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by Melissa Corbin

I’m forever in search of cultural roots and the people that make their culture so unique. As a Southerner, I can vouch we have our fair share of roots. When Adventure Girl, Stef Michaels, asked me to head up her culinary column by starting with a celebration for National Cake Day, top of mind was when Dolly Parton’s character, Truvy Jones, shared her infamous Cuppa-Cuppa-Cuppa Cake recipe in the 1989 classic, Steel Magnolias.
Many a Southerner can quote this classic. Make no mistake, it’s topping the list of the next

By Maryellen Kennedy Duckett

Celebrate legendary musicians, literary giants, and civil rights pioneers on a scenic capital-to-the-coast loop through Mississippi. The roughly 800-mile route begins and ends in Jackson, leads through rural areas and college towns, and includes stops on the Mississippi Blues Trail.

Biloxi/Ocean Springs
The historic Biloxi Lighthouse was erected in 1848, survived Hurricane Katrina, and remains to this day Biloxi's landmark and symbol of the city's resolve and resilence.
PHOTOGRAPH BY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE,

By Tom Adkinson, Special to Nashville Tennessean / USA TODAY NETWORK — TENNESSEE 

In times B.C. (that’s Before Casinos), it was the natural world that drew visitors to Mississippi’s three coastal counties. Slot machines’ flashing lights and ringing bells are alluring these days, but Mother Nature offers golden sunsets over the Mississippi Sound, chirping birds and lapping waves to entertain you outdoors.

By Karen Ruffini

Biloxi Beach, Mississippi

Referred to as “The Playground of the South,” Biloxi, Mississippi is widely known for its casinos, golfing, and amusement parks, which all conveniently sit alongside the beautiful Gulf Coast shoreline. Don’t be fooled by its wild side, though. There’s a certain charm that this beach town holds for tourists of every age, from its boat charters and museums to mini-golf and historical sites. After a day of soaking up the sun, head to the Biloxi Lighthouse or take a ferry to Ship Island, located 12 miles

by Charles Pierce

A few weeks ago I had the chance to visit the Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company located in Kiln, MS. At their quaint taproom, affectionately named The Porch, I was able to enjoy some food and delicious taproom only brews. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to my next visit.

The Lazy Magnolia Brewery has been distributing delicious craft beer since opening in 2003. In the last few years they have been doing contract brewing for some smaller breweries, including Chafunkta Brewery out of Covington.

During my visit I tasted quite a

by David Bodle

Greenwood, Natchez and the Mississippi Gulf Coast welcome girls-only groups with unique itineraries and a warm reception

Gulf Coast

Celebrating its bicentennial in 2017, Mississippi has been rolling out the red carpet to visitors all year. Long before the special observance, destinations in the Magnolia State were welcoming ladies’ groups with itineraries based on their interests. Here are three places to get you started.

There’s no better way to begin your coast getaway than dinner featuring fresh-caught seafood, even if

By Britney Grover

Though horse showing in Gulfport, Mississippi, may be off the beaten path for some, it’s a cherished annual tradition for others. Coastally located on the Gulf of Mexico, Gulfport has been home to the Gulf Coast Winter Classics for 20 years, with classes from lead line to grand prix and now over $1,000,000 in prize money. Cheryl Rubenstein visited the show at Gulfport in one of its inaugural years after a 20-year hiatus from riding, and has been showing there every year since 2002.

In her youth, Cheryl rode ponies and

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