By Valerie Fraser Luesse
Ocean Springs, Mississippi
No doubt, a shout went up in Ocean Springs when this beautiful 11-suite hotel opened in a historic building on Porter Avenue. One of the prettiest small towns on the Gulf Coast, Ocean Springs long endured a dearth of appealing stays, which made it, by necessity, more of a day trip from nearby Biloxi. But not anymore. Enjoy a grab-and-go market and casual fare at Eat Drink Love, or have a cocktail at The Wilbur, The Roost’s speakeasy bar. The hotel is within walking distance of the waterfront as well as a stellar downtown that’s loaded with shops, galleries, and local restaurants.
roostoceansprings.com, 228-285-7989, 604 Porter Avenue Ocean Springs, Mississippi, 39564