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.”