EAT, STAY, PLAY: RIDGELAND
Ridgeland is a destination featuring the integration of an outdoor lifestyle with modern, upscale design. The city located just north of Mississippi’s capital was planned and designed to make the most of the region’s natural assets. Ridgeland on the historic Natchez Trace Parkway and is home to the Ross Barnett Reservoir. As the state’s premier cycling destination, Ridgeland offers numerous multi-use trails, bike paths, and year-round competitive and pleasure cycling events. Mississippi’s premiere shopping destination features a variety of shopping experiences, from the Mississippi Craft Center and one-of-a-kind local boutiques to national name brand stores. Annual events such as the Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival occur year round. Dining is delightful in Ridgeland and flavors abound in this foodie getaway.
Local 463 (www.local463.com)
Award-winning chef, Derek Emerson, sources the freshest local and regional ingredients and prepares his take on southern comfort food with a big city twist; such as our mouth-watering creme brule, Florida rock shrimp pizza, fresh lump crabmeat and Mississippi fruit cobbler. Located in the Renaissance at Colony Park.
Seafood R’evolution (www.seafoodrevolution.com)
Chefs John Folse and Rick Tramonto innovatively combine Folse’s classic Southern approach to seafood with Tramonto’s contemporary new-world style. While paying homage to Mississippi’s heritage, Seafood R’evolution celebrates a cultural fusion of the foods and flavors shaping the culinary landscape of the Gulf Coast over generations. Located in the Renaissance at Colony Park.
Tico’s Steakhouse (www.ticossteakhouse.com)
For more than 25 years, Tico Hoffman has delighted locals and customers from abroad with his unique blend of mouth-watering steaks, sumptuous seafood dishes and other favorites. Tico’s friendly atmosphere and attention to every detail has made the restaurant a favorite for all who love exceptional food and drink.
Cabot Lodge – A Red Lion Hotel (www.cabotlodgejacksonnorth.com)
Experience authentic Southern hospitality in the heart of Mississippi. With a warm, rustic ambiance and focus on service, Cabot Lodge Jackson North – a Red Lion Hotel, is your home away from home in Central Mississippi. Cabot Lodge is among the most comfortable hotels in Ridgeland. Enjoy a complimentary, Southern-style daily breakfast and festive evening cocktail receptions where guests are invited to meet and mingle in our spacious lobby.
Renaissance and Township Properties
A variety of brand properties are available within walking distance of fabulous dining, shopping and multi-use trails at the Renaissance at Colony Park and the Township. Embassy Suites Hotel, Springhill Suites, Townplace Suites, Home2 Suites and Hyatt Place.
Sal & Phil’s (www.salandphils.com)
A seafood institution…fresh and generous portions.
Serving traditional Cajun foods Sal & Phil’s offers a delectable range of menu items including po’boys & entrées for a dining experience you won’t forget. Whether your predilection is for oysters, steak or red beans and Rice, Sal and Phil’s is ready to fill your plate!
The Mississippi Craft Center (www.mscrafts.org) operated by the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi showcases a retail gallery where you can find all kinds of handcrafted treasures. Craft is essentially 3-D art and ranges from traditional folk items like quilts, baskets, and wood-carved spoons to more contemporary works, such as metal sculpture, fused glass, and handcrafted jewelry. The Mississippi Craft Center staff is knowledgeable about both the craftsmen and their work with each purchase from the gallery including a biography of the craftsmen who created it. Visitors are welcome to come anytime, free of charge to see what new creations our creative craftsmen have made. Hands-on demonstrations and art camps are also available.
Cycling (www.visitridgeland.com/cycling) trails and cycling events are part of Ridgeland’s outdoor offerings. Trails like the Natchez Trace Parkway, the Ridgeland multi-use trails and mountain bike trails as well as an extreme BMX course offer the soft adventure traveler year-round competitive and pleasure activities.
The Ross Barnett Reservoir (www.therez.ms.gov) has more than 105 miles of shoreline and 33,000 acres of surface area for boating, sailing, fishing, swimming and water sports. The “Rez” is host to numerous annual events such as the Dragonboat Regatta, Pepsi Pops Symphony concert, Independence Day Celebration and Smokin’ on the Rez BBQ and Music Festival. It also plays host to several local, regional and national fishing tournaments.