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A Southern Surprise – Ridgeland, Mississippi

Located on the scenic Natchez Trace Parkway, Ridgeland is a stylish city with an active vibe. Ridgeland’s charm is way more than sipping sweet iced tea on the front porch swing; this town is for the active traveler who desires outdoor recreation, flavorful dining and some of the finest shopping in Mississippi.

Just north of the state capitol of Jackson, Ridgeland offers outdoor recreational opportunities mixed with flavorful dining experiences by some of the South’s finest chefs. With over 150 restaurants, dining takes on a refreshing nature with lakeside and outdoor offerings taking advantage of Mississippi’s beautiful weather and scenery.

World-renowned chefs John Folse and Rick Tramonto craft a unique menu and fine dining experience at Seafood R’evolution located in the Renaissance at Colony Park lifestyle center. Their award-winning cuisine pays homage to Mississippi’s Gulf Coast seafood heritage and the Mississippi Delta.

Chef Derek Emerson, a James Beard Award semi-finalist for Best Chef in the South, serves up his take on fresh local and regional ingredients at Local 463 Urban Kitchen.

As far as other good eats in Ridgeland, one could go on and on about the mouth-watering steaks found at Tico’s Steakhouse, Doe’s Eat Place, Ely’s, Kathryn’s, MM Shapley’s and Koestler Prime. Dine on the shores of the Barnett Reservoir at Cock of the Walk (for the best fried catfish) or Pelican Cove Grill, the lively local hangout for music on the covered deck and views of the Main Harbor Marina. There’s the classic French bistro Anjou, and Ridgeland even boasts a drive-thru tamale restaurant, Tony’s Tamales. Their turkey tamales wrapped in corn husks are so tasty that restaurants throughout Mississippi purchase them to serve to their own guests.

But enough about food, let’s talk about Ridgeland’s reputation as a premier cycling destination for serious athletes and casual cruisers alike. Ridgeland is a Bronze Level Bicycle Community (League of American Cyclists) – one of only 144 cities in the U.S. to hold this honor. Cycling trails like the Natchez Trace Parkway and Ridgeland’s Multi-Use Trail, competitive and pleasure special events, extreme BMX cycling, and mountain biking trails are available. Somehow, all that high-performance fun is even better knowing that crisp sheets await at one of Ridgeland’s modern and upscale hotels.

Water lovers will delight in the 33,000-acre Barnett Reservoir which helped Ridgeland become named one of Mississippi’s best waterfront destinations. Locally known as the Rez, the lake is a great place for sailing, boating, skiing, kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing, picnicking and bird watching. Pontoon boat rentals and commercial tour boats are available to enjoy the Rez.

Ridgeland also offers some of the finest shopping in Mississippi. The renowned Bill Waller Craft Center features treasures from over 400 artisans and is located just off the Natchez Trace Parkway, making it accessible by bike. From fine art to the most stylish name and boutique brands, you’ll find a wealth of treasures to take home after a shopping excursion on Ridgeland’s Retail Trail. Download your trail guide at

Events?  Yes, Ridgeland has those too.  Thousands flock to Ridgeland each year to enjoy annual events like Art Wine & Wheels Weekend on April 6-7, 2019, which includes the Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival, Sante South Wine Festival, Run Now Wine Later 5K and the new Cheers & Gears Bike Rally. Don’t miss other spring and summer events like the Township Jazz Festival in April, The Natchez Trace Century Ride and Pepsi Pops in May and the Heatwave Classic and Independence Celebration on the Rez in June.

Inside + Out adventure awaits in Ridgeland, Mississippi!

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