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By Larry Olmsted, Special for USA TODAY

The cafe inside a Gulf Coast seafood distribution center

Rosetti’s Old Biloxi Café is a small part of the large retail market and distribution center for Quality Produce & Seafood. Larry Olmsted, for USA TODAY

The scene: When going out for seafood, dining on the water, especially on a coast famed for its fishing, is always a good bet. If you want to put the odds of having a great meal with the best-quality fish even more squarely in your favor, it’s best to go straight to the source, and Rosetti’s Old

By Perri Ormont Blumberg

From Ocean Spring’s small town charm to San Antonio’s booming Pearl District, we’ve gathered our favorite affordable picks around the South.

Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Kick off vacation with your dearest pals by clinking milkshakes at the delightfully retro Lovelace Drugstore and Soda Fountain. Then, continue exploring the historic downtown area (Miner's Doll & Toy Store is a must-stop for picking up a surprise for the kids back at home), or lounge beachside at the Gulf Islands National Seashore. For bigger groups, you

By Arlen Hall - 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 ride, celebrating Mississippi’s 200th anniversary and promoting

Scott Bush, Running USA

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 board member. In this lengthy Q&A, Bourgeois shares insights on how he and his team have built up their two marquee events, how


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 purple at a winery grape-stomping event.

Here’s a random


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 team worked with municipalities along the Coast, Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast and other organizations to make the sun-soaked, beach-view

By Doug Olander August 23, 2017

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

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

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 in 2007. So I decided to check it out, enlisting help in that

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