Recommended Website: tunicatravel.com
Average Hotel Room Rate: $56.27 USD
Getting There: Air Canada offers (via regional carrier Jazz) daily flights from Toronto to Memphis, Tenn., 35 minutes away by car (aircanada.com). AirTran Airways offers direct flights from U.S. destinations such as Buffalo, N.Y., and Atlanta.
Convention Facilities: The city’s largest conference facility, the Mid-South Convention Center features 45,000 sq. ft. of space and is connected to two towers of the 1,350-room Harrah’s Tunica casino hotel.
Gold Strike Casino Resort, completely renovated in 2008, houses 1,160 rooms along with 30,000 sq. ft. of renovated meeting space connecting to the hotel and casino. Chicago Steakhouse, too.
Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall’s 1,076 rooms were renovated in 2008. On the meetings side, there are 20,000 sq. ft. of dedicated space, including the 400-personcapacity Delta Ballroom. Twain’s Fine Dining is one of four on-site eateries.
A 600-room property, the renovated Fitz Casino & Hotel Tunica features the Great Hall, accommodating 675, theatre- style and 900 for banquets. Casually elegant Don B’s steakhouse satisfies carnivores.
Attractions + Distractions
Voted the Southeast U.S. Travel Attraction of the Year, the Tunica RiverPark museum showcases the life and legend of the Mississippi River through interactive exhibits.
Take a Mississippi River cruise on the Tunica Queen Riverboat. Sightseeing and dinner/entertainment cruises are offered six days a week.
Tunica’s three championship golf courses — Tunica National Golf & Tennis; The Links at Cottonwoods; and River Bend Links — offer thoughtfully designed tracks to challenge even the most skilled player, year-round.
PUSH Nightclub, in Horseshoe Casino Hotel, is the newest hot spot for celebrities, dance music and entertainment. Open seasonally, Thursday-Saturday.
À la Carte
Food Network star Paula Deen has opened a buff et restaurant in Harrah’s Tunica. Modelled on her Georgia home, the buffet — the city’s largest — highlights her traditional, rib-sticking Southern recipes.
Café Marie, an historic restaurant in the heart of downtown, is known for its she-crab soup, steaks and crème brulee.
A 100-year-old farm-commissary-turnedrestaurant, Hollywood Café, Home of the Fried Dill Pickle, serves such Southern classics as catfish, hushpuppies, frog’s legs and shrimp.
‘Meat-and-three’ epitomizes Southern-style, three-sidedish homestyle cooking and few do it beer than The Blue & White Restaurant, located on Highway 61, 10 minutes south of the resort area.