iTrekHere Day 7: Natchez

  • Natchez, Mississippi

Although our time in Natchez was short it was very sweet - and we don't just mean the Mint Juleps. Nearing the end of our Deep South road trip, we arrived at Natchez' Monmouth Inn, to take a tour of this stunning antebellum mansion.

Monmouth Inn, NatchezMint Juleps at Monmouth Inn

Upon arrival, we were greeted with refreshing Mint Julep made by the wonderful Roosevelt, who's been the resident bartender for over 20 years. The cocktails were made to his own special recipe, perfected over the years, and it's definitely not hard to understand why they're thought of as 'the best Mint Juleps in the South'.

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Cooled down by our cocktails, our mansion tour commenced and we were bowled over by the amount of detail that had gone into restoring the house to its original grandeur. The Monmouth Inn was originally built in 1818, and over almost three centuries has seen plenty of history, and was left derelict in the 1920s until it was bought in 1970 and extensively restored.

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If we'd been impressed by the house, we were equally impressed by the grounds - immaculately groomed green spaces, filled with clusters of trees and bright flowers. Angelic statues lined the pathways, and a white pergola stood beside the small lake. An outdoor photographer's dream, and perfect on a beautiful, sunny day like this one.

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Once we'd checked in to our accommodation, we paid a visit to the recently opened Natchez Brewing Company, where we came across a bit of a party going on. Homecooked food and local beers filled our evening as we got to know some of the locals.

After the party drew to a close, some of the locals offered to show us a proper Natchez night out. Making our way down to the edge of the bluff, we found ourselves in the Under-The-Hill-Saloon, a bar with live music and a real authentic feel to it. Our new Natchez friends challenged us to some darts, and we even got to try some locally distilled rum. 

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In the morning, some of the group woke up early to take a quick walk around Natchez in the daylight hours, to appreciate the quirky buildings, a combination of antebellum and industrial styles. With lots of green space along the front of the bluff, Natchez definitely showed its beauty.

To refuel before our morning's drive, we stopped off at what was recommended to us as the best coffee spot in town, Steampunk. A small cafe space with exposed brickwork, we filled up on delicious coffee and smoothies, before embarking on the last full drive of the trip, to finally spend some time in New Orleans...

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