Friday, December 29, 2006

Recharge for the New Year

After the hustle and bustle of the holidays are over, why not give yourself a present? Come to Monmouth and relax and recharge for the New Year.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Dream Wedding

Did you get the engagement ring of your dreams for Christmas?

Let us plan your dream wedding at Monmouth Plantation....where dreams really do come true!

Lani & Ron

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

This Happy Couple from Pascagoula write:

What pleased you most during your recent visit?

The professionalism and politeness of the staff was outstanding. I would recommend this to everyone that would like a romantic get away. We visited for our 25th anniversary.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Monmouth Plantation is a proud member of Select Registry

Monmouth Plantation is a proud member of Select Registry, Distinguished Inns of North America.

We have been a member of our this esteemed association for nearly 15 years, and Select Registry has been the premier North American organization of exceptional inns and luxury B&Bs for 35 years.

Friday, December 22, 2006

Thoughts Shared from One of Our Guests

How beautiful the decorations are in the hallway. It reflects the true beauty and concern for every detail that makes the visit to Monmouth Plantation such a wonderful experience.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

Karen Burden Martin
Little Rock, Arkansas

Thursday, December 21, 2006

From our Gift Shop

Make someone merry with this adorable holiday tea set! Register for our door prize to be given away on December 23rd.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

One of Our Collectible Dolls

Delight that special child on your holiday shopping list with one of our many collectible dolls at surprisingly affordable prices!

Our gift shop is filled with delightful, unique items to make everyone on your list merry. Stop in to register for our door prize to be given away on December 23rd. 36 Melrose Avenue, Natchez

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Happy Holidays!

Our adorable grandchildren join us in extending to you our best wishes for a joyful holiday season and a healthy, prosperous and blessed new year!

Lani & Ron

Monday, December 18, 2006

Sweet Dreams

When you turn in at Monmouth Plantation, you'll find thin mints of delicious dark chocolate on your pillow allong with the next day's weather forecast. Here's a sample:

May the moon and stars
Bring you a night full of sweet dreams.

December 18, 2006

Current Weather

Temperature 61°F

Relative Humidity: 72%

Wind Speed & Direction: E at 5 mph

Sunrise Tomorrow: 6:56 am

UV Index: 3, Moderate

Sunset: 5:03 pm

Moonrise: 12:31 am

Phase: Last Quarter

Moonset: 12:43 pm

Areas of dense morning fog. Mostly sunny. High 73F. Winds light and variable.Wednesday night:Mainly clear skies. Low 46F. Winds light and variable.

Breakfast will be served in the Guercio Conference Center 7am until 10am. The house tour will begin at 9:30 at the back door of the Main House.
Please join us.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Rave Reviews for Our Newsletter

Thanks for the update. Loved it as I love Monmouth. It is one of the true romantic treasures of the South, as well as America. I am a history buff and have trully enjoyed my visits to Natchez and my WONDERFUL stays at Monmouth. The staff has always been the best and I always hate to depart. Again, enjoyed the e-mail and hope you and all the best during the holiday season.



P.S. I am going to try to visit again soon!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Our Debut Newsletter

Monmouth proudly announces our first newsletter!

If you didn't receive it via e-mail, you can view it & sign up to receive it on our website:

Here's an excerpt...

Thank you for taking the time to read this, our debut newsletter, we hope you enjoy learning about Monmouth Plantation and the historic town of Natchez MS. Our intention is to keep you up to date with upcoming events and general goings on in and around Natchez and historic Monmouth Plantation. In addition, each time, we will bring you historic and unusual facts as well as an array of tempting travel offers. At any time you may un- subscribe from this mailing by choosing the 'Safe Unsubscribe' option at the bottom of this publication. We welcome any comments that you may have, and look forward to building a lasting relationship with you over the months to come.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

A Delightful Addition to your Holiday Table

This charming woodland fairy, demurely posed atop a garland of flowers, leaves & garden snails, is one of the many delights you will find among our Victorian napkin ring collection here at Monmouth Plantation. She's also available in our gift shop, open daily, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Friday, December 08, 2006

Monmouth's Winter Getaway Package

Escape the Winter doldrums with Monmouth Plantation’s Winter Getaway package: 2 night stay, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, five-course gourmet dinner for two under romantic gaslight chandeliers, antebellum home tour & full Southern breakfast each morning. Only $420, double occupancy, Sun – Thurs, thru February 28. Based on availability. Book online now @ or call 1-800-828-4531

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Come to Monmouth to Celebrate!

Weddings, Anniversaries, Birthdays, Retirement...whether you are planning a Girlfriend Getaway or a quiet romantic weekend for two, Monmouth Plantation offers an unparalleled setting and the ultimate Southern Hospitality experience!

Lani & Ron

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Renowned Haven of Relaxation

Monmouth Plantation, a National Historic Landmark, is a renowned haven of relaxation. This small luxury four star hotel is a breathtaking escape for romantics, a delight for gourmets and a wonder for lovers of nature. An idyllic setting for weddings and honeymoons, Monmouth is equally suited for small corporate retreats.

Conference facilities are being redecorated and function square footage has been added to the wedding pavilion by adorning the patio with elegant forest green custom drapes and awnings, with functional shades to enclose the heated area, expanding the reception capacity without compromising the incredible view.

Monday, December 04, 2006

As Seen On

Overall Score: 95.2
Design Score: 97.0
Food Score: 90.9
Location Score: 97.0
Rooms Score: 97.1
Service Score: 94.1

"Anybody interested in Southern history has to visit this perfectly maintained 1818 Greek Revival home." Despite the televisions and telephones, rooms reflect their heritage with period antiques. Sip a signature mint julep before a five-course dinner of Southern cuisine. A ride in a hot-air balloon that lifts off from the property can be arranged by "the extremely charming staff."

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Tradition of Romance

From its inception, Monmouth has been a love story. Beginning as a gift to a bride, today it carries on the tradition of romance providing a setting for weddings, receptions and honeymoons.

Lani & Ron

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Monmouth's Awards and Accolades...Just to name a Few

Travel + Leisure

World’s Best Top 100 for 2005” and 2006 Top 500 Hotels of the World “One of the Best Hotels in the World” for a two years running. “Top three U.S./Canada hotels - $250 or less”

Condé Nast 2006 Gold List

Ranked #4 out of the Top Seventy-Five in the prestigious 2005 Condé Nast Readers’ Choice Awards. Monmouth was also ranked #23 in the "Best of the Best" in the World category.

Condé Nast Johansen’s Guide

2005 Condé Nast Johansen’s Guide to Recommended Hotels, Inns and Resorts.

Sexiest Hotels Inc.

Second Annual 100 Sexiest Hotels In the World

Departures Magazine

“2004 Readers’ Choice Survey”


“One of the most romantic places in America”


“The most luxurious accommodations in Natchez.”

Mississippi Magazine

“America’s most romantic hotel.”

New York Times

“Natchez’ most elegant hotel.”

Red Hat Society

"one of the most sumptuous bed and breakfasts this side of the Mason-Dixon"

Southern Living

"The prettiest town on the trace, Natchez oozes with grandeur. Check in to one of the state's top inns, Monmouth Plantation.Thirty rooms with antebellum flair,mahogany furnisihings, and decadent bedding contribute to its ambience"

1,000 Places To See Before You Die

Antebellum life in the Old South. The most luxurious is Monmouth the former 1818 Greek Revival residence of the pre civil war Mississippi governor. Ask for his room, which contains his four-poster bed and a dresser where he stashed his many wigs. The room opens onto views of the famous 26 acre gardens and family graveyard.

American Historic Inns

“One of the Top Ten Most Romantic Inns of the Year”

Architectural Digest

praises Monmouth’s “spirit of respectful, though not dogmatic, authenticity

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Need a hostess gift?

Our gift shop is filled with delightful, unique items to make everyone on your list merry.

Stop in to register for our door prize to be given away on December 23rd.

36 Melrose Avenue, Natchez

Monday, November 27, 2006

Sit a Spell

Relaxing and unwinding are what Monmouth Plantation is all about.

Enjoy conversation with a friend, a good read or just being outside overlooking Monmouth's rolling green lawn and gardens.

We all need our down time.

Lani & Ron

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Giving Thanks

We, at Monmouth Plantation, would like to wish you the happiest of Thanksgivings!

Lani & Ron

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

A Friend Writes:

Dearest Lani,

Words are not sufficient to express the gratitude of my time with you at Monmouth. I am so humbled by your sacrifice of time...your generosity of food and lodging...and the introduction of your special friends...I truly am still on cloud nine that you created, for Gloria and myself, such an incredible "Forever Memory".... I admire your beautiful spirit that is reflected in all your are tending the garden of life around you in a very unique and admirable way.....Clearly, our Lord reigns supreme and I know He will continue to give you the desires of your heart you remain sensitive to Him.

Please give Ronnie my love and THANKS ...what you both have accomplished in that community is way above and beyond anything I could have imagined. WOW!!!! From the depth of my heart, I again express my appreciation, for absolutely one of the best experiences of my life! I miss you already... and as I close my eyes tonight, I will remember that gorgeous suite and elegant canope bedding...and dream of God's goodness that your friendship has given... I Love You Dearest Lani...

Blessings and Prayers,


Monday, November 20, 2006

In-room Gift Service at Monmouth

We are delighted to offer a variety of elegant refreshments and momentos that can be placed in your room upon your arrival or at any time during your visit.
Current selections include:
A bottle of Clicquot Brut Yellow Label on ice with Monmouth's Private Selection of Fine Chocolates, $95.
A bottle of Domaine Ste Michelle accompanied by Southern Praline Pecans or Cajun Roasted Pecans, $43.
An ice bucket filled with Abita beer, and a bowl of Salted nuts, $25.
A bottle of house wine and a Four Way Sampler of Praline Pecans, Honey Pecans, Roasted and Salted Pecans, & Chocolate Pecans, $32.
Two silver mint julep cups with a set of six linen cocktail napkins and a Monmouth Memories CD containing photos of Monmouth, all wrapped in an elegant display, $65.
To arrange delivery while at Monmouth, please contact the front desk. To order in advance, please call Anna Watts Gunning on 601.442.5852 or email Please note that prices are excluding tax and gratuity.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Our Guests Say the Nicest Things

We'd like to share this recent guest comment card from Johnny & Becky:

Thanks to everyone for a wonderfully perfect weekend. We've never stayed at such a wonderful place before!!! Everything and everyone on your staff were exceptional!! We'll be back!

Hal was such a delight- great personality- went beyond his duties to be helpful! Can't say enough about his wonderful personality and helpfulness.

Lani & Ron

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Register for Our Holiday Door Prize

Our Gift Shop is open 7 days a week - come early, stay late! We've got something for everyone on your Christmas list!

Stop by and register for our Holiday door prize to be given away on December 23rd!

Lani & Ron

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Our Thanksgiving Menu

Monmouth Plantation

November 23, 2006

Cream of Yellow Crookneck Soup

Poached Pear with Spicy Arugula and Gorgonzola Cheese

Choice of:
Fresh Grilled Louisiana Red Fish
Topped with Oyster, Wild Mushroom, Lump Crabmeat

Roasted Herb encrusted Open-Range Turkey
With Andouille Sausage, Cornbread Dressing
Finished with Port wine and Cranberries Glaze

Prime Filet of Black Angus Beef Tenderloin
Wrapped with Apple Smoked Bacon, Raspberry Chipotle Sauce

The above served with:
Haricots Verts Sautéed in Anis Butter
Bourbon Flavored Sweet Potatoes

Dessert Choice
From Monmouth’s Full Dessert Table

Coffee and Tea

Monday, November 13, 2006

Charming Pond Cottage

Lovely Pond Cottage offers a porch for relaxing and reading or just gazing at our pond.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Elegant Dining

This lovely fall bouquet of lillies graces our elegant table set for this evening's five course gourmet dinner beneath our romantic gaslight chandelier. All we need is you!

Lani & Ron

Friday, November 10, 2006

We would love you to join us for Thanksgiving Dinner. Chef Lanny is preparing such a delightful feast!

Seating is at 1:00 p.m. (Sorry, our 5 p.m. seating is sold out)

For reservations, please call 601/442-5852.

Lani & Ron

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Daily Tours Offered

This charming moss draped walkway leads to Pond Cottage.

The entrance to our gift shop beckons you inside where wondrous luxuries will tempt you while our sign out front reminds you that Monmouth Plantation offers tours daily.

Lani & Ron

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Only 47 shopping days left til Christmas!

Better start making your list and checking it twice. Monmouth's gift shop has something for everyone on your Christmas list.

Wondering what to give that special person on your list who has everything? Call us today for a Monmouth Plantation gift certificate. 800/828-4531

Lani & Ron

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Holiday Tradition

As the year draws to a close, what better way to celebrate the season of Thanksgiving and Christmas than in the luxurious, antebellum surroundings of Monmouth Plantation? We'll have decorations, carol singers and a host of specially selected menus to mark each part of the festive season.

Please come and visit us soon. We pride ourselves on our warm welcome and attentive service, and look forward to ensuring you have the experience you've always dreamed of.

With best wishes,

Lani & Ron Riches

Monday, November 06, 2006

The Season to be Jolly

In the countdown to Christmas, Monmouth Plantation is a favorite meeting place for friends, colleagues & family to toast the season.

Call us today to book your holiday party, 601/442-5852. Let our warm and friendly staff take the hassle out of your event planning.

Lani & Ron

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Word of Mouth is Still the Best Advertising

Tim, from Florida, writes:

"This is by far the friendliest place wev'e ever stayed. We travel about 100 nights per year and this is fantastic!"

He also says "We love it! We will tell our friends and bring them also."

Thank you, Tim, and please hurry back!

Lani & Ron

Friday, November 03, 2006

Our Guests Say the Nicest Things

Traci & Charles Black of Hagarstown, IN, had this to say about their stay at Monmouth: What pleased you most during your recent visit? "We loved all the suggestions Hal gave us as to where to eat and plantations to visit. The dinner was incredible. The tour of the house was great and very informative. Natchez is a great town and we cannot wait to come back!"

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Angels Among Us

Today is All Saints Day. Angels are everywhere! Come and walk among the many angels in our gardens at Monmouth Plantation.

Lani & Ron


Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Monday, October 30, 2006

Our newest addition is our charming wedding chapel in the woods. Nestled among the trees, just across the pond from the main lawn, this stone structure is the perfect spot for repeating wedding vows or just stopping to reflect on life and the beauty of nature.

Lani & Ron

Friday, October 27, 2006

Our Lovely New Bathrooms

Beveled rose granite counters are the highlight of our bathroom renovations. These rooms are lovely with brand new striped wallpaper, new lighting, mirrors and fixtures.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Showing Off Our Improvements

Our sloping green lawn, invites you outside on this gorgeous Fall day but be warned you may never want to leave these newly renovated accommodations. View the detail of our lovely fresh new rug pattern in the foreground.

Face Lift

Our recently renovated Azalea room sports a fresh new face.

Monmouth's latest renovations include total renovation of seven bathrooms, new mattresses in every room, new carpeting and soft goods by the end of the year in many rooms.

We have also added a beautiful wedding chapel. Stay tuned to our blog for photos!

Lani & Ron

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Monmouth in Fall Dress

One of the many nods to the season currently on display at Monmouth.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Finally Fall

It is finally here...that crisp, cool fall weather like you dream about. Nowhere is fall more glorious than here at Monmouth. You owe it to yourself to celebrate this season surrounded by the beauty of Monmouth.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Our Employees Are Our Best Assets

Meet Anna Watts Gunning! Here's the smiling face behind that friendly voice you hear on the phone when you call us at Monmouth.

She's been making sure things run smoothly at the front desk and behind the scenes here for eleven years and we are so fortunate to have her. Her personality and professionalism, not to mention, attention to detail, make life at Monmouth a pleasure for co-workers and guests, alike.

She is a true asset to our operation.

Lani & Ron

Nothing Soothes Like a Trickling Fountain

Thursday, October 19, 2006

The Timeless Beauty of Monmouth Plantation

Monmouth's Award Winning Gardens are lovely this time of year.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Majestic Oaks

Our dreamy moss draped Live Oak trees welcome you to Monmouth's 26 lush green acres.

Monday, October 16, 2006

The Beauty of Nature Surrounds You at Monmouth Plantation

The lush, green tranquil surroundings of Monmouth Plantation invite you to relax and unwind.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Our Value Added Holiday Package

Monmouth Plantation’s magical holiday package includes a 2 night stay, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a five-course candlelight dinner for two preceded by Christmas caroling, tour of the main house & full Southern breakfast each morning. Only $420, double occupancy, Sun – Thurs. Based on availability. Book online now @ or call 1-800-828-4531

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Something New To Do In Natchez!

Natchez Little Theatre's 59th Season
proudly presents

The adventures of Huckleberry Finn

a multi-award winning musical
by Roger Miller
based on Mark Twain's writings

Wednesday, Friday & Saturday,
October 11, 13 & 14
at 8:00 p.m.

Closing Sunday, October 15,
with a 2 p.m. matinee

For reservations call

toll free: 1/877-440-2233

Don't miss this hilarious and moving musical production!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Our Guests Say the Nicest Things...

We stayed for 3 nights in late August, and I wish I had at least a few more days at Monmouth. The sense of tranquility and relaxation starts creeping into your jittery body the minute you drive onto the property. The sites and sounds of the Old South all around you will make you feel truly transplanted and ready to explore wonderful Natchez.

We stayed in the Duke of Monmouth suite in the Quitman's Retreat buliding. It has a front porch and a back porch that is up against the woods. The room also has a separate living room with a fireplace. Antique furnishings fill the suite. The free breakfast at Monmouth is excellent.

If you want to relax, take a trip to the Natchez area. It moves at a slow pace that you can feel immediately. Have some tamales at Fat Mama's and tour as many houses as you can, while taking in the views of the Mississippi. If you really want to take your mind off of everything, take a drive on the Natchez Trace Pkwy for an hour and stop at the marked sites.

Monday, October 09, 2006

We Would Love to Make Your Dream Come True!

A recent guest, Misty, from Kissimee, Florida, was kind enough to write:

"I would love to have my wedding ceremony there as I did not have a formal ceremony. And it would be my great dream to become one of those southern belles we see in the movies!!!"

Misty, we would love to make your dream come true! Please come back and renew your vows in our lovely gardens. Ronnie is ordained and would be happy to do it for you.

You CAN be that Southern Belle! Just say when.....

Kindest regards,


Friday, October 06, 2006

2006 World’s 100 Sexiest Hotels

Sexiest Hotels Inc. has announced it’s Second Annual 100 Sexiest Hotels In the World list and we are proud to be included in that number. If it is true what they say that you are known by the company you keep, Monmouth is proud to be in some very good company with these selections.

After reviewing over 1,000 properties, their panel of travel experts has selected our property as being one of the World’s Sexiest Hotels.