The city of Natchez holds numerous titles and appears on many travel lists, such as friendliest city in the U.S., National Geographics “50 Places Of a Lifetime,” Bed and Breakfast Capital of the South and the delicious title of Biscuit Capital of the World. A trip to Natchez guarantees a belly full of good food, breath-taking scenery, countless lessons in history and a healthy dose of Southern hospitality. The relief from the oppressive heat that fall offers makes the annual Spring Pilgrimage the perfect time for Natchez to showcase its Antebellum history and Greek Revival architecture.
Today we journey to Natchez, MS, arriving late afternoon and checking into our hotel, Natchez Grand Hotel. Dinner tonight will be a Progressive Dinner, with appetizers at The Towers of Natchez. (1798-1826-1858). Prepare to be dazzled with the decor of this Gorgeous Antebellum Mansion. Owners Ginger and James Hyland enjoy opening their home to allow the public to see their personal collection of museum quality pieces. As a headquarters of the Union Army during the Civil War, The Towers Mansion contains collections and furnishings usually not seen outside of museums.
Our main entrée will be served at Sunnyside. This elegant, 1850’s Greek-Revival cottage is situated on 10 acres near historic downtown. The gardens are picture perfect and used for many weddings and parties.
Dessert will be presented at Oak Hill Inn, located in the beautiful downtown garden district. This gem, built in 1835 by William A. Beatty for his wife Elizabeth, was their residence as well as the place where they entertained their guests.
This moss draped property boasts beautiful gardens and fountains that can be viewed from the back veranda and the sunroom. In 1979, Oak Hill was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2004, Donald McGlynn and Douglas Mauro purchased the historic home, with an eye toward maintaining the integrity of the house and restoring the landscaping. In 2005, Oak Hill was granted the Restoration Award by the Natchez Historical Foundation. Today, Oak Hill operates as one of the most highly rated inns in both the United States and the world. (D)
Following breakfast this morning, we will stop at the Visitor Center for a few minutes and pick up our local guide. We will then visit two Spring Pilgrimage homes, to be announced later this year.
Lunch is included at The Castle Restaurant following by a tour of Dunleith Historic Inn (1855). This beautiful mansion is nestled at the edge of the historic district on 40 acres of wooded bayous and terraced lawns.
This afternoon, there will be free time to enjoy downtown shops and attractions before returning to our hotel for a little relaxation time. Dinner is included at beautiful Choctaw (1836), with David Garner. You might have visited his prior plantation with us outside of Little Rock a few years ago (Marlsgate). Well, Choctaw is bigger and better! (Unimaginable, yes??) Following dinner, we will attend one of the Pilgrimage programs. (B, L, D)
This morning, following a delicious breakfast, we will have a little free time at Old South Trading Post. They have everything you ever needed and a few things you might not need but definitely want!
We will then tour Longwood (1860), designed by Philadelphia architect Samuel Sloan for Haller and Julia Nutt, Mississippi natives and members of Natchez’s planter elite. Longwood is the jewel of Natchez. Construction of the grand, octagonal structure began in 1860 but was halted in 1861 by rising tensions over the Civil War. While the exterior of Sloan’s Oriental Villa was largely complete, the home’s interior was left unfinished except for the lowest level.
Lunch on the Lawn at Linden (1790) is our next stop. Historic Linden Bed and Breakfast is a circa 1790
historic home situated in a serene park-like seven-acre setting where the quiet and beauty of the grounds lead you to believe you are in a country setting, yet it is just four minutes from the center of downtown Natchez and the Mississippi River.
This afternoon, we will visit Rosalie (1823), located on the Mississippi Bluff near the site of the massacre of the settlers by the Natchez Indians. “There is nothing ordinary about Rosalie… from its fascinating history to its abundance of original furnishings and decorative objects.” Enjoy a panoramic view of the mighty Mississippi from the upstairs galleries and a stroll in the adjacent Bicentennial Garden.
Dinner is included tonight at Monmouth Historic Inn (1818), a National Historic Landmark. An early 19th-century antebellum mansion set in 26 acres of manicured gardens. Reflecting all that is charming about the South, expect gracious hospitality, excellent cuisine, historic tours of the house and a lovingly restored garden. (B, L, D)
Following breakfast this morning, we depart for home, with wonderful memories of life many years ago. (B)
- Eight meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners
- Three nights’ deluxe accommodations/luggage handling at The Natchez Grand Hotel
- Tours of the following homes: The Towers, Sunnyside, Oak Hill Inn, 3 additional Pilgrimage homes, Choctaw Hall, Longwood, Rosalie, Linden, Dunleith and Monmouth.
- Lunch at The Castle Restaurant & Pub
- Progressive Dinner at The Towers, Sunnyside and Oak Hill Inn
- Spring Pilgrimage Evening Program – TBD
- Shopping at Old South Trading Post
- Dinner at Choctaw Mansion
- Lunch at the Linden on the Lawn
- Dinner at Monmouth Historic Inn
- Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation/driver’s gratuity
- Fully Escorted by Jane’s Journeys
COST PER PERSON:
$250 deposit with reservation; Final payment is due by February 1, 2021. $25 early bird discount with deposit received by 12/31/2020, to be deducted from the final payment.
Travel insurance for cancellation due to illness is $112 double, triple and single occupancy per person.