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This month we are featuring some of Bay St. Louis's best hotels, inns and B&Bs, rather than one or two local businesses. For a week at the beach or a romantic weekend getaway, check out this list of the "best of the best."
- stories by Caroline St. Paul, photos by Caroline St. Paul and Ellis Anderson
Bay Town Inn
208 N Beach Blvd.
Bay St Louis, MS 39520
This adorable bed and breakfast, located on Beach Boulevard, is one of the best on the Gulf Coast. With a view of the Bay St. Louis Marina, the beach, and just minutes away from the great shops and restaurants in Old Town, you cannot beat its location and charm.
The inn is also beautifully decorated at all times by owner, Nikki Moon. Stay in this luxurious bed and breakfast and enjoy all that Bay St. Louis has to offer. Walk to the shops and discover something unique for your friends and family, and enjoy delicious food and drinks at one of the many local restaurants.
Bay Town Inn features ten guest suites of over 500 square feet which each include a kitchen and living area, full bath and bedroom with a king bed. Many of these king suites offer a beautiful view of the pool and courtyard as well.
There is also the poolside accessible room which features two double beds, a large bathroom, and a kitchen area. The second floor "Lighthouse Room" is over 700 square feet with a queen bed, sofa-sleeper, full bath and kitchen area. This spacious room also features its own private deck.
In true bed and breakfast fashion, the Inn serves full breakfast room delivery on Saturday and Sunday, and a lighter breakfast during the week. Enjoy a homey atmosphere and relax in a luxurious waffle-weave robe which you will find in each room, as well as fresh flowers during your stay.
Every room also features complimentary Wi-Fi, a small refrigerator and freezer, a microwave, coffee maker, and an iron and ironing board. Each bathroom offers a full size tub and shower, and shampoo, soap, lotion, and a hair dryer. You will find practically everything that you may need.
There is a minimum 15 year-old age requirement for guests and visitors, and a limited number of dog-friendly rooms, so make sure to check availability.
Countless testimonials speak for the charm and luxury that you will experience when you book your stay at the Bay Town Inn. You can visit the website at baytowninn.com for more information and booking. Nikki Moon will make it her pleasure to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. You are sure to experience the best of the best here and fully enjoy Old Town Bay St. Louis!
305 Main Street
Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
The Bay Cottages, owned by Ronnie and Sandy Robert, are the perfect place for you to stay if you would like to experience Old Town Bay St. Louis like a local!
This historic 1920s stucco double is known for its spectacular location and Spanish style exterior. It is just steps away from Main Street, where you will find shopping and dining galore. There are two apartments available for rental, named “Southern Comfort” and “Latitude Adjustment.”
Besides its fantastic location, these apartments are ideal for families to rent for large gatherings such as weddings. “It’s the perfect place for extended families because they can rent both sides” Sandy Robert explains.
The couple began renting out the cottages several years after Hurricane Katrina, and since then, have had many wonderful guests. A lot of these guests have since decided to purchase homes in Bay St. Louis themselves! This was Sandy’s ultimate goal, so she is more than pleased with the success of the charming cottages.
Enjoy “beautiful hardwood floors, beaded board walls and ceilings,” and comfortable furniture, and make yourself at home in one of the apartments. Each apartment features one full bath with a tub and shower and one half bath, a fully equipped kitchen, including cooking utensils and dinnerware, a washer and dryer, cable, flat screen television and DVD player, and Wi-Fi.
In the Latitude Adjustment accommodation you will find one bedroom with a queen bed, one bedroom with two twin beds, and two twin size sofas in the living room. In the “Southern Comfort,” sleeping arrangements include one bedroom with a queen bed, one bedroom with two twin beds, and one queen sleeper sofa in the living room. There is also a shared front porch and back deck for you to enjoy the outdoors.
This location is perfect, as you can view all of the action right from the front porch or walk into town to experience the one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants all within blocks of the cottage! The cottage is also two blocks from the waterfront and less than a half mile from the public beach and fishing pier.
Bay Cottages will allow you to experience Old Town Bay St. Louis in the best way possible. The combined comfort and location make for the perfect vacation rental. You can visit the website at baycottagesllc.com for more information. Book your stay today!
Carroll House B&B
304 Carroll Ave.
Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
Carroll House Bed & Breakfast is owned by Jane Alford-Kulpeska and can be found on Carroll Avenue in Old Town Bay St. Louis. Find “warm southern hospitality” at this lovely Victorian style home built in 1890.
Jane grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and fell in love with B&Bs after living in Europe for a few years. She lived in Bay St. Louis for 20 years and worked in healthcare for 25 years before opening the Carroll House B&B. She also owns Bay-Tique, a boutique located on Main Street.
“It was a life dream of mine to own and operate a bed & breakfast,” Jane says. She bought the home in 2006, renovated it, and brought it back to its original splendor. She then lived there until 2011. After moving into the cottage next door, she was ready to open the B&B for business.
The home is on the National Register of Historic Places and features three bedrooms, each with a private en suite and a large claw foot tub. Each room is furnished with lovely antiques, luxury linens, free Wi-Fi and DirecTV. There is also a separate beach cottage on the grounds, which features one bedroom and a full kitchen.
A full gourmet breakfast is served each morning for guests, which they may enjoy in the dining room on fine china, or in the privacy of their rooms. “I love gardening," said Jane, "so we grow a good bit of what we serve for breakfast.”
The home features large front and back porches as well, great for gatherings or relaxing and reading a good book. "I have walked up on the back porch many times to find a guest napping on the porch sofa,” Jane recalls.
Carroll House is conveniently located within walking distance of all of the shops, galleries, and restaurants of Old Town, and just two blocks from the waterfront.
Jane enjoys entertaining and making her guests feel welcome, and the biggest compliment that she receives is just that. “We have found over the years that many of our guests fall in love with Bay St. Louis and end up moving here or purchasing a vacation home here.” This is something that she takes great pride in.
“We take our role as ambassadors to Bay St. Louis very seriously and strive to treat each guest with the warm, Southern hospitality that embodies our little beach front community.” One stay at the Carroll House will prove this fact for you. Visit their website at www.carrollhousebnb.com for more information.
Manieri Real Estate
501 Main St #3, Bay St Louis, MS 39520
“Manieri Real Estate manages a number of vacation rentals in Bay St. Louis. These properties are listed on VRBO.com,” explains Joey Manieri, manager.
These VRBO listings include: VRBO #1506453, VRBO #36901, VRBO #49042, VRBO #960130, VRBO #1543165, VRBO #735458, VRBO #497992, VRBO #1455843, VRBO #313124, VRBO #400259, VRBO #987619, VRBO #1034190, VRBO #909248, and VRBO #639097, with three or four more vacation rentals to be expected to join soon.
Each one of these properties ranges from two to five bedrooms. Guests from all over the United States come to stay in Bay St. Louis at one of Manieri Real Estate’s properties. Even a few from other countries choose to visit as well. Winter guests include snowbirds.
“Manieri Real Estate LLC offers quality service and comfortable living at a competitive price. It is our goal to provide our customers an enjoyable visit to Bay St. Louis” Manieri says.
111 Court St.
Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
Gulfview Properties LLC is managed by Kevin Jordan, the owner, and Tammy Petone, property manager. Their office is located in the Bodega building on 111 Court St. “We have been in business since 2005, managing vacation rental properties in the Bay St. Louis area.”
Gulfview Properties currently manages and owns five vacation homes, which includes The Bungalow Bed & Breakfast and The Abode Guest House. “Our specialty is older classic homes in the historic district,” Kevin explains.
In addition to these properties, they manage vacation rentals for other owners, also in the Bay St. Louis area. All of the properties are listed on the website, gulfviewproperties.net , VRBO, and Airbnb. For more information, they can be reached by phone at (228) 344-3004.
Heart of Old Town
The Heart of Old Town, owned by Ed and Sylvia Young, is a charming place to stay. Get the full Bay St. Louis experience in this vibrant apartment, truly in the “heart” of Old Town.
This two bedroom, two bathroom vacation rental apartment is located next door to Antique Maison, the Young’s antique shop. It is also within walking distance of the other shops, restaurants, galleries, entertainment, and the beach.
One bedroom contains a queen bed, while the other has two full size beds. There is also a trundle bed in the living room, a rollaway twin bed, and a crib. The apartment comfortably fits six, so it is perfect for a family or a larger gathering.
There is an outdoor patio with a 6-person table, a gas grill, and a 3-person rocking bench, so that you can enjoy warm summer evenings and the company you are with. Grill some food, pour some wine, and unwind after a long day.
Inside, you will be welcomed into a 1,300 square foot interior decorated with lovely decor and colorful walls. There is an HD TV in the living room and a fully equipped kitchen for meal time.
The apartment features air conditioning, Wi-Fi, 2 flat screen HD TV’s with DirecTV, Showtime, and Starz, a DVD player, washer and dryer, toiletries, a high chair, four driveway parking spaces, boat and trailer parking, and much more.
You can check out this vacation rental on both Airbnb and HomeAway. Book your stay in the true heart of Old Town today!
Life’s A Beach Cottage
Life’s A Beach Cottage got its name from a simple phrase that owner/operator, Nona Morlan and her friend used at the time she was debating opening a vacation rental. Ever since then, it has been a lifestyle.
Nona and her husband, James Morlan, moved to Bay St. Louis in 1982. Since she has been here, she says that she “was made to feel at home by the locals” and has “developed long friendships” with them. The couple lived in the cottage for 15 years before opening their doors as a vacation rental.
The cottage “has ingress and egress on Ulman Avenue in the back of Old Town Presbyterian Church’s parking lot, but is actually located on the back of a Carroll Avenue property.” Life’s A Beach Cottage is almost 1000 square feet and can “comfortably sleep six.”
There is one bathroom, two bedrooms, and “a queen sleeper sofa in the living room.” The cottage also “has a full kitchen with a dishwasher and access to a washer and dryer.” There is also a convenient outside shower to wash off in after the beach, perfect for children. The house is “handicap accessible with a large shower that would fit a wheelchair.”
“It is close enough to the downtown area that walking to the restaurants and shops is an easy trek. It’s far enough away that the loud noises some locals complain about isn’t an issue” Nona points out. There is also a view of the Bay Bridge from the front porch swing.
Nona’s favorite part about owning and operating the cottage is meeting new people and having return guests. Visit www.lifesabeachcottage.com for more information, or check it out on Facebook.
The Rose Cottage, owned by Ann Hager, is conveniently located on deMontluzin Street, just a short distance away from the shops and restaurants of Old Town, and of course, the beach. It is known for its rose-colored exterior, which sets it apart from all of the other homes in the area. The surrounding roses of the same color exude joy and serenity, and this is just what you will find when you book your stay at the Rose Cottage.
This fully renovated, modern cottage from the 1950s offers all of the comforts of home. Your stay will be made comfortable with the central air, ceiling fans, cable television, Wi-Fi, and washer and dryer.
There is also a wrap-around deck and furnished front porch to enjoy your evenings on. Sit back, relax, and watch the world go by in this quiet, residential neighborhood. The home also features a BBQ pit, and a shaded picnic table for a peak southern living experience. A charming picket fence surrounds the uniquely pink home, and one of the best features of this vacation rental is the two-car carport.
There is an open living area, which includes a living room, a full-sized kitchen, and a sit-down dining room where you will enjoy your meals. The Rose Cottage has two full bathrooms and two bedrooms.
The entire family can make themselves comfortable in the two bedrooms offered at the Rose Cottage. One features a queen-size bed and a TV, while the other has a full-size bed. For additional sleep options, you will find two full-size futons in the living room, as well as extra linens.
The past guests of the Rose Cottage have nothing but joyful things to say about their stay here. Relax, explore, eat, shop, and enjoy your stay at the unique Rose Cottage. You can find it listed on VRBO.
Sandy Feet Retreat
This charming townhouse located on de Montluzin Avenue in Old Town is the perfect family friendly getaway.
Nikki Moon, owner of the Bay Town Inn across the street, renovated and opened the townhouse for Cruisin’ the Coast in October, 2018. “I wanted something that was family friendly… people with children could come in and enjoy the beach, enjoy Old Town,” she explains.
The townhouse is completely renovated and fully furnished. It features two bedrooms, one with a queen-size bed, and one with two twin beds. There is also a full bathroom with a tub on the second floor, and a full bathroom featuring a shower on the first floor.
There is a fully furnished kitchen, washer and dryer, two televisions, Wi-Fi, and two parking spaces for your stay.
One of the biggest advantages of staying in this townhouse is that you can walk everywhere. It is located half a block from the beach and one block from bustling Main Street, which features shops and restaurants.
The townhouse is listed on VRBO, where you can check out more details on this charming vacation rental. Book your stay at the Sandy Feet Retreat today!
The Trust B&B
204 Bookter St.
Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
“Gracious living of a bygone era on the Mississippi Coast.” This is the essence of the Trust Bed & Breakfast, which is unlike any of the others. It is family-oriented, historic, elegant, and a place where you can truly enjoy the company that you are with.
Hilton and Joan Eymard bought the bed & breakfast in 1970. The New Orleans natives stumbled upon the property while they were visiting their eldest son who was boarding at St. Stanislaus.
The home had been closed for 15 years before they discovered it. It was run down and needed a lot of work. Nevertheless, they saw the potential, and asked if it was for sale. “We made an offer, and the following day we got it,” Joan recalls.
They originally saw the home as a great place for their sons to stay in with Joan’s mother while they were attending school nearby. The couple renovated one room at a time and slowly but surely restored it to its original glory.
Once the boys graduated, “The house stayed vacant for a while, and finally we said, ‘We could open a bed and breakfast here, and we did!’” Joan explains. The Trust Bed & Breakfast opened its doors in 2000.
During Hurricane Katrina, Hilton and Joan found refuge in the bed & breakfast, which was ruined during the storm. They once again had to renovate the home. “We were able to get it back in full force about two years after the storm,” Joan explains.
Located on Bookter Street, this historic home, built in 1850, is 10,000 square feet and has seven bedrooms, each with a private bath. Children are welcome here, as it has been a family home for years. It is also located close to the shops, restaurants, and beaches.
“What we have tried to do here is keep the house in character of the years that it’s been here,” Joan explains. In the home, you will find lovely period antiques that the Eymards have taken special time to collect.
The heart of the Trust Bed & Breakfast is family. It is unique in the fact that it was a family home long before it was a bed & breakfast, and it was not built recently simply to become one. As Hilton Jr. explains it, the home belonged to a family that was holding it together and then “turned it into a B&B after everyone got older and left.”
Hilton and Joan are also extremely accommodating, and they go above and beyond to make sure that their guests are comfortable and have everything that they could need.
“It’s more of a family experience than going in a hotel room and being alone,” Hilton Jr. explains. The Trust Bed & Breakfast is a place where you will truly immerse yourself in your peers and share experiences amongst one another. Call 228-467-5715 for more information.
The Cottage at 215 Main Street
This charming cottage built in 1910 gives visitors a chance to experience life like the locals in the very heart of Old Town!
The cottage sleeps four people: One bedroom offers twin beds, while a cool Murphy bed pulls down from a closet in the living room. There’s a comfy front parlor that’s great for reading, as well as an eat-in galley kitchenette. The front porch and cottage garden make living outside irresistible, even on summer days.
Since the cottage is kid and pet friendly, 215 Main can be rented as headquarters for a family stay in Old Town or as a romantic getaway. It even comes with two bicycles for exploring the miles of nearby biking/walking trails (along the beach or across the bay bridge) or taking the Historic Biking/Walking tour of Old Town.