The home of the de Montluzin family was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The turn-of-the-century planter’s home featured eight bedrooms with private baths, high ceilings, huge cypress doors, crystal chandeliers, and a mixture of many antique furnishings.
Many a vacationer over the century enjoyed the Gulf Coast breezes from the front porch of this historic home, while watching the sun shimmer off the Bay of Saint Louis stretched out before them.
Nikki Moon purchased the Bay Town Inn in early 2003. With a plan to use her years of Destination Marketing experience to continue the tradition of welcoming guests from far and wide to the Inn and to Bay St. Louis, Nikki decorated and updated the Inn to emphasize its views and one of a kind architecture.
The rooms were adorned with antiques passed through generations, including some from Nikki’s family and some from the de Montluzin family. Each room was dedicated to a de Montluzin family member and included a celebration of their life with photos and bios.
The Inn featured the traditional community breakfast for guests in the dining room or coffee in the living room looking over the Bay. Guests were wowed by the Inns comfort and charm.
2005 Surviving Hurricane Katrina - On the morning of August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina bore down on the de Montluzin family home, a turn-of-the-century villa which had become the Bay Town Inn. Of the seven people in the Inn that morning, all made it through the water and were rescued in the afternoon.
Nikki spent the 7 years after Katrina helping NOLA rebuild, but in her heart she knew that she wanted to come back to The Bay. She applied for and was granted a grant from the Hancock County Chamber of Commerce which gave her the boost she needed to start rebuilding. She broke ground in 2012 and opened the Inn to the public again in September 2013.
Today Bay St. Louis and The Bay Town Inn are booming. The recovery from Katrina was a long haul, but like the Bay Town Inn, the town itself has bounced back and is now better than ever. As a leader in the community who is very involved in Coastal Tourism and the Hancock Chamber of Commerce, Nikki Moon has played a large part in promotion one of the coolest small towns in the country. She will continue to work tirelessly for the town that she loves ensuring that coastal Mississippi remains known for its incredible hospitality.