Natchez to New Orleans: Where Music Meets History
Take a road trip down the “Gold Record Road” from Natchez to New Orleans and explore the Americana Music Triangle; the world’s most popular music destination representing the origins of 9 gene of music. Experience the region’s rich history and music culture first-hand as you visit famous landmarks and hidden gems on your journey. New Orleans is less than 3 hours from our bed and breakfast in Natchez, but there is a lifetime of adventures in-between!
Start Here: Natchez, “The Little Easy”
Lying in the heart of the Americana Music Triangle, this historic city is a wonderful starting point for your musical journey. Plan on a couple days to explore our historic city, famous as the oldest settlement on the Mississippi, enjoying its 300th anniversary in 2016, and for the nation’s largest surviving collection of beautiful historic Antebellum homes. Many museum homes are for touring year-round and even more private homes open during our celebrated Spring & Fall Pilgrimages. Once home to the most millionaires per capita in the United States, Natchez is rich with history and preserved for your delight.
Here are our recommendations for Natchez attractions that will make your experience unforgettable:
- Delta Music Museum – Celebrate musical heritage rooted along the Mississippi River Delta Region beginning in Memphis, TN and ranging down the Mississippi River to New Orleans, LA. Gospel and blues to jazz, bluegrass to country, and rock’n’roll — all these musical genres and more are preserved at the Louisiana Delta Music Museum in Ferriday.
- Walking or Driving Tour – Get the feel of authentic Natchez with tours by foot on our Natchez Trails, car or easy-going horse-drawn carriage around the historic antebellum homes of the area, some dating back to the late 1700s.
- Magnolia Bluffs Casino – Plan ahead and catch a live rooftop concert as you enjoy the beautiful river views. Order a drink and relax or try your luck at the #1 casino in Natchez.
- Popular Live Music Sites – Enjoy local performers at Bowie’s Tavern, Smoot’s Grocery, Rolling River Bistro & Listening Room, Biscuits & Blues and Under-the-Hill Saloon, oldest on the Mississippi.
Where to Stay: Devereaux Shields House
Our Natchez bed and breakfast is set in the heart of the city with luxurious rooms and suites featuring an authentic, historic flair with all the modern amenities. The perfect place to relax before a big road trip, you will be greeted with a wine and cheese reception where your hosts can help you with your itinerary. Each morning enjoy a full Southern breakfast before setting out to explore the sights, sounds, and tastes of Natchez. Let us show you what real Southern hospitality is all about!
Don’t pass Cajun Country without stopping to enjoy some of the area’s local favorites.
Here are our best recommendations:
- Airboat Tours, Inc. – Take a unique tour in shallow swamps, lakes, and bayous. Experience breathtaking views of the native wildlife and vegetation of Cajun Country.
- Enjoy the best of local food at Fezzo’s Seafood, Steakhouse & Oyster Bar, a Cajun Tradition Since 1999.
- Take a look around the Cajun Music Hall of Fame & Museum and get an appreciation for unique artifacts and memorabilia related to Cajun music and culture. It’s the perfect addition to any Americana Music Triangle trip.
Where to Stay: Maison D’Memoire Bed & Breakfast Cottages
Take a pit stop during your road trip and refresh at these romantic Louisiana bed and breakfast cottages. Located in Cajun Country, this gorgeous property offers a quaint country setting on a private lake. A wonderful place to unwind, relax, and wake up ready to continue on your trip.
Destination: New Orleans, “The Big Easy”
Once the Gold Record Road has led you to the great city of New Orleans, you’ll be ready to soak up the roots of American music and experience the rich culture of the area.
Here are our recommendations of must-see attractions:
- Preservation Hall – A traditional music venue, house band, nonprofit organization and record label in the historic French Quarter. Today, Preservation Hall is a leader in music education and the heart of New Orleans Jazz, featuring live music seven nights a week.
- Louis Armstrong Park – Honoring jazz great Louis Armstrong just north of the French Quarter.
- Bourbon Street – A local and tourist favorite, Bourbon Street is globally popular and known for its rowdy reputation, especially during Mardi Gras. You’ll want to stop here day and night to see the live music, unique architecture, and rich history.
Where to Stay: Grand Victorian Bed & Breakfast
Enjoy your stay in the Big Easy at this historic New Orleans bed and breakfast in the Garden District, and don’t leave without taking a ride on the ever popular New Orleans Street Car! The history of this inn will give you the most authentic New Orleans experience and will be the perfect way to finish your travels along the Americana Music Triangle.