NOW IS THE TIME to visit Natchez National Historical Park Sites pg. 13
EVENTS WE LOVE pg. 44
WALK OUR TRAILS pg.15
VISIT NATCHEZ THE OFFICIAL VISITOR GUIDE
Welcome to Natchez As the Mayor of the City of Natchez, it is my pleasure to thank you for your interest. A progressive city on the river, Natchez is blessed with rich cultural history and Old World Manners. Established in 1716, Natchez is the oldest continuous settlement on the Mississippi River. Boasting 500 plus Pre-Civil War structures, we are proud to say that 13 of these properties are National Historic Landmarks. In addition to our world-renowned architecture, we offer an abundance of facilities and activities for your enjoyment: fine hotels and bed & breakfasts, elegant dining, gaming, walking and riding trails, a variety of sightseeing opportunities, recreation events and so much more! I hope that you will come to Natchez and experience the hospitality and pleasure we offer. Tell your family, friends and colleagues about us, too.
TABLE OF CONTENTS 5 Experience Natchez 10 Attractions
With warmest regards, Mayor Larry L. “Butch” Brown
18 Where To Dine 24 Natchez at Night
Welcome, y’all! On behalf of the entire Natchez hospitality and tourism community, I welcome you to our beautiful city. With so many unique and different experiences to offer, I’m confident that Natchez has exactly what you’re looking for – whether you’re visiting for the first time or making a return trip. Visitors to Natchez are captivated by her beauty, ambiance, history and charm. As you wander the streets of Natchez, make sure to take time to talk to the wonderful people who live and work here every day. They are warm, friendly and yes, they are proud to show off Natchez to the thousands of visitors who grace our streets each year. This visitor guide is the perfect resource for anyone who wishes to see the very best of Natchez, whether you’re here for a short time on business or an extended stay for leisure. Either way, Natchez has become an award-winning destination and this guide can show you why. Please make the Natchez Visitor Center your first stop and let us help you plan your visit. There is nothing we love more than having company. Y’all come for a visit and let us show you what hospitality is all about.
36 Where To Shop 39 The Great Outdoors 44 Festivals and Events
ON THE COVER
Tourists enjoy a visual history lesson on a carriage ride through our charming garden district. Photo by Mississippi photographer, Ken Murphy.
47 Weddings In Natchez 52 Travel Services 55 Maps
PLAN YOUR TRIP AT VISITNATCHEZ.ORG Our virtual Visitor Guide can help you get the most out of your Natchez trip. You can flip through it page by page, print whatever interests you, click links to bonus content to get the most up-todate event information or download a pdf version to keep on your computer.
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publication is gathered from sources considered to be reliable, but the accuracy of the information can not be guaranteed.
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2013 Join us for these upcoming, fun-filled events. For tickets and details, go to visitnatchez.org. Natchez Food & Wine Festival July 26-28 Annual Fall Pilgrimage September 27-October 14 Phatwater Kayak Challenge October 12 Great Mississippi River Balloon Race October 18-20
Pilgrimage Garden Club Antiques Forum November 6-9 Angels on the Bluff Cemetery Tour November 8-9 Christmas in Natchez November 23 - December 22
See page 45 & 46 for a full list of annual events. 1-800-647-6724 601-446-6345 640 South Canal Street @ Intersection of Hwy. 84 www.visitnatchez.org www.visitnatchez.mobi email@example.com 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Sunday Closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
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Experience Natchez A seamless blend of old and new, Natchez offers an unforgettable glimpse into the American South. From cruising through the dappled beauty of the Natchez Trace Parkway to strolling through the marble angels and ancient camellias of the Natchez City Cemetery, there are countless experiences for every explorer. Southern history speaks through our antebellum homes, powerful landmarks and timeless traditions. Birthed by the Mississippi River, Natchez is a one-of-a-kind Southern destination. Slip into a romance with our deep southern roots. It’s what you love about the South.
As the oldest European settlement on the Mississippi River, the roots of Natchez run deep. It is one of the only towns in America recognized with its own national park – Natchez National Historical Park (pg.13). Natchez will celebrate its tricentennial in 2016. The Natchez Indians have resided in this riverfront haven for centuries. Their ancestors, the Plaquemine, date back to 700 BC. As time wore on, the region’s opportune access to the Mississippi River drew settlers from across the globe. French explorers were the first to arrive, meeting local tribes atop riverfront bluffs to forge a new community that unfortunately led to tragic conflict and elimination of the Natchez Tribe. Their story remains, however, in the mounds and museum of the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians (pg.13). The French were also the first to bring enslaved Africans to the region. Soon the English, Scottish and Spanish settlers followed - and later the Irish and Italian - and all cultures shaped the Natchez we know today. 5
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The Mississippi Territory was created here in 1798 after the Spanish departure, with the American flag first raised at the House on Ellicott Hill (pg.11). Soon the territorial capital moved out to Washington, Mississippi, which led to the creation of Historic Jefferson College (pg.13). Natchez then served as the first capital of Mississippi after statehood in 1817, with the state legislature meeting at Texada.
African American Culture:
Natchez is a bastion of African American culture and history. From the enslaved peoples’ many talents to the brave stands of civil rights leaders in the 60s, African American culture has irrevocably shaped the landscape of Natchez – both physically and metaphorically.
Visitors to Natchez can explore the rich history of African Americans through a myriad of sites and landmarks. Stand inside the As the years passed, the fertile land and slave cabins at Melrose (pg.11). Delve into fortuitous proximity to the Mississippi the lives of Free People of Color at the WilRiver were used to amass enormous forliam Johnson House (pg.13). Experience tunes. Plantations, staffed with enslaved labor, reaped the region’s most copious crop: the site of the second largest slave market in the Deep South – Forks of the Road cotton. Goods and people were shipped (pg.13) – where humans were sold until far and wide by traders utilizing the river’s 1863. Embrace the rich culture at the Afribroad reach. Antebellum mansions and architecture lined the landscape. When the can American History Museum (pg.13) on Civil War raged across the South, bringing Main Street. Experience one of the town’s bloodshed but eventually freedom for those most horrific tragedies at the Rhythm in bondage, Natchez’ architectural treasures Night Club Memorial Museum (pg.13). remained largely intact. Today’s visitors are able to see many landmarks as they were in Today’s Natchez welcomes all in a warm embrace. Find the soul of southern hospitalthe antebellum age. ity in our riverfront city. (800) 647-6724
Let us help you discover all the best that Natchez has to offer. Afr ican AmDeraicrrell W hite an Hist or y M us
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Natchez offers an impressive array of antebellum architecture. Home to more than 75 neoclassical and Greek revival style dwellings, visitors can step back in time and see the world as it once was. Majestic museum homes like Magnolia Hall , Rosalie, Stanton Hall, Melrose, and Auburn (pg.11) provide a year-round glimpse into a bygone era. The annual Spring Pilgrimage is a tribute to this antebellum age. During this fourweek period, historic homeowners open their doors to throngs of visitors as they have since 1932. Costumed guides, often descendants of the homes’ original owners, lead guests on period tours. Spring flowers bloom, and we celebrate the unique charm of our Southern city.
Set beside the mighty Mississippi River, Natchez has long been a hub for trade, cultural confluence and travel. Canoes, flatboats, keelboats, steamboats, tugboats and barges – all traveled on the great river. Cotton and goods were sent to all corners of the world. Today, visitors can enjoy the sights of this American landmark by strolling a nature trail beside the river, trying their luck at our two riverfront casinos, kayaking or canoeing, or even camping out along the riverbed. Another awe-inspiring landmark is the 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway (pg.14), a true testament to American history. This scenic byway begins its journey at the Mississippi River in Natchez and winds all the way to Nashville, Tennessee. This path was once tread by buffalo, then American Indians – and finally, utilized as a walking route by Ohio Valley traders. Today, the Trace tells the story of the South through a vast array of historical sites and wayside exhibits.
Beauty All Around
Poised atop tall bluffs, Natchez welcomes visitors from far and wide with breathtaking scenery and stunning vistas. From the sparkling expanse of the Mississippi River to the lush greenery along the Natchez Trace (pg.14), lovers of the great outdoors will find countless sights, sounds and scenery to engage them. 7
Scenic byways are another unforgettable aspect of the Natchez experience. These winding trails make their way in and around our picturesque landscape, past running rivers, stunning vistas and lush greenery. Highway 61, known as the “Blues Highway” running from New Orleans up through Memphis and St. Louis, has been the subject of songs by some of the world’s greatest blues musicians and passes several notable landmarks. The legendary Great River Road follows the mighty Mississippi, tracing its course for more than 2,000 miles through the landscape of Natchez and across the country. The historic El Camino Real, “The King’s Highway” Highway 84, is another noted corridor that runs east-west from Texas to Georgia, full of fascinating outposts and historical sites.
H Meet the Mighty Mississippi H Hitch a ride in a horsedrawn carriage
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The Natchez you’ll experience is one of warmth and enchantment. We welcome all with open arms, eager to share the charms of our Southern city with visitors from near and far.
H Discover your roots in the African-American History Museum
Wherever you hail from, a visit to Natchez will feel like coming home. From breezy riverfront cafes and quaint antique shops to antebellum home tours and challenging bike trails, we offer activities to appeal to all interests. With more bed and breakfasts than any other town in Mississippi, we’re a soothing respite from your daily stresses.
H Explore our downtown walking trails
H Immerse yourself in antebellum architecture at Natchez National Historical Park
Named Best Historical Small Town by AAA Southern Traveler and listed in National Geographic’s 50 Places of a Lifetime and Life Magazine’s “100 Places to See in Your Lifetime,” the world agrees – Natchez is an utterly unique Southern City. Open your heart to the true South – embrace Natchez.
So how does someone come up with a plan to experience this world-class city? Start with a few must-dos that define Natchez, and go from there.
H Tempt your palate at the Old South Winery
H Eat, sleep and wake up in
history at one of our many B&Bs or Historic Inns
H Embrace nature along the Natchez Trace Parkway
St. Mary Basilica
Few cities offer an in-depth look at the past and present Southern lifestyle like Natchez. Walk in the footsteps of Southern belles, cotton barons, Civil War soldiers, and Civil Rights pioneers. Explore antebellum homes and historical landmarks for a glimpse at days gone by. Delve into our modern museums for surprising historical tidbits about the Natchez Indians or daily life in antebellum Natchez. From biking the Natchez Trace to gambling in our casinos, thereâ€™s a vast array of attractions for every interest. Enjoy bird watching, tour an ornate historic cemetery, or meander through our walkable downtown to watch an amazing sunset over the Mississippi River. Thereâ€™s no such thing as a time machine, but we come pretty close.
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HISTORIC HOUSE TOURS Open Year Round
WASHINGTON METHODIST CHURCH 8 miles north of Natchez on U.S. Highway 61 N. www.washington-umc-org
CEMETERIES HISTORIC NATCHEZ CITY CEMETERY 2 Cemetery Road 601-445-5051 Open 7 days a week, 7a.m. - dusk www.natchezcemetery.com
ZION CHAPEL AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH 228 North Martin Luther King Jr. Street 601-442-1396
NATCHEZ NATIONAL CEMETERY 41 Cemetery Road 601-445-4981 www.visitnatchez.org
See the map on page 55 & 56 for a driving tour and the location of these tour houses. Tickets to all houses on tour may be purchased at the Natchez Visitor Center, 601-445-6103. Open dates and tour times vary seasonally. See details starting on pg. 11.
AUBURN, circa 1812 400 Duncan Avenue 601- 442-5981 www.auburnmuseum.org Tours - Tuesday – Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.; Last Tour 2:30 p.m. Tour Upon Arrival. $12
ARTSNATCHEZ 425 Main Street 601-442-0043 www.artsnatchez.com BRODEUR GALLERY 107 N. Commerce Street (508) 579-3571
THE HOUSE ON ELLICOTT HILL, circa 1798 211 North Canal Street 601-442-2011 www.natchezgardenclub.com Tours - Friday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.; Last tour 2:00 p.m. Tour every hour. $12
ROLLAND GOLDEN GALLERY 419 Main Street 601-304-5500 www.rollandgoldengallery.com
LINDEN, circa 1790 1 Linden Place 601-445-5472 www.lindenbnb.com Tours - Thursday - Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Tours upon arrival. $12
HISTORIC CHURCHES CLARMOUNT BAPTIST CHURCH 114 Cemetery Road 601-304-1008 FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 405 State Street 601-442-2581 www.fpcnatchez.org
Rosalie, circa 1823
Magnolia Hall, circa 1858
William Johnson House circa 1841* B
The House on Ellicott Hill circa 1798 C
LONGWOOD, circa 1861 140 Lower Woodville Road 601-442-5193 www.natchezpilgrimage.com Tours - 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Last tour 4:30 p.m. Tour every 30 minutes $12
HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC CHURCH 16 Orange Avenue 601-445-5700 www.josephites.org/parish/ms/hf
MAGNOLIA HALL, circa 1858 215 South Pearl Street 601-442-6672 www.natchezpilgrimage.com Tours - Thursday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Last tour 2:00 p.m. Tours every hour. $12
JEFFERSON STREET UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 511 Jefferson Street 601-442-3795 www.jeffersonstreetumc.org
MELROSE*, circa 1845 1 Melrose-Montebello Parkway 601-446-5790 www.nps.gov/natc Tours - 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. Open 7 days a week. Adults $10; Seniors (62) $5; Students (6-18) $5; 3 house tour $8. *Part of Natchez National Historical Park
PINE RIDGE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 1782 Pine Ridge Road ROSE HILL BAPTIST CHURCH 607 1/2 Madison Street 601-445-4386 ST. JOHN’S CHURCH 323 North Martin Luther King Jr. Street 601-304-1174
ROSALIE, circa 1823 Entrance D. A. Biglane Street off Canal Street (601) 445-4555 601-446-5676 www.rosaliemansion.com Tours - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Last tour 4:00 p.m. Tours every hour. Open 7 days a week. $12 Grounds close at 5:00 p.m. WINTER HOURS 11/1 - 2/28 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Last tour 3:00 p.m. Tours every hour, Grounds close 4:00 p.m. 601-445-9137
ST. MARY BASILICA 107 North Union Street 601-445-5616 www.stmarybasilica.org TEMPLE B’NAI ISRAEL 213 South Commerce Street 601-445-5407 www.isjl.org TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH 305 South Commerce Street 601-445-8432 www.trinitynatchez.dioms.org
STANTON HALL, circa 1858 401 Hight Street 601-442-6282 Tours - Open 7 days a week
Dunleith, circa 1856
Monmouth Historic Inn
Tours for overnight guests and diners only
Stanton Hall, circa 1858
Longwood, circa 1861
Linden, circa 1790
The Towers (By Appt. Only)
Auburn, circa 1812
Melrose, circa 1845* *Part of Natchez National Historical Park
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Last tour 4:00 p.m. Tours every 30 minutes. $12 THE TOWERS, circa 1796/1826/1858 801 Myrtle Avenue 601-446-6890 www.thetowersofnatchez.com Tours by appointment only. $15 WILLIAM JOHNSON HOUSE*, circa 1841 210 State Street 601-445-5345 www.nps.gov/natc/ *Part of Natchez National Historical Park
HISTORIC JEFFERSON COLLEGE U.S. Highway 61 North Washington, Mississippi 601-442-2901 www.mdah.state.ms.us 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday – Saturday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday
NATCHEZ TRACE PARKWAY Entrance off Liberty Road 1-800-647-6724 www.nps.gov/natr
NATCHEZ NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK National Park Headquarters: 640 South Canal Street 601-442-7047 www.nps.gov/natc • Melrose: 1 Melrose-Montebello Parkway 601-446-5790
PARKS & SCENIC VIEWS
DUNLEITH HISTORIC INN, circa 1856 84 Homochitto Street 601-446-8500 www.dunleith.com Tours for B&B guests and diners only.
• The William Johnson House: 210 State Street 601-445-5345
MONMOUTH HISTORIC INN, c. 1818 36 Melrose Avenue 601-442-5852 www.monmouthistoricinn.com Tours - 7 days a week, House Tour 10:00 a.m., $12 Garden Tour 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., $20
AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MUSEUM 301 Main Street 601-445-0728 www.visitnatchez.org 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday
DELTA MUSIC MUSEUM 218 Louisiana Avenue, Ferriday, Louisiana 318-757-9999 www.deltamusicmuseum.com
NATCHEZ IN HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPHS 405 State Street - Stratton Chapel 601-442-2581 www.visitnatchez.org 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Saturday
EMERALD MOUND Exit MS-553 N to Emerald Mound Road at Natchez Trace milepost 10.3 miles www.nps.gov/nr/travel/mounds/eme.htm FORKS OF THE ROAD Liberty Road at St. Catherine Street and D’Evereux Drive 601-442-7049 www.forksoftheroads.net
RHYTHM NIGHT CLUB MEMORIAL MUSEUM 5 St. Catherine Street 601-597-0557 601-442-6597 www.rnconsitemm.com 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Saturday
GRAND VILLAGE OF THE NATCHEZ INDIANS 400 Jefferson Davis Boulevard 601-446-6502 www.mdah.state.ms.us 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Saturday 1:30 p.m.- 5 p.m. Sunday
NATURE TRAILS GRAND VILLAGE OF THE NATCHEZ INDIANS 400 Jefferson Davis Boulevard 601-446-6502 www.mdah.state.ms.us HISTORIC JEFFERSON COLLEGE U.S. Highway 61 North Washington, Mississippi 601-442-2901 www.mdah.state.ms.us
NATCHEZ BLUFF TRAILS 100 North Broadway Street 1-800-647-6724 www.visitnatchez.org
Be sure to stop by Fat Mama’s to get a “Knock You Naked” Margarita and have your photo taken in their famous bathtub. 13
NATCHEZ STATE PARK 230-B Wickliff Road off U.S. Highway 61 North 601-442-2658 www.mdwfp.com
Two Must See Sites
ST. CATHERINE CREEK WILDLIFE REFUGE Sibley, Mississippi 601-442-6696 www.fws.gov/saintcatherinecreek/
CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND PARK Madison Street and Wall Street
What do Ferriday, Memphis, Chicago, and New Orleans have in common? All are on the famed Mississippi Blues Trail. At the Delta Music Museum, professional exhibits illustrate the musical heritage from Memphis to New Orleans and the musicians who made it famous. Admission is free. 318-757-9999 www.deltamusicmuseum.com
CONCORD AVENUE PARK South Concord Avenue BLUFF PARK Along Broadway Street DUNCAN PARK 57 Duncan Park Road 601-442-5955 MEMORIAL PARK Intersection of Rankin and Main Streets NATCHEZ STATE PARK 230-B Wickliff Road off U.S. Highway 61 North 601-442-2658 NATCHEZ TRACE PARKWAY Entrance off of Liberty Road 1-800-647-6724 www.nps.gov/natr
RAND MCNALLY’S MUST SEE SITE:
1800 acre historical & modern working cotton plantation. Antique steam gin, slave cabins, store, computerized gin. 19 historical buildings.
PLANTATION TOURS FROGMORE COTTON PLANTATION AND GINS 11054 U.S. Highway 84 Frogmore, Louisiana 71334 (near Ferriday) 318-757-2453 or 318-757-3333 www.frogmoreplantation.com
Don’t Miss the Optional Plantation Civil War Tour 318-757-2453 www.frogmoreplantation.com
WINERY OLD SOUTH WINERY 65 South Concord Avenue 601-445-9924 www.oldsouthwinery.com
River View RV Park & Resort
NATCHEZ VISITOR CENTER 640 South Canal Street 800-647-6724 601-446-6345 www.visitnatchez.org
The most beautiful RV Park on the mighty Mississippi River overlooking Natchez, Mississippi. 193 fully-equipped sites, TV, wifi and phone available, great for rally or group events, clubhouse, laundry, pool, hot tub, primitive area and river walk.
JUDGE GEORGE W. ARMSTRONG PUBLIC LIBRARY 220 South Commerce Street 601-445-8862 www.armstronglibrary.org NATCHEZ PILGRIMAGE TOURS 640 South Canal Street Natchez Visitor Center 800-647-6742 601-446-6631 www.natchezpilgrimage.com
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⁄On the corner of Pearl Street and Washington Street is the antebellum house MAGNOLIA HALL. It was built in the late 1850s and restored by the Natchez Garden Club.
The Greek Revival building on the corner of Commerce and Washington Streets is TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH. The church features rare art glass windows designed and installed by Louis C. Tiffany.
⁄TEMPLE B’NAI ISRAEL sits across Washington Street from Trinity Church. Built in 1905, it replaced the first synagogue, which had been built in 1872 and burned in 1904. Open by appointment.
⁄MEMORIAL PARK, located along Rankin, Main and Union streets, gives walking tourists an opportunity to view the impressive ST. MARY BASILICA along Main Street.
⁄THE NATCHEZ INSTITUTE sits on Commerce Street between Main and State streets. It was built in 1901 as a public school and is now home to the Historic Natchez Foundation.
y⁄At South Pearl and State streets is the
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, built about 1828, which houses a collection of photographs depicting the history of Natchez by photographer Henry Norman and restored by the late Natchez resident Dr. Thomas Gandy.
⁄Across Pearl Street from the church is NATCHEZ CITY HALL and behind it facing Wall Street is the ADAMS COUNTY COURTHOUSE, built in the 1820s and renovated in the 1920s.
⁄On State Street, between Canal and Wall Streets, sits the WILLIAM JOHNSON HOUSE. Johnson, a freed black man who worked as a barber, wrote a diary describing Natchez life in the pre-Civil War days. The William Johnson House is now a part of the Natchez National Historical Park.
⁄AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MUSEUM is housed in the 1904 post office at corner of Main and Wall Streets. The museum traces the history of African Americans in Natchez and the South.
THE HOUSE ON ELLICOTT HILL was one of the first restoration projects in the city, undertaken in the 1930s and also was the site of the raising of the first American Flag over the Natchez Territory in 1797.
⁄STANTON HALL, built in the 1850s and now owned and preserved by the Pilgrimage Garden Club, is considered by many to be the grandest of the Natchez mansions. On the grounds of Stanton Hall is the famous Carriage House Restaurant, known for its fried chicken and tiny Southern-style biscuits.
Do You Know Who Has Walked Our Halls?
St. Catherine Street Trail (.85 miles)
The Natchez Trails
The Natchez Trails will lead you through a literal trail of Natchez history where you will enjoy the architectural treasures of one of the most historically intact towns in the United States.
Trail (pg.13) you will see the panoramic view of the Mississippi River like that seen by Natchez Indians before the 1700s. On the North and South Trails you can walk the sidewalks of the streets laid out by the Spanish before 1800 and see the grand homes of cotton planters, the modest quarters of enslaved peoples, and the bustling post-Civil-War retail district. The St. Catherine Street Trail will take you through some surprising aspects of Natchez history out to the Forks of the Road (pg.13) slave market site.
Begin your tour at The Trails Pavilion (pg.40) located near the corner of Broadway and Franklin Street. An outdoor kiosk is there to help you get on your way and parking is available. Streetside interpretive panels provide a view of the city as it was and offer a historical narrative of the landmarks you will encounter on your journey. On the Bluff 15
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WHERE TO DINE
Eating well is the Southern way, and Natchez has a host of edible options to quiet those pesky cravings. Indulge in warm beignets and slow-cooked BBQ. Nosh on pub food and po’boys. Hunger pains are history when you take a bite out of our Southern city. We’ve got seafood straight from the Gulf , from just-shucked oysters to fresh catch catfish. And it’s not just 300 Years ’ in k o o C ll ti And S 1716 - 2016 seafood and Southern fare – our city ’s Cafe to m Slick Rick icken -- fro ch eat ed l fri ua s cas famou iseries.home to a diverse assortment of . ne dining to Inn – from fi always cooking The Pig Out something’s -i s ipp die iss iss foo n” M s it all. hub for haki ez oo In Natchez, tchC Nall World and a e, Sti fard cuisines including Chinese, Mexican Yeutharerns an Capital of the 3 for So d00 l The Biscuit y made legen visitor guide cal cit e a fre . is a s ity thi For tal , spi ho to ing go or arm far and wide 24 -w -67 art 647 . 1-800cuisine and he ble favorites and other selections. From Mississippi z.org. home-grown up unforgetta www.visitnatche all-stars cook iss Rose’s Here, culinary étouffée to M sh wfi cra ’s ngo Starr River views to award-winning eateries, From Chef Bi dscape at culinar y lan ly 26-28, 2013 e the city’s Festival Ju Experienc od & Wine Fo ez tch The Na the options are endless. One taste of our Southern BBQ, and you’ll be forever ruined for your hometown’s imitation.
Did you know…
In 1776, Natchez consisted of 10 log cabins and two framed houses all below the bluff. Peak population recorded at Natchez Under the Hill was 3,000. Three sawmills were in operation by 1781 and the first steamboat arrived in 1811.
BOBO’S CHINESE BUFFET 25 Seargent S. Prentiss Drive 601-304-5802 Serving a wide variety of seafood, as well as Chinese entrees and a sushi bar.
LOCAL FLAVOR 1818 @ MONMOUTH HISTORIC INN 36 Melrose Avenue 601-442-5852 Guests can select from a choice of individual menu items or an a la carte´ basis or opt for the popular, “A Taste of the South”, five course meal all while dining in antebellum splendor.
BOWIE’S TAVERN 100 Main Street 601-445-6627 From pizza and po-boys to steak and shrimp, Bowie’s serves a variety of delicious food as well as imported and domestic beers, martinis and live music.
BB’s KITCHEN 4 Seargent Prentiss Drive 601-445-9967 Daily lunch specials featuring an extensive menu of home-cooking style fare. Great prices.Friendly service. Located inside Chevron Go-Mart.
BREAUD’S SEAFOOD & STEAK 121 N. Commerce Street 601-445-8502 Delicious seafood and steak by Chef Glen Breaud who brings his South Louisiana roots to Natchez. Dine on our charming patio and enjoy our full bar.
BELLEMONT SHAKE SHOP 109 U.S. Highway 61 South 601-445-4581 Enjoy a Natchez tradition where Old Fashion hamburgers and milk shakes bring back memories of the1960s era of dining!
THE BUFFET @ THE ISLE OF CAPRI CASINO 70 Silver Street 601-445-0605 Enjoy a variety of market-fresh items, plus all the home-cooked favorites aboard The Isle of Capri Casino.
BIG MOMMA’S BARBEQUE 230 John R. Junkin Drive 601-445-0227 Southern-style barbeque, catfish and more.
CAFE´LA SALLE @ THE EOLA HOTEL 110 North Pearl Street 601-445-6000 Offers superb regional cuisine in a quiet, sophisticated atmosphere.
BISCUITS & BLUES 315 Main Street 601-446-9922 Dedicated to Hot Biscuits and Cool Blues! Serving a full menu from seafood and barbeque to steaks. California wines, micro-brews and specialty cocktails.
CAJUN’ COOKIN’ RESTAURANT 104 Martin Luther KIng Jr. Street 601-304-0224
84 Homochitto Street Natchez, Mississippi 1.800.433.2445 | 601.446.8500 www.dunleith.com On Grounds of Dunleith Historic Inn Serving New Orleans style po-boys, salads, gumbo and seafood. Daily Lunch specials. THE CARRIAGE HOUSE RESTAURANT 401 High Street 601-445-5151 Located on the grounds of Stanton Hall. Specializing in delicious southern cuisine from their famous fried chicken and silver-dollar sized biscuits to fresh Gulf seafood. THE CASTLE RESTAURANT AND PUB 84 Homochitto Street 601-446-8500 Join us in this historical building on the grounds of Dunleith, where you will experience delectable southern cuisine such as crab cakes and mouth watering bread pudding. Relax in our cozy pub with an extensive bar and signature drink menu. COCK OF THE WALK 200 North Broadway Street 601-446-8920 Serving up fried just about everything, but known for the house specialty fried catfish and flying cornbread. COTTON ALLEY CAFE’ 208 Main Street 601-442-7452 Dine in casual elegance. Choose from soups, salads, sandwiches and pasta dishes.
THE CRAWFISH SHACK 284 Seargent S. Prentiss Drive 601-443-9114 Dine in or take out, our restaurant offers a wide selection of seafood delicacies. Open 7 days. DEXTER’S SEAFOOD & STEAKS 175 U.S. Highway 61 South 601-446-9518 All-you-can-eat seafood buffet plus all your favorite southern comfort foods. THE DONUT SHOP 501 John R. Junkin Drive 601-442-2317 If you don’t get there early enough for the donuts, you’re sure to be delighted with their homemade hot tamales or juicy burgers. E&T’s BARBEQUE HEAVEN 55 Seargent S. Prentiss Drive 601-304-2300 Serving fine barbeque chicken and ribs, fried catfish and our must have “Big Agnes” burger. EL POTRO 105 Northgate Road 601-446-8828 Fresh Mexican cuisine, including appetizers, lunch specials and our signature dish “Potro’s Special.”
Exquisite Fine Dining Impeccable Service Soft Music & Candlelight 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Casual Dining also available nightly in the Quitman Lounge/Study or in our beautiful Courtyard 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. nightly
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MAMMY’S CUPBOARD 555 U.S. Highway 61 South 601-445-8957 Daily lunch specials, sandwiches and famous desserts all served in a unique setting.
FAT MAMA’S TAMALES 303 South Canal Street 601-442-4548 A local favorite with a festive atmosphere and outdoor dining on the patio. Known for great hot tamales and “Knock-You-Naked” Margaritas.
NATCHEZ COFFEE COMPANY 509 Franklin Street 601-304-1415 Serving hot and cold coffee drinks, sandwiches, lunch specials, salads and Blue Bell ice cream.
THE FISH HOUSE 414 Highway 61 North 601-442-2955 Catfish, Seafood, Burgers, Chicken, Sandwiches, and more.
NATCHEZ DELI 402 Main Street 601-442-9322 Conveniently located “Grab-N-Go” delicatessen with a fantastic selection of deli-style sandwiches and salads, already prepared and perfect for those on the go!
THE GREAT WOK 436 U.S. Highway 61 North 601-442-5688 Serving authentic Chinese fare. JULEP’S @ THE EOLA HOTEL 110 North Pearl Street 601-445-6000 Overlooking the courtyard with towering palms, tropical plants and our spectacular fire-and-water fountain is perfect for a casual breakfast or lunch.
PEARL STREET PASTA 105 South Pearl Street 601-442-9284 Delicious Italian food and a variety of American dishes, seafood and steaks that keep the locals coming back.
JUGHEAD’S FISH FRY 217 John R. Junkin Drive 601-445-8999 Serving up fried catfish, fried pickles and their famous hushpuppies.
PIG OUT INN BARBEQUE 116 South Canal Street 601-442-8050 Specializing in smoked meats and a sauce with the perfect balance of sweet and tanginess.
LA FIESTA GRANDE 288 John R. Junkin Drive 601-445-0720 Fine Mexican food in a lively atmosphere. Menu includes barbeque ribs, fried catfish and all your South-of-the border favorites.
PLANET THAILAND 116 North Commerce Street 601-442-4220 Traditional and authentic Thai dishes and sushi. SLICK RICK’S CAFE’ 109 North Pearl Street 601-445-9900 Serving a wide variety of sandwiches, wraps and salads all seasoned with his very own organic spices.
LA FIESTA GRANDE TOO 339 D’Evereux Drive 601-442-2333 Fine Mexican food in a lively atmosphere. Menu includes barbeque ribs, fried catfish and all your South-of-the border favorites.
SODA POPS 352 John R. Junkin Drive. 601-304-0000 A family restaurant serving burgers, sandwiches, hotdogs, nachos and their very own ice cream.
LIL’ DAGO’S CAFE´ 29 Seargent Prentiss Drive, Suite 8 601-304-2221 Famous for their sweet and tangy red sauce, this Italian restaurant keeps locals coming back for more.
SOUTH CHINA RESTAURANT 495 John R. Junkin Drive 601-442-8548 Daily lunch buffet with an impressive Chinese menu. STEAMPUNK COFFEE ROASTERS 114 High Street 601.807.6882 Specialty coffee roasting, espresso bar, food, tea, and gourmet chocolate in a National Historic Landmark building.
MAGNOLIA BLUFF CASINO 7 Roth Hill Road 601-442-222 BANDSAW BUFFET - Full Salad Bar and Buffet with a German-Style Rotisserie CYPRESS MILL ITALIAN RESTAURANT AND 180 LOUNGE - Italian restaurant and bar
TASTE OF CHICAGO 301 Martin Luther King Jr. Street 601-442-1322 Touted as one of the best burgers in town, also serving delicious BBQ
MAGNOLIA GRILL 49 Silver Street 601-446-7670 Serving a wide variety of seafood, steaks and burgers with one of the best river views in town.
UPTOWN GROCERY 531 South Canal Street 601-445-9111 Fresh homemade pizza, sandwiches, and salads
MALT SHOP 4 Homochitto Street 601-445-4843 A local favorite for over 60 years, The Malt Shop serves a little bit of everything.
VUE HOTEL & RESTAURANT 130 John R. Junkin Drive 601-442-9976 Featuring classic southern cuisine, Cajun and creole dishes while overlooking the Mississippi River.
FAST & FRIENDLY BURGER KING - NORTH 421 U.S. Highway 61 North 601-446-5008 BURGER KING - SOUTH 55 Seargent S. Prentiss Drive 601-442-6711
Natchez’only riverfront dining. Serving regional classics and local flavor.
DAIRY QUEEN 245 John R. Junkin Drive 601-442-3200 DOMINO’S PIZZA 97 Northgate Road 601-445-6006 KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN 24 Seargent S. Prentiss Drive 601-442-0992
11:00-9:00 Fri. and Sat. 11:00-10:00 (Closed Mondays)
MCDONALD’S - NORTH 515 U.S. Highway 61 North 601-442-1118 MCDONALD’S - SOUTH 55 Seargent S. Prentiss Drive 601-442-4787 MCDONALD’S - WALMART 314 Seargent S. Prentiss Drive 601-446-7015 PIZZA HUT - NORTH 227 D’Evereux Drive 601-442-2221
49 Silver Street • Natchez, MS 39120
PIZZA HUT - SOUTH 106 U.S. Highway 61 South 601-442-8421 POPEYE’S FAMOUS FRIED CHICKEN & BISCUITS 261 D’Evereux Drive 601-445-9482 PAPA JOHN’S PIZZA 113 U.S. Highway 61 South 601-445-8500 RUBY TUESDAY 55 Seargent S. Prentiss Drive 601-445-4463 SHONEY’S 26 Seargent S. Prentiss Drive 601-442-3761 SONIC DRIVE IN 294 Seargent S. Prentiss Drive 601-446-8351 SUBWAY - NORTH 347 D’Evereux Drive 601-446-9948 SUBWAY - SOUTH 500 John R. Junkin Drive 601-442-5679 TACO BELL 34 Seargent S. Prentiss Drive 601-445-7494 TACO CASA 350 John R. Junkin Drive 601-446-6046 THE WOK 350 John R. Junkin Drive 601-446-9467 WENDY’S 314 Seargent S. Prentiss Drive 601-442-1726
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THE PUB AT DUNLEITH HISTORIC INN 84 Homochitto Street 601-446-8500 www.dunleith.com
BARS & TAVERNS ANDREW’S TAVERN 325 Main Street 601-445-0772
NATCHEZ MANOR 600 Franklin Street 601-442-4441 www.natchezmanor.com
THE ANTIQUE BAR Isle of Capri Casino 70 Silver Street 601-445-0605
PEACOCKS BAR & GRILL The Eola Hotel 110 North Pearl Street 601-445-6000 www.eolahotel.com
BISCUITS & BLUES 315 Main Street 601-446-9922 www.biscuitsandblues.com BOBBY J’S 727 Franklin Street 601-443-9762
QUITMAN LOUNGE AT MONMOUTH HISTORIC INN 36 Melrose Avenue 601-442-5852 www.monmouthhistoricinn.com
BOWIE’S TAVERN 100 Main Street 601-445-6627 www.bowiestavern.com
SINKERS BAR Magnolia Bluffs Casino 7 Roth Hill Road 601-442-2220 www.magnoliabluffscasino.com
BRIARVUE 31 Irving Lane 601-653-0017 www.thebriarsbb.com THE CORNER BAR Canal Street at State Street 601-442-2546
UNDER-THE-HILL SALOON 25 Silver Street 601-446-8023 www.underthehillsaloon.com
DIMPLES 324 Main Street 601-445-9464
VUE LOUNGE 130 John R. Junkin Drive 601-442-9976 www.vuehotelandrestaurant.com
CASINOS ISLE OF CAPRI CASINO 70 Silver Street 601-445-0605 or 800-722-5825 natchez.isleofcapricasinos.com MAGNOLIA BLUFFS CASINO 7 Roth Hill Road 601-442-2220 or 1-888-505-5777 www.magnoliabluffscasino.com
BANDSAW BUFFET CYPRESS MILL ITALIAN RESTAURANT AND 180 LOUNGE Landbased One-level Casino Covered Parking “Onsite” Stunning River Views
NATCHEZ LITTLE THEATRE 319 Linton Avenue 601-442-2233 Advance tickets necessary www.natchezlittletheatre.org J.N. STONE HOUSE MUSICALE B&B Classical Concert Social Advance tickets necessary 804 Washington Street 601-445-7466 www.josephstonehouse.com
(601) 235 - 0045 DOWNTOWN NATCHEZ BELOW THE NATCHEZ GRAND HOTEL
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WHERE TO STAY
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With remarkably pristine historic homes and both historic and modern hotels, Natchez is a treasure trove of alluring accommodations. Known as the “Bed and Breakfast Capital of the South,” we’ve got more of these charming, comfortable homes than any city in Mississippi. Savor a classic Southern breakfast served up by a third generation homeowner or take a relaxing dip in a clawfooted tub. Sip sweet tea on a breezy balcony or curl up with a good book in a stately living room. Southern comforts come in all shapes and sizes. You’re likely to fall madly in love with our accommodation options – we just hope your spouse isn’t the jealous type. 28
BISLAND HOUSE* 404 S. Commerce Street 601-304-5806 www.bislandhouse.com Downtown. Full breakfast or Continental breakfast. Rooms: 3
BED & BREAKFASTS *Natchez Bed & Breakfast Association Member 1835 OAK HILL INN* 409 S. Rankin Street 601-446-2500 www.historicoakhill.com Downtown. Full country breakfast. Rooms: 3
BLUFF TOP 205 Clifton Avenue 601-304-1002 1-800-211-6420 www.blufftopnatchez.com Downtown. Full Southern breakfast. Rooms: 3
1835 WILKINS TOWN HOUSE 300 N. Commerce Street 601-442-9935 www.wilkinstownhouse.com Downtown. Southern breakfast. Rooms: 2
BRANDON HALL PLANTATION* Mile Marker 8.7, Natchez Trace Parkway 1213 Highway 61 North 601-304-1040 www.brandonhallplantation.com Off the Natchez Trace. Full Southern breakfast. Rooms: 5 in Main House Cottage sleeps 6
1888 WENSEL HOUSE 206 Washington Street 601-445-8577 888-775-8577 www.1888wenselhouse.com Downtown. Plantation breakfast. Rooms: 4
THE BRIARS B&B* 31 Irving Lane 601-653-0017 www.thebriarsbb.com Near downtown. Full Southern breakfast. Rooms: 11
ANOTHER PADRE’S INN 19 Homochitto Street 601-446-5963 601-807-3617 www.anotherpadresinn.com Downtown. Continental breakfast. Rooms: 1
THE BURN* 712 N. Union Street 601-442-1344 800-654-8859 www.theburnbnb.com Near downtown. Full breakfast. Rooms: 5 THE CEDARS PLANTATION 13688 River Road (Highway 553) 601-445-8875 www.cedarsplantationnatchez.com Located several miles north of downtown Full Southern Breakfast Rooms: 4 CEDAR GROVE PLANTATION* 617 Kingston Road 601-445-3535 or 601-392-3946 www.cedargrove-plantation.com Located several miles south of downtown. Full breakfast. Rooms: 4
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DEVEREAUX SHIELDS HOUSE* 709 N. Union Street 601-304-5378 www.dshieldsusa.com Full Southern breakfast. Rooms: 6
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THE DR’S INN 507 Washington Sreet 601-442-3561 www.natchezpilgrimage.com Full Southern breakfast. Rooms: 3
GLENFIELD PLANTATION* 6 Glenfield Lane 601-442-1002 www.glenfieldplantation.com South of downtown. Full breakfast. Rooms: 4
J.N. STONE HOUSE MUSICALE B&B* 804 Washington Street 601-445-7466 www.josephstonehouse.com Downtown. Full breakfast. Rooms: 3
DUNLEITH HISTORIC INN* 84 Homochitto Street 601-446-8500 800-433-2445 www.dunleith.com Near downtown. Full Southern breakfast. Rooms: 26 at Dunleith Rooms: 6 at Cotton Warehouse
MAGNOLIA VALE GUEST COTTAGES* 29 Learned’s Mill Road 601-807-9140 www.magnolia-vale.com Near downtown. Continental breakfast. Rooms: 2
GREENLEA* 211 S. Wall Street 601-446-7053 601-807-5637 www.greenleanatchez.com Downtown. Full breakfast. Rooms: 1
LE JARDIN 20 Newman Road 601-442-8045 www.lejardinnatchez.com North of downtown. Full breakfast. Rooms: 1
MARCIA’S COTTAGES* 411 S. Pearl Street 601-442-1100 www.marciascottages.com Downtown. Rooms: 17
LINDEN (circa 1790)* 1 Linden Place 601-445-5472 1-800-254-6336 www.lindenbnb.com Near downtown. Full Southern breakfast. Rooms: 6
MARK TWAIN GUEST HOUSE 25 Silver Sreet 601-446-8023 www.underthehillsaloon.com Near downtown. Continental breakfast. Rooms: 3
THE GUEST HOUSE 201 N. Pearl Street 601-442-8848 866-442-8848 www.natchezguesthouse.com Downtown. Full breakfast. Rooms: 17
ELGIN PLANTATION 1 Elgin Plantation Road 601-446-6100 www.natchezpilgrimage.com Several miles south of downtown. Full Southern breakfast. Rooms: 3
HOPE FARM* 147 Homochitto Street 601-445-4848 www.3natchezladies.com Near downtown. Full breakfast. Rooms: 4
THE ELMS 801 Washington Street 601-445-5979 www.theelms-natchez.com Downtown. Southern-style breakfast. Rooms: 3
MAGNOLIA COTTAGE* 35 Homochitto Street 601-807-5260 601-445-8875 www.magnoliacottagebandb.com Near downtown. Full Southern breakfast during weekends. Continental breakfast during the week. Rooms: 1
MONMOUTH HISTORIC INN* 36 Melrose Avenue 601-442-5852 1-800-828-4531 www.monmouthhistoricinn.com Near downtown. Southern breakfast. Rooms: 30
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NATCHEZ MANOR 600 Franklin Street 601-442-4441 www.natchezmanor.com Downtown. Full breakfast. Rooms: 14
HOTELS BEST WESTERN RIVER INN 10 Grand Soleil Boulevard 601-442-1906 1-800-937-8376 www.bestwestern.com 60 rooms, conference room.
124 Lower Woodville Road, 601.445.5101 PLEASANT HILL* 310 S. Pearl Street 601-442-7674 1-866-442-7674 www.natchezbedandbreakfast.com Downtown. Full breakfast. Rooms: 4
DAYS INN 109 Highway 61 South 601-445-8291 1-800-325-2525 www.daysinnnatchez.com 123 rooms, smoking rooms, outdoor pool, restaurant and senior discount.
RISING SUN 303 N. Pearl Sreet 601-870-3159 601-442-2120 www.risingsunnatchezms.com Downtown. Breakfast voucher Rooms: 2
DELUXE INN 218 John R. Junkin Drive 601-442-0221 36 rooms, smoking rooms and senior discount. EOLA HOTEL 110 N. Pearl Street 601-445-6000 1-866-445-3652 www.eolahotel.com 131 rooms, smoking rooms, exercise room, restaurant, lounge, conference rooms.
RIVERS EDGE GUEST SUITES* 41 Silver Street 601-870-1237 www.riveredgesuites.com Near downtown. Continental breakfast. Rooms:3
EXCELLENT INN AND SUITES 43 Sgt. Prentiss Drive 601-442-1691 72 rooms.
RIVERSIDE 211 Clifton Avenue 601-446-5730 Downtown. Southern breakfast. Rooms: 3
RED CARPET INN 271 D’Evereux Drive 601-442-3686 800-251-1962 89 rooms. RELAX INN 40 Seargent Prentiss Drive 601-304-0999 1-800-224-8704 36 rooms. TRAVEL INN 271-A D’Evereux Drive 601-446-8799 1-800-224-8704 36 rooms. VUE HOTEL & RESTAURANT 130 John R. Junkin Drive 601-442-9976 1-888-946-4727 www.vuehotelandrestaurant.com 94 rooms, river views, outdoor pool and spa, exercise room, restaurant, lounge.
RV & CAMPING NATCHEZ STATE PARK 230 B Wickcliff Road, off US Highway 61 N. 601-442-2658 www.mdwfp.com 4 spaces NATCHEZ TRACE PARKWAY Entrance off of Liberty Road 601-842-1572 (Camping only) www.scenictrace.com PLANTATION PARK 1 Frederick Road, Highway 61 South 601-442-5222 37 spaces RIVER VIEW RV PARK AND RESORT 100 River View Parkway, Vidalia, LA 318-336-1400 www.riverviewrvpark.com 193 spaces
HAMPTON INN AND SUITES 627 S. Canal Street 601-446-6770 1-800-426-7866 www.hamptoninn.com Near downtown. 86 rooms
THE TOWERS 801 Myrtle Avenue 601-446-6890 www.thetowersofnatchez.com Near downtown. Full breakfast. Rooms: 2
If you decide to stay… Visitors often fall in love with Natchez. Whether you are looking to relocate, buy investment property, or a vacation home - it can be found here!
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS HOTEL & SUITES 639 S. Canal Street 601-442-4462 Fax 601-442-4062 www.hiexpress.com Now open, outdoor pool, exercise room, free hot breakfast, 100% non smoking, 81 Rooms
TWIN OAKS* 71 Homochitto Street 601-445-0338 1-888-846-6556 www.twinoaksnatchez.com Near downtown. Full breakfast. Rooms: 6
Any one of our knowledgeable agents would be honored to work with you to find your perfect Natchez property.
ISLE OF CAPRI CASINO HOTEL 645 S. Canal Street 601-445-0605 1-800-722-5825 natchez.isleofcapricasinos.com 143 rooms, smoking rooms, outdoor pool, exercise room, entertainment.
WEYMOUTH HALL* 1 Cemetery Road 601-445-2304 www.weymouthhall.com Near downtown. Southern breakfast. Rooms: 3
NATCHEZ GRAND HOTEL 111 Broadway Street 601-446-9994 1-866-488-0898 www.natchezgrandhotel.com 119 rooms, outdoor pool, exercise room, lounge, conference rooms.
WHITE TURPIN HOUSE 608 Jefferson Street 318-452-8356 www.whiteturpinhouse.com Downtown. Breakfast voucher. Rooms: 3 - whole house 33
QUALITY INN 337 D’Evereux Drive 601-446-5500 1-800-424-6423 www.choicehotels.com 50 rooms, smoking rooms, outdoor pool.
The Turning Angel
Visit the Natchez City Cemetery to see this statue made popular by New York Times best-selling novelist and Natchez native, Greg Iles. (800) 647-6724
UNIQUELY NATCHEZ The Quick Trip Two-Day Itinerary When planning a trip to Natchez, always add a little extra time to your schedule, because you’re bound to want to stay a little longer. The main comment we hear from visitors? “Oh my, we didn’t realize there was so much to do!” To help you navigate your Natchez experience, we’ve compiled some short itineraries and items that are unique to Natchez and the surrounding area. Make sure you allow yourself enough time to hit the important items on your agenda … or at least make time to come back for another visit. Special Note: Most of the shops and historic homes that are open daily close around 5 p.m. Most shops are not open on Sundays, but the historic sites are, so make sure to adjust your plans accordingly.
The Quick Trip:
shop, Natchez Coffee Company (pg. 22), located on Franklin Street.
• Arrive in Natchez, and make the Natchez Visitor Center (pg. 3) your first stop (it’s open 7 days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) or visitnatchez.mobi on your smartphone for all the info you need. Head out for some shopping or sightseeing. Check out one of our fabulous Bed & Breakfasts or Hotels (pg. 28).
• Do some shopping in our quaint downtown or area shops. Remember, most of them do close at 5:00 p.m. so schedule your activities around those hours. • Tour some of the finest antebellum (1860) mansions in the world. Twelve of these architecturally magnificent homes are open daily, and additional locations open on specific schedules during our annual Spring and Fall Pilgrimages. Please refer to page 11 for tour details.
• Later in the evening, meander your way to the bluff for an evening sunset. Regardless of the time of year, the views are exquisite. Natchez also boasts magnificent walking trails along the riverfront. A quick run, walk or leisure time on a park bench is the perfect way to end the day.
There are few things more Southern than shopping, and you’ll find your pick of envy-inducing items in Natchez. Thanks to our centralized location, we were once the crossroads of American trading. Early shoppers had their treasures shipped along the Natchez Trace and the Mississippi River. Today, we’re still home to the best shopping in Mississippi. From works of art by local craftsmen and homemade fudge to swank attire and priceless photography, there’s something for every avid shopper in our Southern city. Don’t say we didn’t warn you when antiquing becomes an addiction.
WHERE TO SHOP
• Refer to the listings below that highlight other unique things to do while visiting Natchez. More detailed information is available online at www.visitnatchez.org.
• Stop in at the Peacocks Bar at The Eola Hotel (pg. 16), Bowie’s Tavern (pg. 25), The Corner Bar (pg. 25) or Fat Mama’s (pg. 21) for a refreshing beverage. Mingle with the locals and get a feel for local culture.
And always luncheon before you leave! Did we mention that we have THE BEST fried chicken, hot tamales, catfish sandwiches, banana pudding, fried soft shell crab and pasta in the world? Oh, and don’t let those Louisiana folks fool you about their gumbo – we’ve got the best gumbo going, as well as crawfish etouffee, barbeque shrimp and oysters.
• Dine at one of our fabulous restaurants or eating establishments. Snag a burger at Bellemont Shake Shop (pg 19), indulge in softshell crab at The Carriage House (pg. 20) or take in a breathtaking river view at The Magnolia Grill (pg. 22). Natchez has everything from casual eateries to fine dining! Refer to our dining listings (pg. 18) for all the options.
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When deciding where to hit the hay during your Natchez stay, make sure you check out our fabulous B&Bs and Hotels. They feature great porches, swimming pools, river views and more. Many of the B&Bs have unique suites and cozy gathering spots that are perfect for groups of all sizes – from three to twenty three. In-room massages can be arranged at the majority of our accommodations, or you can make a group appointment at one of the local salons. Whether you‘re having a reunion with college friends, a bachelorette outing or a church or civic group of 20 or more, we can customize your activities based on your interests. Make sure you call Natchez Convention and Visitor Bureau at 1-800-647-6724 and we will help you plan the perfect getaway. Here are just a few options for group activities:
Natchez Festival of Music (pg.46) or one of our seasonal shows during the annual Fall and Spring Pilgrimage. Don’t forget to check the festival calendar before selecting your arrival date! For a small community, there’s a neverending assortment of things to do, including many attractions unique to Natchez, like: • The Natchez Trace Parkway • The Natchez National Historical Park: Melrose & William Johnson House • Eleven Historic Houses (Open seven days a week; eight of the houses are National Historic Landmarks) • Jefferson Military College • The Grand Village of the Natchez Indians • Cooking demonstrations with Regina Charboneau • The Natchez Story • Natchez Soiree Musicale at the J.N. Stone House (pg. 25) • The nation’s first African American Museum on Main Street • 2nd Saturdays in the Historic District • Walking Trails with narrated tours • Natchez City Cemetery tours • Horse–drawn carriage tours • Frogmore Cotton Plantation and Gins
• Book a private tour guide. Natchez has magnificent gardens, courtyards and numerous historic angles that a private guide can showcase in a unique way. Licensed Natchez Tour Guides can make the city and the entire region come alive. • Book a special dinner in a historic house and arrange a guest speaker on topics like gardening, historic photographs, floral arranging, art class, antique collecting and more. • Shop in quaint antique and dress shops. Some will even open just to accommodate your group. • Catch an evening performance at the Natchez Little Theatre (pg.25), The 37
610 - 614 Franklin Street Antiques, Estate Jewelry, Bridal Gifts, Fabric 601-445-8416 hhalgarnerofnatchez.com
Fleur De Lis Antiques Natchez Antiques 631 Franklin Street Antiques, Unique Gifts, New/Vintage 601-442-0305
Mrs. Holder’s Antiques 636 Franklin Street Antiques, Estate Jewelry, Fine Linens 601-442-0675
The Towers Collection 706 Franklin Street Antiques, Collectibles, Ornaments, Gifts, Clothing 601-304-1500 thetowersofnatchez.com
The Forde Line 706 Franklin Street
A Men’s Haberdashery High End Menswear and Accessories 601-304-1500 Mention this ad to recieve 10% off one select item.
BIKE RENTALS THE BIKE SHOP/WESTERN AUTO 180 Seargent S. Prentiss Drive 601-445-4186 Bike sales, service and rentals. EVERYDAY ADVENTURES 334 Main Street 601-392-3079 or 601-334-6729 www.everydayadventure.net Bike and kayak rentals. Guided biking and kayaking tours.3pt STAN’S ROCK ‘N’ ROLL SHOP 55 Seargent S. Prentiss Drive, Suite 9 601-445-9762 Bike sales and rentals.p
BIKING EVERYDAY ADVENTURES 334 Main Street 601-392-3079 or 601-334-6729 www.everydayadventure.net Bike and kayak rentals. Guided biking and kayaking tours. 3pt
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THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Fishing at Natchez
Be it getting back to nature or seeking outdoor adventures, Natchez offers a wealth of experiences for the fresh air enthusiast. From a multitude of hiking options along the world-famous Natchez Trace Parkway (pg.40) to the lush, tree-lined pathways of the Homochitto National Forest (pg.40), there are countless opportunities to explore the great outdoors. Take in a spectacular sunset at Bluff Park (pg.13) or spot bald eagles and peregrine falcons at the St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge (pg.41). Stroll through downtown Natchez on a walking tour or look at local flora at Historic Jefferson College (pg.40). Walk alongside the magnificent Mississippi River as far as the eye can see. The indoors are so overrated.
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Historic Jefferson College Hwy 61 North, Washington, MS 601-442-2901 Buildings are open Monday - Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Grounds are open from sunup to sundown daily. drp The Homochitto National Forest The Homochitto National Forest is home to both leisurely and challenging bike trails. The forest offers trails for everyone and is well known in the world of cycling. dprtyN Natchez State Park 230-B Wickcliff Road 601-442-2658 Natchez State Park offers water sports and excellent fishing, boasting the state’s record large-mouth bass. Ten cabins, a picnic area and a nature trail are available. There are 50 sites for RV camping and eight primitive sites. prtyN
Natchez Trace Parkway 1-800- 305-7417 www.nps.gov/natr/index.htm The Natchez Trace Parkway is a designated biking route extending 444 miles from Natchez to Nashville, Tennessee. A federal parkway operated by the National Park Service, the Trace offers not only scenic beauty, but many historic markers to lead the visitor through some of the earliest history of the old Southwest Territory. Stop in at the Natchez Visitor Center for a map, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to have one mailed to you. d1Nr.d NATCHEZ TRAILS - MUSEUM OF STREETS 100 North Broadway Street 1-800-647-6724 www.visitnatchez.org The Natchez Trails are a combination of city streets and walkways dotted with interpretive panels depicting the history of the area in which you are walking. The trails run throughout the downtown area and along the bluff overlooking the river. Pedestrians and cyclists can share parts of the trails, and you can wind your way down to the edge of the mighty Mississippi River. Not only is it a great way to get some exercise, it is a great way to learn a lot about the abundant history of Natchez. The trail is wide enough atop the bluff to be shared by walkers and those just wanting to take a look at the river or watch a magnificent sunset over neighboring Louisiana. You can add an extra day to your stay just to spend it walking along the Natchez Trails.Trails Brochure available at the Natchez Visitor Center. pr
BIRDING BAYOU COCODRIE WILDLIFE REFUGE Ferriday, Louisiana 318-336-7119 Approximately 15 miles from Natchez in Concordia Parish, Louisiana. Hunting is permitted for small game and deer. A hunting permit is required. Bayou Cocodrie is open for canoeing. There are roads and walking trails open throughout the refuge. Come by the Refuge Headquarters, Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. for information.
Grand Village of the Natchez Indians 400 Jefferson Davis Boulevard 601-442-6502 http://mdah.state.ms.us/hprop/gvni.html This 128-acre site includes a nature trail great for wildlife observation, birding and photography, a reconstructed Natchez Indian house and three ceremonial mounds The museum features a “touch table” for children and a gift shop. Hours are Monday - Saturday 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Sunday 1:30 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. dr
FISHING Area Lakes and Rivers Other oxbow lakes in the area popular for fishing are Black River and Horseshoe Lake. Old River was once part of the Mississippi River and the main waterway still filters through it. For directions to these area waterways, grab a map at the Natchez Visitor Center on Canal Street. BAYOU COCODRIE WILDLIFE REFUGE Ferriday, Louisiana 318-336-7119 Approximately 15 miles from Natchez in Concordia Parish, Louisiana. Hunting is permitted for small game and deer. A hunting permit is required. Bayou Cocodrie is open for canoeing. There are roads and walking trails open throughout the refuge. Come by the Refuge Headquarters, Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. for information. drN 3
Historic Jefferson College Hwy 61 North Washington, MS 601-442-2901 Buildings are open Monday - Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Grounds are open from sunup to sundown daily. drp
Giles Island 1-877-944-5374 www.gilesisland.com Located on the Mississippi River, this 9,400 acre commercial hunting facility offers trophy whitetail deer hunting, turkey hunting, alligator hunting, fishing, trap shooting, group events and corporate meetings. dN
The Homochitto National Forest The Homochitto National Forest is home to both leisurely and challenging bike trails. The forest offers trails for everyone and is well known in the world of cycling. dprtyN Natchez Trace Parkway 1-800-305-7417 www.nps.gov/natr/index.htm The Natchez Trace Parkway is a designated biking route extending 444 miles from Natchez to Nashville, Tennessee. A federal parkway operated by the National Park Service, the Trace offers not only scenic beauty, but many historic markers to lead the visitor through some of the earliest history of the old Southwest Territory. Stop in at the Natchez Visitor Center for a map, or contact email@example.com to have one mailed to you.
The Homochitto National Forest The Homochitto National Forest is home to both leisurely and challenging bike trails. The forest offers trails for everyone and is well known in the world of cycling. dprtyN Lake Concordia Ferriday, Louisiana Lake Concordia is approximately 15 miles from Natchez and is an oxbow lake that was once part of the Mississippi River. It is surrounded by ghostly cypress trees draped with Spanish moss.
St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge Highway 61 South Sibley, Mississippi 601-442-6696 www.fws.gov/saintcatherinecreek A hiking trail is available for observing wildlife. Fishing is permitted in four lakes during designated dates. Motor vehicles are restricted to public roads and designated parking areas. Camping, open fires and overnight parking are prohibited. Refuge hours are sunrise to sunset. Refuge headquarters are open from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. Closed on federal holidays. Permit required for hunting and fishing. dpry3N
Lake St. John Ferriday, Louisiana 318-757-4303 Lake St. John is another oxbow product of the Mississippi River. It’s 2,100 acres are lined with moss-covered cypress, endless amounts of wildlife and the sunsets on the lake are fantastic. Public access is available at three launch sites on the lake’s south side. Spokane Resort Boat Rental is located on the highway as you arrive at Lake St. John. The resort has pontoon boats for rent.
Natchez State Park 230-B Wickcliff Road 601-442-2658 Natchez State Park offers water sports and excellent fishing, boasting the state’s record large-mouth
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Walking/biking trails on the Mississippi River bass. Ten cabins, a picnic area and a nature trail are available. There are 50 sites for RV camping and eight primitive sites. prtyN Old River Vidalia, Louisiana Old River is a popular fishing spot. If you truly appreciate raw, natural beauty and have hopes of spotting one of the many large alligators that reside there, then boating on Old River is right up your alley. Ndy St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge Highway 61 South Sibley, Mississippi 601-442-6696 www.fws.gov/saintcatherinecreek/ A hiking trail is available for observing wildlife. Fishing is permitted in four lakes during designated dates. Motor vehicles are restricted to public roads and designated parking areas. Camping, open fires and overnight parking are prohibited. Refuge hours are sunrise to sunset. Refuge headquarters are open from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. Closed on federal holidays. Permit required for hunting and fishing. dpry3N
GOLF Beau Pré Country Club 40 Club Drive 601-442-8181 Beau Pré Country Club is a semi-private facility that includes one soft surface and three hard surface tennis courts, swimming pool, pro shop, bar & grill and a championship golf course designed by Mike Young.4 Duncan Park Golf Course 57 Duncan Park Road Clubhouse 601-442-5955 Tennis Courts 601-442-1584 Located in the heart of Natchez, Duncan Park offers biking and running trails with an 18-hole golf course and 8 tennis courts. drp4
HUNTING BAYOU COCODRIE WILDLIFE REFUGE Ferriday, Louisiana 318-336-7119 Approximately 15 miles from Natchez in Concordia Parish, Louisiana. Hunting is permitted for small game and deer. A hunting permit is required. Bayou Cocodrie is open for canoeing. There are roads and walking trails open throughout the refuge. Come by the Refuge Headquarters, Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. for information. drN 3 Giles Island 1-877-944-5374 www.gilesisland.com Located on the Mississippi River, this 9,400 acre commercial hunting facility offers trophy whitetail deer hunting, turkey hunting, alligator hunting, fishing, trap shooting, group events and corporate meetings. dN The Homochitto National Forest The Homochitto National Forest is home to both leisurely and challenging bike trails. The forest offers trails for everyone and is well known in the world of cycling. dprtyN St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge Highway 61 South Sibley, Mississippi 601-442-6696 www.fws.gov/saintcatherinecreek/ A hiking trail is available for observing wildlife. Fishing is permitted in four lakes during designated dates. Motor vehicles are restricted to public roads and designated parking areas. Camping, open fires and overnight parking are prohibited. Refuge hours are sunrise to sunset. Refuge headquarters are open from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. Closed on federal holidays. Permit required for hunting and fishing.
©Photo by Vicki Torrey surface tennis courts, swimming pool, pro shop, ©Vicki Torrey bar & grill and a championship golf course designed by Mike Young.4
KAYAK RENTALS/TOURS EVERYDAY ADVENTURES 334 Main Street 601-392-3079 or 601-334-6729 www.everydayadventure.net Bike and kayak rentals. Guided biking and kayaking tours. 3pt
WALKING TOURS Stop by the Natchez Visitor Center to find all the information, insider tips and directions you need for these architecturally and historically significant tours. • Grand House Tour • African American Heritage Tour • Cemetery Tour • Seasonal guided walking tours of the down- town historic district • The Natchez Trails - Museum of Streets
TENNIS Duncan Park Tennis Courts 57 Duncan Park Road Tennis Pro Shop 601-442-1584 Located in the heart of Natchez, Duncan Park offers 8 lighted, public tennis courts.
drp4 Beau Pré Country Club 40 Club Drive 601-442-8181 Beau Pré Country Club is a semi-private facility that includes one soft surface and three hard
NATCHEZ TRAILS - MUSEUM OF STREETS 100 North Broadway Street 1-800-647-6724 www.visitnatchez.org The Natchez Trails are a combination of city streets and walkways dotted with interpretive panels depicting the history of the area in which you are walking. The trails run throughout the downtown area and along the bluff overlooking the river. Pedestrians and cyclists can share parts of the trails, and you can wind your way down to the edge of the mighty Mississippi River. Not only is it a great way to get some exercise, it is a great way to learn a lot about the abundant history of Natchez. The trail is wide enough atop the bluff to be shared by walkers and those just wanting to take a look at the river or watch a magnificent sunset over neighboring Louisiana. You can add an extra day to your stay just to spend it walking along the Natchez Trails. Trails Brochure available at the Natchez Visitor Center. pr St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge Highway 61 South Sibley, Mississippi 601-442-6696 www.fws.gov/saintcatherinecreek/ A hiking trail is available for observing wildlife. Fishing is permitted in four lakes during designated dates. Motor vehicles are restricted to public roads and designated parking areas. Camping, open fires and overnight parking are prohibited. Refuge hours are sunrise to sunset. Refuge headquarters are open from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. Closed on federal holidays. Permit required for hunting and fishing.
Balloon over Longwood by KenMurphy
FESTIVALS & EVENTS
Despite our laid back Southern vibe, we’re also a hotspot for an eclectic assortment of events. From the traditional, awe-inspiring Spring Pilgrimage to the Great Mississippi River Balloon Race, from family friendly to deeply romantic, you’ll find a whole host of options during your Natchez adventure. Celebrate song with the month-long Natchez Festival of Music, or eat and drink your way through the Natchez Food and Wine Festival. Get physical with the Phatwater Kayak Challenge or immerse yourself in local history at the
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Angels on the Bluff Cemetery Tour. There are special events and unique activities for every season. Show us your festive side and we’ll show you ours.
â€œFestivals remind us why we love living here. And they give our guests great excuses to keep coming back.â€?
THE FLOWER STATION 387 John R. Junkin Drive 601-442-4878 www.theflowerstationms.com
CAKES & CATERING BIG MOMMA’S BARBEQUE 230 John R. Junkin Drive 601-445-0227 www.bigmommasbbq.com
JA’NEL’S FLOWERS & GIFTS 105 Lower Woodville Road 601-442-0247 www.janelsflowers.com
CAJUN’ COOKIN’ RESTAURANT 104 Martin Luther KIng Jr. Street 601-304-0224
MO’S FLOWERS & GIFTS 487 John R. Junkin Drive 601-442-0666 www.merchantcircle.com
THE CARRIAGE HOUSE 401 High Street 601-445-5151 www.stantonhall.com
MORETON’S FLOWERLAND 629 Franklin Street 601-442-4321 www.moretonsflowerland.com
THE CASTLE RESTAURANT & PUB 84 Homochitto Street 601-446-8500 www.dunleith.com
REBECCA’S FLOWERS AND GIFTS 176 Seargent S. Prentiss Drive 601-446-6086
COCK OF THE WALK 200 North Broadway Street 601-446-8920
DALE’S CATERING 99 Barth Street 601-442-7280
Dunleith Historic Inn
WEDDINGS IN NATCHEZ
There are few places more picturesque than the riverfront vistas and rolling hills of Natchez. Our romantic southern city is ideal for couples looking to tie the knot. From an ornate reception in an antebellum home to a simple ceremony in a gorgeous bluff-top gazebo, you can make it a day you’ll never forget. Couples from all over the world have taken the leap in Natchez, and notable names, too. Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Varina Howell got hitched at The Briars Bed & Breakfast (pg.50),
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GJ’S SPACE JUMPS 42 Quitman Road 601-442-9380
EDNA’S CAKE CREATIONS 483 John R. Junkin Drive 601-443-9000 www.ednascakes.com
KING OF HEARTS Tuxedo Rentals Natchez Mall 601-446-8889
EL POTRO 105 Northgate, Suite A 601-446-8828
RAM RENT-ALL, INC. 274 Seargent S. Prentiss Drive 601-446-7600
EOLA CATERING 110 North Pearl Street 601-445-6000 www.eolahotel.com
WEDDING MART 4 Franklin Street 601-442-3270
SPAS & SALONS
LI’L DAGO’S CAFE´ 29 Seargent S. Prentiss Drive 601-304-2221 www.lildago.com
AFTERGLOW TANNING SALON 103 Lower Woodville Road 601-445-3275
NATCHEZ SPECIALTIES 408 Main Street 601-442-6515 www.natchezspecialties.com
ANRUSS & CO. 212 North Commerce Street 601-445-2007
PEARL STREET PASTA 105 South Pearl Street 601-442-9284 www.pearlstreetnatchez.com
ARABELLA MASSAGE 329 Highland Boulevard 601-442-2871 B BEAUTIFUL BOUTIQUE AND SALON 118 North Pearl Street 601-897-0209
PIG OUT INN 116 South Canal Street 601-442-8050 www.pigoutinnbbq.com
CLARY SAGE SALON 619 Franklin Street 601-445-0009
ROLLING RIVER ROASTERS 406 Main Street 601-442-6515 www.rollingriverroasters.com
EXPRESSIONS HAIR SALON 29 Seargent S. Prentiss Drive 601-445-9484
SILVER SPOON CATERING 109 North Pearl Street 601-445-9900 www.slickricksfoods.com
HELLO, GORGEOUS! 111 North Pearl Street 601-445-4383 LAIRD’S BARBER & STYLESHOP 166 East Franklin Street 601-442-7271
SISSY’S EVERYTHING FANCY CATERING 110 Laurel Avenue 601-442-1030
MANE EVENT 102 Homochitto Street 601-445-7300
FLORISTS DORA’S FLOWER SHOP 6 A Morgantown Road 601-442-8188
OLD SOUTH MASSAGE 613 State Street 601-392-3657 www.osm.massagetherapy.com
PAMPER ME PLEASE 151 Franklin Street 601-445-0206 www.natchezspa.com
LONGWOOD 140 Lower Woodville Road 601-442-5193 www.natchezpilgrimage.com/dailytour
MAGNOLIA HALL 215 South Pearl Street 601-442-6672 www.natchezgardenclub.com/Magnolia
1ST CLASS LIMO SERVICE 12 Bass Lane 601-445-8034 www.ridingwithclass.com
MONMOUTH HISTORIC INN 36 Melrose Avenue 601-442-5852 www.monmouthhistoricinn.com
BUS SUPPLY CHARTERS 103 Lower Woodville Road 601-445-5291
NATCHEZ CITY AUDITORIUM 207 Jefferson Street 601-442-5880 www.natchezconventioncenter.org
MAGNOLIA CARRIAGE COMPANY 601-807-0802
NATCHEZ COMMUNITY CENTER 215 Franklin Street 601-445-4155 www.natchezconventioncenter.org
NATCHEZ TRANSIT AUTHORITY 124 South Pearl Street 601-445-7568 SOUTHERN CARRIAGE TOURS 640 South Canal Street 601-442-2151
NATCHEZ CONVENTION CENTER 211 Main Street 601-442-5880 www.natchezconventioncenter.org
VENUES 408 MAIN 408 Main Street 601-660-7300
ROSALIE 100 Orleans Street 601-446-5676 www.rosaliemansion.com
AUBURN 400 Duncan Avenue 601-442-5981 www.auburnmuseum.org
STANTON HALL 401 High Street 601-442-6282 www.stantonhall.com
BRANDON HALL PLANTATION Mile Marker 8.7, Natchez Trace Parkway, Natchez 601-304-1040 www.brandonhallplantation.com
VUE HOTEL AND RESTAURANT 130 John R. Junkin Drive 601-442-9976 www.vuehotelandrestaurant.com
THE BRIARS BED & BREAKFAST 31 Irving Lane 601-653-0017 www.thebriarsbb.com
WEDDING PLANNERS A MAJESTIC SOIREE 504-388-3937 www.amajesticsoiree.com
CARRIAGE HOUSE RESTAURANT 401 High Street 601-445-5151 www.stantonhall.com
APROPOS 423 Main Street, Suite 7 601-442-6847
DUNLEITH HISTORIC INN 84 Homochitto Street 601-446-8500 www.dunleith.com
DORA’S FLOWER SHOP 6 A Morgantown Road 601-442-8188 MORETON’S FLOWERLAND 629 Franklin Street 601-442-4321 www.moretonsflowerland.com
THE ELMS 801 Washington Street 601-445-5979 www.theelms-natchez.com EOLA HOTEL & GUEST HOUSE 110 North Pearl Street 601-445-6000 www.eolahotel.com
GAZEBO ON THE NATCHEZ BLUFF The Bluff at Broadway Street 601-445-7500 GLENFIELD PLANTATION 6 Glenfield Lane 601-442-1002 www.glenfieldplantation.com
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YOUR GUIDE TO ROMANCE The Natchez Romance Itinerary arranged at your leisure. (Ask your accommodation for assistance). There are plenty of options for fine dining , as well as numerous quaint casual restaurants perfect for a cozy evening alone. Reservations are recommended at 1818 at Monmouth (pg.19) and at The Castle (pg.20) on the grounds of Dunleith. Some suggested activities for our Romantic Getaway include:
Natchez has been a romantic hotbed for hundreds of years. Many have utilized our southern charm and picturesque landscape as a backdrop for proposals, anniversary celebrations, weddings or wedding nights. Natchez proudly boasts the largest collection of Bed & Breakfasts in the South, as well as incredibly romantic historic hotels that will help create a magical memory for you and your love. Please make sure that you refer to page 29 for accommodations. After selecting a place to stay, order a magnificent flower arrangement from Moreton’s Flowerland (see ad below). Their professional staff will have it delivered and awaiting your arrival. To whet the palate, order champagne or wine from your hotel, or a basket of magnificent Natchez treats. In- room massages can also be
• Take a guided kayak tour of the Mississippi River tributaries. • Rent a bicycle and cruise the historic district or take on a stretch of the Natchez Trace Parkway (pg.14).
Carriage Tour at Stanton Hall by Ken Murphy
• Take an evening horse drawn carriage tour through town (Horses are stationed at the Canal Street Train Depot).
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Planning a trip to Natchez is as easy as pie (and we make great pies). From our convenient county airport to a multitude of ground transportation options, getting here and around will be a breeze. Our walkable downtown allows for visitors to navigate between hotels, restaurants and historical attractions – all without wheels. And for those who need a little lift, horse-drawn carriages are a charming way to see the city. If you need a little more mobility, we’ve got everything from rental cars to stretch limos. Visitnatchez.org also offers a wealth of tools to help you in the travel planning process. Find all the information you need to plan the perfect trip. And while in town, don’t hesitate to pay a visit to our Visitor Center (pg.3), where an expert staff will assist you with any and all questions. We’re your wallet-friendly travel agents.
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Check out Visitnatchez.org to sample the sights and sounds and plan your trip down to the last detail.
GETTING TO AND AROUND NATCHEZ
Distance from Natchez: Alexandria, LA ..................70 miles
Natchez is located on the southwest-
Baton Rouge, LA ............ ...90 miles
ern edge of Mississippi, overlooking
Jackson, MS ......................115 miles
the Mississippi River. Natchez is built
New Orleans, LA ...............172 miles
on high bluffs over the majestic river at an altitude of 195 feet above sea
Memphis, TN................. ...290 miles
level. The area has excellent four-lane
Houston, TX ................. .....308 miles
highway access from all points. Here,
Birmingham, AL .......... ......337 miles
US Highways 61, 84 and 98 intersect,
Dallas, TX .........................356 miles
connecting the cities of Baton Rouge,
Nashville, TN ............... ....484 miles
Monroe, Memphis, Jackson and Mobile â€“ all with regional and inter-
(pg.14), a 444-mile national park,
national airports. Interstate 55 is sixty
originates in Natchez and winds
miles east of Natchez via US Highway
through Mississippi, Alabama and
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AREA MAP See visitnatchez.org for special offers and up-to-date information about the following points of interest and attractions.
Historic Jefferson College
Isle of Capri Casino
Natchez Visitor Center
Natchez City Cemetery
Natchez Convention Center
Natchez in Historic Photographs
African-American History Museum
Natchez State Park
Rhythm Nightclub Memorial Museum
Magnolia Bluffs Casino
Old South Winery
Isle of Capri Casino
St. Catherine Creek National
Wildlife Refuge William Johnson House
Beau Pre’ Golf Course
The Natchez Mall
Forks of the Road
Natchez Trails Pavilion
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Natchez Regional Medical Center
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Natchez Little Theatre
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Beau Pre´Golf Course 3.0 miles 14
St. Catherine Creek NWR 10.0 miles
Blues Trail Marker Route to Natchez Visitor Center Driving Tour of Historic Houses Historic Houses-See page 12
16 Duncan Park (Golf/Tennis)
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Natchez Trails Pavilion
JEFFE RS ON DAV I S B O U L E VARD
Grand Village of the Natchez Indians
Natchez Little Theatre
1ST CLASS LIMO SERVICE 12 Bass Lane 601-807-3776
NATCHEZ CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU 640 South Canal Street 601-446-6345 1-800-647-6724 www.visitnatchez.org
ENTERPRISE RENT-A-CAR www.enterprise.com
Open Monday - Saturday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sunday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Trained staff is available to answer questions and provide assistance. Free brochures, maps and restrooms. Local publications, tours and attraction tickets for sale. Make this your first stop in Natchez. JUDGE GEORGE W. ARMSTRONG PUBLIC LIBRARY 220 South Commerce Street 601-445-8862
MISS-LOU TAXI SERVICE 601-442-7500 NATCHEZ BUS TERMINAL AND CHARTER SERVICES 103 Lower Woodville Road 800-981-7743 601-445-5291 Fares & Schedules (800) 231-2222 or www.greyhound.com NATCHEZ TRANSIT AUTHORITY 800 Washington Street 601-445-7564 OR 601-445-7568
NATCHEZ CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 211 Main Street 601-445-4611 www.natchezchamber.com
Pickup and dropoff anywhere within the city limits for visitors.
NATCHEZ PILGRIMAGE TOURS 640 South Canal Street at Natchez Visitor Center 601-446-6631 1-800-647-6742 www.natchezpilgrimage.com
AMTRAK 1-800-872-7245 Brookhaven, Mississippi 64 miles from Natchez www.amtrak.com
TOUR SERVICES MAGNOLIA CARRIAGE COMPANY 601-807-0802
SOUTHERN CARRIAGE COMPANY H: 601-442-2151 C: 601-431-0452
ADAMS COUNTY AIRPORT (HEZ) 434 Airport Road
The Natchez-Adams County Airport is an excellent facility with a 6,500-foot runway able to host landings of Boeing 737s and DC9s, as well as smaller craft.
ALEXANDRIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (AEX) 318-449-3504
70 miles from Natchez
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AIRPORT (MSY) 504-464-0831 170 miles from Natchez
The Official Visitors Guide of Historic Natchez Mississippi