With cool waters, scenic wonders, shareworthy scenes, unqiue stays and roadside eats, Mississippi welcomes wanders from near and far—even beyond the stars.
Capital Region: Gemini
Geminis are known for being full of life and social butterflies. Adaptable and ready for a good time, people with birthdays running from about May 21 to June 21 fall under this air sign. They are lovers of music and art, which makes the Capital Region of Mississippi the perfect place to visit for Geminis this summer.
The Westin Jackson
New and with a prime location in the heart of Mississippi’s capital city’s downtown, this hotel is conveniently situated within walking distance of the Mississippi Museum of Art, the Thalia Mara Hall and many other attractions. Featuring a spa and wine bar, the Westin Jackson makes for the perfect way to have a good time while keeping relaxed. Guests can even play a replica of a guitar owned and played by one of Mississippi’s legendary musicians in their room when they book the Music Legends of Mississippi Package.
Fondren District in Jackson
An expressive hub of culture, diversity and funky fun, this eclectic arts district is located just three miles from downtown Jackson. It has a throwback vibe and positive energy that welcomes anyone and everyone. Locally owned but open to all, Fondren offers visitors plenty of live music and visual arts, as well as unique owner-operated boutiques and over two dozen independently owned restaurants, bars, coffee shops and bakeries.
The Pearl Tiki Bar
Mississippi restauranteur, author and TV personality Robert St. John brings the taste of Polynesia to Mississippi’s capital city with the city’s only tiki bar, connected to the Highball Lanes Bowling Alley and Lounge. From tiki classics to trivia, The Pearl offers an evening escape to a tropical island.
Dumbo’s on Duling
Look no further than Dumbo’s for a chic but relaxed atmosphere, killer cocktails and a menu that blends elements and ingredients inspired by far away destinations with classic Southern staples. With new summer cocktails including Sparrow’s Cure, a tribute to the Caribbean’s historic rums, Dumbo’s on Duling makes a great place to kick back for dinner.
The Apothecary at Brents Drugs
Take the time for a nightcap at Jackson’s original classic cocktail bar. Once the pharmacy storeroom of Brent’s Drugs, which opened in 1946, The Apothecary serves up a classic and original bar program inspired by the soda fountain and pharmacy history. Named one of “The South’s Best Bars” by Southern Living, “9 Great Southern Bars” by Garden & Gun and one of “America’s 50 Best Bars” by Esquire, The Apothecary has also been featured in “Reasons to Love Design Made in America” by Dwell.
Coastal Region: Cancer
Cancer is a water sign known for its gentle nature and free-flowing lifestyle. Cancers are associated with emotions, comfort and recharging, and what better place to recharge than on the coast? Coastal Mississippi sits on the shore with many quaint towns and a laid-back atmosphere. The small coastal towns make the perfect fit for a Cancer’s June 21-July 22 birthday trip.
The Roost Hotel
Located in a restored historic building, The Roost Hotel is just steps away from downtown Ocean Springs. Reviewed as “the Most Beautiful Hotel in Mississippi,” The Roost fittingly offers the perfect place to settle down and rest with its downtown feel and beach sunsets. The boutique hotel is a perfect way to experience what the quaint Southern beach town has to offer.
Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
Visit one of the many infamous coastal Mississippi casinos, such as Beau Rivage Resort & Casino. The casino offers a beautiful resort, vibrant nightlife scene and dining for any palate. Take the opportunity to sample authentic Asian cuisine at the Jia or kick back with a drink at the swanky Black Clover Lounge. And don’t skip out on the casino’s attractions, from baccarat and blackjack to many more.
Get a taste of bold coastal flavor at the Thorny Oyster in Bay St. Louis. This fresh seafood restaurant offers a creative twist on classic dishes paired with a vibrant drink menu. A celebration of strong, nuanced flavors and local ingredients, the Thorny Oyster makes for the perfect way to fall in love with oysters (along with plenty of other seafood for those with other tastes).
Northeast Region: Leo
Those with birthdays in the range of July 23 to August 22 are Leos. A fire sign, Leos are theatrical, passionate and artistic. Self-confident and warmhearted, Leos are known to be in love with life and out for a good time. The Northeast region invites girlfriends to explore the hometown of the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, the perfect spot for this fiery sign.
Tupelo’s newest boutique property, Hotel Tupelo has 79 rooms, a restaurant and bar on-site, and an array of unique, local touches at its location in downtown Tupelo’s Fairpark District. The hotel takes inspiration from Elvis Presley’s rock ‘n’ roll culture, offering a big city feel with its modern design and sophisticated spaces for relaxing. Special offers like the Shake, Rattle & Roll Package even come with cocktails inspired by Elvis himself.
Elvis Presley Birthplace & Museum
Tour the humble home where Elvis was born, explore the museum that chronicles his life and enjoy a presentation in the original Assembly of God Church where he was influenced by gospel music. Built by Elvis’s father, the house is one of the more significant landmarks in Tupelo’s history, drawing over 50,000 visitors each year to look at this historical spot.
Elvis’ Tupelo Self-Guided Bicycle Tour
For those looking for an active adventure, the Elvis’s Tupelo Bicycle Tour offers the perfect activity. This self-guided tour takes visitors to 14 places that were significant to The King’s formative years in Tupelo, including the Elvis Presley Birthplace and other notable locations. Guests can rent bikes or bring their own, and if biking’s your thing, be sure to check out other scenic bike trails such as Tanglefoot Trail or Music Bend.
There’s plenty to do in downtown Tupelo, so be sure not to miss out on any of the big ones. Check out Reed’s Department Store (131 Main St.), one of the oldest department stores in Mississippi, and be sure to visit the mural in the men’s department that depicts Gladys Presley at a Reed Company picnic, pregnant with Elvis. Continue on with a visit to Relics Antique Marketplace, located in the former garment factory where Gladys Presley worked while pregnant with Elvis (248 South Green St.). And for those looking for even more Elvis, have fun exploring the Elvis Guitar Trail, where you can snap a pic with your favorite people with one of the famous Elvis-themed guitars.
With its stunning blue-tiled walls and comfy seating, Jobos offers modern coastal food with a twist, featuring fresh seafood straight from the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Conveniently located in Hotel Tupelo, this vibrant restaurant is a great setting for group dinners before a night out on the town.
Delta Region: Virgo
Virgos are represented by the goddess of wheat and agriculture. Loyal and kind, Virgos tend be well-organized and possess a strong character, taking a methodical approach to things. This earth sign with birthdays between August 23 and September 22 is practical and has a love for history, making the Delta region fitting for any Virgos planning trips this summer.
Located on the historic Cotton Row in downtown Cleveland, the Cotton House is a 95-room boutique hotel chock full of character and Old Mississippi charm. Taking its name from the location in downtown Cleveland’s historic Cotton Row, here you’ll experience true Southern hospitality and the welcoming nature of the people who call this area home. With its convenient location, just outside you’ll find brick-paved sidewalks lined with antique and specialty shops and variety of locally-owned restaurants.
Main St. Hotel
Located in the heart of downtown, Yazoo City’s Main St. Hotel is an Instagram-worthy accommodation with its brightly colored exterior. Bursting in bright reds and blues among other colors, this hotel offers a unique and enjoyable experience smack in the middle of a historic location. All rooms are located on the second floor and have access to the hot pink balconies overlooking Main Street.
Featuring live music in the lobby, a luxury spa and a rooftop terrace, The Alluvian in Greenwood is a great way to relax in the Delta Region. The hotel’s name is rooted deep in the area, inspired by the alluvial plain, a level land of mineral-rich soil that makes up the Mississippi Delta. With its extensive spa, seafood restaurant and cooking classes offered on-site, The Alluvian’s Southern hospitality makes it a great place to stay.
Cleveland is home to the only Grammy Museum outside of Los Angeles, and it’s certainly a sight you don’t want to miss. Explore the lengthy history of American music and feel inspired as you stroll through multiple exhibits to watch memorable performances by bestselling artists such as Beyonce, gaze upon memorable outfits worn by huge stars like Taylor Swift—and experience so many more musical moments.
Take the time to go shopping and antiquing in downtown Cleveland, with its wide array of shops and attractions. The central Crosstie Walking Trail is lined with some of the best boutique shopping in the South, from Mod + Proper to Britt Jewelry and more. In between all the shopping, take a break and grab an afternoon caffeine pick-me-up or a frozen lemonade treat at Zoe Coffee Co.
Delta Meat Market
Opened by James Beard Award-nominated Chef Cole Ellis, downtown Cleveland’s Delta Meat Market is a popular brunch, lunch and dinner spot within the Cotton House Hotel, serving a menu deeply rooted in Southern culinary traditions. The laid-back rooftop bar on top of the hotel, Bar Fontaine, is a great spot to grab a glass of wine or cocktail with friends. Plus, it provides the best views of the Mississippi Delta horizon.
The Crystal Grill
Located in Greenwood, The Crystal Grill is a can’t-miss for seriously delectable homemade pies, including their lemon icebox pie featured on Food Network, and their ever-popular coconut cream pie with mile-high meringue on top. Family-owned since 1933 and named a Top 10 restaurant by the Clarion Ledger, The Crystal Grill boasts delicious seafood and pasta, steak and cuisine fit for any foodie.
With a state-of-the-art kitchen designed by world-renowned architects, Giardina’s in Greenwood is one of the Mississippi Delta’s most historic restaurants, founded in 1936 by Joseph Giardina. This white tablecloth restaurant is located within The Alluvian Hotel and serves elegant entrees such as steaks, seafood and Italian cuisine in private dining spaces. The dining area opens out onto a courtyard, offering beautiful sights for your dining experience.
Stay tuned for more Zodiac sign itineraries for the fall!