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A Quick Tour of Coastal Coffee

Before your next adventure on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, be it a brewery tour, a fishing trip, or a day of shopping, you’ll need to fuel up with some of the Coast’s great coffee. So let’s take a quick dive into where to find the best cup of Joe! Bankhouse Coffee/ Coast Roast In 2006, Shawn Montella first started roasting his own coffee after years of watching a friend master the craft. When his friend was diagnosed with cancer, he taught Shawn all the tricks he had learned over the years, and before long, Shawn realized that this was his…

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A Pillar of Fine Dining on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

When Chef Austin Sumrall and his wife, Tresse, moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast from Birmingham, AL., it wasn’t simply because she’s from the area. It was because they knew how much potential the Coast had, and that it’s “poised for a breakout”. That’s why they’ve just opened White Pillars this week: to make a difference on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Many Coast residents remember the White Pillars of old (1969-1989), with its world-famous “Eggplant Josephine”, the massive white columns that faced the beach and for which the restaurant…

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Changing Lives, One Meal at a Time

No matter where you are, opening a restaurant can be one of the riskiest decisions a person can make. Roughly 60% of restaurants fail within the first year, while close to 80% never make it to their fifth anniversary. The Starfish Café in downtown Bay St. Louis is months away from its fifth anniversary, and did we mention it’s a nonprofit that allows you to pay what you want when eating there? That’s right, the Starfish Café is a farm-to-table nonprofit organization that teaches cooking skills, financial literacy, resiliency training and other…

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17 Places to Cool Down on the Coast

Here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, summertime means beach days, poolside lounging, outdoor concerts, and shrimp boils. Aside from all the fun activities, summertime also means some serious South Mississippi heat. And what better way to cool down than with a cold, icy treat?! Thanks to Nicholas Myers with Gulfport Main Street, we have a list of several places along the Mississippi Gulf Coast where you can find a cold treat on a hot day! Click here for an interactive map of all the locations listed below. New Orleans Snowballs (Bay St…

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Cheers to the Official Cocktail of the Mississippi Gulf Coast!

This spring, Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast joined forces with Eat MS Coast and Donner Peltier Distillers, the makers of Rougaroux® Rum, to create the Official Cocktail of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Recipes were submitted, judging took place, numerous cocktails were tasted and thousands of votes were cast to make cocktail history here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. After all was said and done, it was the Cat Island Cruiser, created by Catherine “Cat” Ryan, that was named as the Official Cocktail of the Mississippi Gulf Coast! Cat Ryan and…

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A Foodies Guide to the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Using some of the world’s freshest seafood and a variety of culinary influences, the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s culinary scene is as diverse as it is delicious. For all you foodies out there, we’ve broken down some of the best eateries along the Coast into a three-day itinerary. Get your grub on in Bay St. Louis, eat your way through Harrison County, and then taste all the deliciousness that Ocean Springs and Pascagoula have to offer! Bon Appétit! Day 1 Start your morning off with a latte, fresh omelet, and homemade biscuit from Mockingbird…

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Indoor Activities on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Don't let the weather keep you from experiencing all that the Mississippi Gulf Coast has to offer! Here on the Coast, you can choose from a long list of exciting indoor activities. Discover local history and art There is no shortage of culture on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, largely thanks to its deep history and thriving arts communities. Immerse yourself in local history at Beauvoir or the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum, both of which offer a closer look at the unique past of the Coast. Several talented and noteworthy artists called…

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Three-Day Weekend on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Are you tired of work and need a quick getaway? Take an extended three-day weekend and escape to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. We’ve put together the perfect itinerary for your upcoming visit. Day 1 Infinity Science Center Start your day off exploring this interactive museum filled with exhibits for all ages that educate guests on space, earth science, technology and more. INFINITY is also the official welcome center to NASA’s Stennis Space Center. With admission to the museum, guests can also take a guided bus tour of Stennis, NASA’s largest…

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Shrimp Sign 37: Restaurant Row

At shrimp sign 37 in Biloxi sits a strip of inviting, beach-front restaurants that you will definitely want to check out. With their prime location on the Mississippi Sound, delicious food and drinks and welcoming atmospheres, you’ll want to make time to stop by each one!…

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