We started off in Natchez, Mississippi. I love Natchez because of the historic district. If you've never been and truly admire the old southern culture I suggest you stop in for a day or two. They have good food, good fun, and good people.
Natchez, MS is one of the oldest European-American cities in the U.S.. It was founded in 1716 by the French. The French settled on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River for trading purposes. The Natchez Indians often fought with the French/English regarding land rights. In November 1729, the "Natchez War" broke out killing 138 French colonist, 35 women, and 56 children. Some of the Natchez Indians were caught and brought to New Orleans for justice.
After the American Revolutionary War, the British turned over the colonies to the United States under the terms of the Treaty of Paris. However, Spain was not a party to the same terms of the treaty and took over Natchez from the British.
In 1795, the Spanish signed the Treaty of San Lorenzo, surrendering Natchez to the United States. After Mississippi Territory was created under the Adams Administration, Natchez became the capital city. However, in 1822, as the population began growing into the eastern region of the state; the capital city was moved to a more central location and Jackson, Mississippi became the capital city.
Today Natchez is filled with tourism. You can visit the historic Antebellum homes, shop at the little boutiques, they have several unique restaurants where you can stuff yourselves with Southern cuisine, and stay at any number of historic hotels or bed and breakfasts. No matter how you plan out your visit you can always count on Southern hospitality.
Ok, I'm ready to move into my new house. I would be happy with any of them. They are all gorgeous.
This is the Grand Hotel that looks over the Mississippi River. http://www.natchezgrandhotel.com/
This reminds me of the French Quarter in New Orleans.
Of course, a trip would not be a successful trip without little antiquing.