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By Marisa Spyker - Coastal Living

The sun’s out and the school year isn’t far behind, which means it’s time to get down to some serious travel planning. And while it’s tempting to blow all your dough on an epic five-star getaway, these affordable beachy locales are inviting alternatives. (Bonus: Save money on one vacation and you can put it towards a second escape later on.) U.S. News & World Report recently ranked popular vacation destinations based on traveler appeal and affordability (measured through average hotel costs during the peak

By Jennifer Campbell- Just Chasing Rabbits

After a six (plus) hour drive to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, late on a Thursday night, we arrived at our accommodations and pulled into our very own designated parking spot. It was at this point that we were already fans of the Bay Town Inn, and we hadn’t even gotten out of the car. Of course, it was dark, but we were able to see the buildings painted a very airy blue and the white railings of the front porch. Yes, y’all…our suite had a front porch! Our review of the Bay Town Inn bed and breakfast in

Travel + Leisure

Mississippi — Davis Bayou Campground, Gulf Islands National Seashore
Come for the bayous, stay for the beach. Visitors spot armadillos and alligators as they explore a pair of bayous via nature trail or paddle trip, then hop a boat ride to uninhabited barrier islands where there’s sun, sand and little else. When you crave more civilization, Ocean Springs has numerous art galleries as well as killer pulled pork at the Shed.

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By Mira Temkin - Splash Magazines

Along the Gulf of Mexico on the Mississippi shore lies the beautiful city of Biloxi. One of the oldest cities in the U.S., Biloxi was settled in 1699, when sailors reached the Mississippi Sound. Today, Biloxi still retains its authentic Southern charm with miles of beautiful beaches, lots of outdoor recreation, championship golf courses, historic sights and 24-hour casino resorts. Did I mention award-winning seafood restaurants, where much of the fish comes from straight out the back door? It doesn’t get much

By Mark Chesnut

Meeting planners looking to wow groups with stunning water views and mouthwatering cuisine will find plenty of options in the southeastern U.S.

The region’s postcard-perfect waterfronts and beaches are a perfect complement to cuisine that ranges from fresh-caught seafood and local specialties to sophisticated menus from the far reaches of the globe.

Here are a few of the tastiest options around the Southern shores.

MISSISSIPPI

Mississippi Gulf Coast
Spanning the southern Mississippi counties of Hancock, Harrison and Jackson,

By Elaine Warner

On my list of “Most Charming Small Towns,” Ocean Springs, Mississippi has to be in the top five. The list, of course, keeps changing with my travels, but my recent second visit to Ocean Springs confirmed its place in the top tier.

The French established a small colony in the area in 1699 – so the town’s been around a while. There are live oaks arching over Ocean Springs’ streets – trees which were saplings when the first Europeans landed.

The downtown area is chock-a-block with interesting shops. Although, if you look hard

By Vacation Idea

America's 20th state is known for its intriguing Civil War history, booming agribusiness economy, and its title as the birthplace of blues music. Mississippi boasts a unique culture that attracts visitors from all around the world. Visit Oxford, Jackson, Gulfport and other unique Mississippi destinations.

Beauvoir

The Beauvoir Estate in Biloxi, Mississippi, is the home of Jefferson Davis, the former President of the Confederate States of America. Davis served in several other political posts, including the U.S. House of

By Bento For Business

March and April suck. How do I know? Tax season. I work with accountants and CPAs every day, and recently you guys have just been…MIA.

But hey! It’s finally, officially over, and I have great news. May is maybe the best time of year to travel in the US, especially if you’re looking for a relaxing holiday (and I bet you are). It’s post-spring break and pre-summer vacation. Crowds are light and lots of spots are offering deals to drum up business.

In other words: it’s the perfect time to get away, recover, and recharge.

By Vacation Idea

The beaches of the Gulf Coast are some of the best in the United States. Consistently ranked as a favorite among beachgoers, the coast along the Gulf of Mexico is known for its white, sugar-sand beaches and calm emerald green waters. Access to the water is found in beach towns in Mississippi, Alabama, Texas, and Florida, and each one offers a unique experience to its guests. Here are the best gulf coast beaches.

Biloxi, Mississippi

Biloxi, Mississippi sits along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, an area fondly referred to as the

By Vacation Idea

The Gulf Coast is fortunate to have miles of wonderful sandy beaches washed by the warm Gulf waters and surrounded by dunes, fun communities, and all sorts of attractions. And in almost all the coastal towns there is at least a small portion of the beach reserved for our best four-legged friends, on a leash or free, to enjoy some splashing in the water or romping in the sand. Some are small, like Panama City Beach, while others, like Dauphin Island and Davis Island, offer miles of space with shade and water fountains so that