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The 50 Best Small Towns in The South

By Southern Living Editors Updated on March 7, 2023​ Forget about size. These 50 Southern towns may be small (some are technically villages) but each one has its own distinct story to tell. We asked our readers to share their favorites, and this wide-ranging list captures the wonderful diversity of our region. You’ll find towns by the seaside, in the mountains, outside of big cities, near universities, and more. Some are known for German food (Helen, GA; Fredericksburg, TX), others have thriving art and culture scenes (Ocean Springs, MS;…

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Ocean Springs Is The Coastal Mississippi Town You've Been Missing

This buzzy coastal destination is rife with artistic talent, cute shops, delectable food, and cool new spots to stay. By Kelsey Ogletree PHOTO: ALEX NORTH PHOTOGRAPHY If Ocean Springs were looking to make a bumper sticker, it might read something like this: "My downtown's cooler than your downtown." This quaint community in coastal Mississippi has no need for personal boasting, however, as its rich history, artistic flair, and small-town atmosphere speak for themselves. Colorful, contemporary, and culturally rich, the town is especially…

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Coastal Mississippi's Biggest Attraction: Kindness

There’s certainly no shortage of interesting things to experience when visiting the Mississippi Gulf Coast. From learning about the inner workings of a shrimp boat to being kissed by a rescued dolphin – there are plenty of great memories to be made when you visit this part of the country. But something unexpected happens to visitors who come here for the first time. It probably starts with someone holding open a door at a gas station. Or it might be a smile from a complete stranger passing on the street. You might notice it when you’re out to…

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Coastal Mississippi Reveals New Developments in 2023

Travelers searching for new experiences in the new year should look no further than Coastal Mississippi: The Secret Coast. With an array of new developments and offerings in 2023, the 62-mile coastline offers visitors everything from luxury boutique hotels and upscale dining options to upgraded waterparks and ziplining experiences. Additionally, with the launch of the “One More Day of Play” campaign, visitors are encouraged to extend their trip one more day with seasonal itineraries, exclusive discounts and a behind-the-scenes look at some of…

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Coastal Vibes

Chilling out in charming Mississippi beach towns is just as fun in winter Cheré Coen ​A chill in the air doesn’t hamper the fun along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Even when temperatures drop too low for walks on the world’s longest man-made beach, there are indoor activities, including great dining and casinos. Coastal Carnival is in full gear after Twelfth Night on Jan. 5, followed by more than 20 parades rolling throughout the coastal cities. In Ocean Springs, view floats and walking groups at the annual Ocean Springs Carnival Association’s…

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Coastal Mississippi Invites Visitors to Stay for 'One More Day of Play'

New tourism campaign encourages travelers to extend their trip, and their budget, with seasonal itineraries and exclusive discounts BILOXI, Miss., Dec. 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Coastal Mississippi, the Convention and Visitors Bureau for the tri-county region of the Mississippi Gulf Coast announces the launch of One More Day of Play, a year-long initiative to encourage visitors to extend their weekend trips to the region by one more day. Research shows that by traveling on Monday instead of Sunday, consumers can save at the gas tank ( GasBuddy…

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The Best Christmas Light Displays in the U.S. - Coastal Mississippi's Gulfport

Throughout the holiday season, one of the most treasured traditions for many is getting out to see the festive Christmas lights. From simple displays of icicle lights hanging off the eaves of a house to the most elaborate musical light shows and everything in between, people love to see the glitter and color of Christmas lights. While some events require tickets or admission fees, many are open to the public free of charge. To kick off your holidays, here are the 10 U.S. cities with the best Christmas light displays. 5. Gulfport, Mississippi…

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Kendra Simpson Named Director of Marketing for Coastal Mississippi CVB

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Kendra Simpson Named Director of Marketing for Coastal Mississippi CVB COASTAL MISSISSIPPI, Miss., Oct. 26, 2022 -- Coastal Mississippi, the Convention and Visitors Bureau for the tri-county region of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, is pleased to announce the appointment of Kendra Simpson as Director of Marketing. Simpson brings nearly ten years of marketing experience to the position, having previously served as the Vice President of Sales & Marketing of Mississippi Aquarium and the Director of Marketing and Entertainment at…

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In Ocean Springs, idyllic doesn't mean sleepy

There's always something afoot in this trendy beach town. The Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival, the largest event of its kind in Mississippi, runs Nov. 5-6 and draws a crowd of around 150,000.​ BY JESSICA FENDER | Contributing writer Oct 23, 2022 - 5:00 am OCEAN SPRINGS, MISSISSIPPI — The inscription above the door at the end of the gallery reads, “Beware by whom you are called sane.” Just over the threshold, every inch of a room roughly the size of a walk-in closet dances in rapturous homage to the natural splendors of the…

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100 Things to Do In Coastal Mississippi Before you Die Book Launch

Brooke Gibson Public and Media Relations Executive 228-388-2993 brooke@coastalmississippi.com 100 Things to Do In Coastal Mississippi Before you Die Book Launch and Signing with Author Lisa Evans Coastal Mississippi, September 22, 2022—Coastal Mississippi, the Convention and Visitors Bureau for the tri-county region of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum and Convention Center will host a book launch and signing with author Lisa Evans, for her new book 100 Things to do in Coastal Mississippi Before You Die (2022…

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