Hotel Owners Revving Up For Cruisin The Coast

By Trang Pham-Bui - bio | email

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - "We're going to take these chairs over to the other side," Melanie Bosarge told her workers Friday morning.

Bosarge has been busy redecorating and sprucing up her "Indian Head Station" hotel, off Bienville Boulevard.

"I'm going to take all the barbecue grills and tables and chairs. We're going to place them in the park area so people can actually watch the parade of cars come by," said Bosarge.

With thousands of Cruisers rolling into Ocean Springs next week, Bosarge is rolling out the welcome mat. This is her first big Cruisin the Coast event, since she bought the property two and a half years ago.

"So it's very exciting," said Bosarge. "I expect to have a full house. I've gotten to know all the people that are coming, and they seem really excited."

Bosarge still has some available rooms. Vacancy signs are also shining at many hotels along Highway 90 in Biloxi. But don't expect those rooms to be empty for long. Most hotel managers say they are booked through Cruisin' week, and many rooms have been booked months in advance.

This year, more and more cruisers are turning to condominiums for a place to stay.

"That's something new for us this year," said Woody Bailey, Interim Director of Cruisin the Coast. "The mom and pop hotels were destroyed after Katrina. A lot of people are going to the condos. I know some that have been filled in the last six months."

With more than 200 properties available along the Mississippi coast, cruisers and their vintage vehicles should to able to find a place to rest.

"I've got special parking areas for the classic cars," said Bosarge. "I think in the future, Cruisin's going to be one of the best all around events that bring people here."

The week-long Cruisin the Coast events kick off Sunday, October 5 and runs through October 12. Click here to see a complete schedule of events.