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Cycling Mississippi - The Crooked Letter State

April 18, 2017 - Arlen Hall is Adventure Cycling's Tours Director

“M, straight letter, crooked letter, crooked letter, straight letter, crooked letter, crooked letter, straight letter, humpback letter, humpback letter, straight letter. That’s how you spell Mississippi.” How many of us learned how to spell the Magnolia State in this way?

Crooked and fun! That’s just how I would describe my recent crisscross ride around Mississippi with a four-day, Mississippi Department of Tourism sponsored, bike

Spotlight on the Sport: The Louisiana Marathon and Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon

Scott Bush, Running USA

Running USA

September 5, 2017

Creating a different sort of running experience

We love hearing about the creative efforts of Running USA members, even more so when it comes from race organizers trying to bring new experiences to their running communities.

With that said, we recently caught up with Danny Bourgeois, Marketing Director for the Louisiana Marathon and Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon, as well as a Running USA

Audacious autumn: Squirrel cook off, Elktober, purple feet


Looking for something more exciting than pumpkin spice, Oktoberfests and leaf-peeping to shake up your plans this fall?

Consider adding one of these audacious autumnal experiences to your calendar: a squirrel cook off in Arkansas, ukulele festival in Florida, caterpillar races in North Carolina or the annual wife-carrying contest in Maine. For the month of Elktober, you’ll find randy elks bugling their mating calls in Colorado. Or perhaps you’d like to turn your feet

Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon gearing up for second annual race

Posted by: For the MBJ in MBJ FEATURE, NEWS, Sports August 31, 2017


With just over three months to go before the Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon, organizers, endurance runners and first-time racers are all preparing for the second annual event, which will be held the weekend of Dec. 8-10.

Race director Jonathan “Juba” Dziuba and his team felt the Gulf of Mexico and beach-lined stretch of Highway 90 from Pass Christian to Biloxi “screamed for a marathon.” His


Fishing Mississippi’s Teeming Inshore Reefs and Structure

Veteran and beginning anglers alike find fast action for big black drum and more on the northern Gulf coast

By Doug Olander August 23, 2017

“Our inshore artificial reefs have been complete game changers.”

That’s what my longtime friend and veteran fishing guide, Sonny Schinder — whose Shore Thing Fishing Charters is based in Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi — told me recently of the inshore/nearshore artificial-reef structure that the state began placing in Mississippi coastal waters

25 Spots for a Cheap Fall Weekend Getaway

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Gulf Coast, MS
On the Gulf Coast, take a sunset sail with North Star Sailing Charters through the Mississippi Sound, which is home to the highest concentration of bottlenose dolphins in the U.S. Or take a more active approach and kayak or paddleboard through the waterways. Enjoy a massage at one of several spas in the area and further stimulate your senses by taking in the art at numerous museums. Popular places to stay include Bay

Tourism Jobs We're Totally Jealous Of

Our dream gigs include everything from schooner captain to certified spook master.

Valerie Fraser Luesse

I’ve never forgotten the hotdog boat, even after all these years. There I was on the beach, enjoying my allotted 2-hour break during a sales meeting on Florida's Captiva Island, when I looked up to see a boat cruising along in the shallow water, running parallel to the beach. And on that boat was a grill, a cooler, and a hotdog vendor/boat captain. Sunbathers would wade out to the boat, cash in hand, and

Our Favorite Engagement Spots in Every Southern State

Perri Ormont Blumberg

From Alabama to West Virginia, we scoured the map and found the best spots for popping the question

Mississippi: On a sailboat in the Gulf Coast

Dolphin sightings? A sorbet sunset over the Mississippi Sound? Glorious barrier islands rolling by? Well, all of the above, plus a private sailboat charter with your loved one sounds pretty good to us. Some stellar options include Making Memories Sailing, T&J Island Cruises, and North Star Sailing Charters. Or, to make your

Celebrate National Lighthouse Day around the USA

Susan B. Barnes, Special for USA TODAY Published 7:46 a.m. ET Aug. 7, 2017

Our country’s history of helping sailors navigate North American waters dates all the way back to 1673, when, according to the United States Lighthouse Society, a beacon was hoisted in Nantasket (now Hull), Massachusetts, fueled by “fier-bales of pitch and ocum” in an iron basket at its base.

Fast forward nearly half-a-century to when the first lighthouse was built on Boston’s Little Brewster Island in 1716. But the

15 Affordable Small Towns We Love

Vibrant communities loaded with charm and character, these small towns are our favorite budget-friendly picks.

Perri Ormont Blumberg

El Dorado, Arkansas or Florence, Alabama, might not be on your radar—yet—but affordable small towns like these are gaining attention nationwide and with good reason: They offer budget-friendly real estate, plenty of cultural activities that are kind to your wallet, and superb access to nature and outdoor recreation. Read on to find your ideal spot for affordable living in the