Hotels are booking up quickly and cars fill the highways again, as everyone returns to traveling and the allure of time spent with friends and loved ones away from home. Plan your summer vacation now, and don’t miss out on opportunities to explore destinations just a short drive away. Gather your friends for an escape from the family or gather up the family for an escape from routine, and hit your favorite destinations in along the Gulf Coast. From vacation homes on the lake to island resorts or historic small towns, a variety of adventures await those ready to feel the joys of the summer. Whether you’re working remotely or fully logged off, it’s easy to get what you need with travel destinations that provide all the amenities and luxuries of home. Find your fun this summer—here’s a few ideas to get your gears…and wheels…spinning. 


Natchitoches, LA

From the Steel Magnolias film tour to brunch on Sibley Lake, all of your girlfriends will enjoy the slow-pace and charming atmosphere of Natchitoches, Louisiana’s oldest city. Grab your girlfriends and plan a weekend trip to one of the “best small cities in the South.”

Walk the streets and tour the town where M’Lynn, Truvy, Ouiser, Clairee, Shelby and Annelle told the story of Steel Magnolias from the iconic house, now a B&B, to the riverbank where the Easter egg hunt took place.

Explore the National Landmark Historic District filled with shopping, tours by horse and carriage, boat or foot, art galleries and museums. And don’t forget the food—local flavors can be found in old commissary and gas station buildings, on patios and docks overlooking Cane River and Sibley lakes, in a pub, in a booth, or at a table.

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Big Bay Lake

Big Bay Lake is a one-of-a-kind planned community on one of Mississippi’s largest private recreational lakes. Located just outside of Hattiesburg, and only 90 minutes from New Orleans, Big Bay Lake blends seamlessly into its natural surroundings. Waterfront homesites are available for building custom homes and retreats starting at $70,000 and several resale homes are usually available for immediate purchase. Both the homes and homesites within this community provide unique opportunities to create the perfect home or weekend getaway.

It’s time to relax, unplug, make memories and create new traditions at Big Bay Lake. Whether you are a boating or fishing enthusiast or just a family who loves to make a big splash, Big Bay Lake is simply about the lure of the water. Come enjoy sun-kissed, fun-filled days at Big Bay Lake, where the little things make life…“Big!”  Call for a boat tour today at 877-4BIG-BAY, or visit


Premier Island Management Group

This summer, upgrade your remote working and learning environment with a getaway to Pensacola Beach, Florida, and the properties of Premier Island Management Group. Situated just a few hours outside of New Orleans along the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf Island National Seashore, this collection of vacation rentals includes beach homes, condos, and the acclaimed skyhomes of the Portofino Island Resort.

Northwest Florida’s premier beach vacation experience, Portofino Island offers families the perfect location to work, learn and play. Step away from your laptop and enjoy a kayak or paddleboard adventure in the sound. At recess surf the emerald green waters, or take a parasail ride. Whether you chose to leave your work behind or bring it with you, there’s a Premier Island property that will be the perfect home away from home for you and your family.

More than just another getaway, this will be the one your family remembers for a lifetime. Discover yours at or call 866-935-7741.