Expect the Unexpected on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Quaint towns, oddball museums, and much more await.

By Dianna Wray  4/25/2019 at 1:00am  Published in the May 2019 issue of Houstonia

1.) BAY SAINT LOUIS, 50 miles west of Biloxi, is home to Bay Town Inn, perched like a toy on the edge of the coast next to an enormous oak tree. The rooms here, overlooking the bay’s gleaming white sands and unbelievably blue water, are nothing short of breathtaking.

The inn was built as an act of the most fervent optimism imaginable. When Hurricane Katrina hit Mississippi in 2005, the original hotel literally disintegrated around owner Nikki Moon, who managed to avoid being swept out to sea with it by sitting in the limbs of that same oak tree. Later, after much debate, she decided to rebuild.

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