Mississippi

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About Mississippi

Mississippi: all those ’s’s and ‘i’s are familiar to many of us from works of fiction and imagination. For some reason this state, feeding on the great artery of the Mississippi River, is a place with a particularly large numbers of stories to tell. So you might be travelling to experience the Mississippi of Mark Twain, William Faulkner, or Tennessee Williams, Eudora Welty, Stark Young or even John Grisham? Or you might be here for the music, the Delta blues, jazz and soul? Or to better understand the events that happened here that have shaped modern America? Or to adventure along a stretch of the mighty river? Or for a myriad of other reasons! And in this state the story behind your journey will probably impact your choice of the best places to stay in Mississippi more than in other places, because the best hotels in Mississippi are an extremely varied lot.

Many of Mississippi’s gracious old mansions have been converted into hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs, and these make for an elegant base, though they can be a little ‘out of town’. If you want to be close to the late night music venues then you might want a boutique hotel dripping with the history of the south? or something bright and architecturally glassy and modern? At the moment our own Mississippi odyssey is unfinished, so our recommendations for the best places to stay in Mississippi are limited, but they are carefully chosen and certainly a good place to start your accommodation search if you’re looking for something a bit special.

Where to Stay and What not to Miss

  • Jackson is the state capital, and it’s great if you’re looking for Mississippi’s music scene. It’s also where you’ll find the Old State Capitol, the New State Capitol, the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, the Museum of Mississippi History — with Mississippian Morgan Freeman introducing the museum!, and the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science.
  • The Delta is also great for seekers of The Mississippi Sound. Cleveland has the second only outpost of the GRAMMY Museum, and the Mississippi museum focuses on the cultural context of recorded music as well as its history. And Clarksdale has the Delta Blues Museum, which has sprung up around the cabin where Muddy Waters grew up, plus the crossroads of Highways 61 and 49 where Robert Johnson supposedly made his deal with the devil mythologised in blues legend.
  • Natchez, and the area around it, is where you’ll find some of the state’s most glorious antebellum homes and mansions, flights of the imagination of their wealthy owners — often cotton barons, with columns, Greek or Italianate details, vast rooms and lush gardens. Natchez is also close to a part-excavated ancient Native American settlement, and several extremely sad but interesting museums about slavery, including the fascinating William Johnson House, home to Johnson, a freed slave who became a barber and prolific diarist. Natchez is also at one end of the Natchez Trace Parkway, a 444mile long route to Nashville that dates back hundreds of years and is lined with Indian mounds, and small museums and exhibits, and known for its turkeys and deer. It’s great for motorists but also hikers.
  • Biloxi is on the Gulf Coast, so this is where to come for the beaches and subtropical weather — and, since the turn of the century, the casinos. Hurricane Katrina hit this part of the coast hard and there’s still rebuilding taking place, the houses being built at the moment are being built about ten feet off the ground! Biloxi also has the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, housed partly in an unusual Frank Gehry creation, the Walter Anderson Art Museum and the Beauvoir Jefferson Davis House, a museum to the Confederate President.
  • If you’re interested in the American Civil War Vicksburg will be a familiar name because if its Civil War Park, and it’s a really beautiful spot on the river. Vicksburg also has the Lower Mississippi River Museum, which is low-key but worth a visit.
  • And Elvis fans will be heading for Tupelo, to see his birthplace, a tiny, two-room, clapboard house, raised off the ground on bricks.
  • Greenwood is another place of legend, home to some of the great bluesmen, and a cemetery full of famous names.

The Best Places to Stay in Mississippi

Linden B&B is a totally charming and pristine, Antebellum home with a beautiful collection of antiques. There are just six guest rooms and suites, all with four-poster beds and private balconies with garden views. This is a generous sized mansion, and it has its own library and conservatory rooms, as well as a formal dinning room, lounge and breakfast room. Linden is about four minutes from the centre of Natchez and the Mississippi River.

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Travel Information

  • Mississippi’s international airports are Jackson Evers International Airport and Gulfport Biloxi International Airport. But this is a big state and there are numerous regional airports connected to the main US hub airports.
  • If you’re thinking about hiring a car we recommend checking what our online partners, Rentalcars have to offer.
  • The main thing to know about Mississippi’s weather is that hurricanes and tornadoes are fairly frequent, and spring and summer are the most common times. The second thing to know is that Mississippi can be pretty humid, so it’s actually not at its best during the warmer months. Based on having the most comfortable weather the best months to play a Mississippi visit are March, October and November. But this is a big state and conditions vary, so don’t stop researching yet.

Still not sure which is the best place to stay in Mississippi for you?

Best Hotels in Mississippi

  • Linden B&B Natchez 6 rooms from £123

    A pristine, Antebellum home filled with antiques. Romantic rooms & suites feature four posters and all have private balcony with views over the gardens. There's a formal dining room, library and several outdoor seating areas. A free guided tour of mansions and a full southern breakfast is included.

    Local exploring  -  Located 4 minutes away from the Natchez downtown area and the Mississippi River
    Restrictions on children  -  Over 10s only and there is no provision for extra beds in rooms
    Sights nearby  -  A 15 minute walk from the Natchez National Historical Park
    Great walks  -  Hikes along the Mississippi River can be organised
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