First, be not deceived. Monmouth is a civil war plantation. It was owned and run by a slave owner. But the people who run this resort are forthcoming about that. There is no attempt to cover up the grimy details. Its a beautiful place from a sad bit of history in our country. We considered that before we stayed but we had business in the area and needed a break. We considered that as we stayed and talk about it a lot. We finally decided to consider it as much learning experience as vacation and that worked very well. We had the chance to soak in history in and around Natchez, we had the chance to meet some great people, we had a lovely time and yes, we learned a lot.
The resort itself is peaceful and the staff is willing to chat with you, take some time and talk about the history of the place. There are other historical sites around and they were kind enough to direct us to places of interest. The rooms are stunning and quiet. The service is second to none. There is plenty to see and to do and ... plenty to learn. Lots and lots of history.
Now the food. Chef Eric Sibley is a gem. A delightful person with an amazing amount of culinary ability. The dishes he created a singular. You'll not have this dining experience anywhere else in the country. We ate there for dinner TWICE when we could have easily tried other restaurants. Why bother? It was just that good. Chef Mary B. Taylor serves southern sunshine on a plate at breakfast. You have to have breakfast there to get the full story so please don't skip it. See mary for Breakfast, have a lite snack at lunch and come back for Chef Eric's dinner. The perfect foodie day.
So visit, stay, relax, enjoy and learn. That's what we did and we plan to go back soon. Its worth your while.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Monmouth Historic Inn & Gardens was built in 1818, and is a National Historic Landmark. As a charter member of Southern Living's Hotel Collection, Monmouth is the perfect choice for travelers seeking an authentic southern travel experience. Wake up each morning to the aroma of a full Southern style breakfast, then take a tour of the magnificent mansion before exploring the grounds and all 26 beautifully landscaped acres. As the sun sets on the picturesque surroundings, relax on the veranda with a Mint Julep and complimentary hors d'oeuvres. In the evening, enjoy fine dining at the award winning "Restaurant 1818" in the antebellum home. As the end of the day draws near, retire to one of the 16 luxury suites or 14 elegantly appointed rooms, where a turned down bed and sweet dreams await! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Monmouth Plantation Natchez Hotel Natchez