B.B. King, and stocked with blues joint after blues joint, Indianola draws blues enthusiasts who travel the globe to experience the history of blues music in this small Mississippi Delta town.

EAT

For Mississippi food products, art, and antiques, a stop at The Crown Restaurant is a must.  Their Catfish Paté has been named Outstanding Hors d’oeuvres at the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade’s Fancy Food Show.  A Delta tradition since 1976, the Crown has been featured on Food Network, Travel Channel’s Taste of AmericaSouthern LivingUSA Today, Bon Appetit, and The Washington Post.

Located across the street from the B.B. King Museum, The Blue Biscuit is a cool old storefront with a relaxing atmosphere. The Blue Biscuit offers elegant, serious gourmet fare, authentic Southern soul food, award winning BBQ and even a “Redneck Fish Fry,” but they can work with you to execute any menu you desire – uptown or down home.

 

STAY

The Blue Biscuit Bungalows have been described as, “literally and figuratively between the Alluvian and the Shack Up Inn.” They are within easy walking distance of all area clubs, downtown businesses, shops and restaurants and are literally a few steps from the BB King Blues Museum. They have all the comforts of home plus vintage furnishings and a touch of whimsy and fun.

 

PLAY

The life of B.B. King provides the backdrop for the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center to share the rich cultural heritage of the Mississippi Delta. Through an authentic presentation of music, art, artifacts and video, along with our educational programming, the Museum honors its namesake as an internationally renowned and influential musician, celebrates Delta blues music heritage and the local culture, encourages and inspires young artists and musicians, and enriches the lives of Delta youth and all who visit the museum campus.

Club Ebony, one of the South’s most important African American nightclubs, was built just after the end of World War II by Indianola entrepreneur Johnny Jones. Under Jones and successive owners, the club showcased Ray Charles, Count Basie, B. B. King, Bobby Bland, Little Milton, Albert King, Willie Clayton, and many other legendary acts. Club Ebony is one of the last remaining juke joints in Mississippi and is owned and operated by the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center.

 

Photo: B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola

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

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