Small-town flavor nestled just minutes from the Capital City, Madison has plenty to offer residents and tourists alike. One of a kind shopping, delectable eats, and adventures far and wide are just a few of the things you will find when you head to Madison.
Whether you are a Mississippi native or you’re planning your next weekend getaway, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Madison.
Check out what all the Brick City has to offer in Mississippi Weekend’s Guide to Madison.
Kick your feet up at your hotel
Where to stay? Madison has two lovely hotels for you to choose from. Both located in the heart of the city, you can’t go wrong at either location.
The Courtyard by Marriot offers authentic Southern hospitality, upscale amenities, and inviting spaces to relax, recharge, and reset.
Grab a bite to eat at their delicious onsite dining destination for breakfast, dinner, and drinks, The Bistro. After a day of business meetings or sightseeing stay active in the fitness center, or unwind in spacious guest rooms with fresh, progressive designs and thoughtful features including feature free Wi-Fi, flexible workspaces, signature LoungeAround Sofas, and HDTVs.
Located just steps from fantastic shopping and dining, The Hilton Garden Inn is the perfect spot for a weekend getaway.
Relax and refresh in a modern guest room with amenities designed for your comfort and convenience. View premium TV channels on a 37-inch HDTV. Stay in touch with business or family using complimentary WiFi and catch up with work at the desk. Start your day with a cooked-to-order breakfast at the Great American Grill. Keep active during your stay with a workout in the fitness center, dive into the indoor pool, and unwind in the whirlpool.
Grab a bite to eat
Head over to The Strawberry Cafe for brunch! Located in the historic railroad depot in the heart of Madison, The Strawberry Cafe, established in 1987, was named after the fact that strawberries were produced in the area and distributed by train from the railroad depot; therefore, creating Madison. Once you try their brunch items like the Train Wreck, with Cajun pot roast debris, French bread, poached eggs, bacon, and sausage, or their shrimp and grits, you will know the current owners achieved their goal of creating a restaurant in Madison with a comfortable atmosphere and great food.
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Get transported to Greece with a late lunch at Vasilios. Anastasia “Soula” Nikolis and her husband Vasilio wanted to create an authentic Greek restaurant right in the middle of Mississippi and from that came Vasilios. Their homemade tzatziki goes perfectly with pita bread and you won’t want to miss the keftethaki, dolmathakia, and spanakopetakia. The owners go back to Greece every summer, so you know they are bringing the freshest ideas back with them.
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Stop by Mocha Mugs for an afternoon pick me up. The drive-through coffee hut, founded by local Mississippi residents, John and Natalie Baten, offers a delicious range of coffees, frappes, smoothies, and snacks. The coffee is roasted fresh and shipped weekly straight from Seattle. Try the S’more or the Frosted Hazel and tell them Mississippi Weekend sent you!
Get your fill of Southern home cooking at Mama Hamil’s. In 1977, the Hamil family opened Hamil’s Restaurant on Hwy 51 in Madison, MS, with a 50 person seating capacity in the log cabin. Their business plan was to feed hungry folks good food at a reasonable price. In 1994, Bob Hamil took over management of the restaurant and in 2007, Bob opened Mama Hamil’s Southern Cooking & BBQ, Inc., at their current location, just behind that little log cabin. Hamil’s offers an in house buffet of traditional Southern comfort food, each dish prepared with love as Grandma would have done, from tried and true recipes handed down through the generations. The atmosphere is friendly and bustling and the walls are decorated with history and reflect love of country, faith, and family.
Take a look around
Become one with nature at Simmons Arboretum. The Simmons Arboretum, nestled at the very end of St. Augustine Drive is a special green space reserve that Madison residents have enjoyed for roughly 20 years now. The 10-acre arboretum is home to rustic walking trails, native trees and plants, and the wildlife that attend this natural setting. The well-marked signs identifying native plants make any trip to Simmons Arboretum an educational hike and a delightful, beautiful adventure.
Up your Instagram game with a selfie at the Madison Caboose. An unmistakable symbol of the town, the red caboose sits right in the middle of Main Street. The town was founded after the Illinois Central Railroad opened its Madison Station in 1865 and the iconic red caboose is a nod to the city’s railroad roots. It’s a great spot to snap a picture to remember your trip.
Stop and smell the flowers at Strawberry Patch Park. With a one-mile running path, playground, fishing pond, and many ducks and geese, Strawberry Patch Park is a great place to wind down your vacation or walk off some of the yummy food.
Experience the city
Soar through the clouds with the Madison Flyers. Situated between two world war two hangers, you’ll find the Madison Flyers flight school. For nearly two decades, George Cricenti and his wife Evie, have made dreams come true with private pilot, instrument, commercial and instructor flight training. From 16-year-olds to senior citizens, the students at Madison Flyers range in age tremendously, but one thing they all have in common – they pride themselves in creating a family atmosphere where everyone is welcome to make their dreams of flying come true.
Dip your hands in clay at Pickenpaugh Pottery. Robert Pickenpaugh opened Pickenpaugh Pottery in Madison in September 1973 and it’s one of the oldest businesses in Madison. Tap into your creative side with hand building, wheel, glazing, and children classes or just drop by and purchase one of Robert’s beautiful works of art.
Learn more about Pickenpaugh here!
Relax and unwind at Posh Salon and Spa. Just in case your trip to Madison isn’t relaxing enough, Posh Salon and Spa is here to make sure you are fully relaxed before you leave the Brick City. Drop by for an Indian head massage which uses hot towels and specialized massage techniques designed to balance the chakras, which in turn, helps improve overall health. If that isn’t really your cup of tea, their raindrop massage might be more your style. This massage uses essential oils, dropped on the spine like raindrops, helps to dispose of these viruses within the spine, helping its structure to return to normal. They also have deep tissue and detoxification massages, foot reflexology, manicures, pedicures, and tanning.
Get your shop on
Shop ’til you drop at Persnickety. Located in the heart of Madison, Persnickety offers expansive bridal selections, homespun items, joyful baby gifts, and unique Southern products for décor and gift giving in the most recognized gift wrap around! They also offer the finest in contemporary charcoal cooking and all the gadgets and gear you need for your outdoor kitchen.
Update your wardrobe at Abbye Grey Boutique. The clothing and gift boutique carries the latest in women’s clothing, plus-size, girls, baby items, and home decor. Abbye Grey is the perfect sport for thoughtful gifts and fun fashions right in the heart of Madison.
Support local artists at Madison Marketplace. Madison Marketplace offers a variety of unique, handmade and locally sourced gifts for every occasion. From home decor to food mixes, to clothing and handmade accessories — all from Mississippi vendors — you will find everything you need in the former residential home, built in the late 1800s and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Freshen up your interior at Miskelly’s. Miskelly’s started 39 years ago by three brothers that had a vision of building a business that treated customers fairly and supported local causes. Today that idea has grown to become the South’s largest assortment of furniture covering over 500,000 square feet. Their Madison location offers some of the South’s largest selection of high fashion furniture and accessories at affordable prices.
What’s your favorite thing to do in Madison?
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