EAT, STAY, PLAY: Coastal Mississippi – Harrison County

EAT, STAY, PLAY: Coastal Mississippi

Harrison County

The Mississippi Gulf Coast is more than just where the water meets the sand. Visitors to The Secret Coast will find 62 miles of shoreline and a host of small, coastal communities spread out across three unique Mississippi counties. From a relaxing beachfront park to non-stop entertainment and nightlife at one of the coast’s casino resorts, there is a weekend trip or a summer vacation for anyone. Here are just a few options in this ocean front community.

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This farm-to-table establishment features an award-winning chef serving a selection of vintage dishes along with a generous variety of modern fare, all using Mississippi-sourced meats and seasonal local vegetables. Guests at White Pillars Restaurant will find a rotating menu of regional food fit for any palate.

The Chimneys Restaurant has an enviable menu of fresh seafood, perfectly prepared steaks, and tempting desserts. The restaurant replicates an old home featuring traditional brick hearths, a central chimney, pine flooring, and brick salvaged from the original 19th century house. This is the perfect place to enjoy an upscale meal in a relaxing atmosphere.

For a unique twist on traditional Asian cuisine, Long Beach Market & Deli has a menu of Korean, Chinese, Cajun, Vietnamese, Vegetarian and American dishes. Guests can enjoy the outdoor patio space at this pet-friendly, family-owned-and-operated establishment.


Modern, elegant accommodations overlook the waters of the Mississippi Sound at this hotel located in the heart of Biloxi. The upscale amenities include a variety of suites, gym space, a luxurious pool featuring a fire pit, a gorgeous fountain, and cabanas for kicking back and enjoying the ocean breeze. At night, guests can enjoy a meal and some classic tunes while dining at the on-site Sapphire Supper Club.

Featuring 10 stunning rooms overlooking Pass Christian Harbor, this boutique hotel boasts individualized service and access to a variety of amenities, including The Elysian Spa, which offers full-service hair, nail, and massage treatments. Situated along Scenic Drive in Pass Christian, guests can walk to a variety of local restaurants, shops, and beach-side attractions.


Just like the original Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, this juke joint-style venue offers live music in a setting that simply screams Mississippi. With a menu of regional classics and bands playing well into the night, this Biloxi spot is a must-visit for music fans.

As one of several barrier islands along the coast, Ship Island is one of the most popular destinations on the Mississippi Gulf Coast with its scenic boardwalk and inviting beaches.

The Mississippi Aquarium is a living resource of Mississippi‘s extraordinary aquatic life. From the Delta to the waters of the Gulf, this educational experience is both a fun and informative way to be immersed in the natural wonders of Mississippi waterways.

The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art features the ceramics of George E. Ohr, the self-proclaimed "Mad Potter of Biloxi,” along with a range of modern and historic exhibitions. Visitors can enjoy the art and artistry of this unique creator and see or purchase new works by Mississippi artists inspired by Ohr’s legacy.

The history of the Gulf Coast is intrinsically tied to the natural resources that have been a staple for people living here. The Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum was established in 1986 to preserve that history for future generations with a variety of exhibits, artifacts, and photographs.