Looking to get away for the weekend and enjoy a little R&R? Well, we’ve found some of the most tranquil places in Louisiana where you can spend a long weekend just relaxing and catching up on that book you’ve been meaning to finish.
1. Spend the weekend on a houseboat in the swamps.
At almost a million acres, the Atchafalaya Basin is the largest river swamp in the country. At Houseboat Adventures at Cypress Cove Landing, you can spend your weekend fully immersed in this beautiful swamp by renting one of their houseboats for the weekend. Enjoy your morning coffee on the deck with beautiful views, and your evenings listening to the sounds of the symphony of wildlife that call the area home. Address 1399 Henderson Levee Road, Breaux Bridge, LA 70517.
2. Explore the state’s oldest city.
Established in 1714, Natchitoches is the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase. Located on the Cane River Lake, Natchitoches is a unique city full of culture, history, recreation, and shopping. Known for their extravagant Christmas display, Natchitoches is beautiful year-round and there are several bed and breakfasts to choose from, each with their own unique charm and history.
3. Rough it in the wilderness.
The Kisatchie National Forest is comprised of over 604,000 acres spread over five Ranger Districts and seven parishes. There are hundreds of trails to explore, and you can set up camp just about anywhere you’d like.
4. Enjoy a cabin with a view.
Chicot State Park covers 6,400 acres of beautiful rolling hills and a stunning lake. Stay in one of their lakeside cabins for a peacefully scenic weekend. Chicot State Park has a little something for everyone; fishermen will enjoy the freshwater catches of the lake while nature lovers will enjoy exploring the 20-mile hiking trail or the 8-mile canoe trail. Address: 3469 Chico Park Road, Ville Platte, LA 70586.
5. Hang out in a treehouse for the weekend
Located on a 2-acre peninsula on Pine Island, this 450-square foot treehouse overlooks the beautiful Cross Lake and is perfect for anyone looking for a peaceful weekend. Kayaks are available to take out onto the lake, and you can do some fishing from the sea wall as well. Learn more about this amazing treehouse
6. Visit Shreveport’s first bed & breakfast.
Built in 1870, Fairfield Place is Shreveport’s first official bed & breakfast. The relaxing courtyards and greenery will quickly put all your troubles aside. They’ve done an amazing job combining modern amenities while still keeping the historic atmosphere of the building, and you’ll quickly feel at home in this lovely space. Address: 2221 Fairfield Avenue, Shreveport, LA 71104.
7. Live like royalty in a plantation home.
Nottoway Plantation & Resort is the largest existing antebellum mansion in the south. Located in White Castle, Nottoway spans an impressive 31 acres and offers 40 rooms to stay in, tennis courts, an outdoor pool and cabana, a lounge & fitness center, a hair & nail salon, and so much more. You’ll feel like you’re staying at a swanky resort, but at the same time, you’ll feel like you’ve taken a step back in time. Address: 31025 Hwy. 1, White Castle, LA 70788.
8. A French Style Inn.
This beautiful bed and breakfast sits on 30 acres over in Folsom and features walking trails, abundant wildlife, a bird sanctuary, a peaceful garden, and much more. It’s the perfect place to retreat to when you need to recharge from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Address: 76251 Highway 1077, Folsom, LA 70437.