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!
9. April 2013 04:49
||More than 75 colorful buildings dating back to the turn of the 20th century line this magnolia-and-oak-filled square. They've made it onto the National Register of Historic Places, as has the commanding 1857 Greek Revival courthouse. (The Gallery, across Liberty Street from the courthouse, still has a drawer marked "Opium" from 100 years ago, when it was a pharmacy.) The town's southern charms lure visitors, most notably during the Canton Flea Market Arts & Crafts Show held each May and October. www.cantontourism.com
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 07:12
The Margaret Reed Crosby Memorial Library & Cultural Center at 900 Goodyear Boulevard here in Picayune, MS will be having their Friends’ Annual Book Sale from April 29th – May 4th, 2013. The Book Sale will be open from 9am – 5pm even on the days the main library is closed. If you are a friend of the library on Sunday, April 28, 2013, they are having a “Friends Only Pre-Sale” from 2 – 4 pm. So if you still enjoy curling up with a good book; come and stock up on as many as you can carry.
4. April 2013 06:40
Please join us for our Spring Street Fair, if you happen to be in Picayune this weekend (April 6 & 7). We will be open from 9:00am – 5:00 pm daily. We will be displaying the finest Artisans in the South all along East & West Canal Street, North & South Main and Highway 11 South. There will be Free LIVE entertainment, Children’s activities, arts, crafts, antiques and food vendors. On Saturday, the Boulevard Cruisers Car Show & on Sunday, Fat Boyz Cycles/Motorcycle Show.