was the expression popularized by New Orleans newspapers to reference the coastal villages that offered hostelry asylums and health spas for the wealthy Orleanians to seek temporary reprieve from the heat and stresses of the rowdy overpopulation in the Crescent City. The small villages of Bay St. Louis, Pass Christian, Biloxi, and Pascagoula began offering hotel accommodations of some consequence beginning in the 1830s. These early settlements were soon followed by Mississippi City and Ocean Springs in the 1840s.
Early on, boarding houses and rental cottages were made available. These were added to with the eventual construction of grandiose hotels – each, in competition with others in their bids for frequenting vacationers.
The hotels grew and were renovated and added to; always in constant change of proprietorship and new management – and offering greater and grander services.