MAGNOLIA STATE GARDENS, DRIVES AND STORIES
May 5, 2015 – May 7, 2015
“springtime surprises from Natchez to Jackson”
Don’t miss the bus to the Magnolia State! Mississippi that is, for an unforgettable Hilltop adventure featuring the historic Natchez Trace, the home of Eudora Welty, a special photography exhibit, many flower-filled gardens and of course shopping!
We’ll board the bus bright and early on Tuesday, May 5th for the drive to Natchez where we’ll stop to wander through the colorful garden rooms at Rosehill Cottage where chickens do the weeding and debugging! Next, it’s on to The Castle Restaurant at Dunleith Plantation for a delicious southern-style lunch and tour of the house and grounds.
After lunch we’ll hop on the scenic Natchez Trace Parkway and head for Jackson. Along the way we’ll visit Mount Locust Historic Home, one of the oldest structures in Mississippi, then, the Sunken Trace for a photo “op” of the deeply eroded (12 to 15 feet) original trail.
The bus will arrive in downtown Jackson about 4:30 for check-in at the Hilton Garden Inn located in what was originally the King Edward Hotel. This iconic landmark was built in 1923, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, designated a Mississippi Landmark in 1990, and completely renovated in 2006. Once you’ve settled in be sure and stop by the Davis-Coates “party suite” for a special Cinco de Mayo “Happy Hour” before heading out for a celebratory dinner together at the Iron Horse Grill.
Wednesday morning our first stop will be at the home of Eudora Welty, one of Mississippi’s most beloved authors. Ms. Welty was also an avid gardener, so after a guided tour of the house a walk through her lovely garden is a must. It includes an extensive perennial border, a rose garden, trellises and latticework, a woodland garden and impressive camellia collection.
Next we’ll drive to the Mississippi Museum of Art to view a special exhibit of photographs taken by Ms. Welty, then break for lunch on the terrace in the museum’s new “Art Garden”. After lunch we’ll visit three springtime gardens at private homes including refreshments in a woodland garden, our last stop.
On day three it’s off to the gardens again! We’ll visit two gardens before lunch, one in the Historic Fondren District and the other in beautiful Eastover. They’re guaranteed to work up an appetite so it’s a good thing Char Restaurant, a popular local eatery, is located nearby and expecting us for lunch! After lunch “lets go shopping” at Lakeland Yard and Garden before heading back to Baton Rouge. Napping is allowed on the way home, before cocktail hour that is!
Package Price Includes: Round-Trip Luxury Motor Coach, Lodging at the Hilton Garden Inn (formerly the historic King Edward Hotel), Entrance Fees (Welty Home and Garden, Natchez Trace & Mississippi Museum of Art), Lunches (3), Cinco de Mayo Happy Hour, Snacks and all Gratuities