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Hello! My name is Zierra.

I'm a senior at Mississippi State University. I've lived in Tupelo my entire life. I love the southern hospitality and versatility we have to offer our guests and locals.

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Frequently asked questions

Hi Zierra!My husband and I will be in Tupelo MS visiting from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. We will be there the 2nd week of May 2018.We are wanting to find a safe good location to stay for the night in Tupelo...any suggestionsWe want to absorb the full-meal deal of the Elvis experience, as this is what we are heading to Memphis and Tupelo for.We will be celebrating our 6th year wedding anniversay and our birthday for this trip :)Thank you & look forward to talking to you more,Regards,Carrie & Brian
Hello Carrie and Bryan! If you would like to stay closer to the birthplace, I would suggest the Hilton Garden Inn. They serve breakfast but it is not complimentary. Candlewood Suites is a little father out but its cozy and affordable! They provide a complimentary breakfast. Since you are celebrating your anniversary, I would suggest dining at Park Heights. It is a charming gem nestled in downtown. One of the best places for fine dining! I hope this helps! Please stop by the new Tupelo Visitors Center to get all of the information you'll need to experience Elvis' Tupelo!
I was trying to plan a nice weekend for my girlfriends birthday. Do you have any suggestions? It would be a Friday and Satuday
Hello! What girl doesn’t love shopping? Our downtown shopping district has a variety of art, culture, and tasty food! If you’re trying to stay in that area, I suggest Fairpark Grill, Park Heights, Kermit’s Outlaw Kitchen, or Vanelli’s. I hope that helps and thank you for contacting a local!
I will be spending a weekend a month InTupelo ... I’m looking for local brewery beer, great coffee and breakfast and funky jazz music. Can you make recommendations?Any fun hotel/motels walking distance to food/drinks/music?
Hello! A few places that have local brewery beer are Blue Canoe, Brew Ha's Bar & Grill, Papa V's, and Steele's Dive. My favorite place to go for coffee is Strange Brew Coffeehouse. They have good varieties like Costa Rica and Guatemalan in the whole bean. The Mississippi blend is a nice surprise with a full-bodied taste as well. As for a great breakfast, I suggest going to the Fairpark Grill. Their brunch is unbeatable! Lastly, Candlewood and Hilton Garden Inn are great locations for resting after a long day of touring the city. I suggest the Hilton Garden Inn if you want to be in the heart of Tupelo and around other attractions. I would not limit myself to jazz because the variety of music is endless. The Blue Canoe, The Thirsty Devil, Steele's Dive, and Woody's Steakhouse and Lounge offer great live music to accompany the amazing food you will receive. I hope this helps and thank you for asking a local! Zierra Long
What do YOU do to have fun in Tupelo?
Hello! It depends on the group of friends that I am involved with that day. I do different things like yoga, going out to get coffee, going to the flea market, and shopping at any of the shopping districts (whether it's uptown, midtown, or downtown). I love going to different restaurants as well. The taste of Tupelo is phenomenal! I hope this helps gives you an idea of what I like to do in Tupelo. Thank you for contacting Ask A Local! Zierra Long  
What is your favorite thing to do in Tupelo?
My favorite thing to do in Tupelo is to visit the mall in Barnes Crossing. I love the atmosphere and different stores.
We are coming to tupelo this weekend for a concert at the bancorp arena. I was wondering some good places to eat near there?
Hello Shannon! The downtown options are endless! Some of my personal favorites are Kermit's Outlaw Kitchen, Nautical Whimsey, Vanelli's Bistro, The Stables Downtown Grill, and Park Heights Restaurant.  With the places I've just listed, you have the variety of carnivore centric mains, endless beer and bourbon, pasta and other Italian classics, gyros and salads, quality American pub grub, and creative Southern food! I hope this helps. Thank you so much for asking a local! Zierra Long
Hi thereI am visiting Tupelo in May 18 with my mother and my daughter from New Zealand.We will be staying in Memphis for 6 nights and would like to stay at least 1 night in Tupelo to visit the Elvis birthplace, garden statue etc. Elvis is the reason for our trip.Can we get a bus from Memphis to Tupelo or would we be better to stick to tourist bus, I would prefer bus as really get to see the country.
Hello! I would suggest staying with your tour bus. The Visitor’s Bureau provides a variety of information to new comers. There is a self driving tour and map inside the visitors guide  that help navigate you if you plan to make a detour. That way you can enjoy Tupelo at your own pace.
Where is your favorite place to experience Tupelo's local flavor?
My favorite place to experience TUpelo's local flavor is definitely Tazikis Mediterranean Grill, Kermits Outlaw Kitchen, and for something sweet I go to Rosie's Bakery. The food options are outstanding and the customer service is phenomenal. You won't regret it!
What is your favorite Elvis song and why?
It's either "Suspicious Minds" or "Can't Help Falling In Love". They both make me want to grab someone and dance. I also think they show the vocal range and ability of Elvis.
Where can I get this best dang cheeseburger in town?
Hello Adam! Why limit yourself to a cheeseburger?! Kermit's Outlaw Kitchen has the BEST burgers in the entire world. I can guarantee that you will be satisfied with the quality and service that you will receive. One thing that I love about Kermit's Outlaw Kitchen is that their menu is handwritten every day. They depend on the local farmers for their ingredients. Their menu adjusts to reflect that week's harvest  from our local farms. My personal favorite is the KOK burger. You should definitely get some KOK sauce to accompany your burger along with some fresh parm fries. I hope this helps you and thank you so much for asking a local! Zierra Long
Would like copy of Visitors Guide mailed to:723 W 42nd StAnniston, Al, 36206Thanks!
Hello! You can email visittupelo@tupelo.net or call 662-841-6521 to receive a visitor’s guide, detailed maps on downtown, information on hotels, shopping plazas, and restaurants.
Hello Zierra, I will be visiting Tupelo this summer and would like to find some really good local soul food or bar bq. Any ideas?Thanks
Hello! If you’re looking for some great soul food I would suggest Aunt B’s Soul Food or Sim’s Soul Cookin. If you’re interested in some Barbeque I will suggest Bar-B-Q by Jim, Bishop’s, or Crossroads Ribshack! You won’t be disappointed.