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 your choice is a steak smothered with local crabmeat. From fine dining to local dives, there’s sure to be a spot that satisfies your taste buds. Complete your evening at a music club or with entertainment and gaming at one of a dozen casinos.

Let your creativity flow at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi. Works by George E. Ohr, the self-proclaimed “Mad Potter of Biloxi,” is featured along with rotating exhibits. Take a walk in the Rue Magnolia Arts District, which has galleries, gift shops and a craft center to fill your morning. After lunch, enjoy a relaxing afternoon sailing on the Biloxi Schooners. Later, there’s a chance to show off your hidden originality. A few bottles of wine and a private event at Cocktails and Canvas or BYOB Brush are perfect.

The coast offers ample experiences to fill your adventure time. Consider kayaking the Davis Bayou or Pascagoula River or guided tours deep into the bayous. Test your skill at stand-up paddleboarding along the beaches. Visit a gator ranch and cuddle a baby gator followed by an exciting airboat ride into the marshland. How about a day of deep-sea fishing? The captain and crew will do all the work and even recommend a restaurant that will prepare your catch.

Quiet time is always needed. Maybe you’re perfectly satisfied catching some sun on coastal beaches. Perhaps renting a cabana at one of the casino resorts is more to your liking. The preferred choice of many ladies is a visit to a luxurious spa for a calming and restorative treatment. You’ll find almost every service, from massages and aromatherapy to wraps and facials available. Relax. You’re on the coast.(

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