Today, I’m sharing how to make the most of a weekend getaway to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. If you’re looking for a place to visit just a short drive away, here’s where to stay, what to see, eat, drink and do! And be sure to tell me your favorite things to do in the comments!
Really, the entire Mississippi Gulf Coast did not disappoint! This 62-mile stretch includes the coastal communities of Bay St. Louis, Biloxi, Gulfport and Ocean Springs — all within a couple hours driving from Baton Rouge.
Where To Stay
The highlight of the weekend trip, was definitely our hotel. We stayed at The Roost — a little boutique hotel in Ocean Springs with only 6 rooms. The entire property is surrounded by oak trees and just a short walk from the beach. This historic building (dating back to the 1860s!) was recently renovated and opened this past spring.
Night 1 – Dinner + Drinks
For dinner our first night we headed to Murky Waters Blues-N-BBQ on Government Street in Ocean Springs. This was also an old house from the 1950s that has been renovated and now has a wooden bar, a large covered patio and an outdoor stage.
And afterwards, we wandered down Government Street (even though it was starting to rain a bit). I learned Government Street is the main spot for nightlife in Ocean Springs. There are museums, restaurants and bars along this quaint little street, so it was nice to be able to stay all in one area — and only about 5 minutes from our hotel.
We stopped at The Government Grocery to try some local beers. And no, it’s not a real grocery store like it sounds (although that would be cool too!)! I tried out a Free Mason Golden, which is from Chandeleur Brewing Co located in Gulfport.
Then we made our way to The Beer House, which had 42 beers on tap and a cool outdoor patio area — even in the pouring rain.
Day 2 – Sightseeing + Exploring
After our morning coffee on the patio, we walked to breakfast at The Greenhouse on Porter — and it’s exactly like it sounds — a greenhouse on Porter Street! The quirky little restaurant describes itself as “Currently a coffee, biscuit, beer and art shop, but it will grow into something magical and unknown.”
The cities and atmospheres are completely different (both in their own charming way), but it does make the MS Gulf Coast feel more familiar — especially when you consider how they’re connected through art, history, and even through Hurricane Katrina.
Biloxi Brewing Company
After we left, it would have been nice to visit the beach, rent some jet skis and just enjoy the sunshine. BUUT the rain was just not stopping. So we kept our indoor activities going after lunch… We headed to to the Biloxi Brewing Company.
Now, I visit quite a bit of breweries, and I REALLY enjoyed this one. First of all, the owners were the ones serving you beer and telling you about the equipment and brewing process — which I feel like you rarely encounter in a brewery tour. So that was cool.
Also, they do their own canning in house. I’ve seen huge beer companies like Coors do their own canning — but never in a smaller craft brewery. Also very cool.
For about $10, you sample six beers and get a tour. In July they’re adding several new beers on tap, so a trip back really needs to happen ASAP. This was just a fun place all around — very cool, chill atmosphere, and everyone was just everyone’s BFF while there.
I also hear the oysters are really good at the stadium too!
Before heading back to Ocean Springs, we ate dinner at Half Shell Oyster House — also known for their oysters (obviously). We couldn’t leave the Gulf Coast without grabbing some seafood!
Day 3- The Scenic Route Back
I’m not gonna lie — Day 3 was a sad one. I did NOT want to leave The Roost. But since they didn’t ask me to move in officially (yet), I packed my bags and started heading back towards Louisiana.
Once we got in Bay St. Louis, we had brunch at Lulu’s on Main Street, where there was a jazz band playing. I had the Eggplant Benedict and oooommmggg... So good. The only thing… is if you want a Bloody Mary with your brunch, you have to bring your own vodka! Haha — they have everything else for you, but be prepared!
We’d heard so much about Pop Brothers, so we couldn’t leave without grabbing a handcrafted Popsicle. And we made sure we walked down to the harbor area to check out all the boats we can’t afford before hitting the road back home!
Ok, so where are your favorite places to visit along the Mississippi Gulf Coast? I would have loved more time to check out Gulfport and Fishbone Alley and the other museums and historic sites mentioned. Tell me what cool places you’ve found!
Special thanks to Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast for helping us plan our trip and for providing us with hotel accommodations and complimentary meals. All views expressed are my own.