Louisiana December 02, 2018
The 7 Coziest Towns In Louisiana To Snuggle Up In This Season
Since Louisiana isn’t known for its winter attractions, many don’t think to travel around the state during this time of year. Just because we don’t have a foot of fresh powder on the ground doesn’t mean that there aren’t dozens of charming towns to visit. In no particular order, here are some of our favorite cozy towns in Louisiana to snuggle up this season.
During the holiday season, Louisiana’s oldest town transforms into an incredible holiday light display that simply must be seen to be believed. Every year, thousands of tourists from all over the world flock to Natchitoches to see this spectacular display that has been ranked as one of the best in the nation. Enjoy carriage rides through historic downtown, shopping, amazing food, and of course, the Natchitoches Christmas Festival complete with more than 300,000 lights and more than 100 set pieces along the Cane River Lake.
For that small-town vibe, head over to Covington. Located on the north shore, Covington is a relatively big city, but still has that small town charm that attracts people from all over. Stay in one of the charming hotels in the downtown area and spend your days popping in and out of all of the local boutiques and antique shops in the area.
3. Monroe and West Monroe
For an unforgettable northern Louisiana holiday excursion, head over to Monroe and West Monroe. Enjoy shopping at the largest mall in northern Louisiana and find one-of-a-kind treasure in Antique Alley. With hundreds of locally owned restaurants, you’re never too far away from a tasty meal, and during the holiday season you can check out one of the many holiday events taking place around the cities. Don’t pass up an opportunity to see Candy Cane Lane, a spectacular mile-long drive-thru light show that the entire family will enjoy.
4. Breaux Bridge
Known as the "Crawfish Capital of the World," this tiny town in St. Martin Parish is perfect for anyone looking for some peace and quiet for a couple of days. There are awesome cabins that you can stay in, and while you’re in the area be sure to check out Lake Martin for some wildlife viewing and incredible views.
5. Grand Isle
Why not spend a couple of days on the beach? Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t sink your toes in the sand. Since Louisiana winter’s don’t get too terribly cold, a trip to Grand Isle this time of year could be just what you need. The Grand Isle State Park is a bird water’s paradise, and the beach is great for just walking along and collecting your thoughts. Plus, you can camp on the beach, so if the temperatures aren’t too low, bring a tent for a memorable night of camping under the stars while listening to the waves crash onto the shore.
Often overlooked, Alexandria is a perfect place to spend a couple of days. For outdoor enthusiasts, there’s no better place since you’re surrounded by the Kisatchie National Forest, and foodies will love all of the local restaurants in the area. There are several holiday events taking place throughout the month of December, and you certainly won’t want to miss Holiday Night Safari at the Alexandria Zoo on December 14th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
7. St. Francisville
For a truly relaxing, country vibe, head over to St. Francisville. Not only does this town have the most charming downtown area and historic district, but it’s also home to some truly amazing restaurants and plantations. Speaking of plantations, St. Francisville is home to the Myrtles Plantation, which is known as the most haunted plantation in the country. It’s been converted into a b&b so if you have the guts, you can spend a night in this historic plantation and who knows? You may just catch a glimpse of a spirit or two.
How many of these cozy towns have you visited? Will you steal away to one of them this winter for a weekend as charming as it is cozy?