Such Stories to Tell
From history-rich bed and breakfasts and upscale boutique hotels to authentic Southern cuisine and hospitality, Mississippi delivers and delights in sharing her stories.
A Secret Garden, you say?
Monmouth Historic Inn & Gardens in Natchez, Mississippi, is a National Historic Landmark that relishes sharing stories of its 200-plus year history. This stately inn is two miles from the Mississippi River and boasts 26 acres of meticulously manicured gardens, award- winning Restaurant 1818, a lounge for thirsty travelers and 30 elegantly decorated rooms and suites. Guests of Monmouth enjoy complimentary Southern breakfasts, evening hors d’oeuvres and, of course, stories.
A must-stop in the Mississippi Delta is the Alluvian Hotel in downtown Greenwood. Whether the visit is a few hours or a few days, this boutique hotel’s elegant lobby is the starting point for the stories that guests will tell upon their return home. On-site restaurant, Giardina’s, has been enthralling diners for decades. The Alluvian Spa provides a premium spa experience, while Studio A offers yoga classes. The Viking Cooking School holds hands-on cooking classes and when it’s time to retire for the evening, enjoy one of the luxurious rooms or suites with nightly turndown service and plush bedding.
Nothing tells the story of the South quite like her food, and no food is more synonymous with Mississippi than catfish. Fried, grilled or blackened, there’s no wrong way to enjoy this Magnolia State delicacy. Taylor Grocery, located about 10 miles outside of Oxford, has become something of a go-to for catfish done right. The front porch of “Taylor,” as locals refer to it, fills up night after night with visitors looking for a story to tell others, mostly revolving around the scrumptious catfish and eclectic atmosphere.
- by Erin Byers Murray
- by Jenn Rice