Close to home, yet it feels like miles away.
At McClain, you can truly get away from it all. Step back in time to the days of shucking corn and shelling peas. Fresh-baked bread that could act as a dinner bell itself. The taste of comfort. The feel of home. The fare you’ll find in our General Store and Restaurants speaks directly to your soul.
McClain also allows you to step into another place altogether. Our exotic animals roam throughout the property, looking every bit as natural here as on the Serengeti. Watch them mill about while enjoying a cool beverage on our Observation Deck.
Our wish is to extend a whole new experience to each of our guests. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to hold a special event, enjoy a weekend getaway, or savor a soul-satisfying meal, McClain is that “somewhere.”
Who We Are
Buddy and Joni McClain are the proprietors of McClain Lodge, General Store & Restaurants. Buddy has owned and operated multiple restaurants for over 40 years, and Joni has provided impeccable event planning for over 25 years. Each embodies the hospitality made famous in our state. Together, they stop at nothing to bring every guest an unrivaled experience.
Both lifelong Mississippians, Buddy and Joni understand the nuances of planning and implementing a successful Southern event. They oversee all operations, from food service to technology, for everything ranging from weddings and family reunions to corporate events and church retreats.
“We fell in love. With each other … then with this place. When the opportunity arose for us to actually own the place where we had wed, we jumped at it.”
Buddy and Joni McClain
What is now a natural haven of nearly 2,000 acres began with a deal made from love. Buddy and Joni McClain, who had married in the Chapel, began what was to become a labor of love when they purchased the original 468-acre property. When adjoining acreage became available, they jumped at the chance to expand their domain. The added property included what is now the Guest House, which was built between 1837 and 1841. A descendant of the home once wrote that the property was spared from burning by Gen. Sherman on his infamous march through the South, though he did water his horses in the lake out front, and his men took food and other supplies. Now beautifully renovated, the Guest House offers all the amenities of home, coupled with the quaint feel of days gone by.
We've had a long and fruitful relationship with McClain Lodge, hosting on average two student events each year. The facilities are fabulous and the level of service we receive from their staff is exceptional.
The food by McClain Catering was delicious as usual. We have so much fun out there. It’s just beautiful. Each year we say that was the best party then the next year no that was the best party and on and on... We loved the bench around the fire pit - that was perfect!
Thanks so much for the delicious food! McClain Catering is getting top notch reviews from my senior adults for our Valentine's Banquet.
Hey McClain Lodge Staff, I just wanted you all to know what an absolutely fantastic job you did for our meeting this week. The service and food were GREAT. Everyone I’ve spoken to who attended was fed and catered to very well by the entire staff throughout our two-day event.
Tony, Thank you for the wonderful food at our March 27th Board Retreat. We had a wonderful experience - the food was amazing! And, the hospitality was overflowing. I am coming back one day to make fluffly biscuits with you! Thanks again.
Angela, Thank you for your work in organizing our rehearsal dinner. Debbie and I got so many compliments from family and friends on McClain Lodge, to the food and the service. Everything was well done! Please thank your staff: especially Tony, Leroy and Melissa. They all made this special occasion even more memorable.
We just wanted to say thanks for everything. It was a wonderful event and our Mom thoroughly enjoyed herself as did our guests. The food was great and so was your staff. Thanks again!
Please accept my sincere appreciation for your help for our Hearts for Heroes awards ceremony. Our sixth annual event was one of our best yet! This year, we recognized firefighters from Brandon, Cleveland, Columbus, Flowood, Gulfport, Greenville, Diamondhead, Hattiesburg, Horn Lake and Olive Branch. In addition, we were honored to have Governor Bryant in attendance. Thank you for your commitment to the Mississippi Burn Foundation. We look forward to having our event at McClain Lodge next year!
Thanks so much for everything and for letting us use your beautiful property. You guys do an amazing job and we will tell everybody we know how highly we recommend it. Everybody at the wedding had a great time and kept commenting on how nice of a location we picked. Sarah and I are both very thankful for all of your help and hard work. We appreciate McClain Lodge very much!
Angela, thanks so much for all of your help… from day one until the end on Saturday! We could not have asked for a better staff to assist us with all of our needs. Hats off to Chef Tony… he was wonderful!
I work at TempStaff and have the honor of being in the Rankin County Leadership Class this year. I just want to thank you for allowing us to use your beautiful property for our overnight retreat! It was absolutely breathtaking and a breath of fresh air from the hustle and bustle.
Thank you so much for all of your hard work preparing for, setting up, & working the event Tuesday night to make sure it was a success. We had countless compliments how great the food was. I don't think anything could have been any better. I hope to have the pleasure of working with ya'll again.
I just wanted to tell you again how much we appreciate everyone yall did to make Brandi and Michael's wedding, reception and rehearsal dinner the type experience it was. All your staff was great to work with and so particular with things, making sure everything was covered for everyone. And - the food was GREAT! I cannot tell you how many compliments I heard on the food, place, staff and everything. Please tell Tony and everyone we said thank you!
Elegant, beautiful setting, beautiful sunset, immaculate grounds. I didn't see one glitch in the evening! It was spectacular! I would recommend this venue for anyone planning a wedding or other function! So glad I was there to experience it!
5 Star Beautiful place for any event! The staff is the best I have ever worked with. And I must say Angela is the BEST; she did everything possible to make our wedding everything we asked for ..... thank you Angela and thank you McClain Lodge.