Downtown, my destination when visiting somewhere new. I love the old houses, Main Streets, and Town Squares - but you expected that of me already, didn't you? Well let me tell you why and what exactly I am looking for when I'm downtown.
First of all, the old houses. If you are on the road with me, you best expect to chauffeur me down the streets while I hang out the window drooling over those beauties. I may even try to convince you to stop and take a peek with me (only if it appears empty).
Greenwood, MS has quite a few that I would love to peak in if I had the chance, including these on River Road (the first is Skeeter's house from The Help!) that were up for sale and a few recently purchased!
click images below for link to listings, psst inside photos
Skeeter's House from The Help
The Stage Marye - Gillette House
Once the Bridgewater Inn
My dream house
Grenada, MS downtown area surprised me when I drove in a few weekends ago. I had only been uptown and never thought much about visiting downtown, until I was headed to The Nest Egg to pick up a pair of chippendale wing backs. Need I say more? Antique shops!
Here are a few photos I took at the square that had a small gazebo with blues music playing, and down the street. There were so many other beautiful houses that I wish I had the chance to snap a quick photo of. Many that are in need of repair, which leads me to say, "Save your downtowns!" It breaks my heart to see these buildings and houses slowly disappearing, our history, disappearing. In another 100 years, will anything be left for the next generations?
Speaking of The Nest Egg and that gazebo, that brings me to Main Streets and Town Squares. Greenwood's downtown streets are so fun to walk down. There is tons of character, shops, and restaurants that you just don't find uptown. It's the town's culture that I am after, what it's like to live there and the finding the hidden jewels the locals frequent. Scroll through for some of Greenwood's jewels I have found so far, it is on my list for another trip to find more (images are linked).
Turnrow Books and Cafe
(look at that fun mural tucked to the left of the restaurant and the larger than life one below that stopped me in my tracks)
Viking Cooking School
(last December, the BSA office came here to cook together and then we shopped their amazing cookware we had just learned to cook with!)
Fan and Johnny's
I actually stopped in here with a coworker after visiting one of our projects and the client referred us here. Local referrals are gold, let me tell you. The interior is so charming and the food is man oh man some kind of good. Sorry, my southern is going to slip big time talking about this place. We tried the Fried Alligator with fried green tomatoes, because FRIED ALLIGATOR! And it was ahmazing! Along with the atmosphere and good food, the service was right up there. They are so welcoming like you have been invited into their home for a real meal. And I have to mention, my sweet tea was always magically full!
I hope you have enjoyed this first installment of Downtown, put these Mississippi downtowns on your list, and even explore some on your own. You never know what gems you will find.
See you at the next downtown,