Just down the road and off the beaten track there are true gems to discover in Mississippi. In this ongoing series, we introduce you to some great accommodations in Mississippi, so here's Part 2: Greenwood.
About an hour’s drive from Clarksdale will take you to Greenwood, a dreamy little town in East Mississippi. Cotton made it rich in the Antebellum, but when the dust of the Civil War settled, Greenwood gradually lost its wealth and transformed into a place where the richer and poorer are only divided by train tracks. The struggling neighbourhood of Baptist Town forms a stark contrast with Greenwood’s charming downtown and its most affluent streets. Grand Boulevard, Money Road, River Road and Poplar Street even doubled as state capital Jackson in The Help (2011), the Oscar-winning movie adaption of Kathryn Stockett’s book of the same name.
Luxury vs priceless fun
That contrast is reflected in the accommodations on offer in Greenwood. Craving for luxury? Look no further than The Alluvian Hotel, an all-pampering boutique hotel with an extensive spa in historic downtown, that will have you swooning with relaxation from check-in to check-out. Want priceless fun? Just like Clarksdale’s Shack Up Inn, Tallahatchie Flats fires on all Southern cylinders with a colourful collection of wooden shacks (pictured above) featuring private porches, tin roofing, vintage 40’s interiors and modern amenities like toilets, kitchens and running water. Its friendly neighbour in Clarksdale has more accommodations to choose from, but for blues fans it’s good to know that Tallahatchie Flats is an easy stroll away from legendary guitar pioneer Robert Johnson’s grave in the peaceful shadow of Little Zion Church.
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