Courtesy Natchez CVB
Kudos: In 2012, AAA Southern Traveler chose Natchez as “Best Small City for a Weekend Getaway” and Life Magazine placed it in its “100 Places To See in Your Lifetime.” Natchez is also in the bestseller “1,000 Places To See Before You Die.”
What’s new: Magnolia Bluffs Casino opened in December. Natchez’s second casino, it does not have a hotel. An 81-room Holiday Inn Express will open downtown in April. Warren and Nancy Reuther, part owners of the Grand Hotel, bought Monmouth Historic Inn in April and are making improvements.
Hotel rooms: Some 800 downtown and more than 1,000 citywide, as well as dozens of rooms in bed-and-breakfast inns.
Location: Natchez is in southwest Mississippi, on the border of Mississippi and Louisiana. It is 85 miles northwest of Baton Rouge, La.; 90 miles southwest of Jackson, Miss.; 172 miles northwest of New Orleans; and 325 miles southwest of Memphis, Tenn.
Getting there: The closest airports are in Baton Rouge, Jackson and New Orleans. Highways 61, 84 and 98 intersect the city and connect it to Baton Rouge; Jackson; Memphis; Mobile, Ala.; and Monroe, La. Interstate 55 is 60 miles east of the city.