Friday, February 3, 2023

Road Trip Reveals Charms of North Mississippi

The Landers Center in Southaven is a focal point for sports and entertainment.

It was a dreary St. Patrick’s Day as staff drove north to check out towns like Olive Branch, Horn Lake, Southaven and Hernando. We’ll be introducing a new magazine this summer, Experiencing North Mississippi.
We noted the growth of all these communities as we drove past new shopping complexes, restaurants and health care facilities.
The central arts and boutique shopping section of Olive Branch was charming and inviting and the Landers Center in Southaven was impressive — a much larger structure than we expected. No wonder some of the most popular performing acts and trade shows book the site. It even welcomes ice skaters for recreation, instruction and competition.
The Old County Courthouse lawn is where you can find some of the freshest produce anywhere starting in April.

But the hit of the trip was quaint Hernando. Even though the world-renowned farmers market on the the historical DeSoto County Courthouse lawn doesn’t begin until April 6 (Click here for more information.), Hernando is a lovely town with attractions for the whole family. In fact, downtown Hernando had a look and feel much like a smaller Oxford.
We had a delicious lunch at AC’s, convenient to everything in town. We talked to founder and owner Aaron Hahn who earned his culinary chops working over in Tunica in the highly regarded casino restaurants. By the way, Experience North Mississippi will also be covering the dynamic town that is Tunica.
Time for Corned Beef and Cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day at AC’s n Hernando.

So enjoy these images and look for future stories that highlight the opportunities for fun and growth just a bit north of Oxford. And if you haven’t already checked it out click on the “News From North Mississippi 662” section on the home page just under Today’s Headlines.


Clocktower is new the Courthouse.

Downtown Hernando is like a mini Oxford.

Signage is traditional in style.

Don’t forget to stop in AC’s next time you’re in Hernando. Great food!

Andy Knef is editor of He ordered the Mushroom Burger at AC’s.