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Shack Up Inn
Ranked #1 of 7 Clarksdale B&B and Inns
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Reviewed November 27, 2005

We stayed for 2 nights in one of the renovated sharecropper shacks. Whilst not the most comfortable or cleanest places I have stayed in, it was the most unique. The bar at the plantation was open one night but not the other despite the fact it was a weekend.
The Inn is situated about 2 miles from the 49/61 crossroads but surprisingly for a town of its size there are no taxis in the evening so to get a feel for the blues you have to drive.

Clarksdale itself is seriously economically deprived despite the fact that it calls itself the home of the 'Delta blues.' There are many shops and buildings in the downtown area which are derelict, although there are signs of some recovery in the area of the old Railway Station and the Delta Blues Museum. Morgan Freeman and his business associate have done a lot for the town with the Ground Zero Blues Club and Madidis Restaurant.

If I cam to Clarksdale again I would stay in the downtown area.

  • Stayed: October 2005
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Reviewed November 19, 2005

I've read the previous reviews here and completely agree with everything already that's been said. My daughter and I were given a complete tour of the Shack Up Inn and Cotton Gin Inn by the head housekeeper. The shacks do have proper heating and plumbing, so don't be afraid to stay in them during the winter. However, if you're craving real TV and not just closed-circuit blues during your visit, opt for a room in the Cotton Gin instead, where the bathrooms have painted murals. We liked everything about this facility; it's fun and educational, too!

  • Stayed: January 2005
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Reviewed May 22, 2005

This is a great place to stay to really get an authentic feel for Clarksdale and the Mississippi Delta. If you are a Blues fan you shouldn't stay anywhere else, however, if mod.cons. and a high level of cleanliness are very important, this is not the place for you. The Shack-up Inn cannot be faulted for it's location or the premise behind it's development and we found Bill, one of the owners very friendly and helpful. It's a great retreat from city life that's for sure.

  • Stayed: May 2005
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Reviewed March 16, 2005

The ShackUp Inn is a renovated (I use that term loosely) plantation where the guest rooms are actually old plantation shacks! They remain pretty true to their original form so you get a real feeling of what it would be like to live in those shacks. Clarksdale is the birthplace of the blues and the ShackUp Inn captures that feeling. Whether staying in the shacks or the newer Cotton Gin Inn (a renovated barn) you can be sure to get your southern needs fulfilled. Blues plays in all the rooms as well as in the bar (which serves incredibly cheap beer). This B&B (Bed and Beer) is definitely the most unique place I have stayed at.

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Reviewed January 6, 2005

If you're lucky, you get to stay in an authentic antique sharecropper's shack. Late reservations put you in the cleaner "cotton gin" a converted cotton warehouse with very nice (if a little Spartan) rooms. Eitherway, cityslickers get the experience of a lifetime...staying a night on an authentic plantation, complete with broken down antique trucks, abandonded cotton gins, and a barn that serves beer.

  • Stayed: December 2004
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Reviewed November 15, 2004

My wife and I together with a friend spent two nights here in May 2004. We have travelled the world but never had this sort of experience. The accomodation was , in spite of initial impressions, clean and comfortable. The team running the place were all lovely people , and the small bar introduced us to yet more warm welcoming Southerners.

As blues fans of 40 years ( we saw Howling Wolf , Muddy Waters and Sleepy John Estes for example) this was a great introduction to the Delta region.

If you want to be able to wander from your cabin into open farmland and soak up the atmosphere stay here , but if you want something like everywhere else there is always the Holiday Inn.

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Reviewed October 18, 2003

The Shack Up Inn is a very unusual experience and well worth the journey through the cotton fields of Mississippi. Residents sleep in comfortably furnished, air conditioned converted sharecropper shacks on a plantation which is being lovingly restored by Bill an energetic and convivial host. From the outside the shacks look just as they would have done originally including the tin roof but inside have all mod cons. There is a TV but the only station plays the blues!The converted plantation commissary has a bar and hosts musical evenings, some planned some impromptu depending on who stops by. Shacks have a fridge , microwave etc and our advice is take your own food as the Inn does not have a restaurant. There are restaurants in town but on Sunday everywhere seems to close.An evening spent on the front porch of your shack listening to the blues is an experience not to be missed!

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Address: 1 Commissary Cir, Clarksdale, MS 38614-8701
Location: United States > Mississippi > Clarksdale
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Ranked #1 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Clarksdale
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A unique B&B (bed & beer) comprised of restored sharecroppers' cabins, dedicated to the Mississippi Delta blues. ... more   less 
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Shack Up Hotel Clarksdale

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