A Guide to Weekend Road Trips
Columbus Corinth Greenwood Holly Springs Macon Natchez Port Gibson Starkville West Point
Far From Ordinary...
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Amoré Gift Boutique ..... 16 Amzi Love....................... 11 Ann’s Stationery ............. 23 Backstrom’s Country Bed & Breakfast..................... 10 The Barrister’s House Bed & Breakfast ................. 16 The Boat Gallery ............ 17 The Book Mart ............... 22 Brickerton Day Spa .......... 1 The Cartney-Hunt House11 Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau.......14-15 Columbus Main Street ..... 4 Columbus Speedway ....... 5 Columbus-Lowndes Devlopment LINK ... Back Cover Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority .... 6 Corinth ........................... 26 Dee Art Place ................. 17 Elm Lake Golf Course .... 12 Futures Unlimited............. 8 Greater Starkville Development Partnership 20-21 Greenwood .................... 25 Grilling on the River ....... 17 Historic Downtown Starkville ..................... 22 Holiday Inn ..................... 13
Table of Contents
Holly Springs .................. 27 Introduction...................... 2 Johnny Bishop RV ............ 7 Le Gourmet ...................... 9 Leigh Mall ....... Inside Front Cover Macon............................. 24 Magnolia Motor Speedway ..................... 5 Main Street Counseling & Consulting .................. 23 Mak-B & Co. ................... 23 Map of Featured Cities .... 2 Natchez Convention Center 28 Natchez Grand Hotel ..... 28 The Painted Lady ........... 10 Paper Daisy .................... 23 Plymouth Bluff Center...... 3 Port Gibson ......Inside Back Cover The Ritz .......................... 18 Roberts Travel ................ 17 Starkville Parks & Recreation................... 19 Sullivan’s Ofﬁce Supply .. 22 The Sundial ..................... 22 Susan’s Hallmark ............ 13 Trendsetters ................... 16 United Deli & Grocery.... 13 Yardworks ....................... 13
How many times have you heard it said,
“There’s nothing to do around here”?
e respectfully disagree. Corinth Holly Springs There’s plenty to do in these parts, though it may not be as obvious or as easy to ﬁnd as in an urban West Point Greenwood Starkville Columbus center. Not to worry; Macon Mississippi is still a magical place. The state is blessed with beautiful countryside, diverse parks and Port Gibson small towns, each a Natchez treasure chest of delights. To help you explore this place we call home, we’ve created this publication, Destinations. While we couldn’t agree more with the proverb, “It’s the journey, not the destination,” we think the destinations included in this guide offer the basis for memorable journeys. And there is so much to see along the way. Head south toward the river to Natchez and Port Gibson. There you will ﬁnd yourself in a world steeped in antebellum history and garlanded with Spanish moss. The ruins of Windsor outside of Port Gibson and the incomparable mansions of Natchez are not to be missed. Descend from the hills into Greenwood, one of the gateways to the Delta, that mythical land that spawned the blues. There explore the rich tapestry of a downtown that contains a luxury boutique hotel, antique shops and juke joints. Go north to Corinth with its charming town square and Civil War battleﬁeld, or to Holly Springs, home to Strawberry Plains National Audubon Sanctuary and the Kate Freeman Clark Art Gallery. Four towns in the Golden Triangle area, Columbus, Starkville, West Point and Macon, are each distinct and worthy of walkabouts. All have charming, historic downtowns with ﬁne dining. And all have grand homes, vestiges of the day when cotton was king. We’re glad you’ve chosen this area as a destination. We think this place is very special. We hope you will use this guide to see why.
A Great Place to have...
Come to the Plymouth Bluff Center
• retreats, planning sessions and workshops • training and educational programs • professional development opportunities • conferences • formal and informal gatherings such as weddings and family reunions • alternative recreational activities • environmental and nature science studies
11,600 square-foot conference building consisting of an auditorium that seats up to 100; various conference rooms, dining room (can seat up to 160 people), 24 neatly furnished guest rooms, a lake side amphitheater seating up to 100 people), Nearly four miles of self guiding nature trails for hikers, all purpose sports court for tennis, volleyball or other activities. ALL ON 190 ACRES!
The Plymouth Bluff Center Mississippi University for Women 2200 Old West Point Road Columbus, MS www.plymouthbluff.com (662) 241-6214
Live Shop Dine
Shop Local, Shop Downtown Columbus
Finest Racing MAGNOLIA MOTOR SPEEDWAY
Magnolia Motor Speedway is a state-of-the-art race facility featuring a 3/8-mile dirt oval located near Columbus, Mississippi. The track is near the intersection of U.S. highways 82 and 45. Take the Macon/ Meridian exit off Highway 82. Super Late Model • Open Wheel Modiﬁed Crate Late Model NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Street Stock • Stinger
3/10 Mile, High Banked, Clay Oval
Super Late Model • Open Wheel Modiﬁed Crate Late Model NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Street Stock • Stinger
Track Phone: 662-241-5004
From Columbus, MS: 7 miles east of Columbus on U.S. Hwy. 82, Exit at Stokes Rd exit, go left 1.5 miles north on Pleasant Hill Road, then right on Lacy Road. Columbus Speedway will be 3/4’s of a mile on the left. From Alabama: Exit at 1 mile after crossing the state line on U.S. Hwy. 82 at Stokes Rd. exit, go right 1.5 miles north on Pleasant Hill Road, then right on Lacy Road. Columbus Speedway will be 3/4’s of a mile on the left.
For any more information contact
Johnny Stokes at 662-574-2572
For next event, visit our websites:
Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority
- Recreation Leagues - Certified Coaches - Division II Teams
•Baseball •Softball •Football
Where will you use your camper, motorhome or trailer?
How about one of the over 1,000 river or lake sites within an hour’s drive of Columbus or maybe a ball game, ﬁshing trip, stock car race, family get-togethers, slumber party (your backyard), shopping trip out of town, visiting friends or relatives or sleeping in your own home away from home? P.S. You don’t have to travel thousands of miles to enjoy your RV. But it is wonderful to go to Yellowstone or places like that. We have a great selection of these units available for you, at affordable prices. The fun starts when you drive if off or pull it home. Our towable units start at around $10,000 and you can go as high as $60,000. Our motor homes start at $29,000 and go to $160,000. We offer ﬁnancing on most units with as little as 10% down, with approved credit and up to 15 years to pay. Come see us and make a great deal with any of the sales people. Jim Kellum, Melvin Easley or Glenn Hopper will be glad to assist you in your selection. And yes, we do take trades and have a great selection of pre-owned to pick from. Winnebago Motorhomes, Salem, Rockwood, Cruiser, Sierra, VCross, Big Horn, and Sundance are just a few of the name brand trailers that we carry. Lots to choose from with more arriving daily. We have been in business since 1974 and are still family-owned and operated.
JOHNNY BISHOP RV
Your One Stop RV Shop
8971 Hwy. 45 N. • Columbus, MS 662-434-6501 • 800-569-9847 • www.johnnybishoprv.com
“When you need more than a spa treatment.” THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE
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128 S. McCrary Road • Columbus, MS (662) 327-7333 • (662) 549-1255
513 Main Street • Columbus, MS • 662-328-2021
Always Original...Never an Echo
Le Gourmet Cheese & Gift Shoppe
Featuring the ﬁnest European and American cheeses, gourmet foods, ﬁne chocolates, gifts, candles & scents, European bath & body products and Item 13 handmade soaps/candles
Beautiful Gift Baskets & Gift Certiﬁcates
Le Dolce Vita Bistro
“The Sweet Life”
Brunch/Lunch served in an elegant and quiet atmosphere... Welcome to a place that’s quite a bit different than most. Please join us to experience the city’s best-kept secret or your call-in order is welcomed. Call 328-2021 for daily food events. Our showroom is available for special events.
Euro Stes, BB&L
“Bed, Breakfast & Lunch”
An elegantly appointed and European styled bed and breakfast with lunch just newly opened to serve the most discriminating of tastes. We cater to our guest’s needs on an individual basis with our own special ﬂair. Private off-street parking and an elevator is available. Special rates available for newly-weds, military and seniors. Reservations requested but not always required. Please call 328-2021 for more details.
The Painted Lady of Columbus, MS
BED & BREAKFAST Located at: 504 5th Street South Columbus, MS 39701
We Specialize in: • Teas • Birthday parties • Etiquette classes • Group luncheons such as bridal parties, Red Hatters, church groups, garden clubs, and fun get-togethers • Baby Showers • Candlelight Suppers • Small intimate weddings and receptions • Girls’ Night Out Parties • Private group tours of the home • On-site Antique Shop
Located just one block from downtown Columbus
For more information, please contact: Jennifer Upchurch Miller at (662) 241-5553 (Home) • (662) 386-2171 (Cell) Email: email@example.com Website: www.paitedladyofcolumbus.com
4567 Highway 182 East • P.O. Box 2311 Columbus, Mississippi 39704
Backstrom’s Country Bed & Breakfast
Southern Hospitality greets you at the front door of Backstrom’s Country Bed & Breakfast. This unique brick & wood home located in a beautiful wooded setting, only minutes from downtown, o ers plenty of privacy in a “homey” atmosphere. The home is constructed of lumber from a century-old Tennessee country store owned by Mrs. Backstrom’s family. The balcony in the vaulted great room is a gallery of original art and sculpture. The owner Bill Backstrom is a well known stained glass artist & many of his works are on display. O ered are three large upstairs bedrooms with private baths. The Blue Room has a small adjoining room for a child or young person. Comfortable chairs and lamps for reading, T.V. and VCR are provided. A full country breakfast served in the dining room or breakfast area is included. Owners Bill & Betty Jo Backstrom invite you to enjoy country living at its best. Come and rock on our two porches.
Check in: 4:00 p.m. Check out: 11:00 a.m. 662-328-7213 Cell: 662-574-7076
A Letter to the Amzi Love (1848) Lincoln Home (1833)
Dear Brenda, What a wonderful time we had. You are a gracious, charming, and extraordinarily interesting hostess. You made us so comfortable and welcome in your lovely home. We will be back!
Bed & Breakfast
Sincerely, Eileen and Kevin Springer Nashville, Tennessee May 2010
Sid Caradine gives a complimentary tour of his ancestral Amzi Love Home to visitors to the Lincoln Home B&B
714 3rd Avenue South 662-574-4275 Reservations www.amzilovelincolnhomes.com
Members of the Bed & Breakfast Association of Mississippi
CARTNEY • HUNT HOUSE
Bed & Breakfast Inn
ca. 1828 Member of Bed & Breakfast Association of MS
“...Thank you for the wonderful stay in your lovely home, your Southern Hospitality. Your knowledge of the Columbus area was very beneﬁcial to us and made our stay that much more enjoyable. Ralph & Mary Widmer Watertown, MN P.S. We enjoyed the peaches from the Farmers Market!
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Visit Our 18 Hole Championship Golf Course!
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Brand new Bermuda grass greens 3 tier driving range Putting green Golf instruction available 9 Gorgeous lakes and ponds Twilight rates 18 holes from $29 cart included Full service grill on weekends Summer golf leagues Tournaments available Banquet and meeting rooms available
Bring this ad with you and get a FREE small bucket of balls with a round of golf
Elm Lake Golf Course
www.elmlakegolfcourse.com • 662-329-8964 1609 Taylor-Thurston Rd. Columbus, MS 20 min. from Starkville
1200 Hwy. 45 N Columbus High Speed Internet • Wireless Data Connection Restaurant • Room Service • Bar/Lounge Pool • Meeting Rooms
For Reservations: 662-327-7077
Find everything you need to brighten a day at Hallmark Gold Crown.
Somewhere, someone would like to know they’re on your mind. Hundreds of cards for all occasions starting at 99¢. We have partyware, candles, collectibles and gifts that are just plain fun.
The Crossing • 1217 Hwy. 45 N. • Columbus • 241-4412
Great food at great prices.
662-328-5105 • 212 Tuscaloosa Rd. • Columbus
Corner of Gardner Blvd. & Tuscaloosa Rd.
UNITED DELI & GROCERY
Deli Hours: 7am-9:30pm
Assorted Gravels & Mulches • Alabama Red Rock Alabama Sunset • Boulders • Flagstone • Limestone River Rock • Field Stone • Creek Stone • Cobblestone One of a Kind Garden Furniture & Accessories & Much More...
Ful Garden Center Fulll Garden Center
Also offering backhoe and tractor services. We will be happy to quote your job!
92 Alabama St. • Columbus
the old Carts & Clubs location
Gift Baskets Etc. • Bath & Gift Boutique Consignment • Antiques • Fine Glass We make our own all-natural soaps & lotions in 150 fragrances
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We’re your destination for a great look!
Styling Salon & Massage
1920 Hwy. 45 N. Columbus, MS
Specializing in Color Correction Massage Therapy Complete Hair, Skin & Nail Care
Located on a tree lined street in the historic town of Columbus, MS, this circa 1835 Greek Revival house is a comfortable haven for business guests or travelers.
Book Your Next Hotel Stay Here!
Family Reunions • Wedding Receptions Birthday Parties & Other Celebrations
The Barrister’s House Bed & Breakfast
406 Third Avenue North • Columbus, MS 39701 662.327.0721 • 662.574.2790 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Kansas City Barbeque Society Magnolia State Barbeque Championship & Food Fair
along the Riverwalk
Grilling on the River
April 8 & 9, 2011
at Ruben’s Fish & Steak House • Columbus, MS
Save the Date to Enjoy the Family-Friendly Event!
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC • NO GATE ADMISSION
Pro Division-$200 Entry Fee Grand Champion- $1,500 Payout / Reserve - $750 Payout Paying 10 Places in Each Category - 100% Payback
$8,000 based on 40 teams; $10,000 based on 50 teams; $12,000 based on 60 items
Proceeds Beneﬁt the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society
For more information, please contact Harvey Myrick at 662.328.6850 e-mail: email@example.com • website: grillingontheriver.8m.net
132 S. McCrary Rd. Columbus, MS 39702
Stained Glass • Fused Glass Candles • Aroma Oils Mosaics• Etched Glass Classes & Supplies Available http://www.deeartplace.com http://deeartplace.etsy.com
“FOR ANYWHERE YOU WANT TO GO!”
• Holidays • Spring Break • Business • Graduation • Honeymoons • Cruises
208 5th Street South (Across from WCBI-TV) Columbus • (662) 328-3780 www.robertstravel.com
We’ve got what you need-from BOATS to ATVs and everything in between!
3500 Bluecutt Road l R d Columbus • 662-327-4631 www.bgpsu.com
W will make your e special event a huge hit!
New to the region and located in downtown West Point, The Ritz offers a beautifully decorated ballroom and balcony with a stage area for entertainment. Café Ritz takes you back to the days of classic movies, with memorabilia adorning the walls and soundtracks creating a nostalgic atmosphere. Our chefs’ innovative cuisine makes Café Ritz an ideal place for a one of a kind rehearsal dinner, brunch or lunch. Enjoy lunch at Café Ritz from 11am- 2pm, SundayFriday or dinner from 6pm-10pm, Monday-Saturday. Our Bar is also open during lunch and is open for dinner from 5pm–10pm.
121 Commerce Street • West Point www.theritzwestpoint.com 662-494-RITZ (7489)
Starkville Parks & Recreation
Programs for Kids and Senior Citizens:
•Beginner’s Line Dancing •Square Dancing •Aerobics •Summer Kids Camps •Senior Crafts •Afterschool Kids Crafts •Quilting Club •Bob Ross Painting •Swing Dance Classes •Foreign Language Classes
Sport Programs for Youth and Adult:
•Youth Girls Softball •Youth Baseball •Youth Basketball •Youth Kickball •Youth Soccer •Youth Cheerleading •Youth Flag Football •Adult Softball in Summer & Fall •Adult Basketball •Adult Flag Football •Adult Volleyball •Inline Hockey •Tennis
Located on Lynn Lane. This park houses 6 youth baseball ﬁelds, 4 tennis courts, 1 basketball court. Its buildings include a centralized concession stand, 2 pavilions and 2 restroom facilities.
The Sportsplex is located on Lynn Lane. It includes 4 lighted youth softball ﬁelds, 4 lighted adult softball ﬁelds, 7 lighted soccer ﬁelds, 3 concession stands, multi-purpose building and an activities room for kids craft and senior citizens.
JL KING SENIOR MEMORIAL PARK GEORGE EVANS This Park is located on Westside Drive PARK
It includes two large multi-purpose ﬁelds, two basketball courts, two tennis courts and a public swimming pool. The J L King Center, pavilion and play-ground are also located here.
This Park is located on Spring Street. It includes basketball courts, playground equipment and is home to the Gillespie Street Center.
This Park is located on Josey Avenue. This small park includes some playground equipment and a concrete court. It is also home to Starkville’s Community Garden.
This park is located on North Jackson Street. It includes play-ground equipment, a dog park, inline hockey court, pavilion and a public swimming pool, and is home to Starkville’s Dog Park.
This community park has a pavilion and playground equipment. Located at the corner of Whitﬁeld and Avenue of Patriots.
405 Lynn Lane • Starkville (662) 323-2294
Local service with superstore pricing!
FURNITURE & SUPPLIES
Order Online: www.sullivansofﬁce.com
Unique Items for Unique Women
106 E. Main Starkville 662.324.2070
Mississippi State Clothing & Gifts
120 East Main Street Downtown Starkville 662.323.2844
Delicious Sandwiches • Coffees & Lattes • Pastries & Cakes • Free Wi-Fi
Children, Adolescents, Adults, Families Christian Counseling
• Depression/Anxiety • Play Therapy • Marriage & Couples Ofﬁce: 662.338.1880 Cell: 662.617.2686 • Home Studies • Behavioral Issues • Crisis/Trauma/Grief 322 University Drive Starkville, MS 39759
BCBS / CHIPS / AHS / Other Insurances
The Scrapbook Store
417 Main Street • Downtown Columbus • 662-244-8300
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Bridal Registry Annie Glass Wide Selection of Candles Gourmet Food Items Sorority Gifts Jewelry Beatriz Ball Baby Gifts
Original Stoneware by Sheila Clark
“Where gifts are for giving and for keeping.”
100 Russell Street • Suite 8 • Starkville, MS • 662.323.5491 www.makbco.com
Located in a restored Pure Oil station on Jefferson Street, The Macon Welcome Center, features rotating exhibits of local and regional artists and historical displays of artifacts from the Noxubee County Historical Society Museum.
For more information call 662-726-1335
401 South Jefferson Street
Whether it’s a taste of Southern cuisine, a central location to all the sites on your blues pilgrimage, or a Viking cooking class,
for! ing you’re looking Everyth
662-453-9197 1-800-748-9064 www.greenwoodms.org
(800) 748-9048 WWW.CORINTH.NET
Overlooking the Mississippi River, the Natchez Grand Hotel is the perfect place for corporate meetings, conferences, retreats and a wide variety of other business and social functions. Conveniently located in the heart of the historic district and adjacent to the Convention Center, the Natchez Grand Hotel is where you want to meet! AMENITIES • 119 Guestrooms including 19 suites • Business & Fitness Centers • Canal Street Pub • Complimentary Hot Breakfast Daily • Wired & Wireless Internet Access • Golf Stay & Play Packages MEETING & BANQUET FACILITIES • 5,000 sq.ft. of Meeting/Ballroom Space • Executive Board Room • Electronic Meeting Room Reader Boards • Complete Food&Beverage available onsite
1.866.488.0898 • 601.446.9994
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The Natchez Convention Center, located in the heart of historic downtown, is steps from exceptional accommodations, ﬁne dining, historic attractions and sensational shopping. The Convention Center boasts 32,000 sq. ft. of meeting and exhibit space and is supported by the adjacent community center, 1,000seat City Auditorium, and 119-room hotel. Book your next meeting with an award-winning team dedicated to making your event a historical success.
Book Now at 888.475.9144 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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claiborne county, Mississippi
“The town too beautiful U.S. burn” to Grant, 1863 -Gen.
Located on the Mississippi River and Big Black River, the land around Port Gibson has been endowed with natural bounty that attracts hunters and outdoorsmen. Great homes date back to the early 1800s and historic markers tell of history at every turn. Port Gibson is also known as the “City of Churches,” seven of which are on Church Street. In addition to churchs, visitors often explore the Ruins of Windsor and Wintergreen Cemetery. Also of interest is Grand Gulf Military Park. The 450 acre park is a Civil War Battleﬁeld with two fortiﬁcations, picnic area, hiking trails, observation tower, museum, cemetery and RV and tent camping. The Shaifer House and Alcorn State University’s Oakland Memorial Chapel are also popular stops. Exhibits commemorating the struggle for civil rights, photos from the past and locally made folk quilts by master quilters can be found in the city.
Main Street Heritage Festival Last Saturday in March Pieces & Strings Quilt Show End of March through April
Local Bed & Breakfasts
Bernheimer House - 601.437.2843 Oak Square - 1.800.729.0240 Tuscan Columns - 601.214.0215 Rosswood - 1.800.533.5889
Port Gibson-Claiborn County Chamber of Commerce
601.437.4351 1604 Church Street P.O. Box 491 Port Gibson, MS 39150