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Bay St. Louis, a 300-year-old town loaded with charm and a general sense of wellbeing, is an easy cruise from New Orleans. In 2013, Budget Travel magazine designated it one of the top three “Coolest Small Towns in America.” Anchored by the century-old Hancock County Courthouse, the burg has a vibrant arts colony and
plenty of restaurants and shops. Pick up a walking/biking tour map and follow it to places including the 1928 train depot, which houses the Mardi Gras Museum and the Alice Moseley Folk Art and Antiques Museum.
A cannot-miss for music fanatics is historic 100 Men Hall (303 Union St., 228-342-5770), a 2011 recipient of a Blues Trail marker from the Mississippi Blues Commission. “The Hall,” a major stop on the Chitlin’ Circuit of the 1930s through 1960s, is once again a live-music venue hosting well-known performers. Dock your vessel for the night at Diamondhead Marina (228-255-2918, diamondheadms.org), set on the bay.
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