We are honored to introduce you to guest blogger and UK based writer, Jeffyne Barne, through this incredible piece about traveling in Ridgeland, Mississippi. Thank you, Jeffyne, for your contribution to our readers!
When it comes to traveling, big cities like New York or Los Angeles tend to get the most attention. So, why not exchange the busy crowds for an equally beautiful but more peaceful place? Meet the city of Ridgeland.
Where is Ridgeland?
Located in the soulful state of Mississippi, Ridgeland is a city that’s brimming with charm. From the lush greenery along the interstate to the beautiful Barnett Reservoir (or otherwise known as the Rez), it’s filled with so much natural wonder for you to immerse in. In fact, the city and volunteers of Keep Mississippi Beautiful and Keep Ridgeland Beautiful recently teamed up to redesign the wildflower field to look even more lush. And since it’s in the Mississippi’s Jackson metropolitan area, there are many restaurants and shopping locations in this lovely city — giving you the best of both worlds.
When should you visit?
As part of the South, the best time to visit Ridgeland is either during the season of spring or summer. For the former, the temperature can range between the 60s and 80s. This is especially great for outdoor activities like biking and hiking in the Natchez Trace Parkway. Meanwhile, summer’s a perfect time to experience the best that the Rez has to offer. From sailing and fishing, to kayaking and paddling, these refreshing water activities are ideal with temperatures in the 90s throughout the season.
Alternatively, Ridgeland is a wonderful place to visit during the fall and winter as well. Temperatures range from the 50s to the 60s during these seasons, which is especially great if you consider yourself as a snowbird. And as neither of these are peak seasons, the smaller crowds in Ridgeland mean you’ll get to immerse yourself more in the city’s charming culture.
What are the travel costs?
It’s safe to say that making a budget is an indispensable part of planning your trip. And thankfully, Ridgeland isn’t a particularly pricey destination. But as with any kind of trip, a travel budget should consider things like your transportation costs, lodging, food, and the activities you will do. If you’re arriving from Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport, you should allot funds for airport fees. Meanwhile, if you’re driving into the city, you should allocate money for gas. Hotels in Ridgeland aren’t that expensive, as prices range from $49 to $144 per night.
The food and activities in Ridgeland are something that you’ll want to save up for, as there are loads of places to explore here. You can savor a bite of a sizzling rib eye steak from Koestler Prime for $28. Or, you can enjoy the state’s best catfish at Cock of the Walk for $9.95 at the Rez. Speaking of the Rez, you’ll spot a lot of boutiques in the area, so do have some funds ready for a fun shopping experience. Lastly, don’t forget to allocate some extra money on top of everything for unexpected expenses or emergencies.
What’s there to do?
As we’ve mentioned, there are many fun places to visit and activities to try out in Ridgeland. However, the list of sights and sounds doesn’t just end there. You can get to know the city better by stopping by the Bill Waller Craft Center, which is home to special creations by Southern artisans. Plus, there are craftsmen who can teach you secrets of their craft — whether it’s jewelry-making, quilting, or woodworking.
If you’re seeking more adventure and activities, you can also head over to the Mag Ridge BMX, David Cowger Golf Academy, or Ridgeland Tennis Center. Last but not least, as Mississippi’s premier shopping area, something is waiting for you in every corner. From the enthralling Antique Mall of the South to the state’s only Apple Store at Renaissance at Colony Park, you’ll surely find whatever your heart desires in Ridgeland.
It goes without saying that life can feel quite hectic every now and then. To this end, you owe it to yourself to kick back and relax, and the charming city of Ridgeland is a perfect place to let go of your worries and simply enjoy the beauty of the world.
Specially written for visitridgeland.com
by Jeffyne Barne