Day Trip: Greenwood, Mississippi
Here's how to spend a day on location in this charming Delta town.
Tour the home of the ranges.
Greenwood's Viking Range Company, maker of high-end kitchen appliances, lets you tour the plant or sign up for a class at the Viking Cooking School. This month, the school teaches how to make some of the Southern dishes featured in The Help. (Tours are free, but reservations are required. Classes range from $79 to $99. Check the website for dates and times.) 111 Front Street; vikingrange.com or 888/845-4641
Take a bistro break.
Delta Bistro executive chef and owner Taylor Bowen Ricketts crafts such dishes as black-eyed pea cakes, alligator ravioli, and Delta-raised fried or blackened catfish fillets with fried okra spears ($14). 117 Main Street; deltabistro.com or 662/455-9575
Shop Howard Street.
Head to Howard for some of the best shopping in the Delta. Stop at Turnrow Book Company (304 Howard Street; turnrowbooks.com) for the latest in Southern literature. Then check out Rachael's Boutique (201 Howard Street; 662/453-0266), where owner Rachael Tackett stocks some of the state's flirtiest dresses. And don't miss Fincher's Inc. (301 Howard Street; 662/453-6246) with its mix of clothing, home decor items, and regional pottery.
Find some Help.
Two years ago, some 150 members of a DreamWorks film crew, as well as actors such as Viola Davis and Sissy Spacek, came to Greenwood to shoot The Help. Now the Greenwood Convention and Visitors Bureau offers a free map pointing out the locations of 16 homes, churches, shops, and other sites in the movie, including the house that served as Skeeter Phelan's home and the LeFlore County Court-house, which stood in for the exterior of the Robert E. Lee Hotel. 111 East Market Street; gcvb.com or 800/748-9064
Dine at Giardina's.
Originally opened in 1936, Giardina's was recently renovated but still serves classic Southern dishes such as Baked Oysters Giardina with Benton's Bacon ($11.50). 314 Howard Street; giardinas.com or 662/455-4227