New Biloxi Visitor Center ~
Something to look forward to for other VTer's who hopefully will visiting lovely Biloxi Ms. It's suppose to open in the Spring of 2011. It is wonderfully located directly across from the Biloxi Lighthouse and it will include the heritage of Biloxi's past and current events. It will include a convention center. Where big beautiful weddings, meetings, socials, and work events can take place. It is within walking distance of the fabulous Beau Rivage Casino and Hard Rock Casino Hotel, and right across from the beach and the Gulf Coast.
Located at Highway 90 & Porter Avenue, Biloxi, MS 39530
Beauvoir was developed by James Brown in 1848 and completed in 1852. The house is the center of the complex, which includes two pavilions, kitchen, carpenter's shop, foreman's house, chicken coup and barn/carriage house. Frank Johnson bought the estate for about two months before selling to Sarah Dorsey. She named this estate, Beauvoir, (pronounced BOV-WAH) or 'beautiful view, because of the vista it afforded of the Mississippi Sound. Jefferson Davis, former president of the Confederacy, bought the estate in 1878 for $5,500.00.
Biloxi's Vietnamese community
Biloxi has a great Vietnamese community to explore, try one of these establishments: On the corner of Oak and Howard, in East Biloxi, an area called Point Cadet, there is a fine Asian grocery store called Hong Kong. You will find roasted pork and duck for sale in the back of the store, plus unusual produce and canned goods too.
If you continue North on Oak street, just passed the rail road intersection, you will find, on the right hand side of the road, a GREAT little bakery. All of the bakery items are made fresh daily on the premises and include baguette, French loaf, turnovers of all descriptions as well as cakes and super sweet stuff. .
Pho Palace (pho is soup in Vietnamese), 615 Howard Ave., is open for lunch and supper (tel. 432-9020). It has a very extensive menu, but you might want to try grilled pork vermicelli, lemon grass chicken or beef, beef stew with egg noodles or anything in a clay pot (really!). I have never had a disappointing meal here.
Kim Long restaurant, 832 W. Division St, tel. 435-0907. This neat little Vietnamese restaurant has been open for many years and is very popular. Locals argue over which is the best, Pho Palace or Kim Long, but I will leave it to you to decide.
If you happen to be in Biloxi during Chinese New Year (the date changes every year, so check first), check out the Dragon Dances held all over Biloxi, mostly at commercial establishments owned by Vietnamese. The dances are to insure good luck for the next year and are exciting and loud!
And my lead paragraph did...
And my lead paragraph did mention casinos? This is the Beau Rivage. It means beautiful shore. It was built at the cost of almost a billion dollars. Steve Wynn, who built the Mirage in Las Vegas, built it. The foyer was originally populated with 30 or 40 full grown magnolia trees.
Biloxi has a long history, spanning more than 300 years. Just on the side of the downtown park, there is a mosaic that pictorially displays the history chapters.
Created in 1999 by local funding and artists, it memorialized the historical events between 1699 ~ 1999.
It is a small wall, requiring only a few minutes to visit, but is a good tribute nonetheless to see the rich pride and history in the area.