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After only a Scottish drive, we arrived in our new home for the next two nights, Clarksdale. And was I excited, you bet your **** I was! I'm not sure at what point in my planning that I came across Clarksdale, I think it may have been whilst watching Stephen Fry's drive along the Mississippi, but the tiny town in the middle of nowhere in the Delta …
... has great memorabilia, and lots of information, but no clear story and unfortunately many of the objects will not last for too long because of the way they are displayed. An extension looks more professional, it focuses on Muddy Waters and includes what remains of his original slab home. However we learn about many Blues artists. We engage in an interesting conversation with one of the staff - when we can understand what he is saying - ...
... of black Americans were registered to vote.
In 1955 a 14 yr old boy, from Chicago visiting relatives, named Emit Till was kidnapped and murdered near Greenwood and his mother insisted that his coffin should remain open at his funeral in Chicago for the world to see his disfigured face. The Police in the South arrested two white men who were found not guilty because nobody could prove the body found was Emit.
I got to Greenwood about 9:30 and the museum was shut, good job ...
... this small town has a deep history with the blues and is home to Morgan Freeman's blues club and a funky hotel made of old share cropper cabins and sheet metal buildings scavenged from the local countryside. The property was originally a cotton mill which serves as the main hotel lobby and bar. (and the musical theater...) The out-buildings came from all over and have been "refurbished" to serve as accommodations in the most funkiest manner. Nothing pretentious or serious ...
After driving back from Memphis, we intended heading down the Mississippi, to a blues joint in Shelby called Do Drop Inn who was advertising a local band (the smaller ones seem to open from Thursdays on) Went to use my plastic and it wasn't where it was meant to be L The last time I had used it was at a drive through ATM the day before in Clarksdale ... what to do? A check on the net showed it hadn't been used. If I cancel it, I will have to some ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsShack Up Inn Clarksdale
I'm a musician and totally loved being offered a complimentary acoustic guitar to thrash about whilst chilling on my shack's balcony...nice touch!
As their website states, their shacks are real shacks and so they look and smell like real shacks. Ours wasn't offensively dirty or anything but if you're more partial to Choice Hotels' type places then brace yourself a little! It's a great experience though,
Our shack had a TV but it only played one radio station (not sure what the deal was but didn't care, no TV for 2 nights wasn't a deal breaker for me). There was a very comfy king sized bed in our shack (Office Shack) along with an air con unit, a fridge & a microwave. Their on site bar is awesome with a performance area for guitar clubs etc. that use the place for learning (beers were VERY reasonably priced btw and a good selection too).
They have just coffee and doughnuts for breakfast (complimentary but first-come-first-serve basis).
If you like photography then you'll take plenty of pics of this fairly substantial & quaint premises and if you like cats then you'll love the several personable kitties that roam about the place.
It's a 5-10min drive out of town, BUT, if you wanna go into town of an evening to have a drink and listen to some live blues, then Morgan Freeman's Ground Zero Blues Club offers a handy limousine shuttle to and fro the club (fee was discretionary for us but the going tip is $5 per person each way, arrange with a member of staff at the hotel). There are a couple of taxis too but they're more expensive and probably less fun!
If going back to Clarksdale I'd stay here again without question!
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.