Meridian, Mississippi: Weidmann’s Restaurant, MSU Riley Center, Steep Canyon Rangers, Cracker Barrel

My dad, husband and I went to Meridian, Mississippi, last weekend to attend a concert of one of my favorite bands – the Steep Canyon Rangers. They are an awesome bluegrass band from North Carolina and they sometimes tour with Steve Martin and Edie Brickell. At this concert, the Meridian Symphony Orchestra played with them. It was lovely and a really neat concert. Very unique. I was lucky enough to see their show with Steve Martin and Edie Brickell a few years ago – I think it’s the best show I’ve ever been to. Fiddle music and comedy…it was fantastic.

We began the evening at Weidmann’s Restaurant. If you are in Meridian, I very highly recommend going there. It is a superb restaurant and has been in operation since 1870! It’s been in its current location since 1923. I don’t have pictures of the inside, but I snapped a couple of the sign outside. There is a dining room downstairs and also a bar area and balcony upstairs.

The service was great and the food was delicious. We sat on the balcony…it is such a popular place that the downstairs dining room was full and we didn’t have reservations…but it was a gorgeous evening, so the balcony was perfect!

Bruschetta – some with shaved parmesan, some with mozzerella.

I have never seen oysters this large. Is it just me?

I have never seen oysters this large. Is it just me?

View from the balcony at dinner:

The concert was in the MSU Riley Center Theater (MSU is Mississippi State University…the main campus is in Starkville and there is a branch in Meridian). It is a beautiful building.

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It was built in the late 1800’s and at that time was known as “the Grand Opera House.” It closed in the 1920’s but was eventually re-opened and everything was restored to match what it looked like originally, even down to the wallpaper.

The Meridian Symphony Orchestra played a nice patriotic medley and then Steep Canyon Rangers came out to continue the show. It was awesome.

The next morning we ate at Cracker Barrel. I LOVE Cracker Barrel. Not only do they have great food and service, but they have a store with all kinds of things – from scarves and tops, to cookware, cd’s, candy, etc.

Every Cracker Barrel has rocking chairs outside.

I really like the decor inside, too.

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And now for the store:

I could see myself buying most of the items in the store 🙂 I did buy one thing – a cast iron skillet. I don’t have one! And I need one.

So, that was our weekend! And if you want to hear some good music, check out Steep Canyon Rangers!

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Water Valley, Mississippi

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Water Valley is a nice place to spend an afternoon. There are a few antique shops, restaurants, an old-fashioned grocery market, a brewery, and other shops that are worth a visit. Everything posted here is on Main Street, so you can park and stroll to hit them all.

If you visit Water Valley, drop by B.T.C. Old Fashioned Grocery. They also serve lunch there, and on weekends they serve breakfast. In the back of the shop, there are other items for sale, such as antiques and hand-knit items.

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Turnage Drug Store is also worth a visit. It was opened in 1905 and has been in the same family ever since. You will find a pharmacy, gift shop, and old-fashioned soda fountain there.

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If you want a taste of some local brew, head over to Yalobusha Brewing Company. They are open on Fridays and Saturdays (check their website for accurate times) and feature live music on Friday nights.

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Paris, Mississippi: Paris Village Antiques

I found the absolute cutest and most charming antique store in tiny Paris, Mississippi. It’s only open a couple of weekends a month, so check their FaceBook page if you find yourself in that neck of the woods! You can also find out how to get there on their page as there is a map with an option for directions.

There was so much to look at. Once inside, it was surprising how many rooms there were. I kept finding rooms I hadn’t noticed before and I must have walked right by them a few times! They had so many nice items.

We got some great finds. A couple of original paintings among them. And they were very reasonably priced! They have a spinning wheel there (estimated to be from 1890’s possibly earlier) THAT I WANT! Maybe for Christmas if someone else doesn’t buy it before then!

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