I know, I know, you all are going to think I’ve officially lost my mind, but stick with me and see why Cleveland, Mississippi really should be your next girl’s trip.
You all know I love charming southern small towns and Cleveland, Mississippi checks all my boxes for what I’m looking for when I travel. Food, music, arts, and loads of charm and hospitality.
Amid the farmlands, legendary juke joints, and Southern legends of the Mississippi Delta, Cleveland is a town with a character all its own.
Midway between Memphis and Vicksburg, this historic downtown on famed Highway 61 has kept the best of the past and added a whole bunch of fun for today’s visitors to enjoy.
The result is a destination with a hip vibe that’s become a popular spot filled with fun activities for a girls’ getaway.
Southern Hospitality Perfected in Cleveland, MS
Of course, no girl’s trip is complete without a healthy dose of pampering.
The Cotton House Cleveland is the perfect spot for that, offering luxurious lodging and award-winning cuisine.
Located downtown on Cleveland’s Cotton Row, this 95-room boutique hotel offers the finest of Southern hospitality, with a unique blend of classic and on-trend amenities and services.
Of course, a highlight of any stay is enjoying the creations of James Beard Award-nominated Chef Cole Ellis.
Options include the local, fresh menu at Delta Meat Market and a meal and drinks with a view at the rooftop Bar Fontaine.
Find Your Balance in Cleveland, MS
A visit to Balance Fitness, located within the hotel building, is the perfect way to give your body just the boost it needs.
Whether your chosen therapy is a rigorous workout, a meditative yoga session or something in between, you’ll find the right balance here.
Reformer Pilates, Ryde cycling, HIIT training, yoga and more are offered at scheduled times or personalized classes can be arranged just for your getaway group.
Breathe in, breathe out, enjoy!
Take A Look Back
Mainstreet is centered around the town’s original rail line and the fun begins in this downtown center.
It features a lovely green space for outdoor events and a multi-purpose trail used by locals and visitors alike.
This classic railroad town has stayed true to its roots and maintains a historic depot, housing a visitors’ center.
Next door is the Martin & Sue King Railroad Museum and a 1941 caboose. Museum exhibits capture the history and influence of the railroad in Cleveland and the region and the museum also house the largest O-gauge model train replica in Mississippi.
One-Of-A-Kind Finds in Cleveland, MS
The street is lined with one-of-kind shops–more than 30 in all–ranging from boutiques to antiques to bookstores and more.
Shoppers enjoy a leisurely walk along the brick-paved sidewalks, taking in the diverse mix of retailers and a warm, local welcome.
Shopping days can also include a meal at one of the downtown restaurants, serving up local favorites and regional specialties.
Nearby, internationally known clay artists offer even more opportunity for that unique shopping experience.
McCarty’s Pottery is known world-wide for the distinctive McCarty design. The studio grounds also include a garden listed on Smithsonian’s registry of gardens, as well as a café.
Just up the road, Peter’s Pottery has gained fame, as well. Peter Woods’ is a family business, creating pottery in a vast assortment of forms, from delightful to functional.
Music and the Arts in Cleveland, MS
Of course, music is a part of the Delta. And it’s a big part of Cleveland, home to the GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi.
Celebrating the music of all genres, this amazing facility has two dozen exhibits, films, memorabilia, and more, as well as a 130-seat state of the art sound stage.
It also gives visitors a reason to come back, again and again, to enjoy rotating exhibits highlighting the diversity of music innovation and history.
Those in search of live music will find it at several downtown venues where Cleveland’s eclectic vibe prevails. The variety of music here goes beyond the blues, as a wide range of entertainers performs at local hot spots.
Celebrating the arts goes beyond music here and combining a getaway with a special performance is always an option in Cleveland.
The Bologna Performing Arts Center has earned a reputation as a premier arts venue, presenting an impressive array of concerts, dance companies, Broadway touring shows and cultural education programs.
It sits amid the campus of Delta State University, itself a center for the arts, from music to theatre to visual arts.
Why Cleveland, MS
When it’s time for a getaway that’s a little bit different but a whole lot of fun, Cleveland is the perfect spot, with downtown shopping–combined with unique arts and music venues–all from the comfort of an amazing boutique hotel.
And all with a quirky little twist on what you’d expect from a Mississippi Delta town. Grab the girls. Have a little fun and enjoy the vibe in Cleveland, Mississippi.
Note, if you have some extra time to spend be sure to swing over to Oxford, Mississippi. A must for literary lovers!
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