Are you planning a getaway to Mississippi? Let us take away the burden of researching the area. Discover our exclusive 48-hour itinerary for Jackson, MS! In this blog, you’ll learn all you need to know about the city’s major attractions and how to make the most out of your two-day vacation. All you need to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride! For even more local recommendations, make sure you download our free Vacation Guide. It features some of our favorite restaurants, events, museums, shops, outdoor adventures, and more.
Spend the Best 48 Hours in Jackson, MS, With This Exclusive Itinerary
It’s your first day in Jackson! You’re well rested and ready to discover our fabulous Southern city. Channel this energy and get ready to hit the streets in search of history and leisure. Start your morning with a delicious, homemade breakfast at the Historic Fairview Inn, then go for a stroll in the Fondren District. Grab a latte at Cups and indulge in some retail therapy at the colorful, nearby stores. This is a great way to enjoy a stroll through town and get familiar with the layout of the city!
When it’s time for lunch, head a few streets away from Fondren and check out Pig and Pint for authentic Southern BBQ! This establishment serves the best pork and beer in town and is a must-see when you visit Jackson. The baked beans are cooked to perfection, and the meat is as tender as butter! It melts in your mouth and pairs nicely with a cold beer.
After your delicious lunch, it’s time to discover Jackson’s best museums! You have a large selection to choose from depending on what you want to explore. The Mississippi State Capitol is an iconic landmark (and makes for a great picture!) but newer additions like the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum offer an interactive experience. No matter which one you choose, you’re sure to leave with more knowledge of our state’s history and heritage.
Are you the literary type? If so, you must stop by the Eudora Welty House. You can visit this famous Mississippi writer’s home in the rolling hills of Belhaven. Get inspired by her story and walk in her footsteps as you tour the house and marvel at original artifacts and furniture.
All of that museum hopping will likely leave you tired! Come home to the Historic Fairview Inn and indulge in a spa treatment. You’re on vacation, after all, and you deserve to relax. Our on-site spa menu features massages, facials, body treatments, and manicures and pedicures. So, treat yourself and unwind in the comfort of our inn.
How about going out and experiencing Jackson’s nightlife? One of our favorite places to spend the evening is Hal and Mal’s. This local joint offers excellent live music and mouthwatering food. Sip on a cocktail, enjoy the rhythm of the blues, and toast to your first day in Jackson!
Get a good night’s rest in our Magnolia Suite and wake up refreshed in the plush king bed. Then, join us downstairs for a wonderful breakfast and get ready for another day filled with adventures! Since you’ve already explored so much of downtown Jackson, how about venturing outside the city limits? Hop in your car and get ready to see the beautiful surrounding areas. You have a few options for day trips from Jackson. Here are three of our favorites!
Natchez is a lovely town less than two hours away from Jackson. It’s one of our favorite day trip destinations! There are so many things to do and see that you can easily spend the entire day here. Drive along the scenic Natchez Trace Parkway, tour beautiful colonial mansions, dine at Roux 61 or Magnolia Grill, and be on the lookout for fun events like the Balloon Festival!
If you want to experience the historical South during your visit, then a plantation tour is a great activity. Longwood Plantation, for example, is by far the most impressive property in Natchez, MS. Tour this gorgeous brick manor and marvel at its impressive octagonal shape. Natchez Pilgrimage Tours offer several options for different plantations and mansions, so don’t hesitate to sign up prior to your outing.
Vicksburg is another popular destination for history buffs and is only 50 minutes away from Jackson. Once a location of the Civil War, the town is now home to a variety of historical attractions. Explore museums like the Vicksburg National Military Park (a Civil War landmark), the USS Cairo & Museum, or the Warren County Old Courthouse. Then, enjoy a fabulous lunch at one of the best restaurants in town. We highly recommend Beechwood! They serve amazing jumbo sea scallops and other Southern seafood staples.
Your Last Evening in Jackson
Since it’s your last night in Jackson, take it easy and rest after your day trip to either of the destinations above. Relax in a hot bubble bath before joining us downstairs in the Library Lounge. This original 1908 library offers a classy, vintage atmosphere and a fabulous book collection. Some of our treasures include Civil War fiction and non-fiction as well as copies of books from famous local writers, like Eudora Welty, John Grisham, William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, and more. Treat yourself to a cocktail before heading to your table at our restaurant.
1908 Provisions is one of Jackson’s finest establishments and serves exquisite Southern cuisine with a modern twist. We offer fresh, local ingredients and a rotating menu that changes with each season. Try some of our signature dishes like the stuffed pork tenderloin, redfish, Simon’s 1908 burger, or our mixed grill!
48 Hours at the Historic Fairview Inn
Now that you know what to do for 48 hours in Jackson, it’s time to book your stay. The Historic Fairview Inn is the perfect mix of history and luxury, offering deluxe rooms and suites, delectable dining, and a private lounge, library, game room, and spa. Explore nearby attractions in Jackson, Natchez, and Vicksburg, or simply revel in the comfort of our inn’s relaxing, peaceful environment. One thing is for sure: It will be a weekend getaway you won’t forget!