Looking for good small-town living? Southern Living weighs in

Bay St Louis Marina

The Bay St. Louis marina

Southern Living has named two Coast towns to its list of the Top 50 Best Small Towns in the South.

Ocean Springs checked in at No. 18.

Southern Living said:

“A thriving arts community, vibrant entertainment districts, and the beauty of the Gulf Coast are just a few reasons this is a great place to live and visit. Delicious food doesn’t hurt either. Go old-school at Aunt Jenny’s Catfish Restaurant (with a speakeasy in the cellar), or have a fancy night out at Vestige, an award-winning restaurant with a five-course tasting menu.”

Bay St. Louis checked in at No. 47.

Southern Living said:

“Just over 50 miles from New Orleans, Bay St. Louis blends The Big Easy’s funky, artsy feel with the mellow, barefoot vibe you can find only in a tried-and-true coastal town. The beaches are dog-friendly, the blueways (water trails) are ready for exploring, and Old Town’s French Quarter appeal can’t be beat.”

Oxford came in at No. 22 and Laurel was ranked No. 25.

And in case you were wondering, St. Augustine, Florida, ranked No. 1 with Southern Living.

Also making a list – The Shed Barbecue & Blues in Ocean Springs made the list of best barbecue restaurants in each state.

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