The Poindexter Family Reunion
June 23 - 26, 2011
On the Gulf Coast at Biloxi, Mississippi
Things to Do in the Area
Stroll along the beach, catch a sunset, or sunrise. Visit the souvenir shops along the beach, or in nearby Ocean Springs. Edgewater Mall is about a mile away from the hotel. Youngsters would enjoy Gulf Islands Waterpark located on 16th Avenue in Gulfport. There are also several casinos close by: Treasure Bay Casino, Beau Rivage Casino and the IP Casino.
Please take advantage of the brochures in the hotel lobby to learn more bout all there is to do here in Biloxi when you arrive at the hotel. For a head start, here are some of the atractions and visitor information:
There is a Tour Train which tours Biloxi at a cost of $10 per person for up to 20. Or, if just a few (less than 20) want to go a tour the cost would be $14 each. It would be better to schedule a tour.
Be sure to visit the Old Biloxi Lighthouse! It has just recently been redone, has a new paint job, and is very white and bright from the outside. I haven’t gotten the courage myself to climb the winding stairs to the top. I will just watch others!
Oh, yes, right across the street from the lighthouse is the new - very, very new - Biloxi Visitor’s Center. The grand opening is Memorial Day, 2011. It should be a very interesting place to visit with lots of information about Biloxi‘s history.
The Orr-O’Keefe Art Center, a very “modern” designed art center, should be open by next June. It is located further east - just a mile or two down the beach from the Quality Inn. I have not figured it out completely, but there are several odd shaped buildings (pods!) and each one will contain some very interesting art, etc., complimentary to The Gulf Coast!
Don’t forget to notice the woodcarvings in the street mediums! These were carved by volunteers, at no charge, after Katrina damaged the beautiful, large live oaks. These have become beautiful carvings of dolphins, birds, and other sea life. You can even park in one of the bays, walk over, and take pictures, if you like! As a matter of fact, some of the trees had not died completely and after the carvings had been done, new branches with leaves began to sprout. Isn't Mother Nature amazing?!!
Just off the coast is Ship Island, which has the remains of an old fort, and there is an excursion boat that goes out. There are no trees on the island but some shade has been provided. On a hot day, one can certainly get nice sunburn - even the sand reflects the sun’s rays. There is always a nice breeze, but - - - - Just bring sunscreen if you plan to go out.
In nearby Gulfport is Gulf Islands Water Park. A very popular place for kids and the young-at-heart! Or, you can just walk across the street from the Quality Inn and enjoy the Biloxi surf and sand!
The Lynn Meadows Discovery Center in Gulfport is an interactive children's museum designed for children under 12. Children communicate with robots, snoop through a cluttered attic, shop in a local market, produce a news show, operate a crane and explore the tree houses. Also interesting for moms and pops!
Ocean Springs is just across the Biloxi Bay and has some interesting, neat little shops - dress shops, art, antiques, etc., - and neat places to eat, for instance, Martha‘s Tea Room. Nice for sightseeing or walking tour. Also, there is the Walter Anderson Art Museum. He was a rather eccentric fellow, but painted some really interesting art and, also, pottery. He would get in his dinghy and row the 12 - 15 miles out to Horn Island and stay for days and through all kinds of weather. His paintings are of pretty, bright colors, and he painted the things he saw on the island - plants, animals, birds, and fish, etc.
For all you golfers, there are several beautiful golf courses. I do not golf, so I can only give names of some. There will be brochures available at Quality Inn, also. The pictures of the courses are beautiful. Don't miss the Poindexter Pro-Am golf outing on Thursday. More info.
FOOD! Ah, yes! There are also several very, very good places to find GREAT food.
The Edgewater Mall is maybe a mile from the motel where Bonefish Grill has WONDERFUL food.
If you don’t mind riding a few miles, there is a unique place, The Shed, which has the best barbeque you'll ever eat anywhere! They were on Regis and Kelly’s show and won first place in a barbeque cook-off. They have also won numerous other first place prizes. You would not believe the decor at the shed. I will not tell you about it but let you discover it for yourself!
McElroy’s in Ocean Springs also has wonderful food. It is locally owned and I know it has good seafood. I have eaten there several times.
Mary Mahoney’s is another locally owned restaurant in Biloxi, which has great food. They also have New Orleans’ style café ole’ and beignets!!!
And, then, there is another locally owned place, Blow Fly Inn on Biloxi Back Bay! They have fresh seafood, ribs, steaks, po-boys, burgers, salads, wraps, soups, homemade desserts, and more. Or, some may like to try High Cotton Grill in D'Iberville, another neat place. There is just no shortage of places and the varieties of food is unlimited.
If you like sushi, there is the Sakura Restaurant & Bar. This is also a very popular place, if you like sushi. My son likes it, but I have never been! Wonder why??? I just like my fish cooked!
I could fill two more pages with places to visit and good restaurants, but we have only a few days to play. There will be more brochures available at the hotel and you may have other ideas. Email me if you have any questions.
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