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Hidden Corners of the Mississippi Coast,

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An August 2003 trip to Ocean Springs by Irene

La Font Inn Photo, Ocean Springs, Mississippi More Photos
Quote: Brushed aside to the east of sparkling Biloxi and Gulfport on the Gulf of Mexico, Ocean Springs and Pascagoula offer a breath of fresh bayous and old-fashioned Southern comfort.

Hidden Corners of the Mississippi Coast,

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Overview

La Font Inn Photo, Ocean Springs, Mississippi
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Cruise along the old US Highway 90, the coast highway further east in Biloxi, and take you pick of Ocean Springs, Gautier(Gosha), Pascagoula, Moss Point, or D'Iberville and dive in. In Ocean Springs go for the Walter Anderson Museum of Art, the Tatonut Shop(do not let your taste buds miss this) and later stroll part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. Gautier offered us the wilderness of Shepard State Park while Pascagoula delivered comfortable southern hopitality in the La Font Inn including famous Chappy's Restaurant Quick Tips: Take break if you are traveling south on US Highyway 49 to the Mississippi Gulf Coast and stop at Shoney's in Hattiesburg. After you finish your coffee pic...Read More

Lafont Restaurant & Grill

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Hotel | "La Font Inn"

Lafont Restaurant & Grill Photo, Ocean Springs, Mississippi
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The lofty faded art deco sign and blue glass portico glared at us. Roofers blocked the entrance with their truck of rubbish, and our first impulse was to run. Inside the double glass doors we were still not impressed. Behind a high counter a quick little desk girl jumped to attention as we inspected the worn brown carpet and unadorned shelves and desks. Being as we looked a mite put off she suggested we peek into their Sunday Brunch in full swing. Forward through an archway the immense dinning room raced away to a far glass wall overlooking the sparkling Olympic pool. Warm bright afternoon sunlight sparkled on all the burgundy and white clothed tables and upholstered chairs whilst a pianist tinkl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 23, 2003

Lafont Restaurant & Grill
Highway 90
Ocean Springs, Mississippi 39567
(228) 762-7111

La Font Inn Restaurant

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Restaurant

La Font Inn Restaurant Photo, Ocean Springs, Mississippi
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After goggling at all the wonderful treats on display at Sunday brunch ($13.95) when we checked in, trying the dinner restaurant was a no-brainer. Of course we did. In a bit of a celebratory mood we opted to sit in the formal side of the restaurant connected to the bar, instead of the more casual lunch and breakfast side. Through huge French doors we strolled into the smaller and cozier corner of the restaurant with the bar area located quietly in the back alcove. Glancing from side to side, we noticed the lack of other patrons and were instantly curious. Quickly we were approached by helpful waiters, assistant manager and busboys at our disposal. Sunday is a quiet night and all had tucked the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 28, 2003

La Font Inn Restaurant
2703 Denny Avenue
Ocean Springs, Mississippi 39567
(228) 762-7111

China Rose Buffet

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Restaurant

China Rose Buffet Photo, Ocean Springs, Mississippi
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Just five minutes east of the Biloxi Bridge and Casino Row, tucked on the north side of Highway 90 ,sits the China Rose Buffet. Its dull neon green paint with a blazing red neon rose high on the roof was a little startling, but it is quite a haven for a quick and filling late afternoon lunch. Entering a pair of bright red double doors, you are quickly thrust into the serving area of the buffet tables. Décor is a little hodgepodge with oriental knick-knacks pinned on the wall amidst coast symbols of fish net and lobster trap floats. Three long gleaming buffet tables stretched toward the back and were loaded down with hot and cold treats. Buffet was generous hot or cold, with stream shrimp, sushi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 21, 2003

China Rose Buffet
1415 Bienville Blvd.
Ocean Springs, Mississippi 39564
(228) 872-4466

Gulf Islands National Seashore

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Attraction

Gulf  Islands National Seashore Photo, Ocean Springs, Mississippi
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Poking along on Highway 90 east in search of the beach, we spied a brown-and-white sign in the median, "Gulf Islands National Seashore"--this way, to the south, toward the water. I turned inquisitively to Robert, "You know the coast, is it a state park with a beach?" I begged. What it is, is a national park established in 1971, stretching 150 miles along the Gulf Coast from West Ship Island, Mississippi to eastern Santa Rosa Island, Florida. He shrugged and made a quick left turn to follow the sign. Across the oncoming traffic we entered a lush gateway with a huge "Department of the Interior" sign posted and a curving drive ahead. Our path snaked deeper into dense shrubs and trees, when su...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 8, 2003

Gulf Islands National Seashore
3500 Park Road
Ocean Springs, Mississippi 39564
(228) 875-9057

Walter Anderson Museum of Art

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Attraction

Walter Anderson Museum of Art Photo, Ocean Springs, Mississippi
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If you are not a follower of Mississippi's own artist, Walter Anderson, you might wonder why the museum seems to stand in the shadow of the ancient Ocean Springs Community Center. The Community Center on the corner of Washington and Government in downtown Ocean Springs has its front doors always locked. To the right of this historic building which is attached to the museum, is the gateway to Walter Anderson Museum of Art hidden by a blanket of oak limbs and azaleas. I pushed a left inside the glass door of the museum admission $5, and was thrust into the side entrance of the Community Center. Immediately there was confusion, delight and then awe. Spread before my eyes was the mightiest of Ander...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 22, 2003

Walter Anderson Museum of Art
510 Washington Avenue
Ocean Springs, Mississippi 39564
(228) 872-3164

Shepard State Park

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Attraction

Shepard State Park Photo, Ocean Springs, Mississippi
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It mocked us, it teased us, squeezed as it was between twirly roads and overgrown homesteads, but we finally found the entrance. Shepard is a state-funded park south of US 90 at Gautier and maybe a just a bit underfunded. All the facilities are there, including game fields, hiking and biking trails, camping (RV, tent, and primitive), picnic grounds, and my new favorite, disc golf (18 holes or baskets). Never played disc golf?? Well, join the club. In the center of this almost 400 acres of former tree farm stretches a well-laid-out, slightly scruffy rambling disc golf course, said to be fun for the entire family. Left past the log cabin entrance to the park ($2 per vehicle), where you buy ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 12, 2003

Shepard State Park
1034 Graveline Rd.
Ocean Springs, Mississippi 39553
(228) 497-2244

Tatonut Shop

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Story/Tip

Tatonut Guy Photo, Ocean Springs, Mississippi
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What does one do at 5am on a Saturday morning in Ocean Springs, Mississippi? You can stand in line with the mob on Government Street and wait for the first ones to come out of the oven. Not an early bird? Then you might be disappointed and not get a chance to sample the wares of the Tatonut Shop. What do you think is the secret ingredient that makes this Mohler family tradition a sensation since 1960? Well there is lots of speculation, but we do know that these delights for the palate are made from potato flour. Unusual and tasty. Whatever else that singles these treats out is the family secret and no one is talking, just eating. From the first door clang at 5am until all the shelves a...Read More

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Irene

Irene
Flora,Ms., Mississippi

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