While closely associated with Memphis and Chicago, Mississippi lays claim to being the birthplace of the blues. That’s why it’s home to the Mississippi Blues Trail, making a trip to this region as repeatable as the second line of classic Blues lyrics.
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A trip down the Mississippi Blues Trail takes you on a journey through one of the most impactful genres of modern music. Whether this is your first visit or one of many, you’ll not only discover something new around every trail marker and verse, but also some of the most magnificent full-service inns and stately mansions in Select Registry’s collection.
A trip down the Mississippi Blues Trail takes you through from city streets to cotton fields. Along the way, you’ll get to “meet” the hundreds of people and places that influenced the blues through the trail markers that tell their stories.
Here’s our favorite itinerary.
Start at the Blues Hall of Fame Museum in Memphis. Opened in May of 2015, its exhibits recalls the history of blues culture in a fun and entertaining way. The city’s popular Beale Street is the place to take in live performances.
Drive south to Clarksdale, Miss.
The town that refers to itself as “the crossroads of culture and quirkiness with a heavy dose of the blues” is also famous for its connection to legendary blues artists such as Muddy Waters, Ike Turner, John Lee Hooker and lifelong resident Big Jack Johnson.
Stay the night in Jackson, Miss.
The Fairview Inn is an historic 1908 Colonial Revival Mansion in the Belhaven historic neighborhood, just minutes from downtown Jackson’s arts, theater, museums and shopping. Lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, as well as the inn’s nomiSpa contribute to its “the place to stay in Jackson” reputation.
With more than a dozen Mississippi Blues Trail Markers and so much to do in Jackson, you won’t get very far down the Blues Trail before it’s time to stop in Natchez, Miss. Locals say that music history here “runs as deep as the Mighty Mississippi.”
The city is home to five Mississippi Blues Trail Markers, the Delta Music Museum, the Rhythm Night Club Memorial Museum and the African American History Museum, plus live music throughout town.
Natchez is also home to three Select Registry properties, ranging from a 225-year-old Antebellum home to a romantic bed and breakfast with Cajun cooking experiences and a National Historic Landmark rated “one of the ten most romantic places in the USA” by USA Today.
End your journey down the Mississippi Blues Trail at any of Select Registry’s properties in Louisiana. Choose between the Canal Street Inn or La Belle Esplanade in the cultural gumbo of New Orleans or Louisiana Cajun Mansion in the heart of Louisiana’s Cajun & Creole Country near popular Lafayette, La.