The Mississippi Gulf Coast

The City of Bay St Louis, Mississippi is home to Nikki Moon, Owner of Bay Town Inn Bed & Breakfast. This B&B is a destination full of  picturesque, white-sand beaches of the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Enjoy exciting outdoor activities; championship golf courses; taste tantalizing cuisine; plentiful shopping; and must-see cultural traditions. Indulge in unlimited stakes gaming, top-name entertainment, and spectacular experiences. Once you’ve experienced our year-round Coastal weather and Southern hospitality, you’ll see why people keep coming back.

The home of the de Monluzin family was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The turn-of-the-century planter’s home featured eight rooms with private baths, high ceilings, huge cypress doors, crystal chandeliers, and a mixture of many antique furnishings. Gulf Coast breezes on the front porch or watching the sunset in a swing under an old magnolia tree has long been enjoyed by all.

   

2003

Bay Town Inn Bed & Breakfast

The Bay Town Inn Bed & Breakfast was purchased by Nikki Moon in early 2003.  After more than twenty years of experience working in Destination Marketing while living in New Orleans, Nikki utilized those years in hospitality to continue the welcoming tradition of the Inn. It featured the traditional community breakfast in the dining room or coffee in the living room looking over the Bay.

The rooms were adorned with antiques passed through generations, including some from Nikki’s family and some from the de Monluzin family. Adding charm to the historic ambiance, each room was dedicated to a de Montluzin family member. A celebration of life included a photo and the history of the person.

2005

Surviving Hurricane Katrina

On the morning of August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina bore down on the de Monluzin family home, a turn-of-the-century villa which had become the Bay Town Inn. Of the seven people in the Inn that morning, four made it through the water and were rescued in the afternoon.

Nikki stands at the Oak at the beach.

The date of August 29, 2005 marks when the destructive storm of Hurricane Katrina hit land.

This picture depicts all that was left of the Inn after Hurricane Katrina.

The Bay Town Oak is the registered Live Oak Tree still standing on the grounds of Bay Town Inn Bed & Breakfast, on the corner of North Beach Boulevard and de Montluzin Avenue.

As of 2020, it is estimated the tree is 190 years old.

The white building in the forefront is now where 200 North Beach Restaurant is located.

Nothing was salvageable.

  

Nikki looking over the area of where the streets of de Monluzin Avenue and North Beach Boulevard meet.

The Angel Tree of Bay St Louis, MS

“The Angel Tree saved me, my Scottie Maddy, Kevan Guillory and Doug Niolet”, recalls Nikki Moon, Owner of Bay Town Inn Bed & Breakfast.

The Angel Tree marker reads the following:

In the early 1900’s Ovenia de Monluzin looked out her kitchen window and saw workers starting to take down this oak, a sapling at the time, to clear a way for de Monluzin Avenue to be constructed. She asked them—successfully—to stop, because the young tree was an oak and would be beautiful one day.

At that time, this tree stood 225 feet west, down de Monluzin Avenue.

On the morning of August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina bore down on the de Monluzin family home, a turn-of-the-century villa which had become the Bay Town Inn. Of the seven people in the Inn that morning, four made it through the water and were rescued in the afternoon.

Kevan Guillory, Doug Niolet, and Nikki Nicholson Moon, along with her Scottish Terrier Maddy, managed to get to this tree once the tidal surge washed away the historic home. they held on for several hours as the waves washed over them, the eye passed, and they were able to jump down and find shelter for the night.

Years later, the tree was carved and moved to this location.

The Angel Tree was carved, as a commission piece, by Artist, Dayle Keith Lewis of Richmond, Indiana. He traveled to the Gulf Coast of Mississippi to share his talents by bringing life into beautification projects. Amazing designs are carved into trees selectively scattered along our Coastal waters that were ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.

Meet Our Friend

Hurricane Katrina survivor, Ellis Anderson, Author of “Under Surge Under Siege”.

Listen to Anderson read from her book (published by University Press of Mississippi in June 2010).

Click the link following: “Under Surge Under Siege” book trailer on youtube

Purchase “Under Surge Under Siege” Click here to purchase book.

While visiting the Gulf Coast of Mississippi find “Under Surge Under Siege” at local book stores as follows: 

Pass Christian Books

Cat Island Coffeehouse
300 East Scenic Drive
Pass Christian, MS 39571
Phone: (228) 222-4827

Monday – Saturday
6:30 AM to 8:30 PM
Sunday 7 AM to 6 PM

For more information visit: Pass Christian Books website

Bay Books

Old Town Bay St Louis

131 Main Street

Bay St Louis, MS 39520

(228)463-2688

Monday – Saturday 10:30 AM-5 PM

Sunday Closed

For more information visit: Bay Books website

2020

Bay Town Inn Bed & Breakfast remains to be the perfect destination on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi.

We make it easy for you to kick your shoes off!

     

Bay Town Inn Bed & Breakfast remains to be the perfect luxurious Coastal destination for you to stay and walk to everything that makes Bay St Louis one of the coolest small beach towns in the country! Enjoy leaving your vehicle in your designated parking spot by room, safe off-street parking for the entire visit. Have fun riding on a golf cart, walking, or biking. Bay Town Inn is close to all bike paths, hiking trails, birding spots, the historical St Louis Bay Bridge, and the neighboring coastal cities of Pass Christian and Waveland, MS. Relax with breathtaking Gulf Coast of Mississippi picturesque scenes from sunrise to sunset.

For RESERVATIONS and MORE INFORMATION contact Nikki Moon, Proprietor of Bay Town Inn Bed & Breakfast, 208 N. Beach Boulevard, Bay St Louis, MS 39520.

 

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