City Bagel, Starkville


SoCo District, Corinth


The Guest Room, Starkville

Mississippi State University Riley Center, Meridian



In the heart of cities across the hospitality state, charming historic features are matched with creative revitalization efforts. Indulge your curiosity and tour through the downtowns of these 10 Mississippi cities. Hills Region WATER VALLEY Young business owners and entrepreneurs have created a small-town renaissance in downtown Water Valley. “What we have here is the freedom to experiment,” says Mickey Howley of Water Valley Main Street. Along with famed BTC Grocery, Water Valley is home to Yalobusha Brewing Company–one of the few breweries in the northern part of Mississippi. Explore the local art scene at Bozarts Gallery and Yalo Studio and Gallery. CORINTH Sanctuary Antiques in downtown Corinth bears the slogan, “Lord only knows what you’ll find inside.” The saying fits the city’s eclectic mix of downtown attractions, including Mississippi’s oldest operating drug store, Borroum’s, Hinkle Creek Pottery’s handmade stoneware, palatial 1920s Corinth Coliseum Civic Center and the Civil War-era Verandah-Curlee House. The trendy SoCo District features co-mingled living and retail spaces. Downtown dining options range from the beloved burger joint Slugburger Cafe to the sleek Vicari Italian Grill. Coastal Region BAY ST. LOUIS In spring 2014, the Bay Saint Louis Municipal Harbor and Pier opened, drawing crowds to the long-awaited boating destination. New sidewalks, parks, antique street lights and biking trails have created an eco-friendly downtown. Visitors may stop to marvel at the sunset on the bay and view the 200-year-old oak trees lining Main Street. LAUREL Infused with youthful energy, downtown Laurel has transformed into an entrepreneurial hub. Home Town on HGTV aired its pilot episode in January 2016. Laurel natives and hosts of the show, Erin and Ben Napier, help newcomers find and renovate a home. Also housed in downtown Laurel is Mississippi’s oldest art museum, the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art. Capital/River Region JACKSON Old meets new in Jackson like nowhere else in the state. The city’s oldest building—constructed in 1839—is now the Old Capitol Museum. Here visitors can explore Southern history in an authentic setting. At the Russell C. Davis Planetarium, a state-of-the-art 4K fulldome digital projection system sends viewers to new frontiers in outer space. Classic and contemporary works by the likes of Georgia O’Keeffe, Walter Anderson and Andy Warhol come together at the Mississippi Museum of Art. History makes for a hearty meal at the Mayflower Café, the oldest operating restaurant in the city. VICKSBURG With five museums in a four-block radius, antebellum homes and the Southern Cultural Heritage Center, downtown Vicksburg is rich with history. Visit the Vicksburg Riverfront Murals along the floodwalls and stop by HC Porter Gallery and Attic Gallery for a flavor of local artistry. Stroll the brick-paved streets while you shop at boutique and antique stores for the perfect treasure to take home. For drink and fare, stop by the Wine House while you wait on a table at 10 South Rooftop Bar and Grill to take in views of the Mississippi and Yazoo River valleys. Pines Region MERIDIAN The Mississippi State University Riley Center, a performing arts and conference facility, exemplifies Meridian’s robust historic downtown revit- alization. Up next is the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience, a $44 million museum dedicated to the arts and iconic artists in Mississippi. Brickhaus Bar and Grill hosts the largest selection of craft beers in the region. The Harvest Grill was started by a returned-home Meridianite. STARKVILLE At the center of downtown Starkville is Fire Station Park, a community hub and home to the city's twice-a-week Starkville Community Market. Popular downtown dining venues include the iconic City Bagel Cafe, Restaurant Tyler with locally grown ingredients, and The Guest Room, a speakeasy bar. In 2017, Starkville’s Russell Street will transform into a pedestrian and cycling safe gateway to Mississippi State University. Delta Region YAZOO CITY On the verge of becoming a ghost town in the last decade, Yazoo City’s downtown has transformed into a busy, brightly painted strip. At Main Street Hotel, find the No Smoking Smokehouse, a popular venue rental and home to lively First Friday blues and oldies music. Downtown Marketplace, an indoor market, features more than 90 artisans and food vendors. For local cuisine, try out Tom’s on Main and Dixie Lane Tearoom and Bakery. CLEVELAND Once a rail town, Cleveland now has a walkable downtown brimming with green spaces. Filled with downtown stores, Cleveland offers a fine shopping experience. For local flavor, try Delta Meat Market, Hey Joe’s gourmet burgers and Mosquito Burrito. Don’t miss the new Grammy Museum® Mississippi located near the campus of Delta State University.

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