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5 Great Golf Courses in the Capital/River Region
Mississippi is a golfer’s paradise. Home to more than 140 pristine and challenging courses, ...
Mississippi is a golfer’s paradise. Home to more than 140 pristine and challenging courses, the “Hospitality State” welcomes weekend duffers, seasoned professionals and everyone in between. Away from the links, more good times await. From dawn until deep into the night, you can experience memorable dining, shopping and attractions across our state. Rest at one of our many boutique hotels, relax at our world-class spas, or just soak in some of our soul-stirring blues in Mississippi’s temperate climate.
The Refuge – Flowood
A championship course measuring 6,635 yards from the tips, The Refuge has been named “The Best Purely Public Golf Course in Mississippi” by Chicago Golfer and the “No. 4 Course in Mississippi” by Golflink.com. Raised from a hardwood swamp, the course features towering pines, ancient oaks, pristine wetlands and a 15-acre lake.
Country Club of Jackson – Jackson
The Country Club of Jackson plays host to some of the top players on the PGA TOUR each fall at the Sanderson Farms Championship. The 2016 tournament will take place Oct. 24-30. Part of the PGA TOUR schedule since 1968, the Sanderson Farms Championship presents a chance for non-members to watch the pros in action while catching a glimpse of the stunning private course re-designed by John Fought in 2008.
Patrick Farms – Pearl
A semi-private club, Patrick Farms’ 200-acre course is kept in immaculate condition with spacious 419 Bermuda fairways and Tifdwarf greens. Designed by Randy Watkins and opened in 1999, the course measures 6,900 yards from the back tees and offers an enjoyable game to golfers of all levels.
Beau Pré – Natchez
Semi-private Beau Pre' Country Club presents a challenging 18-hole layout. Designed by Mike Young, the course is situated on the banks of Second Creek and features a 90-foot sheer clay bluff, vast canyons, numerous creeks, rolling terrain and abundant wildlife. Golfers will find TifEagle greens, 8-foot wide concrete cart paths, nine wooden bridges and a multi-target driving range with short game and putting area.
Quail Hollow – McComb
Located an hour’s drive south of Jackson in McComb, Quail Hollow Golf Course is 6,700 yards of challenging fairways in a natural forest setting. Renowned architect Arthur Hills carved Quail Hollow from the woods of Percy Quin State Park, skillfully blending the natural terrain with world-class design to create a spectacular golf course with sweeping elevation changes. Golf Digest’s Places to Play has consistently rated Quail Hollow as a prestigious four-star course.
Learn more about Mississippi’s world-class golfing in the 2016 Mississippi Golf Guide.
Tamales to Try in Mississippi
As any dedicated foodie will attest, whenever two great culinary cultures meet, the results are ...
As any dedicated foodie will attest, whenever two great culinary cultures meet, the results are nothing short of irresistible. Such is the case with the Mississippi Delta hot tamale. For more than 100 years, the tamale has been a staple of the Delta region thanks to an influx of migrant workers from Mexico who used available ingredients to create a taste of home. Locals adopted the dish, and tamale stands began to pop up throughout Mississippi.
Each fall, the Delta Hot Tamale Festival draws enthusiasts to sample and celebrate the humble tamale, but you can enjoy this cross-cultural treat anytime by following Mississippi’s Hot Tamale Trail, visiting tamale stands and even dining in casual and upscale restaurants.
Take-Out Tamales to Try
Solly’s – Vicksburg
Solly’s Hot Tamales has been a Vicksburg tradition since 1939. Henry Solly, a native of Cuba, began selling hot tamales from a pushcart. His tamales became so popular, he retired the cart and opened a storefront. Today, Solly’s friends continue his tradition by making tamales according to his recipe.
White Front Café – Rosedale
Joe’s Hot Tamale Place a.k.a. The White Front Café is located in a wood-frame white house on Route 1 and is a legendary hot tamale stop. These spicy, beef-filled tamales come wrapped in corn husks and during the winter months, the owners will sometimes make up to 400 dozen to sell.
Big Apple Inn – Jackson
Famous for the pig ear sandwich, the Big Apple Inn also serves up a mean tamale. One of the best kept secrets in Jackson is the Big Apple Inn’s satellite location off of North State Street in North Jackson. Park in front of the restaurant, order a few dozen mouth-watering tamales to-go and serve dinner to a crowd in no time.
Delta Fast Food - Cleveland
Gentle Lee Rainey learned the art of tamale making from his grandfather who sold tamales on weekends to earn extra income. Today, Rainey owns and operates Delta Fast Food in Cleveland, where he has served hot tamales and other take-out foods since 1995. He still makes hot tamales using his grandfather’s recipe, but with a little added spice.
White (or Red-Checkered) Tablecloth Tamales to Try
Walker’s Drive-In – Jackson
Built in 1946, Walker's Drive-In still has the same glass brick trim and authentic neon sign. Award-winning chef Derek Emerson creates crowd-pleasing plate lunches and decadent dinners, but whenever you go, don’t miss the tamale appetizer. With sweet corn sauce, chipotle sour cream and fresh pico de gallo, these tamales are haute.
Serio’s – Greenwood
Open since 1943, Serio’s is a family owned restaurant known for authentic Italian fare. In true Delta style, the establishment also serves up tamales by the dozen as well as an appetizer option, all handmade on premises at Serio’s.
Ajax – Oxford
Ajax Diner on the Courthouse square in downtown Oxford offers visitors folk art ambiance, uniquely Southern entrees and plenty of Mississippi mystique. The menu offers daily plate lunch specials and adventurous entrees like hot tamale pie. Made with spicy cheese grits stuffed with smoked pork, green chiles, corn and tomatoes, this twist on traditional tamales satisfies.
Doe’s Eat Place – Greenville
Doe’s Eat Place has been serving up the same all-beef tamale recipe since 1941, and the restaurant still has an old-time charm. Doe Signa, Jr., grew up working in the restaurant his father founded, and he has since taken over for him. Try the tamales topped with homemade chili for a meal to write home about.
Learn more about Mississippi’s food and culture.
Tailgating Mississippi Style, Part 2
Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Southern Miss may be known for their pregame soirees, but when ...
Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Southern Miss may be known for their pregame soirees, but when it’s time for gridiron action, Mississippi’s other universities score big, too. Their teams are fierce, and their tailgating manner is warm and inviting.
Visitors to any Mississippi university will want to experience Mississippi’s distinctive tailgating styles. Here are a few tips to help you tackle a football weekend in Lorman, Cleveland or Jackson.
Alcorn State University - Lorman
1. Tailgating Style
Bring your appetite. To display agricultural roots, Alcorn State University tailgates offer a huge and varied spread of Southern delicacies. Perennial tailgate favorites such as barbeque, burgers and hotdogs are common. You’ll also see spaghetti, fried fish and “junk pots,” large boiling pots of sausage, seafood, corn, chicken and other items spiced to perfection. The beautiful rural campus offers ample green space for children and adults to play.
2. What to Wear?
Purple and gold. The ubiquitous team colors extend to nearly everything for a tailgate including plates, napkins and cutlery. The accessory of choice: a purple and gold pompom. You practically can’t cheer for the Braves without one.
3. The Team Tradition
In keeping with the Braves mascot, the Tomahawk chop gesture is Alcorn’s victory cheer. Of course, you’ll hear a louder cheers in the Spinks-Casem Stadium too. Home to the Sounds of Dyn-O-Mite marching band, songs like “Brave Spirit” and “Funky Stuff” pump up the crowd. Also, don’t miss the team bursting into the stadium through the giant Alcorn inflatable.
4. The Off Campus Place to Be
If possible, save a little room for the buffet at the Old Country Store in Lorman, open each day until 4 p.m. Famous for “Mr. D’s” fried chicken, this restaurant has been featured on “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” series on the Food Network.
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1. The Mascots
Delta State University’s official mascot is the Statesman and its unofficial mascot is the Fighting Okra, created in the 1980s by students with a sense of humor who thought the Statesman was not particularly frightening. To marry the two mascots, the slogan “Respect the Statesman. Fear the Okra” was born. You’ll see the slogan in a variety of places on game days.
2. What to Wear?
Casual attire and T-shirts depicting one or both of DSU’s mascots are perfectly acceptable on game days.
3. Tailgating Style
The Levee, an area on the West end of Horace L. McCool Stadium is the new spot to tailgate at DSU. The athletics department rents picnic tables to tailgating groups, who bring their own spread of food complete with lots of Southern fare, including the divine Mississippi Sin Dip. At the end of every game, win or lose, the football team gives high fives to everyone along the fence of the stadium.
4. The Off-Campus Place to Be
For a snack/meal/libation pre- or post-game, check out Hey Joe’s for burgers and craft beer or Airport Grocery for authentic Mississippi Delta hot tamales as well as barbeque. Both restaurants have a music-centric vibe.
1. The Tradition
Five words: Sonic Boom of the South. Jackson State University’s nationally recognized marching band, paired with the Prancing J-Settes, make for a do-not-miss halftime show. Pro tip: Take your breaks during a lull in the game. There is no lull in the halftime performance.
2. What to Wear?
Blue and white rule a Jackson State game. You can’t go wrong wearing an official JSU t-shirt, preferably one proudly displaying the Tiger mascot.
3. Tailgating Style
Starting Friday night before home games, you can already smell the salivation-inducing scent of barbequed meat on huge smokers outside of Veteran’s Memorial Stadium. On Saturday, pork, chicken, sausage, steaks, ribs and even freshly fried fish are the fare of the day. To score decent parking, always arrive early to JSU games.
4. The Off-Campus Place to Be
One of Jackson’s most eclectic areas, the Fondren district offers fans shopping, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, art galleries and more all within walking distance from the stadium.
Tailgating Mississippi Style, Part 1
Mississippi fans approach college football games with a passion bordering on religious fervor. ...
Mississippi fans approach college football games with a passion bordering on religious fervor. Saturdays in the South are often planned around football schedules from September to November’s end. Teams may win or lose games, but Mississippi always triumphs at tailgating.
Visitors will want to be prepared to experience Mississippi’s distinctive tailgating styles. Here are a few tips to help you tackle a football weekend in Starkville, Oxford or Hattiesburg.
1. The Tradition
Who needs a chant? MSU fans celebrate the Bulldog’s advances with none other than the cowbell. The origins of this tradition are arguable, but one thing is certain: the cowbell is here to stay. BYOC (Bring Your Own Cowbell) to the game. The Lodge sells cowbells in varying sizes and styles. Please remember to #ringresponsibly and abide by the rules. Pro tip: You may want to bring earplugs to the game.
2. What to Wear?
Even if it’s a white out or black out weekend, State fans always sport a little of their school’s signature color. This fan base also proudly dons jeans and cowboy boots to their games.
3. The Souvenir
Don’t miss the MSU Cheese store, or officially the “MAFES Sales Store.” The Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station Dairy Manufacturing plant creates several products, including the big red balls of MSU’s famous and delectable Edam cheese, the ultimate souvenir from Starkville.
4. The Off-Campus Place to Be
Popular among university students, the Cotton District comes alive for pre- and post-game fun. Check out Bulldog Burger Co., Little Dooey’s barbeque or City Bagel Café for budget-friendly, locally owned fare. If libations are in order, Bin 612 is a favorite Cotton District spot.
5. The Team Tradition
Two hours before the start of the game, make your way to the Junction, a pedestrian park chock full of tailgating tents and Bulldog fans, for the Dawg Walk. Football players, coaches and mascot “Bully” proudly walk through the Junction to Davis Wade Stadium.
1. The Tradition
Vaught-Hemingway stadium may house the main event on game day, but the action begins and ends at The Grove. Likened to a block party with tents, this is tailgating with uncompromising flair and style. You’ll marvel at the chandeliers, antique silver platters and flat screen TVs glowing under otherwise unassuming tailgate tents. Pro tip: Drinking directly from a bottle or can is a faux pas in The Grove. Bring a cup of your own or a red or blue Solo cup.
2. The Chant
If you’ve never heard the Hotty Toddy chant before the game, you’ll know it by heart after an hour in The Grove. It’s the only appropriate response to “Are you ready?!”
3. What to Wear?
This is not your T-shirt-and-jeans crowd. Ole Miss fans have been known to dress to the nines, as in designer dresses, high heels, sport coats and ties. To play it safe, dress for a night out on the town.
4. The Team Tradition
Ole Miss football players and coaches begin their traditional journey to Vaught Hemingway stadium by way of a brick sidewalk bisecting The Grove. Known as the “Walk of Champions,” the fan favorite begins about two hours before kickoff, and fans crowd both sides of the walkway to cheer on the Rebels.
5. The Off-Campus Place to Be
The courthouse square is Oxford’s epicenter. Game days transform the busy town square into Oxford’s upscale version of Bourbon Street. Square fixtures like City Grocery, Ajax Diner and Bouré offer fans a superb repast. Visit the Burgundy Room above City Grocery Restaurant to enjoy a drink and spot famous Mississippians who frequent the watering hole.
1. Tailgating Style
The tailgating scene throughout the Southern Miss campus is amped up with excitement on game day, but The District is where the action is. Largely populated by USM students plus a DJ or band, the vibe of the district is a lively one. For a tamer tailgating experience, fans may want to opt for a more relaxed setting near the Rose Garden or the Dome.
2. The Chant
Do the letters SMTTT mean anything to you? “Southern Miss To The Top” is the battle cry of the Golden Eagles. Be prepared to see “SMTTT” scrawled on everything from koozies to onesies on game day. Remember, when someone yells, “Southern Miss,” the only acceptable response is, “To The Top!”
3. What to Wear?
Black and gold are the colors of choice at a Southern Miss game. As for level of dress, think somewhere between Ole Miss and Mississippi State. Dressy casual wins the day.
4. The Team Tradition
In the spirited tradition of Southern Miss, the Eagle Walk is a game day parade. The Pride of Mississippi band marches Southern Miss players, athletic staff and university officials through campus to M.M. Roberts Stadium, a.k.a., The Rock.
5. Food and Drink
If you don’t want to travel far, check out Marlin’s Bar & Grill or Glory Bound Gyro, both directly across from the stadium. Hardy Street also offers plenty of options. For the craft beer aficionado, the Keg & Barrel features a selection of 120-plus beers. Other noteworthy establishments are Crescent City Grill, Purple Parrot Café and Mahogany Bar, all within the same building on Hardy Street.
Literary Lover's Guide to Jackson
Creative culture is never in short supply in Mississippi. As the birthplace of renowned native ...
Creative culture is never in short supply in Mississippi. As the birthplace of renowned native fiction authors, including John Grisham, William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Willie Morris and Richard Wright and playwrights Tennessee Williams and Beth Henley, Mississippi is America’s literary soul.
There’s no better way to kick off the oncoming fall festival season than the Mississippi Book Festival, a celebration of the state’s storied literary legacy. Held on Aug. 20 in Jackson, this “literary lawn party” takes place on the beautiful Mississippi State Capitol grounds. Book enthusiasts mingle between panel sessions featuring Mississippi’s most distinguished literary minds, while booksellers, food trucks and other vendors line the surrounding streets. For anyone with a love for the written word, this is a must-attend event.
While in town for the festival, spend an extra day or two exploring Jackson’s literary havens. Check out the itinerary below for inspiration.
1. Lemuria Bookstore
Start your day Jackson’s Banner Hall, where you can enjoy breakfast and coffee at Broad Street Bakery and shop for books at an independent bookstore, Lemuria. With books from floor to ceiling, first editions, rare books and plenty of cozy reading nooks, Lemuria is a literary enthusiasts’ paradise.
“As with many Southern Writers, I believe that the special quality of the land itself indelibly shapes the people who dwell upon it.” – Willie Morris
2. Margaret Walker Center at JSU
Drive west to the Jackson State University campus to unearth records and relics of Mississippi’s past. The Margaret Walker Center is a cultural preservation research resource center, housing significant records of the late Margaret Walker Alexander. The oral history department includes the official collection of the Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement. The campus also offers museum and exhibit spaces highlighting the Center’s collections and the history of Jackson State University.
“When I was about eight, I decided that the most wonderful thing, next to a human being, was a book.” – Margaret Walker
3. Eudora Welty House
Spend the afternoon touring the Eudora Welty House located in the historic Belhaven neighborhood. A Jackson native and Pulitzer-prize winning novelist, Eudora Welty returned to her home in Jackson to create novels and short stories. Books cover virtually every surface in Welty’s home, where she lived until her death in 2001. The garden at the house is beautifully reconstructed to the 1925-1945 period.
“A sheltered life can be a daring life as well. For all serious daring starts from within.” - Eudora Welty
4. Library Lounge
If happy hour is calling you, you don’t need to go far. Nestled in the same neighborhood as the Eudora Welty House, the Library Lounge is housed in Jackson’s only AAA four-diamond small luxury hotel, the Fairview Inn. Imparting a distinct literary feel, the Library Lounge serves up craft cocktails named after Mississippi’s famous authors. Sip a “William Faulkner” while perusing the many books lining the walls.
“Perhaps they were right putting love into books. Perhaps it could not live anywhere else.” – William Faulkner
5. Hal & Mal’s
One of the most storied restaurants and watering holes in Jackson is also the site of several literary points of interest. Eudora Welty’s 90th birthday party was held at Hal & Mal’s. Book signings of John Grisham, Barry Hannah, Larry Brown, Willie Morris and Willie Dixon have been held there as well. With a crowd-pleasing menu of hearty southern staples, you are sure to find a satisfying meal and plenty of nightcap options. Be sure to check out memorabilia lining the walls and learn about the history of one of Jackson’s most colorful, cultural institutions. Nearly all featured writers at the Mississippi Book Festival frequent Hal & Mals. In fact, the Mississippi Book Festival’s Willie Morris After Party will be held there. If you plan to attend the festival, you can enjoy Hal & Mal’s twice!
“Writing's still the most difficult job I've ever had - but it's worth it.” – John Grisham
Native Americans - The Original Mississippians
Mississippi, once home to a greater variety of indigenous tribes than any other southeastern state, ...
Mississippi, once home to a greater variety of indigenous tribes than any other southeastern state, is celebrating its Native American heritage during the month of July.
Though many people are familiar with places throughout the state that hold Native American names — including Yalobusha, Itawamba and Mississippi itself — few realize just how many native peoples made their home in Mississippi. Up into the 1700s, local tribes included the Acolapissa, Biloxi and Pascagoula tribes on the Gulf Coast; the Bayougoula, Houma and Natchez tribes on the lower Mississippi; and the Chakchiuma, lbitoupa, Koroa, Ofogoula, Taposa, Tiou, Tunica and Yazoo tribes on the Yazoo River in the Mississippi Delta. The original Mississippians were most likely the Choctaw, who date back to the early 1500s. The Choctaw were the most populous by far and remain so to this day.
Visitors to the region can immerse themselves in Choctaw culture by stopping by the Choctaw Heritage Museum or attending the annual Choctaw Indian Fair, held every summer in July. This regionally renowned event is host to the World Champion Stickball Games and includes a celebration of tribal music, crafts and traditions.
If you want to come face-to-face with the most impressive landmarks of the ancient past, plan a visit to Mississippi’s mound sites, showcasing well-preserved, Native American mounds built of earth. These mounds were the centers of daily and spiritual life, and you can find sites remaining across the state. Among the most visited are the Winterville Mound site, located in Greenville, and the Pocahontas Mound A, located north of Jackson. See a full listing of mound sites here.
Recently, The Mississippi Department of Archives and History celebrated the grand opening of the Mississippi Mound Trail. Stretching from Desoto County to Wilkinson County and following the Highway 61 corridor, the trail will highlight earthworks built at thirty-three sites. Four sites—Grand Village of the Natchez Indians, Pocahontas Rest Area and Welcome Center, Winterville Mounds, and Emerald Mound on the Natchez Trace Parkway— are state or federally operated and open to the public. Visitors are welcome to walk among the mounds and learn more through interpretive signs and exhibits. All are free.
For more information on Mississippi heritage and history, go to www.visitmississippi.org.
July 4th - Mississippi Style
Mississippians love finding reasons to celebrate, and the Independence Day holiday is no exception. ...
Mississippians love finding reasons to celebrate, and the Independence Day holiday is no exception. From the Hills to the Coast, you’ll find events, festivals and get-togethers sure to be fun for the whole family. Below are some of our Fourth of July celebrations from across the state.
Fireworks over the Mississippi River in Natchez - Join in the fun as Natchez residents line up all along the bluff to watch a spectacular firework show over the Mississippi River. The show will take place around dark on July 4th and is free to the public.
The Canton Balloon Glow & Patriotic Fireworks Spectacular will be held at the Canton Multi Purpose Center on Saturday night, July 2nd. See the full schedule of events for the Mississippi Championship Hot Air Baloon Fest.
Hernando Independence Day Celebration – On July 1 at 6:00 p.m., join locals in celebration of Independence Day at the Hernando Civic Center (Baseball Field Complex). Bring your lawn chairs for a night of entertainment.
July 4th Fireworks Spectacular in Horn Lake – Bring picnic baskets and blankets, enjoy children’s activities and entertainment, all with free admissions. Food vendors will be available and the fireworks finale begins at 9:15 p.m.
Laurel’s Annual 4th of July Fireworks Show – Bring lawn chairs and blankets, and your family and friends, to enjoy fireworks from Sawmill Sqaure Mall parking lot and surrounding areas on July 2 at 9:15 p.m.
Celebrate America Balloon Glow in Ridgeland - This annual Independence Day celebration in Ridgeland is a crowd pleaser. Come July 1 for the live musical entertainment, hot air balloons, and fireworks.
July 4th Celebration - Join the City of Meridian's July 4th Celebration at Bonita Lakes on Monday, July 4th. Live music featuring Steve Wilkerson and Friends, food vendors, and a fireworks display at 9:00 p.m. Family fun for everyone!
17th Annual 4th of July ‘Celebrate Your Independence’ Fireworks Festival in Olive Branch – Music at 6 p.m., fireworks at 9 p.m. in Olive Branch City Park. This event is free and open to the public. Enjoy Kids Zone, great food vendors and more.
Vicksburg Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza - Celebrate the 4th of July in downtown Vicksburg! The fireworks extravaganza on the mighty Mississippi will follow live music by Mustache The Band at 7 p.m. and the fireworks at 9 p.m. The fireworks will be shot behind the Old Depot Museum, 1010 Levee Street.
Southaven Patriotic Parade - June 30, 10 a.m. at City Hall. After a short patriotic ceremony at City Hall, everyone parades around the lake in Jim Saucier Park, next to City Hall. Afterward, M. R. Davis Public Library provides everyone with refreshing lemonade and cookies at the Gazebo.
Bay St. Louis
31st Annual Our Lady of The Gulf Crab Festival - The Our Lady of the Gulf Crab Festival, held July 1-3, is the premier fest of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and takes place in beautiful Bay St. Louis on the fest grounds of OLG Church. Incomparable food, live music, 100 Arts & Crafts booths, rides, raffles, crab races, and much more! Food items include boiled crab and shrimp, shrimp and catfish po-boys, gumbo, crab stuffed potatoes and biscuits, burgers, dogs, and so much more.
3 Thrills for the Budget Conscious Family
The dollar goes a long way in Mississippi, so we’re the perfect people to visit if ...
The dollar goes a long way in Mississippi, so we’re the perfect people to visit if you’re looking for more fun and less spending. Below are our three top suggestions for budget thrills for the whole family.
LeFleur's Bluff provides a lush green spot in the heart of urban Jackson. In addition to camping, fishing, picnic spots, and nature trails, the 305-acre park features a nine-hole golf course and a driving range. Enjoy fishing on 30-acre Mayes Lake, wildlife viewing, a 1-mile hiking trail, 2 playground areas, 9-hole golf course, 18-hole disc golf. See rates here, including $3 per vehicle, $13 for primitive camping, and $18 for regular camping. Reservations are highly recommended.
Buccaneer State Park was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina but beautifully restored and reopened in 2013. The star of the 400-acre green space bordering the Gulf of Mexico is the half-million gallon wave pool. Admission is $3 per car; tickets are $13 for children under 48 inches and $19 for those over 48 inches -- around half the price of other water parks. Disc golf, playground, camping, and nature trail also available.
Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Tishomingo State Park is steeped in history and scenic beauty. Available are picnic areas with tables and grills, disc golf courses, compass course, hiking trails, playgrounds, multi-use field, volleyball court, and a swimming pool. Canoe trips and fishing are available on Bear Creek. Haynes Lake, a 45 acre fresh water lake, is available for fishing.The park also has the best rock faces in the state, with options for beginners and experts by permit. There are more than 100 documented climbing routes, ranging from 20-foot pitches to the 60-foot Jean’s Overhang.
How Sweet It Is - Mississippi's Best Desserts
Mississippi is known for its savory dishes - fried catfish, tamales, and cheese straws, to name a ...
Mississippi is known for its savory dishes - fried catfish, tamales, and cheese straws, to name a few. But those with a sweet tooth shouldn't overlook the many options for dessert lovers, spanning every region of the state. From ice cream to pastries, cobblers to cupcakes, this list has something for everyone.
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While Le Bakery is known for its bahn mi (Vietnamese sandwiches), other local favorites include the strawberry turnovers, taro smoothie, filled croissants, baklava and assorted pastries, which often sell out before noon. More adventurous eaters can try the coconut yuca pie or bubble tea.
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With all cakes made to order, Fleur De Lis is the perfect place for birthday, anniversary or seasonal specialty items. The bakery boasts flavors like pithivier (a butter puff pastry filled with almond cream), Swiss buttercream, doberge (a six-layer, custard-filled cake), white chocolate strawberry, and more. Also be sure to indulge in the coastal tradition of King Cake eating at Mardi Gras if you find yourself in town during the month of February.
An authentic patisserie in the capital city, La Brioche offers pastries, entremets, tarts, handmade chocolates and candies, and croissants, all with a blend of European and South American influences. Favorites include the French macarons, in various flavors, and the gelato selection.
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Stop in for lunch, but don’t leave without trying a slice of cake. Cotton Alley Café serves up Cajun-style entrees, including catfish, blackened fish, gumbo, oysters and more, but they also pride themselves on their selection of freshly baked cakes and pies, which changes daily. The lemon or strawberry cake are sure-to-please options and are known throughout Natchez as favorites.
Mile-high meringue pie is the feature at this diner-style, local gem called the Crystal Grill. Served in a variety of flavors, you can choose from chocolate, coconut, lemon ice box and more. You can even purchase a whole pie to take with you when you leave.
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Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, this southern diner is famous for its oversized cinnamon rolls in the morning, and its dessert case in the afternoon. Here you can find fresh-made daily pies like pecan, chocolate and coconut. For bread pudding fans, Blue and White offers up some of the best in the area.
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This family owned and operated bakery strives to use local ingredients, from eggs to herbs, and serves up specialties like custom cakes, cupcakes, macarons, specialty breads, cookies, bars, turnovers and more. Choose from cupcake flavors like Mexican chocolate, chocolate coconut curry, brown butter chai, saffron lemon and pistachio rosewater.
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Known as a staple on the historic downtown square, Bottle Tree bakes bagels, scones, muffins, pastries, brioche, cupcakes, cookies, pies and more, fresh daily. Sip a freshly brewed coffee outside for the full experience.
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Black bottom pie is arguable Meridian’s most famous treat, thanks to Weidmann’s restaurant. An icon of the city since 1870, Weidmann’s is located in the heart of downtown. The black bottom pie is made with a gingersnap crust and layers of chocolate and bourbon custard, topped with whipped cream.
Famous for its New Orelans style cuisine, J. Broussard’s dessert menu offers up bread pudding, caramel pecan blondies with cinnamon vanilla ice cream, and crème brulee. The dessert menu is updated regularly with seasonal items like cupcakes, trifles, strawberry cake, beignets, and a variety of house-made ice creams and gelatos.
To find more sweet treats and other foods in Mississippi, see our Food & Drink section.