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By Anne Roderique-Jones

Discover great places to eat and browse pottery in New Orleans and along the Gulf Coast.

Fine china is a thing in the South. My mother — and especially my grandmother — love to talk shop about dishes: patterns, colors and brands. Oh, the brand is very important. My mother’s side happens to be partial to Noritake. But I find that it’s like bagels in New York or po’boys here in New Orleans — we all have our favorites. Even though I’ve been gifted with my grandmother’s set of wedding china, I wouldn’t dare be caught

By Anne Roderique-Jones

Pottery lessons are a fun way to relax and get creative on the Gulf Coast.

I started taking pottery courses in New York City. It makes sense — the metropolis is a buzzing hive of chaos, so pottery became a form of therapy that helped quiet my mind. Upon moving to New Orleans, I found a new studio, Hands in Clay, on a pretty and pedestrian-friendly stretch of Magazine Street in Uptown. The studio began humbly when a few folks were seeking a creative outlet after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Essentially, they

By Anne Roderique-Jones

From Bay St. Louis to Ocean Springs, local artists create world-class ceramics.

I’m at Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi, Mississippi, on a crisp January morning — along with a handful of feisty senior women, most of whom are old friends. After plunking myself down at the wheel, a petite woman with a sugary sweet Southern accent bursts through the door and squeals, “Oh, y’all are about to have funnnnn!” I later learn that she started working here after retirement and loves teaching pottery classes to people with

Located on Mississippi's Gulf Coast, the main attractions in Biloxi during the day are the city's fabulous stretches of white sand beach and the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The fun doesn't stop when the sun goes down though; that's when the action moves indoors to the area's casinos, including the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, where the Beau Rivage Theatre presents shows featuring rock stars, country artists, comedians and more on a regular basis. Here's a look at who'll be performing at the theatre over the next couple of months.
Apr. 6

There's a reason folks like John Mellencamp never shut up about the allure of America's small towns: They're treasures hiding amazing experiences and some completely unexpected culinary surprises. And pretty much every one has a great bar. The bars on this list represent the absolute best small-town drinking experiences in their respective states. They include immaculate cocktail parlors, rowdy dives, historic speakeasies, far-flung cowboy hangs, and waterfront oases, all located far from the big cities that usually hide all the spotlight. Pull

By Perri O. Blumberg

The best solo vacation ideas for every kind of traveler.

Solo travel is on the rise. While hiking the Appalachian Trail or taking a cross-country train trip on your own may sound a little daunting, these approachable and fun getaways are the perfect Introduction to Solo Travel 101. Read on for the absolute best solo vacation spots below the Mason-Dixon line.

Ocean Springs, Mississippi
In laid-back Ocean Springs, your toughest task will be deciding between a paddle board yoga class with PaddlesUp or a swamp tour with the

The team at asked 10 travel experts what is their favorite destination for a Road Trip, and why it’s so great.

As you can see below, their answers are really interesting. Are you ready to drive to these destinations and live the adventure of a lifetime? We sure are!

Without further ado, here are their top 10 destinations:

#2 A Drive Down The Mississippi Gulf Coast

The Mississippi Gulf Coast has so much to offer both visitors and locals alike. The region’s temperate climate, along with its astounding natural beauty,

By Lloyd Carroll

Biloxi, Miss.

Seventy-five miles due east of New Orleans just off I-10 is the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast city of Biloxi (pronounced buh-luck-see) which is known to many as the setting for the play and movie about Neil Simon’s Army basic training, “Biloxi Blues,” and for having been the longtime home of arguably America’s best-known root beer, Barq’s.

While Biloxi is far from the sleepy town it was in the 1940s when Simon’s play was set, it possesses an unhurried charm. A drive along Beach Boulevard (US 90) from

Explore the Coast

March 01, 2018

By Chere Coen

After an unusually cold winter, thoughts naturally turn to the beach. This year, instead of the standard fare of sand, water and sun — which is awesome, mind you — get off the main thoroughfares and seek out the unexpected, the unusual and the road less traveled. They are hidden treasures throughout the Gulf Coast, from Bay St. Louis’ unique art history to butterfly havens in Navarre Beach and the expansion of Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores with it acreage of eco-diversity. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Disembark in

By Sabah Karimi

Here's where buying a house as an investment makes sense.

13. Pass Christian, Miss.
Located near luxury resorts, casinos and event venues, this part of the Gulf Coast is a haven for travelers looking to get away from it all. Extended stays make sense here so there would be a high demand for vacation home rentals. If you head here on vacation, you can enjoy a dinner cruise, fishing trips and other water activities. You would pay $1,212 a month for a $264,450 mortgage and earn a monthly rental income of $1,192 which makes it