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Pearl River Resort ‘assembling an excellent mix of amenities’

Pearl River Resort isn’t far from metro Jackson and the largest population base in the state. So, it is only a short drive to a great getaway with a wide variety of entertainment, food and outdoor recreational offerings for travelers, locals and meeting and convention planners.

“Pearl River Resort is a true resort destination,” said Ryan Griffin, public information officer for Pearl River Resort. “The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, led by Chief Phillip Martin, has done an incredible job assembling an excellent mix of amenities at Pearl River Resort. Guests can, of course, enjoy the exciting casino action with more than 5,000 slot machines and 115 table games, dine in a choice of 16 different restaurants, relax in our full-service spa, play our two nationally renowned golf courses and experience the fun of Geyser Falls Water Park.”

Griffin said what people enjoy most about Pearl River Resort, which has a total of 1,000 hotel rooms, is the many different options combined with convenience. After arrival, you never have to get back into your vehicle because everything is located in one area.

“Guests can easily visit two different casinos, choose between several types of restaurants, relax in a full-service spa and salon and enjoy exciting musical entertainment without ever leaving the property,” Griffin said. “We also offer shuttle service to Geyser Falls and Dancing Rabbit Golf Club, for those guests wanting to hit the beach or the courses.”

Pearl River Resort is dedicated to offering an exciting mix of entertainment and dining options to their guests, said Chuck Miller, president of the resort.

“One thing we have consistently heard is their desire to see a barbecue restaurant offered at the resort,” Miller said. “After months of planning and preparations, we were extremely pleased to present The Rib Joint to our guests.”

The Rib Joint, the newest restaurant to open at the resort, offers a large variety of southern-style barbecue items. Appetizers range from stuffed mushrooms and crab claws to barbecue nachos and Choctaw chili. Traditional barbecue entrees include St. Louis ribs, tender beef brisket and pulled beef and pork sandwiches. All entrees are served with a dry rub specially created by the chef, David Paul, plus assortments of sauces are available on the table.

Steve Armer, executive director of food and beverage, said the goal was to give The Rib Joint, which is located in the Silver Star Hotel & Casino retail promenade, a relaxed and fun atmosphere.

“With that in mind we decorated the restaurant with an assortment of regional art, covered the tables with butcher paper and filled the room with the sounds of the blues,” Armer said. “Guests should come hungry and be ready for a great meal.”

A big draw for the resort is big name entertainment, and several major acts are planned this spring at the Silver Star Convention Center. The Spinners will perform live at 9 p.m. March 2. Country music duo Montgomery Gentry will perform at 8 p.m. April 28. And an evening with Michael Bolton will be held at 9 p.m. May 11. To purchase tickets, call 1-866-447-3275. Guests must be 21 years old or older to attend.

Golf is also a major attraction at the resort. Dancing Rabbit Golf Club offers two very attractive courses, The Azaleas and The Oaks, designed by Tom Fazio and Jerry Pate. Both courses feature bentgrass greens, along with zoysia fairways on The Oaks and bermuda on The Azaleas.

Golf-hotel packages are a bargain particularly in the off season when $119 from Sunday through Thursday night covers a hotel room, breakfast and a round of golf with a shared cart. Weekend rates are $169 per night for the same package. Off season runs through March 18. In season rates are $149 Sunday night-Thursday nights and $209 for weekend nights. There are also discounts below those rates for two-night stays.

Pearl River Resort has plans to continue to grow. Groundbreaking ceremonies are scheduled later in the year for a new, 140-room upscale Hilton hotel. The Hilton Garden Inn at Dancing Rabbit will be the first of several new projects planned on the reservation. The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians is teaming with Chicago-based Native American Land Development Company to develop the new hotel.

“We are very excited about the many new things that are going on here in Choctaw,” said Chief Phillip Martin. “For the past few decades, the tribe has led the region in economic development by pushing forward with new developments and partnering with time-tested industry leaders.”

For more information about Pearl River Resort, located on Mississippi 16 West in Choctaw, visit www.pearlriverresort.com.

Contact MBJ contributing writer Becky Gillette at bgillette@bellsouth.net.

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