If you like history and pancakes the size of your head, make Jim's Cafe your first stop. Jim's is the oldest diner in Greenville, and as you sit and eat your food, you can see historic city relics on the wall. If you come on the right day, you might even encounter people who can tell you stories of the city. The menu includes everything from breakfast food to burgers, so there's something for everyone. Just make sure you get there before 2 p.m. Jim's Cafe is only open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Greenville History Museum (409 Washington Ave., 662.335.5802)
The city that calls itself the heart and soul of the Mississippi Delta obviously has some stories to tell, and the history museum helps tell some of them. The museum walks visitors through the city's history, from prehistory to the late 20th century. The exhibits are divided by decades and events such as the Great Flood of 1927, which helped shape the history for cities along Mississippi River. If you want to know more about the flood, you can also visit the Greenville 1927 Flood Museum (118 S. Hinds St.)
Midtown Greenville (825 S. Main St., 662.580.5150)
Back in 2011, I visited McCormick Book Inn while in college, and it was one of those bookstores that smell like you think a bookstore should smell. The store opened in Greenville and became a local hangout for those who wanted to delve into literature, a place for visiting writers and tourists and a local landmark. Sadly, the store closed near the end of 2011. But earlier this year, the space that once housed the bookstore got new life in the form of Midtown Greenville. You can eat lunch there, then browse books and gifts.
A little way down Highway 1, when you can see a tall green hill rise up among the stretch of road, you know you've made it to the Winterville Mounds, which was a ceremonial center for prehistoric Mississippian tribes. The site, which is protected as a state park, features 12 mounds, a museum and two plazas. Near the back of the site is the Temple Mound, which stands 55 feet tall, making it one of the top 10 largest mounds in the U.S.
It wouldn't be a good trip to a river town if you didn't go to the riverfront just once. While it has outposts where you can sit in your car and look at the water or even walk down a path onto the beach, Greenville's riverfront is also home to Trop Casino, and on the right day, you can even watch the American Queen launch. Oh, and take a drive on the levee.
If you're a blues fan, visiting Nelson Street is a must. Back in the day, this was Greenville's Farish Street. The street, which has a Mississippi Blues Trail marker, housed grocery stores, record shops, cafes, and other businesses, and of course, it was home to a bustling blues scene. Blues clubs such as the Casablanca, the Flowing Fountain and the Playboy Club once dotted its landscape, and blues artist Willie Love even recorded a song called "Nelson Street Blues." While it's not the same as it was back then, it still has Greenville staples such as Doe's Eat Place (502 Nelson St.) with its famous tamales.
If you ask anyone where you should eat in Greenville, chances are they'll say Doe's Eat Place, and they'll definitely tell you to try the tamales. Doe's is part of the Mississippi Delta's Tamale Trail. Try tamales at other restaurants on the trails such as Hot Tamale Heaven (1427 Highway 1 S., 662.702.5116), Jack's Hot Tamales (112 E. Alexander St., Greenville, 662.335.6512), Maria's Famous Hot Tamales (605 Toni St., 662.332.7847), Rick's Express (2309 Martin Luther King Blvd. S., 662.235.0226) and Scott's Hot Tamales (304 Highway 1 S., 662.332.4013).
Mighty Miss Brewing Company taproom (525 Washington Ave., Suite B, 662.379.6477, mightymissbeer.com)
With House Bill 1322's passage earlier this year, which lets breweries sell beer on the premises, breweries have been expanding their offerings and opening taprooms. Greenville's Mighty Miss Brewing Company, which the founders, including Delta-Democrat Times Publisher Jon Alverson, started in 2015, opened its taproom to the public on July 5. Now, you can take a tour of the brewery, and you can also sit at the bar and enjoy one of Might Miss' beers. You can even learn about the Delta because the beers, such as Arcola Amber and Sledge Saison.