Relaxing in Clarksdale, Mississippi

Delta Blues Museum, Ground Zero Blues Club, & Shack Up Inn

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 in Clarksdale

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. 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 in Clarksdale, Mississippi
Delta Blues Museum Building
Plaque
Plaque
Ike Turner Floor Plaque
Ike Turner Floor Plaque

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Delta Blues Museum 1979-2019

Delta Blues Museum
1 Blues Alley
Clarksdale, Mississippi
662-627-6820


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.

Pig Shaped Smoker
Pig Shaped Smoker

Ground Zero Blues Club Menu

Ground Zero Blues Club Menu
Ground Zero Blues Club Menu
Inside of Ground Zero Blues Club
Inside of Ground Zero Blues Club
Burger Beast Graffiti
Burger Beast Graffiti

Ground Zero Blues Club Food Pics

Fried Green Tomatoes
Fried Green Tomatoes
Fried Hot Tamales
Fried Hot Tamales
Hot Tamales
Hot Tamales
Jukin Blues Burger
Jukin Blues Burger
Peach Cobbler
Peach Cobbler

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Morgan Freeman on life in Clarksdale

Ground Zero Blues Club
387 Delta Avenue
Clarksdale, Mississippi
662-621-9009


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 AmoryHolly Springs, and Oxford, Mississippi, with some friends and was left wanting more.

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.

Our 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
and
WiFi = Definitely Yes

Shack Up Inn Dogtrot
Shack Up Inn Dogtrot
Porch
Front Porch
Kitchen area inside of Dogtrot
Kitchen area inside of Dogtrot
Claw Tub inside of Dogtrot
Claw Tub inside of Dogtrot
Dogtrot Back Porch
Dogtrot Back Porch
The Cotton Gin Inn
The Cotton Gin Inn at Shack Up Inn

On Friday, our last night 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.

Rust Burger
Rust Burger

We capped the night off by watching our front door neighbor perform with the guitar camp he was there with.

Inside
The stage area where the guitar camp was performing

Watch this about Shack Up Inn

American Journey: The Shack Up Inn

You Must Experience At Least Once:

Shack Up Inn
001 Commissary Circle
Clarksdale, Mississippi
662-351-0699

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2 Comments

  1. I’m jeolous. A friend of mine, Stan Street is an Artist & a Blues Harp player.
    He use to live in Broward, but moved to Clarksdale 20 years ago where he
    opened Hambone Art & Music Gallery

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