For many of us, boarding the pets we love so much before a vacation simply isn’t an option. Whether it’s a dog, a cat, or an emotional therapy peacock, the destinations that allow you to bring your beloved animals are often going to be the most appealing choices when deciding where to vacation. Luckily, the Mississippi Gulf Coast offers numerous activities as well as places to stay, all with our furry friends in tow. Disclaimer: if you have an exotic animal you wish to bring to bring along to one of these places, it’s always a good idea to call ahead and confirm that it’s okay!
Where to Stay
If you’re wanting to win some money at the blackjack table while you and your four-legged companion(s) are in town, the elegant and pet-friendly rooms at Harrah’s Gulf Coast are definitely a great option, and you would be right near the downtown Biloxi area! If a boutique hotel is more your speed, The Roost in Ocean Springs is always happy to see a pet walk through the door with their guests, and it only costs an extra $25 for the duration of your stay. Hotel Pass Christian is also a great option for guests with pets up to 40 lbs, due to their vinyl flooring and large backyard area for walking (with leashes).
Food & Drink
With the lodging figured out, the hard part is over! Now let’s find some coastal cuisine for you and your partner in crime. The restaurants and bars in downtown Ocean Springs are almost exclusively pet-friendly, and an added bonus is that they’re all so close to one another, with Mosaic Tapas and The Hideaway both offering large outdoor patios. If you’re closer to the Long Beach Area, Long Beach Market & Deli has some of the best Asian cuisine on the coast, the largest cold beer selection in the state, and also has a great patio for relaxing with your companion. Don’t forget about all the great breweries down here, too, as each one is always happy to see a new pet!
What to Do
After such a great response over the last couple of years, the Biloxi Shuckers have announced that every Monday home game this season will be “Doggone Monday,” with pooch passes for sale on their website. There will be various contests and prizes throughout the series of Doggone Mondays, so don’t miss out! Additionally, the Biloxi Shrimping Trip is always thrilled to have some pups on board to play with T.J., the beverage delivery dog, as you learn all about the shrimping industry on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Dogs are always welcome on the beaches in Bay St. Louis and Ocean Springs as well!
Have fun, and remember to always have a leash with you!