Experiences

The Best Places to Treat Yourself in Mississippi

You know that feeling when you’ve just had a long break, but you feel like you need a break from your break? That’s precisely the feeling we often get come January. When the excitement, merriment, and general chaos of the holiday season has passed, January can feel like a bit of a drag. If you need a little New Year pick-me-up, the Magnolia State more than has your back. The state is full of fabulous restaurants where you can indulge in a delicious meal,  glamorous boutiques where you can engage in retail therapy, and  spas where you can sit back, relax, and luxuriate. If you’re in the mood for a little staycation or short weekend away, hip hotels with all the amenities are always a win, and if you need to find some inner peace, how about a yoga class? If all this has you itching to get out and live your best life, check out our recommendations for the best self-care in Mississippi.

Tupelo

The Mall at Barnes Crossing – Sometimes there’s nothing more satisfying than purchasing something you want but don’t necessarily need. If you didn’t get everything on your Christmas list, take matters into your own hands at The Mall at Barnes Crossing. With nearly 80 retail stores, you’ll find everything you need to suit your fancy. There’s nothing a great pair of shoes can’t fix!

Queen’s Reward Meadery – Next time you think about unwinding with a beer or glass of wine after a long day, try Queen’s Reward Meadery for a nice change of pace. The state’s first meadery specializes in the classic drink but mixes the traditional honey-yeast-water combo with flavors like blackberry, grape, winter spices, and lemon.

Oxford

Southern Star Yoga – Take a giant exhale at Southern Star Yoga. No doubt, come January you’ll be ready to release the tension and stress of a hectic end of the year, and there’s no better way to do that than with some cleansing breaths and mindfulness. If one of your resolutions is to start treating your body better, this is a great way to start.

Saint Leo – This 2017 James Beard Foundation Best New Restaurant Finalist is ready to spoil you with an unforgettable meal. Open for lunch and dinner, plus brunch on the weekends, you have plenty of opportunities to chow down on everything from crispy brussels sprouts with tomato confit and Calabrian chili honey or a Dutch baby with seasonal fruit and crème fraiche.

Greenwood

The Alluvian Spa – Nothing says “self-care” like a spa. Head to the 7,000-square-foot luxury spa and choose the bliss that suits you best – from massage treatments and facials to therapeutic baths and hair and nail services.

Giardina’s Restaurant – Take yourself on a date night to the and elegant Giardina’s Restaurant. The classic restaurant has all the dinner classics – from steak and seafood to authentic Italian. Order a couple rounds of cocktails and call it a night in a luxuriously appointed room at The Alluvian Hotel.

Jackson

The Apothecary – Get a two-for-one at this speakeasy bar in Mississippi’s capital city. Tucked into the back of historic pharmacy and soda counter Brent’s Drugs is the Apothecary. Start your night with a burger, fries, and shake inside the diner, then head to the back for a craft cocktail made perfectly to your liking.

Museum Trail – Sometimes a breath of fresh air is exactly what the mind and body need. The 1.4-mile multipurpose Museum Trail runs through the center of town and includes three parks and six museums. Whether on foot or bike, you’ll have a grand time.

Ocean Springs

The Beatnik – If you’re looking for a charming weekend getaway or staycation, look no further than The Beatnik. This set of four modern floating cabins is the perfect place to unwind. Each cabin is outfitted with a wet bar, lush outdoor shower, plunge pool, native garden, and firepit.

Vestige – Journey across the world with a multicourse tasting dinner inspired by the flavors and techniques of Japan. Ocean Springs native Alex Perry was recognized as a James Beard Foundation Best Chef South semifinalist, so any dinner created by him is sure to be a special treat.

Meridian

The Boxcar – Take a step back in time to the Golden Age at the Threefoot Hotel’s rooftop bar The Boxcar. Order a spread of small plates and a glass of wine, then sit back, relax, and enjoy the views of downtown Meridian.

Bonita Lakes Park – Spend a day at the 3,300-acre Bonita Lakes Park, which includes three lakes, a golf course, miles of nature trails, picnic facilities, boat ramps, and fishing. If you want something extra special for your self-care day, you can even sign up for horseback riding. 

Mississippi is the perfect place to treat yourself after a busy holiday season. Hit the reset button with one of the many options listed above or explore other wander-worthy locations by clicking here.