Gulf Coast Together: A Couple's Guide to Romantic Outings near Gulfport
A day spent with a loved
one along the Gulf Coast of Mississippi area allows two folks to focus entirely
on one another, and experience the beauty, cuisine, and Southern elegance of
the area together.
With sights and sounds
best experienced holding someone special's hand, the Gulf Coast region is ripe
with romantic locations that are perfection destinations for couples.
The following are great
spots for couples to explore, feast, drink, and escape for the intimate outing
Picnic Beneath the Friendship Oak
Located on the front
lawn of the Southern Miss campus in Long Beach, the 60-foot Friendship Oak's
trunk has a circumference of nearly 20 feet and has been spectator to over 500
years of human history.
There's no better spot
to celebrate enduring love than beneath the Friendship Oak's massive canopy.
There's even a platform where couples can perhaps even have a picnic.
The tree has survived
numerous wars and natural disasters and stands as a strong symbol of strength,
perseverance and continuity regardless of circumstance (including Hurricanes Katrina
Dine at 200
North Beach Restaurant
Treat your date to a
succulent romantic dinner in an establishment that recalls the best charms the
Gulf Coast has to offer.
200 North Beach
restaurant has upper-tier Gulf Coast offerings including fresh seafood and the
finest at very reasonable prices, given the quality of the dishes. That's a
plus, because it allows couples to dig into their immaculate desserts and
diverse and extensive wine list.
The staff is friendly
and professional and are happy to accent a sublime dining experience with
meticulous service and impressive consideration. The establishment is housed in
a 1903-built newspaper building that has since been renovated and given a
distinct ambiance with a classic feel.
Canoe the Wolf River
It's strange that we can
be "with" another person for years while rarely being just with them.
Most of the time we're surrounded by distractions like family and kids,
bumper-to-bumper traffic and piles of work we've been forced to bring home.
Wolf River Canoe &
Kayak provides a perfect escape for couples, even if it's just for a few hours.
Drifting lazily through the bending Wolf River, the two of you can talk, or
just listen to the trickling rapids as the boat rocks slowly to-and-fro.
If you'd like an
extended getaway, Wolf River Canoe & Kayak offers overnight camping trips
as well. Watching the moon come up over the river with your special person
makes for an unforgettable date night.
The 4-mile loop and one
canoe costs $52 while the one-night overnight option is an affordable $74. If
you choose to camp, make sure that you bring your own gear (tent, sleeping bag,
sleep pad, pack, food and water).
Toast Your Time
Together at Salute
It's a little sad that
we need an excuse to get dressed up for one another, one of us in a suit and
tie, the other in a dress. But it is important to look your best sometimes and
to remember that you are indeed a couple. It's important to treat one another.
Whether in the quiet
ambiance of a private room, the refined Wine Room, or enjoying a Mississippi
sunset on the patio overlooking the beach, Salute Italian Restaurant is a Gulf
Coast area staple for couples. Their food is great too, but their wine and cocktail menus are the real gems here, and of
course the setting.
Whether you live in
Gulfport or you're just staying nearby, make time to have a late-night date.
Indulge yourselves a bit. Have a drink, take a stroll along the shore, and call
a cab home. Most importantly, enjoy one another.
Something about the
smell of the water, the damp air, and a canopy of live oaks draped in Spanish
moss makes the Gulf Coast area of Mississippi inherently romantic, but too
often we forget just how much the area has to offer.
So make time for the one
you love this spring. The Mississippi Gulf Coast has ample opportunities for
couples to relish old memories while making new ones.
Jeffrey Ferraro is a
travel enthusiast and expert. He is the Director of Marketing of Diamond
leading provider of charter group bus tours in the US and Canada, including
popular multi city tours such as the New Orleans and Biloxi bus tour. Jeffrey loves uncovering lesser known travel destinations
and sharing them with his customers.
Monday, June 17, 2013
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Prepping Your Car for Late Summer in Southern Mississippi
Even if you're diligent about keeping up with your vehicle's maintenance, it's tempting to put off small jobs until the weather cools. Just driving to the mechanic and dropping it off can seem like a sweat-inducing chore on the hottest days of August.
With record heat scorching the Gulf Coast by early June this year, many of our vehicles may already be limping along, begging for a bit of attention in late summer. Fortunately, keeping the wheels turning doesn't require more than a five-minute check-up, and there's no need to climb underneath your car.
Even if your vehicle seems to be running just fine, the added stress of summer temperatures has likely taken its toll. Help ensure that you don't encounter greater problems down the road by running through this simple checklist before heading down the road for that weekend trip to Pascagoula or Pass Christian.
Oil Keeps Your Engine Cool
Believe it or not, that hot oil in your engine actually serves to cool the piping hot metal components pumping back and forth under your hood. Fall just a quart short of proper levels and your engine can run 20 percent hotter than it would at proper levels. That leads to faster wear-and-tear of engine components and bigger problems down the road. Oil is easy to check -- just pull the dipstick, wipe it clean, reinsert, and pull again to check the level. If it's low, add half a quart and check again. Repeat if necessary.
Coolant Dissipates Heat
When you're running your car or truck down Highway 90 in mid-August, the temperatures under your hood are bound to be far beyond comfort. The hotter the day, the harder your car works to keep cool. Coolant collects your engine's heat before flowing through the radiator, which spreads the heat out and re-cools the coolant. At peak temperatures, the coolant can near water's boiling point before hitting the radiator. Make sure you've got enough coolant to do the job -- with your engine cool, pop open the radiator cap and check that fluid levels in the reservoir reach the fill level. If the coolant looks rusty or dirty, drain it and refill.
Batteries Get You Started
Although chilly winter temperatures can slow a battery down, summer can be even more brutal. When the electrolyte solution in your battery evaporates, it causes corrosion in the battery that can ultimately cause it to die. Most batteries have removable caps on top where you can check the fluid level. Add distilled water to the fill line (don't overfill) to make sure your battery is hydrated and ready to store the power to get you moving.
Tires Keep You Rolling
Blowing a tire on the highway can be a terrifying experience, but it's often preventable by simply keeping an eye on their tread. If yours have worn down or separated, it's time to get replacements. Equally important are inflation levels. Keep a pressure gauge in your glove box and check your levels once a week. Under-inflated tires will increase rolling resistance, encouraging internal heat to build up and ultimately lead to blowouts on the road.
August and September are perhaps the best time of year to hit the beaches of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Head out with confidence by taking a few minutes to check on your car's most basic vital signs, and have fun out there!
John Egan is managing editor of Car Insurance Quotes, a leading online provider of Car Insurance News.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Vergia Dishmon Takes the Stage at the Mary C!
(Ocean Springs, 5/15/12) “God bless the child, who has his own”. So it is said. Vergia Towner Dishmon is truly a child with her own. Singer, arranger and composer, Vergia, often referred to as “The Songbird” is blessed with the gift of song. Her performances have taken her all over these United States and even in Europe where she toured for three (3) weeks to standing room only crowds. Vergia Dishmon will be taking the stage at The Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center of Arts and Education on Saturday, June 9th at 7:00pm.
A native Mississippian and the daughter of a Baptist Preacher, Vergia was raised in a strong spiritual environment which motivated her Christianity, consequently enhancing her ability to perform in the gospel arena. She has performed in a most exemplary and memorable fashion in several entertainment mediums that includes church choirs, radio, musical theater and television. Her first recording, “Jesus and I” brought her the honor of being named “Best Female Vocalist” at the Jackson Music Awards in 1985 and again in 2000.In 2005, she was a part of “The Gospel of Colonus” a nationally acclaimed production and in 2006 starred in “Crowns” a musical play produced by New Stage Theater, a professional acting company. She is a part of the drama group, “Daughters of Margaret”, named after the poet/professor, Dr. Margaret Walker Alexander who dedicates itself to the positive portrayal of African Americans and women.
Whether in a theater or on stage, large or small church, Vergia’s voice has blessed people where ever she has appeared. Her latest recording, entitled, “And When She Had Sung A Hymn”……is a blessing to all who treasure the prolific hymns of the African American religious experience.
Tickets for the performance are $15 Adults/$10 Children (12 & under) and may be purchased online at www.themaryc.org, or at the Mary C Box Office, or by calling (228) 818-2878 for more information. This event was made possible through the support of the Gulf Hills Hotel & Conference Center.
IF YOU GO:
- When: Saturday, June 9th at 7:00pm
- Where: The Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center of Arts &
1600 Government Street in Ocean Springs
- Tickets $15 Adults/$10 Children (12 & under) General Admission
- Tickets may be purchased online at www.themaryc.org, at the Mary C Box Office, or by calling (228) 818-2878.
The Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center of Arts & Education is located at 1600 Government Street in Ocean Springs, open Monday – Saturday, 10am – 6pm. Call (228) 818-2878 for more information.
The Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center of Arts and Education
Contact: Joel Libramento 228.818.2878
1600 Government Street Joel@themaryc.org
Ocean Springs, MS 39564 www.themaryc.org
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
CVB STAFF WELCOMING TOURISTS
WHO “POP IN” DURING NATIONAL TOURISM WEEK
MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST - The Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) will be personally welcoming tourists to the Mississippi Gulf Coast during National Tourism Week.
WHAT: Mississippi Gulf Coast CVB staff welcoming tourists during National Tourism Week with free popcorn
WHEN: Monday, May 7 – Friday, May 11, 2012
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
WHERE: Mississippi Welcome Centers in Hancock County and Jackson County & the Biloxi Visitors Center
The first full week of May is annually recognized as National Travel and Tourism Week, a tradition first celebrated in 1984. It was established as National Tourism Week when the U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution in 1983 designating the week to be celebrated in May. In a White House ceremony, President Ronald Reagan signed a Presidential Proclamation urging citizens to observe the week with “the appropriate ceremonies and activities.” Localized events are presented in cities, states and travel businesses nationwide to champion the power of travel.
Since its establishment, the U.S. travel community has collectively marked the event in a number of creative ways, from staging local rallies and conducting media outreach to securing proclamations and resolutions from local legislative bodies.
For more than ten years, the CVB has participated in National Tourism Weeks activities by visiting the Hancock County and Jackson County welcomes centers to talk to tourists about the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Recently, the staff began welcoming guests with free, fresh popcorn. This year, the CVB has added the Biloxi Visitors Center to its Tourism Week activities.
Press may contact Taryn Sammons with the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau for additional information.
The Harrison County Tourism Commission, an organization charged with promoting South Mississippi as a tourism and convention destination worldwide, does business as the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau. Its mission centers on attracting ever-increasing numbers of leisure, convention, sports and business visitors to the area. It is dedicated to maximizing the travel and tourism industry for South Mississippi.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
An exclusive, private, credit-union-only concert with Michael Grimm, Mississippi native and 2010 winner of NBC's nationally televised show "America's Got Talent"!
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
Date: Friday, May 18, 2012, 8:00 pm.
Ticket Price: $20.00
Venue: Beau Rivage Theatre
Restrictions: No Smoking
TO ORDER TICKETS - http://www.mscua.com/education/mscua-annual-meeting-convention/
Should you have any questions please contact Tom McWilliams, firstname.lastname@example.org or 601-981-4552, ext. 311.
Please observe the following guidelines so that everyone may enjoy the performance: Smoking is prohibited in the Beau Rivage Theatre. Cameras and recording devices are not permitted inside the theatre. Seating begins 45 minutes prior to the show. Late arrivals will be seated at an appropriate time during the performance. All guests entering the Beau Rivage Theatre must present a ticket to gain admittance.
Special thanks to sponsors: CUNA Mutual Group Corporate One FCU Mississippi Shared Branching Network
Monday, February 27, 2012
I’m a Louississippi. I’m from New Orleans, and I grew up vacationing on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. My aunt and uncle had a place in the Bay, and my friends and I spent countless weekends in Kiln, Waveland, Bay St. Louis and Pass Christian.
I can’t wait for Chefs of the Coast in September, but I promise I’ll be back long, long, long before then.
– Marcy Nathan, New Orleans
I can’t wait for Chefs of the Coast in September, but I promise I’ll be back long, long, long before then.
– Marcy Nathan, New Orleans