31. October 2013 09:14
VisitMississippi was recently a part of the 2013 Society of American Travel Writers Convention held in Biloxi. More than 250 of the most seasoned and well-known travel writers converged on the state for a week of seminars and networking along with pre- and post-conference tours on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and every other region of the state.
Here are a few of the sights along those pre- and post-conference journeys:
RUINS OF WINDSOR (NEAR PORT GIBSON):
EUDORA WELTY HOUSE (JACKSON):
WALKER'S DRIVE-IN (JACKSON):
MISSISSIPPI FREEDOM TRAIL MARKER (MONEY):
TALLAHATCHIE FLATS (NEAR GREENWOOD):
LITTLE ZION - OFFICIAL GRAVESITE OF BLUESMAN ROBERT JOHNSON (GREENWOOD):
SQUARE BOOKS (OXFORD):
ROWAN OAK - HOME OF WILLIAM FAULKNER (OXFORD)
ELVIS PRESLEY STATUE AT FAIRPARK (TUPELO):
TUPELO AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM:
TENNESSEE WILLIAMS HOME AND VISITORS CENTER (COLUMBUS):
BILOXI LIGHTHOUSE AND VISITORS CENTER:
Our travel writers had quite an experience in Mississippi traveling to these destinations and many others around the state. From our delicious food to our friendly folks, they were pretty impressed with the True South. We hope they come back soon! And we hope you hit the road and discover what's so special about Mississippi, too.
2. September 2013 08:17
Staff members from the Pearl River County Welcome Center recently made their annual familiarization (FAM) tour of Ocean Springs into a mini-vacation. Staffers Brenda and Laura started off with dinner at Darwell’s in Long Beach. Then they stayed at the Golden Nugget Casino Hotel in Biloxi.
The next day in Ocean Springs they started their FAM tour with a great breakfast at the new French Kiss Bakery. After filling their bellies, they enjoyed a walk around the area and stopped at Shearwater Pottery. It's a fantastic place to experience local arts and crafts. They watched the potters complete pieces from start to finish from making the clay and throwing it on the wheel to removing it from the kiln and finally painting the objects. Shearwater displays all their beautiful pieces in their new showroom.
Later Brenda and Laura joined their group for a stop at the new Crooked Letter Brewery. One of the owners, Paul Blacksmith, gave them a tour and showed them how they make the beer. Of course, the ladies had to taste it to make sure it was good stuff...and it was! Then it was off to a great lunch at Maison de Lu where a sampling of several different desserts rounded out a delicious meal. Next, the ladies were treated to a craft lesson at Lovie’s by the Bay. They were taught the different techniques of chalk painting and painted their own unique picture frames.
After expressing their creativity, the group attended a ribbon cutting hosted by the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce for their new tour bus. The chamber will now offer bus tours and give away “Pelican Pounds” to each tourist. You can purchase a wind chime, a purse or other great local souvenirs and products with this fun "currency."
After spending one more night in Ocean Springs, the ladies stopped at the new Biloxi Welcome Center and dropped by the Edgewater Mall. While at the mall, the group had some old fashioned pictures taken and framed on-site. A quick bite at Piccadilly's and everyone headed home.
As you can see, there's so much to see and do in Ocean Springs and all around the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Plan your trip today!
23. August 2013 09:56
With 62 miles of scenic shoreline and the world’s longest manmade beach, the Mississippi Gulf Coast has an abundance of historic and natural resources. One location in particular played a key role in the history and settlement of the area, Ship Island. Often called the “Plymouth Rock” of the Gulf Coast, this is where many colonists took their first steps on American soil. The island is a part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore, which was named one of the Top Ten Most Visited Places of the National Park System in 2012.
Located 12 miles off the Mississippi coast, Ship Island is a barrier island named in 1699 by French explorers who were impressed with the water anchorage the location offered large ships. During the War of 1812, 60 British ships with nearly 10,000 troops rendezvoused near Ship Island prior to their unsuccessful attempt to take New Orleans. In 1862, the island served as the base for a Union fleet before attacks on the ports of New Orleans and Mobile. The island also served as a prison for Confederate POWs and a base for the 2nd Louisiana Native Guard Volunteers, one of the first black U.S. combat units to fight in the Civil War.
Historic Fort Massachusetts is located on the western tip of Ship Island. It was built for national defense, because both domestic and foreign powers recognized the strategic significance of the natural deep water harbor on the north side of the island. Fort construction began in 1859, but storms, disease, climate, isolation and the Civil War made construction a challenge. Construction was halted in 1866 although the fort was not fully completed and never fully armed.
Today, visitors can enjoy a day trip to Ship Island for fun in the sun and nature exploration. A ferry runs daily March through October with rates ranging from $17-$27. Rangers and volunteers offer free guided tours of the fort. So pack your sunscreen, hat and sunglasses, and head out for a day of discovery on Ship Island. Details are available at www.msshipisland.com.
13. November 2012 04:03
Congratulations to the following for being named Readers Choice Award Winners by ConventionSouth Magazine:
Beau Rivage Resort & Casino - Biloxi
Jackson Convention Complex
Lake Terrace Convention Center - Hattiesburg
Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center - Biloxi
Pearl River Resort, Including Silver Star & Golden Moon Hotel & Casino
This elite class of meeting sites represents ConventionSouth's readers who nominated & voted in order to select the best of the best. ConventionSouth Magazine recognized these meeting suppliers in Mississippi for their high standard of professionalism & quality service.
You know what this means? Mississippi is a great place to MEET!
6. March 2012 08:14
Mississippi is proud to announce the 34th Biloxi Street St. Patrick’s Day Parade! The parade will take place on March 17th downtown Biloxi, Mississippi. The 34th Biloxi Street St. Patrick's Day Parade brings thousands together in one of the most celebrated St. Patrick's Day celebrations in Mississippi history.
The Parade will feature bands, military units, flag bearers, bagpipers, leprechauns, a horse-drawn carriage with the parade’s Grand Marshal and Colleen, and colorful outrageous floats tossing Irish trinkets, green beads and doubloons.
Parade goers can also enjoy an Irish Derby which is a 5k run. This is a great way to start off the big Mississippi celebration! For more information you can go to http://hiberniamarchingsociety.com/
24. February 2012 06:40
Former world number one golfer and past Master’s Champion Fred Couples, has committed to participate in the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic (MGRC) at Fallen Oak Golf Club in Saucier, Miss., March 19-25. One of the most popular and successful players in golf, Couples will be making his first ever appearance on the Mississippi Gulf Coast to play in the Champions Tour event. Couples began playing golf professionally in 1980 and has recorded 15 victories on the PGA TOUR, including the 1992 Master’s and THE PLAYERS Championship in 1996.
Couples joined the Champions Tour in 2010 and, in limited events (28) over the past two seasons, has already recorded six tour victories. As one of the top players to ever play on the PGA TOUR, Couples’ career earnings top over $22 million.
“Fred Couples committing to this year’s Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic is very exciting news and has once again helped to solidify our event here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” stated Duncan McKenzie, Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic Foundation chairman. “Getting the world’s best players to come to our area and play in this event is something the MGRC board and staff have been working hard to attain. This announcement is a major step in our efforts to grow the event, and the 2012 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic is shaping up to be the most exciting tournament to date for the Mississippi Gulf Coast!”
Couples became the first player on the Champions Tour to win three of his first four career starts and also became the first player since Jay Haas in 2006 to win three consecutive Champions Tour starts. Couples has represented the USA as a member of five Ryder Cup teams and five President’s Cup events, including serving as two-time captain of the team. His success and laid-back style has made him a fan favorite throughout the world.
Tickets to the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic are $15 and are on sale now. They can be purchased online or by calling the tournament office at 228.896.6365. Children ages 15 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult.
About the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic:
The third annual Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic will be played March 19-25 at Fallen Oak Golf Club in Saucier. The tournament is uniquely funded by 13 consortium partners that see this event as an ideal way to promote the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The 2012 consortium partners include the following: BP America, IP Resort & Spa, Mississippi Power, C Spire Wireless, Hard Rock Resort & Spa, Grand Biloxi Hotel & Spa, Beau Rivage Resort & Spa, Mississippi Development Authority, F.E.B. Distributing, W.G. Yates & Sons Construction, Roy Anderson Corp, Hancock Bank and Coca-Cola. The tournament will be administered through the MGRC Foundation, Inc. and will benefit Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.