Sheraton Hotel and Casino in Tunica (MS)

Sheraton Hotel and Casino Hotelroom, Tunica MS
Our room at the Sheraton Hotel Casino

Sheraton Hotel and Casino Hotelroom, Tunica MS

Room: This was our first time to stay at the Sheraton Hotel/Casino in Tunica – it’s owned by Caesars Entertainment (Caesars, Paris, etc). The rooms seem to be, on the weekends at least, around $200 or so, but since we stayed on a weekday, we reserved this room under $100. The room was a nice size, and like all the rooms at the Sheraton, included a jacuzzi tub (see pic below). The bathroom was much larger than average (not quite Las Vegas size, though) and included a seating area to do makeup at.

Lobby: To sign in, you sit in front of a large desk where the papers are all signed, etc. Different and nice.

Service: Everyone seemed very nice, but the valet service was slow.

Food: We didn’t eat at the Sheraton – we had lunch at the Horseshoe Casino buffet (even though it is a buffet, it is really good) and supper at the Chicago Steakhouse at the Gold Strike Casino.

Extra: Location. It’s within walking distance to the Horseshoe and Gold Strike.

Our experience is this: We would definitely stay here again, especially on weekdays when the rate is more reasonable.

Fairfield Inn, Greenville (MS)

Fairfield Inn, Greenville MS

Room: This was our second stay at the Fairfield Inn in Greenville, MS. The first time we stayed here was about three years ago, I think. The room was a little on the small side, and there was no battery cover on the remote control, but overall the room was okay.

Lobby: Average, pretty typical…

Service: Front desk was friendly, they gave us a welcome bag when Av checked in with cookies, chips, water, and a couple of other snacks.

Food: I *think* there was some sort of breakfast included, but we didn’t try it.

Extra: The welcome bag was a nice touch. For people who gamble, there is a casino that is *very* close to this hotel (I think it is the Lighthouse Point Casino, not sure). Also: water in Greenville is brown. It’s such a color that you really wouldn’t want to drink it, but that’s the way it’s been forever, and it is clean.

Our experience is this: Greenville really doesn’t have a nice hotel. In town, there is: Ramada (ick), Comfort Inn (ick), Best Western (usually ick), Greenville Inn and Suites (which is actually in a historic building – we’ve stayed there before and it was okay), and this Fairfield. I believe that there is a Holiday Inn Express that will be built, but it’s not open yet.

Jackson (MS) Marriott Downtown

Jackson, Mississippi Marriott Downtown
Our room at the Jackson Marriott

Room: This was our first stay at the Jackson Marriott Downtown. Compared to some other Marriotts we’ve stayed at, I think this one is above average. The room wasn’t very large, but the beds were *very* comfortable.

Lobby: Nice lobby, including a nice seating area.

Service: Front desk was friendly and efficient.

Food: We didn’t order room service or dine in the hotel’s on-site restaurant during our (two-night) stay.

Extra: Location, location, location. This hotel is in the heart of downtown, very near the capitol.

Our experience is this: We would stay here again.

Salubrious South

From the May/June 2004 issue of ‘Deep Magazine’, there’s a quote in that’s attributed to Mrs. S.R. (Henrietta) Dull.

“It is a fetish in the South that the sun shines just a little brighter, the moon rays are just a little softer, the breezes blow just a little gentler, the birds sing just a little sweeter, the flowers are just a little prettier, and its climate just a little more salubrious. When going from one section to another, all of us have an idea that we know by instinct just when we cross the line out of the South or into it…”

I have to admit – I had to look up what ‘salubrious’ means (conducive or favorable to health or well-being).

Update 05.14.2007 – I was just emailed by a reader who has an early version of Mrs. Dull’s cookbook and says that the quote should actually be attributed to Hal M. Stanley. Thanks Michael!
Henrietta Dull was the Home Economics Editor for the Atlanta Journal, and wrote ‘Southern Cooking’, a recipe book, in 1928 – it’s still being published today.

The weather outside is just so nice for my little outdoor projects right now, and it makes me extra happy that there is the sweetest mourning dove mama who sits patiently atop her nest right outside the library window here, in the crepe myrtle. Happy. Happy to be right here, where everything *does* seem just a little bit better. Ah.

Holiday Inn, Columbus (MS)

Holiday Inn Guestroom, Columbus MS

Room: The hotel’s website states that the hotel has been renovated in 2005, which would explain how the rooms seemed nicer than we remembered from our last stay a couple of years ago. The bathroom did have a couple of issues, one being that the sheetrock was cut much larger than necessary for the light/plug switchplate beside the sink, so there was a pretty big gap where you could see the wiring, and another was that commode had a crack in the bowl that went from the outside to the inside (but I guess it was sealed, because there was no problem). Odd.

Lobby: The hotel itself is one that was built when H.I. atriums were in style. The lobby seems to be very loud, with a bar/lounge area very close to the check-in desk, and a restaurant at the far end. Also: there is only one elevator, which means you could be waiting a while.

Service: Average service. There is no Lodgenet or other service, so check-out is done at the front desk rather than by remote.

Food: We didn’t eat here; I think there is a charge for the breakfast.

Our experience is this: We might stay here again.

Lunch at Miss Myra’s

Not too many people in the world live in a place where they can eat this good.

Miss Myra’s (205.967.6004, 3278 Cahaba Heights Road, B’ham) is a barbecue restaurant that I’ve seen lauded from Chowhound to Dixie Dining. It may very well be the only place in Birmingham right now that you can get white sauce to put on your chicken or bbq.

Av and I went this week – he had the chicken with fries and I had the beef plate with potato salad and deviled eggs. For dessert, I had ‘nana puddin, and Av had the peanut butter pie.

I thought the barbecue was good but not the greatest….I was just sooooo happy to be somewhere that actually had white sauce, which made everything okay. The potato salad was really, really good – as were the desserts…..and… could you not love a place with framed poems about Bear Bryant??

Gee’s Bend Quilts

Anthropologie, my favorite catalog, is selling replicas of quilts from Gee’s Bend.

Gee’s Bend is a little town here on a peninsula in the Black Belt of Alabama. It’s surrounded on three sides by the Alabama River, and some of the women that live there started a quilt-making collective – the Freedom Quilting Bee.

About three years ago when I first heard about it, Av and I drove down to Gee’s Bend (it’s really called ‘Boykin’ now) to see if we could find the Bee and perhaps buy a quilt.

We did find the building, but no one was there. Later that year, we went to the Mobile Museum of Art and saw the Gee’s Bend quilt exhibit they were showing. What surprised me was that I expected tiny, uniform stitches – but the ones I saw really weren’t constructed that way at all.

Today, you can buy an original quilt directly from them – they begin at $800. I noticed today that the quilts Anthropologie is selling – the replicas – are on sale – marked down from about $300 to $145.


A few days ago when we were in Gulf Shores, we drove over to Biloxi to see ‘Ezuru’, a show that runs at the Beau Rivage thru June 12th.

This is how the Beau Rivage website describes it:

EZURU comes to Beau Rivage! This “must see” extravaganza is from the creators of Balagan and Taganai. Casting traveled throughout the world to find these multi-talented performers. Most of these artists including Chinese acrobats, aerialists and comedians have never been to the United States. This is a show that the whole family will love.

It’s original music score makes for a breathtaking production. EZURU can be described as having a futuristic style with an industrial flare.
A few years ago, we went to the Beau Rivage and saw Cirque du Soleil perform the show ‘Alegria‘, which was *absolutely beautiful*. It had something of a story, although I couldn’t really piece it all together….but it didn’t matter because it was all just so amazing.

Ezuru, which was done by a completely different company, was supposed to have a story, but I couldn’t even tell that it had anything at all to do with what the performers were actually doing. The performers, though, were really good, and there were several performances that I had never seen before. I especially liked the girls who played the diabolo (it’s….I guess….in the yo-yo family). They were great!