A handful of Elites checked out of the hustle and bustle of New Orleans, and checked in to Harrah's Gulf Coast in Biloxi for an epic schedule filled with cooking demos, deep-tissue massages, drinking, dining, and an after-dark suite party.
Upon arrival Yelp Elites received their survival Yelp goodie bag filled with Yelp ear buds and Yelp Elite 2014 towels as well as a Harrah's fold-out chair in their rooms; the perfect getaway essentials for such a trip. Once settled in, our crew toured the Magnolia House by Kelly English, followed by a cooking demo with Chef Cameron Ravazi.
Chef Cam prepared juicy oysters mignonette and flavor-bursting shrimp & grits while also showing us how to crack open a stubborn oyster and giving us the inside scoop on Magnolia House's dedication to using fresh, seasonal ingredients. After enjoying these dishes paired perfectly with wine by General Manager Duane Barber, we headed to Bellissimo Spa & Salon; 16,000 square feet of serenity, hot tubs, and massages for our Elites.
Once we found our happy place, we donned our dressier attire for cocktails and light bites at Mix & Mingle where we met a handful of our local Biloxi Yelpers. The night wouldn't have been complete without the secret suite party where Yelp Elites were able to show off their uber-competitive Wii Resort skills and silliest pajama attire while kicking back cookies and a few from local brewery Lazy Magnolia.
After a restful sleep, we continued our eating frenzy at Flavor's Buffet with some good, hearty breakfast choices. We then added up the points from our on-premise scavenger hunt where Elites were given clues to spots in the hotel to find at their leisure. Team "You Talk Like An Owl" garnered the most points with their cornucopia of clue-busting pictures sporting the hashtag #YelpersGoneCoastal. These formidable hunters went home with a gift basket of Harrah's goodies to make their next trip just as entertaining at this one!
Thank you so much to the businesses at Harrah's Gulf Coast and the incredible staff for making Harrah's Gulf Coast an all-in-one, fun vacation spot for our Yelp Elite. Get the vacay bug by checking out our reviews and pictures from this epic weekend!