Natchez is a town with many B&Bs and lovely places to stay of which I have stayed at many through the years. However, the Riverside B&B is in a class by itself both in Natchez or elsewhere. Do not be put off by the fact that you only can pay by cash or check and there is no website. I was initially, but this is travel to a different place where time moves at a very different place; but It is worth every nickle and then some of your time. The location is extraordinary- on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. From the vantage point of the magnificent front porch and garden or beautiful 2nd floor balcony, one could be hard put to find a better spot to spend a morning or evening even in the summer time.
Visiting @ the Riverside is like staying with a doting uncle with more treasures than a mind can fathom. Durel is an extraordinary conversationalist with whom you could spend endless time listening to his stories. Don't be in a hurry, you do not want to miss a one. But his hospitality is unmatched in my experience. It probably starts with the endless wine on the rear porch, but it is also when he leaves a pitcher of ice water outside your door in the evening or the fresh cafe ole in the morning, or his many recommendations for dining and on and on. You feel welcome and comfortable at his home and feel like you have known him forever. The breakfast is a feast of food and conversation that should also be taken at leisure and is most enjoyable.
The Riverside itself has an extraordinary # of fine antique furnishings, paintings, porcelins and china for which Durel can provide lavish history. Yet, you are encouraged to indulge in them rather than simply observe. Our room and bath was well furnished with great antiques and a claw foot tub. It was very comfortable.
We look forward for the next opportunity to spend another weekend with a great host and remarkable B&B.
- Also Known As:
- Riverside Hotel Natchez
- Riverside b&b