Home to historic mansions, fragrant gardens, scenic beaches and unique attractions, Mississippi is a beautiful state to explore on your weekend getaway. Our list includes unique hotels and inns in Jackson, Natchez, Oxford, Bay St. Louis and other beautiful places to visit in Mississippi. Head to the country where you can unwind surrounded by acres of land or visit a city offering a choice of museums, restaurants and entertainment on your Mississippi vacation. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Monmouth Historic Inn in Natchez
2.The Oak Crest Mansion Inn in Pass Christian
3.The Devereaux Shields House in Natchez
4.Willowdale Farm in Oxford
5.The Bay Town Inn in Bay St Louis
6.The Fairview Inn in Jackson
7.The Tux Creek Inn Bed and Breakfast in Biloxi
8.The Clark House in Clarksdale
9.The Cartney-Hunt House in Columbus
10.The Bonne Terre Inn in Nesbit
11.The Glenfield Plantation Bed and Breakfast in Natchez
12.The Old Capitol Inn in Jackson
13.Shadowlawn Bed and Breakfast in Columbus
14.The Inn at Ocean Springs
15.The Inn on Whitworth in Brookhaven
16.The Carroll House Bed and Breakfast in Bay St. Louis
17.Chateau Blessey in Biloxi
18.The Maple Terrace Inn in Kosciusko
19.Hotel Chester in Starkville
20.The Cedar Grove Mansion Inn in Vicksburg
21.The Natchez Grand Hotel and Suites
22.The Guest House Bed and Breakfast in Gulfport
23.The Linden in Natchez
25 Best Mississippi Weekend Getaways
- Monmouth Historic Inn in Natchez, Photo: Monmouth Historic Inn
- The Oak Crest Mansion Inn in Pass Christian, Photo: The Oak Crest Mansion Inn
- The Devereaux Shields House in Natchez, Photo: The Devereaux Shields House
- Willowdale Farm in Oxford, Photo: Willowdale Farm
- The Bay Town Inn in Bay St Louis, Photo: The Bay Town Inn
- The Fairview Inn in Jackson, Photo: The Fairview Inn
- The Tux Creek Inn Bed and Breakfast in Biloxi, Photo: The Tux Creek Inn
- The Clark House in Clarksdale, Photo: The Clark House
- The Cartney-Hunt House in Columbus, Photo: The Cartney-Hunt House
- The Bonne Terre Inn in Nesbit, Photo: The Bonne Terre Inn
- The Glenfield Plantation Bed and Breakfast in Natchez, Photo: The Glenfield Plantation
- The Old Capitol Inn in Jackson, Photo: The Old Capitol Inn
- Shadowlawn Bed and Breakfast in Columbus, Photo: Shadowlawn Bed and Breakfast
- The Inn at Ocean Springs, Photo: The Inn at Ocean Springs
- The Inn on Whitworth in Brookhaven, Photo: The Inn on Whitworth
- The Carroll House Bed and Breakfast in Bay St. Louis, Photo: The Carroll House
- Chateau Blessey in Biloxi, Photo: Chateau Blessey
- The Maple Terrace Inn in Kosciusko, Photo: The Maple Terrace Inn
- Hotel Chester in Starkville, Photo: Hotel Chester
- The Cedar Grove Mansion Inn in Vicksburg, Photo: The Cedar Grove Mansion Inn
- The Natchez Grand Hotel and Suites, Photo: The Natchez Grand Hotel and Suites
- The Guest House Bed and Breakfast in Gulfport, Photo: The Guest House Bed and Breakfast
- The Linden in Natchez, Photo: The Linden
- Cover Photo: Monmouth Historic Inn
Mississippi DestinationsHeed the call and make your next vacation an unforgettable adventure as you experience legendary Southern hospitality at first hand in Mississippi. Marvelous Mississippi has a lot of stories to tell; you can learn all about the Birth of the Blues as you take a trip down memory lane along the famous Mississippi Blues Trail. History lovers can relive the many desperate battles of the Civil War on a tour of the Mississippi Freedom Trail. Beach lovers can enjoy the holiday of a lifetime at several towns along the beautiful Gulf Islands National Seashore while hikers and bikers can take on the amazing 444 mile Natchez Trace Parkway.
Located in Lafayette County in northern Mississippi, Oxford has developed a reputation for arts, culture and innovative cuisine. The city is home to the University of Mississippi which has a very beautiful and vibrant campus – guided college tours are available. At the heart of the city you will find the Historic Downtown Square, surrounded by beautiful old buildings which now house a great assortment of shops and restaurants. Art lovers can admire visual arts at several galleries both on and off the university campus while music lovers can listen to live music and concerts at the Lyric Theatre and browse through thousands of vinyls at the End Of All Music Record Store. Bookworms will be enchanted by no less than three amazing book stores.
Dotted with beautifully preserved historic homes and churches, the city of Natchez is a great place to spend some time learning about Mississippi State and experiencing true southern hospitality. The city is set on the banks of the Mississippi River where you will find the Natchez National Historical Park – a Mecca for history and architecture enthusiasts who could spend days admiring the many antebellum mansions and other historic buildings. In addition to history the city also boasts a vibrant arts scene, many galleries and studios and wonderful boutique shopping. Outdoor recreational facilities include two golf courses, the Natchez State Part and Natchez Trace Parkway for hiking and biking and several lakes and waterways for boating and fishing.
Bay St. Louis
Oozing charm and genuine Southern hospitality, Bay St. Louis is an ideal getaway destination on the magical Mississippi Gulf Coast. Originally settled in 1699, the town is chock-full of history, legend, art and architecture which you can learn about on a self-guided walking (or cycling) tour of Old Town Bay St. Louis. A few of the highlights of the town include the stately Hancock Bank Building (oldest 2-story structure in the town), the Masonic Temple Building, the historic Train Depot and the Hancock County Courthouse. Several other historic buildings now house shops and boutiques and a walk down Depot Row is like stepping back in time. Bay St Louis beach is perfect for sunbathing and swimming for the whole family and scenic cruises and fishing charters are available.
Scenically situated right on the edge of the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, the city of Gulfport is an ideal base for visitors wanting to explore the magnificent Mississippi Gulf Coast. Expect to find a laid-back holiday atmosphere, where one of the highlights of the week is the Wednesday Gulfport Harbor Famer’s Market. Must-see attractions include the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies, the Mississippi Coast Model Railroad Museum and the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center Children’s Museum. You can take a ferry to Ship Island for a delightful day on the beach and the chance to see dolphins at play. For a change of pace you can go walking or cycling in Jones Park or head to the casino to challenge Lady Luck.
Centrally located Hattiesburg is a delightful city to include in your Mississippi vacation itinerary. The city offers a variety of activities and attractions for all ages including the African American Military History Museum, the Hattiesburg Historic Neighborhood and the Freedom Summer Trail for history lovers. Art lovers can visit the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art or attend a live show at one of several historic city theatres. There are several outdoor recreational areas where you can go walking, hiking and biking including the Desoto National Forest and Longleaf Trace. Families can have hours of fun at the Hattiesburg Zoo, the Grand Paradise Water Park and the Pep’s Point Water Park and Campground.
Perfectly located in the heart of Mississippi, Jackson has everything you need for a relaxing and educational visit to the Deep South. In addition to three historic districts, the city offers history lovers the chance to learn all about Mississippi music and Civil Rights history as they explore the Mississippi Blues Trail and the Mississippi Freedom Trail. Families will have no trouble keeping younger visitors occupied – there are several unique museums to visit including the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, the Mississippi Children’s Museum and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. The city offers excellent shopping, dozens of restaurants where you can sample genuine southern fare and brilliant theatres, galleries and art museums for lovers of the Arts.
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Located in Madison County, the modern-day Town of Livingston has a remarkable history although the town you see today has only been in existence since 2006. Once a thriving city in the early 1800’s, the original Livingston was almost completely deserted after the Civil War but thanks to the foresight of the current owner of the town, and the regular Thursday Livingston Farmer’s Market, Livingston is becoming a popular tourist attraction. A variety of quaint shops have started trading and there are some great restaurants including the Farmer’s Table, and The County Seat. Don’t miss the delightfully old-fashioned Livingston Sweet Shop.
If you are looking for a perfect beach destination for your next vacation you should consider making your way south to Biloxi, which is perfectly located along the splendid Gulf of Mexico. Everyone has a different image of their perfect beach holiday but Biloxi is one of those rare places that just have something for everyone; you can while away your days on a perfect white-sand beach, learn a new water sport like stand-up paddle-boarding or scuba diving, charter a deep-sea fishing excursion or play a few rounds of golf. For a change from sun and sea you can visit some of the city’s interesting museums or take join a Historical Walking Tour. Round off the perfect day by enjoying a fresh seafood dinner at one of the many excellent restaurants.
Located in Madison County, the city of Canton dates back to 1836 which means that there are plenty of interesting historic sites and buildings to explore. History enthusiasts can learn about the origins of the city at the Canton Museum of History and visit the beautiful Greek Revival Courthouse at Historic Square, the Multi-Cultural Museum and the Movie Museums. You can see it all at your own pace on a self-guided Historic Walking Tour or join a guided tour. For a break from all the historic sites you can pay a visit to the near-by Petrified Forest where you can explore a nature trail, small museum and gem-mining area.
If you simply love the Blues you owe it to yourself to make a pilgrimage to amazing Clarksdale to explore the origins and significance of this remarkable genre of Mississippi music. Start at the Delta Blues Museum before moving next door to the Ground Zero Blues Club to hear local Blues musicians in action. History lovers can step back in time at the Hopson Plantation where you can catch a glimpse of historic plantation life - to really soak up the atmosphere you can spend a night at the Shack Up Inn – an original (slightly) renovated share cropper shack. Art lovers will also find plenty to admire in Clarksdale – visit the Carnegie Public Library Archaeology Collection, the Hambone Gallery and Lambfish Art Company.
Nominated as one of America’s most endearing small towns to visit, Cleveland lies in the heart of the Mississippi Delta. The town is often referred to as the “Birthplace of the Blues” and is, along with Clarksdale, one of the best Delta towns to spend some time learning about the history and culture of the Deep South. You can visit Dockery Plantation to see where blues legend Charley Patton was born, tour the excellent GRAMMY Museum, take a drive along the Mississippi Blues Trail and the Mississippi Freedom Trail. Add a cultural element to your visit at the campus of Delta State University which is home to Hazel and Jimmy Saunders Sculpture Garden and the Bologna Performing Arts Center.
Expect a warm southern welcome in Columbus, where a wide variety of enjoyable family attractions await you all year round. You can take a step back in time as you stroll through the city’s bustling Historic Downtown District which is full of historic buildings, boutique shops and restaurants. To be sure you make the most of your visit you can join an Art Walk Downtown or Historic Walk Downtown or one of several other informative tours including the Historic Homes Tour or African-American Heritage Tour. Museums to add to your itinerary include the Columbus War Museum and the Stephen D. Lee Home and Museum. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy hiking, cycling, boating and fishing at several parks and waterways.
Located in the northeastern corner of the state, Corinth is often referred to as the “Gateway to Mississippi” and is a great place to start your exploration of the Deep South. You can learn about Mississippi history and culture at the Civil War Interpretive Center at the Shiloh National Military Park and at the Crossroads Museum, before moving on to admire the vibrant city art scene at the Corinth Artists’ Guild Gallery and Corinth Theatre-Arts. A stroll through the Downtown Corinth Historic District, which covers 31 acres of historic buildings, is a must for all history and architecture enthusiasts. Don’t miss the quirky Coke Museum to see authentic Coca Cola memorabilia.
Come and experience a warm southern welcome and soak up the unique small-town atmosphere of Crystal Springs, located just a few minutes’ drive from Jackson. The city owes its existence to the natural mineral springs which provided abundant water for agricultural pursuits - you can join the locals in celebrating the origins and culture of the city by attending the annual Tomato Festival held in June. You can spend a few hours strolling through the historic Downtown district to admire many vintage buildings which are now home to and interesting mix of shops and restaurants. Music lovers can visit the Robert Johnson Blues Museum or venture a little further afield to explore the fascinating Mississippi Blues Trail.
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Located within the Jackson metropolitan district, the small town of Flora is an ideal base from which to explore the many attractions of the greater Jackson area. The city hosts several festivals each year including the Harvest Festival and the Calico Fair, both of which celebrate the city’s roots in agriculture. History and architecture enthusiasts will find several interesting historic homes to visit in the area including the Eudora Welty House, the Oaks House Museum and the Mississippi Governor’s Mansion. The close proximity of the city to the Barnett Reservoir provides easy access to a variety of outdoor activities including boating, fishing, camping, cycling and hiking.
Gulf Islands National Seashore
Mississippi’s Gulf Islands National Seashore is a dream vacation destination featuring 160 miles of pristine white-sand beaches, warm tropical waters, bays, islands and inlets, and the chance to do as much or as little as you like. You can learn about the unique ecosystems of the seashore by joining one of the ranger-led tours and programs, which include walks, hikes and snorkeling or kayaking excursions. The area is home to several campgrounds offering both primitive and developed campsites – step out of your RV directly onto the beach. When you need a break from water sports you can explore some of the seashores’ historic forts, go hiking and cycling or do some beach-combing.
Nestled in a remote corner of northern Mississippi, Arkabutler Lake offers a veritable playground for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. If you need a back-to-nature experience far from the bustle of the city, Arkabutler Lake is the ideal getaway. You can bring your tent or RV to one of three pristine serviced campgrounds or opt for primitive camping off the beaten track. Activities on the lake include canoeing, kayaking, sailing, pontoon boating and ski-boating. If you prefer to be a land-lubber you can enjoy a variety of hiking, walking and equestrian trails. Fishing, hunting and off-road adventures are also available at Lake Arkabutler.
Lake Arkabutler, 3905 Arkabutler Dam Road, Coldwater, MS 38618-9737
Featuring on USA Today’s list of best Southern Small Towns, New Albany is a charming destination for anyone exploring marvelous Mississippi. History lovers will find plenty to keep them busy in Historic Downtown New Albany before moving on to visit the Ingomar Indian Mounds (which date back to 100 BC) and the Union Country Heritage Museum. The town is the starting point of the 44 mile Tanglefoot trail for hikers and bikers and families will enjoy spending outdoor time in the Park Along the River New Albany Arboretum, which has a playground, pavilion and paved paths across the Tallahatchie River.Shopper will love the fine collection of boutique-style shops and galleries and downtown offers a wide range of restaurants and coffee shops.
Boasting an award-winning main street and a substantial helping of southern charm, Ocean Springs is a must-visit destination on your Mississippi travel itinerary. Located on the fabulous Mississippi Gulf Coast, the city draws visitors who love sun, sea and snow-white sandy beaches together with a good helping of activities for rainy days. You can easily access the barrier islands, beaches and nature trails of the Gulf Islands National Seashore or stay local and soak up the sun on Front Beach. For a change from beach activities you can hike the Fontainebleau Nature Trail, visit the Walter Anderson Museum of Art and the Mississippi Vietnam Veterans Memorial or simply soak up the small town atmosphere on Main Street.
Port Gibson is located along the Mississippi River in Claiborne County, where it is a popular stop for visitors who are exploring the famous Natchez Trace Parkway. History enthusiasts can learn all about the important role the city played in the Civil War by taking a walk or drive through the Grand Gulf Military Park. In contrast to many other Civil War towns, many of the historic sites in Port Gibson were spared from destruction because Ulysses Grant believed the town was “too beautiful to burn” - you can get information about all the local historic attractions at the Visitor’s Center. Highlights include the Windsor Ruins and the A K Shaifer House.
Located on the famous Natchez Trace Parkway in Madison County, just 11 miles north of Jackson, Ridgeland is known for great outdoor activities combined with sophisticated shopping and dining. Cycling and mountain biking are particularly popular activities in Ridgeland – bring your bike along and spend some time enjoying the Natchez Trace Parkway, Ridgeland Trails and Brown’s Landing Mountain Bike Trails. The city is located close to the Barnett Reservoir where you can go sailing, camping, boating and fishing. Shopaholics can follow the Ridgeland Retail Trail to discover a wide variety of shopping opportunities and history lovers can take a drive to Jackson to visit the Mississippi State Capitol, the Mississippi Governor’s Mansion and several museums.
Located close to the mighty Mississippi River in the northwestern corner of Mississippi, Tunica is a popular casino resort which also happens to have a vibrant restored historic downtown. Although most visitors come to flirt with Lady Luck at the casinos, Tunica also offers a variety of other attractions for non-gamblers including three golf courses, river boat rides on the Tunica Queen and the River Park complex which has a museum, interpretive center and an aquarium as well as nature trails and an observation deck overlooking the river. The Casino Factory Shoppes is an outlet mall where you can pick up some great bargains and antique hunters can enjoy exploring the attractive shops and boutiques in the Historic Downtown.
Located in northeastern Mississippi, Tupelo’s main claim to fame is that Elvis “The King” Presley was born and raised in the city. In fact, his first guitar was purchased at the Tupelo Hardware company – the rest is history. Fans can learn all about Elvis’s early days by visiting his birthplace and museum, his Homecoming Statue and the Tupelo Hardware Company. Historians can visit a number of significant sites from the Civil War period including the Brice’s Crossroad National Battle Site and the Mississippi Final Stands Civil War Center. The Tupelo Automobile Museum showcases a fine collection of vintage cars and families can visit the Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo and the Healthworks! Kids Museum.
Offering a good selection of historic and cultural attractions, Vicksburg offers visitors a great introduction to the South. Art lovers can start by strolling by the collection of Riverfront Mural in Levee Street before moving on to view the collections on display at the Attic Gallery and the H.C. Porter Gallery. History lovers can learn all about the pivotal role the city played in the Civil War at the Vicksburg National Military Park before exploring the Old Depot Museum, the Jacqueline House Museum and the Old Court House Museum. There are twelve fabulous historic homes which are open to the public for tours. Historic downtown Vicksburg is the place to go for shopping, dining and entertainment.
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