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The Five Regions Of Louisiana

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       WEEKEND GETAWAYS - Friday, December 14, 2007
    Make The Most Of Your Vacation - From Coast to Coast!


Greetings Getaway Lover,

The state of Louisiana is conveniently organized into 
five distinct regions, each offering a different 
experience. It’s part of the cultural geography that 
makes this a great place to visit. As a result, much 
of the content on this site is organized by region. 
Take some time to learn about the five regions of 
Louisiana, and you’ll likely get a lot more out of 
your next visit.

Happy Trails,
Jan

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--DESTINATION: 

 
Greater New Orleans

In the Southeast corner of Louisiana, at the toe of the 
pirate's boot, lies the Greater New Orleans region and 
the city of New Orleans -- undoubtedly one of the most 
talked about, sung about and written about cities in 
the western world. This is not a place you simply visit, 
this is place you fall in love with. And what a love 
affair it is!

Cajun Country

Stretching across the Gulf of Mexico and up into South 
Central Louisiana, is the region known as Cajun Country. 
Here, along the breathtaking bayous, the first French 
Canadians settled in and forever changed the landscape 
and culture of our state. Resourceful, stoic and 
inventive, these were the people who turned soup into 
gumbo, washboards into musical instruments, and made 
the swamp a mystical paradise.

Plantation Country

The history of Louisiana truly comes to life in Planta-
tion Country, located in the Southeastern region of the 
state. Come wind your way across the Atchafalaya Basin,
through the rolling hills of St. Francisville and along 
the Great River Road that begins just west of New 
Orleans as you travel back to the 1800's. Throughout 
this area there are famous, sprawling antebellum planta-
tions that offer tours of the property, gardens and 
homes.

Crossroads

Crossroads aptly gets its name by being at the cross-
roads of two of the most historic trails in Louisiana-
the El Camino Real and the Natchez Trace; thus, giving 
visitors a taste of all things Louisiana -- not the 
least of which is our famous Southern Hospitality. For 
a sample, you'll want to visit Natchitoches, the 
inspiration for the movie and play Steel Magnolias, 
where the women had big hair and even bigger hearts. 
Home to the author, Robert Harling, it is also home to 
some of the South's most charming bed and breakfast 
inns.

Sportsman's Paradise

Thick, piney woods that flourish with wildlife. Lush 
rolling hills. Clear, sparkling lakes abundant with 
bass and trout. Mysterious bayous fingering from the 
rivers. This is Northern Louisiana. Sportsman's 
Paradise - and heaven for birdwatchers, nature 
photographers, campers and anyone who has ever pulled 
a 16 pound bass out of Caney Lake. 

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--WHAT TO DO AND SEE:

Festivals & Events

With more than 400 festivals each year, Louisiana is the 
festival capital of the world.

Noel Acadien au Village 
Lafayette, Dec. 1 – Dec. 23

Christmas in Roseland 
Shreveport, Nov. 30 – Dec. 26

Festival of Lights 
Natchitoches, Nov. 17-30, Dec. 1-31, Jan. 1-6

Lecture & Concert-"Mississippi River—Pathway of Culture" 
New Orleans, Feb. 13

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Baton Rouge, Feb 6-10,12-17,19-24
  
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Other Places of Interest:

FEAST YOUR EYES, EARS, NOSE, AND MOUTH ON THESE Itineraries 
Music Family Gaming Golf Nightlife Outdoors Tours Everyone 
defines fun differently, and Louisiana has something that 
fits every definition. Make Louisiana your playground. 
Whether you're an early bird or a night owl, young or old, 
traveling with family, friends or on your own, you're sure 
to have a ball.

 
Greater New Orleans

Stroll the fabled streets of the French Quarter as sweet 
jazz flows into the streets. Drop in to world-famous 
Tipitina’s, where you’ll find everything from local brass 
bands to national rock bands. Visit the Aquarium of the 
Americas and the world famous Audubon Zoo. New Orleans is 
a 24-hour city of acclaimed restaurants, famous bars and 
hot live music. Take in the sights, sounds and flavors of 
America’s most interesting city.

Cajun Country

Take in the beauty and mystery of the bayou at sunset on 
an Atchafalaya swamp tour. Spend a Saturday night dancing 
to a live Cajun band in Lafayette. View the vibrant wild 
flowers along the Creole Nature Trail in Lake Charles. 
Check out Grant Street Dance Hall in Lafayette for the 
best in live local cajun and zydeco music, as well as 
frequent national acts.
 
Plantation Country

It’s not called Plantation Country for nothing. Tour some 
of the nation’s most famous plantations, including Oak 
Alley Plantation, Destrehan Plantation and Nottoway 
Plantation. Or take a walk on the wildlife side with a 
fishing or hunting trip, a bayou tour or a birdwatching 
trip.

Crossroads

Find one-of-a-kind antiques in Natchitoches. Stroll the 
banks of the Red River in Alexandria. Enjoy a pervasive 
fun-loving spirit, evident in numerous festivals that 
take place throughout the year in Crossroads. Like the 
Zwolle Tamale Festival, held every October, offering a 
weekend of parades, concerts, crafts, dancing, and 
activities for the entire family. Not to mention tons 
of delicious hot tamales, a product of the blending of 
cultures of Native Americans and Spanish settlers.

 
Sportsman's Paradise
Haul in a big bass from the waters of Toledo Bend Lake. 
Experience the most beautiful sunset in Louisiana aboard 
a 35-foot houseboat on Caddo Lake. It’s called 
Sportsman’s Paradise for a reason, but that’s not all 
there is. The casinos of Shreveport and Bossier City have 
fantastic entertainment both on and off the gaming floors. 
Music lovers travelling to Monroe must visit Enoch’s 
Irish Pub, a venerable restaurant, watering hole and 
musical venue that has achieved legendary status since 
opening in 1980, having hosted performances by the likes 
of Jerry Jeff Walker, Leon Russell and Zachary Richard.

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--WHERE TO SLEEP:

YOUR PALACE AWAITS YOUR Accommodations Itineraries Night-
life Outdoors Shopping No matter what you plan to do 
here, the sights, sounds and flavors of Louisiana are 
best experienced after a good night's sleep. Louisiana's 
accommodations include elegant, historic hotels, modern 
luxury resorts, charming bed and breakfasts, stately 
plantations, and majestic campgrounds. Read up about the 
best places to stay in Louisiana. Then search for the 
perfect choice, along with special deals and packages.
 
Greater New Orleans

Whether you want to stay in the French Quarter, the 
Garden District, or any other area of the city, in a 
fine hotel, bed & breakfast or budget accommodations, 
you'll find a great place to stay in New Orleans. 
Consider the French Quarter's Hotel Monteleone, with 
its opulent revolving bar fashioned after a carousel, 
or the historic Creole Gardens Bed & Breakfast in the 
Garden District.

Cajun Country

Stay at Chretien Point Plantation, in Sunset, where a 
marauding pirate was shot on the staircase by the 
mistress of the house. (Some say his ghost is still 
there.) You may recognize the home's grand staircase - 
it was reproduced for Tara in Gone With The Wind. 
Antebellum B&Bs abound in Cajun Country, but you also 
have your choice of other great accommodations - from 
campgrounds to casino hotels.
 
Plantation Country

It's called Plantation Country for a reason. In this 
area, you can tour some of the nation's most famous 
plantations, including Oak Alley Plantation, Destrehan 
Plantation and Nottoway Plantation. Many of them also 
offer over night stays, including The Myrtles, which, 
by the way, has been called "the most haunted house 
in America." 

Crossroads

Hang your hat at one of many charming and cozy bed and 
breakfasts in Historic Downtown Natchitoches. If you're 
visiting Alexandria, you can have a peaceful night's 
rest at one of our luxurious hotels or charming bed & 
breakfasts. Or pitch your tent in the 800,000 beautiful 
acres of Kisatchie, Louisiana's only national forest. 
No matter where you visit in the Crossroads region, you 
can find a place to stay that meets your expectations 
and your budget.
 
Sportsman's Paradise

If you're in the twin cities of Shreveport and Bossier 
City, chances are you'll be trying your luck at one of 
the area's many casinos. The casinos of Sportsman's 
Paradise don't just offer a chance to hit it big, they 
also offer a great place to stay at a good price. But 
that's not all the region has to offer the weary 
traveler. You'll find luxury hotels, quaint B&Bs, 
picturesque campgrounds, budget hotels and more.

 
--WHERE TO DINE:

HAVE A MEAL FIT FOR A KINGFISHRestaurants Louisiana Food 
Products Louisiana knows how to serve up a good time, 
especially at the table. From Creole to Cajun dishes, 
soul food to seafood, Oysters Rockefeller to oyster po-
boys, the menu is as culturally diverse as this legendary 
state.
 
Greater New Orleans

Start your day with beignets and café au lait in the 
French Quarter at Café du Monde. Later, savor an 
exquisitely prepared meal at one of the city’s world-
renowned restaurants—among them Galatoire’s, Brennan’s 
and Emeril’s—some of which are helmed by celebrity 
chefs. Culinary favorites include red beans and rice, 
grillades and grits, po-boys and, for dessert, bread 
pudding, pralines or bread pudding with praline sauce!

Cajun Country

Richly flavored soups and stews, such as étouffée and 
gumbo, are a signature of Cajun cooking. Crawfish, a 
Cajun Country trademark, is ubiquitous on both formal 
and informal menus, whether fried, boiled, sautéed or 
etoufféed.
 
Plantation Country

The grand plantation homes along Great River Road now 
have restaurants that serve “old south” cuisine, 
including Poplar Grove in Port Allen, where guests can 
enjoy private dining and gospel choirs. Baton Rouge has 
many fine restaurants, inspired by the cuisine of New 
Orleans, an hour and a half away. Be sure to try such 
Louisiana favorites as jambalaya or barbecue shrimp. 
Lafitte’s Landing at Bittersweet Plantation features 
indigenous menu items cooked to perfection by John Folse, 
one of Louisiana’s most famous chefs.

Crossroads

This is the place to indulge in authentic Southern 
country cooking —down-home delicacies like fried chicken, 
barbecue and cornbread are exceptional. No tasting tour 
is complete without two of the region’s most famous 
dishes: Natchitoches meat pie and Lasyone’s Cane River 
Cream Pie.
 
Sportsman's Paradise

All of the pristine lakes in the region yield a bounty 
of delicious freshwater fish. Dine on Cajun catfish at 
Franklin Parish’s celebration of the whiskered swimmer. 
For dessert, mouthwatering peach pie and cobbler are 
served year-round. Monroe, the home of the Joseph 
Biederham Museum and Gardens, whose namesake was one 
of the first bottlers of Coca-Cola, is a must-stop for 
the area’s unusual and delicious Coca-Cola cake.


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