Home of the Delta Blues, Mississippi is more than just the hardest question on a spelling test. Rich in culture, character and history, the Magnolia State has a unique place in American Folklore. The state is the birthplace of the river that bears its name, and has carried the dreams of so many American’s along its twisting tides. It had a crucial role in the Civil War and was the setting for some of the landmark events that marked the Civil Rights Movement.
The state is steeped in, and ferociously proud of its history. The stately Antebellum homes that grace the magnolia-bounded streets recall images of a time when the country was driving for change and maturity. Many of the battlefields that witnessed the most crucial battles of the Civil War are held in esteem, and used to commemorate the events that changed the face of the country.
But the history of Mississippi is not all brother against brother. Mississippi is acknowledged as the home of Blues Music, and throughout the state the Mississippi Blues Trail markers notate areas and events of particular interest in the development of the music genre that would become Rock and Roll. If you are a fan of music, any type of music, a pilgrimage to Mississippi is a vital element of your education.
The Magnolia state is also home to some truly magnificent accommodation that will deliver its own, unique flavor to your journey. Lets have a look at the best resorts in Mississippi:
1. Pickwick Pines Resort
Situated walking distance from Pickwick Lake, the Pickwick Pines Resort is designed and placed to allow for an affordable, enjoyable holiday inside a gated, secure campus. Graced with three swimming pools, sporting facilities (volleyball, tennis and basketball) a community center with a billiards table, and a fitness center, the Resort provides for a self-contained oasis where guests can relax and enjoy their stay, or use it as a base camp to branch out and explore the state.
As for accommodation, guests can rent one of their beautiful homes to enjoy your stay at this magnificent paradise on earth! The best part is when you rent one of their homes, you get access to all their amenities. Even better, you get to explore crystal clear waters of the glistering lake nearby.
2. Harlow’s Casino Resort and Spa
The Hotel at Harlow’s Resort is a world class facility boasting over 100 rooms of varying levels of excess. Decorated with a keen eye for contemporary styling, the rooms are available to suit all travelers. The hotel also plays host to the Woodhouse Day Spa, which offers the full range of spa treatments in a relaxed and modern environment, staffed by attentive and highly skilled professionals.
The hotel also has 4 restaurants on the grounds, and of course guests have access to the 33,000 square feet casino, and three theatres. As far as accommodation is concerned this resort will make you feel like a member of the royalty! What’s not to like?
3. Lake Tiak-O’Khata
Lake Tiak-O’Khata is a family owned resort in Louisville, on the banks of its namesake lake. Accommodation at the resort comes in the form of beautiful lakeside cabins, luxury motel suites, and numerous RV and camping sites.
The resort has a restaurant on the grounds which specialises in Southern Home Style cooking, and perfectly complements the picturesque environment on the resort grounds. The Lake provides for swimming and boating adventures, and there is a designated swimming area equipped with water slides. The Resort is also located in close proximity to some of Mississippi’s best golf course. Lake Tiak-O’Khata is an affordable, family destination, while still maintaining the character of the Magnolia State.
4. Pearl River Resort and Casino
Located in Choctaw, Mississippi, among the rolling hills distinctive to the region the Pearl River Resort and Casino hosts a world class hotel, 2 championship golf courses, an award-winning water park, numerous restaurants, and an exquisite day spa. There is literally nothing missing from this venue.
The Hotel itself has over 500 rooms, including 75 executive suites, and is supplemented with cottages, and motel accommodation available elsewhere in the complex. Designed to be an essential destination in Mississippi, the Pearl River Resort ticks all the boxes.
5. Allen’s Creek Resort
Allen’s Creek Resort is an RV and camping destination situated on 80 acres of magnificent countryside. The complex takes full advantage of the undulating landscape and wooded areas, providing an experience that is close to nature, relaxing, and fundamentally enjoyable.
The many campsites are complemented with 17 fully-furnished cabins that have been built along the tree-line to optimize the experience. The resort also has multiple sporting facilities, a swimming pool and an 8-acre lake for paddle boats and fishing. Guests also have access to multiple nature trails for relaxing walks through the twilight.
6. Hidden Springs RV Park
Built upon and within 127 heavily wooded acres in Tylertown, the Hidden Springs resort provides for one of the most natural camping locations in all of Mississippi, if not all of the South. Guests gain access to the Bogue Chitto River, two swimming pools, 7 natural springs, and a creek that runs through the property.
There is a rustic tone to the Park, with timber used almost exclusive as a construction tool, and campsites that have been carefully selected to cause as little disruption as possible to the natural flow of the landscape. It is this atmosphere of Earthiness that makes a stay at Hidden Springs such a unique and memorable experience.
7. The Majestic Oaks RV Resort
The Majestic Oaks holds itself to a high standard, demanding that it provide its guests with the best luxury RV experience possible. This lofty goal is achieved by excellent operators providing top class facilities and engaging and regular activities. It can’t be stressed how important it is for operators to get involved with the community of guests that are staying with them, and the Majestic Oaks hits the mark in that respect.
The Camp is designed exclusively for RV and tenting, and has a range of back in and drive through sites to suit any machine. The camp has its own pool, and a community pavilion where the hosts provide lunches on Saturdays, and run the bulk of the events. The complex is also with close proximity to some of the best beaches and golf courses Mississippi has to offer.
8. Monmouth Historic Inn and Gardens
Housed in a 19th Century Antebellum mansion, the Monmouth Historic Inn and Gardens is a dynamic reminder of exactly where you are. If an Inn were more perfectly designed for its location, I have never come across it. Everything about the venue is designed to recall the iconic error with stunning power, and the effect is instant and lasting.
The Inn houses guests inside the Mansion, or in seven cottages that grace the grounds, and each is decorated in period style with an attention to detail that is worthy of the destination. Guests are invited to dine in Restaurant 1818, where the fine dining menu perfectly suits the ambiance of the surroundings. The Monmouth Historic Inn is truly a magnificent location
9. Wolf River Resort
The heavily wooded Wolf River Resort boasts over 140 RV and tent sites, with permanent on site units available for those quests who want the experience of camping without the heavy steering. The complex has a swimming pool, and access to the river.
There is a clubhouse which includes cable TV, and accommodates large groups for family gatherings. The camp is located within a short distance to a number of restaurants and shopping locations, and offers a sound base camp function for those seeking to explore more to Mississippi’s gulf region.
10. Beau Rivage Resort and Casino
The Beau Rivage Hotel is perfectly placed to take advantage of magnificent, expansive ocean views, and the designers of the rooms have not failed to take note of that. With multiple rooms wrapping around the hotel, headlined by the Panoramic King Room, the hotel avails guests of visual delights that are difficult to match.
Hotel guests also gain exclusive access to the Fallen Oak Golf Course, designed by the legendary Tom Fazio. In addition to these there are a number of theatres, restaurants, and a shopping complex on site. Of course, the Beau Rivage Casino is a world class venue providing an exciting and dynamic experience, and offering gold class service.
11. Tara Wildlife Cabins
The Cabins are Tara Wildlife are located within 9000 acres of bottomland hardwood forest, which represents the premium Deer and Turkey hunting location in the US. The operators of the location, however are committed to sustainable use of the location, and therefore offer a highly-regulated, managed hunting experience.
There are four cabins within the grounds, and each has its own individual identity and atmosphere. But the unifying principle is that the countryside within which the lodges are built is universally magnificent. The property excels as a corporate retreat, or just a destination for an adventurous family. The message of conservation is consistent from the venue, and the operators are keen to educate guests on sustainable hunting practices.
12. Longleaf Plantation
Promoting itself as the Hunter’s Hunting Lodge, Longleaf Plantation offers a guided hunting experience for new and experienced sportsmen alike, culminating in the Bobwhite Quail Hunt. The resort is situated with a Longleaf Pine plantation, and the 4,000-acre retreat remains heavily wooded to optimize the experience for the guests,
The 4 cabins on site are genuine, old school hunting lodges, with extensive timber construction and traditional styling. They are all equipped with modern amenities, such as Wi-Fi, and satellite TV, which is juxtaposed with the character settings in each. Longleaf Plantation is a perfect destination for a corporate retreat, or just a boys’ weekend.
13. Yogi on the Lake
The Yogi on the Lake resort is a perfect, award-winning family destination in the Magnolia State. The campground offers a range of tent, RV and Cabin accommodations, along with regular planned activities to keep the kids amused.
Dominated by a large lake in the center of the resort, the operators’ family focus is evident from the magnificent water playground that is the center piece of the resort. This is supplemented with a mini golf course, basketball and tennis courts, and a family café on site. In the center of it all is a recreation center which hosts the regular craft and game activities.
14. Gold Strike Hotel and Casino
The Hotel at the Gold Stroke Casino is modern and contemporary, providing for a luxurious and comfortable stay while guests enjoy the amenities and other facilities available to them. These include a number of restaurants, theatres and the Tunica National Golf Course, a championship level 18-hole course designed by PGA player Mark MacCumber.
With four restaurants on site offering the full range from home-style cuisine to fine dining, and several theatres and nightclubs also within the complex, there is no reason for guests to run out of things to do. And that’s before entertaining a trip to the Casino.
15. Margaritaville Resort, Biloxi
This coastal resort has been built to overlook Deer Island and the Mississippi Sound, and the construction of the complex, and the attention to detail of the rooms, takes full advantage of the unique location. The resort includes a number of restaurants and bars that should cater for all tastes.
Outside the hotel is dominated by the massive water playground that incorporates a 450-foot river (which the kids will navigate by floating, which empties into an expansive pool with swim-up bar. The center also boasts a 55,000 square feet entertainment complex with incorporates arcade and electronic games, a sports bar and restaurant, and an ice cream shop. The Margaritaville Resort is a highly-recommended destination for family travelers.