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I’m Carley.

I am married to Richard and we have four daughters. I am an adjunct faculty member at Itawamba Community College and have called Tupelo home most of my life. We love our schools and our church, as well as our incredible neighbors here.

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Frequently asked questions

What is your favorite thing to do in Tupelo?
My favorite things to do in Tupelo are enjoying the arts such as the Tupelo Ballet or the Tupelo Community Theater. I also love going to concerts and shows at the BancorpSouth Arena. My kids enjoy playing sports with Park and Rec and swimming at the Tupelo Aquatic Center. We especially love Downtown Tupelo and Fairpark. We love the Tupelo Buffalo Park and the Mall at Barnes Crossing, too!
Where is your favorite place to experience Tupelo’s local flavor?
Downtown – shopping, enjoying the fountain, the theater, eating or watching a parade….
What’s your favorite Elvis song and why?
I love “All Shook Up.” I mean, who can listen to that and not want to dance or smile?
We were in Tupelo some 20 years ago, I have the opportunity to visit again, coming up soon, I am most interested in stuff pertaining to Elvis..What is this Elvis Presley Driving trail. Any info will be appreciated.Thanks,Alberta
I'm so glad you are coming back to Tupelo for a visit! You will be amazed at how our city has grown in the past 20 years- the north near the Mall at Barnes Crossing area has great shopping and restaurants for all tastes and budgets.  Also, the downtown still has its charm but has grown and has even more shopping, local restaurants, a fountain, and Elvis statue for a great photo op! I know there are markers for various places on the driving tour.  Our CVB has more information on that for you. I have seen the marker at my kids' school Lawhon where Elvis attended as a child.  Hope you have a wonderful trip!   The Elvis Presley Driving Trail can be found at this link - http://tupelo.net/itineraries/the-elvis-journey/.  It includes significant sites in Elvis' childhood in Tupelo each marked with bronze descriptive markers.
Is Noleput pet friendly?
My guess is yes - since it is a free street festival! Just bring bags and be a responsible pet owner! I am not sure on that but I don't think it would be a problem.
Hi, I am doing a report on Elvis Presley Birth Home. Could you give me some information on it. Everything that I have looked up goes right to Elvis Presley songs. Thank you. -Mallory
Well, the main thing I remember from my tour at the Birthplace is how tiny the house where Elvis lived during his early years was! It is a shotgun style home (which meant you could look through most of the house from the front door to the back door).  There was one living/sleeping room and then a small kitchen.  They had to use an outhouse back then! He came from very humble beginnings! It also has a cute front porch and you can see pictures online. I hope that helps you! Have you tried googling Birthplace of Elvis Presley? Also you can find more information here.
What is the best hotel to stay in near the North Mississippi Medical Center?
Any of the hotels on Gloster Street or downtown are only about a 5-10 minute drive to the hospital.  They are also near many restaurants.  I hope things turn out well for you or your friend/family member in the hospital.  Connie's chicken is very close to the hospital and has great breakfast options! Best wishes!
Hello Carley, I work for Parks & Recreation in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada. We are the largest Elvis Festival worldwide. We would like to have an exhibit of Elvis for our 2015 festival, the problem is .. I cannot local anyone to see if we could rent a Elvis exhibit from July 23-26th, 2015 inclusive. Could you possibily have any leads for which I could follow up on. I am specifically looking for images of Elvis from childhood onward, images of Elvis with movie stars, his life career and how others have been influenced by Elvis such as musicians, actors and the general puplic.Looking forward to reading from you.Emmy JohnsonParks & RecreationCollingwood, Ontario1-705-444-2500 ext. 3279
Hi Emmy - this is Stephanie from the CVB.  All of the exhibits that we have are through our partnership with Graceland.  I don't know of anyone with a private collection that would do a traveling exhibit for you.  The archive department at Graceland would probably know of some private collections.  Their number is 901-332-3322.  Good luck to you!  I've attended your festival and had a BLAST!
Hi Carley, my sister and I are visiting Memphis on 30/5/15 we intend to visit tupelo , we are staying at the Heartbreak hotel . can you please advise on what transport to take from our hotel and what we would find interesting as we don't want to miss anything thankyou ,
I am so glad you are planning to come see the Birthplace of Elvis in Tupelo! It is about 90 miles away from your hotel in Memphis and I think there are probably some tours that come this way from Memphis.  (800)533-0611 is the number for the Convention and Visitors Bureau in Tupelo. They will be able to direct you to some transportation options.  I hope you get to see some other great attractions in Tupelo, including downtown Fairpark (great statue of Elvis for a photo-op),  shopping and eating some great food! You can even see Tupelo Hardware in Downtown Tupelo where Elvis bought his first guitar! It is also near an art gallery and some great shops and restaurants!  Cafe 212 is great for coffee or sandwiches (there is an Elvis special!).  Have a wonderful trip!
My girlfriend and i will be travelling from New Orleans the end of Sept. heading along SR 61 to sight see. We love B AND B's (good priced ones with history) and just want to see as much of the area as we can in a few days. Any suggestions? We will also be going to Graceland later. She has never been there and it has been many years since I've visited that beautiful place.Any info you can send me would be very much appreciated.Looks like you are a Christian so I am glad I chose your beautiful pix.Thank you.
So glad you will be visiting Tupelo - it's a wonderful city! And you are in luck - we have a new bed and breakfast called Moon Lake Farm.  I haven't visited it yet but I am sure it will be a unique place with 75 acres of land that are home to horses and goats! I hope you enjoy! There are only 5 rooms so better make reservations soon.  Have a fantastic trip!
Hi Carley, I work for the post office and I noticed that they have an opening there I'm right now living in Florida most of my life and I would like to retire further north somewhere and I've been searching on the web about your town and I was just wondering how safe is your town I am a single person traveling by myself . Where is the post office located,in a safe neighborhood, or safe area, and are there any rentals to rent. thank you for any feedback that you can give me Vickie
Vickie - I think you would definitely feel safe in Tupelo. Not only that - people would welcome you in our town!  There is a post office near my neighborhood and the main branch is in West Tupelo near Thomas Street Elementary school, where I attended as a child. Both are in very safe areas.  Tupelo has a lot to offer you! There are so many parks to visit and the library is a great resource, as well. Not to mention, shopping and great food!  I also teach at Itawamba Community College in Tupelo and they offer classes and trips for retirees. Come stay a night or two and check it out!
Hi, I was wonder how Elvis Presley's birth home got the 15 acres of land.
According to the website of the Birthplace: "Elvis returned on September 27, 1957 and performed a benefit concert to raise money to build a Youth Center and park for Tupelo. The proceeds were used to purchase his birthplace and make a park for the neighborhood children. The Elvis Presley Birthplace Park now consist of the Birthplace, Museum, Chapel, Gift Shop, “Elvis at 13” statue, Fountain of Life, Walk of Life, “Memphis Bound” car feature and Story Wall." I remember growing up they had a softball field and a pool by the birthplace.  Since then they have renovated and added the museum and all of the other features. I am not sure if it's the fan club or foundation  or the city who acquired the 15 acres of land.  But I am glad they did! I have been very recently and it looks fabulous! There is a movie you can watch for free in a small theater. It really takes you back to the days of Elvis's childhood.
Is there a car show in tupelo Ms. today
I know they had the Blue Suede Cruise in Tupelo in May but I am not aware of any other car shows.The automobile museum is open year round. Hope this info helps you! Telephone: (662) 842-4242 Hours: Monday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Closed New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Admission Fees: $10.00 Adult • $5 Children ages 5-12 $9.00 for AAA, Seniors, and Military Children 4 and under Free Call (662) 842-4242 to ask about group rates!
Hi Carly, I'm a pescatarian looking for a place to dine with a colleague whom I will be meeting in person for the first time--Tupelo is more or less half way for each of us and she's interviewing me for a job. She says she loves grits and greens, as do I, but hold the bacon!We'll be there on a Sunday afternoon, around 3:30. Thanksm
I think your best bet would be KOK downtown or South (on Gloster). They serve fish and have southern cooking and have great chefs who could cater to your needs! A couple of other options would include Harvey's, Woody's, Blue Canoe or Romie's. You might want to call ahead. I know all of these restaurants have excellent standards and want their customers to have wonderful dining experiences. Have a great visit!
My daughter will be going to the father daughter Gumtree ball this year and this is her first year to attend my question is how dressed up will she need to be?
So glad your daughter is going to the Gumtree ball! My daughters have been many years and each year is different for us! Some years they have worn their Easter dresses and some years dance costumes! The main thing is make sure they have on something that feels good and comfortable shoes because from the pictures I see the dads and daughters dance a lot! In fact I have sent mine in ballet shoes, which I think look sweet! I think it is an "anything goes" for the event.  Some girls do wear princess style dresses and tiaras and get their hair done.  Just make sure you get lots of pics before she goes! It is a great event and benefits Le Bonheur Children's Hospital. I used to work there and it is a wonderful place!
Where is there, that me and some folks here working from our of town, could go and do some karaoke tonight (friday) and possibly tomorrow night?
Woody's on North Gloster Street is the place for Karaoke in Tupelo! I am not sure if they have the karaoke bar open on Friday or Saturday nights.  Also great food ($30 and under) such as hand-cut steaks and bananas foster! If the karaoke doesn't pan out you might like Buffalo Wild Wings, located near the mall.  They have trivia machines and a fun atmosphere! Don't work too hard! Have a great time in Tupelo!
I need financial assistance for three (3) nights in a hotel room. I live in Fulton, MS and I am totally disable and on a fixed income. I need this help due to a serious matter concerning my apartment. It has got to be fogged and my doctor wants me to stay out for at least 72 hrs after the exterminating has been done. I would like to stay here in Fulton the three (3) nights and I have called every non profit organization and they can't help me. This is a serious health matter! Please advise me if you can help me, I have got to get this apt fogged ASAP!Thank you,Judy PittsHave A Blessed Day!!!In God We Trust..Keep the Faith!!!!!
I am so sorry about your apartment situation. I know you must be so frustrated about having to move out for 3 days. 842-9222 is the number for the salvation army in Tupelo - they may be able to help you. I hope your situation improves. I will keep you in my prayers!
What are the hours of operation for the Tupelo Veterans Museum?
Mon: Closed Tue: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Wed: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Thu: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Fri: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Sat: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm Sun: Closed The Tupelo Veterans Museum is inside the Oren Dunn Museum at Ballard Park. There is also a beautiful park on the East side of Tupelo that is Veterans Park. Hope you are able to see both!
Driving through today . Where should we have dinner !? Not expensive / but good & popular We may have 3-4 hours tomorrow morning to do one sight seeing Thing. What do you suggest ?

So glad you are coming through Tupelo! If you have kids (or not), Romie's would be a great choice for tonight! Kids eat free with purchase of adult meal on Mon-Thursday nights.  Dinners are in the $10-15 range and are southern style. The atmosphere is great as well! You can eat outside on the porch.  Another option would be the food court in the Mall at Barnes Crossing - lots of choices and inexpensive.  My family loves Chick Fil A, Peppers, Steak Escape (awesome fries) or Malibu Wings (try a sample).

If you have time in the morning, the Elvis Presley Birthplace is an awesome choice! There is a free short movie in the beautiful theater near the gift shop.  You can also tour the birthplace and the church.  Easy to do in a couple of hours! Weather permitting you might enjoy the splash park at Veterans Park or the fountain at Fairpark as well. Hope you have a great time and come back again!

We are spending the night in your city, at the First Baptist Church, during our Youth Mission trip this July. I would love to know what we might could do/see that is either free or budget friendly while there.
Oh great! So glad your youth will get to be in Tupelo for a night! For free entertainment I would load them up and go to Fairpark to see the Elvis Statue and play on the playground/fountain.  You might want to take them to see Elvis' birthplace in East Tupelo as well (no charge to look or get out and pose for pics), and an inexpensive treat would be ice cream or shakes at the Dairy Kream (East Main Street on your right before you reach the birthplace).  It's an old fashioned style ice cream place.  Another option the youth would enjoy is going to Mugshots - our brand new restaurant downtown.  It would be more in the $8-10 range.  Hope you have a great trip!
where some the best place in tupelo, ms to hold a family reuion
The best place would be a pavilion at Ballard Park in west Tupelo. Our church recently had a picnic there and you can reserve it through the Park & Rec. It's close to the soccer fields, playground and pond. The pavilion is covered and there are grills available. Another option is at Veterans Park near the splash pad. If you want to be indoors you might ask park & rec about the Rockwell center. Hope your family has a great reunion!
Suggestions for those who have never been to your city who are Elvis fans. Seems I remember hearing something about a diner we should check out. We'll be in Memphis thru Sunday August 16th but planned to make a day trip to Tupelo. We have an early morning flight Tuesday - my friend back to San Diego and me to Ohio. Appreciate you're help on things to see and places to eat on a Monday.
So glad you are making the trip to Tupelo! I am guessing the diner you might have heard someone mention is Johnnie's Drive-in in East Tupelo. It even has an Elvis booth and is close to the birthplace. It would be great for lunch! A couple of other places to eat would be Cafe 212 for lunch or Kermit's Outlaw Kitchen for lunch or dinner. They are very close to Tupelo Hardware (where Elvis bought his first guitar). You will also want to see the Elvis statue at Fairpark and might cool off in the fountain! You could walk to most of these from anywhere in Downtown Tupelo. Try a cupcake or my fave-the cheesecake brownie at Rosie's in Fairpark, too! Have a fantastic trip!
Hi. We are looking for a "home way from home" in Tupelo. We are wondering where to look for vacation rental homes for 4-5 nights in November.
I am not aware of any rental homes for short periods of time in the city of Tupelo. Your best option might be a bed and breakfast - we have a new one you could look up here - Moon Lake Farm. And we have plenty of hotels with kitchenettes.  I hope you have a great visit! Be sure to enjoy downtown and our parks! Thanks, Carley
Hi Carley,I am the Lower School Music Teacher at St. Andrew's Episcopal School, Jackson, MS. Shortly after moving to MS from Texas last summer, I noticed my new MS license plate said "Birthplace of American Music." I am writing a unit of music instruction for my 4th grade students, and since you have lived in MS for a long time, I would love to share with my class your favorite MS musicians. If you have a moment to email, I would greatly appreciate your input. I wish you and your family a wonderful school year!Singingly,Judy SmithLower School MusicSt. Andrew's Episcopal SchoolJackson, MS
Being from Tupelo, the birthplace of Elvis, I would have to say ELVIS is my favorite! I love the story of his buying a guitar at Tupelo Hardware and just how he impacted music history! So many awesome songs from him!  Another Mississippi musician is Mac McAnally...what a talented guy! And Britney Spears and Faith Hill are two more great singers who hail from Mississippi.   And recently, I heard Paul Thorn perform - so entertaining. He grew up around gospel and has a great sound of blues/R & B.  Trent Dabbs is another Mississippi musician. I knew his sister at Mississippi State.  You might catch him and his band on the tv show Nashville.  He is on his way to stardom! We are a state full of talented people - including our violinist Miss Mississippi 2015 who was recently named first alternate to Miss America! Have fun learning about our wonderful musical heritage!
My son is getting married in New Albany next June. We are looking at venues for Rehearsal Dinner. We would like something towards the casual side not a country club setting. Do you have any suggestions of restaurants that have a room that could be sectioned off for approximately 45 people? Thanks so much. Frances Judkins
Congrats on your son's  upcoming wedding, Frances! I am not sure about venues but have a friend who has a wedding planning company -Sallye Stewart (662) 823-7737. You might check with Romie's or Homer's or South as well. You can find their contact information at www.tupelo.net.  They are all in Tupelo! Another fun idea might be the Elvis Presley Birthplace event center with catering.  And, I have been to a rehearsal dinners with an Elvis impersonator entertaining the crowd, too. Have fun!
We are planning a trip on the Natchez Trace in the third or fourth week in October, staying overnight in Tupelo. Will the leaves be turning then? I know we've had some (a lot) of hot, dry weather here in Louisiana, so I was wondering if the leaves will be showing their autumn colors by late October.Thanks.
Yes, the trees are beginning to turn now! I hope you stop over in Tupelo for some great food! Try Romie's on Jackson Street or KOK downtown for dinner! You could start some early Christmas shopping at Reed's, too! And try Rosie's cupcakes-delicious!!!!!!!!!
WHAT IS GOING ON IN TUPELO MS ON NOVEMBER 18-19
I'm sure are some fun things to do in Tupelo Nov. 18-19! It is native American month at the Natchez Trace Visitors Center.  There will also be some great sales leading up to Thanksgiving.  Check out About the South and Swirlz downtown or Snooty Owl on Veterans in East Tupelo.  You could also visit the Oren Dunn Museum or Elvis Presley's birthplace.  Here is what the calendar has for live music in Tupelo.  Try the Blue Canoe when you're here- they always have some good bands and food! Come on to Tupelo for a visit!
I have seen on the Internet that you have a Haunted Hill and Devils Towers that is open this month. Is that true and can I get a contact # because the site I was on gave me a TN # that will not return my call. I have (15) 12 year olds wanting to come tomorrow night but I didn't want to make the trip if it didn't exist. Can you PLEASE confirm this?
I'm sorry! I have never heard of either of those.  Tupelo Community Theater in downtown does an awesome haunted theater with lots of rooms and it takes about 20-30 minutes to go through it.  That is the one I know people love! The number is 844-1935.
Do you know of any Healthcare job fairs?
No, I don't know of any job fairs coming up this fall! The best place to find out about healthcare employment opportunities would be the North MS Health Systems website. Click here to go straight to it.  Good luck with your job search!
Hi Carley, I'm way over here in Georgia, but a part of my heart is there in Fulton, where I was born.I heard about that live theater hilarity that was called A Blast From the Past, down south (?)of Tupelo (west of Aberdeen), but ended some time back. Now I hear that it, or another show, has opened. Can you provide me any information?My failing memory thinks that a Mr. David Wall was connected with that. Any help on this will be greatly appreciated.Best regards,Glen AllenPeachtree City, GA
I am not familiar with that show! We do have some comedy shows at the Link Centre here in Tupelo! By the way, we sure were proud of Fulton native Trent Harmon for becoming the last American Idol! The people and businesses of Tupelo and north MS really supported him!  Hope you are doing well in Georgia! Come back for a visit to north MS - I think you will be amazed!!!
Hi Carley, I'm way over here in Georgia, but a part of my heart is there in Fulton, where I was born.I heard about that live theater hilarity that was called A Blast From the Past, down south (?)of Tupelo (west of Aberdeen), but ended some time back. Now I hear that it, or another show, has opened. Can you provide me any information?My failing memory thinks that a Mr. David Wall was connected with that. Any help on this will be greatly appreciated.Best regards,Glen AllenPeachtree City, GA
I'm sorry I am not familiar with the show you are talking about! I do know they have a lot of live comedy and improv at the Link Centre in Tupelo as well as theater, trivia, and other fun at Tupelo Community Theater.  Hope that helps and that you will still come visit our great city!
When a person writes to you ,how do you respond .I wrote but no answer,maybe I wrote too much .I am 66 and just wanted to speak to someone that was close to Elvis as my kin was with his mothers kin in Tupelo.I was born 30 miles from Tupelo ,Columbus ,Missip is where I was born in the Columbus hospital.Elvis was delivered by a midwife .I don't know her name but that's a good question especially since she had to deliver two .What a sad day then .I still miss Elvis he was like all of our kin cause we lived near him and my daddy repaired the sewing machine by coming to their home so he must have met Elvis;s mother and daddy .I know he met and knew Elvis;s aunt.Pretty good looking people were born in Missip-alot of stars came out of that state so they are smart too ! You and family are the good loers family plus intelligent to boot and whats awesome is people are real not fake born from Missip ,they are taught good unquie ways some other states need ,a lot of Christians to so a lot of people from Ms going to get to heaven where Elvis is or will be ,his soul is with God !We all love him still<3 Thank you Carley for the page you have ,what a friend !
I'm sure your stories and memories of Elvis are even greater in person! Thanks for writing. I don't really have any kin to Elvis since my family isn't from here! I was also too young to really remember Elvis being alive. I sure do enjoy his music though and enjoyed reading the book Priscilla Presley wrote - Elvis and Me, I think that was the title. And you're welcome for the "Ask a Local" page.  I love my hometown so much - I enjoy telling people more about Tupelo and all it has to offer. You should come back for a visit to see what has changed and what has stayed the same! Have a great day and God bless you!
My wife & I would like to visit Tupelo for 2 nights in early January. It's her birthday, & we'd like to know if there are B & B's in or around Tupelo (Jan. 5 - 7). Also, what would you suggest we should be seeing in or around Tupelo. Thanks!
Oh wonderful!!! So glad you chose Tupelo for an exciting birthday road trip! We do have one B&B type place that is on some pretty farm land.  It is called the Moon Lake Farm and is on the west side of our town.  If it is booked we have lots of other great hotels and restaurants. Hope you have a wonderful time and tell your wife "Happy Birthday!"
Hi, Carley. We're formulating a "Re-Retirement" Plan. We relocated to Clinton, Mississippi a couple of years ago from Florida but would like to know about North Mississippi. We'd be interested in health care, renting, security and activities for retirees. Thanks in advance for your kind consideration. Regards, John & Phyllis Boyte
Hi, John & Phyllis. This is Jennie Bradford with the Tupelo CVB. Tupelo is a wonderful place to retire! In fact, we have a retirement director named Ora Baldwin who works for the City of Tupelo, who would love to share more information with you as you formulate your "re-retirement" plan. You can reach her at (662) 841-6553. Also, the Community Development Foundation, our local Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development organization, has great information on relocation to this area. Visit their website at www.cdfms.org or give them a call at (662) 842-4521. I hope this information helps and we look forward to seeing you in Tupelo very soon!  
My family and I will be stopping overnight in Tupelo on Christmas. I was wondering if you know of any restaurants that will be open in the evening on Christmas Day? Thanks.
Hi! The following restaurants will be open Christmas Day:
  • New China on West Main
  • New China Buffet on North Gloster
  • Super Hibachi on South Gloster
  • Waffle House
  • Huddle House
  • IHOP
Safe Travels!
What is the average per mile taxi fare and how many taxi companies does Tupelo have?
There are at least 4-5 cab companies in Tupelo - A1 Cabs, On Time Taxi, Tupelo Cabs, Tupelo Cab Company, and City Cab.  I drive by A1 cabs a lot - it is near Main Street.  I am not sure of the fares they charge but they have several decent reviews online you can check out.  Hope that helps you!
Hi Carley, I plan on arriving in Tupelo on Sunday for two days. I'm traveling alone and wanted to know some great, safe and budget friendly places to stay. I'm a huge Elvis fan and wanted to know all the locations to visit. Also, some great places to eat. Thank you for your kindness!Jennifer Arnder

Jennifer, I'm so glad you're coming to Tupelo! I think most of our hotels are reasonably priced and I would pick the Hilton Garden Inn. It's near downtown and Fairpark - where the Elvis statue is! You will need a selfie with the statue for sure.  Also you should plan to visit the birthplace in East Tupelo.  There is a free movie to watch about Elvis' life and you can tour the home and the church as well.  The other thing you might want to do is the driving tour - Tupelo CVB can give you more information on that.  The CVB is right in front of the hotel.

I would suggest eating lunch at Cafe 212 (downtown) or Romie's (W. Jackson Street) and supper at KOK (downtown) or the Fairpark Grill (near the Hilton) or the Blue Canoe (on Gloster towards the mall). I went to high school with the guys who own Romies and Blue Canoe! Another thing you might try is breakfast/coffee at Crave (downtown near the old courthouse) or a skillet cookie for dessert at Crave!  And if you want an old timey lunch or treat, try Johnnie's Drive in or the Dairy Kream, both in East Tupelo. They are inexpensive and definitely a throwback to simpler times in our town. I hope you have a wonderful visit!!!
I will be traveling to Tupelo every other week this summer. I am looking for a cool place to walk indoors. Is there anyplace that is available for visitors to walk?Thank you
The Mall at Barnes Crossing or Midtown Pointe center are both great indoor walking locations! If it is not too hot, the track at Robins field or the path at Ballard park are great options. Hope you enjoy your time here in Tupelo! You might want to try a smoothie from JUVA for a healthy pre-walk drink. They are delicious!
Visiting Tupelo for today. Two granddaughters 7 and 9. What's fun for them?Thanks
Hi! This is Jennie Bradford with the Tupelo CVB. It is a gorgeous day in Tupelo today so a visit to the Tupelo Buffalo Park would be perfect. Also, I'm sure your grandkids would enjoying exploring the Natchez TraceParkway Visitor Center and some of the hiking trails around the center. Tupelo is also the home of HealthWorks! Kids Museum, an interactive museum dedicated to helping kids make healthy choices. It is ton of fun! Grab lunch at one of our great local restaurants and ya'll are sure to have a memorable day in Tupelo!
Where in Tupelo can we find the older original homes?

My neighborhood in Tupelo - downtown, which is near crosstown (Gloster at Main),  has some beautiful older homes from the 20s and 30s.  Also drive down Madison and Robins Street to Highland Circle to see some tudor, colonial and craftsman style homes.  The other neighborhood I suggest is Joyner! All around Joyner street are some great older homes. We used to live there, too! We love some homes with character and charm.  Enjoy your tour!

Carley, I'm interested in visiting antique or secondhand shops.
I love Red Door Antiques on Coley Road! You will find some great antiques at Joyful Creations on McCullough as well. There are also a few neat antique stores in Verona, right outside of Tupelo.  I haven't been antique-shopping in a while but it is a lot of fun!
Is there a list of churches in the city?
I found a list through the Daily Journal's website.  Here is the link! We have a lot of churches - hope you find just the right one.
I have a church group of 20 -25 of active, middle-aged people visiting Tupelo Friday, September 23 - Sunday morning, September 25, 2016. I need restaurant ideas for groups this size. My preference is for local fare with preferably no bars or really loud music. Any suggestions?Thanks,Charlotte Taylor
So glad you're coming to visit!!! My first thoughts on a large group are for them to go to Steele's Dive or Romie's for lunch or an early dinner.  These places do have bars but as long as they are there before night time, they should work. They might also enjoy South (southern food) on Gloster.  You can call ahead for these places- I am sure they would love to help you! And the earlier you eat the better - for the wait and the bar scene. All of these places have families dining and if there is music it doesn't start until later.  The other places with more room in town would be Harvey's, Sweet Pepper's, Cracker Barrel, D'Casa, or Outback Steakhouse. You might even like the food court at the Mall for variety and plenty of seating (plus shopping).  Have a great weekend in Tupelo!
Hello!My name is Audrey and I am working with the hit Lifetime television show, Bring It! We are searching for event spaces in the Tupelo area in which to hold our end of season, large dance competition, Summer Slam, and I was wondering if you might have any recommendations. Any info is greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for your time!
Audrey - Tupelo would be a great place for a competition! We have the BancorpSouth Arena which hosts concerts, ice hockey, gymnastics competitions and more! Call and see if it is available- they are great to work with.  I hope you have time to visit the Elvis Presley Birthplace if you come! Also, some great restaurants and hotels to choose from.
Best places downtown that are open on weekdays for lunch. Am coming to town with a tour group and they do a scatter lunch...each paying on their own and finding their own way. Dropping around the corner from the Hardware store.What is open in mid-June? 39 people...cannot all go to the same spot. we have one hour. Please advise.
There are several great restaurants in that area! You should be fine with 40 people splitting up! My favorites are the Fairpark Grill (cheesesticks and fish tacos are awesome), Kermit's Outlaw Kitchen (for your foodies - farm-to-table), Cafe 212 (sandwiches like the TCB  -my fave, and white pimento cheese), Park Heights (upscale) and Fruitalicious (healthier options - salads, smoothies). There is also Nautical Whimsey (pastas, buffet) on Main Street. If they walk toward the old Courthouse they could try a local favorite - the Stables, known for its burger. And if they walk towards East past Fairpark, they could try Mugshots (burger, fries,etc)!  If they have time for a sweet treat, visit my friend Holly at Rosie's for a cupcake or cream cheese brownie! Our kids go to elementary school together! I hope ya'll have a wonderful time in Tupelo!!!!
Taxi service:Could you kindly provide me the name of a reliable taxi driver or service? I have older parents who cannot drive and wanted to see if you knew of a reliable taxi driver here locally in Tupelo.Thank you for your help!
I can not vouch for any of the taxi companies but I do see people using them around town! Top Cab is 871-9200, A1 cabs is 842-5262 and Tupelo cabs is 842-1133.  There are some reviews online you can read through if you google those! Hope that helps!
Hey Carley! My husband just accepted a promotion offer within his company and is taking a store in Tupelo and we have decided to make Lee County our home. We are moving from Oxford. I have heard mixed reviews about the Tupelo public school system. I would love some insight on what your perception of the public school system is as well as some neighborhoods to look into for houses (or avoid), a church recommendation, any recommendations for employment (me). We have 2 young boys (so if you also have a daycare suggestion) Jace who will be 3 next month and Ridge who is 7 months. I think this is the coolest thing being able to ask a local something! Looking forward to hearing from you! Best,Kaitlin Wilkinson
Welcome to Tupelo! You will love it here. Be sure to take your boys to Fairpark and enjoy the fountain and playground. Grab a treat from Rosie’s while you’re there! As for the Tupelo Public School District, we LOVE it! I have four children in four different schools this year and have been very pleased with the academics and overall experience. My oldest is at the High School and has adjusted very well. She has been in TPSD since first grade. I can’t really compare it to Oxford because I just don’t know as much about their public schools. I can tell you that our children have learned so much and enjoy extra curricular activities such as chorus, honor choir, orchestra, show choir, mathcounts, Jr. Beta club, National Jr. Honor Society, Humane Society Club, FCA, and more. They have friends in tennis, cross country, band, soccer, drama, robotics and more as well! I feel like there is a place for all students in TPSD. The opportunities available are unbelievable! We have also had amazing teachers who have actually made my children better readers and interested in Science and Math. Any time there has been an issue, I have had great success in talking to principals or teachers. My oldest took the ACT in the spring of her 8th grade year and we credit her awesome TPSD teachers to her high score. I am also amazed at Dr. McGraw, my first grader’s teacher. She is a veteran teacher with her PhD and has a heart for these students. The students are diverse and character is important throughout the district. I am helping teach a weekly character program for first graders called Integrity Time at Carver Elementary. I really feel like my children are learning how to succeed in college and the real world. Please check out the Tupelo Schools website and look through it. Here is the annual report to the community as well. Also, feel free to take a tour of any school! I think you will love TPSD. As a product of Tupelo schools myself, I am so happy my children are attending. We love the community feel of a Friday night football game for THS. I do however look forward to my oldest driving and my two youngest being at the same school next year….HA! As for employment, I am not sure what you’re interested in doing! I teach part time for community colleges which is great for me. I see a lot of signs around town hiring if you’re interested in retail or the restaurant industry. As for where to live, my husband and I love historic homes so we have lived in the Joyner neighborhood and Downtown neighborhood. There are also some great houses in the north part of Tupelo – Lakeshire area and Belden area as well as near Thomas Street. I’m not sure what price range you’re considering but Tupelo offers all ranges. For daycare, my children went to Mother’s Day Out on Thursdays at Calvary Baptist Church (also our church) in Downtown Tupelo. There are so many great daycares and CASA is another choice once they are school age. I hope that helps! Be sure to go to my friend Adam Morgan’s restaurant Blue Canoe for Mississippi’s best dessert – Connie’s Blueberry donut bread pudding. I know it sounds strange but it is so DIVINE…..! Plenty to share with your husband. Or not. Haha
How do I get information on the Elvis Presley Driving Trail? I know there are 12 stops. Is there a map?Thanks so much.
Information for the self guided Elvis Presley driving tour is located here.  The website is the scenictrace.com. There are 12 stops on it! I live near one of them.  You might want to stop by the Convention and Visitors Bureau near the BancorpSouth Arena before you go. They probably have some instructions and more information as well. Enjoy your tour!
We are coming to Tupelo for a ball tournament this Saturday and Sunday. We will have some downtime. We have four children and we're looking for something that might entertain them and maybe a good place to eat or two. Thanks in advance.
Hi! We are so excited to have your family in town for the ball tournament this weekend. In between games, we have lots of things to keep your kids occupied. We have a large regional mall, the Mall at Barnes Crossing. Along with the great shopping, there is an arcade, food court, playground, carousel, bookstore, movie theatre, and more for all ages. Throughout the Barnes Crossing Shopping District, you will find an array of restaurants to enjoy. Tupelo is also home to HealthWorks! Kids Museum, one of only two of its kind in the country, that teaches kids to make healthy choices. It is interactive and tons of fun! It is located in our Midtown Shopping District where you can find more great shopping and several local restaurants. If you want to stay outside, the Tupelo Buffalo Park & Zoo houses 260 different animals and your family can ride the Monster Bison Bus out among the buffalo. Grab a meal at Steele's Dive while you're out there. Tupelo also has some great parks, several of which have splash pads to beat the heat this weekend. I hope this helps and wish you and your family a wonderful weekend in Tupelo!
Hi Carley, my husband and I are meeting my Son and his family in Tupelo May 13th just for one night to pick up our 2 Granddaughters to come stay with us in Georgia for a couple of weeks. We are looking for something to do with a 1 year old, 5 year old and 11 year old. Any suggestions for kid friendly things to do on that Saturday and Sunday??
Oh, wonderful to hear you're meeting in Tupelo! And fabulous timing - it's our Gumtree Festival.  There will be free kids activities with art as well as food vendors and beautiful art to look at.  I am posting the link to some information for you -Gumtree Festival. Bring the stroller for the one-year old and some sunscreen for all! It's a great weekend to visit.  You also might take the family to one of our parks to play! Fairpark in downtown or Ballard (you can feed the ducks a cheap loaf of bread).  If it happens to rain or if you want a break from the heat, head to Healthworks. It's a fun, interactive museum with activities and games that are health-related.  It is so neat! Even the older grandchild could have fun there. Have a great trip! Be sure to visit Elvis' birthplace, too!
What is the shop in same building with Sweet Tea and Biscuits?
Joyful Creations is the name and it is filled with booths of all kinds of linens, jewelry, antiques, and more! The owner is a friend of mine - her name is Amy! Please go shop there and tell her I sent you. I love the unique gifts and Peter's pottery there! And I love to eat at Sweet Tea and Biscuits.  Have fun shopping!
Could you possibly suggest a place to stay not to far off hwy 22. We will be heading to Destin & plan on stopping in Tupelo for the night. We will not be arriving until late. We will be leaving early the next morning after breakfast. A diner close by the hotel would be perfect. Especially if its great.Thanks & Happy New Year!
The Hilton Garden Inn is nice near the Bancorpsouth arena.  It is at 363 East Main Street.  The closest diner-style restaurant for breakfast or lunch would be Johnnie's Drive In, which is less than a mile east of the hotel and near Elvis' birthplace! You don't want to miss at least driving by the birthplace! I recommend a tour if you have time! Enjoy your stay!
Hi there! Looking for a fun place to take our 9 year old daughters as we celebrate their birthdays in Tupelo! Can you make some fun recommendations for next week (Wed and Thur). Restaurants (fun for kids, maybe with good dessert) or other event ideas would be most appreciated!
Birthdays are so much fun! My daughters love to get a pie in the face after eating mexican at D'Casa on West Main (you'll need to let your server know you DO want the pies).  They also love to eat sushi at Kyoto by Ashley Furniture Home Store or steak at Outback Steakhouse.  But their FAVORITE dessert place would be Crave downtown - the skillet cookie! They will put sparklers in it for your birthday girl! So fun and sooooo delicious! Love their mason jars of cold milk!  Have a great time celebrating in Tupelo! If it's pretty weather maybe you can go to Fairpark for some fun!
Will They Celebrate Elvis Presley's Birthday This Year At The Birthplace.

Yes! They do every year! I see fans every year around his birthday visiting from all over the world! Come on to Tupelo!

Is there a list of churches in the city?
Hi! This is Jennie Bradford with the Tupelo CVB. We don't have a list of churches, but many of them are members of the Community Development Foundation and you can find those churches on their website. Also, try contacting Tupelo City Hall at (662) 841-6513 and they may be able to direct you further. Thanks!
I am trying to plan a fun, unique birthday party for my soon to be nine year-old daughter. She would really love to host a cupcake wars type of party, but I'm not sure of any place that would have the space for that. I am completely open to other funs ideas as well. Her birthday is late March.
Call Rosie's Bakery in downtown Tupelo near Fairpark! 844-3280 is the number. Ask for my friend Holly or leave her a message and she will call you back. She does some parties and her set up there is fantastic. The cupcakes are delicious, too! I had one yesterday and today, by the way! Haha!
Is there an evént that I'm sure is called the Renaissance. 2 weeks every one stays at a campsite they wear costumes, fight when on horse. It is in March and I think has endéd already it is near pópular
I am not aware of the Renaissance in Tupelo.  I have heard of a similar festival in Corinth or Ocean Springs, MS I think! Good luck finding it.  If you decide to come to Tupelo we have LOTS of other exciting events happening this summer! The Elvis Festival in June should be a great time! Have a great day!
Hi Carley,I am trying to find more information on when will the Easter egg hunt will be held at Veterans Park this month and the time?Thank you!
Hi! This is Jennie Bradford with the Tupelo CVB. There is an Easter egg hunt at Ballard Park this Saturday, April 15 at 10:00 am sponsored by The Orchard in Tupelo. There is also a free Easter egg hunt at Veterans Park at 11:00 a.m. Gates open at 10:00 a.m. Have fun!