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Two Blondes Travel X Jackson

Get excited for about another installment of Two Blondes Travel! My blonde counterpart, Jenna (J), and I made our way to Jackson, Mississippi two weeks ago. I created an awesome playlist full of artists that hail from Mississippi for our road trip here. Neither one of us had been to Jackson before so we were excited to check out the city; known for their music and food scene we were two happy blondes. I’ve broken the weekend down by daily adventures, and, of course, no travel excursion is complete without a fun highlight video.

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Friday

We arrived in Jackson around 7 pm and found ourselves at the gorgeous new The Westin Jackson. The layout was warm, welcoming, and just what we needed after the 5.5-hour drive. We had reservations at the hotel restaurant, Estelle, at 8:30 giving us time to check in and unwind. I’m a sucker for anything cozy so naturally, I made myself at home once we got into our room.

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The comfortable accommodations made it very difficult to leave; however, Estelle’s pizzas and cocktails were calling my name. As we walked in Estelle’s, I was intimidated by the elegance of the space but those feelings soon vanished as the friendly staff led us to our table. Preston, Estelle’s manager, treated us to some amazing cocktails and a tour of the kitchen. After seeing the wood-fire oven, that made my choice very clear on my entree. J and I decided on the lobster devil eggs, roasted chicken pizza, and duck breast. This was the perfect dining experience to kick off our Jackson weekend. Thanks to Preston, Kenny, and Charity for the amazing hospitality. J and I were greeted by a friendly staff in an elegant setting.

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Saturday

Saturday morning started with a photoshoot in front of the infamous “Welcome to Jackson” mural off of Pearl Street downtown.

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But even my fierce leather jacket couldn’t keep the cold away, so we quickly headed to back to The Westin for a warm up of coffee in our robes. The Westin’s fluffy beds, cozy robes, and hot coffee was just what I needed after freezing my fanny off. It also would have been helpful if I had researched the weather and brought warmer clothes.

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We did a change, touch up, and headed over to the Fondren area of Jackson for lunch at Saltine. The bright decor was almost as vibrant its patrons, but the food spoke for itself. As we settled in for brunch, which is served Saturdays and Sundays, we had trouble picking from their diverse menu. We opted for the chicken biscuits, gumbo, goat cheese grits, and Lowcountry boil; being from Charleston, we were both intrigued to see how their Lowcountry boil would compare. It was perfectly seasoned (slightly spicy) and just dang tasty. A definite must when paired with a bloody.

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No trip to Jackson is complete without experiencing the local music scene. When we asked the locals and they all claimed that Underground 119 was the place to check out. This historic blues club hosts live music Thursday – Saturday, and this definitely ain’t amateur hour, numerous local and regional acts have graced the piano-shaped stage. Jackson is known as the birthplace of America’s music and I see and hear why that’s the case. There are several music venues in town that are booked with local acts every Thursday through Saturday. Stay tuned for another post just on the music 🙂

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After a full day of eating, wandering, drinking we needed to be in bed with pizza and steak. The restaurant was so accommodating to bring our meal to our room. 🙂

Sunday

After indulging on Saturday, it was time to hit the gym! The Westin’s gym had everything anyone could ever need to get their fitness on, including a lap pool. I had the whole gym to myself, because like most people on vacation working out is probably the last thing on your list. The main reason was last night’s splurge and also anticipation for Sunday’s brunch at Brent’s Drugs.

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Brent’s Drugs is a soda fountain diner back over in the Fondren area. J went with the classic eggs and bacon where I splurged on chicken and waffles. The restaurant is just plain adorable with vintage booths and the original bar stools from 1946. It’s a blast from the past but with brunch staples of breakfast tacos, huge biscuits, and endless coffee.

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J and I had a blast exploring Jackson, but the real gem was the welcoming people. At every location, people would stop and inquire about our numerous picture-taking and video. When they found out we were creating a travel guide for The Westin, they wanted to tell us about why they live and love Jackson. Every story was different but the feeling was the same. They are excited about Jackson’s growth and cannot wait to see what the future holds for their capital city. Huge thanks to The Westin Jackson, their AMAZING staff, the Jackson locals for their hometown hospitality, and the band, Glass Mansions, for allowing us to use their song in our video.

Until next time,
Two Blondes Travel

Weekend Playlist – Hip Hop Sessions

Thursday

Plan A:

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9 to 5 Magazine Launch Party, The Eclectic Cafe & Vinyl

Plan B:
Happy Hour with Shelby McDaniel and James Rubush, Fuel

Things around town:
Oysters On The Dock, Tavern & Table

Friday

Plan A:

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Hip Hop Sessions 1, Cory’s Grilled Cheese

Plan B:
Black Power Mixtape featuring Grüzer, Halfway Down And Jupiter Down, Tin Roof

Things around town:
Eddie Rumfelt, Sure Shots Bar & Billiards

Saturday

Plan A:


8th Annual Follywood Oyster Roast, The Barrel

Plan B:
Becca Smith, Elliotborough Mini Bar

Things around town:
Typhons Fall, The White Walls, Go Jenny Go & State Of Illusion Rock Shakers, Southern Shakers Bar And Grill

Weekend Playlist – Gullah Contemporary Jazz

Thursday

Plan A:
Firetag’s Birthday Bash, Pour House

Plan B:
The Black Light Bash Kingdom Bar & Grill

Things around town:
Redleg Husky + Dallas Baker, Tin Roof

Friday

Plan A:


Charleston Jazz Festival Presents Gullah Contemporary Jazz, Renaissance Charleston Historic District Hotel

Plan B:
DJ D!Z, Royal American 

Things around town:
Sam Stringfield, Eclectic Cafe & Vinyl

Saturday 

Plan A:
Oyster Roast featuring Me & Mr. Jones, Bay Street Biergarten

Plan B:

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Lowcountry Dylan Open Mic, The Eclectic Cafe & Vinyl

Things around town:
Larry Keel Experience with The Marshgrass Mamas, Pour House

I’m Going to Jackson

* Cue Johnny and June’s “Jackson”

I’m heading out of Charleston this weekend for an adventure in Jackson, Mississippi. Thanks to the kind folks at The Westin, my blonde counterpart, Jenna, and I will be taking in the sights and sounds of the city. Naturally, I began my research on the musicians from Mississippi and let me tell you it’s quite the range. From country songstresses, Faith Hill and Tammy Wynette to the nitty, gritty blues of Muddy Waters and B.B. King, Mississippi has been the home state to many successful artists. This southern town just isn’t blues and country, rock bands The Weeks and Grammy-nominated North Mississippi Allstars are notable groups that also hail from the Magnolia State. I created a playlist that will be perfect for our road trip, and make sure to follow us along on Instagram (jennawessinger and discoteepee) to see what’s really going on in Jackson. Stay tuned for a full travel guide recap.

“Yeah, I’m goin’ to Jackson,
Look out Jackson town”

Weekend Playlist – Women & The Dead

Thursday

Plan A:
Kenny George Band w/Finnegan Bell & Sweet Sweet, Royal American

Plan B:
Young Mister, The Eclectic Cafe & Vinyl

Things around town:
Happy Hour Featuring Music from Tyler Boone, Fuel

Friday

Plan A:

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Women & The Dead: A Tribute to the Grateful Dead, Charleston Music Hall

Plan B:
SondorBlue w/ Rare Creatures and The Brook & The Bluff, Royal American

Saturday 

Plan A:

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Mahogany Soul Presents: Soul Icons A Tribute to Jill Scott, Chaka Kahn, Aretha Franklin, and Sade, Pour House

Plan B:
Mitchell Lee & “The Voice” Friends with Saluda Shoals and Haley Mae Campbell, Music Farm 

Things around town:
Music Under the Oaks w/ Deadwin, Tattooed Moose (JI)

Weekend Playlist – Carolina Vibes

Friday

Plan A:

Carolina Vibes, Music Farm

Plan B:
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Emily Curtis, Black Wood Smokehouse
Jaykob Kendrick Band, Chill N Grill

Things around town:


Conor Donohue with Jordan Igoe and Brent Brent, Royal American

Saturday

Plan A:

Marsh Jam, TheBEND with Jump Castle Riot, D0min0, and Trae Pierce & the T-Stones

Plan B:
The Stones Tribute, Pour House

“Members of Guilt Ridden Troubadour, Gaslight Street, Sideshow Americans, Josh Roberts & The Hinges and more play the music of The Rolling Stones.”

Things around town:
Becca Smith w/ Logan and the Kidders, Tin Roof

Weekend Playlist – Dead27s

Thursday

Plan A:
Super Goo Jam with member of The Blue Dogs and Killer Whales, Music Farm 

Plan B:
Becca Smith, Fuel 

Things around town:
Bluegrass Thursdays, Bar Mash

Friday

Plan A:
Dead27s, Windjammer

Plan B:
Blue Dogs 5th Annual Homecoming & 29th Anniversary Celebration, Charleston Music Hall 

Things around town:

Laura Jane Vincent & Momma Molasses, Tin Roof

Saturday

Plan A:
Motormouth Mabel / DUMB Doctors / Anergy / The Frizz, Burns Alley
Dead27s,
Windjammer

Plan B:
Cranford Hollow w/ C2 and the Brothers Reed & Pierce Edens, Royal American

Things around town:
Blake Ratliffe (of Youngster), Dockery’s

Estuarie with Waystray Street, Eclectic Cafe and Vinyl

Sunday

Plan A:
Jump, Little Children w/ the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and Katie Rose, Charleston Music Hall

Abstract – That Rapper, Smoke BBQ (downtown)

Plan B:
Brave Baby w/ Human Resources & 2 Slices, Royal American 

Things around town:
Saluda Shoals and Ellen Drive, Red’s Ice House & Tavern and Table 

Weekend Playlist – Christmas Jam

Wednesday

Plan A:
Christmas Jam, The Commodore

Plan B:
Open Mic, Elliotborough Mini Bar

Things around town:
The Silver Bells, Tin Roof

Thursday

Plan A:
The V-tones, Fuel 

Plan B:
Danny May, Famulari’s Brewpub

Things around town:
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Fade to Blac, Purple Buffalo 

Friday

Plan A:

Becca Leigh, The Eclectic Cafe & Vinyl

Plan B:
A Very Prairie Christmas with Hans Wenzel & the Eighty Sixers, The Barrel

Things around town:
The Night Caps, Smoke BBQ

Saturday

Plan A:

Clare Elich & Friends, Elliotborough Mini Bar

Plan B:
Xuluprophet, John King

Things around town:
Sounds Of Sand, Palmetto Brewing

 

Emily Curtis – “Breath of Heaven”

Charleston local songstress, Emily Curtis, has released a cover of Amy Grant’s “Breath of Heaven”. Joined by her father, Ty Curtis, on guitar, her cover of this song perfectly captures Emily’s velvety vocals. She has also recently released an EP, Hindsight, filled with even more amazing songs. You can listen and follow her on Spotify here.

Get into the Holiday season and give the song a listen below.

 

 

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