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The best Hotels, Restaurants, Shops, Cultural Attractions, and just plain Fun Stuff to do and see in Jackson, Mississippi.

 

HOTELS: JACKSON

Getting a good night’s sleep at the Days Inn Jackson Southwest. 
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Enjoy a breakfast buffet and a complimentary cocktail reception at the Cabot Lodge Millsaps hotel. 
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Stay in the heart of downtown at the Marriott Jackson. 
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Hit the hay at the 276-room Hilton Jackson. 
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RESTAURANTS: JACKSON

For a noontime energy burst, head to Julep Restaurant and Bar, where you can sample the award-winning fried chicken. 
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Dig into a Southern favorite—fried green tomatoes—at Two Sisters’ Kitchen.
(601)-353-1180

Hear live blues music over fresh-caught catfish and crab cakes at the swanky AJ’s Seafood Grille in Ridgedale. 
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Soul food like fried chicken and pork chops reigns supreme at Peaches Restaurant on Farish Street, where the lunchtime crowd sits on cracked plastic stools at the counter beneath old photos of Jesse Owens and Jackie Robinson. 
(601)-354-9267


SHOPS: JACKSON

Pick up gardening tools and ornamental art at the Everyday Gardener. 
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Pick up all your fishing needs, including live bait and tackle, at First Stop Hardware on Spillway Road. 
(601)-992-9366


CULTURAL/HISTORIC: JACKSON

Visit the home of Pulitzer-winning fiction writer Eudora Welty’s home, which celebrates its centennial this year. Archivists worked to restore the house to look the way it would have when Welty was alive. Her favorite books rise haphazardly on tabletops and chairs. The floral armchair she loved sits near the front window, and framed photos of friends like writer Katherine Anne Porter cluster in her bedroom. Listen near the window and you may just hear “the clear, searching, repeating sounds of piano practice,” as Welty wrote, that frequently drifted “in through the open windows of my upstairs room where I sat at the typewriter working.” 
(601) 353-7762

 

See the Medgar Evers Statue, tucked behind the civil rights advocate’s namesake library. 
(601)-982-2867

The black community’s struggle for equality permeates almost every church, school, and house in Jackson. Learn more about that struggle by picking up the Civil Rights Driving Tour pamphlet at the Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau. The tour covers four different geographical areas of the city. Follow its detailed instructions—“Turn right on Dr. Jessie Mosley Drive”—or skip sections altogether to focus on neighborhoods.
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FUN STUFF: JACKSON

Head to Mynelle Gardens, a seven-acre spread of trees, grasses, and hundreds of perennials, annuals, and naturalized bulb flowers. The lush property gets its name from Mynelle Westbrook, the daughter of wealthy parents who created the gardens in the 1920s just for her. The grounds open their doors at 8 a.m. during the winter. In January, catch the gardens’ ornamental cabbage, pansies, and camellias in full bloom. Bring your own packed lunch and eat inside a wooden gazebo, thick with Chinese wisteria, or in the shade of a buckeye tree. 
(601) 960-1894

 

Fishing comes easy in Mississippi. Head 15 minutes north of Jackson, and you can spend a day at the 33,000-acre Ross Barnett Reservoir trying out a popular pastime: crappie fishing.
Originally built as a flood-control project for the Pearl River, the reservoir boasts more than 100 miles of shoreline and is chock-full of some of Mississippi’s best crappie (pronounced “croppy”) stock. Call the Main Harbor Store to snag Doss Shropshire for the day; the Jackson local works as a nautical jack-of-all-trades, from taking tourists out on the reservoir to acting as a Sea Tow service for stranded boats. Whether you fish for fun (toss ’em back) or for food (Southerners like to deep-fry their crappie), don’t exceed the 30-crappie daily limit.
(601) 853-0683

 

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