well, it's getting to be that time of year again; when my boys and I head out to Biloxi with the family dogs! It is always a pleasure to go to the Balmoral Inn and know that 3-4 days of peace and relaxation await me. I try to go every year around Labor Day weekend. The location is perfect. It is situated on the side of Edgewater Mall ( which is walking distance) and next to one of Mississippi's grand historic oaks. / The owner is always up for a chat and has free microwave popcorn for my boys. He is also pretty relaxed about early check ins and late check outs as long as it is available. In my two years of going there, he has met my request every time. The Inn is also walking distance to the beach. Because I go with children however, I choose to drive and it is a mere six blocks. We just pack up the car with all our gear and park in a bay across from Edgewater Mall at the "Biloxi Beach Co." From there our day consists of renting beach chair, umbrellas, floaties and jet skis. We have a wonderful time. It is so easy to just get back in the car when you have had enough sun and go back to our little "apartment" in the cool oaks. There is a fully equipped kitchen, however for traveling moms like myself that must cook family meals, be sure to bring your favorite basic cooking tools. Anything outside of salt and pepper you will have to buy or bring. I usually bring the basics and then hit the WalMart which again, is so convenient. It is on the other side of the mall and just about 10 blocks away. The Inn provides a covered gazebo and grill to use with tables. The grill works just fine and you are free to cook what you like and have friends over. Every year we have friends drive in from Picayune and they spend a day with us. The pool is beautifully situated under cool trees and despite many tree droppings, I have never seen the pool unsatisfactorily cleaned. The rooms/apartments are quite adequate though nothing fancy. We slept two adults and three kids comfortably. They do not charge for dogs, which is a super plus.The wifi service is good too, but I would recommend bringing an ethernet cable. If you don't have one, though the owner may have a spare for you. I love going to the Balmoral - it is stress free and easy with all my kids and the dogs!