Greenwood has earned a well-deserved reputation as Mississippi’s most accessible grownup getaway spot. Located in the heart of the culturally rich Delta region, this breathtakingly beautiful river town offers everything possible to help you relax and shed your cares. Forget the malls with their cookie-cutter chain stores; you’ll find one-of-a-kind shops along Greenwood streets. Snuggle into a plush bathrobe for a day of Sweet Tea Massages and facial rejuvenation at the Alluvian Spa. Indulge yourself with an unforgettable steak or a slice of Crystal Grill coconut pie and then recharge overnight in your luxurious Alluvian suite. Pick up some kitchen skills at the Viking Cooking School the next morning and head off around the Delta on a Mississippi Blues Trail adventure or a museum excursion.
The Alluvian Hotel
318 Howard Street • 662-453-2114 • 1-866-600-5201 www.thealluvian.com
Joe Stein built this four-story showplace in 1917 and named it for his young son, Irving, who lived with his parents in a second-story apartment. As downtown trains disappeared and more convenient highway motels sprang up along the edge of town, the Hotel Irving fell into disuse and disrepair. It was a forlorn shell when Viking Range Corporation purchased it in 2000. Extensive renovations transformed the old hotel into the renowned Alluvian, the Delta’s first boutique hotel. A world-class hotel which was named to Conde Nast’s Gold List three years in a row and frequently named a AAA Four Diamond Hotel.
If you leave Greenwood hungry, you have only yourself to blame. Fan and Johnny’s chef is a James Beard Award semifinalist for Best Chef South, and the Ballas family has been rolling comfort food and world-famous pies out of the Crystal Grill’s kitchen for three-quarters of a century. Giardina’s and Lusco’s feature upscale evening dining choices that range from pompano to porterhouse and Jeem’s Diner boasts the best burger in the Delta and homemade biscuits for breakfast. Station 222 is a fresh take on classic American food. Turnrow Book Co’s upstairs cafe is the place to go for lunchtime soups, salads and sandwiches, and Webster’s is a cozy neighborhood spot just across the Keesler Bridge in North Greenwood. Other culinary temptations range from Serio’s open-face meatball sandwich to Veronica’s intricate cakes and treats to Steven’s barbecue brisket and famous chocolate cake.
Viking Cooking School
325 C Howard Street • 662-451-6750 Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. www.vikingcookingschool.com
Just across historic Howard Street from the Alluvian Hotel, the Viking Cooking School is housed in a former J. C. Penney building. Space that once held towels and dress racks now features a vast array of kitchen appliances and gadgets and the ever-popular demonstration kitchens. Reserve your space to learn the latest in culinary techniques, taught by Viking’s personal chefs in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
The Alluvian Spa
325D Howard Street • 662-451-6700 • 866-728-6700 Toll Free thealluvian.com
Located above the Viking Cooking School, the Alluvian Spa is Mississippi’s most sought-out retreat for massages, facials, pedicures and “spoil-yourself-rotten” getaways. From a quick, relaxing massage to a full-day, full-body makeover, the professionals at the Alluvian Spa will make you feel as relaxed as a Delta summer evening.
Winery at Williams Landing
500 Howard Street • 662-299-8092
Lonnie and Debbie Bailey, licensed vintners, have transformed the 1906 Fire Station #1 into a welcoming downtown wine bar and reception space. The grand wooden doors, which once saw horse-drawn firewagons careening onto Howard Street, will now swing open to entice Greenwood’s visitors into a totally unique experience, complete with a variety of local wines. Available to groups of 4 or more by appointment only.
The beauty of Greenwood’s downtown shopping district is its walkability, with everything you could imagine within a short stroll from any starting point. World-class antiques, unique children’s fashions, Mississippi-made gifts and art, ladies’ and gentlemen’s clothing, hunting supplies and one of the state’s most diverse bookstores: It’s all just around the corner and the parking is free. Remember where you left your car, because you’ll have lots of bags to carry back! At the end of your day, take a stroll to Keesler Bridge and watch a romantic sunset over the Yazoo River.