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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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Share your #MSCoastLife for a chance to be featured on our website!

Gulfcoast.org has a new look, and it just might feature one of your photos! Some of our favorite photos are the ones that locals and visitors share when they’re exploring the Mississippi Gulf Coast. We love seeing the different adventures people take and the breath-taking photos they capture along the way. For this reason, we’ve decided to feature these amazing, user-shared photos on our website, gulfcoast.org. Here’s how it works: You take a photo on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and share it on social media using the hashtag…

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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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