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Southern Living: Tourism Jobs We're Totally Jealous Of

Thursday, August 10, 2017 12:00 PM

Tourism Jobs We're Totally Jealous Of Our dream gigs include everything from schooner captain to certified spook master. Valerie Fraser Luesse I’ve never forgotten the hotdog boat, even after all these years. There I was on the  beach , enjoying my allotted 2-hour break during a sales meeting on  Florida's  Captiva Island, when I looked up to see a boat cruising along in the shallow water, running parallel to the beach. And on that boat was a grill, a cooler, and a hotdog vendor/boat captain.   Sunbathers  would wade out to the boat, cash in hand,…

Southern Living: Our Favorite Engagement Spots in Every Southern State

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 4:00 PM

Our Favorite Engagement Spots in Every Southern State Perri Ormont Blumberg From Alabama to West Virginia, we scoured the map and found the best spots for popping the question Mississippi: On a sailboat in the Gulf Coast Dolphin sightings? A sorbet sunset over the Mississippi Sound? Glorious barrier islands rolling by? Well, all of the above, plus a private sailboat charter with your loved one sounds pretty good to us. Some stellar options include  Making Memories Sailing ,  T&J Island Cruises , and   North Star Sailing Charters . Or, to make your…

USA TODAY: Celebrate National Lighthouse Day around the USA

Monday, August 7, 2017 8:00 AM

Celebrate National Lighthouse Day around the USA Susan B. Barnes, Special for USA TODAY Published 7:46 a.m. ET Aug. 7, 2017 Our country’s history of helping sailors navigate North American waters dates all the way back to 1673, when, according to the  United States Lighthouse Society , a beacon was hoisted in Nantasket (now Hull), Massachusetts, fueled by “fier-bales of pitch and ocum” in an iron basket at its base. Fast forward nearly half-a-century to when the first lighthouse was built on Boston’s Little Brewster Island in 1716. But the engineers and…

Southern Living: 15 Affordable Small Towns We Love

Friday, August 4, 2017 3:00 PM

15 Affordable Small Towns We Love Vibrant communities loaded with charm and character, these small towns are our favorite budget-friendly picks. Perri Ormont Blumberg El Dorado,  Arkansas  or Florence, Alabama, might not be on your radar— yet —but affordable small towns like these are gaining attention nationwide and with good reason: They offer budget-friendly real estate, plenty of cultural activities that are kind to your wallet, and superb access to nature and outdoor recreation. Read on to find your ideal spot for affordable living in the South. P.S. Got your…

Business Insider: The most beautiful lighthouses in America

Friday, August 4, 2017 12:00 PM

The most beautiful lighthouses in America Ciara Appelbaum ,  INSIDER Aug. 4, 2017, 12:32 PM Biloxi Lighthouse, Mississippi One of the first cast-iron lighthouses in the southern US. Shutterstock/ Rob Hainer Built in 1848, Biloxi Lighthouse was one of the first cast-iron lighthouses in the South. It has since become  a post-Hurricane Katrina symbol of the city’s resolve and resilience .  Original article: http://www.businessinsider.com/beautiful-lighthouses-us-2017-8?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=referral/#biloxi-lighthouse-mississippi-15

CNN: 15 charming cities in the American South you may have overlooked

Friday, August 4, 2017 10:00 AM

15 charming cities in the American South you may have overlooked Perri Ormont Blumberg, CNN • Updated 4th August 2017 10. Gulfport, Mississippi EAT Start at  Triplett-Day Drug Co ., a family-owned soda fountain that will teleport you to the "Leave it to Beaver" glory days. Next, scope out the eclectic Fishbone Alley, a mural hunter's Eden, which puts you a stone's throw away from more local artwork, bars, restaurants and live music. (Be warned: Football game days are LOUD.) Fight the heat with a small-batch icicle from  Pop Bothers  with…

Southern Living: Our Favorite Fall Beach Destinations

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 11:00 AM

Our Favorite Fall Beach Destinations Southerners love spending autumn by the shore.  Southern Living Editors Nothing against summer at the beach or  fall in the mountains , but give us a balmy autumn day on a stretch of sand with no crowds, and we’re in a state of bliss. As  frommers.com  points out, while North Florida and South Florida have opposite high seasons, their shoulder seasons (that's when they begin dropping rates) are consistent: April-May and September through November. Shoulder season is a little harder to define on the Outer Banks, but…

USA TODAY: 50 states: 50 most recommended restaurants on Facebook

Monday, July 31, 2017 11:00 AM

50 states: 50 most recommended restaurants on Facebook Ashley Day , USA TODAY Published 7:02 a.m. ET July 31, 2017 | Updated 7:08 a.m. ET Aug. 1, 2017 Mississippi's most recommended restaurant on Facebook is Shaggy's Harbor Bar & Grill on the Gulf Coast.  https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/experience/food-and-wine/2017/07/31/50-states-most-recommended-restaurants-on-facebook/512404001/

Nola.com: 10 Louisiana day trips you can take with your dog

Friday, July 28, 2017 11:00 AM

10 Louisiana day trips you can take with your dog Updated July 31, 2017  Posted July 28, 2017 Waveland Beach in Mississippi Drive time:  1 hour The Mississippi Gulf Coast boasts a stretch of dog-friendly beaches, particularly along the shoreline of Hancock County. Hancock welcomes dogs on their beaches from Waveland to Bay St. Louis (pictured), where pups can splash around in the typically uncrowded surf. Drive about an hour east from New Orleans into Mississippi to reach Waveland Beach. Hungry after splashing in the waves? Stop for a bite to eat in Bay St. Louis…

Southern Living: The Great American Barbecue Bucket List

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 10:00 AM

The Great American Barbecue Bucket List Fifty spots worth road tripping for.  Perri Ormont Blumberg Mississippi: The Shed BBQ The endearingly kitschy establishment has won many awards for its bayou-side barbecue. And if this picture doesn’t make you want to head to The Shed in Ocean Springs immediately, well, consider the Shed Sample Platter: It comes loaded with baby back ribs, spareribs, pork, brisket, chicken, sausage, and three sides. Plus, there's live blues on the weekends.  theshedbbq.com Full…

U.S. News & World Report: Best Family Beach Vacations in the USA

Monday, July 10, 2017 2:00 PM

Best Family Beach Vacations in the USA Taking the family to the beach can create lifelong memories, as long as every member of the family is satisfied. To help you choose your next family beach vacation,  U.S. News  considered factors like safe waters, kid-friendly attractions, dining options, spacious accommodations and multigenerational appeal to determine the list below. Weigh in by voting below, then use this list to plan your upcoming travels. Biloxi  Travel Guide Mississippi #5 in   Best Family Beach Vacations in the USA Why Go to Biloxi Perfectly placed to…

Connect Sports: Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast’s Craig Mackay Is a “Future Game Changer”

Thursday, June 15, 2017 10:00 AM

Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast’s Craig Mackay Is a “Future Game Changer” By  Matt Swenson , June 15, 2017 What Craig Mackay, sports development manager at  Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast , may lack in experience, he makes up for with enthusiasm. Perhaps that’s what makes the  28-year-old  a perfect fit for the role, which he assumed in November 2015. As Mackay further grows into the role, the destination will continue to develop its reputation as an ideal host for sports events. Mackay is “a breath of fresh air, to be honest,”…

Vogue: A Summer Road Trip Along the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 1:00 PM

A Summer Road Trip Along the Mississippi Gulf Coast JUNE 12, 2017 11:02 AM by  ANNE RODERIQUE-JONES William Faulkner once said, “To understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi.” It is a complex state, that’s certain. Up north, there’s Oxford, where literati, James Beard chefs, and students buzz about the square. Nearby snakes the Blues Trail, where towns like Clarksdale and Indianola dot the floodplains of the Delta. And there’s the Gulf Coast of the state, spanning 62 miles—26 of which are a swath of sugar-sand…

Golf Digest: The Best Golf Courses in Mississippi

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 10:00 AM

June 7, 2017 The Best Golf Courses in Mississippi We rank the top venues in Mississippi (2017-'18) (1) Fallen Oak G.C. Saucier ≈^ (2) Old Waverly G.C. ( 6th hole pictured above ), West Point ^ (3) Annandale G.C., Madison (4) Dancing Rabbit G.C. (Azaleas), Choctaw ^ (5) Grand Bear G. Cse., Saucier * (7) Shell Landing G.C., Gautier * (9) Dancing Rabbit G.C. (The Oaks), Choctaw ★ (10) The Preserve G.C., Vancleave ★ (New) Country Club Of Jackson (Dogwood/Azalea), Jackson (New) The Bridges G.C. at Hollywood Casino Bay, St. Louis ★ KEY TO SYMBOLS (2015-'16…

Sun Herald: Coast’s Shrimp Signs now have their own app

Friday, May 12, 2017 10:00 AM

Coast’s Shrimp Signs now have their own app BY MARY PEREZ meperez@sunherald.com A new My Gulf Coast app launched Thursday helps locals and tourists in South Mississippi have more fun. The way-finding app is tied to the round, blue, numbered Shrimp Signs posted on traffic-light poles along U.S. 90. It can be used in several ways: ▪  By pinpointing the user’s location, the interactive map shows what attractions and restaurants are nearby. ▪  The app also shows attractions, restaurants, shopping, museums and other points of interest across the…