Harbor Garden House

Comfortable, quiet, and private vacation rental home on the inner harbor in Ocean Springs, Mississippi


April 2017

Newly renovated 1700-square foot, 3-bedroom, 1.75-bath house with sunroom, office, two porches, herb and vegetable gardens, fruit trees, wireless Internet, cable tv, firepit, and private woods with walking paths. Fully equipped kitchen. Rocking chairs, down pillows, memory foam mattress in the master bedroom, and other comforts.

Located on a quiet dead-end street on a hill above the inner harbor with live oaks and banana trees, directly across the inner harbor from Shearwater Park (The house is barely visible among the trees in the linked photo.) and the entrance to Shearwater Pottery.

There's excellent bird watching, wooded walking paths, five blocks from downtown Ocean Springs. The property is a Certified Wildlife Habitat per the National Wildlife Federation. (But don't fret about wildlife in the house.)

Available now for rental. Contact Don at HarborGardenHouse@gmail.com for details, rates, and reservations. The house is listed on airbnb.com, but you can also call Don directly at 228.806.1009. The basic rate is $175/night with substantial discounts for week-long or month-long visits.

More information and photos:

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AirBnB.com - Explore the house and grounds, check availability, and make reservations on AirBnB.com. Or just call directly for immediate service.

Tumblr - A new blog for guests and potential guests to help you get to know the house and the local area. It features nature observations, good food opportunities, local events, fishing tips, and more.

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It's July. What's fresh and interesting?

Herbs: 15 fresh herbs, including oregano, basil, fennel, chives, tarragon, thyme, mint, rosemary, sage, bay, lemongrass, and Greek oregano. (Cilantro, parsley, French arugula, and arugula will be back in the fall.)
Vegetables: The near-monsoon rains recently really hurt the garden. But there are tomatoes, several kinds of peppers, and Cherokee Trail of Tears pole beans. In the fall, there will be many, many mirlitons for creating classic Gulf coast dishes, like shrimp and tasso stuffed mirlitons. I have a great recipe and usually have a batch of homemade tasso to share.
Fruit: Kumquats, guavas, persimmons, and pomegranates in the fall.
Local Food: Shrimp season has opened, so you can find fresh (often caught that morning) shrimp from the boats in the harbor. Expect to pay about $2.50 per pound for smaller shrimp and $4.00 per pound for larger shrimp (16 count or so). Local fresh shrimp are the greatest food bargain you'll find and the taste is superb.
Critters and wild things: All the usual summer suspects are here: cardinals, catbirds, bluejays, various doves, thrashers, towhees, wrens, titmice, and gulls, pelicans, and terns in the harbor. Hummingbirds are coming to the feeder. There have been six or more broods birds raised on the property, including mockingbirds, wrens, great crested flycatchers, titmice, bluejays, and cardinals. A Mississippi kite has been soaring over the house. I suspect the bald eagles are there, too, but I've not noticed them for the last few weeks.
Toads and frogs are calling in the woods and the two ephemeral ponds are full of water and there are tadpoles. The box turtles are active.

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View of house and garden from the harbor side, showing pole beans and tomatoes. Guests have picking privileges, including the turmeric and ginger in the foreground and the herbs nearer the house.