Or head over to Jack’s By The Tracks, a contemporary juke joint serving Southern sushi, tacos, tapas, salads and po’boys, along with a full bar menu and free live music.
Stop in during your own version of “The Pascagoula Run,” a bar-hopping song about Pascagoula penned by native son Jimmy Buffett. (Be sure to designate a driver if you plan to drink alcohol.)
There may not be a lighthouse in the next town over, but you’ll be enlightened in Ocean Springs. Start at the Walter Anderson Museum of Art to admire some of this American master’s paintings, drawings, and block prints that capture coastal plants, animals, landscapes, and people. Anderson spent a great deal of time on nearby Horn Island and was influenced by the Mississippi island’s wilderness.
On the other side of town, the Bridge Mosaic Mural also depicts the Gulf Coast’s natural beauty and includes a panel with a lighthouse. At 120 feet, it’s Mississippi’s longest mosaic.
Ocean Springs is a convenient overnight stop. The Beatnik exudes a 1950s and ’60s vibe in 4 modern cabins that feature wet bars and private outdoor showers. Rates start at $169. And you’ll find comfortable rooms accented with salvaged wood at The Roost Boutique Hotel. Rates start at $149.
For dinner, chef Alex Perry, a James Beard Foundation semifinalist, presents the area’s farmers and sustainable fishermen in the very best light at Vestige. Don’t miss the fresh bread baked by his wife, Kumi Omori.