Our Room at the Hilton in Jackson, MS
Room: Very average Hilton. One step up from Hampton Inn, and in this case was $10 more than one of the Hampton Inns that we have stayed at previously (we have stayed in HIs in Jackson on Briarwood and on Greymont).
Service: Our experience here was only with the front desk, and they were courteous.
Food: We didn’t order room service or dine in the hotel’s on-site restaurant during our stay.
Extra: The Hilton is on County Line Road – **very** busy during rush hour and well into the evening.
Our experience is this: Nothing outstanding, either good or bad. In the future we would probably go back to a Hampton Inn. In Jackson – besides this Hilton and the also-mentioned Hamptons, we’ve also stayed at the downtown Crowne Plaza and the one we jokingly call the Edison Warthog (officially the Edison Warthall, but we had such a terrible, terrible experience there…..well, that’s for another post….). What I’d really like to try: The Old Capitol Inn.
Our room at the Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino, Tunica
Room: The room itself here (furnishings-wise) is sub-Hampton, but okay. Although Av and I have been to Tunica several times — not for the casinos really, but for when we are working in the Delta — I really recommend the rooms at Harrah’s. We for some reason got a mailer from Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino offering $29 rooms for a week in December when we were going to need to be in that part of the Delta anyway for business. Since we only needed to stay one night in that particular area, we decided we would go just to see what that particular hotel and casino were like. The hotel has more than one floor, but several of the rooms (including ours) was on the first floor.
Important: if you’re wondering why anyone would stay in a $29/night room, well, agreed. Until you realize that on the weekends these rooms go for hundreds, and during the week when the crowd has subsided, the casino is just happy to have warm bodies. Yes, on Monday it’s a $29 room but on Friday this same room is $200+
Service: The front desk was nice. We self-parked because it was snowy/icy and I didn’t want to give my Volvo to a valet, but the self-parking lot is super-close to the door anyway.
Food: We didn’t eat here at all – we arrived well after suppertime and left before we were in the mood for breakfast.
Our experience is this: For $29 would I do it again? …..mmmm….maybe. Certainly not for more than that, which is a silly thing to say, but true. The casino wasn’t very nice (and we’re not gamblers). For a casino experience, there are much better choices (again, Harrah’s) in Tunica/Robinsonville.
One of my favorite stores is Williams Brothers is Philadelphia.
The store is part groceries, part feed and seed, and part shoe store. The last time we went to Philadelphia – this last summer – we went to Williams Brothers on our way home. It was the month of the Neshoba County Fair – also known as Mississippi’s Giant House Party (I **so** desperately want us to have one of the cabins there!!). We had gone to a very nice conference at one of the casinos there, but the casinos themselves – both the Golden Moon (the newer one) and the Silver Star – not so wild about those.
About four years ago Av and I went to Las Vegas as part of a convention I had to attend and we stayed at Mandalay Bay, which was very nice. At the time, it had the largest bathroom of any hotel we had stayed at (::especiallyinParis::). Oh, and their spa……one of our friends bought me a ‘Mandalay Day’ and it was so nice……massage, facial, manicure, pedicure, etc etc etc. They also have a Robert Cromeans salon there which was great.
We spent some time at some of the other casinos, and especially since we were there on a convention with some other friends, we had a great time taking in a lot of the very nice restaurants on the strip as well as in the ‘real’/older part of Las Vegas. Very quickly: we did NOT have supper at Aureole, but this is the Charlie Parker restaurant with the 4-story wine tower. We did, however, we did get a kick out of seeing them retrieve bottles of wine via harnesses, from the large window inside the hotel. We did have supper at: Rum Jungle (wow!!), Shanghai Lily (really wow!!), Trattoria Del Lupo (this is a quicky Wolfgang Puck place – not so good), and thankfully, Venetian Italian Restaurant on W Sahara Ave (not affiliated with The Venetian Hotel – this restaurant was in ‘old’ Las Vegas) which is no longer open but was a **great** experience.
If we were interested in staying elsewhere, we love ‘American Casino’ on Discovery Channel and may want to go have supper and spend some time at Green Valley Ranch Resort. I am really looking forward to our next trip!
The Boll Weevil Monument (intersection of College St. and Main St. right downtown) in Enterprise
The boll weevil monument (erected in 1919) is something almost everyone in Alabama has heard of. The boll weevil destroyed the cotton crop in and around the Wiregrass around the 1910-1915 period and made people realize there was more that they could farm than just cotton……so some of them decided to plant other crops (peanut farming is huge down here) and some others just left farming for good. To thank the boll weevil for making people realize there was more out there than just cotton, the people there erected this monument. At the bottom is a plaque that reads: “In profound appreciation to the Boll Weevil and what it has done as the herald of prosperity.”
Even though this is the only monument of its kind (to a pest), the work of Dr. George Washington Carver was very important as he had done all sorts of research on other plants – namely the peanut – which was what so many of the farmers switched over to.
UPDATE: go to this post for my latest stay at the Alluvian Hotel (with many more pics) and the Alluvian Spa.
Room: The Alluvian Hotel in Greenwood, MS is one of my favorite hotels. First of all, the hotel is just beautiful. The rooms include fresh flowers, coffee-table books about the area, a super-comfortable bed, chaise lounge (ah….), two additional club chairs, and more! The Alluvian is actually here because of the Viking Range Corporation. The gentleman who owns Viking, Fred Carl, decided to keep and grow his company here in Greenwood, and the hotel was built to serve the business people who need a nicer hotel to stay in when coming to this part of the Delta.
Food: The hotel serves a breakfast on the fourth floor, and you can dine either inside or out on the balcony. It is really good, and the fireplace in the dining area is tiled in these great (must be Ann Sacks) green glossy rectangular tiles. Giardina’s is right next door to the hotel (you can see more about Giardina’s to the right under “Favorite Restaurants” on the right-hand side of this page). Make a reservation there before or right when you get to the hotel, and be sure to tell them you want a table in the curtained section.
Spa: The spa is supposed to open in early 2005. Yay!!
Extra: Right across the street is Dancing Rabbit bookstore (update: now closed) and at the end of the block is one of my favorite shops, the Mississippi Gift Company.
Our experience is this: If there is anyway, anyhow you can stay at the Alluvian, do it. Greenwood is a *great* town. Have lunch at the Crystal Grill and don’t forget pie. Have supper at either Giardina’s or Lusco’s. Go shopping downtown. Love Greenwood!
Our Room at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, MS
Room: This is our room at the Beau Rivage Hotel (and casino) in Biloxi, Mississippi. Some people *really* like this hotel – we’ve stayed here four or five times.
Lobby: The lobby here IS something to see; there is a mosaic in the floor of the lobby that is amazing, and the magnolias that exist inside the hotel were bought from local landowners. This is an odd thing to say, but the public bathrooms there are much nicer (with really pretty sinks) than other casinos on the strip.
Service: All of our experiences with the staff at the BR have been nice.
Food: Not really buffet people, but it’s just what one does here for whatever reason. It was fine.
Spa: Neither of us have tried the spa there. Yet.
Extra: Nice shops.
Our experience is this: if we don’t mind driving an extra 30 miles or so, we will stay at the Casino Magic in Bay St. Louis, which is almost always much less expensive *and* nicer (plus a few times they have upgraded us to a suite).
A Few Words About Local Area Restaurants: We’ve been to Jazzeppi’s (228.374.9660) in the past – it’s an Italian restaurant that’s pretty good. Some people swear by Mary Mahoney’s Old French House Restaurant (228.374.0163) but we haven’t been there yet – it is supposed to be among the nicest restaurants along the coast.