01 Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
What could be better than a luxury hotel with pool, spa, shopping promenade, convivial bars and fine food, not to mention the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico out back, the towering oaks out front and an arboretum within? Well, one with 24-hour gaming on the ground floor. We “made a deposit,” as the locals say, at the blackjack tables, but the slots were much kinder – just like the people here, who ooze southern charm. Celebrate your winnings with some calamari and seared tuna at Stalla.
875 Beach Blvd., 888-595-2534, beaurivage.com
02 Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art
George Ohr, the self-proclaimed Mad Potter of Biloxi, was actually a stable and prolific turn-of-the-20th-century artist, crafting everything from utilitarian flowerpots to semi-abstract vases. Now his distinct genius has found a home on a campus of Frank Gehry-designed galleries, the last of which is set to open next year. It features stainless steel structures inspired by Ohr’s sweeping forms amid more typical southern elements: front porches, winding staircases and a “shoofly” belvedere.
386 Beach Blvd., 228-374-5547, georgeohr.com
03 Fallen Oak Golf Club and the Preserve Golf Club
Butting up to the DeSoto National Forest, Fallen Oak wends its way over rolling land alongside magnolia and pecan trees. Watch out for architect Tom Fazio’s bad-news bunkers, which mimic the gnarly shapes of the oaks. At the Preserve, designed by Jerry Pate, try to keep your ball dry over the opening holes – particularly the tricky third, a short dogleg with a forced carry over water to the green.
24400 Hwy 15 N., Saucier, fallenoak.com
8901 Hwy 57 N., Vancleave, preservegc.com
Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art (Photo: Robert Brooks)
04 Hurricane Memorials
Visit the memorial for Katrina on the town green and the one nearby for Hurricane Camille, which ravaged the coast in 1969. Then check out the chainsaw sculptures – carvings of dolphins, egrets and other marine-related creatures made from trees killed by Katrina’s saltwater surge – near the Biloxi Lighthouse. The famous cast-iron landmark, one of the most photographed sights in the South, has survived everything it’s faced since it went up in 1848.
Hwy 90 and Bellman St.
Hwy 90 and Main St.
05 Ocean Springs
This funky art town, just east of Biloxi, escaped Katrina virtually intact. People say hi in the street, and there’s a general lost-in-time quality at places like the soda fountain in Lovelace Drugs. Spend as many hours exploring as you can, but don’t miss the Walter Anderson Museum of Art. The eccentric Anderson’s astounding mural work – done for $1 – in the next-door Ocean Springs Community Center is an ode to the Gulf Coast, full of historical allegory and swooping pelicans.
8 km east of Biloxi
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Biloxi Via New Orleans
Air Canada offers the only daily non-stop flights between Toronto and New Orleans, featuring Bombardier CRJ705 service. Biloxi is then a short drive away.