32• south mississippi scene
Whether you are just falling in love or rekindlingan old flame, finding a place to focus on yourromance doesn’t have to take you far from home.South Mississippi teems with romantic spots fromquiet bed and breakfast inns tovibrant casinos.You may want to commune with nature on a hikingtrip or live it up in cosmopolitan style. Which one isright for you and the object of your affection?Here are some suggestions for romantic get-aways.
Walking back through history is the ultimateromantic experience for some couples. It takes youto another place and time. No place projects thatmood better than Natchez with its buildings fromthe 1700s and its numerous preservation efforts.Large antebellum mansions on park-like groundsare scattered all over this town that overlooks theMississippi River from a bluff. Natchez has more of these pre-Civil War architectural treasures than anyother city in the nation. It has 13 NationalLandmarks and more than 1000 buildings on theNational Resister. There’s smaller buildings, too,including shops and inns that part of the long histo-ry of Natchez.You can evenspend the nightat an antebellummansion.MonmouthPlantation, aNational HistoricLandmark, is runas a bed and breakfast with 30rooms and suites.For information,go to www.mon-mouthplanta-tion.com.Anotherromantic option is the Bisland House, a proudVictorian structure in the Natchez DowntownHistoric District. It’s also on the National Registerof Historic Places. The two guest rooms are fur-nished with antiques and personal touches. Forinformation, go to www.bislandhouse.com.
Going out of town for a great meal is a romanticadventure fromthe long leisurely drive to thedrawn out courses. And for years couples havegone out of their way to make dinner dates inColumbia. One of the most recent additions to theColumbia dining experience is the Back Door Caféat Lampton’s.For gastronomic romantics, the Back Door fea-tures contemporary Mississippi cuisine. This blendstraditional Southern foods and flavors with ele-ments from other regions or from around the globe.Every Monday evening, an “On the Road” culinaryadventure that features a fixed price three-coursemeal is offered for patrons. The meal highlightssome cuisine element that the owners have comeacross during their travels. For details, go towww.backdoorrestaurant.com.If you don’t want drive back home right away,you can plan ahead to make reservations at CornerOaks Bed and Breakfast, a Victorian house also indowntown Columbia. For information,go towww.bbonline.com/ms/corneroaks/.
Biloxi promises bright lights, excitement and per-mission to have fun, making it an ideal getaway fora weekend. Casinos offer couples a world awayfrom the ordinary.Spending the night in a casino hotel offers awhole world of entertainment, from top concert actsto gaming to fine dining. The Hard Rock Casinodisplays outfits worn by Elton John and Madonnaand member of Aerosmith and Cinderella. Going tothe casino just to see all the glass-encased costumes
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STORY BY VALERIE WELLS