Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Splendid Dining

Dining at Monmouth is special. Our decor, friendly service and attention to detail are matched by one of America's top kitchens.

Lani & Ron

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Monmouth Plantation's Valentine's Dinners

To mark this most romantic of holidays, Monmouth Plantation will host a series of gourmet wine dinners presented by guest chef, Jeffrey Decker of Spago in Beverly Hills.

"These elegant five course dinners in Monmouth's romantic antebellum dining room will highlight any Valentine's getaway weekend. We will start with an especially elegant hors d’oeuvre to set the mood for the evening. Dinner will feature local products and each course will have the option of a wine pairing. I am especially excited about Natchez's own MarLynn Farms with its great reputation for delicious cheeses," says the visiting chef who studied culinary arts at the Lorenzo d' Medici University in Florence, Italy, after graduating from the University of California, Berkeley. Jeffrey most recently trained at Spago in Beverly Hills and is enjoying learning southern cuisine here in Natchez. (Dinners are on Valentine's Day and the Saturday preceding and following. Price is $48 per person exclusive of tax and gratuity.)

For reservations, please call 601/442-5852 or 800/828-4531.
Media Contact: Jodi LaFranca, Marketing Director, 310/728-5176

Friday, January 26, 2007

Valentine’s Day Package

“Monmouth Plantation began as a love story,” says Ron Riches, proprietor. On Valentine’s Day, 1978, he purchased the estate as a gift for his wife, Lani, and the couple began lovingly restoring the national landmark to its modern day splendor. In the 29 years that followed, generations of lovers have flocked to Monmouth to celebrate countless weddings, engagements and anniversaries.

Our special Valentine's Day romance package includes two nights’ deluxe accommodations, dinner for two, wine & cheese delivered to your room and two in-room massages. Days at Monmouth begin with a full Southern Breakfast and end with hors d’oeuvres in the Study. During the day enjoy a tour of the mansion and stroll through beautiful gardens. $690 – inclusive of tax and gratuity, based on double occupancy. Subject to availability. Offer valid February 9- 10 and February 16 - 17 2007.

See why Glamour magazine calls it “One of the Top Ten Most Romantic Places in America.”

For reservations, please call 601/442-5852 or 800/828-4531.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

General Quitman Room

An historic bedroom in the main house, this room was once owned by the Governor of the Mississippi Territory, General Quitman.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Natchez Happenings

The Natchez Little Theater
"The Bad Seed"

Thursday – Saturday, January 25 – 27, 2007, at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 28, 2007, at 2 p.m.

Adult Tickets: $15
Senior Citizens (60 and over)/Youth (18 and under): $12
We invite you to come enjoy the theater and stay the weekend.

Monday, January 22, 2007

On the Menu Tonight at Monmouth...

Crawfish Cakes
Monmouth's Caesar Salad
Fresh Griled Ahi Tuna
served with Shrimp & southern Style Chow Chow
Smoked Duck Breast
Raspberry Chipotle Glaze
Prime Filet of Black Angus Beef
Marchand de Vin
The above served with:
Steamed Asparagus
Creamy Grits Cakes
Rum Kahlua Tiramisu

Friday, January 19, 2007

Historic Timeline Installed at Monmouth

We are proud to announce that our historic timeline has been installed on the grounds at Monmouth Plantation, pictured here with our Historian, Cynthia Parker, for whom it has been a labor of love. She has worked long and hard in researching and putting this together. We are so grateful too her.

Now how many hotels have their very own historian?

Lani & Ron

Thursday, January 18, 2007

The Gardens at Monmouth

'One of the Top 10 Most Romantic Places in USA". - Glamour Magazine and USA Today.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007


Monmouth Plantation has been nominated for "Most Excellent Inn" in the upcoming 2007 Awards for Excellence. Winners will be announced at Hotel Bel-Air, February 5th. Cindy Crawford will co-host the event and major media will be in attendance.

Condé Nast Johansens selects and recommends properties for their guides that are exceptional.
Their readers and inspectors have nominated hotels they consider ‘the best of the best’ for 2007.

We are honored.

Lani & Ron

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

More from our readers...

As someone who makes his living in corporate and marketing communications, I just wanted to let you know immediately that the Monmouth e-newsletter is FANTASTIC -- just beautifully done in every respect. (I'm being professionally detached/objective in saying that, too--my comments have zero bearing on my immense fondness for both the place and Lani and Ron personally!) It's really an informative, top quality product and Monmouth's incredible charm and "personality" shine through.

It certainly makes me yearn to get back there soon!


Friday, January 12, 2007

We wanted to share the guest comment card with you...

What pleased you most during your recent visit?:

This trip was arranged by me for my daughter's honeymoon. She said it was a fabulous, luxury, romantic get-away. They had a wonderful time, and raved about the food and your staff. Everything was so beautifully true to the pictures on your website. They will definately look forward to a return soon. Thank you for making their special time so beautiful!

Monmouth is such a lovely honeymoon destination.

Lani & Ron

Thursday, January 11, 2007

The Perfect Retreat Setting

Monmouth Plantation hosted a wonderful retreat last week.

“The retreat was about as wonderful as I could have prayed for. I am always renewed and blown away at the power of love, healing and revival that comes out of these events,” said the organizer. “I can only say the staff, the retreatants, the food, the rooms and the healers were very happy and felt that they were in a place filled with so much beauty and love. All will return. Wish you were there and I thank you and ask for many blessings for your family at the Monmouth.”

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Monmouth Plantation receives elite distinction by Travel & Leisure

Monmouth Plantation has been named by Travel & Leisure magazine to its 2007 T + L 500 list. Once again, Travel & Leisure’s team of editors and reporters around the globe have delivered the definitive guide to the greatest hotels worldwide. This annual list identifies the 500 highest rated properties in the world, based on reader evaluations in Travel & Leisure’s 2006 World’s Best Awards survey.

We are honored to receive this recognition for our efforts on behalf of our guests by the readers and staff of this esteemed publication!

You may view the press release on our website:

Lani & Ron

Monday, January 08, 2007

Natchez Literary & Cinema Celebration

Natchez Literary & Cinema Celebration
Feb/22/2007 - Feb/25/2007

Location: Natchez Convention Center


The Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration, winner of an Olympic Award, the Governor’s Award, and the Mississippi Tourism Award, has been called by official evaluators “Mississippi’s most significant annual conference devoted to literature, history, and culture.” Sponsored by Copiah-Lincoln Community College, Natchez National Historical Park, Mississippi Department of Archives and History, and Mississippi Public Broadcasting, the Celebration annually presents a theme-based lecture series enhanced by films, field trips, workshops, exhibits, book signings, and discussions.

Each year since the NLCC began in 1990, the conference has been made possible in part by the Mississippi Humanities Council under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Most of the programs throughout the event are free...

For a complete schedule and priced tickets, or for more general information, please log onto

Visit Their Web Site:
Contact: Copiah-Lincoln Community College
Phone: 601-445-2484

Friday, January 05, 2007

Elegant New Year's Eve Table

This is our lovely New Year's Eve table setting. It was an elegant evening and Chef Lanny outdid himself. A good time was had by all!

Lani & Ron

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Congratulations LSU Tigers!

The Tigers roared past Notre Dame in last night's Sugar Bowl, 41-14, in New Orleans. Way to go team! And, remember, fans, when making your plans to attend next season's games in Tiger Stadium, Monmouth Plantation is an easy drive from Baton Rouge. We'd love to have you as our guests.

Lani & Ron

Tuesday, January 02, 2007


CONGRATULATIONS to the following Mississippi Hotels who have received

Monmouth Plantation, Natchez
Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi
The Alluvian Hotel, Greenwood
Fairview Inn, Jackson

AAA Four Diamond Award Winning Hotels and Restaurants
AAA Four Diamond Award winners know the language of quality as they consistently deliver a luxury experience, complete with a high level of service, amenities, and impressive surroundings. In 2007, a total of 1,102 hotels and 757 restaurants received the AAA Four Diamond Award. AAA Four Diamond hotels and restaurants represent just 3 percent of the 60,000 AAA Approved and Diamond rated properties.


Linda G. Hornsby
Mississippi Hotel & Lodging Association
Headquarters Office:P. O. Box 116
Biloxi, MS 39533