If you have been following me for very long you know I am such a fan of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. I want to encourage you to check out our Hip in the Sip blog post on the trip. It will give you a much more detailed description of the places we stayed, meals we had, and the trip to the Mississippi Aquarium. You especially need to view that blog post if you are a foodie. We had some of the best meals I have ever eaten on this trip.
My friend Lori and I headed out to Bay St. Louis on Wednesday after work. We checked into the Bay Town Inn. This adorable bed and breakfast has earned some great awards and reviews. I have to say it was a MUST-stay! If you like Southern charm you will love this place. The decor is light and beachy. The pool area is a great place to just hang out and chat with the other guests, many of which are frequent visitors and come just to stay here. Owner Nikki Moon is one of the most interesting women I have met on my travels. We headed to Fields for dinner. It was a short walk downtown. This restaurant is amazing. It has an upscale steakhouse vibe where fancy meets cool and edgy. The list of cocktails is so original. Fields is a steak and oyster bar but there are so many other options. I give this place an 11 out of 10. You could plan your entire trip around dinner at Fields.
The next morning we headed to the MockingBird Cafe for breakfast the next morning. They have a fabulous coffee bar with a ton of breakfast options. My quiche was crazy good. There is also an eclectic selection of art for sale. Bay St. Louis has some really good shopping downtown so you definitely need a day to do that.
After breakfast we headed to the Mississippi Aquarium in Gulfport. I am so proud to have this in our state. The thing that impressed me the most was the interaction between the animals, employees, and the patrons. The birds sit on the employees’ shoulders, and the turtles come over to greet the visitors. There is a touch pool where you can touch a sting ray. I could go on and on, and I am already planning to go again. If you can only take one trip in Mississippi this year, it should be to see the Aquarium. We had a little free time to shop in Gulfport that afternoon, so we went to The Radish Loft, White Willow, and Fly Boutique.
After a long day we checked into Hotel Pass Christian. It is a quaint place to stay. It is a new property and a perfect place to stay if you are planning a Deep Sea Fishing trip. It is across the street from Bacchus and within walking distance to downtown Pass Christian.
We got to meet Anna Roy with Coastal MS at White Pillars in Biloxi for dinner, where we had another award winning meal. This menu is farm to table and so unique. The specials revolve around what if fresh and in season. The decor has many original things from when the place was built all those years ago, yet there is a modern vibe too. This is another bucket list meal. It gets an 11 out of 10 too.
We spent Friday morning in Ocean Springs. It started with coffee and a lox biscuit at The Green House on Porter. Yes, it is actually in a green house. Our breakfast was so good. They have a resident cat named Marigold, who must have known I had salmon.
If you watched my Instagram stories you saw all the cute things I bought shopping Ocean Springs. For lunch we ate at Eat Drink Love. They make salads and sandwiches that you will think about over and over after you eat there. When the time came to leave I honestly just wanted to stay a few more days. There is a reason 80% of the visitors of the Mississippi Gulf Coast are repeat visitors. If you ever go, I can promise you will want to go back.