Birding in Ocean Springs

Birding in Ocean Springs

The Mississippi Gulf Coast is a hot spot for birding! Whether you are an expert, novice, or just interested getting out into nature to see natural habitats and wildlife, Ocean Springs has it all. The mix of both coastal and inland species makes for a spectacular array of birds, with some visitors seeing over 100 different species in a weekend!

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Audubon Society hosts events throughout the year, these events focus on things like Migratory birds, or Winter Humming Birds. The MGCA's mission is to ..."promote and protect fragile beach-nesting species, education, conservation, and protection of our natural resources in southern Mississippi...". They can help guide you to a spot to sit and observe local bird species, or can help you locate the most special and rare birds that migrate through our area.

Eco Tours of South Mississippi is another wonderful resource for both birding and nature lovers alike. They are located on the Pascagoula River, which gives them the unique opportunity to offer tours of cypress swamps, salt marshes, and coastal barrier islands. These areas are perfect for spotting ospreys, herons, egrets, and bald eagles.

Birding and wildlife viewing in our scenic harbor during migration and winter are recommended. You'll see loons, grebes, black-crowned night-heron, waterfowl, rails, shorebirds, gulls, terns, migrant songbirds. 

If you are planing on visiting us, our staff is happy to guide you in the right direction for a wonderful bird watching experience. See you on the trail!

Get inspired by checking out local birding photographer Jon Hauge's website for some amazing bird shots!

photo by Jon Hauge

Yoga in Ocean Springs

Yoga in Ocean Springs

Whether you are a practicing “yogi” or novice yoga practitioner, yoga is the perfect way to relax your body and mind during your stay. Come back from vacation refreshed and ready to take on the world! Ocean Springs offers multiple options to practice yoga…whether it be in a traditional studio environment, at the beach, or even on the water via paddleboard!

Blues Over Biloxi


July 21-July 22, 2018

Located between Harrah's Great Lawn & Margaritaville Resort in Biloxi

The Blue Angles headline this free show that includes the world-famous Aeroshell Aerobatic Team, the Army’s Golden Knight parachute team, the F-16 Viper Demo Team, the ACEMAKER Airshows T-33, aerobatic solo performers, warbirds flyovers, U.S. Coast Guard rescue demos, and a host of modern military aircraft. Street vendors and performers will be present up and down the public display areas along Beach Boulevard.

This event is FREE, and just a 5 minute drive from The Roost!

All One People

“All One People” by Christopher Inglis Stebly. Created as a Mississippi bicentennial project, Chris’ original piece has been installed as one solid aluminum sculpture that beautifully tells the story of the past, present & future of the Ocean Springs community. Light refreshments from Eat, Drink, Love, with a brief program & informal reception. This project was a joint effort of the Historic Ocean Springs Association and the Roost Boutique Hotel, with support from the Mississippi Humanities Council. The public, private, non-profit partnership has been recognized for incorporating original art in property development. Plans are underway to support sharing Stebly’s inspiring art in other forms in the community & beyond. The project team also produced a free color “Art Matters in Ocean Springs” printed guide map, which will be released at the event, and will be available through the Chamber and many other locations in town.


The 6 Most Beautiful New Hotels in the Southern U.S... The Roost made the list!!!

We are so excited and honored to announce that The Roost was named as one of the most beautiful New Hotel in the South by Architectural Digest! 

Read the full article here: CLICK HERE

From the article...

The Roost, Boutique Hotel

Located in the artsy Mississippi Gulf Coast town of Ocean Springs, this six-room property is the very definition of a boutique hotel. The town is anchored by the Walter Anderson Museum of Art and Shearwater Pottery, so it’s fitting that the Roost would pay homage to the artist with a namesake guest room. The Shearwater Suite, with a master bedroom and full kitchen, is awash in creamy beach-chic decor and opulent furnishings that make you feel as if you’re weekending at a wealthy but completely unpretentious friend’s summer home. There’s a loftlike common outdoor space equipped with oversize chairs, communal tables, and stunning chandeliers—ideal for sipping wine and doing what Southerners do best: making new friends.


Breweries in South Mississippi

Breweries in South Mississippi

 What’s a foodie destination without delicious, write-home worthy, locally brewed beer? The Mississippi Gulf Coast is home to a few breweries worth their weight in suds. Our first choice Brewery is Biloxi Brewing Company offers tours and tastings for $10 for those above 21 years old. No reservations required (unless you want to bring a BIG group). Open Tuesday-Friday 3-8pm and Saturday noon-6pm. Our second location is Chandeleur Brewing Company. Chandeleur Brewing Company brews ales using only malted barley, hops, and local ingredients. Open Monday-Thursday 4pm to 10pm, Friday 1pm to 12am, Saturday 11am to 12am, Sunday 1am to 7pm. Admission charged. Our third location is Crooked Letter Brewing Company. Crooked Letter Brewing Company offers 7,000 square feet of brewing space and includes 2,400 square feet of Tavern space, huge indoor & outdoor bars. Open daily 11am to 11pm. Last but not least, Lazy Magnolia. Lazy Magnolia, Mississippi's first brewery, brews craft beer sold locally and regionally. Tours of the brewery are offered with participants receiving a Lazy Magnolia pint glass and sample of up to 6 different brews. Brewery tours are kid and family friendly. Kids tour for free and get a special Mississippi-mad treat. No samples will be given to anyone under the age of 21. Tours are on Thursday-Friday at 4, 5, and 6pm and Saturday each hour from 11am to 4pm. All guests are required to tour the facility before they can receive their complimentary beer samples. Last call is at 7:15pm and the brewery will close at 7:30pm.

Gulf Coast Golf

Picture you and your friends on one of our world-class golf courses created by legendary designers...maybe names like Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Davis Love III, Mark McCumber, Jerry Pate, and Tom Fazio ring a bell.

Besides award-winning play from Bay St. Louis to Biloxi to Pascagoula, on our greens, you’re treated to sprawling views of the Gulf Coast while surrounded by nature at its finest. When you’re on one of our nearly 20 courses, just don’t be surprised if you don’t know whether to tee off or take pictures.

That said, on the Mississippi Gulf Coast we're proud to offer something for every budget. So whether you’re a golf pro or just looking to casually hit the links, we have the perfect course - and perfect golf package - for you.

The Top Golf Resorts that are located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast would be Shell Landing Golf Course, The Preserve Golf Club, Gulf Hills Golf Club, Sunkist Country Club, and Great Southern Golf Club.


The Roost Boutique Hotel named by Architectural Digest as ‘Most Beautiful Hotel in Mississippi’

“For an authentic and relaxing getaway to the Gulf Coast, the Roost’s chic beach-shack decor will give you vacation vibes upon entry”- Architectural Digest



We are honored to be named ‘Most Beautiful Hotel’ in our State. Our guests have the opportunity to see the unparalleled beauty of the Gulf Coast while being surrounded by coastal charm, delightful amenities, and experience true southern hospitality that The Roost offers. We hope this nomination encourages people to “come roost with us”.

The Roost was designed to highlight all the enchanting qualities of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. From the exterior wall made of oyster shells, and the Spanish moss hanging from the beautiful Live Oaks, this Boutique Hotel highlights all the natural beauty of Ocean Springs. Each suite offers guests a thoughtfully curated, and refreshingly laid back decor that is elegant, coastal, and cozy all at once.

Fall Giveaway

Fall Giveaway

We are so excited for Fall, we decided to give away a free nights stay on Facebook. Here is how it's done; Like, Share, & tag two friends on Facebook and make sure to "like" The Roost. We will be announcing the winner on Facebook on October 1st.

Tuxachanie Coffee & Bright-Eyed Cold Nitro Brew Pop-Up

Tuxachanie Coffee & Bright-Eyed Cold Nitro Brew Pop-Up: August 11 (this Friday)!

Tuxachanie Coffee and Tea, our local coffee roaster specializing in small batch, hand selected imported beans and Bright- Eyed Cold Nitro Brew, the Coast's cold brew coffee company featuring Nitro Brew on tap will be at The Roost!!! Come by and try one of the amazing varieties of freshly brewed coffee, cold brew or teas!

India Hicks POP UP at The Roost! July 20th

We are bringing India Hicks to Oceans Springs! A collection of well crafted gifts and accesories all designed by India, inspired by her Britsh herritage, island life, and madcat daydreams will be featured on July 20th from 11am-4pm at The Roost, don't miss out on this fun event and snag an awesome India Hicks piece while you can!

Things to do: Cooking Classes

Cooking Classes at The Mary C Culinary Cafe.

Class Locations: All Cafe classes are taught in the Mary C Culinary Arts Cafe located in The Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government Street, Ocean Springs, MS.

  • Upcoming Dates:
    • June 8, 2017 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
    • June 15, 2017 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
    • June 22, 2017 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
    • June 29, 2017 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Deep South Culinary Adventures Cooking from Scratch Class

There’s a new cooking class coming to the Mary C., but it is not for the faint of heart. It’s a from scratch class that will teach you new skills and recipes. When you walk in, the ovens are turned on, grab a knife and help prep, make the stock, learn how to make the perfect roux, and by the end of the class, sit down and enjoy a three-course meal that you helped create.

Also look for guest chef speakers, field trips to local farms, and talks by experts on subjects as varied as how to start a compost pile, to the nuances of a fine single barrel scotch.

Sounds good, but you can’t make the 5:30 p.m. start time? We understand not everyone wants to get their hands dirty, so if you just want an overview, and a great meal, show up at 6:30 p.m. You’ll still have a great time, and come away with a few new ideas.

Prices for each class vary according to the menu. If we’re using Dale Steven’s heritage breed, free range pork, it’s going to cost you a little more. If we take you back in time and make shrimp boat spaghetti (an old Biloxi favorite), you won’t blink an eye at the price.

Classes sponsored by Deep South Culinary Adventures with local food writer and photographer Julian Brunt,and foodies Kimberly Wilson and Lesley Fenton. Be prepared to have a good time.

Wines paired by Jonathan Maisano


June 8th

Cucumber Salad and Homemade Red Wine vinaigrette

Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes with Spicy Hollandaise Sauce

Classic Creme Brulee

June 15th

BLT salad made with Benton’s Bacon (the best bacon in the world) and homemade ranch dressing

Mahi mahi En papillote (Mahi mahi roasted in parchment with julienne onions, bell peppers and fingerling potatoes)

Classic 1960s Watergate salad (pineapple, pistachio pudding, marshmallows, pecans and whipped cream)

June 22nd

Classic Italian tomato, basil and mozzarella bruschetta

Fresh made tomato sauce paired (contrasted) with a long cooked ragu, lots of Parmigiano-Reggiano and pasta finished in the sauce

Seasonal (probably blueberry) cobbler

June 29th

Kick ass deviled eggs

Sous vide fried chicken (the tenderest you have ever had) with pan gravy and sweet potato biscuits

Hummingbird cup cakes (pecans, banana, pineapple, cinnamon and nutmeg)

Guest Chef: Julian Brunt with Kim Wilson or Leslie Fenton

Day/Date: Thursday, June 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

Time: 5:30p.m.-9:00p.m.

Price: $45.00

If you would like to include the Wines Pairing by Jonathan Maisano the additional fee is $10.00