We did a good job beating traffic out of town after work on Friday, but then we got HUNGRY. I was despairing a bit, because that far between Mississippi towns, we were in a wasteland of barbecue, fried-something-or-other, bad Mexican, and fast food. We were blessed to find 49 Bistro in Magee, Miss. What a gem! We just saw it from the road, checked it out on urbanspoon, and decided to give it a go.
I'm sooooo glad we did. This is a locally owned spot. It used to be a Cups,
|This was my Mediterranean flatbread. YUM.|
Afterwards, the owner asked us if we'd like a bit of ice cream. Clay danced off with a cup of strawberry with sprinkles on top. I chose caramel. Then the owner asked, "Would you like a shot of espresso over that caramel?" Um, YES. "How about some whipped cream and a little chocolate drizzle?" Are you married, dude?
Just stop at 49 Bistro. Just. Stop. Trust me.
After a good night's sleep, we had a filling (free!) breakfast at the hotel. Then, it was off to walk the beach and take a tour of the historic Biloxi Lighthouse. First of all, if you haven't been to the beaches on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in a while, I invite you to check them out. I've posted a few pics on this post to give you an idea of what to expect. Beautiful.
You can get tickets to tour the lighthouse in the building right across the street. It's a lovely, expansive visitors center. We paid $5 for adults and $2 for kids, then headed back to the beach. We walked along the shoreline and out onto one of the many piers while we waited for the next tour. Clay chased seagulls and observed their tracks in the sand.
Then, it was time to go up! We climbed the spiral iron staircase up to the tippy top of the lighthouse (NOT for those with trouble getting around), where a guide told us all about the structure's history, resilience and capabilities. He also showed off the light itself, and we got great views.
|Crazy boys at Lyn Meadows|
If you have kids, I really, REALLY recommend a visit to the Lyn Meadows Discovery Center. You can easily spend the better part of a day here. Mon.-Sat., admission is $8 per person. If that's too rich for your blood, visit on Sunday (noon-5 p.m.), when admission is a mere $5.
|Beaches at sunset. Gorgeous.|
grilled fish sandwich, hubs ate a GIANT po'boy, and Clay had popcorn shrimp. This place serves tasty food at reasonable prices. Service is quick and friendly, to boot. Recommended.
We needed a rest, so we headed back to the hotel for an afternoon nap. We awoke refreshed. Clay and I decided to head down to the beach for the sunset while hubs relaxed at the hotel. It was so, so pretty. Clay played in the sand, dipped his toes in the water, and chased seagulls as the sun slipped slowly below the horizon. Just magical.
WE met up for dinner with hubs at the Shrimp Basket in Gulfport. You'll see these little restaurants dotted all along the Gulf Coast. They serve local seafood at an attractive price point. Atmosphere is nothing fancy, but these little places are great for families and casual dining. I hit the spot with a dee-licious steamed shrimp platter with corn, potatoes and piles of beautiful steamed shrimp. (I subbed out the coleslaw with fresh steamed veggies. Coleslaw is not my friend.) Afterwards, we turned in.
|View from the shrimp boat|
We paid our $15 per adult and $10 per child, and at 10:30 a.m., we set sail. You can sit on an upper, outdoor deck or in the interior, shaded space below. We started out on the upper deck to enjoy the gorgeous day and watch the Mississippi Sound gliding by. On the tour, they tell you about the history of shrimping in the Gulf, and they throw out a little trawling net so you can see a few of the critters that live on the bottom of the sound. Every seagull in the immediate area knows that there's going to be some bycatch, so they flock around the boat and wait for their opportunity. We had the best time learning and enjoying the water! The guys running the tour are a hoot and have a great time with the audience on the boat. Recommended.
|Fort Maurepas Park in Ocean Springs is fun and FREE!|
|Mikey's serves delicious seafood at reasonable prices.|
After playing for a while, we decided to grab some lunch before bringing our weekend to a close. We drove the short distance to Mikey's on the Bayou in Ocean Springs, where we sampled broiled oysters, fried seafood and more. This is another one of those local places with reasonable prices and
great seafood. Plus, it's on the water, so you can sit on the back deck and enjoy nice views.
We had an amazing time on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and we can't wait to go back! There are so many things we didn't even get the chance to see or do!