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This hamlet on the Gulf is a confluence of Southern charm, thriving new businesses, and a stellar arts scene.

By TRACEY MINKIN

It’s no coincidence that Ocean Springs calls itself “the city of discovery.” What French explorers settled in 1699 remains every bit a revelation today: a quirky gem for art lovers and a culinary destination with more than 100 restaurants.

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Gem on the Gulf

It’s no coincidence that Ocean Springs calls itself “the city of discovery.” What French explorers settled in 1699 remains every bit a revelation today: a quirky gem for art lovers and a culinary destination with more than 100 restaurants, many of which line the streets in the tiny historic district.

Colorful and sophisticated, the community is filled with folks who stood

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SMALL-TOWN SPOTLIGHT: GULFPORT

Gulfport may well be the economic dynamo of the state, but it’s also a visitor-friendly city packed with great things to see and do. Highway 49 makes a beeline through the very center of town, making transportation to and from the busy port an important business consideration, and east and west of the port lie miles of beautiful white sand beaches that welcome thousands of visitors year round. This is a city with something for everyone.

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The PAN AMERICAN CLIPPER, the original wooden ferry, began

Welcome to Pass Christian

September 29, 2017

A city with a long tradition of relaxation

One of the prettiest of the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s elegant string of cities and towns, Pass Christian has a colorful history stretching back well before American independence. The story begins in 1699, when the area was first visited by French explorers pleased to find so many oysters. It passed through French, Spanish, and British hands before becoming part of the United States; a skirmish there during the war of 1812 helped delay British troops on the way to the Battle of New Orleans. The city

The Mississippi Gulf Coast continues to rebound and strive since Hurricane Katrina made landfall in 2005, and nowhere is this resurrection more profound than Bay St. Louis. In addition to its long-standing restaurants, antique shops and fun boutiques, the historic town fronting the bay and Gulf of Mexico is now home to a new 160-slip marina and seawall with new businesses popping up constantly and special events happening year-round.

A great place to stay in the heart of the action is the comfortable Bay Town Inn, a bed and breakfast with 10

From the unexpected allure of Gulf Shores to a historic resort tucked away on Jekyll Island, we've got your next girls' weekend covered. Check out our list of incredible southern getaways to experience in 2017. Plus, get more great ideas for weekend getaways!

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Pick any town below the Mason-Dixon line, and you're destined to find old-fashioned southern hospitality and charm. But pick any of the southern towns we've rounded up below, and you're destined to also find loads of culture, entertainment, shopping, and