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!
15. July 2013 10:05
One of the great traditions of summer in the True South is to attend an outdoor festival or fair for a taste of the diverse cultural heritage displayed across Mississippi. Many of these are annual events that draw locals and visitors alike to enjoy long-standing traditions.
These unique events take place in communities all across Mississippi and showcase the authentic sights and sounds of the state’s Southern culture through music, arts and crafts, food and more. Now is a great time to plan a trip and experience the True South’s most interesting events.
Click here for a sample of the entertaining festivals and fairs you can experience this summer in Mississippi.
3. July 2013 05:53
You just never know what’s going to happen at the Pearl River County Welcome Center. We had a genuine “Tea Party” courtesy of Sweet Serenity Tea Room on June 30. Cindy Sanders and her husband, Gary, served Magnolia Peach Ice Tea, hot scones with Devonshire cream cheese spread (this is her mother's secret recipe), chocolate éclairs and cream puffs. They answered many questions concerning the brewing of and types of tea, both hot and cold. So if you ever thought about a nice cup of hot tea or a glass of iced tea along with some scones, a salad, a wrap or a sandwich in a lovely setting with great atmosphere, you just have to visit Cindy at Sweet Serenity Tea Room & Café located at 217 S. Curran St. in Picayune.
3. July 2013 05:47
On June 29, visitors at the Pearl River County Welcome Center enjoyed homemade blueberry muffins from the new Miss Blueberry Teen Queen, Aston Brianne Barnes. Picayune’s Miss Hospitality, Bethany Berryman, was also on hand greeting visitors and handing out brochures. Paul’s Pastries also brought a red, white and blue king cake for tourists to sample. Everyone went wild over the blueberry and cream cheese filling. Yum, yum, yum for blueberry goodness!
3. July 2013 05:34
June 14 was a very busy day at the Pearl River Welcome Center in Picayune. The morning included a beautiful flag raising courtesy of special guests Russell Foster and Frank Egger, both veterans who did the honors of raising the American and State flags. Afterwards guests and visitors enjoyed a beautifully decorated flag cake done in red, white and blue. In the afternoon, the center hosted a storytelling time with author Mac McClelland and his wife Charlotte who read “Hopping to Toomey.” The children were overjoyed to hear and learn about the rabbits and the small town of Toomey and enjoy lemonade and other treats. One lucky participant, a young man named Bryce, won an autographed copy of the book.
8. April 2013 05:11
Maybe it's our freshly shucked corn, vine ripened tomatoes, plump blueberries, juicy watermelons, and a kaleidoscope of peppers, peas, and potatoes. It could be the sweet and savory local honey, or dairy products that are so abundant across the state. Fresh baked bread, or a jar of tangy pickles will add to your dining pleasure. Mississippi's Certified Farmers Markets provide fresh fruits and vegetables sold in a facility where you can be sure that the food you are buying is safe; a place where you know how the food was grown and where it was grown. To locate a Certified Farmers Market near you, visit www.msfarmersmarket.org
Mississippi, it's where freshness grows.
4. April 2013 06:59
Picayune On Stage Presents: "The Ladies of Harmony" Dinner Theater
Date: April 12, 2013 - April 13, 2013
Event Description: "The Ladies of Harmony" Dinner Theater at Hide Away Lake Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m.
Event Location: Dinner Theater at Hide Away Lake
Date/Time Information: Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. show at 8:00 p.m.
Hide Away Residents Reservations: 601-798-1484, Non Residents: Call 601-799-1714
Fees/Admission: $33.00 gratuity and tax included Show at 8:00 p.m.
Picayune On Stage Presents: "The Ladies of Harmony"
Date: April 19, 2013 – April 20, 2013
Time: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Date: April 21, 2013
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Event Description: Picayune On Stage Presents "The Ladies of Harmony"
Event Location: 322 West Canal, Picayune, MS 39466
Date/Time Information: 8:00 p.m.
Contact Information 601-749-5551
Adults $ 10.00, Seniors $ 8.00, Students $ 5.00
4. April 2013 06:53
The Crosby Arboretum Strawberries and Cream Festival
Date: April 7, 2013 Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Bring the family, and join us to celebrate the history of the old Strawberry farm on the lovely Pinecote Pavilion. Ice cream, fresh strawberries and Picayune Frog Lemonade will be served. Admission is free and open to the public.
4. April 2013 06:48
Pancake Breakfast donations to support Relay for Life
Date: April 6, 2013 Time: 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Event Location Applebee's Memorial Blvd. Picayune, MS
Mary Byrd, 1620 Goodyear Blvd, Suite C, 601.476.4496
Come and Enjoy a Delicious Pancake Breakfast
You’re Donations Supports Relay for Life
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