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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

A while ago, I had sent a message to you asking about Lawhon and you very kindly answered me saying that as I'll be going alone, could schedule a time to see the inside of Lawhon School. Can you tell me how to do this schedule? I'm going in January.Thanks
Hello! Lawhon Elementary School is a public school. You can contact them at 662-841-8910! If you decide to do the Tupelo tour, you will step inside Lawhon Elementary (with permission of the school officials). I hope this helps! Thank you so much for asking a local!
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!
Hi is it very laid back, there
Hello! Tupelo is super laid back and the environment is everything you will want to be around! But dont get it twisted - the downtown area comes alive in the night time and the atmosphere becomes contagious! Come visit Tupelo soon. We look forward to having you!
Hey there! My husband and I have been talking about relocating to Tupelo and I have some questions! We are from California originally but currently reside in Utah. My goal is to go to nursing school and become a RN. My questions are, compaired to here in Utah, what does the cost of living look like there? Are good Jobs hard to come by? Is there a good place for me to search for rental homes? Also, how are the neighborhoods?
Hello! From the information that I have gathered from Bestplaces.net, their cost of living indices are based on a US average of 100. An amount below 100 means Tupelo, MS is cheaper than the US average. A cost of living index above 100 means Tupelo, MS, is more expensive. Tupelo was listed as 82. Housing is the biggest factor in cost of living.  There is a variety of livable, charming  neighborhoods that offer everything from affordable bungalows to million-dollar executive homes. For example, Highland Circle district, Fairpark District, and downtown have nearly two dozen “upper” floor housing units. I suggest going to Zillow.com to find more detailed information on housing. The website will provide pictures, price variation, home type, single family rental, and a visual map for a location and what your future home will surround! Jobs are not hard to come by. I suggest that you apply at North Mississippi Medical Center to get an idea on the friendly environment we provide.  There also numerous medical firms that are willing hire eager and hard working employees. I wish you the best of luck and welcome to Tupelo! I hope this helps and thank you so much for asking 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  
Hi me and some friends are coming to Tupelo for the day. We were thinking of some day drinking, eating, shopping and are there any casinos? Thanks for your help.
Hello! Tupelo, MS, has plenty of shopping centers, tasty dining, and more! The many shopping options including malls and commercial retail stores. In north Tupelo you will find The Mall at Barnes Crossing. This mall delivers an all-in-one place for you to peruse items for you or take the family for some quality-time fun. Large anchor stores include Barnes & Noble, Belk (and Belk Men's Store), Dick's Sporting Goods, JC Penney, and Sears. More than 90 specialty shops, a 600-seat food court and a Movies 8 complete the collection making the mall a shopping hot spot. In West of downtown, there's the Tupelo Market Center. Located on Rabbit Drive, Magnolia Plaza is a good place to visit for specific gift ideas in mind. This is a smaller area, but the center includes a Wal-Mart SuperCenter and Sally Beauty Supply along with other popular chain retail stores. Then, there is the heart of Tupelo. Downtown has a variety of local boutiques and large shops that await you! There are galleries and music stores. During your trip, rest at one of the salons, or grab a bite at one of the many restaurants. Kermit's Outlaw Kitchen, Blue Canoe, Thirsty Devil, and Stables have  great choices of food and drinking options! Unfortunately, we do not have any casinos. The closest ones would be in Philadelphia and Tunica, MS. I hope this helps and thank you so much for asking a local!
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.
Hi Sierra,Thanks for taking my email.I am planning a road trip from Nashville through Tupelo and on to Jackson, Natchez, Baton Rouge etc.A lot of my trip takes in the Natchez Trace , which I believe provides natural beauty etc. I am also looking to get a good handle on cultural experiences of the South, both old and new: food, music, history and the way life is today etc etcI find good resources on the internet, but also want to get some feel for the African American perspective, both good and bad: just real. Are there any places, towns, restaurants, historical areas along the route I am taking that you could recommend that will give me a good insight with particular exposure to the African American experience. Hopefully I can meet and talk to people along the way.Please forgive any bias I may show by choosing you to answer this question based on the fact that you seem to be African American from your picture...I mean no harm.Thanks and best regards,Mark
Hello, Mark. The Natchez Trace includes Native American history to Civil War history and everything in between. The scenery is beautiful, as you mentioned! Stop by the Visitors Center in Tupelo and pick up one of our Heritage Trails brochures. Inside you will find some information on Tupelo's Civil War Trail, Chickasaw Heritage Trail, and the Civil Rights & African-American Heritage Trail. If you want a more detailed experience, I suggest making a detour to Jackson, MS. They recently opened the Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museums. For more information, e-mail them at info@mscivilrightsmuseum.com. I hope this this helps you and thank you so much for contacting AskALocal!
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.
Hi there,My husband and I are planning a weekend trip to Tupelo - where do you recommend staying where we can be in the "heart" of the city, such as nightlife, good restaurants, shopping (boutiques, not chain stores), etc? Any suggestions? We'd prefer to walk around to places, rather than drive. Thank you!
Hello! If you are looking to stay in the heart of Tupelo, I recommend lodging at  The Hilton Garden Inn. They have great customer service and you can rack up on loyalty points! Although the breakfast isn't complimentary, it is a great breakfast. I can guarantee it is worth every penny you will spend. If you stay there, you will be surrounded by all of the local boutiques, and the awesome nightlife. During the day, you two could shop at Reeds, Farmhouse, Tupelo Hardware Co. (where Elvis bought his first guitar), and so many other places. As far as the night life, there are a few places that I can name: Thirsty Devil, Stables Bar and Grill, and Kermit's Outlaw Kitchen, Crave (dessert restaurant), and Fairpark Grill. At those locations you'll find amazing food, beer, great people, and even better energy. We are so happy to have you all here for the weekend. Be sure to come by the Tupelo Visitors Center (located on the left side of the Hilton) so we can give you more insight on the town. Thank you so much for Asking A Local! Zierra Long
Where can I get genuine southern fried chicken in Tupelo?
Hello, My suggestion would be Connie's Fried Chicken! They specialize in chicken, blueberry donuts, & biscuit and gravy! Likewise, another good place would be Romie's Grocery.  They have classic southern cooking served in an airy, down-home eatery with live music & an outdoor patio. I hope this helps!  
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.
Hi! Where can I find live music on 6/28 & 6/29? We are looking forward to visiting Tupelo!
Hello! If you go to tupelo.net you will see a tab that says "EVENTS." There you will find events that are currently going on and in the future of Tupelo. Unfortunately, I did not see anything on the website for those particular days. I'm sure there will be something posted soon so be on the look out! I also suggest that you visit Tupelo before then! We have the 20th Tupelo Elvis Festival coming up June 6th-10th. There will plenty of live music and tribute artists. Here is a list of spots that usually have live music: The Thirsty Devil, Blue Canoe, Steele's Dive, Nautical Whimsey, Woody's, Romie's Grocery, Forklift, Courtyard by Marriott, and Stables downtown grill. I hope this helped and thank you for asking a local!
We are a family of 5 and planning to come visit in a couple days. It is so hot, are there any swimming holes or a tubing business in the area?
Hello, You and your family have so many options to have some fun in the sun! We have a couple of splash pads located in Tupelo - the biggest location is at Veterans Park. It has a lot for variety and a bucket that drops once it is full. There is also a park close by for more physical activity and fun. The other location that I would recommend is in front of City Hall. It is more intimate for you and your family. Likewise, there is a park that is close and a lot of restaurants that will surround you. If you get so hot and want to avoid the direct sun, the Aquatic Center is a great substitution! I hope this helps!
Hi My is Briona and I am visiting Tupelo for a job at one of the local hotels. I am a bit afraid due to the extreme racism that revolves around the Mississippi culture. My question for you is...Is Tupelo a safe environment to hang out during the day and at night for a person of color. Also where are the bars and restaurants that accept people of different ethnic groups?
Hello Briona, I can assure you that Tupelo is accepting of everyone and we are a safe city with great culture! Any bar or restaurant that you choose will cater to your needs.  We will be expecting you - thank you for asking a local!
My boyfriend lives in Florence, AL and is coming to town next weekend for the day, and I'm wanting to give him a fun experience for our first Valentine's Day together (he literally has everything...so that's the main reason I'm going with the experience route vs another gift).I moved to Tupelo in August, so I'm still learning what there is to do in the area, and I need suggestions! It will be Saturday, so will need to be something open or available on weekends. Thank you!


Here are a few suggestions for you two to do on your special day.  I would start off with Queen's Reward Meadery to taste the varieties of wines and alcoholic slush for only $10! You even get to keep the wine glass that you sip with. They occasionally have food trucks on Thursdays when they have other events planned like trivia, for example. Otherwise the food trucks are there only on Fridays and Saturdays. However, you are welcome to bring food with you or have it delivered to the Meadery any time. For entertainment I’d suggest Event Zona where you have an indoor arena of fun! They have everything from laser tag, bowling, virtual reality experience, and arcade games. You also have the option to buy food there. Another resource of entertainment would be an escape room (Deadbolt Escape Rooms or Paradox Challenge Rooms Tupelo) After all that fun, you two could wind down with a movie (Malco or Cinemark) and experience the ambiance of downtown Tupelo. Its absolutely beautiful! I hope this helps and thank you so much for AskingALocal! :)
Hi Zierra,I am planning a trip to Tupelo this weekend. Are there any must try restaurants? Also, is there anywhere I can go country 2-stepping? Thanks!!
Hello! That is a great question...with so many wonderful answers!!! I am going to suggest 3 places  for your taste buds: 1. Kermit's Outlaw Kitchen -  a roomy, farm-to-table joint plating carnivore-centric mains with beer & bourbon in rustic quarters, Romie's Grocery - a classic Southern cooking served in an airy, down-home eatery with live music & an outdoor patio, and Sao Thai - a homey, antique-filled restaurant whipping up spicy curries, noodles & other traditional Thai fare. As far as live music and dancing Id suggest going to Blue Canoe or Steele's Dive. You wont regret getting your two-step on! I hope this helps and thank you so much for asking a local! :)