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Mississippi (Day) Trips Part 1: The Delta

In the Mississippi Delta, you see where the backroads take you. This part of Mississippi has rich soil and a rich history to go with it. The delta is the birthplace of the Blues, and is often dubbed the “Most Southern Place on Earth.” Take a look at some of the great stops the Delta can offer! You can make this a day trip, as it's only a couple of hours from Oxford; or you can plan to stay overnight in the Delta. Here is some information to help plan your trip!


Experience the Delta the authentic way by shacking up at the Shack Up Inn! This rustic, vintage hotel let’s you know right off “the Ritz they ain’t!” Featuring live music and cold beer in the "lobby," this experience puts you right in the center of the Mississippi Blues culture. (pictured above)

This museum is located on “The Crossroads” where Blues began. It’s been open since 1979, and is dedicated to preserving the history of the beginning of Blues and and creating a new generation of Blues fans.

You may have heard of this one because it’s casually owned by none other than Mr. Morgan Freeman! The club brings together Mississippi Blues and Southern cooking. Fraternities often rent it out for date parties, and there are tons of events hosted by the club as well. (pictured left)

Want a taste of the Delta? Abe’s Tamales on the crossroads serves tamales with a southern BBQ twist!

This Clarksdale staple is serving up southern cooking bistro style. They also offer specialty coffees from their espresso bar.


Cleveland’s motto might be “Keep Cleveland Boring,” but there is nothing boring about this museum! With interactive exhibits and lots to see, this museum brings music’s greatest performers right to the birthplace of the blues. (pictured left)

This cute little museum features a glimpse into the history of the railroad industry and its role in shaping Mississippi. Exhibits even include a railroad caboose dating back to the 1940s.

Cotton Row

Cotton Row is a cute little district in downtown Cleveland that features cute cafes, restaurants, and shopping. It’s a great spot to walk and visit after checking out the museums!


The Alluvian Hotel and SpaThis luxurious hotel and spa, located in downtown Greenwood, is the epitome of southern sophistication. Also, make sure to get reservations at Giardina's, the hotel's fine dining restaurant.

This iconic book store has regular signings and appearances by notable authors. It also features a gallery featuring Southern folk and fine art.

Guests can register to take a 3-hour cooking course from professionally trained Viking chefs. But you'd better plan - classes book up months in advance!


One of the few remaining original juke joints, this club "played an integral role in the development of the blues" (according to© Mississippi Blues Commission). Established in 1963, Po' Monkey's gained popularity among blues enthusiasts in the 1990's and has been a popular tourist destination since.

This popular Mississippi pottery is considered collectible to many Southerners, often included in bridal registries. The rich history associated with McCarty's is worth the drive to Merigold to see where the magic happens (and enjoy the on-site cafe!).

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