Find Romance at These Destinations Around the Magnolia State
Throughout Mississippi, couples who find themselves with some kid-free days will discover a variety of locales that make perfect romantic getaways. This state contains everything from beach resorts and historic B&Bs to boutique hotels and rustic cabins, plus a good bit in between. So decide what part of the state you want to explore, and then head to one of these five destinations for a memorable and romantic escape.
Coast to Romance
When the kids are away, mom and dad can play, and there’s no better place to do so than Beau Rivage (875 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, MS) on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, Beau Rivage offers everything couples need for a romantic getaway: luxurious accommodations, fine dining, nightlife, live entertainment, gaming and a full-service spa. For more relaxation than action, book a cabana and spend the days lounging by the pool. And when night falls, take a moonlit walk along the beach right by the property.
Create Some History
Overlooking the Mississippi River, Natchez is well-known for its collection of antebellum homes that epitomize the rise of Southern wealth prior to the Civil War. One of these homes is the Dunleith Historic Inn (84 Homochitto St., Natchez, MS), an 1856 home including 22 rooms in the main house and outside buildings. Rooms feature antique Tester beds, fireplaces and breakfast for two. Spend the day relaxing on one of the porches, or head into town for some antique shopping.
Located in the Mississippi Delta, Greenwood has evolved into a small town with big city flair. Take a cooking class at the Viking Cooking School (325 Howard St., Greenwood, MS), visit a local winery or take a walking tour through downtown. When it’s time to settle in for the night, head to The Alluvian (318 Howard St., Greenwood, MS), a boutique hotel with 45 well-appointed rooms. Enhance your stay by booking one of the hotel’s romance packages, or schedule spa appointments for both of you to receive some pampering.
Keep It Simple
In North Mississippi among the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Tishomingo State Park (105 County Road 90, Tishomingo, MS) welcomes couples who love the great outdoors. Activities here include hiking, birdwatching, fishing, rock climbing, disc golf and more. Plus, the park includes seven rental cabins, each serving as an intimate, romantic getaway. Kick back inside for a quiet evening, or relax by the fire pit under the stars.
Capitalize on Fun
Mississippi’s capital city Jackson overflows with sights and attractions to keep couples entertained during a quick escape. Visit some of the area museums or historical sites, or spend some time strolling through Mynelle Gardens (4736 Clinton Blvd., Jackson, MS). The city is also home to numerous dining and shopping hot spots, as well as a selection of full-service and budget-friendly hotels. Jackson is the perfect place to just relax, unwind and enjoy some quality, uninterrupted time together.
Scheduling Your Visit
During the year, Mississippi generally has a short, mild winter with hot, humid summers. Of course, winter is felt more acutely in the north region of the state and less so along the coast. December and January are usually the coldest months, with July and August experiencing the hottest temperatures. Also, locales like Natchez that have a lot of antebellum homes see an influx of visitors during the spring and around the holidays when they host their annual home tour events, so keep that in mind when planning a visit. Likewise, the Mississippi Gulf Coast is a very popular destination during the summer, when people head to the beach for vacation.
Karon Warren has covered travel for nearly 20 years with numerous print and online publications. Her byline has appeared in USA Today, USA Today’s 10 Best, WorkingMother.com, FamilyVacationCritic.com. and many others. She is a member of both the Society of American Travel Writers and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. In addition to her freelance work for other clients, she also writes for her own travel site, ThisGirlTravels.com