When thinking about the Mississippi gulf coast, most people might picture the shining neon lights of casinos along Beach Boulevard. But about 10 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the casinos is the city of Ocean Springs. I had been eyeing The Roost, a boutique hotel in the city for months, trying to decide when Garrett and I could pay it a visit. What drew me to it was the gorgeous interiors, amazing price point, and the tucked away, charming aesthetic.
The stars aligned for me, and a friend of mine sent a save the date for her wedding in Ocean Springs! I hurried up and booked a room almost 5 months in advance. I know that might be a little extreme, but I had been dying to stay there and experience it for myself. A blogger “co-worker” of mine stayed there, and I was basically drooling over her stunning shared content.
When we pulled up to the hotel, my eyes lit up! The beach-side colors of the building were perfectly fitting for its proximity to the coast, while the porch and rocking chairs matched the southern charm of the large oak trees. The room itself was just as gorgeous! From the bedding to the shiplap and sliding glass shower doors, I was in LOVE! The room’s layout was unique and refreshing. There was a small hallway to the bathroom complete with a wet bar, making the room feel much more spacious.
Did I mention there is a restaurant?! Eat Drink Love is a casual, farm to table eatery with items like a seasonal charcuterie board, pimento grilled cheese, and a power salad, yum! Right down the street, is downtown Ocean Springs. Talk about the cutest downtown area! The boutiques, shops, restaurants, and bars were shaded by the canopy of oak trees. We ventured to The Office bar for a night cap, and we could not stop talking about how picturesque the city was!
While the hotel and all of its amenities and design had me swooning, the hospitality really was top notch. My favorite part was receiving updates via text. We received a message one day prior to arriving, when our room was ready, and at checkout. I’ve done a good bit of traveling, especially recently, and have yet to experience any hotel go above and beyond like this.
All selections and opinions in this post are my own. Special thanks to The Roost Hotel for sponsoring this post.
Our friend group decided to take it up a notch and do a staycation to celebrate Erin, Holly, and Kurt's birthdays! We didn't want to stay in New Orleans but also knew we wanted to be somewhat close to home. The Southern Hotel in Covington, LA was the perfect choice.
There were so many of us that we ended up renting out the entire Garden House Suites. If you haven't seen the Garden House, you're going to want to click here! Each room is uniquely decorated by the owner of the hotel. There are so many vibrant prints and colors that catch your eye immediately; it was hard to look away!
In addition to being decorated to perfection, each room also has it's own record player. So whether you want to layout by the pool or open a window, music is always an option at the Southern. The pool is somewhat small, but I think that's why I liked it so much (lol). It's not big enough for cannonballs but is big enough for an adult "swim"!
Once we all checked-in, we either headed to the pool or grabbed a bike from Brook's Bike Shop. If you're staying at the Southern Hotel, you get a special discount when you rent bikes! It was a fun way for us to enjoy the gorgeous weather and explore the surrounding area. Later that night we grabbed drinks at the bar and then had dinner at Oxlot9. Dinner was super special because not only were we in the private diner room, but Head Chef Jeffery curated an exclusive dinner menu just for us! It was a five course meal with drink pairings for each individual course. Everyone agreed that Oxlot9 rolled out the red carpet for us! I was so happy that we could celebrate three of my favorite people that night. The Southern Hotel really made our weekend incredibly special.
The next morning, they set up a special brunch spot for us to relax and chit chat about all of the previous night’s laughs! The fresh blooms were compliments from Covington Bloomery! If you're looking for a local boutique hotel to check out, make sure the Southern Hotel is on your list! Besides the decor, their staff was top notch and I couldn't think of a better place to celebrate three of my closest friends.