There is More to Natchez than the Balloon Fest
Although I did, in fact, plan my trip around this annual festival, Natchez has a lot to offer at any time of year. The balloons were incredible to watch, and my favorite was by far the Jester with a nod to New Orleans, but that lasted one hour out of the 48 we were there. Naturally, I sought out other activities, which were as gratifying as walking around town or learning about the history of the city by touring old homes and cemeteries. I did a little bit of everything.
One of my favorite shops in Natchez - Arts Natchez Gallery
Shop ‘Til You Buy a Hot Air Balloon
Walking in the heart of Natchez is a treat in and of itself. Our bed and breakfast (which I’ll tell you about later) was on somewhat of the outskirts of the main area. That means an extra three blocks out, so no big deal. As you’re walking, you see house after house with a little sign in front with a name. Yes, each house, for the most part, has a name. It’s the most endearing thing I have seen in a city. The houses are also mixed with a lot of commerce. You’re never too far from a home decor shop, a restaurant, or an art store. My favorite art shop, which was filled with different pieces from different local artists, was called Arts Natchez Gallery
. It seems somewhat like a co-op for local artists. Near there is another store called The Painted Petal. It was an eclectic little shop with some art pieces as well as children’s items. Finally, a beautiful home store called Darby’s
stole my heart with the array of lamps and accent pillows they had. I could’ve come away with half the store, but I didn’t bring a deep enough pocket book for all of my desired items - it’s not cheap!
The Sound of (Cemetery) Silence
Starting Your Day off with Cafe au Lait
Winner Winner, Chicken Wing Dinner
Dine in Style at Regina’s
Be Our (Stanton Guest House) Guest
Two Days is Just Perfect in Natchez
My stay in Natchez for approximately 48 hours was the perfect amount of time. You’re not going to find a plethora of amazing drool-worthy restaurants or shopping that knocks your socks off, but you will find curiosity there. The history, the old houses lining the town, and the river are enough to draw a person into its little magical city. My friend who came along said “This is like being in another world.” I kind of agree. It’s like stepping back in time where people want to know you, are interested in your goings on, and even stop to let you cross the street even if you’re jaywalking. It’s well worth a visit because it’s simply different than most places I’ve been (and I’ve been to a lot of places). When you go, soak it up for what it is. You’ll get so much out of it when you do.