Posh Poolside Mixer at a Bargain Boutique Hotel

Dip into the social scene at the Old Capitol Inn in Jackson, Mississippi.
Farrah Austin

Chummy guests sip to the sounds of gurgling fountains and splashing water during a poolside mixer at the Old Capitol Inn. The aquatic centerpiece--located outdoors on the main floor of the charming property--inspires one of the most social scenes in the city.

Drink It In
Twice a day, for breakfast and lunch, the water feature lures hotel guests and hungry patrons outside. Diners seated in the garden munch on fluffy Dixie crab cakes ($9.75) and savory shrimp and grits ($10.25). Mediterranean-style urns hold brilliant plants, and a nearby goldfish pond teems with ruby red and copper-colored koi.

Guests of the hotel enjoy another helping of fun by the pool during the wine-and-cheese social from 5 to 6 p.m. The sounds of clinking glasses and the gentle pops of Champagne corks ring out a festive song.

View From Above
For another perspective, dash upstairs to the Rooftop Garden. Decked with potted plants and a roomy hot tub, the locale sports vistas of the state capitol and Jackson's sparkling downtown. Weekend guests love to rent the space and personalize their very own themed rooftop parties, such as Sushi Under the Stars and other stylized soirees. For additional fees, the hotel supplies the food and beverages. You just bring the attitude.

When the merriment slows, patrons can retreat to suites that overlook the pool. They prop open the balcony doors to catch cool breezes, and slumber to the sound of babbling fountains. The delicate trickles tell a sweet bedtime story that promises even sweeter sleep.

Old Capitol Inn: 226 North State Street, Jackson, MS 39201; www.oldcapitolinn.com or 1-888-359-9001. Rates: start at $95.


"Cheers to Summer" is from the August 2007 issue of Southern Living. Because prices, dates, and other specifics are subject to change, please check all information to make sure it's still current before making your travel plans.