2. September 2013 08:17
Staff members from the Pearl River County Welcome Center recently made their annual familiarization (FAM) tour of Ocean Springs into a mini-vacation. Staffers Brenda and Laura started off with dinner at Darwell’s in Long Beach. Then they stayed at the Golden Nugget Casino Hotel in Biloxi.
The next day in Ocean Springs they started their FAM tour with a great breakfast at the new French Kiss Bakery. After filling their bellies, they enjoyed a walk around the area and stopped at Shearwater Pottery. It's a fantastic place to experience local arts and crafts. They watched the potters complete pieces from start to finish from making the clay and throwing it on the wheel to removing it from the kiln and finally painting the objects. Shearwater displays all their beautiful pieces in their new showroom.
Later Brenda and Laura joined their group for a stop at the new Crooked Letter Brewery. One of the owners, Paul Blacksmith, gave them a tour and showed them how they make the beer. Of course, the ladies had to taste it to make sure it was good stuff...and it was! Then it was off to a great lunch at Maison de Lu where a sampling of several different desserts rounded out a delicious meal. Next, the ladies were treated to a craft lesson at Lovie’s by the Bay. They were taught the different techniques of chalk painting and painted their own unique picture frames.
After expressing their creativity, the group attended a ribbon cutting hosted by the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce for their new tour bus. The chamber will now offer bus tours and give away “Pelican Pounds” to each tourist. You can purchase a wind chime, a purse or other great local souvenirs and products with this fun "currency."
After spending one more night in Ocean Springs, the ladies stopped at the new Biloxi Welcome Center and dropped by the Edgewater Mall. While at the mall, the group had some old fashioned pictures taken and framed on-site. A quick bite at Piccadilly's and everyone headed home.
As you can see, there's so much to see and do in Ocean Springs and all around the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Plan your trip today!