Biloxi Christmas on the Water boat parade, one of the many events on the Mississippi Gulf Coast this winter. For more events go to visitmscoast.org/events.
It’s not all beaches and sand in the Mississippi Gulf Coast. With its casinos, fine dining, shopping, golf courses and museums, there really is no bad time to visit The Magnolia State’s ocean-side towns. And there is no better time to visit than when the Mississippi Development Authority is offering $100 to spend while on your coastal getaway.
This week, the MDA announced a new “Wish You Were Here” promotion that grants visitors a $100 MasterCard Wish Card, when they book a two-night stay at any of its participating hotels. The promotion, aimed at bumping winter travel, can be used anywhere that accepts MasterCard and is good through January 31, 2011. MDA has a limit of 7,500 cards to give away, so book fast.
Here’s how to get it:
Register for the program on visitmscoast.org. (Print out your confirmation page)
Book a two-night stay at least 24 hours in advance, by directly calling any of the 40+ participating properties listed on the site. (Use promotional code WYWH1110, when reserving)
Present your “Wish You Were Here” confirmation page upon check-in, and receive your $100 MasterCard Wish Card.
For promotion rules go to visitmscoast.org/wishcard.
Photo courtesy: Mississippi Development Authority
Editor's tip: Travel senior writer, and Gulf Coast aficionado, Valerie Fraser Luesse shares some of her favorite spots to shop and eat along the Coast.
In Ocean Springs EAT AT: Phoenicia Gourmet Restaurant for innovative dishes and a Mediterranean atmosphere; 228/875-0603. SHOP AT: On the Menu for kitchenware and colorful pottery; 228/875-6979.
In Gulfport EAT AT: Vrazel's for a romantic, upscale dinner; 228/863-2229. SHOP AT: S F Alman for high-quality men and women's clothes; 228/896-6474
In Bay Saint Louis EAT AT: Trapani's Eatery for fried green tomatoes and great desserts; 228/467-8570. SHOP AT: The galleries on Main and Second Streets.