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More Fun than Anywhere on the Gulf Coast Bay St Louis, MS- A Place Apart

11/18/2016 | Tricia LeAnn

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    When people of the Mississippi Gulf Coast say "The Bay", they are speaking of The City of Bay Saint Louis, MS, County seat of Hancock County. Less than an hour's drive east from New Orleans, Louisiana, The Bay is the most laid back urban artist style coastal community located within the West Coast part of Mississippi's southern coast line. Beach Blvd is lined with local coastal favorite restaurants bouncing back from Katrina.  Coastal streets leading off the beach are lined with every type of "mom n pop" style small coastal business you can think of. Bakeries, art galleries, boutiques, antiques, yogurt shops, night life, jewelers, music and book stores, bistros, and many more are found while wondering around making memories.  Mayor, Les Fillingame says, "The City of Bay St Louis offers visitors more fun than anywhere on the Gulf Coast. The fun loving New Orleans vibe has become a welcomed personality of our eclectic city."
    Destination Bay St Louis, Mississippi is the perfect day trip. In Mississippi driving west on Hwy 90 along the pristine white sandy Gulf Coast beachline, One feels the anticipation of what the day may bring. Leaving the hustle and bustle of the city in the rear view mirror, the beach line becomes less full and more one with nature. Keep going around Henderson Point until you catch a glimpse of the magnificent St Louis Bay Bridge that waits ahead. Parks, recreation, and fishing are on the east side under the bridge. Once you hit the magnificent entrance of the St Louis Bay Bridge your heart skips a beat. Both ends of the bridge features beautiful art on tall concrete pylons by local Artist, Mary Wilson to welcome travelers. It is a long bridge stretching 11,090.0 ft. slowly escalating higher and higher in the middle to allow boats to pass underneath. The bridge creates a safe 4.36 mile stretch with breath taking coastal views for urban hikers and bicyclists to enjoy from around the world. Turn left onto Beach Blvd and your day trip begins.
    Second Saturday in The Bay is well known as one of the first annual monthly Gulf Coast city events to begin a trend in Old Town Bay St Louis. Since it began two decades ago, it has grown into one of the most popular events in the region. Old Town Bay St Louis stays lively all day, with many merchants and restaurants offering specials. Each month, one or two Old Town Bay St Louis businesses take the spotlight as "Hot Spots" creating a theme style event to be enjoyed by people of all ages. When asked what would you tell someone looking to travel to The Bay? Owner of the Bay Life Gifts and President of Old Town Merchants Association in Bay St Louis, MS, Janice Guido says,  "Bay St Louis is bigger and better than ever. In addition to our new harbor, shops and eateries are located in our historic district with scenic views. You will find unique gifts and original art for every occasion", Guido continues with, "When you come to the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, be sure to plan a day trip in "The Bay".
    The City of Bay St Louis Historic Train Depot sits on a park like setting and is a historic facility. Built in 1928, the Mission style architectural building is completely renovated creating another site within the city for activities and the home of the Hancock County Tourism Development Bureau. The Depot District is the official Visitor Center for the area. The second floor of the building is the home to the nationally acclaimed folk artist Alice Moseley's museum.
    Bay St. Louis Community Hall is a place embodying the rich cultural influences of French, English and Spanish heritage, and coastal vernacular and traditional American downtown architectural precedents within the community. Nestled amongst beautiful and enduring live oak trees in the heart of the historic Depot District is The City of Bay St Louis Community Hall. This exquisite city venue meets the need for meeting and assembling with a 6,600 square foot ballroom, two smaller meeting spaces which can be partitioned for even further gathering, and exterior covered porches and gathering locations.  The Community Hall also offers a full function prep/serve kitchen with storage space, a private conference room, and restroom facilities with shower access, a band stand/stage in the main ballroom with quality lighting and sound systems and many other wonderful amenities.
    The West Coast of Mississippi features state of the art 24-hour gaming at Hollywood Casino and the Silver Slipper Casino offering visitors excitement along with the amenities, dining, and entertainment. Mississippi Coast Transit Authority and the Silver Slipper Casino sponsor the Beach Trolley creating the perfect way for Gulf Coast tourists to enjoy day trip destinations to the Bay St Louis Depot District, the Bay St Louis Harbor, and the Main Street District in the City of Bay St Louis. The free fare trolley form of transportation strolls along the Hancock County coastline, utilizing the hail system and bus stops on the hour.
The City of Bay St Louis, Mississippi offers two state of the art gaming facilities:
    Hollywood Casino is a 600-acre casino and golf resort offering all amenities right on-site. The property offers 24-hour gaming with 40,000 sq. ft. of exciting gaming space, over 1200 slots, 4 poker tables, and 21 table games. There are 291 luxurious guest rooms, swimming pool and Jacuzzi, with sundeck, 4 fabulous restaurants, a 100-site RV Park, and over 10,000 sq. ft. of convention and meeting space. The property also offers "The Bridges" Arnold Palmer design championship golf course on site. Stay overnight and enjoy their brand new LAZY RIVER!
    The Silver Slipper Casino is the first land-based casino to be built from the ground up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Since beginning operation in November 2006, the Silver Slipper Casino has become the casino of choice for many locals from Mississippi and Louisiana; with gaming action 24 hours a day, seven days a week, free live entertainment and fabulous culinary selections for even the most discriminating palates. They offer 1000 of the newest high-tech slot machines, 26 table games, poker room, and a Beachfront RV-Park with full hookups!
    Bay St Louis Harbor welcomes all visitors coming to the downtown district by boat. Dock your boat at the brand new City of Bay St. Louis Harbor. Located in Old Town, the new Bay St. Louis Harbor is convenient to shopping, dining and lodging, with easy access to the barrier islands and Louisiana marshes.  The Full-Service Marina at the Bay St. Louis Harbor includes: 160 Slips from 35’ to 60’, Electrical & Water service connections, Full-service restrooms & showers, 12 ADA accessible slips, Fuel Dock and Sewer Pump out stations, 1,000 linear foot pier with covered fishing platforms.
    "Check out the new Bay St Louis Harbor," says Mayor Les Fillingame. "Visitors can enjoy coastal scenic views, delicious local food, and a wide variety of shopping. Bay St Louis, Mississippi is the city where we embrace anything fun and trendy."


Tricia LeAnn