The goals I had set for my four days in Clarksdale, Mississippi, were to stay at the Shack Up Inn, visit the Delta Blues Museum, see the Crossroads and eat from Ground Zero Blues Club.
This lucky fella over here accomplished all of them and more.
DELTA BLUES MUSEUM
You are not allowed to take photographs at the Delta Blues Museum, so I couldn’t document everything I saw for you visually, unfortunately.
I’m a giant fan of the Delta Blues, and this museum delivered.
Pictures and artifacts galore of all the blues legends lovingly fill the walls and displays.
My wife Marcela was bored out of her mind while I didn’t want to leave.
At one point, she couldn’t find me, and I was sitting on a bench taking the place in.
It was very close to a religious experience for me.
Delta Blues Museum
1 Blues Alley
GROUND ZERO BLUES CLUB
Conveniently located adjacent to the Delta Blues Museum is the Ground Zero Blues Club.
If you’re not familiar with this club slash restaurant, it is co-owned by Morgan Freeman of Se7en fame.
We never ended up listening to any live music while there, but we did eat lunch twice.
I even tagged a table with my name on my way out.
The hot tamales and burgers were great. Don’t sleep on the peach cobbler; it was next level.
Ground Zero Blues Club
387 Delta Avenue
SHACK UP INN & RUST RESTAURANT
Over the last few years through many trips, I’ve become enamored with the “South” and driving through it and enjoying the scenery. I visited Amory, Holly Springs, and Oxford, Mississippi with some friends, and was left wanting more.
My wife Marcela wasn’t part of that trip, but I had a feeling she would love the countryside. I had been eyeing the Shack Up Inn in Clarksdale, Mississippi, for years, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to pull the trigger on staying there.
DOGS ON VACAY
So, with our two dogs in tow, we made the long drive (which we loved) and arrived at the Shack Up Inn to stay in our shack, Dogtrot.
This is probably the most relaxing vacation I have ever taken. We were able to have the dogs running around the back area. They were having the time of their lives. We sat on the porch and just took everything in for posterity’s sake. It was a perfect setting.
I’m sure you’re wondering a few things, so I will read your thoughts and answer your questions:
Toilet & Shower = Yes
Air Conditioning = Yes, Wall Unit
WiFi = Definitely Yes
On Friday, the last night we spent in Clarksdale, we ate dinner at Rust (their in-house restaurant which is now closed) with a couple whose shack was right across from ours.
I had one of the best burgers of the road trip here (the Rust Burger – 80/20 grass-fed beef, roasted red peppers, & dijon’s on a Ciabatta Roll) with some great fresh-cut fries.
We capped the night off by watching our front door neighbor perform with the guitar camp he was there with.
You Must Experience At Least Once:
Shack Up Inn
001 Commissary Circle