10. Dining and Lodging
Next door to the antique mall is the Mockingbird Café, where we had a delicious breakfast. The lunch menu also looked good. There are many other owner-operated eateries located within three blocks of the café.
Cuz’s Old Town Oyster Bar and Grill is just off the beachfront and has a seaside vibe. Their soft shell crab is delicious. They have lots of other choices as well.
If you’re looking for a place to stay with all the comforts of home plus an interesting back story, try Bay Town Inn. The inn is across the street from the marina and beach, and it’s walking distance from restaurants and shopping. It has suites with complete kitchens and baths, plus free Wi-Fi and parking. The pool and patio are right outside your door. And it’s pet friendly.
Owner, Nikki Moon, makes sure you are never hungry. She brings freshly baked muffins each evening and breakfast in the morning.
When Hurricane Katrina struck, Nikki, her Scottish terrier, Maddy, and two friends, clung to the branches of an old oak tree in the backyard until the storm passed. Nikki survived, but the original inn building didn’t.
When the oak tree that saved her life died and had to be cut down, she wanted to honor its memory. She hired Dayle Lewis who created a beautiful carving of two angels, the first of the Angel Trees. Today, it is the one that stands across Beach Boulevard in front of the inn.