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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Want to take a spur-of-the-moment trip to Biloxi, Miss.? Here's what you need to know for the weekend of Jan. 8-10 (you get a little extra time to avoid the holidays):

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GETTING THERE

Flights from BWI Marshall to Gulfport-Biloxi start at $156 round trip on Delta/Northwest, connecting through Memphis. The airport is about 20 minutes from Biloxi.

STAYING THERE

Beau Rivage Resort and Casino, 875 Beach Blvd., 888-567-6667, http://www.beaurivage.com. The MGM property reopened exactly a year after Katrina. Rooms from $219.

Hard Rock Resort and Casino, 777 Beach Blvd., 228-374-7625, http://www.hardrockbiloxi.com. One of the hipper places to stay and bet it all. Rates from $209.

EATING THERE

Mary Mahoney's Old French House Restaurant, 110 Rue Magnolia, 228-374-0163, http://www.marymahoneys.com. In one of the city's oldest homes (circa 1737). After a meal of oyster soup ($9 a cup), lamb loin chops ($42), shrimp and crabmeat melba ($33), etc., peruse the art and the celebrity memorabilia on the walls and in glass cases.

Kim Long Restaurant, 832 Division St., 228-435-3388. One of the few remaining Asian restaurants in town. Entrees include porridge (from $8), pho (from $6.50) and rice plates (from $8).

PLAYING THERE

Beauvoir, 2244 Beach Blvd., 228-388-4400, http://www.beauvoir.org. Jefferson Davis's home and grounds are open for tours ($9, $5 children); the museum and library are under construction.

Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art, 1596 Glenn Swetman St., 228-374-5547, http://www.georgeohr.org. The temporary location displays about 17 pieces by the Mad Potter of Biloxi, a.k.a. George Ohr, and works by other local artists. Free.

Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum, Schooner Pier Complex, Beach Blvd., 228-435-6320, http://www.maritimemuseum.org. Reopens in 2011, but its two schooners offer tours of the Gulf Coast waters. Walk-on cruises $25 adults, $10 children.

Hope Community Development Agency, 425 Division St., 228-435-7180, http://www.hopecda.org. Volunteer on hurricane recovery projects organized by the multi-pronged center.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Harrison County Tourism Commission, 888-467-4853, http://www.gulfcoast.org

-- A.S.


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