Our room at the Alluvian Hotel, Greenwood
UPDATE: go to this post for my latest stay at the Alluvian Hotel (with many more pics) and the Alluvian Spa.
Room: As you can see from my list of favorite hotels on the right-hand side of this page, the Alluvian Hotel in Greenwood, MS is one of my favorite hotels. First of all, the hotel is just beautiful. The rooms include fresh flowers, coffee-table books about the area, a super-comfortable bed, chaise lounge (ah....), two additional club chairs, and more! The Alluvian is actually here because of the Viking Range Corporation (I'd love to have an all-Viking kitchen!). The gentleman who owns Viking, Fred Carl, decided to keep and grow his company here in Greenwood, and the hotel was built to serve the business people who need a nicer hotel to stay in when coming to this part of the Delta.
Food: The hotel serves a breakfast on the fourth floor, and you can dine either inside or out on the balcony. It is really good, and the fireplace in the dining area is tiled in these great (must be Ann Sacks) green glossy rectangular tiles. Giardina's is right next door to the hotel (you can see more about Giardina's to the right under "Favorite Restaurants" on the right-hand side of this page). Make a reservation there before or right when you get to the hotel, and be sure to tell them you want a table in the curtained section.
Spa: The spa is supposed to open in early 2005. Yay!!
Extra: Right across the street is Dancing Rabbit bookstore and at the end of the block is one of my favorite shops, the Mississippi Gift Company.
Our experience is this: If there is anyway, anyhow you can stay at the Alluvian, do it. Greenwood is a *great* town. Have lunch at the Crystal Grill or Abe's barbecue. Have supper at either Giardina's or Lusco's (both listed on the right). Go shopping downtown. I love Greenwood! :)
In Cullman, the best cakes are made at the Bake & Decorate Shop. Back in October, I was in Cullman for a little while so we stopped by Busy Bee Cafe for hamburgers, and then went to Duchess for a sack of doughnuts. Right there in the window was the most *amazing* cake design! It was a little farm design with a bunch of different things but the cutest was the pumpkin patch, and the part with a little piggy wallerin' in some mud (chocolate). Super cute.
This year, we were going to be in Mississippi for my birthday so we picked up a Natchez Pecan cake (Cora's Cakes in a Jar) and a container of Caramel Factory caramel icing. So yummy!