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SMALL-TOWN SPOTLIGHT: GULFPORT

Gulfport may well be the economic dynamo of the state, but it’s also a visitor-friendly city packed with great things to see and do. Highway 49 makes a beeline through the very center of town, making transportation to and from the busy port an important business...

BIG STYLE ON BIG BAY

Big Bay Lake is a sparkling and serene planned community nestled on the banks of Mississippi’s largest privately owned lake, less than 30 minutes from Hattiesburg. In 2009, Becky and Mike Miles settled here, creating a luxurious waterfront lifestyle for themselves and...

CONEY ISLAND LUNCH STAND

For almost 100 years, a member of the Fokakis family has been selling something good to eat at the corner of North Main Street and West Railroad Street in Hattiesburg. Arthur Fokakis arrived in Mississippi from Greece, unable to speak English, but he built a hand cart...

2014 RECIPE CONTEST: GRAND PRIZE

“This Coconut Pie is a favorite at my house and at church suppers. It is quick-and-easy to prepare in the microwave in 5 to 7 minutes, but it tastes just like your grandmother’s creamy stovetop pie.”  — Shirley Byrd, Pearl COCONUT PIE 1 (9-inch) pie shell...

BEST OF MISSISSIPPI: SEEKING OUT

BEST PLACE TO FIND A GREAT BOOK Lemuria Jackson | 601.366.7619 | www. lemuriabooks.com  When Lemuria opened in 1975, it was located in a small spot on Lakeland Drive. Today, it occupies nearly the entire second floor of Banner Hall and consistently features signings...

BEST OF MISSISSIPPI: DINING OUT

BEST OUTDOOR DINING Patio 44 Hattiesburg | 601.602.6907  | www.patiofortyfour.com Patio 44 hit the Pine Belt’s culinary scene in September of 2013, and this self-proclaimed “patio-themed” restaurant is the perfect spot for enjoying an afternoon or evening meal al...

BEST OF MISSISSIPPI: GETTING OUT

BEST BED & BREAKFAST Dunleith Historic Inn Natchez | 800.433.2445 | www.dunleith.com Built in 1856, Dunleith is one of Mississippi’s most prized plantations. Located in the heart of Natchez on 40 landscaped acres, it includes a carriage house, stables, a dairy...

WONDERFUL WAFFLES

An American diner icon, Waffle House still holds a dish near to my heart—their famous Pecan Waffle. While in college, there was something very satisfying and nostalgic about those waffles, and it remained the same in every town. The ham and cheese omelet was very good...

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