Every town has at least one busy street that serves as the community’s heart. In Gulfport, that street is Beach Boulevard. It plays host to a variety of locally-owned businesses, from bars and restaurants, to art galleries, to fun Florida souvenirs. If you get a chance, it’s definitely worth checking out!
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It seems like America’s truly unique places are disappearing, often under the crushing weight of major national chains. You won’t find those chains on Beach Boulevard (or in Gulfport, period). It’s a town dedicated to small, local businesses. Let’s look at a few of the reasons you need to check out Beach Boulevard.
Wandering Beach Boulevard
- Art Walks are a big hit in Gulfport. On the first Friday and third Saturday of every month, the street transforms into a giant market, filled with circus performers, musicians, local food and produce, and pieces by master artisans. It’s a fun way to spend a warm Florida evening!
- Beach Boulevard also offers tons of great shopping. BoTiki, for instance, offers clothing perfect for those laid-back Florida nights, beautiful jewelry, and even an in-store beauty bar. A few of our other favorites include the Gulfport Beach Bazaar, Domaine Home Accessories, and Red Hot Tiki.
- Restaurants, restaurants, restaurants! That’s what Gulfport does best. Enjoy the delicious Greek food at Neptune Grill, the fine French cuisine at La Cote Basque Winehouse, the savory Italian cuisine at Pia’s Trattoria, or the delicious Southern-inspired cuisine (and Bloody Mary’s!) at Stellas. These are the kinds of restaurants where you’ll often find the owner milling about, getting to know his or her customers.
In short, Beach Boulevard has everything you’d need for a great day in the Old Florida sunshine: unique shops, locally-owned and operated restaurants, and friendly locals!
We should also mention that the Historic Peninsula Inn is located on Beach Boulevard, just a short distance from the shops and restaurants mentioned here.
After Your Day Out
So, after your day out in the sunshine, stroll back to the Historic Peninsula Inn for a little relaxation. If you haven’t eaten, enjoy a delicious meal at our award-winning on-site restaurant, Isabelle’s. Rand McNally awarded Isabelle’s its “Best of the Beaches” and “Best of the Road” awards, thanks to its delicious New Southern cuisine. The craft beer is cold, the wine is delicious, and the food receives rave reviews! Additionally, Isabelle’s hosts live music 4 nights per week (Wednesday through Saturday). Wednesday through Friday, pianist John Shirley tickles the ivories, and on Saturday, vocalist Dale Williams sings Sinatra and other favorites.
And then, stuffed full of good food, return to your suite here at the Historic Peninsula Inn. We offer accommodations to fit a wide variety of needs, from the solo business traveler, to the couple on a romantic getaway, to the family of 4 touring Old Florida. We hope you’ll come join us!
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