Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Natchez - Day 2

Well, there is a down side to pre-planning a trip. We both agree if we had known how wonderful and beautiful Natchez was, we would have opted to stay at least three days instead of the two we had planned.

Natchez is not a large city by any measure. The census numbers I have seen show it less than 20,000. There are highways that go around the city so you can get from one end to the other in way under 1/2 hour. The downtown area where our hotel is located is very well preserved. There are still old buildings dating back to the early to mid 1800's with some buildings being restored. Our hotel is brand new as is the Convention Center directly behind our hotel but they were both built to blend in with the old.

This morning we rode out and explored the city and did a little shopping before it became unbearably hot. We also toured the visitors center and watched a documentary about Natchez. After that it was time for lunch. I had read about Natchez Under the Hill and we went there. Along with just a few shops (I thought there would be more) is a gambling river boat. We had lunch there - an all you can eat buffet for $7.50.

This was also a scheduled laundry day so this afternoon between swims in the hotel pool and a trip over to a gift shop, I managed to get all our clothes clean. Traveling via motorcycles, you plan for a laundry day so you don't have to pack enough clothes for two weeks.

Tonight we went to "Biscuits and Blues", a little bar/restaurant in downtown and only three blocks from here. I'm starting to sound like a broken record, but it was really good. We had appetizer sampler of mushrooms, onion rings, and crab cakes. David had BBQ combo of ribs and chicken and I had a spinach salad with oysters on top. The atmosphere was "bluesy" - just what we were hoping for with a name like "Biscuits and Blues". By the way they also serve biscuits - almost a shortbread type and with peach butter for the spread. Yummy. After we returned to our hotel, we went out by the river to watch the sunset over the Mississippi.

Tomorrow we start back north. Our next stop will be Clarksdale Mississippi and the Shack Up Inn.


Heidi Wellen (great niece) said...

This sounds like so much fun! One of these days, my husband and I are going to do road trips like this. I'm excited to hear about Clarksdale, MS.

Patty said...

Nice hearing from you, Heidi. If you and your husband ever make it to Kentucky, we can show you some really good riding. You can consider this an open invitation to visit us. Patty