A Summer Road Trip Along The Mississippi Gulf Coast- Vogue

Ocean SpringsThis is the kind of place you visit and then start perusing the local real-estate section. Dripping with charm, the colorful cottages are shaded by live oak trees, and residents bike through the bustling downtown, filling cloth bags with produce from the farmers’ market. An artist’s town at heart, Ocean Springs is home to the famed Walter Anderson Museum of Art and Shearwater Pottery. The Anderson family is celebrated just about everywhere, including the Roost hotel, a boutique property with just six rooms, each inspired by the Coast native. Dinner reservations should be made at Vestige: It’s helmed by Ocean Springs native Alex Perry and his wife, Kumi Omori. They turn out a menu based on seasonal Mississippi fare. But no matter what you do, morning should start at The Greenhouse on Porter, set up in the plant-strewn building for which it’s named. Zenor and Sukiennik bake big biscuits—like the kale and beet, heirloom tomato, and banana walnut—then slather them with a signature fluff—say a goat cheese or sorghum lemon variety. Zenor says, “Kait and I chose to start a business here because this is our home—this is where we want to be and this is the community we want to contribute to. I cannot imagine a place I would rather be . . . not even on the West Coast.”

The Ultimate Mississippi Road Trip: By National Geographic

Celebrate legendary musicians, literary giants, and civil rights pioneers on a scenic capital-to-the-coast loop through Mississippi. The roughly 800-mile route begins and ends in Jackson, leads through rural areas and college towns, and includes stops on the Mississippi Blues Trail.

 

BILOXI/OCEAN SPRINGS

From Meridian, follow I-59 south about 90 miles to Hattiesburg. Stop for lunch at Cotton Blues (try the BBQ pulled pork fries) before heading south (via U.S. 49 to MS 67) 74 miles to Biloxi. Spend a few days exploring Biloxi, neighboring Ocean Springs, and the Mississippi sections of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. Buy a Mississippi Gulf Coast Attraction Pass ($32) for onetime entry to eight top area attractions, such as the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art (closed Sundays and Mondays) and the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum (closed Sundays December to February) in Biloxi, and the Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs. March to October, rent a kayak, Jet Ski, or other water toy from Get Wet Beach Rentals at Biloxi Beach. Before returning to Jackson (166 miles north via U.S. 49), catch a live blues performance at the Government Street Grocery or Murky Waters in Ocean Springs.

Eat and Stay: Mary Mahoney’s Old French House, Biloxi, and The Roost, Ocean Springs

The Most Beautiful Hotel in Every State in America by Architectural Digest

The Most Beautiful Hotel in Every State in America

Before you set out on your next Stateside journey, consult our list of the country's most awe-inspiring properties

This country is filled with stunning hotels that reflect the remarkable landscape of America and dig into the rich history of each individual state. From sharp modern edges to old Victorian style, each unique accommodation has a story to tell. Below is a diverse collection of the most spectacular hotels in every state....

Mississippi: The Roost Ocean Springs

For an authentic and relaxing getaway to the Gulf Coast, the Roost’s chic beach-shack decor will give you vacation vibes upon entry. roostoceansprings.com

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TEXT BY HANNAH HUBER  Posted November 9, 2017