Last weekend, we traveled to Natchez, MS. We've wanted to visit this beautiful city on the Mississippi River for quite a while and crammed in as much as we possibly could in the day and a half we were there. Before the Civil War, Natchez had more millionaires per capita than any city in the entire country. Because of this, Natchez has more antebellum homes than any city in the country. We did our best to see as many as we could. Here are some of the homes we saw and, of course, some food we ate on our trip:
No need to stay in a hotel when you go to Natchez! There are many antebellum homes that serve as bed and breakfast destinations. We chose to stay at a Victorian townhouse called the 1888 Wensel House. We lucked out, because the owners are historians who have written books on the history of Natchez. They were perfect hosts, and the breakfast alone is worth the price of the rooms. We were apparently too excited about eating breakfast and forgot to take a picture, but trust us on this one. We're talking eggs, bacon, sausage, blueberry pancakes, fruit, grits, and biscuits.
After checking into the 1888 Wensel House, we walked across the street to the Rosalie Mansion. Rosalie was a fort built in the 1700's on the bluffs in Natchez. A Pennsylvania man later purchased a portion of the land to build the Rosalie Mansion.
You can smell the tamales from Fat Mama's Tamales from Rosalie, so we had to check them out. All our friends told us to eat lunch at Fat Mama's and have their famous tamales and margaritas. We listened, tried both, and loved Fat Mama's!
After lunch, we drove to Longwood. At 30,000 sq. ft. and six stories, Longwood is the largest octagonal house in America. Because the Civil War broke out as the mansion was being built, it was never finished. We toured the 10,000 sq. ft. basement, where the family lived, and then headed upstairs to the second floor, which was unfinished.
When the war broke out, the workers dropped their tools and left. Many of their tools are still displayed in the home.
We could get used to sitting on this porch!
Dunleith was our next stop and one of our favorite houses of the entire trip.
It's now a 22 room luxury hotel. Maybe this will be our next B&B?
We made our way to Auburn. If Auburn looks familiar, it is because it influenced many architects when designing homes across the South.
Monmouth was next on the tour. It was owned by John Quitman, who was governor of Mississippi and a United States Congressman.
Our last house of the day was Linden. Cool fact about Linden: the front door was replicated for Tara's front door in Gone With The Wind.
For dinner, we went to Magnolia Grill. It overlooked the Mississippi River!
Not a bad view, huh?
After dinner, it was time for a cocktail at Bowie's Tavern. The building was a once a cotton warehouse. We're a fan.
Next, we hopped over to Andrew's Tavern before calling it a night.
Sunday, we attended mass at St. Mary Basilica downtown.
It's the only church in Mississippi built as a cathedral.
If you're in Natchez, try to visit. It's beautiful!
After mass, we toured Stanton Hall. Stanton Hall takes up an entire block and was built by a cotton merchant. He unfortunately died a few months after the home was completed.
Today, it is owned by the Pilgrimage Garden Club and has been restored to its original beauty.
We ate dinner behind Stanton Hall at the Carriage House Restaurant. It was a perfect Sunday lunch buffet.
Ou last stop on the trip was a tour of Melrose. We got see nearly all of this 15,000 sq. ft. mansion, and it is sitting on 80 acres of beautiful land.
If you like history, beautiful homes, great food, nice people, and being by the Mississippi River, Natchez is the place for you. We give it two thumbs up. Go visit Natchez, MS!