Front Beach Cottages is the creation of Cathy Beeding, a transplant from Miami Beach who came as fast as she could once she discovered the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Cathy has spent the last 20 years or so in Ocean Springs and bought the property in 2009. Inspired by the beauty and location, Cathy decided to turn it into a coastal Inn for visitors to Ocean Springs in 2011 and make it a home for her family, including her two daughters and Front Beach Cottage's mascot, a little black dog named Monte.
The Inn is professionally managed by Chris Dearman, also a transplant, but from the Midwest. Chris moved to the Gulf Coast from Illinois a few years ago and joined the Front Beach Cottages team in 2014. An accomplished writer, Chris has authored a few books, and is a feature writer for The Sun Herald with his series "Gulf Coast Bucket List." He resides in downtown Ocean Springs and has put his mind to learning all the fun and interesting things to do in the area. Chris is a valuable resource to our guests as they plan their trip to Front Beach Cottages and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Front Beach Cottages has a rich history in Ocean Springs, and was originally constructed in the 1940's as fishing shacks for locals looking for a peaceful place close to the beach. All of the cottages have been completed renovated and updated, while keeping the original charm of the era in which they were built. Each cottage represents beautiful places on Earth, and some of Cathy's favorite haunts. Bellande Cottage is inspired by the artistic hamlet of Ocean Springs and is named in honor of Bellande Avenue, a friendly lane in the downtown neighborhood. NOLA Cottage and Lagniappe Cottage are inspired by our neighboring city New Orleans and the laissez les bon temps rouler attitude that comes with a visit to the Big Easy. Last but not least, is the Key West Cabana, a cozy and quaint self-contained cottage with everything in arm's reach. Given Cathy's hometown and affinity for the southernmost area, no further explanation needed!
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