If you love folksy digs that capture life in the Mississippi of yesteryear, check out the authentic sharecropper shacks at Tallahatchie Flats in Greenwood or the Shack Up Inn in Clarksdale. You can rent ’em by the day, week or month. Not quite ready for the shacks? Lofts in downtown Clarksdale offer a taste of urban living while you’re in the Delta, such as Five & Dime and Delta Digs. The Riverside Hotel was once the African American hospital where the great Bessie Smith died and which housed the likes of Ike Turner, John Lee Hooker and Robert Nighthawk in their day. And the Delta Cotton Company Apartments are housed right upstairs from Ground Zero Blues Club.
If you’re looking for luxury, book a room at The Alluvian in Greenwood, a boutique hotel with a spa and fine dining at the adjacent Giardina’s, one of the city’s most historic restaurants. It’s also located across the street from the Viking Cooking School, where you can register for a cooking class or stock up on must-have cooking tools.
A visit to Mississippi wouldn’t be complete without a stay at one of the state’s historic bed and breakfast inns. From the hills to the Gulf Coast, beautiful antebellum and Victorian homes offer all the amenities of other lodging options plus a full Southern breakfast, personalized service and whimsical backstories that bring any city’s history to life. Overnight where the King and Queen of Spain stayed at the Fairview Inn in Jackson or stroll the lush grounds at Dunleith or Monmouth in Natchez.
After a long day on the links or at the roulette tables, unwind at a Mississippi casino resort. The Beau Rivage in Biloxi, Golden Moon in Philadelphia, Hollywood Casino in Bay St. Louis, Ameristar in Vicksburg, Harlow’s in Greenville…those are just a few of the properties that offer four-star amenities, including luxury spas, award-winning restaurants, top-name entertainers and much more.
If the great outdoors is calling your name, consider renting a cabin in Tishomingo State Park or setting up your tent in DeSoto National Forest. Many sites accommodate RV travelers, as well. With state parks and campgrounds from the Gulf Coast to the northern state line, Mississippi will impress you with its stunning wilderness.