You don't have to go very far to enjoy a romantic weekend.
One of the greatest attributes of Oxford (among many) is its location – near the big-city life of Memphis, yet just a short drive away from the beautiful and serene Mississippi Delta. These locations, in their own ways, are perfect for a quiet, romantic getaway. So for Valentine’s Day this year, explore something out of the ordinary and give your sweetheart the gift of a memorable experience at one of several nearby unique hotels that offer luxury accommodations and romantic packages.
For an experience that is truly as Oxford as it gets, look no further than the Graduate. Located on the north end of the Oxford Square, the quaint hotel offers a college-life stay with a few extra amenities that make each visit feel like a local adventure.
“The good thing about us is once you’re here, you’re here,” Graduate Director of Sales Lauran Ellis said. “You don’t even have to leave the property to enjoy the nightlife of Oxford.”
The charm of the Graduate is in the details, hidden throughout the hotel. Your room key may be the college ID of Ole Miss royalty Archie or Olivia Manning. The lobby of the hotel is reminiscent of a library – but one that includes a bar. Art on the walls portrays an abstract version of the Grove and a little bit of Oxford history. The Coop rooftop lounge is named for Cooper Manning, and the Cabin 82 cafe serves southern cuisine amidst a Neshoba County Fair atmosphere.
“The point of the hidden facts is for you to come and ask so the staff and guests can interact,” Ellis said.
Through the month of February, the Graduate is partnering with Epicure Day Spa of Oxford to offer a Valentine’s Day package, which includes a spa gift card. For more information, visit graduateoxford.com.
In the historic Mississippi Delta town of Greenwood, The Alluvian Hotel is the pinnacle of luxury. Each room’s design features unique inspiration from the earthy landscape of the Delta.
Guests can have a full romantic experience without ever leaving the property. The renowned Viking Cooking School, located at the hotel, offers Valentine’s date night classes, where guests can have a hands-on lesson in creating their own dinner for two. The hotel also houses The Alluvian Spa, a 7,000-square-foot luxury oasis featuring a variety of spa services and couples packages from massages and facials to therapeutic treatments.
“The Alluvian is the perfect romantic getaway,” Sales and Event Manager of the hotel Lindsey Uithoven said. “You can enjoy yourself at the Viking Cooking School as well as the Alluvian Spa, which offers a variety of romantic couples packages. These packages can be booked in the private couples suite with a private soaking tub, double steam shower and fireplace. Champagne can be added to these packages for a special romantic touch.”
The Alluvian offers several hotel packages throughout the month of February for a romantic getaway. The Valentine’s package includes accommodations, breakfast for two, champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. The Sweet Indulgences package includes the same, with the addition of a Sweet Cheeks facial at The Alluvian Spa. For details, visit thealluvian.com.
The historic Peabody Hotel offers luxury along with Southern charm in the heart of downtown Memphis. The Peabody features numerous dining options on the property, including everything from fine dining and afternoon tea to delis and bars. Also located on-site is the Feathers Spa, which offers services such as massages, body wraps and salon treatments. In addition, the hotel offers numerous packages for guests based on type of leisure.
And don’t forget about the red-carpet event that is the Peabody Duck March. Following a tradition that began 90 years ago, the Peabody Ducks march to the fountain in the lobby at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day. What’s more charming for a sweet getaway than cute animals?
Finally, while guests can enjoy a full romantic getaway without leaving the hotel, The Peabody’s location allows for the exploration of the best sights and sounds of Memphis. The Peabody is less than a half-mile walk to the Beale Street entertainment district, which is home to some of Memphis’ most famous bars and restaurants. For more information, visit peabodymemphis.com.
Big Cypress Lodge
Ever wanted to spend the night inside a Bass Pro Shop? Well, now you don’t have to travel far to do so. Big Cypress Lodge, located inside the Memphis Pyramid, offers a rustic stay in its tree house suites and duck lodges. The lodge sits atop the 28-story structure and gives guests the feeling of being up high in the trees. To enhance the outdoorsy experience, some rooms contain a screened-in porch overlooking a swamp of 100-foot-tall trees, alligators and fish. There are several dining options on-site, including The Lookout, which offers a 360-degree view of Memphis. Visitors can book the romance package, which includes accommodations, a dozen roses, chocolate bundt cake and a carriage ride through downtown Memphis.
For attractions, there’s of course the 535,000 square feet of Bass Pro Shops at the base of the Pyramid. Guests aren’t far from other nearby Memphis staples, including Beale Street, Graceland the FedEx Forum. For details, visit big-cypress.com.
Shack Up Inn
Their motto is “The Ritz we ain’t” and this unique and historic hotel in the Mississippi is immersed in the Blues. Located in Clarksdale, the Shack Up Inn offers guest houses in the form of renovated sharecropper shacks and grain bins on the site of the Hopson Plantation. Guests can choose The Robert Clay shack, transplanted to the area from Birdie, Mississippi, where evidence of a moonshine still sits just above the shower or Shack 482, named for the street number that still rests on the front of it, among dozens of others. All accommodations feature the 21st century luxuries such as heating and air conditioning, indoor bathrooms and kitchenette items.
Shack Up Inn is just four miles from Clarksdale’s Crossroads of Highways 49 and 61, making it easy to access city attractions such as the Delta Blues Museum and Ground Zero Blues Club. For more information, visit shackupinn.com.