Perched on the banks of the Mississippi River in southern Mississippi, Vicksburg is a little city with outsize historical significance. In the summer if 1863, Union troops bombarded the fortressed Confederate city in what became known as the Siege of Vicksburg. After six weeks of relentless shelling, Vicksburg fell to the Union Army, which gained total control of the Mississippi River in a major turning point of the Civil War. Not surprisingly, Vicksburg is home to many historic military sites, such as the Vicksburg National Military Park, where rebuilt trenches and forts tell the story of the siege. Vicksburg's historical downtown waterfront is worth the 3-mile trip from the hotel. Large murals painted by local artists stretch the length of the riverfront and depict the city's past. The quaint, red-brick buildings of Vicksburg's downtown house upscale restaurant, antique stores, and museums dedicated to the old riverboat days and the Civil War. Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
Legend has it that Fred the frog traveled to his pond's outermost limits seeking the secrets to a happy life—flavorful fare and faithful friends. The Froghead Grill honors Fred's findings by showcasing a menu brimming with innovative Cajun-infused American cuisine.
More than 50 years go, Mike Ilitch was poised for major-league glory. An up-and-coming shortstop for the Detroit Tigers, his baseball finesse was blossoming when an injury derailed his sports career. But although the wound stunted his athletic aspirations, it steered him toward a new path, and on May 8, 1959, he and his wife opened the first Little Caesars location, a then-unheard-of carry-out-only joint. The career shift and novel technique eventually proved triumphant. Today, the pizzeria's iconic, toga-clad mascot adorns storefronts on five continents. In each shop, staffers forge the signature Hot-N-Ready pizza, a freshly baked pizza designed for instant pickup, and warm, garlicky Crazy bread. With a storied half century under their belt, Mike Ilitch and his family strive to give back, supporting local organizations and creating their own charitable programs.
With its full bar and hearty menu of Irish fare and other pub-centric edibles, The Irish Frog keeps tongue buds happily jigging along in an upbeat environment teeming with the sounds of weekly live music. Wet whistles with an import or craft beer such as a Smithwick's ($4) or a draught Guinness ($5) before sampling heaping plates of "flaming yawn" ($22), a filet mignon rubbed with Cajun spices and wrapped in applewood-smoked bacon. The classic reuben, accessorized by a side of steakhouse fries ($9), sates grumbling hunger tubs any time of day, and the sour-cream-capped potato pancakes of the Irish Boxty's ($6) will keep bellies warm during impromptu glacial ages.