By Tammie Arender - KNOE News

OCEAN SPRINGS, Ms. (KNOE) Oak canopied streets with cafes, cool art, and unique retail, all just blocks from the Gulf of Mexico in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. The quaint little coastal community has been named one of the ten coolest small towns in America by Budget Travel magazine.

“I remember driving down Washington Avenue and the seeing the oak trees that just cascaded over the street and calling Ted and saying, I think I found it. I think this is where we need to be. It’s just a magical place,” said Roxy Condrey, co-owner at The Roost in Ocean Springs.

“The natural beauty here is unparalleled. Mississippi has its own beauty. It has oak trees on the beach instead of palm trees. I like the marsh. I like bayous. It still has the coastal element of the white sandy beaches,” said Ted Condrey, co-owner at The Roost in Ocean Springs.

Ted and Roxy Condrey fell in love with this little postcard community in 2007 shortly after Hurricane Katrina. They have roots in northeast Louisiana. Roxy is from Tallulah. Ted is from Lake Providence. They loved Ocean Springs so much they wanted to build on the charm that’s already here. Along with a group of investors, they developed The Roost, a boutique hotel, just named the most beautiful place to spend the night in Mississippi by Architectural Digest.

From the Oyster shell walls to pieces of the original wood from this building built in 1894, to art inspired by the famous naturalist painter Walter Anderson.

“So we’re on the coast so we really wanted to make sure that when people came and stayed at the Roost that they immediately felt what we thought Ocean Springs was all about,” said Roxy Netterville Condrey with Rain Development.

The Roost is the Condrey’s second property. They turned the old Ocean Springs Record building into the "Inn at Ocean Springs" first, fulfilling a need for a place to stay in the heart of the arts and entertainment district.

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