Planning a visit to Ocean Springs? Here are some tips to get you started on great meals and lodging.
WHERE TO EAT
This little town packs an outsized gastronomic punch.
Epic snack and brunch boards at The Lady May come piled high with house-made goodies like candied pecans, sweet pickles, savory bacon jam and honey made from the proprietor’s apiary. Theladymay.com
James Beard-nominated chef Alex Perry dazzles with an ever-changing five-course tasting menu at Vestige, where it’s always chef’s choice and always seasonally and sustainably sourced. Vestigerestaurant.com
Come early to grab a coffee and something sweet from the TatoNut Donut Shop, a local institution for more than 60 years. Lines stretch out the door many mornings. Facebook.com/TheTatoNutDonutShop
WHERE TO STAY
Ocean Springs is home to some chic new stays.
At The Roost, the pool is heated, the porches welcoming and the coastal interiors stunning. This recently expanded 19-room boutique hotel sits just two blocks from the beach and three from Washington Avenue. Roostoceansprings.com
The Beatnik’s four eminently Instagrammable tiny cabins feature private outdoor showers, screened porches and a shared pool. The micro-hotel is the first phase of The Collective development, which will soon add an indie bookstore, outdoor amphitheater, community garden and more to the mix. Thehotelbeatnik.com
— Jessica Fender