“The Ritz We Ain’t” proclaims the website of the Shack Up Inn in Clarksdale, MS. And thank God for that. Spend a few minutes perusing their website and you’ll see what they mean. Rustic, funky, full of history and an experience we challenge you to find anywhere else, The Shack Up Inn is the perfect home base for adventurous travelers making the pilgrimage to the birthplace of the blues, Highway 61 in the Mississippi Delta.
Formerly part of the Hopson cotton plantation, the grounds have remained relatively unchanged over the years.
The sharecropper’s tin-roofed shacks have been updated to add everything you need (A/C, hot water, etc.) but they’ve not lost their character: peeling paint, wood floors, classic Americana and blues memorabilia on the walls. Some of them even have pianos. And couches on the porch.
There are also cypress-walled rooms available in the old Cotton Gin that are slightly less rustic.
Imagine for a moment sitting in a rocker on the porch of your shack, cold beer in hand, the sun setting across the cotton fields and the sound of a harmonica wailing a slow blues number in the distance.
In a world of chain motels, strip malls and beige predictability, this is something a little different. And you won’t get THAT at the Ritz. Amen.