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Star for Vacation Rentals Gold Strike - Jackson The Mississippi countryside rolls quietly by. Your eyes scan the horizon for your destination. There it is, a golden oasis towering in the distance. Minutes later and you are whisked into a world of sophisticated elegance. In every sense of the word, you have arrived. Welcome to Gold Strike Casino Resort. The belle époque meets the Delta as the GOLD STRIKE Casino Resort becomes the most elegant resort in the Mid-South. The High-Victorian style of luxurious brass and marble provide a comfortable yet elegant atmosphere. Check out the website

Phone: 1-888-24K-STAY   Price Range: $151 - $250   Size: 50 - 200 Units   Open Season: N/A
Kids Allowed: Yes   Pets Allowed: No   Restaurant Onsite: Yes   Conference Facility: Yes
Nearest Popular City: Jackson   Nearest Lake/River: N/A   Languages: English   Lodging Types: Casino Resorts   Activities: Gambling

Star for Vacation Rentals The Fairview Inn & Restaurant - Jackson The Fairview Inn & Restaurant is a premier Jackson accommodation, welcoming you to enjoy its stately elegance. Our 1908 Colonial Revival mansion is one of Jackson's few remaining architecturally designed homes of the period. Find the comfort and southern hospitality you desire at our AAA, 4-Diamond Award winning bed and breakfast, listed among the top 10 Most Romantic Inns of 2000 (American Historic Inns, Inc). Check out the website

Phone: 1.888.948.1908   Price Range: $100 - $350   Size: 18 Units   Open Season: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Kids Allowed: Yes   Pets Allowed: No   Restaurant Onsite: Yes   Conference Facility: Yes
Nearest Popular City: Jackson   Nearest Lake/River: Barnett Reservoir   Languages: English, French   Lodging Types: Bed and Breakfasts, Luxury Resorts   Activities: Antiquing, Cultural Activities, Gourmet Dining, Sightseeing

Jackson is the capital and the most populous city of the US state of Mississippi. It is one of two county seats of Hinds County (the town of Raymond is the other),. Jackson, including its surrounding suburbs, boasts a strong economy as well as growing population.

Points of interest
Tourism and culture

Jackson is a city famous for its music – including Gospel, Blues, and R&B. Jackson is also home to the world famous Malaco Records recording studio. Many notable musicians hail from Jackson.

Jackson, MS is mentioned in the 1973 song Uneasy Rider by Charlie Daniels.

Rap rocker Kid Rock made a song about Jackson, aptly titled "Jackson, Mississippi", in 2003.

The Rolling Stones sat "in a bar tippling a jar in Jackson" in their song 'Country Honk' on the 1969 album 'Let It Bleed'. "And on the street the summer sun it shines. There's many a bar-room queen I've had in Jackson, but I just can't seem to drink you off my mind."

"Jackson" is a song written by Jerry Leiber and Billy Edd Wheeler about newlyweds making the discovery that, after jumping much too quickly into marriage, the "fire" has gone out of their relationship. They both want to go to Jackson, where each looks forward to a new life free of the other. Although the song does not specify whether Jackson, TN or Jackson, MS is the destination, the lyrics do clearly reference gambling. During the period from the 1920s until the 1960s, illegal gambling casinos flourished on the east side of the Pearl River, along the original U.S. Route 80 just outside the city of Jackson, MS in Flowood. The infamous casinos might have been the inspiration for those lyrics.

In any event, the best-known single releases of the song include the 1968 Grammy Award winner by Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, and the hit Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood version from the same year. Much later, the song was performed by Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon (playing Johnny Cash and June Carter) in the 2005 film Walk the Line.

Those illegal casinos referenced (perhaps) by the song, along with bootleg liquor stores and nightclubs, made up the Gold Coast, a strip of mostly black-market businesses which operated for decades along Flowood Road, just across the Pearl River from downtown Jackson. Though it existed outside the law, the Gold Coast was a thriving center of nightlife and music, with many local blues musicians appearing in the clubs regularly. The Gold Coast disappeared after Mississippi's prohibition laws were repealed in 1966, allowing Hinds County, including Jackson, to go "wet".

In 1978, the USA International Ballet Competition was founded in Jackson by Thalia Mara, who is also the namesake of Thalia Mara Hall where the competition is held. The following year saw the first USA International Ballet Competition held as part of the worldwide International Ballet Competition (IBC), which itself originated in Varna, Bulgaria in 1964. The competition eventually expanded to rotating annual events between Jackson, Varna, Moscow and Tokyo. It was in 1979 that the event first came to the United States, to Jackson, where it now returns every four years. The rotation is currently among Jackson, Varna, Helsinki, Finland, and Shanghai, China. Jackson has been the host of the IBC in 1979, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2006. The next competition in Jackson will be in 2010. The United States Congress recognized Jackson and the USA IBC by passing a Joint Resolution in 1982 that designated Jackson as the official home of the USA IBC.

Periodic cultural events

CelticFest Mississippi (annual, September)
Crossroads Film Festival (annual, April)
Festival Latino (annual, September)
Jubilee!Jam (annual, June)
Mal's St. Pattys Day Parade (annual, third Saturday of March, before/after March 17, the fourth largest in the nation with over 50,000 people)
Sweet Potato Queens Million Queen March Weekend
Mississippi State Fair (annual, held in October)
OUToberfest (annual gay and lesbian festival, October)
USA International Ballet Competition (every four years, June)

Downtown Jackson attractions

Alamo Theater (The)
Boddie Mansion (The)
Bronze Statue of Medgar Evers
Chimneyville Crafts Gallery
City Hall
Dr. A. H. McCoy Federal Building
Jackson Zoo
Mississippi Arts Center

Mississippi Department of Archives and History
Mississippi Fairgrounds and Coliseum
Mississippi Farmer's Market
Mississippi Governor's Mansion
Mississippi Museum of Art
Mississippi State Capitol
Mississippi Supreme Court
Municipal Art Gallery

The Oaks House Museum/Boyd House
Old State Capitol
Russell C. Davis Planetarium/Ronald E. McNair Space Theater
Smith Park – located downtown adjacent to the Governor's Mansion
Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center
Sonny Guy Municipal Golf Course
Thalia Mara Hall
War Memorial Building

Museums and historic sites

Eudora Welty House Museum
Greenwood Cemetery
The International Museum of Muslim Cultures
The City of Jackson Fire Museum
King Edward Hotel
Manship House Museum
Medgar Evers Home Museum
Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum

Mississippi Governor's Mansion
Mississippi Museum of Art
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum
The Oaks House Museum/Boyd House
Old Capitol Museum of Mississippi History
Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center
Standard Life Insurance Building

Jackson, Mississippi received its first Mississippi Blues Trail designation. The ceremony was held and the historic marker placed on the former site of the Subway Lounge on Pearl Street. The Subway Lounge was in the basement of the old Summers Hotel, one of two hotels available as lodging to blacks before desegregation when it opened in 1943. In the 1960s, the hotel added a lounge in the basement that featured jazz. In the 1980s, when the lounge was revived, it was catered to late night blues performers. In 2002, the Subway Lounge was filmed for a documentary entitled Last of the Mississippi Jukes.
Parks

Battlefield Park
Grove Park
LeFleur's Bluff State Park
Parham Bridges Park
Sheppard Brothers Park
Smith Park
Sykes Park

Downtown Jackson renaissance

Currently, Jackson is experiencing $1.6 billion in downtown development. Among the projects include improvements to or construction of the following:

Old Capitol Green
Pinnacle at Jackson Place
Convention Center and Hotels
Mississippi Telecom Center
Events Center/Sports Arena

Union Station
Farish Street Entertainment District
Standard Life Building
Electric 302
Plaza Building

AT&T Building
Jackson Place Residential
State and Tombigbee Lofts
Library Lofts
Towncreek Apartments at Farish

Ceva Green
King Edward
Mississippi History Museum
Festival Park
Old Capitol Museum

Mill Street Viaduct and Market
Cellular South
JPD Headquarters
New Federal Courthouse
Mississippi Museum of Art

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