. . . Per Person Prices
. . . $465 Double Occupancy
. . . $445 Triple . . . $425 Quad . . . $595 Single
. . . Optional $27.00 Live Music Package. For only $27 per person you can add a Bluesman for lunch at One Hundred Men Hall, a Live Zydeco Performance on the Pier with your Shrimp Boil and Southern Parlor Music on the Porch at Beauvoir.
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Day 1: Arrive in Biloxi for three nights at her most exciting casino – The Four-Star Beau Rivage. This is an upscale waterfront resort and casino hotel that is arguably Biloxi’s finest and it will certainly please your guests. She is the appropriate host to a unique tour that goes beyond the casino and beach.
Once checked in your group will enjoy a wonderful Casino Dinner Buffet and a free evening for gaming.
Day 2: Exciting sightseeing begins with the Hurricane Hunters tour at Keesler Air Force Base. The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, known as the Hurricane Hunters, are members of the Air Force Reserve. They are one-of-a-kind: a Dept of Defense organization that has been flying into tropical storms and hurricanes since 1944. You will learn the history of the Hurricane Hunters and their current mission, and see the modified C130 Hercules aircraft that flies directly into the eyes of hurricanes.
Stop at Walter Anderson Museum of Art — The Anderson family is still alive and well in Ocean Springs — enjoy the murals and outdoor art inspired by this family. WAMA is dedicated to the celebration of the works of Walter Inglis Anderson (1903-1965), American master, whose depictions of the plants, animals, and people of the Gulf Coast have placed him among the forefront of American painters of the Twentieth Century.
Next your group will have lunch at Mary Mahoney’s, one of the South’s most unique restaurants it is located inside one of the oldest homes in America. But (weather permitting) you will dine outside in an elegant New Orleans style courtyard under the canopy of a centuries old live oak. For 50 years, presidents, dignitaries, celebrities, and millions of others have experienced Mary’s legendary cuisine and you join them. This iconic Biloxi restaurant is a favorite of author John Grisham and it is often mentioned in his books.
The excitement continues this afternoon as you set sail on the Biloxi Shrimping Cruise. Like generations of Gulf Coast fishermen, you sail the Gulf in search of dinner. You’ll feel like Bubba Gump as you toss the net and haul it back in. The ships crew will both educate and entertain you, demonstrating the work on a Shrimp Trawler and telling you stories of their catches and memorable voyages . You will also learn a little history of the Gulf Coast as you harvest the fruits of her sea.
Meanwhile back at the pier , once the Trawler is docked, you enjoy an old-fashioned Southern Mississippi Shrimp Boil. You will feast on succulent Shrimp, Red Potatoes, corn on the cob, sausage, and mushrooms. This is Mississippi Finger Food at its best, served in the same fashion by generation after generation. If a meal on the pier, beside your trawling ship isn’t festive enough we offer the option to of adding a lively little Zydeco Band to pepper the memory. It’s a great evening with the wind in your hair, the sun setting across the bay, and music in the night.
Day 3: Today begins with a visit to the Hurricane Katrina Memorial. One of the deadliest storms to ever hit America she roared into the Gulf on Aug 28, 2005. Your lecturer will help you understand the devastation this hurricane left behind to communities from stretching from Biloxi to New Orleans. On tour you will see the fascinating Katrina Tree Sculptures, there are more more than 50 marine themed sculptures carved into the trunks of giant Live Oak and Cypress that were killed by the storm. You will make a stop on this tour at the “Angel Tree,” a dead oak tree carved into angels. On this tree three people clung for safety during the storm and survived.
You will also visit the Bay St. Louis Depot which houses both the Biloxi Mardi Gras Museum featuring a collection of elaborate Mardi Gras costumes, and the Alice Moseley Museum. Alice got her start as an artist at the ripe young age of 65, this museum contains 50 original folk art paintings, antique furniture, pottery and art glass.
Lunch today is at the “One Hundred Men Hall,” a center for African American social life it was built in 1922 by the One Hundred Members’ of the DBA (Debating Benevolent Association). Over the years the DBA has brought in blues, rhythm & blues, and jazz acts such as Etta James, Big Joe Turner, Guitar Slim, Professor Longhair and others. The Hall has a Mississippi Blues Trail designation and exists to preserve the legacy of blues men and women, their times and their music, the places where they lived and the times in which they played. You’ll have a Southern Barbecue Lunch and here we option you the chance to add a little live music to the afternoon, add a Blues man to your meal.
Afterwards you will have time for local shops and galleries before your visit to Beauvoir, the restored home of Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy. He lived here after the Civil War until his death. The home was built in 1848 with a splendid view of the Gulf of Mexico. It is now a museum and includes the Jefferson Davis Presidential Library which has artifacts connected to the daily life of the Confederate Soldier, a field habitat/shelter display, as well as The Beauvoir Soldier’s Home flag. At the end of the home’s historical tour, you enjoy a special evening. A Confederate Era Dinner, featuring recipes from Ms Davis’ Cookbook (She was the President’s daughter). This meal will be served on Beauvoir’s columned porch. Should you wish to enhance this experience we can add Southern Parlor Music to the night for a modest cost.
Day 4 – Depart for home.