28 -29 July 2012
28.07.2012 97 °F
I have a new favorite weekend destination - Natchez, Mississippi! It used to be a bustling port and fourth richest pre-Civil War city in America. Now it is a charming town with tons of antebellum homes, some of which are B&B's.
This was our first road trip on our Harley's so we took it slow. Friday the weather looked cloudy so we stopped at the BW in Alexandria. Next door was the Cajun Landing restaurant. It seemed like just another cajun eatery when we heard the waitress at the table next to us say that they were famous for their seafood bisque, the ship it to the Kentucky Derby every year. It was a bit spicy for my taste but so is everything in the south.
Early the next am we moved on toward Natchez which is just over the border in MS. IT is a great motorcycle ride because there aren't any highways.
OUr first stop was at Fat Mama's Tamales. THe restaurant is actually in the 1,000 Places to See Before you Die book. We had the signature Gringo Pie (tamales smothered with chili, cheese, onions, and jalapenos) washed down with a "Knock-You-Naked" margarita. The food and drink was excellent and the ambience was really fun as well.
We took a short walk along with water and past Rosalie House before check in at our B&B, Deveraux Shields House. We got the Gallery Room and a cold soda which was greatly appreciated. Sometimes it is just too hot to ride a motorcycle.....(read mid day in July in MIssissippi).
After a rest we set off for the Blues, Brews and Burgers event. THis weekend Natchez was having a food and wine festival and this was one of the Events that still had tickets. It was held in Bowie's Tavern which was like a renovated stable. The guy really wasn't playing the blues but it was music none the less. I had the best burger in my life! There was a smoked gouda cheese sauce to put on and bacon! The buffet also had homemade potato chips and warm potato salad. The beer was as much as you could drink to include Tin Roof, Indian Summer, Southern Hospitality and Pecan.
I think it was for the ladies but they also offered a samples of cocktails to include Jalapeno Margarita , The Gombo (Captain morgan Rum, orange juice and mountain Dew, Pink Cosmo and Passion Fruit PUnch. The tray would barely hit the table before the samples disappeared.
The next morning breakfast was at Anne Clare Cottage just down the street. The menu included Eggs Benedict casserole, hash brown casserole and a slice of ham. We sat with a cute older couple who also rode motorcycles and to our shame spent all night dancing! (We were in bed by 2030
I wanted to hit Mammy's Cupboard where you can eat inside "Mammy's" skirt but it wasn't open on Sundays and we just had breakfast so we started home instead.