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Finally, after all those hours of driving, we made it to Philadelphia, Mississippi! The people of the town are running The Neshoba County fair where Ronald Reagan gave his first post-convention speech when he was nominated to run for President of the United States of American.
... the end of the day I had to take more and more rest (butt) stops :(
There is a big storm coming from the South and guess where I'm heading tomorrow. I guess it will be interesting times tomorrow :) After completing the Trail tomorrow I'll be heading North and West to Colorado. If it's raining I'll hole up in a motel and call it a rest day. Stay tuned.
... Where's your bike?" At first I thought, Good Grief, it's been stolen. Then in a nanosecond I realized it was safe ... in our garage, along with the bike carrier. Meanwhile, we were carrying 25 pounds of bike clothing and gear - helmet, tools, even the pedals, for goodness sake. Notice anything missing from the back end of the Roadtrek? I took this photo 20 minutes before Doris asked me where the bike was.
... the Dept. of Natural Resources- so the grounds with mounds are huge( 10 football fields) I am trying to figure out where I should be riding- where do I fit into the group? Am I part of the medium fast group or the sorta fast group. I did impress my co-riders with my history of riding across America twice. So, that made me feel really good. Kosciusko is the hometown of Oprah Winfrey- no, she was not there to greet ...
... at the door about 1pm and found two travellers waiting for them to re-open. We forced them to come and join us for lunch and a chill out in a park to wait. Introducing new friends Danny (from Glasgow) and Briar (Bournmouth)... Danny actually recognised Rob from Washington Greyhound station (we shared the same bus!!) Danny is travelling for the summer and Briar was comming to the end of her 9 mth trip. Spent ages ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Golden Moon Hotel & Casino Philadelphia
Loved the Place!!
I went to stay in the Golden Moon hotel it was complimentary. How could I turn that down. The room is so contemporary. It was spacious and gorgeous. I didn't want to leave. The only probably I had was spending all my money downstairs in the casino. The places to eat were all fabulous. I can't wait to return.
What a find! I have been going to Pearl River Resort now for a few months. Only a 6 hour drive from Atlanta, it has become our perfect weekend getaway.
Hotel: I have only stayed at the Golden Moon, but we are reserved at the Silver Star in a few weeks. The rooms at the GM are large (Tip: If you want a bigger room, ask for a high floor...they seem to be bigger the higher up you are, I think due to the design of the building). The best thing about the rooms at GM are the bedspreads! Most hotels give you those nylon, plastic-like bedspreads that drive me crazy, but GM uses real honest-to-god real fabric. They are very soft and cozy. The bathrooms are large, depending on the room. Like another reviewer said here, some rooms have a "door" that opens up over the bathtub into the bedroom, its really more like a "window". I have found that the lower floors do not have this. So if this worries you, ask for a lower floor. Also, if you get a room without this "window" in the bathroom, you will not have a separate shower and bathtub, they will be a combined unit. ... if that matters to you. All rooms have a safe in the closet, something I always appreciate in a casino hotel.
Casino: The Golden Moon Casino is beautiful. Very easy to navigate, and a wide selection of slots. I am a Black Jack player so my attention is drawn more towards the table games. One thing table players would like to know: The Golden Moon Does NOT use shuffle machines (woohoo!), they used to about 2 years ago when I was there the first time, but they have sinced stopped. The Silver Star still does, but not the continueous shufflers. All games are standard payouts...haven't seen on 6:5 BJ yet. So kudos to them for not following Vegas down the path of self destruction.
Dining: The cafe at GM is quite good. Bestro 24 serves all the typical food you might find at a mid ranged restaurant. The buffet was not to my liking, but then again I am not a buffet person. I just found the food to be over done, and the selection wasn't that great.
Things to know: The comp system there is very good. I have never had a problem getting a food voucher with only a few hours of play. I am no "high-roller", but they comp my rooms for me upon check out. So get that players card and use it!
The band in the Xenon lounge is EXCELLENT! Sorry, I have no idea who they are, but they pipe the band in through the speaker system in the casino...something I would normally find annoying, but these guys are great!!
Its Cold in there!! Ladies, bring a sweater! I find that most casinos keep the tempurature just a little above freezing...Why do they do this!?!?
I would recommend this resort to anyone looking for a nice casino-getaway without having to pay Vegas prices. (Its *not* Vegas, but it will do nicely).
The best of the best A great getaway, and gaming experience.
I am disabled, and have some time on my hands. I chose to go to the Pearl River Resort Hotel and Casino, and had the time of my life. Anything you want to do is there. Make your plans to go now. You will be glad you did. Regards, Joseph Stevens.
A weekend getaway!
pearl river resort is one of my favorite places to get away for the weekend.
Fantastic Destination for a Mini-Vacation in NE Mississippi
This was our second visit to the Pearl River Resort in Choctaw, MS. What a fun place for a mini-vacation or a week-end trip!! It is a six-hour drive from our home in East Texas, interstate most of the way; a two-hour drive from Vicksburg, MS.
They have week-day specials (Sunday-Thursday nights) and rooms are very reasonably priced. Last summer we stayed at the Silver Star, this time we stayed at the Golden Moon. The two hotel facilities are connected via a sky walk over Highway 16 which separates them. The rooms at both are extremely spacious and comfortable, but we preferred the more "traditional" decor at the Silver Star. The Golden Moon is much newer, and is ultra-modern in design and decor. The rooms at the Golden Moon (at least ours) had a feature that we found un-appealing, and that was a shutter-type window over the bathtub that opened out into the room. It opened the entire bathroom up to anyone who happened to be in your room. When in the bathroom, for whatever reason, you felt an extreme lack of privacy. This is something that I'd definitely change!! We had a non-smoking room, and were disappointed to find a cigarette burn hole in the middle of our bedspread. (Had the same experience at the Silver Star last year, except there were cigarette burn holes all over the the bedspread and furniture.) That was the ONLY thing disappointing to us.
We found the the public spaces...restaurants, pool, casino, shops, etc. much easier to navigate and more readily accessible at the Golden Moon; they were laid out in a very convenient way. At the Silver Star they are laid out in a way that we found very confusing and inconvenient.
They are offering some very nice "specials" from now till the first of August (2004). On Mondays from 10:00 AM till 10:00 PM you get quadruple points on your club rewards account; on Tuesday evenings you can enjoy their seafood buffet 2 for $10 after 5:00 pm; on Thursday evenings it's a B-B-Q buffet 2 for $10 after 5:00 pm; and on Tuesday at 8:00 PM they have a drawing for a $10,000 cash give-away (must be present to win).
We found the people, throughout the entire resort, very friendly and anxious to please.
We went to the water park, Geyser Falls, and it was a very nice, clean facility with friendly helpful staff. We found the lifeguards very attentive & professional and safety seemed to be taken very seriously. You can't take food or drink into the water park, but they offer picnic facilities just outside the gates. You can get your hand stamped and go out to picnic, then re-enter the park. They have a new Hard Rock Cafe & Beach Club inside the water park, and it is very nice...if you like sandy beaches. We found the food at the cafe to be very expensive, but maybe all Hard Rock Cafe's are a bit pricy. Unfortunately it rained after we had been there only 3 hours; we left and didn't go back when the rain quit.
Last year they offered a breakfast buffet, at a very reasonable price, at the buffet restaurants at both hotels. This year, they have done away with that, and only serve breakfast at one place in each hotel, and we found it a bit expensive and not much selection. An alternative that we discovered...a Wendy's just several blocks away, and a Piggly Wiggly grocery store a little further down the road.
Another fact we discovered...the prices for meals at the Silver Moon are generally one dollar cheaper than the same meal at the Golden Moon...don't really know why.
Pearl River Resort is a beautiful facility, fun place for a short vacation, and a wonderful relaxing place to visit. You can gamble, shop, enjoy the spas, swim or sun...do as much or as little as you want, and you don't even have to leave the hotel properties. They even have convention facilities and live entertainment. This is definitely a place we will go back to!!
Loved the casino's
I love coming here to a fun place to stay. I like the comp rooms and they feed us the whole time that we're there by using our players card. I liked the bands at the Golden Moon and at the Silver Star. I just love coming here.
A room at the Golden Moon is a great value. The room was clean and check-in was smooth. I stayed on a weekend and the casino and resturaunts were crowded, but room service was prompt and courteous. The food and beverage selection for room service amazed me. Wonderful experience.
Golden Moon is my FAVORITE casino!
I have visited the Golden Moon and Silver Star Casinos several times. I always stay at the Golden Moon Hotel. The casino staff are very friendly, and the service has been EXCELLENT on each of my visits. The comps are very nice, and I always enjoy the food. For me it's a nice weekend Get-a-Way from New Orleans, since I find the Casinos here horrible!!!
Nicer than you might imagine!
I'll admit that my past experience with small hotels/casinos has not been a good one. Foxwoods in CT is much smaller than I would have liked and Turning Stone Casino in upstate NY has a no alcohol policy -- WHAT?
No alcohol at a casino? :) Anyway, I went to Golden Moon not expecting much after a long, boring ride from Jackson. Instead, what I found was a beautiful hotel that is a true gem in the middle of nowhere.
Management obviously took their time designing this place as it was a true work of art -- modern design and furniture and everything worked well and it didn't look like someone tried so hard that the design was obvious. The environment was calm and soothing and I would want my house to look like this place!!! Our room was large and the bathroom was beyond spacious with a large tub and separate glassed in shower, double vanity, and enough room to never complain about. There is a safe in the closet, large TV in an armoire, and oversized windows. The only strange part of the room was the louvered shutters by the bathtub that opened every time you opened the bathroom door. Perhaps they designed this so you could take a bath and watch TV in the other room, but do you really need to do this? The hotel and casino are clean and we had a pleasant time at both Golden Moon and Silver Star across the street, although both should make an attempt at offering better entertainment selections to visitors under 65 (YAWN! The bands were boring or horrific -- you choose as they were all pretty bad.) I thoroughly enjoyed the Spa at Silver Star and I recommend highly the Ladies Package which includes a Swedish Massage and an Aromatherapy Wrap as well as use of the whirlpool, steam room, and sauna. That made my day!!! The restaurants are typical fare including all you can eat buffets that cater to an older crowd who might prefer food that doesn't require much chewing (mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, jello, pudding) and I would love to see their chefs try to include some more modern choices in addition to the safe choices. Overall, it was an enjoyable stay and I definitely will return.
The hotel was great!! We had excellent service and the food was great also. We had a blast playing all the different slot machines. I played all night and had a great time. Looking forward to going back in april for my son and daughter-in-laws birthday. Hope we have a great time.