Daily deal: A scene-stealing southern retreat
The Fairview Inn, in Jackson, Mississippi.
It was upon the tranquil terraces and sun-soaked verandas of Jackson, Mississippi, that Skeeter Phelan, and the other magnetic heroines of Kathryn Stockett's best seller The Help, called home.
Now, as Stockett's page-turner about 1960s black housekeepers and the white families they cared for comes to the big screen this summer, you can enjoy your own Southern awakening at the historic Fairview Inn.
Be the protagonist in your own coming-of-age story with a special The Help-themed getaway: an overnight stay in a standard room ($174) or suite ($204) at the AAA Four Diamond hotel and an authentic Southern dinner for two at Sophia's Restaurant.
The plot gets thicker than an August afternoon in Jackson with an included welcome basket stocked with items inspired by the acclaimed novel, like Fairview Inn playing cards, a how-to book on playing bridge, an old-fashioned bottled coke, peanuts, Mississippi cheese straws, and a Fairview Inn handmade mug.
There will be no need to keep the stories you collect on this trip a secret as you take in the sights and sounds of Jackson's rich past and vibrant present. Wind your way through pristine gardens and Belhaven, the historic neighborhood that served as the movie's set, before surveying the antique stores and boutique shops of the nearby Fondren Arts District.
Find something to write home about at the Fairview, a 1908 Colonial Revival mansion where the movie's stars stayed during filming. Explore the rose and herb gardens, rest on the hammock and rocking chairs, and treat yourself to a full Southern breakfast.
Skip this week's Junior League meeting: The Fairview, voted 2010's best bed and breakfast by Mississippi Magazine, is the perfect place to start a new chapter.
- A one-night stay for two in a standard room ($174) or suite ($204)
- Southern dinner for two at Sophia's Restaurant
- The Help welcome basket, including:
- Fairview Inn playing cards
- A how-to book on playing bridge
- Old-fashioned bottled coke and peanuts
- Mississippi cheese straws
- Fairview Inn handmade mug
- Book by 17 May
For details and to reserve your stay, visit LivingSocial Escapes.