You’ll find romance in the most unexpected places when you honeymoon in Louisiana. This exciting state is a honeymoon destination for couples who are ready to experience the time of their lives. Whether you’re celebrating Mardi Gras in New Orleans, traversing the bayous of Lafayette or touring an antebellum mansion in Baton Rouge, you’ll find beauty in the simplest things.
French inspired Cajun culture is at the center of Louisiana life. Residents share the love of food, art, and wine that the French enjoy and mix it with their German, African and Spanish heritage to make the state an even more exciting honeymoon experience.
Visit New Orleans, nicknamed the Big Easy, and let your inner child out for fun. This adult playground offers everything from art galleries in the Garden District to sensuous jazz bands in the French Quarter. You’ll find the heart of the state in Baton Rouge, its capital city. Take advantage of its location along the Mississippi River and head outdoors for a leisurely walk with your loved one. Ride along the scenic countryside and stop in the charming town of Rayne. Art lovers will appreciate the electic community’s captivating murals. You may want to stay for a day or two to get a good dose of Southern hospitality at a cozy Bed & Breakfast!
You can’t honeymoon in Louisiana without visiting a riverboat casino. The city of Shreveport offers two. Continue the celebration at Lake Charles, a city that hosts over 75 festivals each year, so you’re likely to arrive in the middle of a colorful event. Or, discover the origins of Louisiana music in Lafayette when listening to Cajun and Zydeco bands in local saloons.
Indulge and delight in your favorite pastimes and discover passions you never knew you possessed while traveling on your Louisiana honeymoon. You’ll be glad you chose this beautiful state!
- HAVE A HURRICANE: At least once, try Louisiana’s unique cocktail, the Hurricane. It’s a smooth mix of rum and fruit juices that you may get to love.
- CATCH A MOVIE: Take the notion of “dinner and a movie” to new heights at the Robinson Film Center in Shreveport. It’s a charming combination of cineplex and bistro, and also has a museum of memorabilia from films shot in the area. Housed in a three-story restored building, it offers the best independent films, classic movies and new releases. Movie buffs delight! Address: 617 Texas St., Shreveport Website: www.robinsonfilmcenter.org Phone: (318) 359 4122
- CRUNCH A CRAWFISH: Crawfish are a Louisiana delicacy. You’ll be missing something if you don’t try at least one! Chances are, you’ll want another!
- LET THE ART AMAZE YOU: Spend a relaxing afternoon in the R. W. Norton Art Gallery in Shreveport. They display the private collection of a prominent Louisiana family. The American and European paintings and sculptures span four centuries and the building itself is stunning. The peaceful setting inspires you to share your dreams as you relax in the lush gardens. Amazing azaleas will provide the background for beautiful photos in late March. Address: 4747 Creswell Ave., Shreveport Website: www.rwnaf.org Phone: (318) 865 4201
- LISTEN TO LEGENDS: Legends, superstitions and the supernatural go hand in hand in Louisiana. If you seek thrills and chills, take a guided tour of a haunted plantation or visit a cemetery and watch out for the ghosts!
- TOAST YOUR LOVE: At the Abita Brewing Company in Covington, beer lovers can try the distinctive local beer while you learn how it’s made. Pour your own drinks in the chic lounge area, tour the brewery, then dine at the casual restaurant or bring your own picnic to enjoy in the garden and you’ll have a memorable honeymoon day. Address: 21084 Highway 36 Website: www.abita.com Phone: (800) 737 2311
- WATCH HISTORY COME ALIVE: At Vermillionville in Lafayette, you can step back in time to an 18th century bayou community. Buildings and monuments have been recreated to provide an interactive experience for visitors. Live performers add to the charm and make you feel as if you’re part of a time capsule. Art and cooking demonstrations illustrate what life was like back then. You can get a taste of down home cuisine at Mama’s Kitchen, and browse for a honeymoon souvenir at the gift shop. Address: 300 Fisher Road, off Surrety St., Lafayette Website: www.vermilionville.org Phone: (337) 233 4077
- SEE A SWAMP: Unravel the mysteries of Louisiana’s famous swamps in Crown Point and learn about the crucial part that bayous played in the state’s history on an airboat tour led by Louisiana Swamp Tour’s knowledgeable captains. You’ll hear the legends, pet and feed alligators, and learn about the wildlife as you ride through eerie waterways covered with Spanish moss. This tour can be an exotic honeymoon afternoon that you will never forget! Address: 9714 Barataria Blvd., Crown Point Website: www.louisianaswamp.com Phone: (888) 30-SWAMP
Tips and Advice
- AIRPORT CODE: MSY is the code for Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. This is the most common hub for incoming travelers.
- CURRENCY: US dollar.
- ELECTRICITY: 120V/60Hz.
- TIME ZONE: U.S.A. Central Time Zone.
- LANGUAGE: English, but you’ll hear Cajun, French and other dialects spoken throughout the state.
- PARISHES: Louisiana is the only state in the USA that has no counties. They’re called "parishes” here.
- CLIMATE: In general, temperatures are balmy year round. However, humidity rises dramatically in summer months.
HELPFUL HONEYMOON HINTS
- GETTING AROUND: Rent a car if you plan to travel outside New Orleans.
- CAJUN AND CREOLE: You’ll hear these words interchangeably throughout the state, but they actually mean completely different things. Cajun refers to the more rural areas and their cultures. Creole is a blend of African, Italian, French and Portuguese influences and can be used to describe a person’s ancestry, a dialect or food.
- TIPPING: A 15-20% tip is customary in restaurants. The state sales tax is 9.7%, so doubling the tax is an easy way to calculate.
- WHAT TO WEAR: Light, casual wear is customary throughout the state. Double check the dress code if you are dining in a fine restaurant in New Orleans.
- MARDI GRAS MADNESS: Louisiana is the site of America’s most colorful pre-Lenten Carnival. Part of the Cajun culture, it was introduced to the USA by French settlers. Parades are led by the legendary King Momo. Bright costumes and unbridled revelry reign in the streets for the 3 days prior to the beginning of Lent. Though major Carnival events take place in New Orleans, smaller versions often take place in cities throughout the state.
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