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Oak Shade is an award-winning property located in the historic area of old downtown Ocean Springs. The Main House was the original Harbor Master's home built in 1953. I became the owner in 1988 and eventually added the Palmetto Room Suite and the Azalea Room. Each rental offers private bath, private entrance and the accommodations are spacious, comfortable and quiet.
Oak Shade was the first B&B to be licensed in Ocean Springs; however, following Hurricane Katrina I went to a 'no frills' board & lodging facility and now offer only coffee & tea. (Guests are welcome to bring in their own food and beverage.)
Oak Shade is walking distance to the beach, the Walter Anderson Museum of Art, Fort Maurepas State Park, the Little Children's Playground, the library, and the shops and restaurants that dot tree-lined Washington Avenue through downtown.
The people are friendly and warm; the weather is nigh onto perfect; and the town is utterly charming.
The three rentals vary depending on the space you select. Azalea Room features an enormous open design with comfortable sitting area in front of entertainment - TV/DVD, high-speed internet access and numerous books, a desk with chair for easy internet access, queen-bed, closet and a deep, soaker tub preferred by some.
The Palmetto Suite offers two queen beds, one in the more private MBR sleeping space with a small deck attached to French-sliding-door. The other is a Murphy-queen-bed located behind enormous book shelves in the living area. It is made only when guests require a second bed. There is also a wet-bar, table & chairs, two easy chairs and an entertainment center that features DVD/VCR compatibility. High-speed internet access, of course!
The Main House at Oak Shade offers a MBR with queen-bed and guest bedroom also with queen bed. It comes with a fully-furnished kitchen, dining room and open living room area with two reading chairs and a small sofa. Living Room opens onto screened-in front porch with seating for several to enjoy sunsets and moon rises. Office opens onto a wonderful deck area that is shared with the Azalea Room. (My daughters and I built the deck in the summer of 1998 and are understandably proud of our efforts!)
Oak Shade offers tranquility, peace and quiet. Dissertations have been worked on as well as quilting, sewing, art and other equally romantic pursuits.
Keywords: Two spacious accommodations each with private entrance and bath attached to Oak Shade Main House by a breezeway.
Queen size Beds (1) 2 queen beds in Palmetto Suite; 1 queen in Azalea Room; 1 queen in Main House, Double Beds (1) 1 double bed in Main House, Murphy Beds (1) Queen-size and very comfortable, located in Palmetto Room Suite...moreless
Oak Shade Main House is the original Harbor Master's Home for Ocean Springs Harbor and is located one block off beach, walking distance to the Walter Anderson Museum of Art, two playgrounds, library, restaurants and shops in the charming downtown area of historic Ocean Springs. Nearby is Gulf Islands National Seashore with a Visitor's Center rebuilt since Hurricane Katrina.
Over 100 restaurants help the visitor to understand the slogan: 'Ocean Springs, where the Coast comes to dine!'
Oak Shade is an award winning B&B property and was the first B&B established in Ocean Springs. Though no longer serving breakfast Oak Shade provides the Palmetto Room Suite and the Azalea Room with a microwave, toaster, small refrigerator, and coffee maker and guests are welcome to bring their own provision.
Private, charming and comfortable, Oak Shade offers the perfect get-away for the business traveler as well as a retreat for family reunions and a vacation destination for families....moreless
Eclectic assortment of wonderful books for various reading tastes: travel, history, fiction, research, geography, etc....moreless
There are three private bath, private entrance rentals at Oak Shade. Prices vary ($125.-155.), are open to negotiation and depend upon length of stay.
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About the owner: I am a high-energy beyond midlife woman whose world altered dramatically after Hurricane Katrina. Only one block off the beach my property was undamaged and I housed five homeless families and 28 people after the storm.
When tourism returned I revved-up and revitalized the place but decided to no longer offer breakfast to my guests. Instead, they may bring their own provisions or enjoy numerous restaurant options in downtown Ocean Springs, walking distance from Oak Shade .
My four children are grown, responsible, professionals who are advocates for the environment, possess excellent credit ratings and who return each year to this lovely small town where they grew up.
I love to read and I provide guests with a wide assortment of books for their pleasure: travel, nature, art, history, fiction, biography and poetry.
My goal is to die young at an old age and having this wonderful property helps to ensure that eventuality!
Why the Owner Chose Ocean Springs: I wanted to be able to walk along the beach day or night in a safe community with good neighbors, where both nature and the arts are celebrated.
Ocean Springs is all that and more! Restaurants, the library and the Walter Anderson Museum are also within easy walking distance.
My five young grandchildren enjoy the Little Children's Park and Fort Maurepas State Park, both walking distance from Oak Shade. My adult children appreciate the Inner Harbor Park, walking to local restaurants and being able to visit the library just up the street.
The Unique Benefits at this Bungalow: With a small-town atmosphere, charming downtown area, safe streets and friendly people, Ocean Springs is a visitor's paradise.
OAK SHADE OFFERS THREE SEPARATE, PRIVATE BATH, PRIVATE ENTRANCE, RENTAL SPACES EACH WITH A DIFFERENT PRICE.
This area is a vacation destination with numerous outdoor recreational pursuits as well as stimulating art and music venues.
Gulf Islands National Seashore is nearby as well as the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory.
Ocean Springs offers two beaches, Front Beach a block from Oak Shade and East Beach a drive across the Inner Harbor Bridge.
Shearwater Pottery and the Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center are 'must-see' venues.
Most often guests comment on the location, privacy, and coziness of staying at any of the three Oak Shade options. And they return again and again!