Jackson and the surrounding towns offer a veritable menu of antebellum National Historical Register sites, and several superb museums. For the naturalist, parks and nature trails, including the Natchez Trace Parkway, abound. For Civil War history buffs, the National Military Park in Vicksburg and Champion Hill Battlefield are a short drive away. The Mississippi Blues Trail can take you to "The Crossroads." The Jackson area features excellent restaurant choices that will tempt any palate. If you like Soul Food...come hungry. A game of chance piques your interest..?? Nearby Vicksburg has five excellent gaming halls, offering great food and entertainment as well as an opportunity to try your luck.
Welcome to the Mississippi Blues Trail, your unforgettable journey into the land that spawned the single most important root source of modern popular music. Whether you're a die-hard blues fan or a casual traveler in search of an interesting trip, you'll find facts you didn't know, places you've never seen, and you'll gain a new appreciation for the area that gave birth to the blues.
Ameristar Casino Hotel Vicksburg is the largest dockside casino in central Mississippi – and surely the most exciting. With its dramatically beautiful views of the Mississippi River, its 149 newly renovated hotel rooms and some of the best dining and entertainment all around in the Delta.
Besides the features, restaurants and amenities detailed on this site, Ameristar Casino Hotel Vicksburg offers free parking and a courtesy shuttle service between the hotel and casino. Complimentary valet parking is available at the casino.
With its intimate feel and mighty acoustics, it's no surprise that Duling Hall has won accolades for best live music venue in Jackson, Mississippi. While bringing in talent ranging from The Flaming Lips, Taj Mahal, Leon Russell, Jason Isbell, Leftover Salmon, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Zappa Plays Zappa, Blind Boys of Alabama, St. Paul & The Broken Bones & hundreds of others, at Duling Hall you can catch just about any genre of music throughout the year—making it quite the crowd favorite. Centrally located in Fondren, it's the perfect spot to end or begin your night on the town! With delicious restaurants within walking distance and ample parking behind and around the building, concert attendance is not just enjoyable, but easy.
Fondren is Jackson's crown jewel, reinventing itself – and the city – one person at a time. As the arts district of Jackson, Miss., Fondren is the hub of artistic expression through music and visual arts and boasts unique owner-operated boutiques and over two-dozen locally owned restaurants, bars, coffee shops and bakeries. Locals own this place and the feel is small town, but with a hip and eclectic twist (check out photos of neighborhood events and activities.) Each week, the neighborhood is a buzz with activities like concerts, art openings, group fitness opportunities, book signings, food tastings and more.
Fondren is three miles from downtown Jackson is and is bordered by the LeFleur East and Greater Belhaven neighborhoods.
Vicksburg National Military Park preserves and interprets the Vicksburg Campaign and siege that ended in the surrender of Vicksburg, Mississippi to General Ulysses Grant's Union army in July, 1863 - the turning point of the American Civil War.
The smell of charcoal greets you and the music carries you inside. Built as the Armour Smokehouse in 1906 this legendary Jackson landmark is a true icon of Mississippi's rich heritage. The old Iron Horse Grill burned down mysteriously twice. It was left abandoned after a fire in 1999. Fifteen years later it's been brought ack up from the ashes like never before! The open kitchen and live music is the Mississippi way of living.
Located in the Fondren district, Saltine Oyster Bar is perfect for a modern oyster bar focusing on Southern cuisine, highlighting fresh seafood and seasonal vegetables to share. Saltine also offers an extensive beer list with over 30 taps of craft beer, as well as a wide selection of rum and several signature cocktails.
Since it's opening in 1980, Rick Olson and Paula Coe have hooked the masses on hummus, gyros and their famous feta dressing. A quick check on Facebook is a testament to the cult following with the fan page "Feta dressing from Keifer's makes anything taste good" showing about 1,300 fans from all over the state to California, New York, Florida and even Australia.
Regulars at The Big Apple Inn clamor for the smokes and ears at this restaurant. The pig ear sandwich - yes, pig ear - was an invention of owner Gino Lee's grandfather "Big John" Mora. Mora was a Mexican immigrant and named the restaurant after a late 1930's dance craze called "The Big Apple." Patrons buy bags full of smokes and ears. But what does that mean exactly? Well, "smokes" is finely chopped, seasoned smoked sausage and ears are one pig ear cut into three sections so it can fit on a bun.
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