Jackson, Mississippi

When I Went: July 15-17, 2011

Was That the Best Time of Year to Go? Spring or fall would be best.

Why I Went There: To attend a wedding

Who Went With Me? Good friends

We Stayed Here: With friends at their home in Belhaven. But the Fairview Inn is a wonderful bed and breakfast. Fine dining, beautiful rooms, a spa, and more all wrapped up in a historic and luxurious inn.

You Won’t Want to Miss: The Eudora Welty House. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author has a beautiful home, now a museum, in Belhaven. Lemuria Books. A great little independent bookstore featuring a First Editions club, lots of signed books, and some fine first editions. Plus a wonderful staff and owner who are eager to help. Side trips: Merigold, Mississippi, the fabulous home of McCarty Pottery. The B.B. King Museum in Indianola. The Shack Up Inn in Clarksdale. (Blues lovers won’t find a better spot than the Mississippi Delta.) And during football season head to Oxford, home of the Mississippi Rebels and tailgating in the Grove. There’s nothing like SEC football.

Eat Here: Mayflower Cafe — Since 1935, this has been a Jackson favorite. Great steaks and seafood. BYOB.  Brent’s — Another Jackson institution. It’s kind of like the Highland Park Pharmacy in Dallas. Great sandwiches, burger, and shakes. Walker’s Drive-In — One of the best restaurants in Jackson.

Play Here: Ross Barnett Reservoir

If I Went Again: I’d stay longer.

How Did You Get There From Dallas? Straight down Interstate 20.

Other Tips For Fellow Travelers: The drive isn’t bad at all, but American Airlines and Southwest Airlines also make for a quick flight. Jackson is full of history and beautiful old homes. Plus Vicksburg and the Mississippi River are just down the road.

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