Sassafras Inn Bed & Breakfast

785 Highway 51 South, Hernando, Mississippi 38632
  • Introduction

    "It was very nice to find a safe and secure place to spend a few days. Eric you do a remarkable job operating the facility. Our daughter arranged our stay as a gift. What a perfect idea to return to Hernando where we were united in marriage and our love remains 50 years later. The Inn is the perfect spot to relax and remember some of the past and to look forward to the future. We will remember our stay at Sassafras Inn. Thank you. We loved the pampering. Everything was great." Bob & Margaret - Charleston, MO

    Located 10 miles south of the Memphis, Tennessee line, and 14 miles from Graceland. We enjoy a peaceful country setting. This lovely English Tudor home, built in 1985, has a seasonal indoor pool and local restaurants are just a mile away. This could be your "haven away from daily cares."

    At the Main House we have three attractive Guest Rooms each with a queen size bed, private bath, cable TV, VCR, DVD, CD players, robes and all the amenities of home. Their unique motifs are designed for your comfort. Two Guest Rooms overlook the seasonal indoor pool, a third has skylights to enjoy a celestial view. Each Guest Room also has a sconvenient small refrigerator.

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    Sassafras Inn Bed & Breakfast is located on one and a half wooded acres. This country setting makes for a wonderful secluded getaway!

    Indoor Pool

    A favorite feature of our Bed and Breakfast is the seasonal indoor swimming pool area.  Poolside tables and zero gravity chairs provide a relaxing atmosphere.

    Stained glass skylight windows above the pool are similar to some seen at Elvis' Graceland.

    The recreation room features a home theater system, a library of complimentary movies for your room, and a billiards table.

    Our nightly rates include a full breakfast. The typical breakfast for each of you includes coffee or tea, orange, apple or cranberry juice, a bowl with fresh grapes over granola, vanilla flavored yogurt and other fresh fruit. With this is a generous plate of bacon, sausage, fresh biscuits, jelly, hash browns and scrambled eggs with a little bacon and cheese melted over the top.

    Heart's Content CottageHeart's Content Cottage

    Local Attractions

    Beale Street Entertainment, Memphis, Tennessee

    A walk along the famous Beale Street Entertainment District will take you through historic sites in the area, such as A.Schwab Dry Goods Store, the home of W.C. Handy, B.B. King's Blues Club, Blues City Cafe and Band Box, King's Palace, Rum Boogie, Jerry Lee Lewis' Honky Tonk Cafe,and many more. Enjoy listening to live blues, classic r & b, rockabilly, rock and roll, dine at a variety of the music venues and restaurants, shop for local souvenirs and have fun! For deluxe lodging, visit Sassafras Inn Bed & Breakfast located in Mississippi, only 22 miles away, and relax in a romantic setting.

    Rock n Soul Museum, Memphis, Tennessee

    Developed by the Smithsonian Institute and one block south of Beale Street in the FedExForum. The Rock n Soul Museum "May be the single best exhibition of American musical history in the country." According to Performer Songwriter Magazine. It is also one of the best values including a very comprehensive documentary intro to the development of music and the unique history of performers and the recording Industry of Memphis and the region.  Located 22 miles south the Sassafras Inn Bed & Breakfast could be your preferred lodging while visiting Memphis area attractions.

    Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee

    Home of Elvis Presley the King of Rock'n'Roll, this is one of the most visitied homes in the USA today! Get an intimate feel of the home and private life of the Presley family. See the amazing collection of his awards, clothes, cars and endless displays of so many things he accomplished and collected during his short lived career as one of the most famous musical entertainers still loved around the world.  Located 14 miles south on the same street as Graceland (Elvis Presley Blvd. is US Highway 51) the Sassafras Inn Bed and Breakfast can be your preferred lodging close to the Memphis attractions. 

    Gibson Guitar Factory Tours, Memphis, Tennessee

    Tour the Memphis manufacturing plant of Gibson Guitars, one block from Beale Street, and see how their talented craftspeople blend skills, technology and specially selected woods and other materials to produce stringed instruments prized worldwide. For a quiet and relaxing bed & breakfast experience drive 22 miles to the Sassafras Inn Bed & Breakfast.

    National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, Tennessee

    Exhibits and interactive displays trace the history of civil-rights activity and leaders including Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. While touring Memphis your deluxe lodging could be the Sassafras Inn Bed & Breakfast, located only 23 miles away, in a peaceful romantic setting.

    National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, Tennessee

    The only museum in the U.S. that is dedicated exclusively to preserving the art and craftsmanship of metal-working. Exhibitions range from jewelry and hollowware in precious metals to architectural wrought iron. Overlooking the Mississippi River is a working blacksmith shop and a shaded sculpture garden. For deluxe lodging, Sassafras Inn Bed & Breakfast is located only 23 miles away, in a peaceful romantic setting.

    Pink Palace Museum & Planetarium, Memphis, Tennessee

    Built in 1923 for Piggly Wiggly founder Clarence Saunders and site of the original museum, it reopened in 1996. Permanent exhibits feature dinosaur fossils, a stunning mineral collection, sea life fossils, the wondrous hand-carved Clyde Park Miniature Circus, Civil War artifacts, and the Planetarium offers a trip through space and time as well as special light concerts. Located only 24 miles away is deluxe lodging at the Sassafras Inn Bed & Breakfast across the state line in Mississippi, with a peaceful romantic setting.

    Memphis Botanic Gardens, Memphis, Tennessee

    Only a short drive from the Dixon Gallery, this 88 acre oasis has a tremendous variety of beautiful flowers, exotic plants, and trees. While visiting the Memphis area attractions, your deluxe lodging, could be the Sassafras Inn Bed & Breakfast, located in a peaceful romantic setting just 25 miles away.

    Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, Tennessee

    Contains one of the largest collections of art work in the South. Paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and photography exhibits. While visiting the Memphis area attractions, you can find deluxe lodging at the Sassafras Inn Bed & Breakfast located 23 miles away in a peaceful romantic setting.

    Memphis in May International Festival, Memphis, Tennessee

    A musical and cultural event that draws people from around the globe annually to experience the rich music and culture of the Memphis area each May. For a quiet and relaxing bed & breakfast experience, make your reservations in advance and sleep 22 miles nearby at the Sassafras Inn Bed & Breakfast.

    Memphis International Airport, Memphis, Tennessee

    Memphis International Airport is known as the busiest airport in the world because it moves more air freight than any other airport on this planet. MIA is the hub airport to Northwest Airlines, KLM, with non-stop flights to Amsterdam from Memphis. In addition, Memphis is also the home base for Federal Express. Conveniently located 14 miles from the airport is the Sassafras Inn Bed & Breakfast, only minutes away in a peaceful romantic setting just across the state line in Mississippi.

    Memphis Orpheum Theater, Memphis, Tennessee

    A fully restored and ornate vaudeville house, the grand Orpheum Theater is now home to touring Broadway shows, operas, ballets, concerts, films, and special events. While touring Memphis, you might wish to choose deluxe lodging at the Sassafras Inn Bed & Breakfast, located only 22 miles away in a peaceful romantic setting.

    Memphis Riverboats, Inc., Memphis, Tennessee

    Experience the mighty Mississippi as passenger on an exciting paddlewheel or take a dinner cruise. For deluxe lodging and relaxation, Sassafras Inn Bed & Breakfast is located only 23 miles from the cobblestone visitor lot on the river shore in downtown Memphis.

    Memphis Zoo and Aquarium, Memphis, Tennessee

    Famous for the panda and polar bear habitats, the Memphis Zoo was founded in 1905 when Natch, a black bear mascot for a Memphis baseball team, was kept chained to a tree in Overton Park. Volney, the lion who roared at the beginning of all the old MGM movies, lived at the Memphis Zoo until his death in 1944. While visiting Memphis, your deluxe lodging could be the Sassafras Inn Bed & Breakfast located only 18 miles south of the Memphis Zoo, in a romantic setting with a seasonal indoor swimming pool.

    Mud Island River Park, Memphis, Tennessee

    The site offers a 3/4 mile scale replica of the Mississippi River with an outdoor 5 block long river walk model. Your lodging could be the Sassafras Inn Bed & Breakfast, located only 23 miles from downtown Memphis, in a romantic setting with a seasonal indoor swimming pool.

    Peabody Hotel, Memphis, Tennessee

    The historic lobby is the home of the world-famous Peabody Ducks. At 11:30 - noon and 4:30 to 5 pm the Peabody Ducks follow their Duck Master from their Penthouse Roost atop the hotel to the fountain in the center of the ground floor lobby and later back upt the elevator to their roost.. Seeing the South's Grand Hotel is a real treat. If by chance, they don't have availability, please consider Sassafras Inn Bed & Breakfast, located only 23 miles south of downtown Memphis.

    Sun Studio, Memphis, Tennessee

    This famous recording studio is where it all began. It changed the way the world listened to music. Famous recordings were made here by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, B.B. King, Ringo Starr and the list goes on and on. Deluxe lodging can be found at the Sassafras Inn Bed & Breakfast, just 23 miles from Memphis, Tennessee in Mississippi.

    Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Memphis, Tennessee

    This museum is built on the original site of the Stax Recording Studio. It reverberates with memorabilia from the 60's and 70's Memphis Soul Music Era made famous by artists including Otis Redding, Booker T. and the MGs, Isaac Hayes, Aretha Franklin, Earth Wind & Fire, the Bar Kays, Al Green and more performers that left there mark in Soulsville USA at Memphis, Tennessee. Only 20 miles away, you could enjoy the quiet setting of the Sassafras Inn Bed & Breakfast for a great night of sleep and a delicious breakfast.

    University of Tennessee Medical Center, Memphis, Tennessee

    The University of Tennessee, Memphis is the health science center for the University of Tennessee. UT Memphis consists of the colleges of Allied Health, Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and, Social Work. Sassafras Inn Bed & Breakfast would be a great lodging place for anyone visiting the UT Medical Center or family.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Eric Hartung for sharing his own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    We're a peaceful and romantic B & B in a wonderful southern town, but within a half hour of so many lively attractions like Graceland, Memphis Beale Street Entertainment District, Sun Studio, the Rock n Soul Museum, STAX Museum of American Soul Music, Memphis Zoo, many Museums, the Tunica Casinos, Mississippi River Museums, horse drawn carriage rides, great restaurants, so many things to see and do. People love the Inn's quiet secluded atmosphere to relax, enjoy each other's company and rejuvenate at the Sassafras Inn.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    We are best known for the tranquil and romantic atmosphere, plentiful breakfasts, attractions nearby, seasonal indoor swimming pool, personal service, attention to details, and my love for providing service to each guest as I consider this a blessing. As a member of the Memphis Blues Association and being one who plays guitar and is knowledgeable of the Memphis music scene and history of the area, I help our guests with ways they can get the most of their time here by offering suggestions that match their individual interests. Our location is ideal for all of this. 

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Enjoy Southern Hospitality with a tour of Graceland, live music and barbecue on Beale Street and relax at Sassafras Inn.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    I've been blessed with many people who take the time to review Sassafras Inn and stay in touch with me. The comfort of each guest is very important to me and I'm always glad to hear from them.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Our location is ideal for staying in a small town with southern charm and has quick access to so many big city attractions.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Enjoy a full country breakfast each morning, and I can personally suggest a list of local attractions, activities and eateries for each day depending on the guest's personal interests.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    We are on an acre and a half with tall oak shade trees and set well back from the road, but right across the street is an entrance to a nice neighborhood that is a great place to go for a long walk, enjoy the neighborhood and fresh air.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    The area is famous for barbecue and southern cooking, with those and many other cuisines available within a short drive. Many have been featured on the Food Network for their unique and tasty attributes. Our historic Hernando Town Square has great restaurants and the Velvet Cream is a special treat with a family owned history since 1947.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Check the Local Attractions section of our website using a computer or tablet for more information about Sassafras Inn Bed and Breakfast and many things to explore in the area.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    Sassafras Inn Bed and Breakfast has 3 Guest Rooms, each with en-suite bathroom and 1 private Heart's Content Cottage with a Jacuzzi whirlpool tub. Each will be very comfortable for one couple.

    Do you accept pets?

    Sorry, no pets and no smoking for the mutual comfort of our guests. We also do not have children as guests.


  • How to Find Us

    We are proud to be in Hernando, Mississippi on Highway 51 just 1.5 miles north of the historic Town Square and 14 miles from the Memphis International Airport, 12 miles from Graceland (Elvis Presley Mansion) and 22 miles from the Beale Street Music and Entertainment District including the Orpheum Theatre and FedEx Forum. Call as soon as you are ready to discuss your needs. Reservations are subject to availability. Reservations can be made using a major credit card and speaking directly with us by phone.

    Local Phone: 662-429-5864 or Toll-Free: 1-800-882-1897
    We can also be reached via email at: [email protected]
    Please call 662-429-5864 approximately 1 hour ahead of your reserved arrival.

    From the north - on Interstate 55

    • Take the Nesbit Rd. Exit - EXIT 284
    • Turn Right (West) onto Nesbit Rd.
    • Turn Left (South) onto US-51
    • Go 2.3 miles to Sassafras Inn Bed & Breakfast

    From the south - on Interstate 55

    • Take Hernando Exit - EXIT 280
    • Turn Left (West) onto E. Commerce St.
    • Turn Right (North) onto US-51
    • Go 1.7 miles to Sassafras Inn Bed & Breakfast
  • Guest Comments

    We appreciate our guests' comments and love to read the expressions of our visitors. We hope that you may derive a sense of the atmosphere of our Inn from them.

    “Thank you so much for the wonderful relaxing stay at the Sassafras Inn. We appreciate your hospitality and friendly nature and wanted you to know how much we enjoyed our visit. We can’t wait until the next stay.” John and Kathy - Memphis, TN

    “What an escape from the world! Thank you for your warm hospitality. We truly cherished every moment of our 15th Wedding Anniversary. We wish you the best and much success. We will be back soon.” Kendall and April - Franklin, TN

    “This place is the perfect getaway for anyone. Our busy lifestyles never slow down. We were in Hurricane Katrina and are firefighters as well. We have two children and our own business. We had the perfect honeymoon thanks to Eric. He was the best with conversation and making everything just right. We will be coming back.” Willie & Loretta – Mount Olive, MS

    “Thank you for your warm hospitality. Your considerations were very much appreciated. Heart’s Content at Sassafras Inn is so cozy and lovely. Your breakfast was delicious but more bountiful than we could hold. I really liked the candle in the (chiminea) and the crystal rainbow sunlight dancing on the cottage ceiling from the (cupola). Thank you again for your welcoming demeanor.” Roger and Julia - Lambertville, MI

    “Thank you so much for providing us with a wonderful place to just relax and get away for a few days. The atmosphere and decor are beautiful! We appreciate your kind attention during our stay. We will definitely recommend this place to others and hope to return again ourselves very soon.” Tony & Karen – Benton, IL

    “This was the perfect spot for Bryan and I to get away and relax. Everything was absolutely beautiful and cozy. We appreciate everything you did to make our stay enjoyable. May God bless you and your family.” Mary & Bryan – Houston, TX P.S. “The fruit dish is divine!!”

    “Thank you so much for such a wonderful, relaxing night. You helped make my birthday surprise for my husband a success. Your cottage is beautiful!! We loved the pool. Thanks again!!” Michelle & Tim – Millington, TN

    “The sound of the water out by the pool was so soothing. Just what I needed after a hard day of driving. Quiet, peaceful, luxurious. Thanks for the restful experience. Patricia – Georgetown, TX

    “Our stay here was a perfect starting point for our tour of the Natchez Trace. The beautiful accommodations, wonderful pool area and grounds along with Eric’s hospitality set the mood for a wonderful trip.” Maynard & Pat – Cerritos, CA

    “We had a wonderful time here. Thank you for making our first B & B experience a great one. The cooking was fantastic and the rooms beautiful. Thank you for your genuine Southern Hospitality.” Doug & Brandi – Noblesville, IN

    “We have found this place which is a gift. Eric is a finest host. Beautiful room with excellent breakfast. We enjoyed staying here very much. Especially meeting Eric. Take care and hopefully we meet again.” Jaap & Sophia – The Netherlands (Holland)

    “Thank you for a wonderful night’s stay. We have stayed in other B & B’s but yours is definitely one of the best! Wish we could stay longer. Thanks again for your hospitality.” Rob & Jana – Rossville, TN

    “Thank you so much for everything. We had a wonderful time here. I don’t think we have ever felt more relaxed at any of the places we have stayed. Thanks again for your kindness and God bless you and your family.” Rusty & Natalie – Sheridan, AR

    “While traveling on business it is so wonderful to have a place like home at the end of the day. Thanks for opening yours. It is beautiful and comfortable. You are a welcoming and gracious host. Our thanks!” Craig & Colleen – Lodi, CA

    “We were here celebrating our 17th Anniversary. It was our second visit to this perfect little get away spot. We love the total privacy and serenity the cottage offers. We are happy to have a place where we can totally focus on each other and forget the rest of the world. May this place serve as a “blessing place” for many years to come.” Mike & Lisa – Olive Branch, MS