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 staying here and what they’ll be looking for,” says Jessica, who designed the suites herself.
The exposed brick, nearby train-tracks, live oak canopy, and downtown vitality painted a clear picture for The Cloyds. Joe, Jessica, and partner Eric Nichols – all longtime Hemingway
fans – decided the hotel’s inspiration would stem from
his life and work. “We went for the literature angle because our team is mostly young or middle- aged. We’ve been hustling for
a while... sucked into the 24/7 idea of life,” says Jessica. “The Hemingway was born out of
a desire to slow down, to get back to reading, to write your own story. At The Hemingway, you’ve got a tension between relaxation and the energy outside. Our guests can rest, read, and write – and then step outside and immediately grab a cocktail, shop around, feel the energy of being in the middle
of town.” The four rooms, named after Hemingway’s
four wives, are all unique in their own way. “We thought of
a couple of different concepts
for the rooms,” says Joe. “We considered going in the Lost Generation direction or using characters from his novels. But naming the rooms after his wives was an appropriate nod to their influence in his life.”
As Ocean Springs grows, historic revitalization projects like The Hemingway and The Roost will be important in keeping the city authentic. “The challenge is to foster a development environment that keeps the city true to its roots. It is a small beach town with a strong artistic influence,” says Joe. “We need to encourage the
types of businesses that will add to the quality of life we enjoy
in town – but not overgrow to the extent where we lose our charm.”
In commemoration of
their blessing from the Hemingway family, The Cloyds commissioned a portrait of
the author from Jackson artist Adrienne Brown David. As Hemingway writes in The Sun Also Rises, “I can’t stand it to think my life is going so fast and I’m not really living it.” At The Hemingway, guests can slow down, live a little – and write their own story.
     The Hemingway
929 Washington Ave. Ocean Springs
228.875.4496 IN @oceanspringsinns

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