The Art of Loving Where You Are From… A Staycation Day on the Gulf Coast

June 12, 2014

photo 1-11I am a travel addict. Most times I am plotting or saving for some new adventure. However, I suspect that years from now I will look just as fondly at my lazy Saturdays on the coast spent with my husband. There are plenty of great staycations to be had on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. More than can be covered in a single article or even a single day. Here is my blueprint for my perfect Saturday staycation.

Sleeping in on a staycation day is the way to go. Although my husband will not agree since he enjoys breaking in the fishing scene at dawn. I like to have leisurely coffee and breakfast at some of my favorite cafes. The Mockingbird Cafe in Bay St. Louis is situated walking distance from all of the cute shops and the beach. Enjoy a cafe au lait on the front porch, and prepare for a greatIf it is Saturday, there is a Farmers/Crafters Market from 8 A.M. till 12 P.M at War Memorial Park in Pass Christian. Vendors can find organic honey, produce, and even some cute crafts. Other great shopping spots around the coast that are staycation approved include Centuries Antique Mall in D’Iberville and downtown Ocean Springs has a plethora of great shops. My favorites in downtown OS are Hillyer House, Lee Tracey, and Chandeleur Outfitters all depending on what you fancy.

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Speaking of Ocean Springs, a whole staycation can be spent there. I enjoy the beach there over the front beach in Biloxi and Gulfport. The city has done a great job of creating a sidewalks, showers, and parks making them user friendly. I would also like to recommend trying out a paddle board from the vendor at by the Ocean Springs Yacht Club. Gulf Island’s National Park is also a great site for a bike ride or hike in Ocean Springs.

100_2368It is also a great idea to take a Ship Island Excursion for the day from Gulfport Harbor at 9 A.M. I think I would close my perfect day closer to home in downtown Gulfport. Their facade revitalization project post-Katrina has really breathed new life into the area. Some of my favorite restaurants can be found there. Murky Waters Barbecue is delicious and hosts bands throughout the weekend. Tony’s Brick Oven Pizzeria, Half Shell Oyster House, and Lookout Steakhouse and Seafood are all in Gulfport.

Like I said, this is just a rough sketch of a few of the great things offered in my hometown. By no means did I mean to leave anything out. I hope to hear some suggestions from other Mississippi Women Bloggers about their neck of the woods.



Born and raised on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, I am a lover of books, history, and all things vintage. I am a blogger by night, and librarian by day. Please stop by and see more of my adventures at The Sassy Starfish.

Mandy L. Hornsby

Writer, Genealogist, Vintage Seller

Linda Ruth Byrd June 12, 2014 at 2:21 pm

Absolutely loved your blog! Our beautiful Gulf Coast does have a lot to offer– breathtaking sunsets, schooner cruises, and weenie roasts add to joy of our summer life here in Ms. Linda

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