Friday, December 28, 2007

Cocktail Hour

Cocktail hour at Monmouth officially begins at 6:30 pm. Appetizers are served and guests of the hotel and locals of Natchez are invited for an hour of socializing and cocktails. Perhaps you'll want to try Roosevelt's famous Mint Julep. Your mint julep will be served in a frosty silver cup with mint grown here on Monmouth's grounds. This cocktail is made from a secret recipe he (Roosevelt) concocted over twenty years ago. When you meet Roosevelt, you will immediately understand why he has been given the coveted award from the state of Kentucky-- He is a true Kentucky Colonel!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Our Guests Say the Nicest Things

Monmouth Plantation - A Unique & Fabulous Place
Monmouth Plantation is not just a hotel. It is as an experience. Here we enter another world - the world of the old antebellum south - without injustice - only love joy kindness and good cheer. The staff reflects the spirit created by the owners Ron & Lani Riches. Monmouth at Natchez is an American treasure. Here the visitor can experience the authentic flavor of the old south - gone with the wind - but alive in the spirit of hospitality which is Monmouth. We highly recommend this unique and special place to everyone.

-Paul & Nuala O'Higgins, Stuart , Florida

Guest Review from TripAdvisor - December 7, 2007

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Butterflies and pansies abound in Monmouth's December gardens! Our guests, Lynn and Jim Cardinal (visited with us December 1st) emailed Monmouth this beautiful photograph taken on the patio surrounded by winter pansies and a butterfly still around at this late date! Larry Stewart our master gardner prepares our flower beds with year around blossoms. The rose gardens have been trimmed back to ready the plants for February blooming along with many of the bushes still flowering huge roses and budding flowers. December days at Monmouth have a welcoming and chilly winter feeling. Our gardens have blooming flowers, green grass , two sparkling ponds and decorations of the Holiday Season everywhere!
-Peggy Voss

Friday, November 30, 2007

Monmouth featured in publications-

Blessings of the holiday season have come to Monmouth Plantation in TWO lovely publications this year! As we wrote in a previous note to you, Victoria Magazine has featured Monmouth in a sumptuous spread covering six pages of Christmas photographs and holiday verse. We encourage you to pick up a copy before they are no longer available.

Now, the most recent Christmas 2007 publication to include Monmouth is a hard-cover book CHRISTMAS IN AMERICA: A Photographic Celebration of the Holiday Season by Peter Guttman. This beautiful coffee table edition would be a lovely gift for the holiday season and its photographs cover the decorations of the holiday season. Monmouth Plantation has a full page feature, highlighting huge oak trees gracing the lawn in Christmas finery of garland and lights. Guttman writes: "A jasmine scented dusk descends softly on romantic Monmouth Plantation, strung in subtle Christmas finery. Mint juleps are sipped within the...1818 mansion that graces...(the) decidedly antebellum environs." A review from Time Magazine said: "Guttman's photographs capture the spirit of a place".

The Christmas spirit is embodied within the mansion along with the beautiful twenty six acre gardens at Monmouth.
-Peggy Voss

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Monmouth was pleased to have members of the 1-155th Infantry Battalion of Mississippi staying with us recently. As seen in the photo, from left to right is Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for Mississippi Colonel and Mrs. Dwight Dyess, West Point; Lt. General and Mrs. Fletcher Coker, Diamondhead; and Brigadier General and Mrs. Ron Powell, West Point.

The group was in Natchez to attend the 1-155th Infantry Battalion Ball. The 1-155th is the oldest unit in Mississippi history and fought with Andrew Jackson in the War of 1812. This group, later known as the Mississippi Rifles, was commanded in the Mexican War by Jefferson Davis. When the Rifles took Monterey, Brigadier General John Quitman was in the battle.

Later Quitman was transferred to Mexico where he had an important part in assisting with our victory in the Mexican American War. General Quitman and his family made their home at Monmouth Plantation during his prestigious life, and his life story is portrayed in the history tour and furnishings of Monmouth.
-Peggy Voss

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Monmouth in Victoria Magazine

Victoria Magazine has featured Monmouth Plantation in their first copy of republication for the November/December magazine!! A lovely presentation of Christmas at Monmouth (actually filmed on site in June!) features six pages of beautiful photographs of Christmas decorations in the home and a lovely family portrait of the Riches, their children and grandchildren. We are happy to have an important role in the first new publication! Pick up a copy of Victoria at your local book store and relish in this Christmas article.
-Peggy Voss

Friday, November 09, 2007

The Dinner Bell-

Ringing of the Dinner Bell is a Southern tradition from the antebellum days. Workers in the fields were called into "dinner" (the noon meal) by the ringing of the big iron bell hung near the kitchen. Join the guests of Monmouth Plantation for our five course dinner served in the formal dining room with the glimmer of candles and the tinkle of crystal and silver. The bell is rung to announce dinner at 7:30p.m. This is the time for you to meander from the lounge with your mint julep and join your hostess who will escort guests into the Mansion for dinner. If you would like to enjoy dining at Monmouth please call for reservations 601-442-5852 or 800-828-4531.
-Peggy Voss

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Balloons over Monmouth

A multitude of colorful hot air balloons decorated the skies over Monmouth Plantation for the weekend of Oct.17-19th. The 25th annual Great Mississippi Hot Air Balloon Race was one of the most successful events with perfect weather and over fifty balloons which were sponsored by local and national corporations.
Friday evening the balloons were lit for a "balloon glow" on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi. Fireworks, live music, Southern foods, and children's activities were only a portion of the activities at the Balloon Races.
Make your plans now to come next fall to Monmouth Plantation and the Great Mississippi Balloon Race!!
-Peggy Voss

Friday, October 26, 2007

Monmouth Chef wins Iron Teams Competition

Chefs compete in Iron Team competition
Adam Koob
Photo by Marcus Frazier
The Natchez Democrat
Published Thursday, October 25, 2007

"NATCHEZ — The food was flying at Copiah-Lincoln Community College’s fifth annual Iron Teams competition. The Iron Teams contest is based on the popular television show “Iron Chef.” On “Iron Chef,” two chefs have a timed cook-off, and all their dishes must include a secret ingredient they receive just before the show begins. Co-Lin’s competition was held in an auditorium made to look like the set of Iron Chef.

.. Alan Edmonds stepped in as guest chef. Edmonds has worked as a chef on what he called high end cruise lines. Chef Lanny Brasher, Edmonds’ competitor, has been executive chef at Monmouth Plantation for 13 years. Both chefs had two student assistants who are enrolled in Co-Lin’s Hospitality-Tourism Management Technology Program.

Once the saucepans were heated and the secret ingredients were revealed, the competition was on. … Tilapia, sun-dried tomatoes and artichoke hearts were the secret ingredients to be used in each dish. … And when it was all over, Lanny Brasher was the winner. His dish, a pan-seared Tilapia with a mushroom, sun-dried tomatoes ragout, accompanied by a minted-zucchini, was favored by the judges. “Things went smoothly, and I felt pretty good in there,” Brasher said. "

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Monmouth Plantation makes Condé Nast Traveler “Readers’ Choice

Natchez, MS (October 2007) – Condé Nast Traveler has announced the results of its Annual Readers’ Choice Survey naming Monmouth Plantation, one of the Top 100 Hotels in the Continental U.S. and Canada.

Every year since 1988, a select sample of Condé Nast Traveler readers have taken the Readers’ Choice Survey. In 2007, the questionnaires were made available to all readers.
Ron and Lani Riches, lovingly restored Monmouth in 1978 and continue to make improvements to the property on an ongoing basis. The Garden Room has just received a complete makeover. This showcase room is the ideal venue for wedding receptions, corporate retreats, bridge clubs and afternoon teas.

“We are certainly thrilled with this latest award. It is such an honor and greatly appreciated” said Lani Riches.
For more information please call 800.828.4531 or visit!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Christmas in New York - Music in Mississippi

Monmouth Plantation will have a major role in the "Christmas from New York" musical performances to be held December 7-9, 2007. Famous Broadway pieces will be presented at a luncheon concert on Friday December 7th. Throughout the weekend, musical events will be performanced in the city(Sponsored by The Natchez Council For Arts and Culture). Contact Monmouth Plantation for your accommodations during this festive weekend. Information on the activities will be provided by our reservationists. Please call 800.828.4531 or visit to make hotel reservations.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Fall Pilgrimage Season!

Natchez Fall Pilgrimage began the first week in October and continues throughout October 13. Monmouth Plantation invites you to come experience our beautiful gardens and the delightful weather of the fall season. Included with your room you can enjoy our wonderful Southern style breakfast and a complementary house tour. Recommendations for "must visit" homes open only during the Natchez Fall Pilgrimage will be given just by the asking. Come relive the antebellum plantation life and take part in the luxury of Monmouth Plantation this pilgrimage season!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Fall Flowers

Master gardener Larry Stewart is happily planting his fall array of flowers. The ornamental pepper plants are lavish with yellow and red coloring and soon to turn bright purples. Soon the pansies will be planted for the winter and they will have last throughout March. Here at Monmouth the gardens are always magnificent.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Fall at Monmouth

Monmouth Plantation is moving into the lovely season of Fall. The weather is so pleasant- perfect for our guests to enjoy being outside! Our two ponds are filled with fish, and we provide our guests with poles and tackle! Perhaps just sitting by and watching a croquet match, or reading a book in one of the hammocks would suit your idea of relaxation. For the artist, Monmouth provides numerous settings for you to capture the perfect landscape on paper or canvas.
Plan your Fall getaway today!
Call 800.828.4531 or book online at

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Our Lovely Southern Courtyard

Our lovely southern courtyard is the perfect place to enjoy a tall cool glass of iced tea or, perhaps, a nice refreshing mint julep. How southern!

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Our Guests Say the Nicest Things...

I don't see how you could improve! It wa all so wonderful!

We celebrated our 40th anniversary with you and I can honestly say I have never had a lovlier one! Thank you All! We can't wait to come back!

Bill & Genie S.
Little Rock

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Start Making Plans for the Holidays

We hope everyone had a safe and happy Labor Day weekend. As thoughts turn toward the promise of autumn, it is not too early to start making plans for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Perhaps you will consider a trip to Monmouth - it is such a wonderful time to visit. Call us or book online @

Lani & Ron

Friday, August 31, 2007

Our Guests Say the Nicest Things...

Cheryl S. from Mandeville, LA, writes:

Hal was so friendly and helpful.
Anna was a wonderful help with reservations and in the gift shop - I bought too much!
There are no words to describe how delicious the dinner was. Chef Lanny is the best!
Don't ever let him go!

I can't ell you how wonderful we felt - like royalty. We are already planning another trip. Lanny cooked us the best meal we have ever had and we have traveled all over the world!!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007


Today marks the two year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with many events planned to commemorate the trials and the triumphs of the past year.

We pause in remembrance of those who perished in the storm and in thanksgiving for the many heroes, survivors, volunteers and donors who have helped in the recovery.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Lady Primrose

Our unique gift shop features an assortment of delightful Lady Primrose products. Monmouth's guestroom amenities are by Lady Primrose.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Meet Peggy Voss

Peggy, a native of Natchez, returned to us post-Katrina after living in New Orleans and working many years in the tourism industry there. Peggy is our morning and evening hostess and gives the most delightful tours of the main house to our guests each morning. She is a doll and we are proud to have her on our staff!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Fall Back in Time

Return to the antebellum splendor of Monmouth Plantation, a c. 1818 national landmark, located in the heart of Natchez, MS, America’s most unique historical city. Our Fall Back in Time package includes two nights luxurious accommodation, champagne, chocolate dipped strawberries, Hors d’oeuvres each evening, dinner for two on one night, full southern breakfast daily, tour of the mansion, romantic carriage ride, in-room massage for two and a spectacular morning hot air balloon ride, weather permitting, over the historic town of Natchez. Prices from $1,818 per room, valid October 1 through November 30, 2007.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Football Season is Just Around the Corner

Whether you're an LSU Tiger, an Ole Miss Rebel or any of our region's other delightful football fans, we hope you will consider Monmouth Plantation for your pre-or post- football weekend trip. There is nothing quite as breathtaking as Monmouth during the fall season. We are only an hour's drive from either Baton Rouge or Jackson. Come and experience another world at Monmouth.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Make Your Reservations Now for the Great Mississippi River Balloon Race

Oct/19/2007 - Oct/21/2007

THE Natchez event of the fall season, the Great Mississippi River Balloon Race hosts some seventy colorful hot air balloons right on the heels of the Kodak International Balloon Festival in Albequerque, New Mexico.

The breathtaking sight of hot air balloons filling the air begins on Friday morning with a 7:30 liftoff that includes a bicycle race and media coverage of the event.

Friday night, balloons will light up the night in a balloon glow, follwed by a specatcular fireworks display on the Mississippi River.

Events continue throughout the weekend with regional foods and musical acts.

Make your plans to attend this year's Great Mississippi River Balloon Race early as rooms are hard to come by.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Natchez Fall Pilgrimage

Sep/29/2007 - Oct/13/2007
Location: Natchez Area

Hosts and Hostesses in period costume greet you as you enter the majestic mansions of Natchez. Journey back in time with them to hear the stories of Natchez days gone by.

Over 18 houses are open for tour during Fall Pilgrimage, and entertainment abounds nightly from inspirational gospel to a play about good ole Huck Finn and his life on the Mississippi River.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

NATCHEZ ART & SOUL October 5-7, 2007

Downtown Natchez comes alive for this festival featuring Artists from around the region. Booths lining the blocks of Main and Commerce Streets in the heart of downtown Natchez feature regional foods and works of art for this stellar event.

Kicking off on Friday night with Groovline & Maggie Brown, a variety of musical acts promise a weekend with a little something for everyone whether you're an art connoisseur or just a festival lover.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Monmouth is Featured in the August Issue of Luxury Experience Magazine

Written by Debra C. Argen

Did you ever wonder what it would be like to stay at an antebellum mansion? Look no further than the stately built in 1818 in Natchez, Mississippi, for a luxury experience. Once the home of General John Anthony Quitman, a Mississippi governor and a Mexican War hero, Monmouth Plantation provides a unique experience for its guests.

Edward F. Nesta and I stayed at the 30 rooms and suites Monmouth Plantation in July 2007, owned and painstakingly and lovingly restored by Ron and Lani Riches who purchased the historic property on Valentine's Day in 1978. We felt like we were a world removed from every day life the moment we drove up the sweeping driveway, past the towering trees laden with hanging moss, and the stunning Greek Revival mansion came into view.

Southern hospitality began at Monmouth Plantation at the reception desk where we were warmly greeted by Front Desk Manager, Carol Jones, and by our bellman, Hal, who escorted us to our suite, Live Oaks, located in the Plantation Suites building and gorgeously furnished with antiques.

We entered the hardwood floor foyer of the Live Oaks suite where there was a half round table with a rectangular gold mirror hanging above it, and a coat closet. The bedroom located to the left of the foyer was a vision with a four-poster king bed lavishly dressed in blue and salmon fabric with a matching canopy. Brass lamps on marble topped nightstands graced either side of the bed, blue and salmon elaborate draperies framed the two windows, a mirror and skirted vanity table with chair was placed in the corner of the room, and paintings hung from blue and salmon ribbons. The large walk-in closet offered us ample space, and held three bathrobes, as well as an iron and ironing board. Attention to small details included having a rechargeable flashlight plugged into an outlet in the bedroom.

There was a sitting room off the foyer that featured an ornate daybed with a Temperpedic mattress that could accommodate a third guest, a painting hung over the brick fireplace adding a bit of romance, a wood armoire hid a Sanyo flat screen television and a mini-bar, and most appreciated was the desk and chair where we could sit with our laptop and use the complimentary WIFI Internet access, which is available in all of the buildings. French doors covered with blue Roman shades led out to a verandah furnished with white wicker rocking chairs and tables, where we enjoyed taking a moment to relax.

The large bathroom featured a Jacuzzi surrounded with marble, a separate walk-in shower, an enclosed toilet, a vanity/shaving mirror, hairdryer, and a host of Lady Primrose amenities. We loved strolling through the historic property and the 26 park-like acres, stopping occasionally to admire the gardens, the gazebo filled with white wrought chairs and a glass topped table, and walk over the wooden bridge to watch the ducks playing in the two ponds. Looking for a little exercise, we played a game of croquet, and heard that there is even fishing for guests in their ponds, or for guests just looking to relax, there are hammocks beckoning from under the shade of trees, and chairs placed at just the right intervals throughout the property.

There is even a historic private cemetery and a small chapel at Monmouth Plantation. There are several angel statues located throughout the gardens, and we attempted to count them on our walks, with the first angel sighted to the left of the gift shop, and another angel sighted in the herb garden. Strolling down the old brick walkway, we found a fountain featuring three lion spouts that was filled with goldfish and lily pads, and stopped to relax on a black wrought iron bench under a tree with exotic hanging moss. We continued down the steps to the rose garden where we were rewarded with another angel standing amidst the roses with their heavenly perfume gently scenting the air, and found two more angels at either end of the pretty pergola, and another along a pathway, although there are probably many more, which you can count when you visit Monmouth Plantation.

We began each morning having full Southern breakfasts in the Garden Room of the pretty Marguerite Guercio's Conference Center where the friendly staff took great care of us. Edward enjoyed scrambled eggs, bacon, ham, grits and Mrs. Mary's biscuits, and I had fluffy pancakes topped with berry puree and fresh blackberries, or Mrs. Mary's biscuits and hot cinnamon rolls.

In the evening, we walked through the attractive brick courtyard featuring a crane fountain with purple petunias in terra cotta pots gracing each of the black wrought iron tables and chairs to have pre-dinner drinks in the Lounge, and sampled Bartender Roosevelt's special Mint Juleps served in requisite silver cups, and complimentary hors d'oeuvres in the Quitman Study, where there are many Quitman family mementos including the family bible proudly displayed on General John Anthony Quitman's desk, a red silk handkerchief that he used in the war framed on the wall, and there is a love letter from General Quitman to his wife, Eliza, that will tug at your romantic heartstrings when you read the line, "You are my polar star and my heart ever points to you."

Dinner in the main house is the ultimate in elegance with precious antiques including Waterford gasoliers, a Duncan Phyfe sideboard with a lead wine cellarette to chill the wine in the dining room, there are Quitman family parlor sets, fairy lamps, and a piano, harp, and music box that plays eight waltzes in the ladies parlor.

The dining table featured a freesia floral arrangement, silver angel napkin rings held pristine white napkins, sparkling china, cobalt glasses, and polished silver to showcase Chef Lanny Brasher's gourmet five-course menu, which began with a delicious Warm Crayfish Tart.

On the last night of our stay we visited the Gift Shop, and there were so many wonderful and unusual gifts, that I wished I had "discovered" it earlier, which provides me with yet another reason to return to Monmouth Plantation.
The service throughout our stay was wonderful, and especially notable was Gift Shop Manager Anna Watts-Gunning, who was like a fairy godmother in arranging last minute tours for us, and making sure that we left with a complete understanding of Southern hospitality.

Before I left, I took one long, last look at Monmouth Plantation with its rich history of romance, and imagined what it would be like to attend a wedding there, or to spend Valentine's Day, or the Christmas holiday season with the mansion decorated in full splendor, and thought that it must be an incredible experience.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Monmouth featured in Rand McNally's Southeast Getaway Guide

Rand McNally, America’s largest map company, just put Monmouth Plantation on the map — literally. The Natchez hotel and historic national landmark is highlighted as a “can’t miss” stop in Rand McNally’s new Southeast Getaway Guide. The guide blends travel information and recommended stops with maps designed to help vacationers find their way to the destinations featured in the guide. “We wanted to unearth the best-kept secrets in each state — things that they might not discover on their own,” says Rand McNally Editorial Director Laurie Borman.

“As more people grow up in one place and move another, they might not know the area right around them. This book is a great resource for locals to explore their state, too.” Natchez is just one of the exceptional destinations suggested in the guide, which takes an in-depth look at restaurants, lodging and one-of-a-kind attractions in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. -more - Rand McNally Southeast Getaway Guide “Research shows that more and more Americans are choosing to take their vacations close to home and explore the areas where they live,” says Robert Apatoff, president and chief executive officer of Rand McNally. “You might live in an area for years before discovering all it has to offer. We designed this guide for Southeasterners who want to find the local treasures hidden in their own backyards.”

The oldest settlement on the Mississippi River, Natchez has more antebellum homes than any other city in the United States, many available for touring. Step back in time to the charm of downtown Natchez, largely a phenomenon of late nineteenth century architecture where antique shops, variety shops, hotels, churches and fabulous restaurants abound punctuated by year round festivals and celebrations.

A recreational paradise, Natchez also offers golf, tennis, hiking, biking fishing & hunting year round. “We are delighted to be recognized in the Southeast Getaway Guide,” says Lani Riches, Owner of Monmouth Plantation. “It’s an honor to know that people who travel in Mississippi will not only know about us, but will be able to see us right on the map.”

Rand McNally is North America’s largest commercial maker of national and local maps, street guides and atlases. The company’s print and electronic products include America’s No. 1 Road Atlas, The Thomas Guide® map books, custom-made wall maps on the Web, wireless navigation solutions and online maps, directions and trip planning at

Celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2006, Rand McNally offers the most trusted tools to discover, map and navigate your world. The company leads the way with innovative products and services for the consumer, business, education and commercial transportation markets. For more information, visit or call (800) 333-0136.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Our Guests Say the Nicest Things


My wife and I just returned from Monmouth, and wanted to again thank you for your hoispitality as well as commend you for the wonderful inn that you have established there. The grounds and property were immaculate, and our room was tremendous. We especially enjoyed talking and relaxing on the back porch. The accommodations were so nice that we didn’t even mind staying in due to the wet weather.

We also appreciate your commitment to maintaining the historical accuracy and authenticity of the property. Thanks too for the fantastic dinner which was served so elegantly. Though all the food was great, the chocolate dessert was definitely the highlight of the evening for us! And we are still raving about (and craving) the French toast served at breakfast.

As usual, each of the staff was courteous and helpful, though we would like to especially recognize Peggy. She helped out during our dinner, as well as gave us the tour the next day. She is a treasure, and my wife and I both found her to exude a genuine warmth and friendliness. I pray that God will bless you, and that you will experience Christ in all His fullness.

Todd G.

Monday, August 06, 2007


Angels, especially the marble kind, abound in The Monmouth Grounds. Perhaps a small reminder of The Lord's constant goodness to us all.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Natchez Food & Wine Fest Kicks Off Today

The city of Natchez presents the 7th annual Natchez Food and Wine Festival featuring, Paul Burrell, longtime butler for the late Princess Diana. Burrell has recently launched “The Royal Butler Collection,” of affordable luxury wines. These wines will be featured throughout the festival.

The festival begins Friday night with the traditional “Tastings Along the River.” This popular, upscale event offers scrumptious food tastings from local and regional restaurants as well as premium wine tastings from around the world. New this year, the Chefs will be honored with an “After Hours Chef’s Party”. This private event will be for Chef’s and tasting ticket holders only.

The Saturday events begin with the 4th annual Martha White Biscuit Cook Off at Main Street Marketplace Café’. The day continues with the “Progressive Lunch and Tour of Homes”, which features three gorgeous homes in the Natchez Historic Garden District. This popular event has limited tickets and sells out quickly.

Saturday afternoon, Paul Burrell will lead “A Royal Wine & Cheese Tasting” at the Natchez Convention Center where he will introduce his award-winning Royal Butler Wines and give an insiders peek behind the galas of Buckingham Palace.

Monmouth Plantation will host “A British High Tea, Natchez Style” where Paul will present recipes and instructions for the perfect British Tea. Denise Gee, famous food author, will feature her new book “Southern Cocktails” at the “Southern Cocktails with Denise Gee – Mixology Class” at the Convention Center. Denise will create selected cocktails from her book with Russ Archer mixing. Signed copies of “Southern Cocktails” will be available for purchase.

Saturday night “An Invitation to the Natchez Table” will feature dinners prepared in five Great Natchez Homes: Monmouth, Twin Oaks, Magnolia Hall, Pleasant Hill and Oak Hill. Famous regional and local Chefs will prepare and serve four courses with fine wine to a limited number of guests.

The Natchez Food and Wine Festival is growing into one of the most anticipated events in the area.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Chef Lanny Shares One of His Secret Recipes!

Barbecued Shrimp Tangipahoa

1 lb Butter
1/2 cup Olive Oil
1/4 cup Minced Garlic
1/2 cup Minced Red Onion
1 cup Scallions Chopped
1/3 cup Basil Chopped
1/3 cup Oregano Chopped
1/3 cup Fresh Rosemary Chopped
1/3 cup Fresh Thyme Chopped
½ cup Fresh Parsley Chopped
1 cup Worcestershire Sauce
2 – 12oz Bottles of Beer
2 Lemons – sliced into round slices
1/2 cup Cracked Black Pepper
1/4 cup Louisiana Hot Sauce
Creole Seasoning to taste
About 80 (16-20 count) shrimp, peeled, deveined

Sauce: Place olive oil in 4 qt. saucepan over medium heat. Sauté onions for about two minutes. Add garlic and cook one more minute. Now add butter, Worcestershire sauce, cracked pepper, hot sauce, and some Creole seasoning. When butter is melted, simmer about two minutes then add beer. Set aside.

Assembly: Place shrimp in large bowl. Coat with Creole Seasoning. Place seasoned shrimp to a pan with at least two inch sides. Place shrimp in 400° oven, cook about five minutes. Return sauce to boil, when a boil is obtained remove from heat, add scallions and fresh herbs. Pour sauce over shrimp in pan in oven, cook until done (about 8-10 minutes). Place shrimp in bowl with a couple thick slices of warm crispy French bread, spoon sauce over bread garnish – serve.


Lani & Ron

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Happy Birthday!

We are Lani & Ron Riches, proprietors of Monmouth for the past 29 years and proud to celebrate the first birthday of our Blog where we have shared glimpses of daily life at Monmouth and our truly wonderful Natchez experience for the past year.
We hope you enjoy this diary of life at Monmouth Plantation.
Lani & Ron Riches

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Our Guests Say the Nicest Things

What pleased you most during your recent visit : What a tremendous visit toMonmouth this weekend. What a way to spend a 35th wedding anniversary.Everything about the stay was as close to perfect as it could get.

Thestaff was so cordial,. We fell in love with Peggy and Hal. Roosevelt issomeone you should be proud of. Such a gentleman. We ate dinner 2 nightsin the dinning room and enjoyed it more than we can describe. We hadbreakfast 3 mornings. The staff person there was so very nice, too. Idon\'t know his name but he told us he is from New Orleans. He took goodcare of us. Terry did our \"turn down\" service in the evenings. She was really sweetand accomodating.

The Monmouth grounds are immaculate and the trails are neat. We enjoyed a game of Croquet, at least the way we play it. We thoroughly enjoyed sitting on our porch in the rocking chairs watching the birds and squirrels and listening to all the woodland sounds. I can't say enough about our visit.

I called our travel agent this morning and made sure she knew about the success of our stay so that she could recommend it in the future. The travel agent told me that her first impression of Monmouth was very good because the person she talked to and made reservations with was so kind and helpful. That meant a great deal to her.

Again, thank you for having a place like Monmouth for folks to visit and relax and enjoy themselves. Be sure to give Peggy a gold star. She is EXCELLENT!!! She was scurrying around Saturday evening because of the rain delay of a 6:00 wedding. She kept her cool and the staff's also. Again, THANK YOU!!!!


Lyn L.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Natchez Food & Wine Festival - August 3-5

This wonderful annual event is coming up this weekend.

Sorry, Monmouth Plantation's dinner is sold out.
The brother and sister team of Chef Jim Hudson and Paula Hudson Vaughn of Bon Ami Bistro in Jackson, MS will prepare a French menu infused with Southern flavors:
Gulf Coast Bouillabaisse with Red Pepper Rouille
Fried Green Tomato Salad with Cornbread Croutons
Jumbo Lump Crab and Grilled Tomato Vinaigrette
Crawfish Stuffed Filet Mignon with Crawfish Bordelaise Sauce
White Chocolate Pecan Tart with Honey and Lavender Ice Cream

Monmouth Plantation -

Friday, July 27, 2007

Monmouth Plantation makes Travel + Leisure “2007 World's Best” List

Travel + Leisure Magazine has announced the results of its 12th Annual World’s Best Awards Readers’ Survey, naming Monmouth Plantation, one of the “Top 100 Hotels in the Continental U.S. and Canada.”

Every year, Travel + Leisure turns to its discriminating readers to determine the very best in travel, from hotels that go the extra mile to operators who make the journey possible. The results are featured in the August issue of Travel + Leisure, the world's leading travel magazine, and online at

This year, Southern hotels, with their legendary hospitality, lead the Continental U.S. and Canada, making up nearly a quarter of the list, with Monmouth proud to be in that number. This just goes to show that Travel + Leisure readers fall hard for Southern charm.

According to T + L, Monmouth’s competitive edge is “An atmospheric hotel on a gorgeous estate with centuries-old oak trees.” T + L’s “Don't Miss?” Why, Chef Lanny Brasher's 5-course dinner of Southern specialties, such as grits with quail grillades, of course.

Owner, Lani Riches, says, "It is an honor, indeed, to be included in such esteemed company.” She and her husband, Ron, lovingly restored Monmouth in 1978 and continue to make improvements to the property on an ongoing basis in order to provide a guest experience at a level of service and attention to detail that will meet the expectations of such seasoned travelers.

Located in historic Natchez, the four diamond hotel’s antebellum splendor is a secluded haven with 30 luxurious rooms & suites nestled throughout 26 acres of estate grounds including wooded hiking trails, winding pathways through floral gardens and lakes, splashing fountains and moss covered oaks. This c. 1818 National Landmark is a member of Historic Hotels of America, Small Luxury Hotels of the World & Select Registry.

Come and experience another world. Book online at or call 1-800-828-4531.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Our Guests Say the Nicest Things

Dear Lani,

We had a wonderful time at Monmouth and thank you for your generosity. Food was delicious and we enjoyed sharing a table with a lovely family from Texas.

You might be interested to know that they found Monmouth by Googling antebellum houses. It was their first time in Natchez and they plan to return at some point.

Georgia is en route to L.A. It was a little nerve-wracking because thunder storms rolled into Baton Rouge just before her flight but her plane was able to get out. She had a great time and plans to return in March or April. We must time it when you are in Natchez so I can have a tea celebration! When do you return to Natchez?

Love, Karen

Friday, July 20, 2007

Monmouth's Charming Gift Shop

We have a charming Victorian gift shop featuring heirloom reproductions from the period with a line of Lady Primrose lotions and toiletries. We offer gifts that are uniquely Southern as well as a nice collection of books on Natchez, plantations and the South. We also have jewelry, toys and ladies accessories – something for everyone on your gift list.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Upcoming Events

The entire Mississippi Region surrounding Natchez is fascinating with so much to see and do. Her are just a couple...

Mississippi Crafts Center

Ridgeland, Now through October 31, 2007 - Members of the Craftsmen's Guild of Mississippi volunteer their time and share their craft techniques through demonstrations presented at the Mississippi Crafts Center in Ridgeland, along the Natchez Trace Parkway. These Demonstrations are presented each Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from March through October. See pottery, woodcarving and woodturning, quilting, metalsmithing, weaving and spinning, basket making, stained glass, knitting, papermaking, and other Mississippi crafts being made by our most talented artisans.

Between God and Man: Angels in Italian Art

Jackson, June-December, 2007 -From the Vatican Museums, this exclusive showing at the Mississippi Museum of Art is comprised of more than 150 works. Angels will introduce the visitor to the complex and glorious world of Angels through Italian works of art. The ninth in Annie Laurie Swaim Hearin Memorial Exhibition Series, "Between God and Man: Angels in Italian Art" is being curated by the Director General of the Vatican Museums, Dr. Francesco Buranelli, for an exclusive showing at the Mississippi Museum of Art. The exhibition features works in various mediums, although focusing on paintings, and from various time periods, ranging from ancient to modern.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Our Guests Say the Nicest Things...

Debbie, Hal, Roosevelt, Peggy and Jim! They are all amazing! Unbelievable customer service!!The best I have ever seen. We had a fantastic retreat. Thank all of you so much.

Leigh P.
Brandon, MS

Monday, July 16, 2007

Fall in Love with History

Fall in love with history!

Walk among the living history of Natchez and the majesty of Monmouth Plantation. Package includes a 2 night stay, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a romantic five-course candlelight dinner for two, tour of the main house & full Southern breakfast each morning, a private guided tour of the historic cemetery of Natchez, the Natchez Photo Gallery, lunch downtown, then an afternoon tour and tasting at our local winery and massage for two upon return to your room. Prices from $800 per room.

Friday, July 13, 2007

All the Way from Paris!

We 'll never forget Monmouth ! Thanks again for your superb hospitality.

Gérald and Marie Laure Tourigny

Hauville, Paris - France

Thursday, July 12, 2007

30th Anniversary Moonlight, Magnolias and Memories Package

To commemorate our 30th anniversary, we are celebrating our rich heritage by offering guests a copy of “A Dream in Time,” signed by author, Cynthia Parker, which chronicles Monmouth’s rich history as well as a keepsake album to record memories in the making while at Monmouth, which we hope you will share each time you return to this idyllic retreat.

Package includes two nights’ deluxe accommodations, dinner for two, complimentary hors d’oeurves, a sunset carriage ride, a full Southern Breakfast, a tour of the mansion, a 3-hour private guided tour of the city in your own automobile, lunch & antiquing downtown, and upon return to your room at the end of the day, massage for two, champagne & chocolates. Prices from $750 per room – inclusive of tax and gratuity, through December 30, 2007.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Our Guests Say the Nicest Things...

Dear Owners and Staff at Monmouth Plantation,

We are tremendously grateful for the gracious hospitality extended to us (the Seven Sisters) by the Monmouth Plantation staff. The memories of our visit there last weekend (June 22-24, 2007) will be treasured forever.

The grounds and buildings are beautiful, and we felt pampered and very special. We chose Monmouth for our “sister” retreat because of location, but we found so much more there than just a central meeting place. We found a genuinely warm welcome. Even though we are closer than many families, the setting at this lovely facility helped us bond even more.

So many things there reminded us of our mother (a true southern lady), whom we miss very much. She would have loved the elegant gardens and walkways. She would have enjoyed sipping mint juleps on the veranda or patio. She would have known every plant and their fragrance. As we languished in the quiet peacefulness of the Wisteria arbor late Friday night, we reflected on our memories of her and discovered many of her attributes in each of us. It was as if she was right there with us again.

Dinner, Saturday night, in the main plantation house was such an elegant experience. It was as if we had stepped back in history to a time when you dined by the twinkling light of a chandelier filled with candles. We spoke in softened voices so we wouldn’t spoil the mood. Each of our five courses for the meal came at exactly the perfect time, and our servers were always quick to respond to our every need. The food was wonderful and the atmosphere was very romantic!

Our rooms were very beautifully decorated and comfortable. The porches and rocking chairs were perfect for sitting and talking in the afternoon. In the evening, we all met in one of the sitting rooms to continue our talks and giggles. Peggy’s guided tour of the main building on Saturday morning was fun and informative. We appreciated her help on questions about the facilities, too. She went above and beyond to help us. And then there is Hal, the bellman, what a wonderful jewel you have in Hal. All the “sisters” loved him. He was delightful! He knows “everything” about Natchez, so every time we needed information about something in town we searched for Hal. He was always so willing to help.

We could say so much more about this memorable trip, but words seem so trite compared to what we experienced in love and warmth shown by your wonderful staff! Thank you for making everything perfect. May God bless Monmouth Plantation.

The Seven Sisters

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Wi-Fi Now Available at Selected Mississippi Welcome Centers

Wi-Fi service is now available at the Mississippi Welcome Centers in Hancock, Lauderdale and DeSoto counties. Now you can catch up on work when you stop at one of these three Welcome Centers. While you're here, you'll also appreciate the neatly manicured grounds featuring picnic tables and grills, telephones, recreational vehicle waste disposal facilities, 24-hour security, restrooms and weather information.

Monmouth also has complimentary Wi-Fi in all our guest rooms and public areas.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Newsletter Fan

Thanks so much for sending me a copy of your newsletter! It is beautiful and I really appreciate the Chef’s Featured Recipe! I intend to give it a try this weekend!

God Bless you all!


Friday, July 06, 2007

Natchez Walking Tour

Take a stroll through one of America's most interesting cities.

Begin at the Bluff Park, the grassy promenade that skirts Broadway and overlooks the river. Here you will find "the Gazebo," a replica 19th century structure overlooking the Mississippi River so vital in the economic development of Natchez and other Southern cities. Nearby markers honor writher Richard Wright and memorialize more than 200 African-Americans who perished in the gruesome nicghtclub fire of 1940.

Across the river, you can see the low flat lands of Louisiana where "Cotton was King" during the antebellum period. Cotton is still farmed there today.

Natchez is the oldest continuous settlement on the Mississippi River, founded over 200 years ago. Flatboats and Steamboats docked at Natchez Under-the-Hill, their travelers taking carriage rides to the suburbs to visit Monmouth and other plantations or just to view the beautiful architecture of the downtown area.

Natchez has preserved its antebellum treasures. The downtown streets are the same ones laid out by the Spaniards who ruled Natchez in the late 18th century. Across from the gazebo on Broadway is "Bontura" the brick house built by Robert Smith, a free man of color and owner of a Natchez stable and carriage company in the mid-19th century. At the south end of the bluff is Rosalie, the antebellum house built in the 1820's by Peter Little, to far from the site of the old Fort Rosalie.

Established by the French in 1716, the fort site stretches along the bluffs to the south of Rosalie and is included in the new Natchez National Historical Park. The park also included antebellum Melrose, located on the outskirts of town and the William Johnson House on State Street.

Historic homes and antebellum mansions await you on every street downtown. Finish off your tour with lunch at Stanton Hall' s Carriage House. Enjoy!

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Fireworks on the River

Annual Fourth of July fireworks show as seen from the Natchez bluff.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Natchez Adventure Package

Thrill seekers swoon over our “ Natchez Adventure” tour which features a hot air balloon ride over the Mighty Mississippi River and the city. Once you’ve soared to new heights, explore our National Treasures: the Natchez Trace on bicycles, see the historic Grand Village of the Natchez Indians & authentic Longwood Plantation. Refuel downtown at the Natchez Coffee House and wind down your day with a carriage ride through the splendid architecture of downtown and watch the sunset on the river in Natchez Under the Hill. Two night package includes dinner and breakfast for two with complimentary hors d’oeurves. Prices from $2100 per room.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Natchez Trace Parkway

The historic Natchez Trace Parkway begins right here in Natchez. This scenic drive is the ultimate roadtrip and summer is the perfect time to enjoy it. Let us help you get started on your journey with our Historic Summer Getaway package.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Great Theatre in Natchez - don't miss this!

Natchez Little Theatre's 2007 Summer Youth Workshop

proudly presents

in cooperation with the Southwest Mississippi Rural Health Coalition

Stephen Sondheim's musical based on Grimm's Fairy Tales



Reservations: 601.442.2233
Toll Free: 1.877.440.2233

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Another World

Escape to this quiet haven of tranquility that is Monmouth. Walk among angels. Gaze upon the lush green gardens and wooded acres. This is Heaven on Earth.

Come and experience another world.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

On the Menu Tonight at Monmouth

Tuesday June 26, 2007

Lobster Bisque Garnished Caviar
House Salad

Choice of:
Baby Soft Shell Crab Le Ruth
Topped with Crabmeat and Lemon Beurre Blanc

Prime New York Strip of Black Angus Beef
Served With Cracked Pepper Demi-Glace

Ashley Farms Free Range Frenched Breast of Chicken
With Rosemary, Orange and Green Peppercorn Marmalade

Rack of Lamb
Served with Zesty lemon Cured Fig Preserves

The above served with:
Basil Herbed Gnocchi

Tres Leches

Friday, June 22, 2007

A Perfect Natchez Day

A perfect day expoloring Natchez starts with Monmouth's full southern breakfast followed by a tour of the mansion. Then, perhaps, a stroll through our gardens or catch up on some reading on your porch rocker. Later, you will want to stop by the Natchez Visitor Center for sightseeing maps and brochures. We also recommend Natchez Coffee Company for a quick lunch or an afternoon pick-me-up.
Shopping downtown Natchez has never been better. So many new shops abound, you'll be sure to find something to strike your fancy!
Back at Monmouth, you can unwind on our croquet lawn or grab a hammock. We'll see you in the General Quitman Study for cocktails and complimentary hors d'oureves before dinner beneath our romantic gaslight chandeliers.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Our Angels

Some of our angels that will delight you along our walking trails and garden pathways.