Jackson, MS has many different neighborhoods that offer unique experiences. We’ve already told you about Belhaven—where our beautiful and historic inn is located—but this time, we’re going to explore Fondren! If you’re looking for a quaint, and up-and-coming area to spend the day, it’s the perfect place for you. Read on to learn more about our favorite things to do there and start planning your visit today!
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Why Do You Need to Visit the Fondren Neighborhood?
It’s Home to Excellent Restaurants and Coffee Shops
What would a walk through Fondren be without a delicious coffee drink from Cups? This longtime Jackson favorite coffee shop is a must-try when you’re in the area. All drinks are made from coffee roasted in-house, so it’s guaranteed to be fresh and authentic! Order yourself a fluffy cappuccino and roam Fondren’s streets feeling caffeinated.
Brent’s Drugs is an authentic pharmacy and soda fountain shop that serves the best chocolate malts you’ve ever tasted! Visiting this establishment is like stepping back in time. The store opened in 1946 and was recently renovated by Fondren residents who wanted to give the old pharmacy a second life. It’s an absolute must-see!
If you want to continue feeling like you’ve stepped back in time, head over to Walker’s Drive-In! It’s one of Jackson’s most beloved restaurants and entices visitors with its retro-elegant atmosphere! For lunch, try the redfish sandwich, lamb with tzatziki curry, or fried oysters with warm brie and apple slaw. Be sure to also save some room for dessert!
Brunch at Saltine is a staple in Fondren. It’s served every Saturday and Sunday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and features delicious breakfast and lunch items. If you want to go during their regular weekly hours, try their famous oysters, hot chicken, or Saltine burger.
It’s Full of Activities and Entertainment
Fondren is an eclectic and funky neighborhood, so it makes sense that you would find unique places to explore during your visit. Take Duling Hall, for example. It was an elementary school in the 1930s, but now it’s a great place to catch shows from the Mississippi Opera and other talented local bands.
Do you want to stay active during your stay in Jackson? If so, Fondren Fitness is the place to go. This brand-new 12,000-square foot gym clean and modern decor as well as state-of-the-art equipment. You’ll love getting your dose of fitness here, even during your vacation!
Do you want to try something different this upcoming vacation? We have the perfect activity for you. Salsa Mississippi offers great salsa and ballroom dance lessons, as well as kickboxing, hip-hop, Zumba, and yoga classes. It can make for the perfect date idea if you’re traveling with your significant other!
Go From the Streets of Fondren to the Comfort of the Historic Fairview Inn
Strolling around Fondren all day is more tiring than it sounds, and that’s why you deserve a pampering session when you come back to the Historic Fairview Inn. Let the soothing atmosphere of our historic inn wash away your stress, and help you indulge in well-deserved relaxation. Our boutique hotel offers some of the most stunning rooms in town. You’ll discover a world of elegance and charm as soon as you walk through our doors! Most of them are equipped with impeccable decor, plush queen and king beds, and whirlpool tubs. You can also book yourself a rejuvenating spa treatment at our in–house establishment to relax your muscles! NomiSpa offers an array of services, including massages, facials, and more.
Did you know that you don’t even need to go out again at night to eat at one of the top restaurants of Jackson? 1908 Provisions is a premier farm-to-table restaurant at the heart of our inn. Enjoy its Southern-inspired and upscale ambiance, and save some room for a delicious cocktail to enjoy in our Library Lounge after dinner!