The Mississippi Gulf Coast is excited to host the 2013 Society of American Travel Writers Convention.

October 20-25, 2013

62 Miles of Food, History, & Hospitality Await You On


On behalf of the over 50 attractions that make up the Mississippi Gulf Coast Attractions Association, I look forward to personally welcoming you to the region that thousands of visitors call “home” each year.

Our natural beauty and uniqueness stands out beginning with 26 miles of totally accessible white sand beaches and glistening Gulf waters surrounded by ancient live oaks. Savor our locally caught seafood readily available in the charming small towns found along our coastline. Discover historic communities originally inhabited by coastal Indian tribes, and later by French colonists during the sixteen hundreds.  And experience a region that became known in the early 1900’s as the “Seafood Capital of the World” for it’s abundance of sweet Gulf shrimp, blue crab, fish and superb oysters. Many generations of East European, Cajun, and Vietnamese families have worked and continue to work in our seafood industry, making the Mississippi Gulf Coast one of the most culturally diverse regions in the south, and very different from the rest of the state. We’re only about an hour from New Orleans and it shows in our food and lifestyle.

Step back in time at Beauvoir, the last home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.  See the genius of George Ohr, the “Mad Potter of Biloxi,” at the Frank Gehry-designed Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art. Discover the fascinating gulf Island world of Walter Anderson at the museum of art named for him in the charming town of Ocean Springs. Elsewhere, local art and treasure is abundant and easily found within the eclectic shops and galleries of our other coastal cities like Bay St. Louis, Pass Christian, Long Beach, and Gulfport.

Consider venturing out into the Mississippi Sound on one of our many charter fishing and sightseeing boats.  View dolphins from the Ship Island Ferry as it travels to Gulf Islands National Seashore and civil war era Fort Massachusetts. Learn how to catch shrimp aboard the Biloxi Shrimp Tour. Encounter gators while discovering some the best eco-tourism in the US by exploring the exquisite Pascagoula River Basin to our east, and the Pearl River to our West.  Or sail into an excellent fall sunset with a bottle of rum, a cooler of boiled shrimp, and some good company aboard one of our sailing charter boats, including the historic Biloxi schooners.

A trip to the Mississippi Gulf Coast is as much about absorbing our lifestyle as it is visiting our casinos, museums and shops. I encourage you to interact with our gregarious local inhabitants.  Mississippi Coast folks are known for their warmth and hospitality. We are always ready to provide friendly advice to out-of-towners on where to eat, drink and have fun. And be sure to get out along the water during your visit. Taking a stroll or bike ride along the seawall at sunrise will help you understand why Jimmy Buffet loves this area and sings about in “Down around Biloxi”.

Thank you for choosing the Mississippi Gulf Coast as the 2013 site for the annual SATW Convention. I promise you that every effort has been made by our association to make sure your visit is both enjoyable and productive by showcasing the best in travel our area has to offer.

Hospitably yours,

Captain Louis Skrmetta
President, MS Gulf Coast Attractions Association
Owner, Ship Island Excursions

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