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FALL TRAVEL: LOUISIANA DESTINATIONS

FALL TRAVEL: LOUISIANA DESTINATIONS

FALL TRAVEL: LOUISIANA DESTINATIONS

Here in Louisiana, the best time to enjoy some of our statewide attractions is late Fall, when the temperatures often max out at about 80 degrees, but often linger around 70. With the heat thankfully neutralized, there are many exciting destinations that turn out to be more fun when the temps go down. Here are a few of our favorite Fall destinations in our state:

FONTAINEBLEAU STATE PARK

Sometimes “getting away from it all” has everything to do with getting back to nature. But if you are a city dweller, sometimes a little time communing with nature goes a long way. A short trip to Fontainebleau State Park offers the best of both worlds. The natural beauty of the park is stunning and renting your own cabin on the water is an ideal stress reliever, But Mandeville and Covington are just a stone’s throw away if you decide to do some shopping, antiquing or great dining. About those cabins: They are built in the style of old fishing camps from the 1930s, but they are well appointed and right on the edge of Lake Pontchartrain. There are also camping sites and RV hookups. Hiking, biking horseback riding and stellar sunset watching are all attractions here. This Fall the park offers a guided hike on the nature trail, led by one of the park rangers. This is also a great opportunity to learn about the history of the park, which started out long ago as a sugar plantation. Oh…did we mention the white sandy beach?

MAISON D’MEMOIRE BED AND BREAKFAST COTTAGES

Louisiana boasts some outstanding bed and breakfast inns, but Maison D’Memoire is in a category all its own. The exquisite cottages are surpassed only by the lush grounds and manicured property. Located in Rayne, LA, Maison D’Memoire is a true “get away from it all” destination. In the morning, the owner delivers breakfast to your cottage door. The Fall is delightful in Rayne, but if  you can get there in April, you can combine the peaceful respite of the property with a short drive down I-10 to Lafayette for the Festival International de Louisiane.

AMERICA CRUISE LINES

If it’s Tuesday, this must be Oak Alley. Thursday? St. Francisville. And then on through the entire State of Louisiana. American Cruise Lines offers five, eight and 22-day cruises through Louisiana and even into Mississippi. You will be treated to musical entertainment ranging from jazz and blues, to country and rock. In between it all you will be served regionally inspired Creole and Cajun cuisine. If you want to see how beautiful our state really is, a cruise is ideal.

LOUISIANA STATE FAIR – Shreveport

This year, the Louisiana State Fair runs from October 24 to November 10 (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays) in Shreveport. Look for live entertainment, dancing, lots of family activities, carnival rides, agricultural competitions, a livestock show, and great food. The nearby Eldorado Casino Hotel is a great place to stay, with its comfortable accommodations, and the elegant Shreveport-Bossier City casino, featuring a variety of slots (penny to $100) and video poker machines, table games, and more.

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