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Ship Island: The Perfect Coastal Mississippi Getaway

Summer is the perfect time to explore the barrier islands that sit just miles off the mainland of Coastal Mississippi. With white-sand beaches and beautiful Gulf waters, the islands are an ideal summer day trip. While all of the barrier islands offer something unique that is worth exploring, Ship Island is the most accessible to travelers thanks to the Ship Island Excursions ferry service out of Gulfport and Biloxi. Photo: Trevor Reid BEFORE YOUR ISLAND ADVENTURE When planning for a trip out to Ship Island, be sure to bring all your beach…

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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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A Tour of Art on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Everyone knows the Mississippi Gulf Coast is home to some of the finest seafood in the world, as well as some of the most pristine beaches around. But some might be surprised to find out what an eclectic art scene there is across the Coast. Between Ocean Springs, Biloxi and Bay St. Louis, there are numerous galleries and museums that are brimming with beautiful works of art. Walter Anderson Museum of Art Arguably the most famous artist to ever live on the Coast, Walter I. Anderson (1903-1965) is recognized as an American master, and his…

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A Look at Mississippi Gulf Coast Boutique Hotels

The Mississippi Gulf Coast, more affectionately referred to by some as “the Playground of the South,” offers accommodations of all shapes and sizes. From casino resorts to coastal inns, visitors to the Coast are not short of choices when it comes to rest and relaxation. This 62-mile stretch of scenic shoreline has seen a recent influx of charming boutique hotels, and we think you’re going to love them. The Roost Recently named the "most beautiful" hotel in the state, The Roost is within walking distance to both the beach and downtown Ocean…

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An Afternoon out on the Biloxi Shrimping Trip

It doesn’t matter if you’re a visitor on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for the weekend, or a long-time local, the Biloxi Shrimping Trip is well worth your time! Whether you’ve lived here your whole life, or are just visiting the Coast for a few days, the Biloxi Shrimping Trip is a great way to have a fun experience and learn about where the majority of the world’s shrimp comes from. Departing from the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor, this “70-minute Living Marine Adventure Cruise” will take you and your party out into the Mississippi Sound to discover…

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Where to Watch the Solar Eclipse on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

We’re excitedly counting down the days until the solar eclipse that will occur on August 21, 2017. While we won’t see a total eclipse here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy viewing the partial eclipse (about 80 percent coverage) that will be visible at approximately 1:30 p.m. CST. Check out these solar eclipse viewing events happening on Monday, August 21: INFINITY Science Center Join INFINITY and its NASA partners for a day of activities surrounding the solar eclipse. Activities will begin at 9:30 a.m…

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The Music-Lover’s Guide to the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Whether you want to kick back and enjoy some local tunes or you’re looking for exciting headliners, there’s a music scene for you on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Here are some must-visit spots along the Coast where you can catch amazing live music year-round. LAID-BACK VIBES If you’re looking to relax and enjoy some great live music along with a cold drink, then you can’t go wrong at Buoys Bar in Bay St. Louis, a breezy beach bar with a fun, laid- back atmosphere. If you’re in the Biloxi area, check out the Sky Bar at the Reef, where you can…

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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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