Friday, February 29, 2008

March Drink of the Month – The Bee’s Knees

Monmouth's fanciful and springtime drink is a concoction of gin, lemon juice and of course, honey. Join the cocktail guests at Monmouth and have a taste of "Bee's Knees".
And while you are visiting with us you may step into Anna's gift shop and purchase a copy of the recently published book by Natchezian author, Denise Gee entitled SOUTHERN COCKTAILS. Denise calls the "Bee's Knee's" cocktail- 'Liquid Gold'.

The weather is lovely and the flowers are showing color everywhere- our patio waits for you to enjoy a cocktail and a walk on the 26 acres of grounds prior to dinner in the mansion. During our Natchez Spring Pilgrimage, Monmouth Plantation will offer guests a choice of two settings for dinner- 6:00 PM and 8:30 PM. The 6:00 PM seating will give our guests and opportunity to dine prior to attending the Historic Natchez Pageant held at the Natchez Auditorium.

-Peggy Voss

Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration

The annual Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration featured the theme around the life and works of famous Southern writer, Richard Wright born in Natchez in 1808. Sam and Josie Rosfin traveled from Seattle, Washington to stay at Monmouth Plantation while they were attending the four day writers' conference.

Southern writers and dignitaries participated in the lectures and discussions of Southern writers – past and present. Richard Wright's daughter, Julia Wright of Paris, France was the keynote speaker. Wright authored the blockbuster writings, "Black Boy" and "Native Son". The final day of the celebration included a luncheon at Monmouth Plantation for the relatives of Richard Wright. Over sixty family members were present to celebrate Mr. Wright's life and writings.
-Peggy Voss

Monday, February 25, 2008

Ms. Mary - The Breakfast Chef

Ms. Mary, our breakfast chef can usually be found in the kitchen cooking her "secret" recipes each morning.

Ms. Mary, on this day is enjoying the dining room of her domain as she visits with relatives who are staying at Monmouth for a religious retreat. Ms. Mary turns grits, bacon, and homemade biscuits into an extraordinary fare. Her secret recipes give our guests fluffy grits, perfect strips of bacon, and a biscuit that are mouthwatering. Each day Ms. Mary offers guests a choice of the Southern breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, grits and biscuits or a daily selection of pancakes, French toast or white egg omelet.

Following your leisurely and filling breakfast - it will be awhile before you are ready to enjoy another meal in Natchez!
-Peggy Voss

Friday, February 22, 2008

Tulips Blooming at Monmouth

Today is Saturday, February 16th and here at Monmouth the spring TULIPS are blooming! We have had a beautiful three days celebrating Valentine's Day. A few rain drops have only enhanced our lovely days. Valentine Day is so popular for guests that we have extended our customized dinner for tonight also. Chef Lanny has created a menu including a softshell butter crab for starter, poached pear salad, bing cherry compote, and entree of lobster and grilled beef tenderloin!! Dessert is a fanciful Chocolate Swan Pedestal with Raspberry Sauce!

Your stay at Monmouth is always special and if you have a personal request, please let us know!

-Peggy Voss

Monday, February 11, 2008

Our Guests Say the Nicest Things!

Two sisters recently visited Monmouth and celebrated a very important birthday. These are the personal comments that Nancy H. made about their stay with us! -Peggy Voss

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to get to stay at an antebellum mansion? Have you ever watched Gone With the Wind and been enthralled by the beauty of the Tara? Local Boca Raton resident, Nancy H., and her sister, Diane S., of Clinton, Indiana, recently traveled to Natchez, Mississippi, to experience the best of Southern hospitality staying at the Monmouth Plantation. Upon arrival in Natchez and driving up the gorgeous driveway of the Monmouth located at 36 Melrose Avenue, one is instantly exposed to the beauty of the South with the trees, foliage, beautiful flowers, and gardens that surround this majestic mansion. But, as much as the natural beauty of this awesome historic home is breathtaking, one is immediately welcomed by the warmest, friendliest staff who make the entire visit at Monmouth unforgettable. By the time you leave Monmouth you will feel like family and want to return to these grounds to see them all again. We stayed in the Chapultepec Suite which was perfect having its own fireplace with a patio that overlooked the beautifully manicured grounds that have fountains, hammocks, beautiful pergola, statues, croquet, amazing gardens, beautiful oaks and Spanish moss everywhere, private family cemetery, white bridge over the pond leading to walking truly has to see it all to believe the beauty that prevails around Monmouth.

The history of Monmouth and the numerous historic homes in Natchez is both heartwarming and heart-wrenching and the visitor is so immersed in the prewar and Civil War history that one will find themselves conversing about their tours and even dreaming about the people who lived over a century ago in the beautiful South. And, sleeping at the Monmouth plantation has been reputed to be the best and I can say that have not slept so soundly as I did during my visit to Monmouth.The amenities of full Southern breakfasts, candlelight dinners, tour of the historic mansion, and a beautiful Victorian Gift Shop just add further sparkle to a stay at this National Historic Landmark, Monmouth Plantation.

Submitted by:
Nancy H.
Boca Raton, Fl.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Roosevelt to Offer Monthly Drink Recipes

Roosevelt, Monmouth's celebrity master bartender and mixologist extraordinaire, will offer one of his specialty drinks each month to complement the month's weather, season or holiday.
February's cocktail, to take away the chill of a wintry Natchez day will be listed for the coming month on our blog- and the recipe will be available just by contacting us at choice of a HOT GIN OR WHISKEY TODDY will be prepared for you in the lounge beginning at 4:00 PM every afternoon! Please join us for a Toddy or your cocktail favorite.
-Peggy Voss