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Great American restaurants where presidents have dined

Thursday, February 15, 2018 2:00 PM

By Larry Olmsted The scene: President's Day weekend has us thinking about where presidents like to eat. While President Donald Trump has been known to eat KFC and McDonald's, Great American Bites has visited many notable establishments patronized by past presidents — all the way back to George Washington. These spots can be found in politically historic destinations such as Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., and less obvious spots such as Boulder, Colo., and Biloxi, Miss. These are the great American restaurants where presidents have dined.

These Are the Best Mardi Gras Celebrations Outside New Orleans

Friday, February 9, 2018 3:00 PM

By Aric Jenkins The Big Easy is not the only U.S. city hosting Fat Tuesday celebrations. Mardi Gras 2018 is around the corner. While this year’s holiday has technically been ongoing since Jan 6., it’s Fat Tuesday — the last day to feast before Lent — that is mainly associated with the festivities. This year, Fat Tuesday is Feb. 13, and you're probably wondering where you can celebrate in the Mardi Gras colors: purple, green and gold. While the city of New Orleans – particularly the French Quarter – has been the Mardi Gras capital for

Coolest Mardi Gras Celebrations Around the U.S.

Friday, February 9, 2018 3:00 PM

The famous New Orleans Mardi Gras is coming up, but did you know Mississippi and New Mexico have great festivals too? Cities across the country want in on the fun and have organized their own colorful celebrations. No matter the size or location, every event has a few things in common: jovial “Krewes” that put on parades, great music and people who want to party! Here are Mardi Gras gatherings you can attend outside of the main event in Louisiana. Gulf Coast Carnival Association Mardi Gras Parade | Feb. 13 Claim your spot and yell out, “Throw

A Beer Aged on King Cakes Is Here in Time for Mardi Gras

Friday, February 9, 2018 2:00 PM

By Mike Pomranz Gulfport’s Chandeluer Island Brewing Co. used a large king cake for each keg of beer. Mardi Gras might be New Orleans’ time to shine, but not that far up the coast in Gulfport, Mississippi, a local brewery and bakery have teamed up to create their own liquid Fat Tuesday celebration: a king cake beer. Though much like everything else in the beer world, king cake beers have been made before, Chandeluer Island Brewing Company’s take on the style—which it is calling simply King Cake Beer (or Ale, it doesn’t even have an official

New CEO Segarra says his priority is to understand the culture and inner workings of the Gulf Coast

Friday, February 2, 2018 12:00 PM

By Julia Miller Mississippi’s beaches have long attracted tourists to the area, but with a new face at the helm of the Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast, the tourism office is looking to grow its reach. “The Mississippi Gulf Coast offers an incredibly vast array of things to see and do,” said Milton Segarra, the new CEO of Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast. “The region’s temperate climate, along with its astounding natural beauty, makes for the perfect year-round destination, and there is always something exciting and new to experience.” Segarra brings

The Most Romantic Restaurant in Every State

Friday, January 26, 2018 12:00 PM

By Jillian Kramer With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to decide where you’ll make a reservation for the most romantic evening of the year. With this list, you won’t have to think too long—we’ve rounded up the most romantic restaurants in every state. The Chimneys, Gulfport, Mississippi You could get lost in your lover’s eyes—or you could get lost in the view from The Chimneys, which, set on the Gulf of Mexico , offers both views of the sea and of the ancient, moss-covered live oak trees that survived the worst of…

20 Beach Resorts That Cost $150 or Less

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 3:00 PM

By Mia Taylor MARGARITAVILLE RESORT BILOXI Mississippi Located on the Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi is best-known for its casinos, but there's also plenty of beach to enjoy. Additional highlights include the Biloxi Lighthouse, and the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum, which showcases (as the name indicates) exhibits about the local boatbuilding and seafood-processing industries. Biloxi's Margaritaville Resort is a family-friendly hotel that includes the largest entertainment complex on the Gulf Coast and a water park. In mid-October room prices

50 States of Bucket List Adventures

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 2:00 PM

By Kathleen Rellihan What’s the one thing you must do in every state? From Florida to Alaska, here are our picks for once-in-a-lifetime experiences across the country. Mississippi: Swamp Tour Is coming face-to-face with an alligator on your bucket list? Take an airboat tour with Gulf Coast Gator Ranch on the swamplands of the Mississippi Gulf Coast to spot a gator in their natural habitat. Full article here .

The Eccentric Mississippi Artist Who Pioneered American Ceramics

Monday, January 22, 2018 3:00 PM

By Casey Lesser George E. Ohr, the so-called “Mad Potter of Biloxi,” was a wild, inventive ceramic artist in the late 19th and early 20th centuries—but his work was largely misunderstood during his time, and languished in a Mississippi garage. Ohr’s sculptural pots—writhing forms that were innovative, imaginative, and required great technical skill—were snubbed by artists of the Arts and Crafts Movement, the ceramics community, and the people of Biloxi alike. Despite this, Ohr pursued his work in earnest, and had the confidence and bluster to

10 Historic Grand Hotels in the South

Monday, January 22, 2018 3:00 PM

by Stefanie Waldek The different regions of the United States all have their own personalities, and in the South, there’s certainly a flair for the historic, the laid-back, and the grand. Naturally, that makes the area a great place for a relaxing retreat. If you’re looking for historic grandeur while you relax on vacation, look no further than these 10 grand hotels in the South. 6. The White House Hotel, Biloxi, Mississippi Founded in the 1890s by Gulf Coast lawyer Walter White (no, he was not the inspiration for the fictional character from

Five Questions for Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast's Kristen Parker

Friday, December 22, 2017 9:00 AM

By Andrea Doyle Mississippi's Gulf Coast offers 62 miles of scenic shoreline and is the ideal year-round destination for all types of groups. With a temperate climate and wide array of attractions and activities -- from the beach to golf to seafood to casinos -- the Mississippi Gulf Coast has you covered. What's new for groups? The folks at Ship Island Excursions are now offering dolphin cruises, and you are bound to see some of our finned friends, as we are home to the highest concentration of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins in the nation.

55 Best Small Towns to Visit on a Road Trip of America

Thursday, December 21, 2017 11:00 AM

for Auto Accessories Garage Many Americans have spent time traveling to large metropolitan cities like Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles and, while these cities are great, you can miss out on experiencing a major portion of the country if you only spend time in big cities. The small towns of America are another excellent reason to travel through this great nation. Each small town has its own unique vibe that it derives from the people who live there, the history of the place itself, the natural surroundings, and its cultural heritage. If

10 Last-Minute Trips to Take Between Christmas and New Year's

Friday, December 15, 2017 9:00 AM

By Mia Taylor MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST California isn't the only state with an inviting stretch of coastline. A journey along the Mississippi Gulf Coast offers beaches, golf, the opportunity to indulge in fresh seafood and perhaps try your luck at a casino. The beautiful century-old oak trees in downtown Bay St. Louis are decorated each year with illuminated snowflakes through Dec. 31, providing a picture-postcard scene for a stroll along local shops and carolers. Full Article Here

Weekend Getaways: Best Budget Destinations of 2017

Friday, December 15, 2017 9:00 AM

By Mia Taylor GULF COAST, MS Mississippi's Gulf Coast is one of the South's hidden gems. Visitors can take a sunset sail through the Mississippi Sound, home to the highest concentration of bottlenose dolphins in the U.S., or try kayaking through the waterways. Get a dose of culture at the Frank Gehry-designed Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art ($10 for adults 18 and up, $8 for seniors), or see the "business end" of the Saturn V rocket at NASA's Infinity Science Center . Popular places to stay include Bay Town Inn in Bay St. Louis, Hard Rock Biloxi, and

The Sweet Life- Celebrate National Cake Day With These Cakes Fit For Celebrities

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 9:00 AM

by Melissa Corbin I’m forever in search of cultural roots and the people that make their culture so unique. As a Southerner, I can vouch we have our fair share of roots. When Adventure Girl, Stef Michaels, asked me to head up her culinary column by starting with a celebration for National Cake Day, top of mind was when Dolly Parton’s character, Truvy Jones, shared her infamous Cuppa-Cuppa-Cuppa Cake recipe in the 1989 classic, Steel Magnolias. Many a Southerner can quote this classic. Make no mistake, it’s topping the list of the next