Mississippi Road Trip: Gulf Coast Getaway

Lined by sandy white beaches overlooking barrier islands and the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi Gulf Coast offers both a peaceful retreat and plenty of ways to party down. We have the perfect Gulf Coast getaway planned for you.


Ease into a Coastal State of Mind

Arrive at the Island View Casino on the beach in Gulfport, check in and explore the coastal-contemporary resort’s amenities. After a trip to the spa to shake off your travels, play a few hands on the tables in the 83,000-square-foot casino and grab a refresher at one of 11 on-site restaurants and bars.

Adjust Your Perspective with Art

Back when the Mississippi Gulf Coast was a collection of rural fishing villages along the Gulf of Mexico, artist Walter Inglis Anderson settled in Ocean Springs and began painting the region’s natural history. Today, the Walter Anderson Museum of Art in the town’s historic district features his paintings, sculptures and the mural-lined Ocean Springs Community Center alongside pottery from his siblings and other works.

Tour the Historic Beauvoir Estate

Stroll among the grand live oaks at Beauvoir, the 51-acre last home and retreat of Jefferson Davis, where he penned his memoirs. The centerpiece Beauvoir mansion is restored to 1889, when Davis lived in the home. The grounds include a confederate cemetery and the Jefferson Davis Presidential Library and museum.

Dine on Local Delicacies

On your way back to your cozy accommodations, stop for dinner at Scarlet’s Steak and Seafood at the Scarlet Pearl overlooking Biloxi’s Back Bay in D’Iberville, named for the French explorer who first settled the area in 1699. Dine on fresh local oysters and jumbo Gulf shrimp or pair with Creekstone Farms Black Angus beef for a unique surf-and-turf experience.


Why Breakfast When You Can Brunch?

After a late rise and a stroll along the beach, head to Le Café Beignet in downtown Biloxi for brunch. Order a specialty coffee and sample the signature beignets—the region’s fried French doughnuts, generously coated in powdered sugar—then order grits with smoked Gouda and shrimp or a gourmet breakfast sandwich served on a French baguette.

Cut Through the White Caps

Find the Biloxi Schooner pier near Biloxi’s Point Cadet, the original home of the city’s seafood industry, sheltered by Deer Island on the eastern tip of the peninsula. Board the Glenn L. Swetman or the Mike Sekul schooner and sail the Mississippi Sound on an historic fishing and oystering boat.

Rock with The Band Perry & More

Join the revelers at Gulfport’s beachfront Centennial Plaza, originally developed for Mississippi’s 100-year birthday, for a party a century in the making—the Mississippi Bicentennial Celebration South featuring the Governor’s Concert on April 1.

Take in 200 years of history among the Spanish colonial buildings and moss-draped live oaks while musicians celebrate the state’s history in song with the “We Are Mississippi” orchestral salute. After a performance by Americana singer-songwriter Paul Thorn, stretch out to the grooves of Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, featuring Allman Brothers Band founding percussionist Jaimoe Johnson and guest guitarist Vasti Jackson. Dance and sing along as The Band Perry, a trio of GRAMMY Award®-winning siblings with deep roots in the coastal and capital regions of the state, close out the show with their biggest hits.



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