One City, Three Ways: Natchez, Mississippi
Officially established in 1716, Natchez is the oldest continuous settlement on the Mississippi River and teems with history. From the early 1800s to the Civil War, Natchez reigned as one of America’s wealthiest cities....
By Design: 36 of the South’s architectural wonders
As much as we love the South's quintessential clapboard churches and stately mansions, our appreciation of Southern architecture extends beyond the classics. We‘ve combed the region for noteworthy structures, from historical masterpieces like Thomas Jefferson‘s Palladian Monticello to modern marvels like the breezy, zero-energy McDonald‘s Florida flagship (yes, McDonald’s).
Hometown Flavor: Pan-seared goodness from Mississippi restaurant Elvie’s
Hunter Evans remembers running around with his brothers when they visited their grandmother Elvieretta in New Orleans. The Jackson, Mississippi, native can still see the fresh shrimp in the sink and smell the spicy aromas of her homemade stuffed artichokes.
All Shook Up: Tupelo, Mississippi’s Elvis Festival
The spangled, white polyester jumpsuit will be with us always. It is not biodegradable, for one thing. However, as a longtime groupie, I also notice that interpretations of Elvis Presley are growing more subtle and complex.
A father and daughter consider the past—and the future—on a road trip through the Mississippi Delta
Drive north on Money Road out of Greenwood, Mississippi, and the town gives way in a hurry to cotton and corn, an occasional house set back from the road.
Where to eat, drink, sleep, and shop in Ocean Springs, Mississippi
Ocean Springs is a small town of abundant beauty—the natural kind found in the twisting branches of live oaks and the stunning sunsets at Front Beach, but also the type meticulously crafted on a pottery wheel or in a glass-blowing studio.
Rollin’ on the River
I’m not a big crier, but I feel two fat tears threatening to spill down my cheeks as an eight-piece band performs “What a Wonderful World.” I’m sitting in a darkened theater aboard the inaugural voyage of the American Countess, a luxurious new paddle wheeler cruising the Mississippi.
Mississippi writer Mary Miller muses on her many returns to Ship Island
I first visited Ship Island as a child with my family, taking the hour-long ferry out of Gulfport. It is the only barrier island off the coast of Mississippi with ferry access, the only one you can get to if you don’t have your own boat.
Ask the Expert: An award-winning potter shares his passion for Mississippi’s ceramics scene
Award-winning potter Matt Long is a professor of art at the University of Mississippi and presents ceramics workshops internationally. His functional pieces have appeared in publications such as Ceramics Monthly.
Inn Spotlight: Jackson, Mississippi’s Fairview Inn
Tina Fortenberry wasn’t expecting to find a home away from home when she stepped into the Fairview Inn in 2012. “I walked into the room and was spellbound,” she says.