Backroad Planet’s lodging guide features a select listing of boutique hotels, B&Bs, resorts, and other unique places to stay on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.


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Distinctive Places to Stay on the Mississippi Gulf Coast


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Driving the 62-mile Mississippi Gulf Coast is great fun! But the scenic beauty of the glittering white sand beaches is just one aspect of the Secret Coast.

On my Coastal Mississippi road trip, I had a packed itinerary. I learned about Mississippi’s maritime history and industries, acquainted myself with the unconventional works of three local artists, toured African American heritage sites, and ate my fill of fresh seafood and other Gulf Coast cuisine.

While exploring the western end of the coast, I stayed at Bay Town Inn in Bay St. Louis, and found it to be a perfect home base for my daily excursions.

When it came time to move east along the coast, I made The Roost in Ocean Springs my home away from home.

I highly recommend both accommodations, but in order to offer readers a wider selection of places to stay on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, I consulted a local expert.

Together we curated a list of top-notch boutique hotels, B&Bs, and non-gaming resorts between Bay St. Louis and Pascagoula.

Bay Town Inn | Bay St. Louis


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Looks can be deceiving at the Bay Town Inn, situated beneath a grandfather oak along North Beach Boulevard in Bay St. Louis.

Bay Town Inn accommodations - 10 Distinctive Places to Stay in Coastal Mississippi

Innkeeper Nikki Moon purchased the turn-of-the-century de Montluzin family home and opened a traditional bed & breakfast in 2003. The 8-room property, furnished with antiques, featured a community dining room overlooking the bay.

On August 29, 2005, everything changed. Hurricane Katrina made landfall, utterly destroying the historical home and for Nikki, life as she knew it.

Undeterred, Nikki reimagined her business, and built a new 10-suite property with a classic coastal design.

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Guest suites feature a kitchenette and living area in an open-concept plan furnished with beachy decor.

Spacious king bedrooms, private baths, and a full-range of amenities—including free Wi-Fi—ensure a relaxing and comfortable stay.

A poolside accessible suite provides two double beds, an oversized bathroom, and kitchen area.

Upstairs verandas overlook the saltwater pool and courtyard, and offer distant views of the harbor.

Light weekday and hot weekend breakfasts can be delivered to suites or enjoyed poolside.

Demontluzin Angel Tree - 10 Distinctive Places to Stay in Coastal Mississippi

Situated on a grassy median directly across the boulevard from the Bay Town Inn you will find a unique work of art.

Sadly, many of Coastal Mississippi’s live oaks did not survive the saltwater storm surge of Hurricane Katrina.

In 2007, sculptors began giving these dead, yet standing, trees along Highway 90 second lives as works of art. Many of the 50+ sculptures depict bird and marine life.

Chainsaw artist Dayle Lewis from Indiana created sculptures with an angel motif at five locations around Bay St. Lewis. The “de Montluzin Angel” tree pictured above is special because it was lifesaver.

As the storm surge washed away her home, Nikki, her Scottish terrier Maddie, and two friends sought refuge in the tree, clinging in desperation as the waves crashed over their heads.

When you book your stay at Bay Town Inn, Nikki will tell you the rest of the story.

Katrina tree angel - 10 Distinctive Places to Stay in Coastal Mississippi

“Tree angels” in other media are a recurring art theme in Bay St. Louis. Search for them at the St. Rose de Lima Catholic Church and the Alice Moseley Folk Art Museum, located within the historic Bay St. Louis train depot.

You can also experience African American history, culture, and music at the 100 Men Hall, a stop on the Mississippi Blues Trail, as schedules allow.

With more than fifty unique shops, galleries, eateries, museums, and other attractions, the best way to explore Old Town Bay St. Louis is on foot.

The Roost | Ocean Springs


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Newly renovated in 2018, rustic elegance is standard at The Roost, a boutique hotel in Ocean Springs.

The property has a storied past beginning in 1894 as a home for the Clement family, transitioning to a motor court in the 1950s, and a popular restaurant in the 1990s.

Word has it that the historic buildings at various times also housed a brothel, a gym, and place of worship.

The Roost living area - 10 Distinctive Places to Stay in Coastal Mississippi

I am a huge fan of designs that blend historical architectural elements with contemporary decor. And apparently designers of The Roost are masters of their craft.

House Beautiful magazine and Architectural Digest, respectively, named The Roost the “best designed hotel” and “most beautiful hotel” in Mississippi.

The eleven luxury suites at The Roost accomplish the look by incorporating original salvaged lumber from the property with modern touches.

Huge double-sash windows flood the rooms with light.

Suites are uniquely appointed with curated furnishings, luxury textiles, and woodblock works by native artist Walter Anderson. Amenities include complimentary WiFi, HDTV, locally-roasted coffee, and Gilchrist & Sommes bath products.

The Roost gallery - 10 Distinctive Places to Stay in Coastal Mississippi

Second-floor suites open to a shared gallery and attached porches with rockers that overlook Porter Avenue.

The Roost features two onsite food and beverage outlets.

The Wilbur is a speakeasy-inspired bar specializing in craft cocktails, wine, and innovative cuisine. Like many Prohibition-era liquor establishments, the bar is outfitted with a hidden room behind a swinging bookshelf.

Eat Drink Love is a lunch market serving up bites, salads, and sandwiches made from fresh ingredients. Eat-in or takeout, your choice.

Ocean Springs, Mississippi, is my newest favorite small town, so during your stay at The Roost, be sure to walk the oak-canopied streets and take a bike to the beach. Dining options are diverse and the Walter Anderson Museum of Art is not to be missed.

More Distinctive Places to Stay in Coastal Mississippi


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Visitors will also want to consider these highly-rated Coastal Mississippi boutique hotels, B&Bs, and non-gaming resorts.

Hotel Pass Christian | Pass Christian

—a 10-room boutique hotel overlooking the lovely Pass Christian Harbor

The Almanett Hotel & Bistro | Gulfport

—a 6-room luxury destination with a beachview, bistro, and bar

The White House Hotel | Biloxi

—a renovated historical property with richly-appointed rooms and suites

Front Beach Cottages | Ocean Springs

—4 restored 1940s fishing shacks located just steps from the beach

Grand Magnolia Ballroom & Suites | Pascagoula

—a 7-suite boutique hotel and event center that radiates southern charm

Margaritaville | Biloxi

—a non-gaming resort inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett, who was born in neighboring Pascagoula

Grand Centennial Hotel and Oasis Resort | Gulfport

—a 48-acre resort complex for family and business travelers

Click here for more Coastal Mississippi lodging options on TripAdvisor!

A listing of RV parks & campgrounds is available at the Coastal Mississippi website.

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Howard Blount is founder and editor of the travel website Backroad Planet. He has traveled internationally since boyhood and lived abroad in Mexico, Chile, and Paraguay. Now his passion is navigating the roads-less-traveled of this amazing planet in search of anything rare and remote. On the stuffy side, “Mr. Blount” has been a writer, consultant, and published author with houses including Simon & Schuster and McGraw-Hill.

Retired from a 35-year career as a middle school teacher, Howard enjoys spending his time on anything that includes mountains, waterfalls, dachshunds, gospel choirs, books, classic movies, autumn, sandhill cranes, Florida springs, rain, gloomy days, log cabins, abandoned sites, unearthed history, genealogy, documentaries, To Kill a Mockingbird, castles, cathedrals, Civil Rights history cold sheets, National Park Passports, quotes, Reba Rambo, Dionne Warwick, anything Apple, all things British, Jesus, and lists.

And on a random note, Howard is a fourth cousin once removed to Truman Capote.

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