A visit to Vicksburg, Mississippi, will introduce you to the history and charm of the old South. But to truly experience it, you need to stay in one of the city’s historical homes. With 7 guest rooms, Baer House Inn Bed and Breakfast fits the bill. In 1870, Leona and Lazarus Baer built the Eastlake Victorian style home to be the grandest mansion in Vicksburg. And If walls could talk, the halls would reverberate with stories from Mississippi’s grand past.
But you don’t have to stay awake, listening for ghost’s stories to learn about life at Baer House Inn. Owner, Doug Cousineau, will fill you in over complimentary wine and snacks when guests gather in the library for social hour, after a day of Vicksburg touring. The tales continue the next morning as Doug serves his breakfast specialty, Italian Creme Brulee French Toast.
When my husband and I drove the Natchez Trace, we stopped in Vicksburg to explore the town as well as partake in Southern foods. The romantic Scarlett Room ($125 per night) at Baer House Inn became our headquarters. Yes, it was painted red. We appreciated the king size bed, placed near a decorative fireplace and the very large bathroom with separate shower and tub. I enjoyed browsing the antiques in the upstairs hall, before descending the hand-carved staircase to the first floor to check out the grand ballroom that once had 5 chandeliers and 3 fireplaces.
From Baer House Inn, we walked the streets of Vicksburg, exploring antebellum homes, like the McRaven Tour Home, before continuing downhill past the Courthouse Museum to the businesses and shops that sit on a bluff overlooking the river. To visit Vicksburg’s Civil War history, take the quick drive to 1,800-acre National Military Park where 17,000 Union troops are buried from the siege of Vicksburg.
Rates at Baer House Inn Bed and Breakfast include a full breakfast plus an evening social hour featuring wine and snacks.
Baer House Inn
1117 Grove Street
Vicksburg, MS 39180
Review by Donna L. Hull, My Itchy Travel Feet. All photos by Donna L. Hull