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EAT, STAY, PLAY: TUPELO

From a truly unique buffalo park and one of the country’s most popular national parks to the birthplace of an international icon, Tupelo has something for everyone to get out and explore. Whether you want to feel the beat of live music, walk in the footsteps of the King of Rock ‘N’ Roll, or enjoy the city’s unique culinary culture, anything is possible in Tupelo.

Eat

The Neon Pig Cafe is an old-school butcher shop, a fresh never frozen seafood shop, a food bar, and offers one of the best craft beer selections in North Mississippi. They use local farmers and local ingredients to create a menu that includes a burger once named “Best Burger in the U.S.” by Thrillist.

Did you know that the best barbecue in Tupelo comes from a bait and tackle shop? In fact, Tupelo has lots of great food in places you would least expect it. Come to Clay's House of Pig and try the BBQ tater, piled high with pulled pork, slaw, bacon, sour cream, jalapenos, house made barbecue sauce, and covered with queso. Get the half order. Trust us.

Blue Canoe is one of the city’s top live music venues and an eclectic bar menu that keeps people coming back. Order from the extensive craft beer list and try something new like Caribbean edamame tossed in Jamaican jerk seasoning, fried black-eyed peas, and end the night with their famous Connie’s Blueberry Donut Bread Pudding.

Stay

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tupelo

1612 McClure Cove

Tupelo, MS 38804

(662) 620-8184

Hilton Garden Inn - Tupelo

363 E Main St.

Tupelo, MS 38804

(662) 718-5500

Play

The Elvis Presley Birthplace & Museum draws fans from around the world to visit the humble, two-room shotgun shack where Elvis Presley was born in 1935. Visit a state-of-the-art museum with exhibits focused on Elvis’ early years, the original Assembly of God church where he was influenced by Gospel Music, a Mississippi Blues Trail Marker and Country Music Trail Marker, and much more.

Tupelo Hardware Company is a local, family-owned business in downtown Tupelo, where Gladys Presley bought her son, Elvis, his first guitar. The guitar was purchased for Elvis’ eleventh birthday for $7.75 plus 2% tax and the rest is history. Tupelo Hardware Company is one of 14 stops on the Elvis’ Tupelo Driving Tour or Self-Guided Bicycle Tour.

Mississippi’s first and only meadery, Queen’s Reward makes small-batch mead at its facility in Tupelo. Sample all of the different varieties in their exquisite tasting room or sit on the patio and sip your favorite mead slushy.