A STEP BACK IN TIME
The crown jewel of Southwest Mississippi, Natchez is a grand city steeped in
rich history that is unquestionably second to none.
Natchez has embraced and preserved the influences of Native American, European,
Southern, and African American cultures, all of which have given her a
timeless and unique blend of charm, grace, romance, mystery, and adventure.
Friday, March 31 - Sunday, April 2
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Let's explore the intoxicating and majestic allure that has made Natchez one of
the most exciting and fascinating cities in the world! We'll be doing a little of it all -
tours of antebellum homes, canoeing the Mississippi (optional), visiting ancient
Indian burial mounds, enjoying some spectacular gardens, listening to blues in
historic honkey-tonks, savoring a dinner created by renowned chef
Regina Charboneau in a beautiful historic home, perhaps
attending an authentic Southern ball (optional), guided historic
cemetery tour and if you like, even partaking in some
gambling at the local casino (optional).
On Friday, March 31, we'll drive to Natchez (a 6 hour drive from Dallas).
We'll organize carpools for those interested.
There is a unique (optional) opportunity to canoe the Mississippi River that afternoon at
1:30 p.m. on a 4-hour canoe trip. Become one with the Mississippi's nature as
our guide entertains us with tales of the area and points out interesting
local animals and foliage. This adventure is highly recommended in
many travel guides and is a different and special way to see the river.
These are multi-person canoes so this event works for all levels of
experience and ability. This is optional and not included in
the price of the trip.
Those not canoeing may want to stop at Monmouth to tour their
beautiful gardens with magnolias, crepe myrtles, cedar trees
and an abundance of colorful seasonal flowers. No cost
to tour the gardens; $15 to tour the home (optional).
We'll all meet up at the hotel and head out for dinner and check out some
historical and fun bars to listen to some Blues and Jazz. Others may
want to head to the casino.
Saturday morning, we'll begin our tours by walking, biking or driving to
our first home, Rosalie, sitting high in a Mississippi River Bluff. After a
tour of that home, we'll head over to Stanton Hall, a palatial
Greek Revival style home.
After lunch, we'll visit Longwood, an octagonal 30,000 sq. ft.,
6 story, never finished mansion.
We'll then hop in our cars and drive down the Natchez Trace Parkway
for a special tour of Brandon Hall, open for tours only during the
Pilgrimage. Then we'll run right up the road to see the Emerald
Mound burial grounds, the second largest Mississippian
Period ceremonial mound in the U.S.
Saturday evening, we'll enjoy a gourmet dinner with wine at historic
Twin Oaks (where we are also welcome to tour).
Renowned chef and author Regina Charboneau will be
preparing our dinner.
If you are interested, you are also invited to an authentic Southern ball.
The Save the Hall Ball hopes to gather donors and old friends at a
black tie party with great food, open bar and a dance band
like the traditional Natchez pilgrimage balls. A great party on the
grounds of Stanton Hall is a wonderful way to remind us of the
beauty and importance of these historic buildings.
This date of this years Save the Hall Ball is Saturday, April 1, 2017.
I can arrange for the purchase of tickets if this is of interest to you.
Sunday, we'll visit the historic Natchez City Cemetery for an
unforgettable and entertaining guided tour of this "must see"
cemetery before heading back to Dallas.
Guided tours of 5 Antebellum homes
Gourmet dinner with wine at Twin Oaks (tip included)
2 nights at the beautiful Natchez Grand Hotel
Guided cemetery tour
Parking at hotel
Wi fi at hotel