One of the crown jewels of the American south is the charming town of Natchez, Mississippi. Perched on the bluff above the mighty Mississippi River, Natchez is host to a collection of some of the most stately and dignified mansions in America. This little enclave of southern charm is truly one of the most photogenic places we have visited in our travels. It is the perfect getaway for couples.
The Natchez Story
The history of Natchez begins exactly 300 years ago. It was founded by a group of French traders in 1716, making it one of the oldest settlements on the Mississippi River. Its location made it an important stop on the river. In a bit of geographic gerrymandering, the city reverted to Spanish control after the French and Indian War. It later become a part of the westward expansion of the United States. It once served as the capital of the state of Mississippi, until the city of Jackson replaced it.
The Natchez Pilgrimage
The pilgrimage to Natchez has become an annual right of passage for the high style southerner. Each spring, and now since it has grown in popularity, each fall as well, the entire town throws open it doors to the public. If dressing up in Antebellum attire, riding in coaches and greeting fellow tourists with “darling” and “kind sir” are your bailiwick, the pilgrimage is just your thing. The pilgrimage is your one chance to get inside one of the amazing manors. The challenge is taking a picture of the homes without throngs of people doing exactly the same thing. A great website for all things pilgrimage is http://www.natchezpilgrimage.com/
Natchez for Couples
Without a doubt, visiting Natchez with your lover is a dream come true. Strolling the main street, or picnicking on the grounds of one of the homes that are open to the public is simply romantic perfection. There are some incredible eateries in town with a focus on both French and southern comfort food. In the evening, a number of horse-drawn carriages can give you and your beau a great tour of the town.
We highly recommend the Fighting Couple’s “Oh Brother, Where art Thou” adventure as a day trip.
The city of Natchez is situated at the end of a beautiful 90 mile drive from Jackson, Mississippi or drive up from Baton Rouge will take you a little over two hours. We chose to drive down from Nashville along the Natchez Trace historic byway. (Highly recommended!)