Read about Orbitz writer Sheryl Nance Nash‘s trip to Natchez and all of the wonderful food, tours, history and southern hospitality she enjoyed while here. “The past is ever present in Natchez, Mississippi. There’s the history you see, like the majestic antebellum homes, and then there’s the invisible, yet palpable history that permeates the air like ghosts. At 301 years old, this town has stories and secrets. But just as fascinating as its past is its present and future.”
While tamales are closely connected to Mexican cuisine, these corn or cornmeal made dishes – often stuffed with various meats and vegetables – have many cultural influences, especially in the Mississippi Delta. Zagat editor Billy Lyons traveled to the region to discover the stories behind a selection of restaurants that make up the state’s famed tamale trail. Craving tamales on his return home, Lyons visited Gordo’s Cantina in Queens to explore the differences and similarities behind this well traveled treat.
This storied Magnolia State town is sure to kick your wanderlust into full gear. First, its gorgeously preserved historical homes provide custom-curated tours for gal groups wanting a Gone with the Wind-inspired experience (don’t miss the As You Like It Silver Shop!). Second, you can live out your old-house fantasies by staying at the Bisland House(which also offers a special girlfriends package), erected in 1904. Third, if all that down-home charm isn’t enough to win you over, the “Knock You Naked” margaritas at Fat Mama’s Tamales certainly guarantee a good time. Soak up picture-perfect views at Hotel Vue‘s bar, where you can exchange toasts while watching the sun set over the Mighty Mississippi. Before you leave, swing by Mon Amie’s Children’s Boutique so you and the girls can nab some adorable clothing and loot for your kids, then treat yourselves to a final meal at the rustic King’s Tavern, built in the late 1700s—you’ll be dreaming about the wood-fired steak for months.
Natchez is a city that has weathered three centuries of tumult and transformation. It is one of the oldest continuous settlements on the Mississippi River, besting New Orleans, its’ bigger, flashier neighbor, by two years. It was spared much of the physical destruction that other cities saw during the Civil War, and its unrivaled array of antebellum architecture offers a singular experience of a trans-formative era of American history.
This small city, about 170 miles upriver from New Orleans, is celebrating its 300th anniversary.
Natchez is on a bluff above the Mississippi and full of tragic, surprising history (it seems to be the oldest settlement on the river) and elegant architecture. It’s also the southwestern end of the Natchez Trace Parkway, a 444-mile scenic highway through Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee that once was an American Indian trail. No billboards, no businesses, no commercial vehicles, but plenty of cars and bicycles.
Natchez has home and plantation tours; art galleries; a Museum of African American History and Culture; more than 40 bed-and-breakfasts; and Natchez National Historical Park. The park preserves two houses that offer windows onto life before the Civil War: Melrose, the antebellum Greek Revival mansion of plantation owner John McMurran, and the downtown brick house of African American barber and diarist William Johnson.
The city’s celebration Aug. 3 at Fort Rosalie will feature a 300-gun salute. Read more…
With 2016 being a few days away, people might want to think about beginning to plan next year’s vacation. CBS News Travel Editor Peter Greenberg joins “CBS This Morning: Saturday” with some suggestions of the hottest spots for 2016.
These 13 Unique Coffee Shops In Mississippi Are Perfect To Wake You Up
Long gone are the days when coffee was just coffee and the only decision it involved was cream or sugar. But the drink isn’t the only thing that has changed. In the past, buying a cup of Joe from a gas station was the norm, but today, coffee shops are a much more common choice. And even though most of rural Mississippi isn’t filled with Starbucks and other national chains, the state has a ton of amazing locally-owned coffee shops; here are 13 of them.
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Gourmet Jam Set
“I love just about anything from Natchez, Mississippi—especially these all-natural jams, which would be perfect in the morning with a biscuit. They have varying amounts of jalapeño, so you get a little heat with your sweet.” — Oprah