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November
30

Alexandria Holiday Shopping Guide

Alexandria Holiday Shopping

Alexandria's merchants have something for everyone on your shopping list. Whether you prefer to shop online or in person, use this guide from our Realtors® to find all the holiday gifts you need from small businesses right here in town.

  • Alexandria House of Flowers - 2203 Rapides Ave., Alexandria, LA 71301
    The gift of flowers never goes out of style, and with some help from Alexandria House of Flowers, your gift is sure to be a hit! Shop their selection of seasonal favorites, or check out their bouquets and arrangements specifically made for the holidays. Another option is to sign up your loved one for their floral subscription service, which allows you to give the gift of local flowers for months to come! Choose how many months you'd like these flowers to be delivered, and the florists will send a unique arrangement.

  • Addie's Boutique - 4002 Jackson St. Unit A, Alexandria, LA, 71303
    Whether you want to gift clothing and accessories this holiday season or are shopping for yourself and looking for a new outfit to impress at holiday festivities, Addie's Boutique has you covered. This boutique offers personal styling tips along with your shopping experience that helps ensure you'll love what you get from this local store. Browse their selection of clothing, shoes, accessories, and gifts online or at their Jackson Street location. 

  • Toy Zone - 3437 Masonic Dr., Alexandria, LA 71301
    There's something extra special about a toy store during the holiday season! Shop for the kids on your list when you stop by the Toy Zone. This store has two locations in Louisiana, with the Alexandria location housed in the Alexandria Mall. Stop in to browse their full selection or order from their convenient website. Stock up on toys for everyone you need to shop for and enjoy free shipping when your order is over $50.

  • Day's Southern Pecan Company - 727 MacArthur Dr., Alexandria, LA 71303
    Few things please a crowd like candy! And Day's Southern Pecan Company has a huge selection to choose from. Their online shop offers treats like pecan brittle, mini pecan pies, and chocolate-dipped pecans. Or opt for their plain pecans and let your giftee decide how they'd like to use this delicious ingredient. Gift tins are also available so you can give a selection of favorites for the holiday season!

  • River Oaks Square Arts Center - 1330 2nd St., Alexandria, LA 71301
    Give truly one-of-a-kind gifts this holiday season when you stop by the Gift Shop at River Oaks. Located in downtown Alexandria, River Oaks Square Arts Center features a gift shop with unique finds sourced from resident, local, regional and national artists. Their selection is always changing! Other gift ideas that support this center include gifting a membership or attending their 2022 Porch Sale.

Alexandria's small businesses are already thriving, and with support from people like you, they'll continue to grow and expand. Why not get closer to the action? Contact us today, and let us show you a few of the beautiful Alexandria homes for sale that we have available in the area. Or stop by our Alexandria open houses. We know we'll find you a place you'll fall in love with. 

November
29

5 Lake Charles Holiday Events

Lake Charles Holiday

From sparkling lights to sugary cookies, the holiday season is a time of fun and festivities. You might be looking forward to a big dinner with family or a quiet evening of wrapping gifts. If you're looking for a community-oriented way to get into the holiday spirit, Lake Charles has a lot to offer. Here are some of the top holiday events our Realtors® recommend checking out. 

  1. The Nutcracker: 4205 Ryan St., Lake Charles, LA 70605
    Attend the Lake Area Ballet Theater's performance of The Nutcracker, presented at Tritico Theater at McNeese State University. There will be two public performances this year, one on Friday, December 9th, and another on Saturday, December 10th. 

    The Nutcracker is one of the best-known classic ballets set to the music of Tchaikovsky. It tells the story of a girl named Clara whose nutcracker comes alive during the holidays. Appropriate for all ages, this ballet is sure to put you in a festive mood. 

  2. Elf The Musical: 1 Reid St., Lake Charles, LA 70601
    If you love Elf, the movie here is your chance to see it in a whole new way. Elf The Musical is being performed at the ACTS Theater with recurring performances every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from December 2nd - December 18th. 

    Elf tells the story of Buddy, an oversized elf who learns he is a human with human parents. He sets off from the North Pole to New York City, where he meets his real father and learns a lot about family and the magic of Christmas. This musical is sure to make you laugh and cry.

  3. Santa's Hot Chocolate Run: 800 Lakeshore Dr., Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Are you looking for a more active way to celebrate the holidays? Santa's Hot Chocolate Run is a 5-mile race open to runners and walkers of all abilities. There is also a 1-mile fun run for kids. The race begins at the Lake Charles Civic Center on Lakeshore Drive.

    There is a $35 advanced registration fee. Or, you can register on the day of the race for $40. All participants will get a free t-shirt and post-race hot chocolate.

  4. Snow Village and Christmas Card Workshop: 1001 Ryan St., Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Visit the Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center between December 2nd and 21st, and you'll discover a stunning little village at the Snow Village and Christmas Card Workshop. Admire more than 700 lighted houses, skate on a skating rink, and make some crafty cards.

    This event will take place Tuesdays - Saturdays from 10 am - 6 pm. Stop by once, or come back again and again. All ages are welcome, and there is no fee to attend.

  5. A Very Merry Holiday Symphony: 900 N. Lakeshore Dr., Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Take a break from looking at Lake Charles homes for sale, and enjoy a performance by the Lake Charles Symphony. This holiday-themed performance will feature all of the classics. As the performance ends, Santa will fly in to take family photos.

    A Very Merry Holiday Symphony is scheduled for 6:30 pm on December 10th, 2022. It will be held in the Buccaneer Room of the Lake Charles Civic Center.

Lake Charles is a lovely place to live around the holidays, thanks to community events like these. If you're thinking of moving to the area, don't hesitate to contact us. We'll help you find the best Lake Charles open houses and navigate the local real estate market with ease.

November
21

2022 Holiday Home Tours in New Orleans

Nola Holiday Homes

NOLA's stunning architecture becomes even more impressive during the holidays. Our real estate agents eagerly anticipate the visual delights on display at these holiday home tours taking place around New Orleans homes for sale.

  • PRC Annual Holiday Home Tour - The Rink Shopping Center, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Since 1974, the Preservation Resource Center has been dedicated to the promotion and preservation of NOLA's historic architecture. After a two-year hiatus, the PRC Annual Holiday Home Tour is back for its 47th year. View six private homes and one bonus property in the iconic Garden District done up in their holiday finery. Live musical performances, along with book signings and design talks, add to the festivities. Be sure to visit the holiday boutique, featuring handmade art, clothing, and other gift items. Tours run from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 10, and Sunday, December 11. Tickets are $45.

  • Patio Planters Holiday Home Tour - The Cabildo, 701 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70130 
    There's always something happening in the French Quarter, and the holidays are no exception. Patio Planters Holiday Home Tour offers a delightful glimpse into stunning homes in this historic district. As a volunteer organization focused on the promotion and beautification of the French Quarter, Patio Planters sponsors this self-guided tour. Explore the various architectural and decorating styles found in the featured homes. Proceeds from the tour support the popular Caroling in Jackson Square event that takes place later that evening. Tours run from noon - 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 18. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 the day of the event. 

  • Holiday Traditions and Christmas Tree Lighting - New Orleans Spring Fiesta Headquarters, 826 Saint Ann St., New Orleans, LA 70116
    New Orleans is a true melting pot of various cultures. Learn about their fascinating stories during a courtyard tour of homes with Holiday Traditions and Christmas Tree Lighting. Since food is a beloved part of every holiday, there will also be a tasting of Creole and Cajun dishes. The event is sponsored by the New Orleans Spring Fiesta Association, which, despite the name, promotes NOLA's cultural heritage year-round. Holiday Traditions is scheduled for the weekends of December 3-4, and 9-10 from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. Admission is $30, with an additional $20 fee for the optional food tasting.

  • 19th-Century Christmas - Gallier House, 1132 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70116
    Examining traditions of the past often adds a valuable perspective to the present. Take a trip back in time to a 19th-Century Christmas at Gallier House. Once home to architect James Gallier, Jr. and his family, Gallier House incorporates classic NOLA architecture along with features that were ahead of their time in the 19th century. The centerpiece of the tour is a 19th-century Creole-style Christmas tree. Topics include holiday meals and decorating during the time period. Hermann-Grima House at 820 St. Louis St., the sister museum to Hallier House, will also be spotlighting historic holiday traditions. 19th-Century Christmas is open 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. daily from November 30 - January 9. Admission is $16 for adults and $13 for ages 8-18. 

New Orleans open houses are a great way to find your own perfect home. Contact us at Latter & Blum to learn more.

November
22

Baton Rouge's Festival of Lights

Baton Rouge Lights

This December, our real estate agents are excited to welcome back Baton Rouge's oldest holiday tradition, the Festival of Lights! There's simply no better way to kick off the holiday season. 

If you're in the area checking out Baton Rouge open houses, you'll definitely want to make time to experience all the festivities. Read on to learn more about this year's Festival of Lights celebration!

Festival of Lights 2022

Every year, the Festival of Lights transforms the night sky above baton rouge into a sparkly winter wonderland. The 2022 Festival of Lights takes place on Friday, December 2nd, beginning at 4 pm. The event is open to the public free of charge, and all are welcome to attend. 

The festivities take place at North Boulevard Town Square. This spectacular green space lies between North Boulevard and River Road in the heart of Baton Rouge and is a year-round setting for events and festivals just minutes from many Baton Rouge homes for sale

What to Expect

The Festival of Lights is a little different every year, but each occurrence marks the official start of the holiday season in Baton Rouge. There's always a good time to be had! Here's what you can look forward to: 

  • Tree Lighting and Fireworks - Mayor Broome will begin counting down to the lighting of the Baton Rouge Christmas Tree at 6:20 pm! Every year, the lighting of the 25-foot tree with 250,000 sparkling lights is a true highlight of the evening. The tree lighting will be followed by a spectacular fireworks display over the Mississippi River, so be sure to pick a spot with a view!

  • Santa Makes an Appearance - None other than Santa Claus himself will assist Mayor Broome with the lighting of the Christmas tree. Afterward, guests will be invited to take pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Old State Capitol from 6:30 to 8:30, followed by a Christmas film in the old House Chamber. 

  • Snow Village and Ice Skating - Yes, you read that right! Ice skating in Baton Rouge! 10 tons of real snow will be brought to Repentance Park (located between the Old State Capitol and River Center), where kids aged 5 to 15 will be able to go snow tubing starting at 5 pm. An ice skating rink will be located on the first floor of the River Center Plaza and will be open to kids 5 to 10 years old, starting at 4 pm. 

  • Artist Village - The Festival of Lights also brings an opportunity to do a little shopping! Numerous local vendors will be on hand at the Artist Village with a wide variety of arts, crafts, and handmade goods of all kinds. There will also be a bake sale, food vendors, and more than enough hot chocolate to go around! 

Contact us today to learn more about celebrating the holidays in Louisiana. If you're looking for your dream home, our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find it in the Baton Rouge area!

November
18

Holiday Events and Markets Near Lafayette

Lafayette Holidays

Are you ready for a helping of holiday cheer? Once again, Lafayette is pulling out all the stops for a bright and festive season. Mark your calendar for these special events and markets that are recommended by our Realtors®.

  • Christmas at Couret Holiday Market - Couret Farms, 300 Flores Ct., Lafayette, LA 70507
    Take in the rich historical ambiance around Lafayette homes for sale when you attend the Christmas at Couret Holiday Market. The stunning grounds of Couret Farms make a beautiful backdrop as you shop for gifts from more than 60 vendors on hand. Products for sale range from clothing and jewelry to delicious baked goods. Bring the kids to have their picture taken with Santa. When you're ready for a break, enjoy lunch from one of the area's popular food trucks as you listen to live music. Hours are 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 26, and admission is free.

  • Dolly's Lemonade Holiday Market - RustiQue Rose Event Centre, 200 Midway St., Lafayette, LA 70506
    While it's not quite as seasonal as hot chocolate, Dolly's Lemonade Holiday Market is as festive as it gets. Dolly makes the best old-fashioned lemonade around, but she'll be sharing center stage with numerous local vendors selling adult and children's clothing, jewelry, bath products, and personal items that make great gifts. Bring your appetite and get your fill of all the tasty food and beverages that will be available as well. The market takes place on Sunday, December 4, from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., and admission is free.

  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical - Heyman Center, 1373 S. College Rd., Lafayette, LA 70503
    Dr. Seuss's beloved holiday classic was turned into an animated TV special and a live-action movie. Now you can experience the magic of Whoville firsthand with How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical. The show played to record-setting audiences on Broadway, and now it's taking the stage at the Heyman Center. Showtimes are 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 12. Tickets are $36-$75.

  • A Merry and Bright Holiday Series - Parc International, 200 Garfield St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    Brightly-lit trees, caroling, and parades: all the traditional holiday elements are part of A Merry and Bright Holiday Series. Since 2019, Parc International in downtown Lafayette has hosted this series of family-friendly events designed to share the holiday spirit. Festivities kick off at 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 3, with the Lighting of the Tree Concert. The Christmas Carnival, featuring Santa's parade, takes place the next day at 2 p.m. Candlelight Christmas sing-along is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 8, while a screening of The Polar Express is scheduled for Saturday, December 10 at 3:30 p.m.

  • Fa-La-Lla-Ma Family Day - Painting with a Twist, 107 Energy Pkwy., Suite B, Lafayette, LA 70508
    Don't feel up to fighting the Black Friday crowds? Spend a relaxing and creative afternoon at Fa-La-Lla-Ma Family Day. You and the kids can each put your own spin on a whimsical portrait of a llama wearing a Santa hat and surrounded by holiday lights. The event takes place on Friday, November 25, from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Admission is $29 per person.

Lafayette open houses are always in season. Contact us at Latter & Blum for more information.

November
16

Get Creative in Baton Rouge: 5 Paint Studios to Visit

Baton Rouge Painting

Whether you fancy becoming the next Van Gogh or you're simply looking for an exciting way to engage your creativity, visiting a paint studio is a fun way to spend a day. Baton Rouge offers a wide range of classes for all experience levels and artistic tastes. Our Realtors® have the details on 5 Baton Rouge paint studios that offer fun, creative experiences for you to enjoy.

  • Mid-City Artisans – 516 Moore St., Ste. 101, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
    If you enjoy creating art with different mediums, few studios offer more variety in their classes than Mid-City Artisans, all from a convenient location near Baton Rouge homes for sale. Classes here cover painting, drawing, paper arts, crochet, mixed media, resin, glass, pottery, clay, and even jewelry making. In addition to a wide variety of beginner classes and kid-friendly classes, Mid-City Artisans offers on-demand classes for more experienced artists.

  • Painting with a Twist – 711 Jefferson Hwy., Ste. 3A, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
    Painting, wine, and good times are the name of the game at Painting with a Twist, the perfect destination for a memorable, creative night out with friends. In addition to a busy schedule of regular classes, perhaps the best way to enjoy Painting with a Twist is by booking a private party. You'll get to choose from more than 8,000 works of art to find the perfect painting and leave with a wonderful work of art created by your own hands.

  • The Hampton Canvas – 10066 S. Choctaw, Ste. B, Baton Rouge, LA 70815
    Owner Maia Anderson created The Hampton Canvas as a way for everyone, regardless of their artistic experience level, to express their creativity in an inspiring, welcoming setting. You will start with a pre-drawn, black & white sketch, then learn how to add color and customize it to suit your unique style. Regularly scheduled classes include Ladies Night, Date Night, Kids Corner, Guys Night, and Sunday Social. You can also schedule a private class, team-building event, or even an art-themed field trip.

  • Throw Me Something – 257 Lee Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    Interested in painting on something other than canvas? Throw Me Something offers pottery painting classes for all ages, where you pick out a blank ceramic sculpture or piece of pottery, then learn how to paint it in a way that expresses your unique creativity. After you're done, your ceramic art will be fired in a kiln, prepared for a week, then be ready to take home and decorate your shelves for many years to come.

  • Painting and Pinot – 7248 Perkins Rd., Ste. B, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    As the name hints, classes at Painting and Pinot are all about having a great time. Painting classes here include everything from painting your own wine glasses to creating art on a blank canvas themed around all of your favorite holidays. There are also classes for kids and more traditional classes for adults where you'll learn to create your own versions of famous paintings. If you want to paint a particular picture, booking a group of 8 or more allows you to choose from any painting in the archive.

Fantastic studios are just the start of the many ways that you can exercise your creativity when you call Baton Rouge home, and our local team is here to help with everything from Baton Rouge open houses to closing on your next home. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Baton Rouge, LA area.

November
8

Events at the New Orleans Jazz Museum

Jazz Museum Events

When you tour New Orleans homes for sale, you're in the midst of one of America's truly unique hubs of culture. With its rich musical heritage, delicious food, and unmistakable French influences, our real estate agents are confident you'll have many reasons to fall in love.

New Orleans is known as the birthplace of jazz. Between New Orleans open houses, you should make time to visit one of the area's foremost institutions: The New Orleans Jazz Museum. Established back in 1961 and occupying the Old U.S. Mint Building, it seeks to conserve and share the history of jazz.

There's always something new to see, hear, and do at the New Orleans Jazz Museum. Volunteers and staff keep up a busy calendar of events all through the year, and it's not too late to get in on the action.

Let's visit the museum and see some of its upcoming events:

  • Jazz Yoga
    Jazz Yoga is one of the most popular events held at the New Orleans Jazz Museum and runs nearly every week – often twice a week. For example, you can catch it on Saturday, November 12, in the morning or Tuesday, November 15 in the afternoon. Participants of all backgrounds are welcome to enjoy jazz, meditation, and mindfulness. To get the most from the experience, bring your own yoga mat.

  • Arrowhead Jazz Band
    Presented by the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, the Arrowhead Jazz Band will be performing on Tuesday, November 22, between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. – a truly unique live jazz experience. Arrowhead is made up of a medley of National Park Service Rangers playing alongside other local musicians. In a fun-packed hour, they'll share a lively musical experience of New Orleans jazz, along with blues, gospel, and more.

  • The Ella Project Crescendo Session: Legacy Creating
    A signature program of the New Orleans Jazz Museum that local musicians look forward to each year! The Ella Project Crescendo Session: Legacy Creating will be returning for two hours this Tuesday, November 15. This early evening roundtable will discuss important issues for succeeding as an independent musical artist. The upcoming jam session focuses on managing your publishing catalog, estate planning, and termination of copyrights the right way.

  • The Brain and Miracles of Music
    Do you ever wonder what goes on in the brain during the intense, high-energy improvisation of a jazz riff? Dr. Randy M. Rosenberg, MD, an associate professor at Temple University's Louis Katz School of Medicine, will unveil the mysteries of music creation on Thursday, November 17, starting at 2 o'clock. Admission is free! The Brain and Miracles of Music will also feature live jazz music.

  • Beginner French
    Beginner French is another cornerstone program that's becoming much more frequent at New Orleans Jazz Museum. Led by The Alliance Française de La New Orleans, it will be that organization's first French course in the heart of the French Quarter – and many follow-ups are planned. To join the first session, which will meet for ten weeks, drop in on Saturday, November 19, at 10:00 in the morning.

  • 5th Annual Improvisations Gala
    Kick off the social calendar in December with one of the biggest nights in New Orleans Jazz, the 5th Annual Improvisations Gala. This iconic celebration takes place on Saturday, December 3, from 7 p.m. through to 10 o'clock. Some of the leading names in jazz from the local and national scene will take the stage as guests enjoy fine Cajun and Creole cuisine.

Contact us to find out more about real estate in New Orleans today.

November
11

Lafayette Restaurants: Southside District Dining

Lafayette Dining

Lafayette is known for its Creole and Cajun cooking, but that's not the whole story. You can find any world cuisine in Lafayette, and our real estate agents will be glad to introduce you to the best places to sate your cravings. After a day of Lafayette open houses, why not enjoy a refreshing dinner?

From downhome classics to unique fusion concepts, you're only steps away from an unforgettable meal when you choose Lafayette homes for sale. The biggest question is where to begin your culinary journey!

Let's take a look at some of your many dining options in Lafayette's Southside District:

  • The Cajun Table – 4510 Ambassador Caffery Parkway, Lafayette, LA 70508
    The Cajun Table has fresh seasonal seafood that sets a high bar in a place known for it. Platters like the boiled blue point crab or Gulf shrimp are big enough for the whole family to share. Catering is an option when you want to give guests a meal they won't soon forget. Burgers, wraps, salads, and plates run the full gamut of surf and turf. For a classic experience, don't overlook the crawfish etouffee.

  • Chris' Poboys – 703 Robley Drive, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Chris' Poboys is a local mainstay when it comes to the unofficial sandwich of Louisiana. A po'boy is filled with your choice of fried shrimp, oysters, or other local seafood alongside lettuce, tomato, pickles, and roast beef. Piled high on French bread and slathered with your favorite homemade sauce or mayo, it is meant to be a hearty meal you can take almost anywhere.

  • The Churros Boutique – 5725 Johnston Street, Lafayette, LA 70501
    The Churros Boutique is out to create the best dessert in Lafayette. Its approach? Gourmet churros that you can't get anywhere else. Flavors like "Tropical," "Strawberry Cheesecake," "Cookies n' Cream," and "Rainbow" are just a few of the many lip-smacking selections. You can even get a whole churro cake for special occasions. 

  • Mae Sone Noodle House – 4807 Johnston Street, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Mae Sone Noodle House bills itself as one of the first true Asian cuisine restaurants to open its doors in Lafayette. Its Asian fusion menu includes all of your favorite rice and noodle dishes as well as specialty creations of the chef. You can't go wrong with your choice of beef, chicken, fish, seafood, or any of the delicious combinations. It's filling food that will keep you coming back again and again.

  • Masala Indian Kitchen – 2208 Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette, LA 70508
    Masala Indian Kitchen is celebrating the recent re-opening of its dining room and welcomes visitors from far and wide. This restaurant lovingly showcases what North Indian cuisine has to offer, from meat to seafood to delectable vegan and vegetarian dishes. Halal and gluten-free options are also represented. A reservation is recommended for this highly popular date spot.

  • Rickey Meche's Donut King – 2605 Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette, LA 70508
    Rickey Meche's Donut King is open from 4 a.m. for all of your donut cravings. In addition, it is known for its king cakes, which can be ordered online during Mardi Gras season. With loads of memorable flavors, you won't regret getting up early to enjoy the freshest batch in town. Pair it with your favorite coffee or tea, including hot or iced varieties, and savor a truly sweet start to the rest of your day.

Contact us to find out more about Lafayette, LA, real estate.

November
9

Bring Your Dog Along to These Baton Rouge Spots

Baton Rouge Pets

Our real estate agents are very attached to their dogs. This is why we're always on the lookout for new dog-friendly restaurants and shops around our area. From parks to pet-friendly cafes, you and your pup can easily have a fun day out. Here are some of the best dog-friendly destinations around Baton Rouge:

  • La Divina Italian Cafe - 3535 Perkins Rd #360, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    Grab a meal or a beverage at La Divina Italian Cafe, and order one of their famous Dog Gelato's for your pup. This great local spot has delicious foods, tasty beverages and is very pet friendly. Sit with your dog on their gorgeous outdoor patio and indulge in some tasty (and healthy) Italian-inspired cuisine. If you fall in love with this cafe, you might be interested in touring one of the fantastic Baton Rouge homes for sale just down the street.

  • Raising Cane's Dog Park - 1442 City Park Ave, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    Looking for somewhere to let your pup run around and socialize with other dogs? Raising Cane's Dog Park is the perfect place. This 1.2-acre park has a section for small dogs and one for large dogs, plus a water supply, plenty of benches, and a pavilion for picnics. The park is also conveniently located right next to the Greenwood Community Park, so the whole family can enjoy a day outside.

  • Cypress Coast Brewing Co. - 5643 Government St, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
    If you're in need of a pet-friendly hangout spot with great food and beer, check out Cypress Coast Brewing Co. With plenty of beers on tap, indoor and outdoor seating, and a dog-friendly gathering space outside, this brewery is a great place to hang with friends on the weekends. After your meal, you'll definitely want to check out these Baton Rouge open houses.

  • Highland Coffees - 3350 Highland Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    Pups are permitted in the outdoor seating area at this fantastic local coffee shop, which is located at the north gates of LSU. Highland Coffees has a charming outdoor patio area with lots of seating and greenery. It's a great place to recharge, so stop by and grab a cup of coffee and your favorite baked good. 

  • The Overpass Merchant - 2904 Perkins Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    The Overpass Merchant is a classy yet casual restaurant with great food and drinks; however, their outdoor patio, which is situated underneath an Interstate 10 underpass, is one of the main highlights of this restaurant. Plus, the patio is pet-friendly! It's one of the best hangout spots in town, especially when the weather cools off.

Life is better with your furry best friend by your side. It's easy to plan a whole day out on the town with your pup, thanks to our wide range of dog-friendly parks, cafes, and restaurants. Contact us today for more information on living in Baton Rouge. 

October
25

Downtown Lake Charles Block Party Information

Lake Charles Downtown Party

Calling all Lake Charles residents and those looking at Lake Charles homes for sale. A favorite annual event is just around the corner. That's right — the Lake Charles Downtown Block Party is coming up on October 29th. Hosted by the Lake Charles Downtown Business Association, this is a party you won't want to miss. Here are the key details to know for the October Downtown Block Party.

  • Time and Date
    As mentioned above, the block party will take place on Saturday, October 29th, this year. Live music and vendors will be there from 3:00-7:00 pm. While the actual Candy Crawl part of the party will be from 4:30-6:30 pm. You don't have to stay for the entire event, but the event organizers do promise a special surprise at the end. Stop by for an hour, or stick around all afternoon. The nice fall weather will make for a lovely experience.

  • Location
    The Downtown Block Party takes place along the 300 Block of Broad Street. Many of the businesses along the street will be open and participating. Others will have tables and activities set up.

  • Key Attractions
    There's no shortage of things to do at the Downtown Block Party. October's event will feature a Candy Crawl. Gather candy from various vendors and residents who are handing it out. This is like trick-or-treating but in a controlled space. Feel free to wear your costumes for extra fun, but it's not required. Candy Crawl maps will be available at Panorama Music House to see where you can stop to pick up candy. These maps will also be available on social media prior to the party so you can plan out your route before the event even begins.

    All that walking around for the Candy Crawl means you'll work up an appetite! Food trucks will be on-site, serving delicious food throughout the party. From pizza to tacos, you can enjoy all of the favorites. Take a seat and listen to live music performed by local Lake Charles bands as you eat.

  • Sponsors
    The Downtown Block Party is organized and hosted by the Lake Charles Downtown Business Association. Throughout the year, this organization hosts multiple block party events to bring the community together for a fun time in the downtown area.

Take a break from attending Lake Charles open houses, and attend the Downtown Block Party. It's a great way to meet other Lake Charles residents and support local businesses. Plus, you'll get a true feel for the area and the local events you can expect throughout the year!

If you are still looking for a place to call home in the area, contact us soon. Our Realtors® would be glad to guide you during your home search and help you find the Lake Charles home near all your favorite local events.

October
19

Tour the Old and New State Capitols

Baton Rouge Capitol Buildings

Louisiana has a rich history. One of the best ways to learn all about the state's 300 years of history is to visit one of its two amazing state capitol buildings in Baton Rouge.

The old and new state capitol buildings are two of the most spectacular buildings in the state, and each encapsulates the state's history and culture in different ways. Our Realtors® can spend an entire day touring each building. Here are some of the best ways to explore each one:

The New Capitol Building
The tallest US capitol building is Louisiana's new (and current) state capitol building which has 34 floors and stands 460 feet tall, and holds the capitol chambers for the Louisiana State Legislature. It's a beautiful building, and there are a few different ways to see it:

  • Schedule A Tour - The new capitol building's staff host numerous guided tours throughout the year, which give you the chance to get an inside look at many of this building's features. Additionally, many of Baton Rouge's city tours, such as Red Stick Adventures or All About Baton Rouge, will take you by this amazing building.
  • Visit The Observation Deck - The Louisiana State Capitol has a 27th-floor observation deck that offers stunning views of Louisiana, the Baton Rouge skyline, and the Mississippi River. You might even catch a glimpse of some of these beautiful Baton Rouge homes for sale while you're up there!
  • Shop At The Top - The building's 27th floor is also home to a wonderful gift shop, where you can purchase Louisiana and Baton Rouge souvenirs, postcards, and more. 

The Old Capitol Building
Louisiana's former capitol building (also known as Louisiana's Old Capitol) is now a National Historic Landmark and is home to the Old State Capitol Museum of Political History. This building is often referred to as Louisiana's "castle-on-the-river" due to its beautiful Gothic and Victorian architecture. You can experience this building in many ways:

  • Schedule A Tour - Louisiana's Old State Capitol offers guided and self-guided tours throughout the week. Tours are free; however, if you wish to view the immersive 12-minute "The Ghost of The Castle" film, there is an additional $3 charge.
  • Explore The Museum - The Old State Capitol Museum of Political History features rotating exhibits that showcase local art, history, and culture. It's always worth stopping by to see and learn something new.
  • Visit The Gift Shop - The Old Capitol Building also features a gift shop with souvenirs and works from local artists, stationery, fashion accessories, and more. 

If living near these beautiful buildings sounds appealing, there are some Baton Rouge open houses planned for this weekend.

Louisiana's Old and New State Capitols give you the chance to gain a new appreciation for the culture and architecture of our area. Learning about an area's history can be a lot of fun! 

Contact us today to explore Baton Rouge listings. 

October
18

Halloween Fun in the French Quarter

French Quarter Halloween

If you're looking for fun things to do during the Halloween season, New Orleans is the place to be. The historic French Quarter knows how to party - which means there are tons of events you won't want to miss. After visiting New Orleans open houses, why not experience some of these Halloween events for yourself? Here are our favorite spooky happenings in the French Quarter between now and Halloween.

  • Krewe of Boo - 221 Camp St, New Orleans, LA 70130
    This exotic and colorful Halloween parade through the downtown area has been a New Orleans tradition since 2007. Running this year on Saturday, October 22nd, it begins at 6:30 pm and goes through the French Quarter to the Warehouse District. Not just a parade but an artistic achievement, Krewe of Boo has intricately designed props and sculptures and elaborately costumed characters that you have to see to believe.

  • Music Box Scare Fair - 4557 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70117
    Run by the Music Box Village arts organization, the Music Box Scare Fair is an all-ages Halloween music experience. Taking place in their sonic sculpture garden, check out their musical architecture installations from local artists. Running October 29th from 3-9 pm, tickets are $12 for adults or $5 for children.

  • Creole Death and Mourning Tour - 1132 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116
    Held at Gallier House, a historic 19th-century townhome, the Creole Death and Mourning Tour provides an intimate look at Catholic mourning rituals among Creoles in the Victorian era, showing how the house was laid for mourning and what was done. The tour runs now through November 14th. There are morning and afternoon tours available, but the best are the 7 pm After Dark tours, which include wine afterward in the courtyard.

  • A Journey Through the City of the Dead - 501 Basin St, New Orleans, LA 70112
    This event runs throughout the year, but Halloween is the perfect time to go! Taking place at St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, A Journey Through the City of the Dead is a guided tour through the graves. See the tomb of 19th century "Voodoo Queen" Marie Laveau, as well as the 9-foot Pyramid Tomb owned by Nicolas Cage. The tour shows you the "City of the Dead" up close and tells the stories of its residents. Tours leave every half hour, between 9 am and 3:45 pm.

  • Frenchmen Street Halloween Party
    Frenchmen Street
    is right up there with Bourbon Street when it comes to New Orleans nightlife. And on Halloween night, they host one of the year's biggest parties. There's no specific address for this one - just several thousand people in the street, having a blast. The party starts around 10 pm and continues into the night, with live music, entertainment, costumes, and more.

New Orleans has plenty to see and do year-round. And there are plenty of New Orleans homes for sale that will put you in the center of everything you want to do. If you're ready to make this area your new home, contact us. Our Realtors® will help you find the right house for your needs.

October
12

BREC Fall Activities at Local Parks

Baton Rouge

If you're new to the Baton Rouge area, then allow us to introduce you to an awesome organization: BREC. BREC is an acronym made from the words "Baton Rouge" and "Recreation." This award-winning recreation agency not only maintains parks and entertainment facilities throughout the Baton Rouge area. They also host all sorts of fun activities throughout the year. Here are some of the top BREC activities our Realtors® recommend attending this autumn. 

  • Swamp Haunted Hike: 10503 N. Oak Hills Pkwy., Baton Rouge, LA 70810
    Held at Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, the Swamp Haunted Hike is an exciting alternative to haunted houses. The event is scheduled for Friday, October 14th, from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. Participants will gather at the trailhead, then head down the trail to discover snakes, insects, and other critters in a spooky environment.

    There is a charge of $6 per person to attend the Swamp Haunted Hike. This event is appropriate for children of all ages, but all kids must be accompanied by a parent. Feel free to wear your costumes for the event.

  • Tang Soo Doo: 7500 Independence Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70806
    If you're interested in learning martial arts, register for Tang Soo Doo classes at Independence Community Park. There are classes scheduled for October 17th and 19th from 6 pm - 7 pm. Ages 6 and up are welcome, and there is a fee of $25 per month.

    Tang Soo Doo is a form of traditional Korean martial arts. In these public classes, the instructors will focus on teaching basic hand strikes, kicks, and blocks.

  • Craft Corner at the Swamp: 10503 N. Oak Hills Pkwy., Baton Rouge, LA 70810
    Craft Corner at the Swamp is a fun event at the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center. It's scheduled for November 4th and 5th between 9 am and 5 pm. There will be a small on-site admission fee. 

    At Craft Corner at the Swamp, you can participate in creating a wide variety of crafts. Follow along and make them on-site, or take home a kit to work on at home. Most of the crafts have a nature theme. 

  • Homage to a Hero: Jane Goodall: 6201 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70806
    Take a break from looking at Baton Rouge homes for sale, and paint a chimp in its natural habitat. Homage to a Hero is scheduled for Saturday, November 5th, at 10:30 am. It honors Jane Goodall, a British primatologist known for her work with chimpanzees.

    This painting event, held at Milton J. Womack Park, is open to anyone age 8 or older. There is a $25 participation fee for residents of Baton Rouge. The painting should take about an hour and a half to complete. You do not need painting experience to participate.

  • Fall Fun Fest: 200055 Old Scenic Hwy., Zachary, LA 70791
    Fall Fun Fest 
    is an annual tradition and one of the best BREC events of the year. In 2022, it's scheduled for November 19th between 1 and 4 pm, and it will take place in Zachary Community Park.

    Stop by to enjoy carnival games, food, music, inflatables, and more. There will be lots of great prizes for the carnival games, and BREC is working to book some talented local musicians for the stage.

We hope you attend some of these events and come to love the Baton Rouge area as much as we do. If you're still looking for homes in the area, don't hesitate to contact us. Our agents will help you find the best Baton Rouge open houses and homes to consider.

October
4

Oktoberfest in New Orleans

Oktoberfest

Finding New Orleans homes for sale is about more than just the house or the neighborhood. It's about the atmosphere and the culture that the area has to offer.

When you live in the New Orleans area, you can expect a busy social calendar full of fun festivals.

If you've spent the week checking out New Orleans open houses, why not spend the weekend experiencing some of that culture for yourself by checking out Oktoberfest? In Germany, Oktoberfest starts in mid-September. But in true NOLA fashion, the party lasts for multiple weekends here!

Here are some of the places in New Orleans where you can experience Oktoberfest for yourself.

  • Deutsches Haus - 1700 Moss St, New Orleans, LA 70119
    Deutsches Haus is a German cultural center that hosts a variety of events throughout the year. It includes a festival hall and two bars, where they serve 20 different German and craft beers. They're also the main sponsor of Oktoberfest in New Orleans. The Deutsche Haus Bier Musikanten (Deutsche Haus Beer Musicians) will be performing the first two weekends. They're also selling limited edition, German-made, ceramic Oktoberfest steins, which you can pre-order. They're beautifully crafted and a great souvenir. 

    The Deutsches Haus hosts its annual Oktoberfest on October 7-8, 14-15, and 21-22 this year. Tickets to the official festival are $10 per day and free for children under 12. The proceedings are steeped in local tradition, featuring a variety of events, from German music and dancing to funny singalongs to a beer stein holding contest, and much more. There's even a children's area with games, arts and crafts, and family-friendly performances.

  • Faubourg Brewing Co. - 3501 Jourdan Rd, New Orleans, LA 70126
    Faubourg Brewing Co. hosted their annual Oktoberfest during the traditional celebration time. But that doesn't mean you've missed out on all the fun! Be sure to check out their website for their latest beer offerings, which you can order by the pint, pitcher, or as a part of a flight. Voted Top Craft Brewery by New Orleans Magazine, this brewery is well worth a stop at any point of the year. 

  • Bratz Y'all Bistro - 617-B Piety St, New Orleans, LA 70117
    If you're looking for authentic German food, Bratz Y'all is a necessary stop on your Oktoberfest journey. Their offerings include everything from beer brats to schnitzel to Bavarian Leberkäse - German meatloaf served with an egg, sunny side up. They also have pretzel dips, apple strudel, and much more. Plus, plenty of German beer! The restaurant has a beautiful outdoor patio and live music that plays not just during Oktoberfest but throughout the year.

  • Cochon Butcher - 930 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Throughout the year, Cochon Butcher serves up sandwiches with farm-fresh, artisanal ingredients. In October, they hold their own Oktoberfest celebration that includes a special German-inspired menu throughout the month of Oktober. They serve not just German beer but also German wines and German cocktails - plus small plates of authentic German food, such as fried sauerkraut, bratwurst balls, potato pancakes, and Bavarian pretzels with beer mustard. 

Oktoberfest is an event that's not to be missed, but New Orleans has plenty to offer its residents all year. If you're ready to make this city your new home, contact us. Our Realtors® will help you find the house that's right for you.

October
5

Museums Your Kids Will Enjoy in Baton Rouge

Kids Museums

If you're moving your family to the area, our Realtors® know educational opportunities are around every corner in Baton Rouge.

After a full day of looking at Baton Rouge homes for sale or attending Baton Rouge open houses, your little ones may be hankering for a break. Around here, you'll have plenty of options for an educational outing full of fun and excitement. Some of America's leading kids' museums are just minutes away.

Let's visit just a few of the Baton Rouge museums kids are sure to love:

  • Preserve Louisiana – 502 North Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    Headquartered at the site of the Old Governor's Mansion, Preserve Louisiana is a nonprofit educational organization that helps to maintain and manage historic buildings throughout Louisiana. In that effort, it offers guided tours through the Old Governor's Mansion as the cornerstone of its campaigns. Volunteers also work to organize other events like lectures and historical recreations throughout the year.

  • USS Kidd Veterans Museum – 305 South River Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    Open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every day, the USS Kidd Veterans Museum is a family-friendly way to learn about World War II by touring Baton Rouge's very own "Pirate of the Pacific." The USS Kidd is one of just four Fletcher class destroyers still extant today and the only one that has been preserved in its original World War II service configuration, making it a unique learning opportunity for children of all ages.

  • Burden Museum & Gardens – 4560 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
    Burden Museum & Gardens is a Louisiana State University facility with acre after acre of carefully tended gardens aimed at preserving the botanical uniqueness of the area. With 440 acres total, it is home to the award-winning LSU Rural Life Museum, plus the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens and the Windrush Gardens. LSU's Rural Life Museum was recently named one of the "Top 10 Outdoor Museums in the World."

  • Knock Knock Children's Museum – 1900 Dalrymple Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    Knock Knock Children's Museum was designed from the ground up to feature interactive exhibits that will entice young imaginations. Open every day, typically from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., it is the place to go for learning through play. There are 18 themed "Learning Zones," and you can come and go throughout the day whenever it's convenient for your family. Knock Knock even hosts children's birthday parties.

  • Louisiana Art & Science Museum – 100 River Road South, Baton Rouge, LA 70801
    Louisiana Art & Science Museum is the state's flagship public museum and has one of the region's top art collections. "Family Hour Stargazing" is among the most popular attractions for young visitors, with Saturday sessions at the Irene W. Pennington Planetarium teaching children about the stars and their constellations. There are dozens of exhibits to choose from, including some featuring Sesame Street.

Ready to move to an area that the whole family is sure to love calling home? Contact us to learn more about Baton Rouge real estate opportunities.

October
7

National Cookie Month: Lafayette Bakeries

Lafayette Bakeries

In case you missed the news, October is National Cookie Month. As anyone with a sweet tooth would agree, that's a holiday that our Realtors® can definitely get behind!

We also have some truly exceptional bakeries here in the Lafayette, LA, area. Whether your treats of choice are macarons, pralines, or good old-fashioned chocolate chip cookies, you'll find plenty of places to enjoy them near Lafayette homes for sale.

  • Keller's Bakery Downtown - 1012 Jefferson St, Lafayette, LA 70501
    Before they immigrated to America in the late 1700s, the Keller family were bakers in the Alsace region of France. The family still brings all those generations of experience to Keller's Bakery Downtown, a direct successor to the original Keller's Bakery, which was established in 1895. They offer a dizzying array of sweet baked goods, including classic cookies like oatmeal, shortbread, butter pecan, and sugar cookies.

  • Poupart Bakery Inc. - 1902 W Pinhook Rd, Lafayette, LA 70508
    Poupart Bakery, Inc. is an authentic French Bakery that's been in business since 1967. Located a stone's throw from many Lafayette open houses, they offer a wide range of breads, pastries, and cakes (including king cakes, of course). If you're looking for something a little more "bite-sized," their macarons and iced shortbread cookies are simply perfection. You can always count on Puopart Bakery when you need a quick sugar rush!

  • Caroline's Cookies - 1921 Kaliste Saloom Rd #124, Lafayette, LA 70508
    You can experience some of the best cookies in Acadiana at Caroline's Cookies, a cozy bakery that focuses entirely on unique and delicious cookies. Caroline's Cookies started as a hobby that grew into a successful home bakery and eventually led to the opening of a brick-and-mortar storefront in Lafayette. The cookies here are thick, fluffy, and decadent, and the menu of seasonal flavors changes every month. 

  • Gambino's Bakery - 3802 Johnston St C, Lafayette, LA 70503
    A family-owned Louisiana bakery since 1946, Gambino's Bakery is arguably best known for their amazing custom wedding cakes and king cakes. But they have an incredible array of other offerings on their menu, including dessert trays loaded with cookies and other bite-size treats like brownies, eclairs, petit fours, and turtles. Gambino's Bakery has also grown to include locations in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, as well as right here in Lafayette. 

  • Bonne Vie Macarons - 607 Kaliste Saloom Rd Suite A, Lafayette, LA 70508
    You'll find Lafayette's best macarons at Bonne Vie Macaroons, a quaint and cozy shop that offers a welcoming atmosphere as well as decadent desserts. The authentic French Macarons are available in any quantity and combination of flavors, with options ranging from classic vanilla-almond or chocolate ganache to lemon meringue or creme brûlée. And while macarons are certainly the stars of the show, Bonne Vie Macarons also offers other sweet treats, like brownies, mini cream tarts, end even espresso drinks. 

  • Bouki's Baker - 319 N Sterling St, Lafayette, LA 70501
    When you need custom cookies for any occasion, check out Bouki's Baker. A local business founded by cookie artist Robin Bostick, Bouki's Baker offers beautifully decorated custom cookies that truly look almost too good to eat. But rest assured, they're just as tasty as they are pretty! Keep an eye on their calendar too; Robin occasionally teaches cookie decorating classes where you can learn to make your own. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in the Lafayette area! And be sure to ask us how we can help you find the perfect home for you and your family in Louisiana. 

September
27

Celebrate Local Artists at the Gallery Promenade

Lake Charles Gallery

The Lake Charles area is lucky to be home to many talented local artists. Their work is featured in a number of galleries and shops — and you can also check it out at the upcoming Gallery Promenade. This annual event is a favorite among locals and is the perfect opportunity to get acquainted with artists and galleries in the Lake Charles area. Take a break from looking at Lake Charles homes for sale, and admire art at this local event. Here are the key details to know before you attend:

  • Time and Date
    This year's Gallery Promenade is scheduled for Friday, September 30, 2022. It will officially last from 5 pm until 9 pm. However, in the past, some galleries and local restaurants have welcomed attendees a little later than this, after the festival is officially over.

    Fall is the perfect season for a gallery event like this one. The weather should be pleasantly cool so you can walk around all evening from gallery to gallery without getting too hot.

  • Location
    The Gallery Promenade takes place throughout Lake Charles. You can easily walk to some of the participating galleries right around the lake, but there are others a bit further out that you may prefer to drive to. Galleries in the area include Candice Alexander Art Studio, the magnificent Gallery by the Lake, and the Frame House Gallery.

  • Things to Do
    The key thing to do at Gallery Promenade is to visit the participating art galleries and admire the work on display. As you do so, you'll learn about many different local artists and their work. There will be some artwork for sale, so this may be a good opportunity to decorate your new home. You may also discover an artist whose work you want to buy later on. Some galleries will be serving refreshments throughout the evening.

    There will also be some street displays set up during the festival. This is a good way to discover up-and-coming artists who don't yet have their work in the larger galleries.

    Another great attraction at the festival will be the food trucks. They'll be set up and serving food throughout Lake Charles during the event. Stop by and support a local business by buying delicious tacos, a burger, or some ice cream while you admire local art.

Gallery Promenade is a lot of fun, especially for art lovers. It's one of many lovely Lake Charles events throughout the year. Ready to move to an area full of local events and a great art scene? If you're thinking of moving to the area, don't hesitate to contact us at your convenience. Our Realtors® will help you find Lake Charles open houses to attend as they guide you through the buying process.

September
30

Where to Go Shore Fishing Near Houma

Houma fishing

Southern Louisiana has long been known as a sportsman's paradise. Bayous and marshes all around the Houma area are teeming with both freshwater and saltwater fish. And as our Realtors® are fond of saying, you don't need a boat to enjoy fishing in Houma. 

You'll find an abundance of shore fishing access in Houma and throughout Terrebonne Parish. If you're in the area visiting Houma open houses, be sure to check out some of these amazing local fishing spots. 

  • Bayou Terrebonne - W 70360, 8226 E Park Ave, Houma, LA 70363
    A historic waterway that has always been essential to shipping and commerce in Louisiana, Bayou Terrebonne is also a great place to do some fishing. The stream flows right through the heart of Houma, and anglers commonly catch largemouth bass, channel catfish, and bluegill from its waters. There's excellent bank access at Houma's Downtown Marina, which offers waterfront boardwalks and picnic tables just minutes from many Houma homes for sale. Fishing is also available on the opposite side of the Bayou, just off Main Street. 

  • Bayou Country Sports Park - 4374 LA-311, Houma, LA 70360
    Fishing is just one of the many attractions at Bayou Country Sports Park, a recreation complex in Houma that includes soccer fields, a baseball and softball complex, and a splash pad. But the highlight of Bayou Country Sports Park is its fishing pond, which has been stocked with bass, catfish, and bluegill (rainbow trout are also stocked during the winter months). The pond's shoreline is entirely open to fishing, and wheelchair-accessible fishing docks have also been provided. 

  • Bayou Dularge - Bayou Dularge Rd, Theriot, LA 70397
    Bayou Dularge flows southward from Houma toward Lake Mechant, Caillou Lake, and, eventually, the Gulf of Mexico. Fishing charters head down the bayou toward the open waters of the lakes to catch redfish and speckled trout in summer, but during the cooler months, many of these fish head up into the bayou itself. There's fishing access all along Bayou Dularge Road, which parallels the bayou from Houma down through Theriot to Jug's Landing.

  • Lake Palourde - 2300 LA-70, Morgan City, LA 70380
    Just a 30-minute drive from Houma, Lake Palourde is known for having some of the best catfish fishing. The lake has produced some truly giant blue catfish and channel cats and also offers fishing for largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, and alligator gar. Lake End Park is a great place to access the Lake Palourde from shore. The park provides an abundance of bank access, plus fishing piers, campgrounds, and a marina. 

  • Robinson Canal - LA-56, Chauvin, LA 70344
    An outstanding inshore fishing spot about 30 minutes south of Houma, Robinson Canal is one of the best shore fishing spots in the area for red drum, also known as redfish. The best bait options for redfish are cut bait and live baitfish. The period from fall into winter is a great time to fish the canal, which also provides good catches of black drum and sheepshead. There's great fishing access on the Robinson Canal behind Lapeyrouse Seafood, Bar, Grocery and Campground just off LA-56.

Contact us today to learn more about life in Louisiana. It's truly a place unlike any other, and our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find your dream home in Houma and the surrounding areas. 

September
20

Visit These Gardens in New Orleans

Gardens in NOLA

New Orleans homes for sale are surrounded by natural beauty that will inspire you. When you are relaxing after a full day of New Orleans open houses, be sure to take some time to enjoy the many green spaces that The Big Easy has in store.

Our Realtors® know there are plenty of wonderful reasons to make New Orleans your next home: The history, unbeatable music and dining scene, and a lifestyle you simply can't find anywhere else. But you don't have to head out to the Bayou to enjoy Louisiana nature: It's right in your backyard.

New Orleans goes one step beyond the usual municipal park concept with its focus on gardens. Some of them are historic, playing a role in the unfolding story of the city, while others are botanical gardens that encourage research, conservation, or hands-on skill development.

Let's visit some of the most beautiful gardens you can explore in New Orleans:

  • Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden – 1 Collins Diboll Circle, New Orleans, LA 70124
    Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden is an acclaimed sculpture garden where the work of local and international artists is displayed in harmony with nature. In addition to more than 90 original works in a picturesque landscape, you can see an ever-changing assortment of temporary exhibitions.

  • Longue Vue House and Gardens – 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans, LA 70123
    Longue Vue House and Gardens is a historic museum that has been lovingly maintained for nearly 100 years. The cornerstone of the estate was laid back in 1921, the grand vision of New Orleans businessman Edgar Bloom Stern and his wife Edith. The gardens have been open to the public since 1968. Today, they attract visitors all year long and host a variety of workshops.

  • New Orleans Botanical Gardens – 5 Victory Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70124
    New Orleans Botanical Gardens is the centerpiece of the New Orleans City Park, one of the most vital parts of the New Orleans social scene. There's always something new to see and do here, and it's wise to venture into the botanical garden with each change of season. This garden is replete with more than 2,000 plants from across the globe and has been in operation since all the way back in 1930.

  • Paradigm Gardens – 1131 South Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA 70113
    Billing itself as an "intimate and lush" place for your favorite private events right in the heart of New Orleans, Paradigm Gardens is known for partnering with the top restaurants in the area to produce experiences you'll never forget. It's been the place to go for everything from Goat Yoga to Roots of Music Festival and the signature, seasonal Paradigm Market and Brunch.

  • Press Street Gardens – 7 Homer Plessy Way, New Orleans, LA 70117
    Located on the grounds of the NOCCA Foundation, Press Street Gardens is unique. As an urban farm and outdoor learning lab for visitors of all ages, it's a nonprofit partner of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. Fresh fruit, veggies, and herbs are produced all year round here. It's also widely used as the site of birthday parties, weddings, film screenings, and other events.

Contact us today to discover more about New Orleans real estate opportunities.

September
23

Spend the Day at Moncus Park

Parks in Lafayette

If you're looking for a relaxing, fun-filled activity for the whole family, consider taking a trip to Moncus Park. You and your family can enjoy a ton of different activities and events in this well-kept municipal park near our Lafayette homes for sale - and best of all, you'll pay next to nothing for the experience. Let's take a look at what Moncus Park has to offer and how you can plan the ultimate park day trip. 

About the Park

Moncus Park is located at 2913 Johnston Street in Lafayette and is open 7 days a week from 5 AM to 10 PM. The play areas are open from 9 AM to 9 PM.

If you want to access the dog park, your dog will need a special park tag. You can get this tag by submitting your dog's vaccination records to park officials and paying a $13 annual fee. This tag system ensures that all dogs can use the park safely.

Amenities

Moncus Park encompasses several acres of green space crisscrossed by miles of hiking trails and walking paths. These paths take you through the park's open areas and the stunning ravine forest on the far end of the entrance. You're sure to have a great time exploring the area and discovering all the natural beauty of this space. When you're done, you can take a seat on the rolling hills by Lake Reaux to relax and catch your breath. 

Have a furry friend or two in your life? Take them to the Giles Automotive Dog Park, a paradise where you can let your dog off his leash to explore the park's paths, hills, tunnels, and other features. All dogs must have park tags to visit the park, and for safety's sake, small and large dogs are only allowed in the park on specific days. Dogs under 16 inches tall must visit on odd days, while dogs that are taller than that can visit on even days.

Kids will have a great time swinging, climbing, and sliding down the equipment at the state-of-the-art Ochsner Playground. The playground includes activities for kids of all ages, so even the youngest visitors will have no trouble finding something fun to do.  

Programs and Events

Moncus Park is a great place to hang out anytime, but it also hosts a huge roster of programs and events for residents to enjoy. Options include yoga classes, CrossFit training, youth gymnastics classes, sign language classes, children's painting, and storytime sessions, and more. 

One of the park's most popular events is its Food Truck Fridays tradition. Every Friday from 11 AM to 2 PM, a collection of local food truck vendors assembles at the park to serve lunch to hungry residents. The lineup is constantly changing and includes local favorites like Big Belly Sandwiches, Yo Daddy's BBQ and Blues, and Beignet Box. Drop in for a delicious lunch you can eat right there in the park. 

On Saturdays, you can also visit the Lafayette Farmers and Artisans Market. Stationed near the park's entrance, this is the perfect place to pick up some fresh produce or one-of-a-kind gifts!

Ready to move to an area where excellent parks are always nearby? Our Realtors® are here to help! 

Contact us today to talk to our real estate team or sign up for one of our Lafayette open houses – you're sure to love the many properties we have up for sale right now. 

September
21

Where to Order Beignets in Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Beignet

Few states have produced more iconic foods than Louisiana. There are a lot of unique dishes to savor in the Baton Rouge area. One thing you simply can't pass up is an opportunity to try some authentic beignets. 

Beignets are a type of deep-fried dough pastry that originated in France before becoming a Louisiana staple. If you're in the area checking out Baton Rouge open houses, be sure to make a pit stop at one of these amazing local beignet shops.

  • Rue Beignet - 18135 E Petroleum Dr, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
    You can smell the unmistakable aroma of beignets being prepared for blocks around Rue Beignet every morning. Their bakers are up well before the sun, preparing each day's batch, which is one of the reasons this beloved establishment is one of the most popular places for fresh beignets near our Baton Rouge homes for sale. Rue Beignet also offers their signature treats with a wide range of toppings, from classic powdered sugar to cinnamon, Nutella, and caramel.

  • Coffee Call - 3132 College Dr, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    The house-roasted beans at Coffee Call are some of the best in town, but this coffee shop isn't just one of our Realtors®' favorite spots for their morning joe. They also have a great selection of baked goods, and beignets are very much the stars of the show. In fact, Coffee Call has been one of the best spots for beignets and cafe' au lait in Baton Rouge since 1976, and they show no signs of slowing down! The beignets here have been called the best in Louisiana, beating out even the top spots in New Orleans.

  • The Vintage - 333 Laurel St, Baton Rouge, LA 70821
    Now with two locations in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, The Vintage offers classic beignets as well as some unique twists on the old formula. Share a flight of beignets with various toppings, or try a savory beignet smothered with bacon gravy with a poached egg. The Vintage also makes some killer espresso drinks and serves an excellent selection of wines and cocktails to go with their lunch and dinner menus. 

  • Beignet Done That - 14241 Coursey Blvd b1, Baton Rouge, LA 70817
    A popular family coffee shop as well as a student study spot, Beignet Done That is a great locally-owned beignet joint. In addition to classic beignets and slimmed-down beignet "fingers," they also offer a full range of hot and iced coffee and espresso drinks. Beignet Done That has a warm, welcoming atmosphere that will definitely make you look forward to visiting again. 

  • The Ruby Slipper - 3535 Perkins Rd #375, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    A cheerful lunch and brunch spot in Baton Rouge's Highlands/Perkins neighborhood, The Ruby Slipper serves up Southern specialties like shrimp and grits, biscuits and gravy, fried green tomatoes, and seasonal beignets. The Ruby Slipper also makes out-of-this-world mimosas and bloody marys. Their menu includes a great selection of vegetarian, keto, and gluten-free options (the beignets, for the record, are vegetarian but very much not keto-friendly or gluten-free). 

Contact us today to learn more about living life to the fullest in Baton Rouge! If you're on the hunt for your dream home, our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find it here in Louisiana!

September
14

Fall Events Near Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Events

After the school and work days are done, it's time to head out for some quality time together. Luckily, the Baton Rouge area offers a calendar full of fun events that the whole family will enjoy. Our Realtors® and their families love these entertaining events and activities around Baton Rouge homes for sale.

  • Urban Nature Hike - Milford Wampole Memorial Park, 901 Stanford Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    Baton Rouge may be a lively city, but there are plenty of green spaces to explore. Get some exercise while learning more about the great outdoors on an Urban Nature Hike. Enjoy a stroll through beautiful Milford Wampole Memorial Park as your guide shares facts about the park along with helpful tips about outdoor adventuring. Ages 6 and up are welcome. There is no fee, but pre-registration is required. The hike is scheduled for Tuesday, September 27, from 5:45 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.

  • Boo at the Zoo - Baton Rouge Zoo, 3601 Thomas Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70807
    Scare up some Halloween fun at Boo at the Zoo. A great day at the zoo becomes even more festive when you wear your favorite costumes. The fascinating animals found at the zoo include an Eastern black rhinoceros, emu, and jaguar. Be sure to get some Instagram-ready shots of the family posing alongside Fall and Halloween-themed structures found throughout the grounds. Participation is included in regular zoo admission fees, which are $8.75 for adults and teens and $5.75 for ages 2-12. Hours are 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. on the weekends of October 22-23 and 29-30.

  • Live After Five - Rhorer Plaza, 10 S. River Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    Scientists say that sharing musical activities brings families closer together. Not that anyone really needs another reason to attend Live After Five and their wonderful lineup of concerts. Pack up some lawn chairs and blankets for comfy seats as you listen to top local performers. This year's acts include blues singer Jonathan Boogie Long and the 90s party tunes of The Mixed Nuts. Showtime is 5 p.m. every Friday night from September 16 - October 28, and admission is free.

  • Baton Rouge Mini Maker Faire - Independence Park Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70806
    Described as "science fair meets county fair meets farmers market meets Burning Man for families," the Baton Rouge Mini Maker Faire will jump-start anyone's creative juices. A diverse group of "makers" share their passion for hobbies, crafts, and pastimes ranging from robotics and 3D printing to ceramics and textiles. Live builds let participants try out their own maker skills. This year's event takes place from Sunday, October 9 through Saturday, October 15. Visit the website or follow them on Facebook for more information.

  • Family Color Run - West Baton Rouge Parish Library, 830 North Alexander Ave., Port Allen, LA 70767
    On September 24, start your morning with a memorable family fun run at the West Baton Rouge Parish Library. The Family Color Run starts out bright and early with check-in at 9:30 a.m., and the actual run will start at 10 a.m. from the library. Entry is free, and all ages are invited to participate. Don't forget to wear white that way, the colors from the event show up prominently. Plus, this event is close to many great Port Allen homes for sale

Baton Rouge open houses are a perfect way to keep the whole family engaged in finding a forever home. Contact us to learn more.

September
7

Historic Hotels Near Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Hotels

The rich history surrounding Baton Rouge homes for sale extends to many of the local hotels. Whether you're a resident or just visiting, immerse yourself in the city's fascinating past with a visit to one of these great hotels recommended by our Realtors®

  • The Heidelberg Hotel - 201 Lafayette St., Baton Rouge, LA 70801
    While it no longer bears its original name, the Heidelberg Hotel still plays a significant role in Baton Rouge's history. Built in 1927, the hotel gained fame as a favored hangout of Huey P. Long, one-time governor and U.S. Senator of Louisiana. Ironically, the Heidelberg became the de facto state capital for Lieutenant Governor Paul Cyr when Long tried to serve as both governor and senator simultaneously. Named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982, the Heidelberg underwent a $70 million restoration in 2006, when it reopened as the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center

  • Watermark Baton Rouge - 150 Third St., Baton Rouge, LA 70801
    As the city's first skyscraper built in 1927, the Watermark Baton Rouge was a giant step toward creating a modern urban setting. At the time, the Watermark was home to the headquarters of Louisiana Trust & Savings Bank. In a nod to tradition, many locals still affectionately refer to the hotel as the Old Louisiana National Bank building. Celebrate special occasions at The Gregory, the elegant on-site restaurant at the Watermark and one of Baton Rouge's more popular dining destinations. The restaurant is named after local artist Angela Gregory, whose exquisite murals adorn the walls of the dining room.

  • Dauphine Orleans Hotel - 415 Dauphine St., New Orleans, LA 70112
    Discover the many attractions of the iconic French Quarter during a stay at the Dauphine Orleans Hotel. The cottage-style guestrooms are located in three historic buildings, including Hermann House, the one-time home of a wealthy New Orleans merchant, and an 18th-century carriage house. Even though you're just steps away from the French Quarter and right down the street from New Orleans homes for sale, the luxurious rooms provide a peaceful oasis where you can relax and recharge. 

  • The Southern Hotel - 428 E. Boston St., Covington, LA 70433
    For much of its existence, dating back to 1907, the Southern Hotel has been deeply woven into the community around Covington homes for sale. The charming hotel has been the site of many special occasions, from wedding receptions and honeymoons to birthday and anniversary parties. Furniture, paintings, and other works by local artists are prominently displayed throughout the building. 

  • The Hotel Bentley - 200 Desoto St., Alexandria, LA 71301
    The Hotel Bentley was built in 1908, but its philosophy is to "remain faithful to the past while keeping an eye on the future." Legend has it that founder Joseph Bentley, a wealthy lumberman and noted eccentric, built the hotel out of spite when he was refused a room at the Ice House Hotel. The location, just minutes from Alexandria homes for sale, provides convenient dining opportunities at the Bentley's three upscale restaurants.

Touring Baton Rouge open houses? There's no better reason to enjoy a stay at one of these special hotels. Contact us at Latter & Blum for more information.

September
6

Festivals in NOLA this Fall

NOLA Festivals

The days may be getting shorter, but when the seasons start to change, the fun doesn't stop around New Orleans homes for sale. Join our Realtors® and immerse yourself in these lively events taking place over the upcoming weeks. 

  • Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, 1205 N. Rampart St., New Orleans, LA 70116
    Founded in 2006, the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival is a relative newcomer to the entertainment scene, but the music and food it celebrates have a long and storied tradition in NOLA. Performers scheduled for the two music stages include blues legend Charles Musselwhite, reported to be the inspiration for Dan Aykroyd's character in The Blues Brothers. The newest generation will be represented by Charlie's daughter Layla, an accomplished blues musician in her own right. Festival dates are Friday, October 14, through Sunday, October 16. Admission is free, with VIP passes available for $250.

  • Oak Street Po-Boy Festival - 8316 Oak St., New Orleans, LA 70118
    After a two-year hiatus, NOLA's iconic sandwich is back in the spotlight at the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival. More than 40 vendors will be offering their take on the po-boy, vying for best-of-fest honors. Fried shrimp, oysters, and catfish are the favorites, but which will it be this year? In addition to live music, a market, and a kids' zone, there will be a number of events and activities focused on the history of the po-boy. The festival takes place on Sunday, November 6, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Admission is free, but a $5 wristband is required to access the food vendors. VIP and fast passes are available for $99 and $20, respectively.

  • Carnaval Latino - Washington Square Park, 700 Elysian Fields Ave., New Orleans, LA 70117
    It's a feast for all senses at Carnaval Latino, which is held in downtown New Orleans every October. The event honors the rich Hispanic culture which has been deeply entwined with the city for nearly three centuries. Festivities kick off on Friday night with a colorful parade, "Desfiles de Las Americas," led by the Krewe of Quetzal. Food, art, and music fill the following day, with local and international performers on hand. Mark your calendar for the parade on Friday, October 7, and Carnaval Latino on Saturday, October 8. Admission is free.

  • New Orleans Film Festival - Various locations
    While NOLA has long been a popular location for moviemaking, the New Orleans Film Festival is so influential that it's become known as "Cannes on the Mississippi." For the last 10 years in a row, MovieMaker Magazine has included the event on its list of "Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee." The festival is known for its diverse programming and the Emerging Voices Mentorship, which pairs up-and-coming filmmakers with film industry leaders for one-on-one guidance. This year's festival is scheduled for November 3-8, with a virtual festival running through November 13. Visit the website for full schedule and pricing.

  • Ghosts in the Oaks - City Park, 5 Victory Ave., New Orleans, LA 70124
    Ghosts in the Oaks, one of NOLA's most beloved holiday events, makes a triumphant return in 2022. Family-friendly activities include arts & crafts, trick-or-treating, and hot dog roasts around a campfire. The fun takes place 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. from Thursday, October 20 through Sunday, October 23. Admission is $25, with early admission at 5 p.m. available for an additional $5. 

Ready to buy or sell a home before the end of the year? Contact us at Latter & Blum for information about New Orleans open houses

August
24

Spend the Day in Downtown Alexandria

Alexandria

Looking for a great place to spend the day in Central Louisiana? Whether you're shopping for Alexandria homes for sale or just visiting for the day, you're sure to find plenty to love about downtown Alexandria. Our Realtors® have all of the details on some of the best attractions to enjoy while spending the day in downtown Alexandria.

  • Alexandria Museum of Art – 933 2nd St., Alexandria, LA 71301
    The Alexandria Museum of Art is the perfect place to start your journey because it combines art and history to showcase the best of downtown Alexandria. The museum is located in the Rapides Bank Building, which was constructed in 1898 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum itself was founded in 1977, hosting 5 to 7 unique exhibitions each year that showcase both historic and contemporary art. It's also a popular place for special events, with everything from yoga classes to lectures on the schedule.

  • Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center – 1202 3rd St., Alexandria, LA 71301
    Do your artistic tastes lean more towards performance arts? Then the Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center is sure to have a show with your name on it. The venue seats more than 600 guests for live performances, including plays, concerts, recitals, musicals, ballets, and performances from the Rapides Symphony Orchestra. While it was built in 2004, the venue features the ornate, elegant atmosphere of a historic theater.

  • Arna Bontemps African-American Museum – 1327 3rd St., Alexandria, LA 71301
    The Arna Bontemps African-American Museum is dedicated to the life and work of poet Arna Bontemps, a key figure in the Harlem Renaissance who was born in Louisiana. Located in the home where Arna Bontemps was born, the museum highlights his literary legacy, cultural significance, and early life in Alexandria. There are frequent events here throughout the year, and the museum is also part of the Louisiana African-American Heritage Trail.

  • Louisiana History Museum – 503 Washington St., Alexandria, LA 71301
    Interested in learning more about the history of downtown Alexandria? The Louisiana History Museum is dedicated to sharing the history of both Alexandria and Louisiana as a whole. It's home to one of the largest collections of historical artifacts in Louisiana, with more than 50 exhibits and displays for you to explore. Guided tours are also available, and admission to the museum is free.

  • River Oaks Square Arts Center – 1330 2nd St., Alexandria, LA 71301
    Another hub of the arts in downtown Alexandria, the River Oaks Square Arts Center hosts more than 30 resident artists and offers the unique experience of being able to watch those artists as they work. You can also enjoy a wide range of lectures, workshops, special exhibitions, and events here throughout the year.

Searching for a home close to all of these amazing attractions and so much more? Our local real estate team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Alexandria, LA area.

August
19

About the EatLafayette Passport

EatLafayette Passport

If you haven't spent much time in Lafayette, you might find the city's incredible wealth of restaurants and eateries a bit overwhelming. How do you pick just a few places to eat at during your time in the city?

Our Realtors® are excited to see a program drawing more attention to Lafayette's excellent restaurant scene. Here are a few more details about this passport program showcasing Lafayette's local restaurants and the benefits you get from using it when you dine out. 

What is the EatLafayette Passport? 

The EatLafayette passport is your access key to the EatLafayette program and is available through the city's official website. To sign up, simply enter your name, email address, phone number, and a few other personal details. You will then receive a link to your passport via email or text message.

Tap the link to download it, then save it to your home screen. You can then use it to check which restaurants are participating in the EatLafayette program and check in to each when you arrive there for a meal. 

Participating eateries offer all kinds of different dishes, including seafood, burgers, pizza, fine dining, and even macarons. You'll find many of Lafayette's best restaurants on the passport list, including Judice Inn and Charley G's Seafood Grill. It's an excellent resource for tourists and newcomers to the area near our Lafayette homes for sale, and its additional benefits only make it more worthwhile. Be sure to check their website for the full official list of participating restaurants.

Save On Your Restaurant Bill

In addition to gaining prize drawing entries, the EatLafayette passport also offers a more immediate benefit: discounts. Some of the restaurants involved in the program are offering special perks to people who participate, including reduced prices on specific menu items, discounts you can apply to your whole order, or freebies you can enjoy with a purchase. 

Not all of the eateries participating in the passport program are also offering these perks. Be sure to check your passport to find out what you can expect at each restaurant you plan to visit. You'll find the relevant details included under each restaurant's listing. You'll also need to check in before you can get access to the offer, so remember to do that right away when you arrive. 

Get a Taste of Louisiana's Best

So many great restaurants are just waiting to be tried in the Lafayette area! Lafayette's world-class food is worth savoring, and the EatLafayette passport gives you a great excuse to sample more of it. If you move into a home in the area, it will all be right outside your front door. Contact us today to learn more about any of our Lafayette open houses and find out just how easy it can be to settle down near your favorite Lafayette restaurants.

August
16

Walking Tours in NOLA

Nola Walking Tours

New Orleans homes for sale are part of a city that's packed with unique history and culture. Between your schedule of New Orleans open houses, it's a wise idea to explore and see everything that the "Big Easy" has to offer. The best way to do that is by foot, and there are plenty of opportunities.

Of all America's most amazing cities, New Orleans tops the charts for the sheer number and diversity of walking tours available every day. Our Realtors® know that many of our customers enjoy these tours and use them to get a better sense of what New Orleans is really all about.

Let's dive in and look at some of the top walking tours in NOLA.

New Orleans Legendary Walking Tours

New Orleans Legendary Walking Tours bills itself among the biggest and oldest walking tour companies here in New Orleans. Tours leave from various locations and usually include small groups. Seven highly experienced tour guides are available to take you on a classic walking tour or one of your own choosing.

If you want to get acquainted with all the top landmarks of New Orleans quickly, a "legendary" walking tour may be your best bet. There are four different tours to choose from and custom packages available.

These packages await at New Orleans Legendary Walking Tours:

  • Legends & Spirits Cocktail Hour
    New Orleans is packed with myths and legends, stories of larger-than-life characters who helped make the city what it is today. With this tour, you'll visit historic restaurants that will give you a true taste of NOLA's unique cocktail culture – both figuratively and literally. Naturally, this one is for adults only!

  • The French Quarter Tour
    The French Quarter is the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans. Here, you'll get the chance to see all the top examples of its striking French and Spanish architecture. Thanks to its high elevation, the area has maintained a treasure trove of centuries-old buildings preserved and waiting for your visit.

  • New Orleans Ghost Tour
    New Orleans is said to be one of the "Most Haunted" cities in America. Taking place exclusively at night, this tour will give you the chance to revisit real historic events and hear about eyewitness accounts of the unexplained. On your way around New Orleans' "murder mansions," you might just see a ghost!

  • The Garden District Tour
    In a city known for its character, the Garden District stands out as a neighborhood unlike any other. With lavish gardens, tree-lined boulevards, and Southern charm aplenty, it will offer you experiences that stick with you for a lifetime. You'll see celebrity mansions and the storied Lafayette Cemetery.

Free Tours by Foot

Free Tours by Foot is an alternative online marketplace for booking walking tours, swamp tours, and much more with experienced local guides. As you would expect, it offers tours of the Garden District, French Quarter, and the iconic Ghost Tour. But there are several other options not found elsewhere.

Among these are:

  • The Voodoo Tour
    This tour will bring you to sites such as Congo Square and others strongly associated with voodoo while explaining its basic ideas and history.

  • Treme
    Treme is the oldest continuously occupied black neighborhood in the United States. As the origin place of jazz and America's soul food traditions, it epitomizes much of what makes New Orleans so special. Tourists will discover the history and see the sights of this historic neighborhood.

Contact us to discover more about New Orleans.

August
10

Where to Grab Lunch in Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Lunch

Baton Rouge has an incomparable culinary scene. Just minutes from Baton Rouge homes for sale, you'll find world-class restaurants in a medley of styles. Some are known throughout the U.S., while others are local favorites. Our Realtors® can introduce you.

Between Baton Rouge open houses, try these intriguing lunch spots:

  • Milford's on Third – 150 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70801
    Although Milford's on Third is best known for its breakfast, the promise of classic delicatessen fare "without all the fanfare" means you can stop in any morning and appreciate the sandwiches and pastries all afternoon long. Lunch is served alongside breakfast from early in the morning until the 3 p.m. closing time, seven days a week. This family-owned spot also offers curbside and takeout service.

  • The Chimes Restaurant and Tap Room – 3357 Highland Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    Offering some of the best Southern cuisine and soul food in a city known for it, The Chimes Restaurant and Tap Room is so popular that it has three nearby locations to choose from. For over 25 years, it's been a mainstay among students, faculty, and visitors to Louisiana State University. Offering Cajun and Creole cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere that welcomes families, it is lauded for its extensive list of spirits.

  • Beausoleil Restaurant & Bar – 7731 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
    Beausoleil Restaurant & Bar is the place to go for innovative coastal cuisine. Creative dishes with fresh, local ingredients run the gamut from the indispensable raw oysters to tuna tataki to the spicy crab and crawfish maki roll. In addition to the brunch and lunch every day, it offers lavishly appointed spaces for all your most memorable group events. Reservations are strongly recommended.

  • Louie's Cafe – 3322 Lake Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    Louie's Cafe is beloved in the local area as an LSU tradition dating all the way back to 1941. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available from open to close – that is, 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. seven days a week. Among the lunch offerings are the famous Louie's Combos, the legendary Big Louie Burger, and Louie's Super Club. The menu is updated regularly!

  • Tony's Seafood – 5215 Plank Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70805
    Tony's Seafood bills itself as Louisiana's largest seafood market, with "Catering to Geaux" any time of the day and night. The most popular items to pick up in bulk include fresh-caught Louisiana blue crabs, Tony's signature broiled crawfish, and domestic wild-caught shrimp caught in local waters. Don't miss out on the Cajun boudin balls and fried whole catfish for a lunch you won't soon forget.

  • Mason's Grill – 13556 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge, LA 70817
    Mason's Grill blurs the line between lunch and brunch. Boldly calling itself Baton Rouge's Favorite Restaurant, it has something new every day of the week. You can enjoy the original Taco Tuesday, create your own burger with a huge range of buns, cheeses, and meats, or stop by for champagne brunch every weekend from 9 a.m. to 3 in the afternoon. There's simply nothing Mason's can't do.

  • Zorba's Greek Bistro – 5713 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70810
    Zorba's Greek Bistro stands out as one of the top Mediterranean restaurants in Baton Rouge. The menu is packed with delectable finds centering on the cuisine of Cyprus Island. Lunch guests can savor a slew of appetizers, soups, salads, gyros, souvlaki, and specialty sandwiches – the lamb halloumi sandwich is the headliner here. Dinner will not disappoint, with plenty of large shareable plates and hearty entrees.

Contact us to discover more about Baton Rouge real estate.

August
9

Shop Local Vendors at the French Market

Shop French Market

Our Realtors® never tire of wandering among the vendors at the French Market. There's always a huge selection of food and drink, clothing and jewelry, art and souvenirs waiting to be discovered.

And it's always changing! If you're in town visiting New Orleans open houses, you don't want to miss a trip to the French Market.

History of the French Market

The French Market has existed in something resembling its current form since 1791. Some of the oldest parts of the present-day market were built in 1813. At that time, it was commonly referred to as the Meat Market, as it was the only place in the city where meat was sold. 

Over the course of the 19th century, an informal bazaar grew in the space between the Meat Market and the nearby Vegetable Market. A building to house that bazaar was erected in 1872, looking very much like the French Market of today.

The most recent major renovations to the French Market were carried out by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s, though many smaller additions and renovations have taken place in the decades since. 

French Market Vendors

Most of the vendors at the French Market come here every single day, and many have been set up here for years. But the market still changes from day to day, and you truly never know what you might find. 

Although the French Market is seen by some as a tourist spot, it's also a favorite hangout for locals. Plenty of NOLA residents come here every week, not just to see what's new but to pick up their reliable favorites. Some of the things you'll find in the French Market include:

Visit the French Market

The French Market is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. It's sandwiched between the Mississippi River and the French Quarter and is just minutes away from many New Orleans homes for sale

Although it's changed a lot over the years, the French Market is still a hub for commerce, culture, and community in New Orleans. It belongs on the short list of destinations that no NOLA trip is complete without!

Contact us today to learn more about all the sights and sounds of New Orleans. If you're on the hunt for your dream home, our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find it in the New Orleans area!

August
5

7 Reasons Why You'll Love Living in Lafayette

Acadiana

Moving to a new city often includes equal parts of excitement and apprehension. But Our Realtors® know the Lafayette area is truly something special. Here are just some of the reasons people move to this area.

  1. Diverse Population and Culture
    Lafayette embodies the modern-day version of the "melting pot" ethic that formed the foundation of our country. Niche, the noted site that reviews cities based on a wide range of criteria, ranks Lafayette as the most diverse place to live in its namesake parish. 

  2. Pleasant Weather
    No need to be a snowbird in Lafayette. According to Best Places, the city averages zero inches of snow per year versus the U.S. average of a whopping 28 inches. While Louisiana's humid summers are well-known, the other seasons make up for it. Spring and fall temperatures usually sit comfortably in the upper 70s and lower 80s, and even winter temperatures are relatively mild in the 40s.

  3. Low Cost of Living
    Your hard-earned dollar goes further in Lafayette. On a scale of 100, which represents the national average, Best Places calculates Lafayette's cost of living at 87.7. The city ranks considerably lower than average nearly across the board, with the biggest savings in the categories of groceries, healthcare, and utilities.

  4. Affordable Housing
    Housing is the biggest item in nearly everyone's budget, and Lafayette delivers great values. The median home cost is $180K-$190K, about $100K less than the national average. The property tax rate is roughly half the national average, which adds to the attractiveness of homeownership. In addition, there's a neighborhood in Lafayette to suit everyone, featuring historic homes and urban apartments, quiet suburban areas, and rural properties. 

  5. Family-Friendly
    Niche also recognizes Lafayette as a great place to raise a family, awarding the city a B+ grade in "Good for Families" and B- in "Public Schools." Many local attractions, such as Vermillionville and the Children's Museum of Acadiana, provide a mix of entertainment and education. Families can also enjoy outdoor fun with opportunities for paddling, fishing, camping, and hiking in the city known as the "Sportsman's Paradise." Acadiana Park Nature Station is a particular favorite for its programs and activities, including night hikes, nature talks, and Young Naturalist Clubs.

  6. Year-Round Festivals
    Festivals are a great way to meet people and learn what makes a community special. Lafayette loves to party, as evidenced by the full calendar of festivals. The headliner is the Festival International de Louisiane, which has been held each spring for 37 years. Other popular events include fall's Festivals Acadiens et Creoles, along with countless festivals celebrating Lafayette's food, culture, and history.

  7. Eclectic Food Scene
    It goes without saying that Cajun and Creole food reign supreme in Lafayette, but the restaurant scene has a surprisingly diverse representation of cuisines. In July, Food Network named Johnson's Boucaniere to their list of "50 States of Barbecue," applauding their flavorful brisket and pulled pork, while the Lafayette Daily Advertiser turned a spotlight on the city's robust offering of tacos and Mexican street food

Need any more reasons to visit Lafayette open houses? Get the inside scoop when you contact us at Latter & Blum.

July
26

Outdoor Dining Spots Throughout Lake Charles

After a full day checking out Lake Charles homes for sale, it only makes sense to get out and have some fun. You are sure to find outdoor dining options for you, no matter what your favorite cuisine might be.

Our real estate agents are often asked about the best restaurants in Lake Charles. While the city has something for everyone, one topic comes up again and again, thanks to the area's natural beauty: Outdoor dining. Always popular in Lake Charles, it has really taken off in recent years.

Let's look at just a few of your many Lake Charles outdoor dining options:

  • 1910 Restaurant and Wine Bar – 949 Ryan Street, Lake Charles, LA 70601
    1910 Restaurant and Wine Bar is a classy and sophisticated spot nestled right in the midst of beautiful downtown Lake Charles. While enjoying all the views from the public square on Ryan Street, you'll savor American, Creole, Cajun, and French delicacies. The Sunday Brunch brings out the best of 1910! Outdoor seating is always available.

  • Pujo Street Cafe – 901 Ryan Street, Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Pujo Street Cafe does a little bit of everything, with a chef-inspired menu that ranges from Creole and Cajun classics to steaks, seafood, pasta, and desserts. You'll feel like you're right in the beating heart of New Orleans from your own Lake Charles neighborhood. The covered patio is one of the best around, and it eagerly welcomes your canine friends so long as they remain leashed at all times.

  • Luna Bar and Grill – 719 Ryan Street, Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Luna Bar and Grill combines delectable food with an eclectic atmosphere that attracts locals and visitors alike. Luna's patio is an important part of the Lake Charles live music scene. Visit in the evenings, and you may see an up-and-coming Lake Charles musical act or a well-known star. As for the food, it does dinner and lunch – and on Sundays there is a "Jazz Brunch" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Loggerheads Bar and Riverside Resort – 3748 Highway 3059, Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Loggerheads Bar and Riverside Resort is at one of the city's best locations, right alongside the Calcasieu River. Guests must be 21+ to enter, thanks to the wide-ranging menu of wine, liquor, beer, and spirits. As you join in the fun, you'll note the casual atmosphere and some of the best outdoor seating to be found here in Lake Charles. There's enough space for dozens of visitors to enjoy a view of the water in peace.

  • Rikenjaks Brewing Company – 3716 Ryan Street, Lake Charles, LA 70605
    Rikenjaks Brewing Company has recently made its triumphant return to Lake Charles. Originally a major player in the growing Lake Charles dining scene in 1990, Rikenjaks went on hiatus for some time before reappearing in its current spot. Now, it offers daily specials, drinks, and live music. Tuesday is Team Trivia night, and every Friday and Saturday includes live music right on the patio.

Eager to discover Lake Charles for yourself? Contact us to find out more or stop by one of our Lake Charles open houses.

July
27

Visit the Alexandria Zoological Park

Alexandria Zoo

The Alexandria Zoological Park (also known as the Alexandria Zoo) has been one of the city's top attractions since it first opened in 1986. Its popularity hasn't waned in the more than 30 years that have passed. 

Our real estate agents know there are many family-friendly places located near Alexandria homes for sale

Let's take a closer look at this zoo to discover what makes it so special. 

Animals and Exhibits

The Alexandria Zoo showcases a wide variety of mammals, birds, fish, and amphibians for the city's residents. Animals are grouped according to habitat in spacious walkthrough exhibits decorated with themed objects to complete the guest experience. 

You'll find most of the classic zoo animals here, including lions, kangaroos, and small monkeys. However, it's the unusual animals like the maned wolf, capybara, and Brazilian tapir that many guests fall in love with during their visit. Visit the zoo's world-class Brazilian jungle habitat to see all three!

The zoo's birds are arguably the highlight of their animal exhibits. Their enclosures contain elegant herons, striking cranes, and rosy pink flamingos, among many others. The zoo also keeps flocks of parrots of every color, including endangered species like the yellow-headed amazon and the umbrella cockatoo. 

Finally, the zoo also contains an impressive collection of frogs and fish, including the eye-catching red-eyed tree frog and the distinctive blue tang and clown anemonefish. It may be hard to spot some of these creatures up close in the zoo's massive naturalistic habitats, but that makes the thrill of spotting one all the more enjoyable.

Zoo Amenities

Beyond its amazing animal exhibits, the Alexandria Zoo is also equipped to provide guests with everything they need during their day of fun.

If you get hungry during your visit, you can stop by the zoo's restaurant for a bite to eat. This small casual eatery serves staple foods like hot dogs, cheeseburgers, and fries, as well as snack-friendly favorites like soft pretzels, ice cream, and lemonade.

Events and Education

The Alexandria Zoo takes pride in its role as an educational resource and conservation leader in the state of Louisiana.

Each animal has its own profile on the zoo's website, where guests can learn about the animals they are observing, what makes each of their habitats unique, and what is being done to help preserve their populations in the wild. The zoo also distributes useful information on how to implement conservation efforts within your own home. 

If you visit the zoo on certain days, you may also get to take part in some of the institution's special events. Their yearly events include an Earth Day celebration, a Mardi Gras Party, the Zoo Boo Halloween event, and the Holiday Light Safari. They also host a special after-hours party for members of their FOTAZ (Friends of the Alexandria Zoo) program once a year, usually in the late spring. 

The Animals Await

The Alexandria Zoo's wholesome educational activities offer fun for the whole family, and it's far from the only exciting attraction in the area. Contact us today to learn more about the area or visit one of these Alexandria open houses

July
22

Drive-Thru Daiquiri Stands in Lafayette

daiquiri stands

Many first-time visitors to Louisiana are shocked when they see their first drive-thru daiquiri stand. Our real estate agents always get a kick out of watching people's reactions! 

You might just pass a daiquiri stand or two if you're out visiting Lafayette open houses. Understandably, you might want to learn a little more about this uniquely Louisiana phenomenon.

How is This Possible?

To make a long story short, there's a particular loophole to Louisiana's open container law that allows frozen alcoholic beverages to be kept (but, importantly, not consumed) inside a moving vehicle, as long as the container is unopened. 

In the case of daiquiris, the word "unopened" is generally defined as having the lid intact and no straw protruding out of it. Locally, daiquiris are usually sold with tape over the straw hole to show that it's "closed". 

Best Daiquiri Stands in Lafayette

The upshot of all this is that drive-through daiquiris in Louisiana are not only wildly popular but also completely legal. That's why we're eager to share our favorite daiquiri stands near these Lafayette homes for sale:

  • Cupid's Daiquiri - 109 Louisiana Ave, Lafayette, LA 70501
    You can choose from well over 100 varieties of daiquiri at Cupid's Daiquiri, which has been serving the Lafayette area since 2007. Their signature drink is the Mary Jane, which is a bold, piña-colada flavored concoction made with melon liquor, spiced rum, coconut rum, and blue curaçao. 

  • Daiquiri Depot - 241 Donlon Ave, Lafayette, LA 70501
    Although it has recently re-opened in a new location (the former Wendy's on Donlon Avenue), Daiquiri Depot is actually the oldest drive-thru daiquiri establishment in Lafayette. Owner Heather Louvierre was forced to move after the original location on the Evangeline Thruway, open since 1984, was damaged by fire. Luckily, they still serve up the same delicious daiquiris and excellent boiled seafood. 

  • New Orleans Original Daiquiris - 5601 Johnston St, Lafayette, LA 70503
    A beloved local chain that now has dozens of locations across the state of Louisiana, New Orleans Original Daiquiris is certainly one of the most recognizable drive-thru daiquiri stands out there. The Lafayette location serves up all their classic flavors, like Jungle Juice, Crawgator, Margarita, and Banana Banshee. 

  • Daiquiris Supreme - 4680 Johnston St, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Whether you want to grab daiquiris through their drive-through window or sit and sip awhile in their indoor bar area, Daiquiris Supreme has some great options. In addition to classic flavors like piña colada and margarita, they also offer some high-octane choices like "Blue Diesel," which is made with Everclear 190, tequila, vodka, and blue curaçao.

  • Frankie's BEST Daiquiris - 110 14th St, Lafayette, LA 70501
    Does Frankie's BEST Daiquiris make the best daiquiris in Lafayette? It's hard to say, but they put the word "BEST" right their in their name in all-caps, so we're not going to argue. They serve up to 60-plus flavors and are best known for their weekly gallon-sized daiquiri special for "Wild Wednesday," and for offering a free Jell-O shot with every order. 

  • Mandez's Seafood Bar & Grill - 110 Doucet Rd, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Unsurprisingly, Mandez's Seafood Bar & Grill is a seafood establishment first and foremost. They serve up some excellent po'boys, shrimp tacos, and fried fish, and are a popular Lafayette lunch spot. But Mandez's also makes tasty daiquiris for either dine-in or to-go, and their rotating monthly specials always offer unique and tasty flavor combinations. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in Louisiana! If you're looking for your dream home in Lafayette and the surrounding areas, our real estate agents are here to help every step of the way. 

July
11

Riverboat Cruises in New Orleans

Nola Riverboats

Riverboat travel is part of the rich historical legacy of New Orleans. Explore NOLA from a new perspective aboard one of these delightful riverboat cruises recommended by our real estate agents.

  • New Orleans Steamboat Company - 400 Toulouse St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Board the Riverboat City of New Orleans for a jazz-filled trip along the river from New Orleans Steamboat Company. Daytime and Sunday cruises start off with a calliope concert, followed by a performance from Duke Heitger's Steamboat Stompers Jazz Trio. Evening cruises features a Grammy-nominated jazz trio. A knowledgeable guide is on hand to share information about the port. Optional lunch, brunch, and dinner buffets are available. Prices start at $39 for adults and $16 for kids ages 6-12. 

  • New Orleans Paddlewheels - 1 Poydras St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Take a trip back in time near New Orleans homes for sale with New Orleans Paddlewheels. The Creole Queen is a stunning throwback to the days when these classic ships were a regular sight on the river. With three private dining rooms that accommodate 880 passengers, the Creole Queen has the largest indoor capacity of touring vessels in New Orleans. Their signature historic cruise, offered twice daily, includes highlights such as Lafitte National Historic Park and the French Quarters of Treme and Marigny. Other options include jazz, brunch, and holiday cruises, with meals available on all. Prices start at $39 for adults and $15 for kids ages 6-12.

  • New Orleans Pedal Barge - 2651 Paris Rd., New Orleans, LA 70129
    The iconic Mississippi River is a majestic sight, but the swamps and bayous of NOLA have their own unique beauty. While it's not a riverboat like the others on our list, you can take a one-of-a-kind trip along the Bayou Bienvenue River on a New Orleans Pedal Barge. Plus, it's a great option for groups! Cajun Queen and Bayou Boogie seat 18-22 passengers with 12 pedal stations for an interactive experience. Not up to a workout? The barges have backup motors to handle the job. Both boats are equipped with Bluetooth speakers and party lights. Guests can bring their own food and beverages, and fishing is permitted. New Orleans Pedal Barge also offers a 12-person luxury pontoon boat and the Freaky Tiki, which holds up to 25 passengers. Visit the website for information about pricing and reservations.

  • The Riverboat Louis Armstrong - 1 Poydras St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Have an unforgettable experience when you book an event at the biggest venue on the Mississippi River. The Riverboat Louis Armstrong offers enough space for 2,500 guests, making it a memorable backdrop for meetings, weddings, and other special events. This space includes four dining rooms and three fully-stocked bars. Unlike other riverboats on this list, this riverboat will remain dockside and only sail under special circumstances. Besides hosting weddings and corporate events, The Riverboat Louis Armstrong also hosts a number of concerts, brunches, and other seasonal events. Keep an eye on their website for the latest information on these upcoming events.

Enjoying a cruise on the river is even easier when you live nearby! New Orleans open houses are a perfect way to find or sell a home. Contact us at Latter & Blum to learn more.

July
13

Trivia Nights in Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Trivia

Looking for a fun way to test your knowledge, enjoy a night out with friends, and maybe even take home some great prizes in the process? Some of the best bars, burger joints, and pizza parlors near Baton Rouge homes for sale offer regularly scheduled trivia nights where you can compete for prizes while enjoying great specials on your favorite menu items. Our real estate agents have all the details on where to find trivia nights around Baton Rouge.

  • Mid Tap – 660 Arlington Creek Centre Blvd., Ste. D, Baton Rouge, LA 70820
    With 48 self-serve taps, a full-service cocktail bar, and a delicious menu of bar bites, Mid Tap offers everything you need to enjoy a night out with your favorite people. There's also a busy lineup of special events every week, starting with an all-day happy hour on Mondays which includes trivia night beginning at 7:30 PM.

  • City Slice – 124 W. Chimes St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    The team at City Slice is known for serving up some of the best pizzas and craft brews in Baton Rouge. But did you know that they also offer delicious tacos? Tuesday Trivia N' Tacos is a regularly scheduled event at City Slice that kicks off every Tuesday at 6:00 PM. Test your knowledge to compete for City Slice gift cards and enjoy some delicious tacos while you compete.

  • The Smiling Dog – 4215 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70816
    For the classic Baton Rouge pub experience, it's tough to top the atmosphere at The Smiling Dog. This local pub features pool tables, darts, a dog-friendly patio where you can dine outdoors, and plenty of TVs to watch all of the biggest games. Every Monday at 8:00 PM you can participate in the Pub Olympics, where you will compete in rounds of trivia, darts, and pool to win outstanding prizes.

  • Pluckers Wing Bar – 4225 Nicholson Dr. #101, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    While it doesn't feature a weekly trivia night like some of the other entries on our list, the Pluckers Wing Bar Facebook page will keep you up to date on all of their latest trivia nights. Past topics at Pluckers Wing Bar trivia nights include Star Wars, HBO, Disney, and Sitcom Night, so this is a great place to visit if you love pop culture trivia.

  • Burgersmith – 3613 Perkins Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    Another great destination for pop culture trivia is Burgersmith, which features trivia at its Perkins Road location on Tuesday nights, and at its Denham Springs location every Wednesday evening. This summer will feature trivia themes related to some of your favorite classic TV shows, including The Office, Friends, and Seinfeld. Grab a gourmet burger and a cold drink, then let the fun begin.

  • Rally Cap Brewing Company – 11212 Pennywood Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70809
    Trivia Tuesday is the name of the game at Rally Cap Brewing Company, which hosts trivia every Tuesday night from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. It's free to play every week, and the top three teams will win prizes from the bar. Doors open at 3:00 PM, leaving plenty of time to sample the craft brews and tasty food on the menu here.

Searching for a home that makes it easy to enjoy all of the outstanding food and fun events around Baton Rouge? Our Baton Rouge open houses make it easy to find the right match. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Baton Rouge, LA area.

July
5

Bar Hopping in NOLA

Bar hopping nola

New Orleans is well known for its hip and happening nightlife. There are dozens of bars in the historic city center, some of which have been around for more than a century. After a full day of scoping out New Orleans homes for sale or attending New Orleans open houses, you can kick back with some bar hopping.

You don't have to wait until Fat Tuesday to party in the Big Easy. Whether you just want to drop in for a quick drink or plan to spend a night meeting with friends old and new, this may just be the best place. Our real estate agents say there's something for everyone!

Let's take a look at just a few of your many exciting options:

  • Pal's Lounge – 949 North Rendon Street, New Orleans, LA 70119
    Pal's Lounge is an ideal place to start if it's your first night ever bar hopping in New Orleans. It has just about everything that distinguishes the NOLA bar scene from all the rest: An excellent location right in a historic neighborhood, the classic "corner bar" and long bar aesthetic, reasonable prices starting around $7 for a specialty cocktail, and plenty of regulars who are ready to welcome new faces to the fold.

  • Kermit's Treme Mother-in-Law Lounge – 1500 North Claiborne Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70116
    Don't worry: You probably won't run into your mother-in-law at Kermit's Treme Mother-in-Law Lounge, but many of New Orleans' leading jazz crooners and artists frequent the guest list. Standing out from the pack with a bright and stylish exterior, it is a neighborhood institution founded by local musician Ernie K. Doe. Named for Ernie's #1 hit, the bar features free crawfish boils on Fridays, and the patio hosts lots of live music.

  • Finn McCool's Irish Pub – 3701 Banks Street, New Orleans, LA 70119
    Finn McCool's Irish Pub comes to you straight from Ireland. Founders Stephen and Pauline Patterson opened their doors in 2002 after extensive travels in the Emerald Isle. McCool's is beloved in the neighborhood because their rebuilding back in 2006 helped catalyze a resurgence of the neighborhood. These days, you can pop over for a beer on tap, pool, darts, and soccer. It's the closest thing to Dublin right in New Orleans and highly popular with the international community.

  • Twelve Mile Limit – 500 South Telemachus Street, New Orleans, LA 70119
    Twelve Mile Limit is lauded for its beautiful and spacious patio, providing some of the best views in New Orleans. It has also been acclaimed for its innovatively designed house cocktails. Devoted regulars say the flavors stand head and shoulders over the rest, but Twelve Mile Limit is far from pretentious. Its partnership with Que Pasta enlivens the drinks selection by pairing it with a genuine Latin lunch and brunch menu.

  • R Bar – 1431 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
    R Bar, also known as the Royal Street Inn, is back and better than ever after a challenging time in 2020. With a friendly neighborhood watering hole on one side and high-quality hospitality in historic digs on the other, you might just find this is your new home away from home. The R Bar itself is an iconic "dive" experience complete with dim lighting and billiards at all hours. It doesn't get more authentic than this.

Contact us to find out more or get started with New Orleans real estate opportunities.

July
1

Visit Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge This Summer

Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge

Louisiana is home to many different ecosystems. If you'd like to spend a day admiring the area's natural wonders, Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge is the perfect place to do so since it has many unique species of plants and animals. Our real estate agents often recommend that newcomers visit the refuge to learn more about local wildlife. Plan your visit with the information below.

  • Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge: An Overview
    Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1996 as a way to preserve the freshwater marshes in South Central Louisiana. The land is maintained by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and is within easy reach of many Houma homes for sale.

    With more than 4,600 acres of marsh and swamp land, the refuge is bisected by the Gulf Intercoastal Waterway. Several man-made canals also stretch across the refuge. Visitors can walk along the 1-mile path or navigate the swamps by boat. 

  • Visiting the Refuge: 3599 Bayou Black Dr., Houma, LA 70360
    The refuge is open to the public 24 hours a day. If you drive to the official address listed above, there is a parking lot that can accommodate several vehicles. The boat launch is right next to the lot, and there is a $5 fee to launch. Or, you can walk the 1-mile path on foot. Just be aware that it does get wet and muddy. You'll want rain boots or waterproof shoes if you decide to walk.

    Make sure you stop by the little kiosk near the start of the nature trail during your visit. The displays there will teach you all about the refuge's natural ecosystems and the animals you're likely to see.

  • Plant Species
    You'll see everything from oak trees to swamp grass at the refuge. But one plant you really don't want to miss is the tupelo trees. This unique species of tree will only grow on swamp lands. They are known for their big, colorful flowers, which are heavily pollinated by bees. The bees make honey from the nectar, and tupelo honey is highly valued for its health benefits.

  • Animal Species
    As the name suggests, you can expect to see plenty of animals at Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge. American Alligators roam the swamps. Covered in scales, these reptiles can grow up to 14 feet in length. Bald eagles have also been spotted in the refuge, mostly between October and May. 

    The refuge is also brimming with smaller birds, from palm warblers to painted buntings. You'll often see black-bellied whistling ducks and yellow-crowned herons swimming in the swamp. Many of these species rest on the marshes as they're migrating south.

If you spend an afternoon at the Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge, you're sure to fall in love with the region's natural wonders. If you love it enough that you decide to move here, don't hesitate to contact us. Our talented real estate agents will help you find the perfect place to call home. 

June
27

Disc Golf Courses Throughout Louisiana

 disc golf

Looking for something new to do this summer? Grab your friends and family and go play a round of disc golf! Disc golf is pretty similar to regular golf. The major difference is players throw a flying disc instead of using balls and clubs, and the objective is to land the disc in a basket instead of a hole.

Our real estate agents have been really getting into this fun summertime activity, so we're up to date on all the best disc golf courses around the great state of Louisiana. You'd be surprised at just how many great courses there are around:

  • Bob Rodgers Memorial Disc Golf - 107 Sutherland Rd, Lake Charles, LA 70611
    Located in Sam Houston Jones State Park, the Bob Rodgers Memorial Disc Golf Course contains 21 challenging wooded holes spread out over 4,353 feet. Fees are $1 per person and loaner discs are available at the park office. The park also contains plenty of camping and rental cabins if you're planning to make a whole weekend out of it.

  • Ward 3 Recreation Disc Golf Course - 3210 Power Center Pkwy, Lake Charles, LA 70607
    This 9-hole, 28-par disc golf course near Lake Charles is great for beginners. Ward 3 Recreation offers a mostly open course with a few obstacles that mostly consist of park amenities (playgrounds, picnic tables, etc.). Certain sections do have a few trees. The course is a lot of fun, and if you like the area, there are some great Lake Charles homes for sale just a few miles away. 

  • City Park Disc Golf Course - 65 Diagonal Dr, New Orleans, LA 70124
    This popular disc golf course is 18-holes and contains many obstacles including live oak trees, lagoons, and bridges. The City Park Disc Golf Course is actually the only course in New Orleans. Located in City Park, each hole is a par 3, making it great for players of all skill levels. 

  • LHC Disc Golf Park at Scotlandville 3100 Monte Sano Ave, Baton Rouge, LA 70807  
    You'll find a challenging and well-maintained 61-par course at LHC Disc Golf Park with 18 total holes (including two par 5's). It's actually the second-largest course in the state. The terrain is mostly flat, yet you will find your fair share of subtle rolling landscapes. The course is open from sunrise to sunset. 

  • Highland Road Park Disc Golf Course - 14024 Highland Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70810
    Highland Road Park Disc Golf Course has two basket locations per tee (purple baskets are the short course, gold baskets are the long course). You'll find beautiful hilly and woodsy terrain, as well as a scenic creek that runs right through the course. There is even a tiny pro shop onsite making this location perfect for disc golf fans near Baton Rouge homes for sale

Have fun ringing those disc golf baskets, as it's one of the many fun things to do around Louisiana. If you're in the market for a new home, contact us today.

June
20

Dog-Friendly Restaurants Near NOLA

dog friendly places in NOLA

Looking for restaurants near New Orleans homes for sale where your favorite canine will be welcome to join you? You may not be able to bring Fido to New Orleans open houses, but you're sure to find plenty of places for delicious cuisine where dogs are part of the fun.

Our real estate agents know that finding a great yard for pets is a big driver behind purchases for many of our customers. With that in mind, we've collected a list of some New Orleans eateries that will be glad to show you some hospitality with your pal in tow.

Just remember that New Orleans' pet-friendly restaurants do require dogs to be on leashes!

Let's take a closer look at some of your many options all throughout The Big Easy:

  • New Orleans Creole Cookery Seafood – 510 Toulouse Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
    New Orleans Creole Cookery Seafood will dazzle you with an enormous selection of Creole food right in the heart of the French Quarter. The historic surroundings make delectable food even more delightful. If you have a four-footed companion in your party, you will be especially interested in the outdoor patios, which offer ample space and the soothing sounds of sparkling fountains.

  • The Ugly Dog Saloon – 401 Andrew Higgins Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70130
    The Ugly Dog Saloon welcomes your dog (ugly or otherwise) to one of New Orleans' many 20th-century success stories. Ugly Dog first opened its doors in 1998, right in the Warehouse District. Since then, it has become synonymous with award-winning barbecue that smells and tastes amazing. An array of outdoor seating ensures your pooch will have plenty of room!

  • Herbsaint Bar and Restaurant – 701 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Herbsaint Bar and Restaurant sits on St. Charles Avenue in one of the most desirable parts of the city. The vision of Chef Donald Link, it opened to the public for the first time in 2000. A James Beard Award winner, its menu is defined by local ingredients that meet in a fresh fusion of French Southern and rustic Italian cooking. The wine list is one of the most expansive in New Orleans.

  • The Bulldog Uptown – 3236 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
    The Bulldog Uptown is at the crossroads of the Garden District and the entertainment district centered on Magazine Street, making it the ideal way to start or end an evening of excitement. Voted "Best Bar Food" multiple times by local publications, it has nearly 50 draft beers to choose from. Lauded for its spacious patio (one of the largest on Magazine Street), it is a great place to bring your dog.

  • The Crown & Anchor – 200 Pelican Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70114
    If you are looking for a classic pub experience right in your own backyard, look no further than The Crown & Anchor. The Crown & Anchor is steeped in history – although first known by that name in 1998, it has been a tavern in one form or another going as far back as 1900 and has been consistently run that way since 1960. Its drinks, snacks, and specials are sure to please you and your pooch.

We know both you and your pets will love living in NOLA. Contact us to discover more about New Orleans today.

June
15

Historical Sites Near the Mississippi Riverfront

Mississippi River

Since Baton Rouge formed around the Mississippi River, it's no surprise that many of the city's historical sites are close to the waterfront. Immerse yourself in the rich history around Baton Rouge homes for sale at these fascinating locations.

  • Louisiana's Old State Capitol - 100 North Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70801
    When Baton Rouge was selected as the capital of Louisiana in 1845, plans began for an impressive Gothic-style statehouse equal to the city's new stature. Today, Louisiana's Old State Capitol is a National Historic Landmark that serves as a museum to promote education and awareness of the democratic process over the years. Exhibits include a look at the legacy of Huey Long and a gallery of Louisiana statehouses of the past. The museum also hosts a series of visiting exhibits on a variety of topics. Hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and admission is free.

  • USS Kidd Veterans Museum - 385 S. River Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    Military history comes alive at the USS Kidd Veterans Museum. The ship is named for Rear Admiral Isaac Campbell Kidd, Sr., who lost his life while serving on the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor. First launched in 1943, the USS Kidd is the only remaining Fletcher-class destroyer restored to its original configuration. Visitors can see the dented helmet of an infantryman who participated in the D-Day invasion and read the names carved on the black granite walls of the Louisiana Memorial Plaza. The museum is open daily from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Admission is $12.53 for adults and $8.36 for ages 5-12.

  • Riverfront Plaza - 300 S. River Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    No matter how many times you visit Riverfront Plaza, there's always something new to see. This 5.4-acre greenspace, right on the banks of the Mississippi River, offers endless opportunities for historical exploration, physical activity, and live entertainment. Examine maps that depict the evolution of the Mississippi's course over the years and marvel at Frank Hayden's "Red Stick" sculpture that pays tribute to the city's namesake. Water pools and gardens, levee terraces, and a dock overlook provide a scenic backdrop. The park is accessible 24/7. Alternatively, you can explore this area on your bike when you travel along the Baton Rouge Mississippi River Levee Bike PathThe trailhead for this 4.31-mile path is located under the Mississippi Bridge and makes for a fun and active way to explore the area. 

  • Beauregard Town - Government St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    Located just a few short blocks from the riverfront, Beauregard Town brings a charming European feel to the streets of Baton Rouge. The city's second-oldest neighborhood dates back to 1806 and follows French colonial architectural traditions. Thanks to the beautiful homes and "Catfish Town," a warehouse district separating the residential area from the riverfront, Beauregard Town was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

Let our real estate agents help you plan a tour of Baton Rouge open houses. Get started when you contact us at Latter & Blum.

June
10

Driving Ranges Near Lafayette

Driving Range Lafayette

Go to Lafayette open houses, and you'll be only a few minutes away from some of the best driving ranges and golf courses in the state of Louisiana. Most driving ranges are associated with professionally sized golf courses, and many offer classes to help you boost your skills even further.

Let's take a closer look at some of the places around Lafayette to perfect your golf swing:

  • North University Golf Center2305 North University Avenue, Lafayette, LA 70507
    As part of the Wetlands Golf Course, North University Golf Center is a convenient place to putt, chip, and drive minutes from a full eighteen holes. The Center is well known for its professional staff and its attention to detail, with modern facilities in a beautiful setting. To warm-up for the day or test out new clubs, you are invited to the driving range – where you can learn directly from friendly golf professionals.

  • Lafayette Golf Academy2231 Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette, LA 70508
    Lafayette Golf Academy is a top-rated local driving range with full educational courses to help golfers of any background to take their game to the next level. Adults, teens, and kids can get in on the action with classes divided by age. There are also special events that take place on a regular basis.

  • Cane Row Golf Club – 500 Darby Lane, New Iberia, LA 70560
    If you are looking for the fun and excitement of golf near New Iberia homes for sale, then you will not want to overlook Cane Row Golf Club. Formerly known as Squirrel Run Golf Club, this course stands by its long-time mission of offering you golf the way it was meant to be played. You can enjoy lessons at the driving range, get supplies at the complete pro shop, dine at the clubhouse, and even try out local food trucks that stop nearby.

  • Farm d'Allie Golf Club – 1235 Beau Bassin Road, Carencro, LA 70520
    With nearly 20 years in business, Farm d'Allie Golf Club is a haven for spending time on the links out by Carencro homes for sale. Golf clinics are available for men, women, juniors, and corporations. Detailed instruction helps you master the individual facets of the game, like short game and full swing. There's even an outdoor club fitting service for amateurs through professional players.

  • Muni Lafayette Golf Course1121 Mudd Avenue, Lafayette, LA 70501
    Muni Lafayette Golf Course (also called Herbert Municipal Golf Course) is a gorgeous and conveniently located golf course that frequently plays hosts to charitable events. The course was originally completed all the way back in 1926, but it enjoyed a major renovation in 2010. You can book a tee time right from the website or even join the official "e-Club" for the latest information on happenings near Lafayette homes for sale.

Contact us to find out more about what Lafayette has to offer.

May
23

Birding Spots Near Lake Charles

Lake Charles Birding

Louisiana is home to some of the most remarkable birds in the entire country. The Lake Charles area is no exception in this regard. There are more top-notch birding spots around our Lake Charles homes for sale than we can count. We've listed some of the best ones below. 

  • Peveto Woods Sanctuary - 182 Gulf View Rd, Cameron, LA 70631
    The Peveto Woods Sanctuary is in a prime location near our Cameron homes for sale, right in the middle of many birds' migratory flight paths across the Gulf of Mexico. As a result, it has become a haven for some of Louisiana's more uncommon passerine birds, including Western Tanagers, Red-faced Warblers, and Hooded Orioles.
     
    The sanctuary is run by the Baton Rouge Audubon Society and is carefully maintained to preserve the birds' habitat. Guests are welcome to walk the many on-site trails and take pictures of the birds and wildlife but are asked not to do anything that might disturb the sanctuary's creatures.

  • The Wetland Walkway - 3000 Holly Beach Hwy, Hackberry, LA 70645
    The Wetland Walkway is part of the Sabine National Wildlife Preserve, an area near our Hackberry homes for sale dedicated to keeping Louisiana's wetlands and their wildlife intact. With 1.5 miles of wheelchair-accessible paths and boardwalks and a two-story observation tower, this walkway makes it easy to get close to some of the state's more elusive birds.

    The stars of the show are the preserve's many wading birds and waterfowl, but you'll also find plenty of predatory birds like hawks, falcons, and turkey vultures. Remember to scan both the water and sky during your visit to see as many different species as possible. 

  • Willow Island - Willow Island, LA 70549
    Willow Island is a small island located in Saint James Parish in Louisiana. This is one of our real estate agents' favorite spots for observing sparrows, including hard-to-find varieties of sparrows. 

    There are also plenty of pelicans and coastal shorebirds like sanderlings and plovers to be spotted along the island's shores. Keep an eye out for a fantastic shot of these birds against a cresting wave! 

  • Pintail Wildlife Drive - 1428 LA-27, Bell City, LA 70630
    The Pintail Wildlife Drive is part of the Cameron Prairie Wildlife Refuge, one of the largest conservation areas in Louisiana. This paved 3-mile loop is perfect for bird-watching from the comfort of your car.

    On this trail, you'll pass a lively mixture of marsh and woodland scenes and observe many of Louisiana's common bird species in their native habitats. In the winter, you may even spot the Vermilion Flycatcher, a beautiful scarlet passerine that is sure to delight any avid birdwatching fan. 

  • Sabine Pass Lighthouse and Lighthouse Bayou - Cameron, LA 70631
    The Sabine Pass Lighthouse was constructed in 1856 to help Louisiana's sailors safely navigate the shallow waters of Lighthouse Bayou. The structure itself is no longer safe to access, but this location is still home to over 250 bird species at various times of the year. 

    Many brightly colored songbirds pass through the area during migration in the spring and fall. Stunning wading birds and waterfowl like the Rosette Spoonbill often gather around the banks of the bayou and its surrounding trees. Even the tiny threatened Black Rail can sometimes be spotted in the long grass around the area.

These diverse biomes are truly a birdwatcher's paradise. You can enjoy countless opportunities to observe gorgeous birds by moving closer to the action. Contact us today for more information on our listings or to attend one of our Lake Charles open houses

May
27

One-of-a-Kind Restaurants in Houma

Houma Restaurants

No matter what your reason for visiting Houma might be, one thing is for certain: you won't be leaving hungry. Houma is known for having some of the best and most unique restaurants in Louisiana, and our real estate agents are eager to share some of their favorites!

  • A-Bear's Cafe - 809 Bayou Black Dr, Houma, LA 70360
    Founded in 1963, A-Bear's Cafe is a long-running mom-and-pop eatery that has more than earned its place among Houma's best Cajun restaurants. They're known for live music, all-you-can-eat catfish, and a relaxed dining room that makes you feel like you're eating at a friend's house. A-Bear's Cafe is located just minutes from many Houma homes for sale.

  • 1921 Seafood - 1522 Barrow St, Houma, LA 70360
    Houma offers no shortage of amazing seafood restaurants, but 1921 Seafood stands out. This local, owner-operated seafood joint has been going strong for more than 30 years, offering up fresh-caught seafood that's always prepared to order. From shrimp and crabs to oysters and crawfish, 1921 seafood serves some of the best seafood baskets, platters, boils, and po-boys in town. 

  • Lumiere Jazz & Blues Bistro - 7913 W Main St, Houma, LA 70360
    A local favorite for a tasty meal and excellent live music, Lumiere Jazz & Blues Bistro was established in 2021, making it one of the newest restaurants to make a splash in Houma's culinary scene. Enjoy some classic Southern cuisine while talented local and regional musicians grace the stage. The bartenders at Lumiere make some killer cocktails too, and they have a great outdoor patio overlooking the bayou. 

  • Boudreau & Thibodeau's Cajun Cookin' - 5602 W Main St, Houma, LA 70360
    Boudreau & Thibodeau's Cajun Cookin' offers a seafood-focused menu that includes all the classics—char-broiled oysters, seafood gumbo, crawfish etouffee, jambalaya—and their unpretentious, no-frills space will make you want to come back again as soon as possible. They also serve some truly unique Cajun delicacies, like frog legs and alligator bites. 

  • 531 Liberty Cafe - 531 Liberty St, Houma, LA 70360
    531 Liberty Cafe offers elevated pub grub with a Southern twist. Their menu includes some very tempting small plates (duck bacon and sweet corn empanadas, lemon-basil brussels sprouts) as well as salads and sandwiches. But what really makes this place special is the craft cocktails, which range from the traditional to the adventurous. The orange vanilla rum old-fashioned is a particularly unique twist on an all-time favorite. 

  • Big Mike's BBQ Smokehouse - 3034 Barrow St, Houma, LA 70360
    With all the great Cajun seafood restaurants around, it's easy to forget that Houma offers some next-level barbecue as well. For a friendly reminder of that fact, look no farther than Big Mike's BBQ Smokehouse. This family-owned restaurant smokes their brisket, pulled pork, and sausage over hickory wood and tops it off with their house-made sauce. 

  • Papi Cheo - 863 Verret St, Houma, LA 70360
    Everything at Papi Cheo is made fresh and from scratch using fresh ingredients and recipes that have been passed down through generations. The restaurant is owned and operated by the Manzano family, who bring home-cooked authenticity to every meal. You'd be hard-pressed to find better tacos, burrito bowls, and steak fajitas this side of the border!

Contact us today to learn more about life in Louisiana. Great food is just one of the many things you can expect in the Houma area, and our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find your dream home in Louisiana's Bayou Country.

May
16

National Safe Sun Week: 6 Louisiana Sun Safety Tips

Sun Safety Tips

Summer is right around the corner, and with it, all of the typical fun summer activities: swimming, biking, walking, and just in general, spending as much time outside as one possibly can. Of course, what all of these things have in common is plenty of sunshine, so it shouldn't be a surprise that National Safe Sun Week is held the week before Memorial Day to remind us to be safe this summer. Here are a few sun safety tips from our real estate agents to help keep you safe while enjoying your favorite summer activities.

  1. Avoid Sun Exposure During Certain Times of the Day
    The worst rays of the sun are from mid-morning until late afternoon, so if you can, stay out of the sun during those times of the day. This is when you'll love having a shaded porch or patio, where you and the kids can be outside without getting direct sun exposure. You'll find outdoor living spaces like these trending right now in many New Orleans homes for sale.

  2. Wear a Hat
    Gardening is one pastime where you can't help being in the sun since sunshine is what the plants need. The skin on your face, your ears, your scalp, and your neck are all extra sensitive to sun exposure but can be covered easily just by wearing a hat. Look for something trendy that you'll wear, but also with a wide brim that will shade as much of your skin as possible.

  3. Wear Lightweight Clothing
    Long pants and sleeves are an excellent way to protect your skin from too much sun exposure. Darker and heavier fabrics are, of course, more effective at this, but even lightweight fabrics will often do the trick and may help keep you cooler as well by reflecting sunlight and heat.

  4. Wear Sunglasses
    Sun exposure is just as bad for your eyes as it is for your skin, if not worse. It can cause damage to the fragile components of your eyes, burning the retina and contributing to the development of cataracts over time. It also can make you squint and contribute to more rapid aging of the skin around your eyes. Look for sunglasses you're comfortable wearing.

  5. Wear Sunblock
    Sometimes it's not possible to stay out of the sun, or to stay covered in the sun, so always wear sunblock whenever the sun exposure is unavoidable. You'll want a high SPF sunblock, applied half an hour before sun exposure to give it a chance to absorb into your skin, and reapplied periodically throughout the day for as long as you're in the sun.

  6. Watch Your Skin for Changes
    If you have a history of too much sun exposure, you will want to keep an eye on your skin for any sign of changes, even if you're now much better about wearing sunblock and taking other precautions. Sun exposure doesn't just cause more rapid aging, such as wrinkles and discoloration. It also can cause skin cancer, which is often first noticed in moles or other spots on the skin that change color, size, or shape.

Summer is the best part of the year for many people, with longer days, more sunshine, and lots of fun events. It's also when the real estate market is at its peak, so if you're thinking about buying or selling a house this summer, contact us today or visit one of our New Orleans open houses.

May
13

Local Shopping: Lafayette Boutiques

Local Shopping

Shopping local is a great way to boost the local economy and invest in your community, and it couldn't be easier in Lafayette. We take shopping seriously -- our area has so many glamorous boutiques and fun shops where you're sure to find your favorite new outfit. In fact, you could easily spend an entire weekend rummaging through all the trendy clothes and accessories our local shops have to offer.

Our real estate agents are always in tune with the latest deals. After all, local shopping is one of our favorite weekend past times. Here is a quick list of some of the best local boutiques:

  • Glamour Chic Boutique - 216 E Willow St, Lafayette, LA 70501
    You're sure to find some glamorous clothes, shoes, accessories, and more at Glamour Chic Boutique. This small local shop features unique apparel, and they also have one of the best curvy selections in town. If you're planning to head out with friends this weekend, Glamour Chic is a great place to grab an outfit.  If you like shopping here, you might be interested to know there are some beautiful Lafayette homes for sale just down the street.

  • Jewelies Boutique - 407 Rena Dr, Lafayette, LA 70503
    You never know what fun dresses and accessories you'll find at Jewelies Boutique. This large, local independent shop makes it a goal to help women find their own unique style. Shop tops, bottoms, dresses, curvy, and even baby clothes. Most items are casual and contemporary. New products arrive daily, and there are always new deals, so you'll always want to check back frequently or checkout their website. 

  • Elle Rae - 125 Arnould Blvd, Lafayette, LA 70506
    Need a new party dress or swimsuit? Find it and more at Elle Rae Clothing. Located in The Boulevard Shopping Center, this cute store offers a huge collection of high-quality boutique styles. They also have plenty of plus-size options. Need help finding something? The friendly staff can help you locate the perfect item. Shop in-store or online.

  • Swoon Lafayette - 1700 Kaliste Saloom Rd building 1 suite 100a, Lafayette, LA 70508
    Swoon
    is the perfect little shop to find the perfect spring outfit. Shop dresses, jumpsuits, tops, jackets, sweaters, and more -- they have such a creative, unique collection and great prices. With a huge collection, you can really find something for everyone. Check out their website to see what's on sale or swing by the store to shop in person.

  • Marcella - 201 Settlers Trace Blvd Suite 3010, Lafayette, LA 70508
    You'll find on-trend, cute clothing and accessories at this downtown women's boutique. Marcella's inventory always includes new, versatile pieces that are high quality, stylish, and affordable. Make sure to stop by for $20 Tuesday, where you'll find a number of great items on sale. Prices are reasonable, and in-store shopping, curbside pick-up, and delivery options are all available.

No matter your style, you can find something trendy and on point at one of our amazing local boutiques. For more recommendations on Lafayette businesses, contact us today.

May
9

Where to Order Locally Made Ice Cream in NOLA

Local Ice Cream

New Orleans homes for sale are located near some of the best Cajun and Creole cooking in the United States. Less famous, but no less satisfying, are the many sweet treats you can discover here in The Big Easy. Our real estate agents want you to know about some of the many options for local ice cream just minutes from some of the city's most attractive homes:

  • Creole Creamery – 4924 Prytania Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
    Creole Creamery has earned the status of a local legend, led by Chef Bryan Gilmore since back in 2004. Inspired flavors like lavender honey, Creole cream cheese, and Thai basil coconut make Creole Creamery stand out, as does the cheerful 1950s aesthetic evocative of the classic malt shop. Take on the eight scoops of the Tchoupitoulas Challenge to get your face on the Wall of Fame!

  • Piccola Gelateria – 4500 Magazine St #5, New Orleans, LA 70115
    Piccola Gelateria
    is one of the premier New Orleans gelato spots. Gelato, a traditional Italian dessert, has the potential to be smoother and softer than regular ice cream. Delicate, innovative flavors are on display at Piccola Gelateria, with 18 on the menu at any given time. They range from sea salt caramel and tiramisu to local favorites like licorice, rose petal, King Cake, biscotti, and many more.

  • Ice Cream 504 – 2511 Jena Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
    Ice Cream 504 is the vision of Chef Michael Southall, who crafts his own iconic small batches of ice cream without the use of gum or preservatives. Although its unassuming location may be easy to overlook, Ice Cream 504 is a fan favorite for what its owner calls "sitting on the porch ice cream." Handmade waffle cones round out the experience for even greater satisfaction.

  • Angelo Brocato's – 214 North Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70119
    Angelo Brocato's is a family-owned and operated business with more than a century of history in New Orleans. The flavors, aesthetic, and dedication to craftsmanship all come straight from the Old Country. Scintillating flavors include Sicilian pistachio, chocolate chip, and salted caramel. The menu also features a full assortment of other Italian desserts like spumoni and cannoli.

  • Pandora's SnowBalls – 901 North Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70119
    Pandora's SnowBalls starts, as the name suggests, with its snowballs, round confections that can be rolled in coconut, honey, and more. There are dozens of flavors to choose from, with some of the more popular selections including mango, bubble gum, wedding cake, and sour watermelon. Don't overlook other offerings like soft serve and ice cream sundaes. Pandora's opens between March and October.

  • Aqua S – 1000 Girod Street #4B, New Orleans, LA 70113
    At Aqua S, the premium soft-serve ice cream from Australia makes its way to New Orleans. This acclaimed brand doesn't disappoint, with an imaginative flavor archive that will keep you coming back for more. Top picks include honey lemonade, sweet potato, red velvet, strawberry green tea, and a whole host of others. More than 100 flavors are available at any given time, with frequent rotation.

  • Drip Affogato Bar – 703 Carondelet Street, New Orleans, LA 70113
    Coffee and ice cream come together like never before at Drip Affogato Bar, a high concept spot that has captivated New Orleans locals and visitors alike. Traditionally, affogato is a dessert made from vanilla ice cream and a shot of espresso. Drip takes the concept a step further with more flavors, delicious pastries, and a dazzling list of tea and juice beverages. Try the "Gelato Rougarou Cookie Monster!"

Contact us today to discover New Orleans.

May
4

Florists in Baton Rouge for Mother's Day

Baton Rouge Florists

Mother's Day is around the corner, and now is the time to start planning a special gift for all of the wonderful moms in your life. Fortunately, Baton Rouge is home to some amazing florists that offer everything you need for Mother's Day this year, from simple yet beautiful arrangements to elegant gift baskets that are packed with items that mom is sure to love. Our real estate agents have the details on five local Baton Rouge florists where you're sure to find a great gift for Mother's Day.

  • Heroman's Florist – 2291 Government St., Baton Rouge, LA 70806
    With more than 140 years of experience selling flowers near Baton Rouge homes for sale, it's safe to say that the team at Heroman's Florist knows how to put together a truly memorable Mother's Day gift. You can do all of your shopping online with local delivery/in-store pickup or head to one of their two Baton Rouge locations to get help picking out your gift from the very knowledgeable staff. From lavish arrangements with four-dozen roses to blooming plants that mom can enjoy all year long, you're sure to find something special at this experienced florist.

  • Billy Heroman's – 10812 N. Harrell's Ferry Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70816
    Another well-known experienced local florist, Billy Heroman's has four locations around Baton Rouge, including the 10,000 square foot flagship Harrell's Ferry store. As the flagship location, the Harrell's Ferry store is staffed by some of the team's most experienced designers, who will be happy to help you pick or design just the right arrangement. You can even opt for the special "Flowers for a Year" gift, with new flowers delivered once per month all year long.

  • Blushing Blooms Floral & Gifts – 3482 Drusilla Ln., Ste. G, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
    In addition to a great selection of both custom and pre-made floral arrangements, Blushing Blooms Floral & Gifts offers a diverse selection of themed gifts to pair with your Mother's Day flowers. Gifts include fun home décor, special teas, LSU-themed items, and plenty of great baby gifts for the new moms in your life. Of course, there are also tons of beautiful floral gifts, including roses, tulips, lilies, orchids, hydrangeas, and dahlias.

  • Trey Marino's Central Florist & Gifts – 13561 Hooper Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70818
    Now in its second generation of local family ownership, Trey Marino's Central Florist & Gifts offers both in-store shopping and convenient local delivery for its artistic, colorful floral arrangements. For Mother's Day, the team at Trey Marino's has put together two special floral packages, with the Mother's Day Designers Choice and Premium Designer's Choice arrangements. These arrangements are sure to be popular, so ordering ahead of time is recommended.

  • Comeaux's Florist – Prairieville, LA 70769
    Proudly owned and operated by an all-women team, Comeaux's Florist is an online, delivery-only florist located in Prairieville which offers delivery throughout Baton Rouge. If you're shopping for a mom who loves to garden or care for houseplants, this is a great place to shop. They offer herb planters, dish gardens, and a wide variety of traditional houseplants, along with their extensive selection of custom, hand-crafted floral arrangements. Find their full selection online, or give them a call to discuss your custom arrangement before Mother's Day.

Searching for your next home in Baton Rouge? Our team is here to help, starting with Baton Rouge open houses to help you find the perfect home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Baton Rouge, LA area.

April
29

Cool Off With Snowballs in Houma

Houma Snowballs

In Louisiana, people around Houma homes for sale cool off year-round with frosty treats known as snowballs, which are available in a variety of flavors. Our real estate agents beat the heat with cool snowballs from these great local restaurants.

  • Bee Cool Snowballs - 124 New Orleans Blvd., Houma, LA 70364
    Cake made from ice? That's just one of the creative treats you'll find at Bee Cool Snowballs. Their top-selling flavor is the wedding cake snowball, stuffed with Bride's Cake ice cream and topped with creamy condensed milk. Choose from one of more than 50 additional flavors or mix and match to create your own combo. "Cool" stands for "confident, outgoing, open, and loyal," which describes the "Bee Team" led by the Babin family. Hours are 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Monday, Thursday, and Friday, and 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and weekends.

  • Brooke's Sno-World - 6493 W. Main St., Houma, LA 70360
    The colorful creations at Brooke's Sno-World are almost too pretty to eat, with the emphasis on "almost." Kids love flavors such as Batman, Hannah Montana, and Powerpuff Girls, while Mom and Dad go for the Daiquiri Corner, including Bahama Mama, Fuzzy Navel, and Hurricane. If you just want dessert, they won't judge, but Brooke's also serves a full menu of fried catfish, oyster po'boys, and other appetizers and entrees. They have a second location in East Houma at 808 Grand Caillou Rd. Hours are 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily except Friday and Saturday, when doors close at 9:30 p.m.

  • The Cajun Freeze - 1863 Bayou Blue Rd., Houma, LA 70364
    The Cajun Freeze boasts the best snowballs on the bayou, and their appreciative customers agree. More than 80 different flavors come in seven sizes, ranging from small to supersize, to satisfy any size craving. Try one of the specialty cream flavors, such as Reese's. Dress your snowball up with nuts, sprinkles, chocolate syrup, and other tasty add-ons. The Cajun Freeze opens for the season in April, with hours from 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. daily except Thursday, when closing time is 6 p.m.

  • Nikki's Snowballs - 4234 County Dr., Bourg, LA 70343
    Nikki's Snowballs are sold out of a charming stand that resembles a mini-version of Bourg homes for sale. The snowballs are so full of luscious juice that one regular customer tells people to "grab some napkins." As if the snowballs, ice cream, and freshly-baked brownies weren't enough of a draw, Nikki's also features a petting zoo that kids (and their parents) just can't resist. Follow Nikki's on Facebook for information about the opening date. Hours are 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.

  • Central Sno - 5606 N. Hwy. One, Lockport, LA 70374
    Do you consider yourself to be an adventurous eater? Head to Central Sno for one of their Pickle Surprise snowballs, which includes dill pickle flavor, sour spray, sour candy, a frozen pickle shot, and a pickle spear. If your taste runs to more traditional flavors, Central Sno has you covered there as well. For another refreshing treat, add your choice of snowball flavors to their fresh-squeezed lemonade. Use the convenient drive-thru window to pick up your snowballs during a day of viewing Lockport homes for sale. Central Sno is open 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

Contact us at Latter & Blum and talk to our friendly and knowledgeable real estate agents.

April
27

Alexandria Gardening Stores and Greenhouses

Alexandria Gardening

With spring finally here, it's time to start choosing plants and items like edging and fountains to spruce up your garden. You'll be able to find the items you're looking for - along with expert advice and excellent customer service - at Alexandria gardening stores and greenhouses.

Our real estate agents suggest shopping at the following locations for your gardening needs:

  • GibKo Landscaping - 110 Evergreen St., Bunkie, LA 71322
    Whether you'd like to buy a new potted plant to spruce up your porch or want to overhaul your entire garden, GibKo Landscaping is a go-to destination. They receive new plants each season, with ferns, geraniums, and vegetable plants, among others, arriving in early spring. In addition to plants, you'll also find plenty of pots, patio furniture, and other decor to help complement your outdoor space. You can buy the items you need and do the work yourself or hire GibKo to install landscaping and even water features.

  • HomeBase - 515 MacArthur Dr., Alexandria, LA 71303
    HomeBase
    has everything you'll need to improve your garden, including fountains, ponds, edging, pavers and stepping stones, raised gardening beds, garden fencing, and more. They carry a small selection of succulents, so the store is mainly a place to find everything else related to gardening. If you'd like to scout out items online before browsing in the store, you'll be able to see how many of each item are in stock.

  • Petrus Feed & Seed - 2914 N. Bolton Ave., Alexandria, LA 7130
    Petrus Feed & Seed
    is a family-owned business that was first started in 1926. Farmers and homeowners alike now shop at its locations, which carry a large selection of lawn and garden products, vegetable plants, seeds, and more. Their knowledgeable, helpful staff can assist you with everything from choosing plants and seeds to recommending the best fertilizer for your soil type. And even after you've bought your plants and seeds, they'll continue to help by diagnosing and treating any issues in your yard and garden if you bring in a sample.

  • Holloway's Nursery - 11528 Highway 165 S., Forest Hill, LA 71430
    Holloway's Nursery
    has been in business for over 50 years, and over the years, it's grown into an establishment that provides plants, trees, and shrubs to gardeners nationwide. It's hard to imagine that the shop won't have the plants you want since they have millions in stock, many of which you can view on their website under the "Our Stock" tab. You can choose to have your plants delivered or pick them up, depending on what's more convenient for you.

  • Michael's Nursery - 546 Hwy. 113, Glenmora, LA 71433
    Michael's Nursery
    aims to provide quality plants at reasonable prices, along with personalized service and reliable delivery. You'll be able to choose from a large selection of evergreen shrubs, perennials, roses, flower bulbs, seeds, and ground covers as well as plants in the "Southern Living" collection. The vast majority of the plants are grown on-site at the nursery's two locations, each of which is surrounded by about 15 acres of land.

Contact us if you're looking for a home to buy and would like to see Alexandria homes for sale. We've been helping people in the Gulf South buy and sell real estate since 1916 and understand that finding the right home is much more than a business transaction. It's an essential part of having a happy, prosperous life, and we'd love to help you find the right home for you.

April
18

Fishing Charters Near New Orleans

Fishing Charter

With access to the Mississippi River and a vast maze of bayous and backwaters that empty onto the Gulf of Mexico, New Orleans is within casting distance of some of the best fishing spots in America. It's just one of the many things our real estate agents love about life in NOLA. 

Springtime happens to be one of the best times of year for fishing in New Orleans, providing opportunities to catch fish, ranging from redfish and speckled trout to marlin and red snapper. Here are some of the best fishing charters and guide services in Louisiana. 

  • Salty Dog Charters - 3353 Dumaine St, New Orleans, LA 70119
    Offering coastal Louisiana fishing just 30 miles from The French Quarter, Salty Dog Charters has been in business since 2007. Their main quarries are usually speckled trout and redfish, though your catch may vary depending on the season. But no matter what time of year you hit the water, the experienced guides at Salty Dog Charters are some of the best near these New Orleans homes for sale

  • Victory Bay Charters - 26204 Chef Menteur Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70129
    Most fishing expeditions with Victory Bay Charters ply the rich waters of the Biloxi Marsh and Lake Catherine, which harbor abundant populations of redfish, speckled trout, black drum, and flounder. They offer full-day and half-day trips ranging from just a single person to large groups of five or more. Your catch will be cleaned and bagged at the marina so you can take it home and enjoy it at your leisure. 

  • Southern Fly Expeditions - 156 Millaudon St, New Orleans, LA 70118
    Fly fishing in the waters around New Orleans is a unique experience, and few guides offer greater skill and knowledge than the ones who work for Southern Fly Expeditions. With a focus on light-tackle fly fishing for redfish, trips with Southern Fly Expeditions ensure that every fish is an adventure. Fishing trips depart from the banks of the Mississippi River just minutes from these New Orleans open houses

  • Full Deck Charters - 20240 San Rocco St, New Orleans, LA 70129
    Whether you want to catch redfish and speckled trout in the estuaries or head offshore to fish for red snapper in deeper waters, Full Deck Charters offers guided trips from Lake Ponchartrain to Breton Sound and beyond. Full Deck Charters was named "Best Guide For Kids and Family" by Best of Louisiana Outdoors, and owner/operator Captain Bob has a lifetime of local fishing know-how.

  • Bayou Bowfishing Charters - 2090 Old Spanish Trail, New Orleans, LA 70129
    Fishing with a bow and arrow is a thrilling experience, and for many who book a trip with Bayou Bowfishing Charters, it's a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Charters take place after dark in St. Bernard, Chef Pass, and Rigolets areas, and anglers have a shot at Redfish, alligator gar, sheepshead, catfish, flounder, and drum. Alligator hunting trips are also available.

  • Blue Mudd Fly Fishing Charters - 3110 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
    Few fishing experiences are more thrilling than battling a 30-pound redfish on a fly rod to the boat. That's the kind of excitement you can expect at Blue Mudd Fly Fishing Charters, which takes anglers out in pursuit of massive bull redfish in the Mississippi River Delta. You'll learn the skills of sight-fishing for redfish, identifying fish patterns, and how to play a big fish on light tackle under the instruction of your expert fishing guide. 

Contact us today to learn more about the adventures that await in Louisiana. 

April
13

Where to Buy Locally Roasted Coffee

Coffee in Louisiana

When choosing a place to live, easy access to high-quality, locally roasted coffee is always a priority for our real estate agents. When coffee is roasted locally, it's guaranteed to be fresh and flavorful -- and once you start drinking great coffee, it's difficult to accept just any alternative. 

One of the many great things about Baton Rouge is our vast number of amazing coffee shops all around town. These shops roast locally and also source the finest beans from all over the world. If you'll only drink the very best coffee in the morning, we recommend checking out some of these Louisiana coffee destinations:

  • River Road Coffees - 11569 Investor Dr #4261, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
    One of our favorite coffee brands is headquartered just down the street from these beautiful Baton Rouge homes for saleRiver Road Coffees sources the finest Arabica beans and roasts them using the perfect temperature while monitoring for the appropriate color. Then, they perform in-house cuppings every Friday for quality assurance. The Baton Rouge blend is one of the most popular choices. You can find River Road Coffee across dozens of local Baton Rouge grocery stores.

  • Congregation Coffee - 240 Pelican Ave, New Orleans, LA 70114
    One of New Orleans' best coffee brands is Congregation Coffee, which roasts high-quality beans at its roastery on Tchoupitoulas Street. You can order coffee online, sign-up for a monthly subscription, or stop by Algiers Point, their flagship cafe. After buying your beans, be sure to swing by these amazing New Orleans home for sale just around the corner. 

  • Flamjeaux Coffee - 2012 Jefferson St, Mandeville, LA 70448
    Named for the flames used during many Mardi Gras parades and celebrations, Flamjeaux roasts all beans locally in Old Mandeville. Order your coffee online or stop by the store to pick up your order and try some samples. If you visit during a roasting, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the wonderful smell. If you like the area, you might be interested in exploring some of these Mandeville homes for sale.

  • Orleans Coffee - 3445 Prytania St Suite B, New Orleans, LA 70115
    Orleans Coffee has been roasting coffee every morning in New Orleans since 1985. This shop sells dozens of premium blends and often features monthly specials. You can also find tea and other merchandise. Purchases can be made online, or you can stop by their espresso bar, which is located not too far from these Kenner homes for sale

  • Abita Roasting Co. - 1011 Village Walk, Covington, LA 70433
    For some of the best local coffee at a reasonable price, check out Abita Roasting Co. The beans are roasted locally and brewed at their local cafe in Convington, where you'll also find great breakfast foods and a comfortable atmosphere. If you're on the go, you can also head through the drive-thru. After purchasing some beans and enjoying a cup of coffee, make sure to check out these nearby Covington homes for sale

For many of us, access to good coffee in the morning is non-negotiable. For more recommendations, contact us today.

April
4

Cocktail Tours in New Orleans

Cocktail Tours NOLA

New Orleans homes for sale give you the opportunity to live in the middle of a culinary capital of the United States. If you're visiting the Big Easy to take in New Orleans open houses, why not extend the experience by tasting what the city cooks up?

Our real estate agents know the unique history and culture of New Orleans are among the biggest reasons people are drawn here. When you choose cocktail tours in New Orleans, you can enjoy a little bit of everything. And you have plenty to choose from.

Walking tours are a mainstay of historic cities like New Orleans. Adding a cocktail or two from your stops is a great way to sample what local bars and restaurants have to offer. You have the chance to meet people, see the sights, and encounter local watering holes you'll want to return to.

Let's look at just a few of the many tours New Orleans offers:

  • Nowaer Tours – 518 Dauphine Street, New Orleans, LA 70112
    Owned by a New Orleans native, Nowaer Tours is a boutique tour company that lifts the curtain on the colonial history and diverse culture of New Orleans. The highly popular French Quarter tours bring you right through the culinary heart of New Orleans and provide plenty of opportunities for a sip on the way.

  • Nightly Spirits – 410 Dauphine Street, New Orleans, LA 70112
    Nightly Spirits is a combination of two New Orleans favorites, the cocktail tour, and the classic ghost tour. Yes, New Orleans has more haunted attractions than almost any other U.S. city, and you don't have to wait until Halloween to see them or hear the unforgettable stories behind them!

  • Drink & Learn – 1019 Desire Street, New Orleans, LA 70117
    Drink & Learn is there to help when "your brain gets thirsty." Themed interactions and presentations from trained tour guides will enlighten you on everything unique about New Orleans – including the variety of cocktails that were first developed here, some of which are truly unique in the world.

  • New Orleans Culinary History Tours – 4648 Lafaye Street, New Orleans, LA 70122
    Operating since 2004, New Orleans Culinary History Tours is the original culinary history walkabout within the Crescent City. Its tours focus on the oldest and most storied restaurants, including Antoine's (established in 1840) and Tujaque's (established in 1856). 

  • The Old New Orleans Rum Distillery – 2815 Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, LA 70122
    The Old New Orleans Rum Distillery is the oldest operating rum distillery in the continental United States. Tour participants will get to see its load-out of custom distilling equipment and hear all about its unique distilling approaches. A convenient shuttle can get you to the tour site from the French Quarter.

  • WeVenture – 1340 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA 70112
    WeVenture provides private and custom tours in New Orleans that let you explore the fascinating French Quarter or anywhere else in the city that interests you. Tours can be tailored to your needs and might include special features for a birthday party, bachelor party, family reunion, and much more.

  • Gray Line New Orleans – 1 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Starting from the famous Gray Line "Lighthouse" ticket booth in Woldenberg Park, Gray Line New Orleans is an attractive first stop for visitors who want to know about all the best places to visit during their trip. The 150-minute talking tour always starts with a complimentary NATCHEZ Jazz Punch!

Ready to learn more about what NOLA has to offer? Contact us to find out more today.

March
22

Seafood and Farmers Markets in Jefferson Parish

Seafood Markets

Some of the best farmers markets in the Greater New Orleans area are located in Jefferson Parish, a vast area that spans the banks of Lake Pontchartrain to the remote Gulf Coast Islands. 

Unsurprisingly, Jefferson Parish is a great place to find locally grown produce and freshly caught seafood. With spring in the air, our real estate agents are excited to highlight some of our favorite markets in Jefferson Parish. 

  • Gretna, Louisiana Farmers Market - 300 Huey P Long Ave, Gretna, LA 70053
    The Gretna Farmers Market is a year-round open-air market that is one of the best places around to find fresh produce and homemade goods near Gretna homes for sale. The Gretna Farmers Market takes place every Saturday from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, rain or shine, under the market pavilion between 3rd Street and 4th Street. Every other week September through December and March through May, the market happens in conjunction with the Gretna Art Walk. 

  • Farmers Arts Metairie Market - 2713 Metairie Rd, Metairie, LA 70001
    The Old Metairie Garden Club holds various events throughout the year, and the Farmers Arts Mataire Market is a perennial favorite. The market is held at Bayou Metairie Park, just minutes from many New Orleans homes for sale. Although it doesn't happen as often as some other markets in the area, it always brings an amazing array of vendors, including produce, live music, crafts, and kids' activities. Upcoming dates are always posted online so you can plan ahead before you visit Metairie homes for sale.

  • Westwego Shrimp Lot - 100 Westbank Expy, Westwego, LA 70094
    Jefferson Parish locals know that the Westwego Shrimp Lot is the best place around to get fresh-caught seafood. This iconic market has been a staple of the area since 1978 and features various vendor stalls that are all independently owned by fishermen and seafood companies. The Westwego Shrimp Lot spans 10 acres and offers everything from fish and shrimp to crab and oysters. It's also open year-round, rain or shine, and includes Market Wego, where you'll find the best Cajun food around. All within a short drive of Westwego homes for sale.

  • Lafreniere Park Farmers Art Market - 3000 Downs Blvd, Metairie, LA 70003
    You'll find all things local and delicious at the Lafreniere Park Farmer's Market. This reliable weekly outdoor market features dozens of vendors offering fresh fruit and vegetables, seafood, baked goods, eggs, pickles, preserves, and ready-to-eat specialties ranging from tamales to crawfish pies. The market takes place every Wednesday from 2 pm to 7 pm at Lafreniere Park, which is convenient to many upcoming New Orleans open houses. The 2022 season runs from January to November.

  • AJ & Sheron Fabre Market - 920 Jean Lafitte Blvd, Jean Lafitte, LA 70067
    Gulf Coast seafood is the star of the show in the community of Jean Lafitte, home to the Jules Nunez Seafood Pavilion and AJ & Sheron Fabre Market. With a picturesque location overlooking Bayou Barataria, this market was put on hold in 2020 but has returned in a big way. In addition to fresh-caught shrimp, fish, and other seafood, it's a great place to find local produce, arts and crafts, and other unique goods. The Seafood Pavilion also features booths for local restaurants, where you enjoy a great meal like softshell shrimp pasta, boiled crawfish, or seafood gumbo. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in the Greater New Orleans area. Our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find your dream home in Louisiana. 

March
11

New Restaurants in the Lafayette Area

Lafayette Restaurants

In Louisiana, food is more than just sustenance. It's embedded deep in the local culture. When our real estate agents are ready to relax after one of their Lafayette open houses, they head to one of these wonderful new restaurants making their mark in the community.

  • Catalon Legacy Food Truck Park - 8105 Maurice Ave., Maurice, LA 70555
    One of the hottest culinary trends comes to Lafayette in a big way with Catalon Legacy Food Truck Park. The family-owned spot is also a tribute to patriarch Eldridge Catalon, who in 1947 opened his grocery store on the same land where the food truck park now stands. The rotating list of participating trucks includes Nina Creole, Mouthful of Goodness, and G&G Quality Catering. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram for information about hours and truck lineup, especially if you'll be in the area looking at Maurice homes for sale.

  • LUNA Bar and Grill - 533 Jefferson St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    While LUNA Bar and Grill is new to downtown Lafayette, the pet-friendly, celestial-inspired restaurant already has a stellar reputation. For years, the original LUNA has been a popular gathering spot in downtown Lake Charles. Chef/owner Dave Evans isn't messing with success, bringing the same casual ambiance and first-class food and drinks. Don't miss the Remoulade Trio, a zesty mix of crab, crawfish, and shrimp, and the Anthony Bourdain, a wedge salad topped with shrimp, pickled red onions, chopped bacon, and goat cheese. Hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday.

  • Poppa's Fried Chicken - 810 SE Evangeline Thruway, Lafayette, LA 70501
    Do the words "too much-fried chicken" exist around Lafayette homes for sale? Not when the food is as tasty as Poppa's Fried Chicken. Serving up homestyle cooking in a fast-food setting, Poppa's is no one-trick pony. Customers love the burgers and sandwiches such as the Mac Tsunami, a double-patty burger covered with mac & cheese. If you can't make it to the restaurant, check out their food truck at 1416 Moss St. Restaurant hours are 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. every day but Sunday.

  • Vestal - 555 Jefferson St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    Looking for a new spot for date night or a special occasion? Located in a historic building in downtown Lafayette, Vestal has an intimate ambiance and upscale menu that will make any night memorable. Named after Vesta, the Roman goddess of hearth and home, the restaurant features a stunning 14-foot fireplace where food is cooked over the open flame. In addition to high-quality steaks and seafood, Vestal offers a delicious raw menu that includes ceviche, Crudo, and tartare. Vestal's kitchen is open 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 5 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, while the oyster and cocktail bar stays open until 11 p.m. and midnight, respectively.

  • Priya's J&J Indian Foods - 4807 Johnston St., Suite L, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Spice up your dining experience with the bright flavors of Priya's J&J Indian Foods. Priya Joseph is already a beloved figure in the community since selling her homemade food at the Lafayette Farmers and Artisans Market. Now customers can enjoy her samosas, curries, and signature Better Butter Chicken at the cozy and colorful brick-and-mortar restaurant. Lunch is served weekdays from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., and dinner hours are 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

There's always something new to see and do around Lafayette. Contact us at Latter & Blum for the latest news and information about the real estate market.

February
28

Celebrate Crawfish Season at These Louisiana Spots

Crawfish

Are you ready for crawfish season and don't want to wait for the Lake Charles Crawfish Festival in April? Some of your favorite dining destinations around Lake Charles are ready to help you celebrate with a dish that is always best enjoyed in Louisiana. No matter how you enjoy your crawfish prepared, there's sure to be a local seafood spot ready to serve you. Our real estate agents have the delicious details on 5 great spots to chow down on some crawfish around Lake Charles.

  • Zydeco Crawfish – 5400 Gerstner Memorial Blvd., Lake Charles, LA 70607
    Consistently voted as the best crawfish drive-thru near Lake Charles homes for sale with both steamed, to-go crawfish and live crawfish to cook at home, Zydeco Crawfish is ready to help you celebrate the season. They're moving from their previous location into a brand new building, but you can still expect the same great service. Stop by anytime for a quick, convenient way to satisfy your crawfish craving.

  • Steamboat Bill's – 1004 N. Lakeshore Dr., Lake Charles, LA 70601
    With two locations in Lake Charles along with the Boiling Wagon that you might see at local events, Steamboat Bill's is a local favorite for all sorts of seafood, crawfish included. What started as the dream of a roadside merchant has grown into a popular local chain, where you can always find fresh seafood and good times. They also offer catering for events of all sizes if you're thinking of planning a party this crawfish season.

  • JT's Seafood – 2908 Lake St., Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Known for a menu that mixes authentic Southern barbecue with fresh seafood favorites, JT's Seafood is always ready to serve you during crawfish season. When you're shopping for fresh ingredients, JT's Seafood is the place to be. Fresh shipments of crawfish, crab, shrimp, and fish arrive regularly. Of course, you can also pick up prepared meals, complete with all the fixings and cooked to order.

  • The Crawfish Stop – 3437 Country Club Rd., Lake Charles, LA 70605
    Another excellent drive-thru destination for crawfish, The Crawfish Stop has two locations in Lake Charles for your convenience. This locally owned and operated business is drive-thru only, perfect for picking up some steamed crawfish on the way home from work. Every crawfish meal is served with potatoes, along with sweet corn and a delicious dipping sauce. Order your crawfish by the pound, and let The Crawfish Stop handle all of the cooking for you.

  • Beauxdines' Seafood & Specialty Meat Market – 3013 Ryan St., Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Whether you want to pick up some fresh crawfish to steam at home with your own recipe or grab your crawfish hot, fresh, and ready to eat, Beauxdines' Seafood & Specialty Meat Market has you covered. Visit the drive-thru to grab a quick meal, or head inside to shop from an extensive selection of high-quality ingredients. If you stop by on the weekend, you'll often have some live music to enjoy while you dine.

Ready to find your next home close to all of the amazing dining spots around Lake Charles? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Lake Charles, LA area or stop by our Lake Charles open houses.

February
25

Plan Ahead for the 6th Annual Books Along the Teche Literary Festival

Book Festival

Whether you prefer fiction, non-fiction, or a little bit of both, there's an upcoming event that you won't want to miss. The 6th Annual Books Along the Teche Literary Festival is scheduled for April 1 - 3, 2022, and is a favorite among local avid readers. It's one of the most exciting events for book lovers in Louisiana, and our real estate agents are happy to share some more details below.

  • What Is It?
    The Books Along the Teche Literary Festival is a celebration of the work of Southern and Louisiana authors. This year, the theme is Celebrating New Iberia, Dave Robicheaux's Hometown, and Great Southern Writers. Osha Gray Davidson, the author of Best of Enemies: Redemption in the New South, is also being honored as this year's Great Southern Writer. 

    While Davidson is the honored author for this year's festival, there are also many activities centered more broadly around literature that both readers and authors will enjoy.

  • What Activities Are Offered?
    In addition to lectures and literature, the festival will offer various walking tours, cooking demonstrations, and poetry workshops. There will also be a reader's theater where you can listen to various works being read out loud. The Jambalaya Cajun Band and Andy Smith Band will be playing live music for the crowd. Finally, there will be a special tribute to Ernest Gaines, the acclaimed author of Lessons Before Dying.

    This festival offers something for all ages. There will be several children's writing activities and workshops at the Parish Library and George Rodrigue Memorial Park. On Saturday, there's also a workshop on creating a Little Free Library, which will teach you everything from how to build the library to how to keep it stocked with books.

  • Where Is the Festival Held?
    The festival activities are being held at a variety of locations throughout historic New Iberia. You can see a complete list of activities and locations on the event website.

    Several lectures will take place at the Shadows-on-the-Tech Visitor's Center on Main Street. Sliman Theater is hosting most of the reader's theater performances, and Parish Library is hosting many author meet-and-greets and children's workshops. 

  • How Do You Buy Tickets?
    If you'll be in the area looking at Lafayette homes for sale or New Iberia homes for sale, then consider attending the festival while in town. Tickets are for sale on the event website, with several different ticketing options for attendees.

    You may purchase tickets for individual activities, or you can buy an all-inclusive package for $190 per person. The all-inclusive package gives you tickets to six separately ticketed events, along with free portions of the festival.

    Even if you don't want to buy tickets, there are plenty of free activities and performances you can participate in. All are welcome to listen to the bands and attend free workshops, such as the Little Free Library seminar.

Ready to write your own Louisiana story? If you happen to fall in love with the region while you're in town for the festival, don't hesitate to contact us. We can guide you in attending Lafayette open houses, helping you discover the perfect place to call home.

February
23

Order the Catch of the Day at These Baton Rouge Restaurants

Baton Rouge Restaurants

Oysters, crawfish, and po' boy sandwiches are mainstays of Louisiana Creole cuisine, and our real estate agents know just where to find them. Fresh seafood is just one more reason why Baton Rouge homes for sale are so popular.

Here's a handful of local restaurants where the catch of the day is always worth trying:

  • Parrain's Seafood Restaurant – 3225 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    Parrain's Seafood Restaurant offers a delectable combination of surf and turf, including what it touts as the freshest seafood in town. Steak and chicken dishes complement crawfish, shrimp, seafood gumbo, and more. You can order up a succulent grilled duck breast or a whole fried hen to go with specialties like catfish perdu and crawfish etouffee.

  • The Original Krab Queens Baton Rouge –  5260 Corporate Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    The Original Krab Queens Baton Rouge bills itself as the home of the best butter sauce you'll find in Baton Rouge. You'll be using plenty of it when you order up the boiled seafood platters from this classic crab shack. The popular "Just Crab Platter" delivers on the name with two snow crabs alongside fixings: Corn, egg, sausage, and potatoes make for a hearty meal.

  • Phil's Oyster Bar and Seafood Restaurant – 4335 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, LA 7080
    Phil's Oyster Bar and Seafood Restaurant has a history dating back to 1950 and remains family-owned and operated. It features brunch, lunch, dinner, and a full bar menu, as well as catering and hosting for private events. Entrees run the gamut from po' boys on local French bread, barbecued shrimp fettuccine, trout almondine, and – of course – heaping fried or grilled crab cakes.

  • The Juicy Seafood Restaurant & Bar – 3132 College Drive Suite B, Baton Rouge, LA 7080
    With new specials every day, The Juicy Seafood Restaurant & Bar always has something new to tempt your taste buds. Starters, sides, veggies, and seafood are the mainstays here, in a space that's casual but always hip and happening. Blue crab, crawfish, shrimp, snow crab legs, sea scallops, and other delights from the sea come fully dressed in corn, potatoes, and optional boiled egg.

  • Drusilla Seafood Restaurant – 3482 Drusilla Lane D, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
    Coming to you from the heart of Baton Rouge for nearly 40 years, Drusilla Seafood Restaurant has a full selection of your favorite fried, boiled, and blackened seafood dishes. Its goal is to serve the most authentic Louisiana cuisine in the city and has been named "Best Seafood in Baton Rouge" by a number of local critics and publications. The famous seafood gumbo anchors a mouthwatering menu.

  • Drago's Seafood Restaurant – 4580 Constitution Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    The claim to fame for Drago's Seafood Restaurant is the original charbroiled oyster. With six locations, including one in Baton Rouge, it is a true Louisiana success story. In addition to the half dozen or dozen charbroiled oysters, you can choose raw oysters on the half shell or fried oysters Voisin. Other house specials include the sautéed alligator, seafood pasta, and shrimp and eggplant stack.

  • John's Seafood – 2750 Scenic Highway, Baton Rouge, LA 70805
    You'll have plenty to choose from at John's Seafood, where reviews acclaim both the hot wings and the oysters. Besides the usual po' boys, chicken, oysters, and shrimp, you'll discover a number of unexpected treats. It's a great way to enjoy a little bit of everything for lunch or dinner.

Contact us to find out more about Louisiana real estate or stop by one of our Baton Rouge open houses.

February
16

New to Baton Rouge? Take One of These Tours

Baton Rouge Tour

There's so much to see, do, and experience when you're new to Baton Rouge that it can be hard to decide where to start. So why not let a local expert be your guide? Whether you're interested in history, food, drink, culture, or the great outdoors, there's a local tour with your name on it. Our real estate agents have all the details on some of the best Baton Rouge tours to help you get familiar with your new home city.

All About Baton Rouge Tours – 750 Florida St. Unit #4644, Baton Rouge, LA 70801

If you're looking for a diverse selection of different tours close to Baton Rouge homes for sale, then All About Baton Rouge Tours is the perfect place to start. They offer a tour for every interest, with expert guides who will take you to see some of the city's most fascinating destinations.

  • Baton Rouge City Tour
    For a general overview of some of the interesting places around the city, the Baton Rouge City Tour is a great option. This guided and narrated tour is perfect for getting to know Baton Rouge.

  • Baton Rouge Food Tour
    Sure, food is the focus of this tour, but you'll also experience plenty of other unique things along the way. The Baton Rouge Food Tour seamlessly blends food, art, culture, and history to give you a local's view of the city.

  • Haunted Tour
    Feeling brave? This fun, quirky tour will take you to see some of the spookier historic places around Baton Rouge.

  • Swamp Tours
    Travel beyond the city to experience the vast natural beauty, native plants, and local wildlife that make Louisiana such a special place to call home.

Enjoy Baton Rouge Walking Tours – Baton Rouge, LA 70802

All you need to participate in Enjoy Baton Rouge Walking Tours is your own two feet and a desire to explore the city. Food tours tend to be the most popular offerings from this tour company, but they also offer plenty of other ways to experience Baton Rouge. Try a historical tour, an art tour, or take a sightseeing tour to get acquainted with local landmarks. Enjoy Baton Rouge Walking Tours has no physical location, but you can easily schedule your tour in advance online.

Three Roll Estate Distillery Tour – 760 Saint Philip St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Three Roll Estate Distillery is an award-winning producer of fine spirits located in the heart of Baton Rouge. You can enjoy the Three Roll Estate Distillery Tour every Thursday through Sunday to learn more about how the distillery creates its spirits from sugarcane that's grown and pressed on-site. The tour includes a look behind the scenes at the distilling process from start to finish and ends with a tasting.

Tin Roof Brewery Tour – 1624 Wyoming St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Known for its taproom, outdoor dining space, and commitment to producing some of Louisiana's most distinctive craft brews, Tin Roof Brewing Co. is more than worth the trip for any beer enthusiast. Every Friday, the team here hosts the Tin Roof Brewery Tour. During the tour, you'll get to see the art and science that goes into creating every unique beer at Tin Roof.

Still searching for your next home in the city? Our local team has you covered. Visit one of our Baton Rouge open houses, or simply contact us to buy and sell homes in the Baton Rouge, LA area.

February
11

Historic Oak Trees Throughout Lafayette

Oak Trees Louisiana

Louisiana's live oak trees are special. They're more than just trees. They're tangible links to the past. Living history. Our real estate agents never get tired of gazing up through their majestic canopies. 

Some of the oldest and largest trees in Louisiana are these monumental live oaks in Lafayette. 

  • St. John Cathedral Oak - 515 Cathedral St, Lafayette, LA 70501 
    The tree known as the St. John Cathedral Oak is inarguably the most famous tree in Lafayette. One of the largest live oaks in the United States, it's estimated to be around 500 years old. The Cathedral Oak stands approximately 126 feet high and has a spread of 210 feet across. Measurements of its circumference vary but typically come in around 29 feet. You can see this awe-inspiring tree near Downtown and minutes away from many Lafayette homes for sale.

  • Twentieth Century Oaks - 104 E University Ave, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Dr. Edwin Stephens, the first president of what is now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, planted 18 live oaks on the university grounds on New Year's Day, 1901. He nicknamed them the Twentieth Century Oaks for their origin at the start of a new century, and they're still a fixture of campus. Located near the university entrance at the intersection of University Avenue and Johnson Street, they're neither the largest nor the oldest live oaks in town but are among the most celebrated. Be sure to stop and pay them a visit if you're in town visiting Lafayette open houses.

  • Evangeline Oak - 121 S New Market St, St Martinville, LA 70582
    The tree known as the Evangeline Oak has been the most-visited site in St. Martinville—a small city 15 miles southeast of Lafayette—since the late nineteenth century. It could very well be the most famous tree in Louisiana, despite not being particularly old or particularly large (at least by live oak standards). The tree gets its name from Evangeline, the 1847 poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, in which the titular character and her lover Gabriel are reunited. According to a combination of history and myth, the Evangeline Oak is the tree under which the characters' real-life counterparts once sat, inspiring Wordsworth's Poem. 

  • The Cleveland Oaks - Jefferson Island Rd, New Iberia, LA 70560
    Joseph Jefferson was an actor and comedian in the mid-19th century, and he was about as famous as a 19th-century comedian and actor could get. So much so that president Grover Cleveland—a fan and admirer of Jefferson—visited him on his property in Louisiana in 1892. While touring the areas that are now known as Jefferson Island and Avery Island, Cleveland noticed two majestic oaks that Jefferson later nicknamed in his honor. Today, the two Cleveland Oaks are still standing. Both trees are a short drive from many New Iberia homes for sale.

Contact us today to learn more about life in Lafayette, Louisiana. From rich history and incredible architecture to wild landscapes and outdoor adventures, it's a truly one-of-a-kind place to call home. Our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find your dream home in Acadiana.

January
18

Dine at these Food Halls in New Orleans

Food Halls NOLA

Food halls have become quite common over the past few years. It's so much fun to walk through these halls, admire all of the choices, and order whatever you find most appealing at the time. You can even order an entrée from one vendor and a side dish from another. New Orleans happens to be home to a few different food halls where you can enjoy a delicious breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Our real estate agents recommend checking out these tasty places when you're in town visiting for New Orleans open houses

  • Pythian Market: 234 Loyola Ave., New Orleans, LA 70112
    Pythian Market is a bustling food hall in downtown New Orleans. It's open Monday - Saturday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and Sundays for breakfast and lunch. Along with various food vendors, you'll find a few retailers selling locally made arts and crafts. 

    There are 11 different vendors inside Pythian Market. 14 Parishes serves incredible Caribbean cuisine, including vegetarian and vegan options. You can grab a cocktail at Bar 1908, or enjoy a poke bowl at Kais. Ma Momma's House of Cornbread, Chicken, & Waffles is another tasty option, especially for breakfast or brunch. And of course, you can power up for the day with a coffee from Lattes on Loyola. 

    Pythian Market is located inside the historic Pythian Building, which was built in 1908.

  • St. Roch Market: 2381 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans, LA 70112
    St. Roch Market is a smaller food hall that focuses on chef-made, local foods, and beverages. They offer counter-side service, and you can even dine on their patio during nice weather. This food hall has been featured in The New York Times, Food & Wine, and Travel + Leisure.

    One of the vendors at St. Roch Market is Buttermilk, which serves fried chicken and other southern treats. You can also enjoy Mediterranean cuisine from Dolma or oysters from Elysian Seafood. Wash it all down with a seasonal craft cocktail from The Mayhaw.

  • Auction House Market: 801 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Auction House Market opened in 2018 and has quickly become a favorite among locals. The hall has a beautiful aesthetic; it's decorated with green plants and white marble.

    The Mayhaw also has a bar located inside Auction House Market, and they host Happy Hour Monday - Fridays from 4 - 7 pm. For food, one great choice is Asianlicious, which serves sushi and noodle dishes. If you're in the mood for Mexican cuisine, Trippy Tacos is the place to go. You can even order ahead online for convenience. 

  • French Market: 1008 N. Peters St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    French Market is a bit different from your typical food hall. It's an outdoor, open-air market that dates back to 1791! French Market is open daily from 10 am - 5 pm, making it the perfect place to stop for a workday lunch.

    One of the top restaurants in this market is Cafe Pontalba, which serves New Orleans' classics. Corner Oyster House Bar & Grill serves American dishes like seafood platters and burgers. If you're in the mood for something sweet, visit Holy Crepes, which offers vegan and gluten-free options.

    While you're at French Market, make sure you also browse the accompanying flea market for crafts, artwork, and more.

These vibrant food halls are one of the best things about living in New Orleans. If you're looking for New Orleans homes for sale, don't hesitate to contact us. Our friendly, experienced real estate agents will help you consider your options and discover the best homes to suit your needs.

January
14

Explore Lafayette: 6 Places to Visit this Year

Lafayette 2022

When buyers approach us looking for Lafayette homes for sale, we always get a little excited for them. Lafayette is such a great place to live. Not only does the city have a rich history, but it's full of fun things to do and places to explore. Whether you're already a local, or getting ready to make Lafayette your new home, make sure to check out these Lafayette destinations in 2022.

  1. Jefferson Street and University Avenue, Lafayette, LA
    The area around Jefferson Street and University Avenue in downtown Lafayette is one of the best parts of the city to shop, explore, and visit local restaurants. You'll find a little of everything from bridal boutiques to local delis. This area is very walkable. The large, 3D letters that spell out "Lafayette" in Sans Souci Park make for great photo ops!

  2. Vermilionville Historic Village: 3000 Fisher Rd., Lafayette, LA 70508
    Vermilionville is a historic village consisting of several 18th and 19th-century homes that have been maintained and restored. Here, you can learn about the region's Cajun and Creole history. Take a self-guided tour or join one of the guided tour groups for an additional charge. Vermilionville also offers cooking demonstrations, boat tours, and dance lessons. 

  3. Buck & Johnny's: 100 Berard St., Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
    Buck & Johnny's
    serves incredible Cajun cuisine all around, but they're really known for their Zydeco Breakfast. At Buck & Johnny's, you can enjoy breakfast while listening to and learning about Zydeco music. Try the Zydeco omelet, the Cajun Boudin Breakfast, or the Troubled Water, which is grits topped with crawfish etouffee. 

  4. Hilliard Art Museum: 710 East St. Mary Boulevard, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Hilliard Art Museum
    is an art museum at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. It's open to the public Tuesday - Saturday, and admission is only $7.50 for adults. Notable collections at Hilliard Art Museum include Twenty Years of Marais Press, Universe of the Mind by Master Shen-Long, and Sanctuary: New Work by Linda Alterwitz. The museum offers guided tours, and visitors are welcome to write or sketch in the galleries if desired. 

  5. Avery Island: Avery Island, LA
    Avery Island
    is a collection of five tiny islands that rise above the water level of the salt marshes about 20 minutes outside Lafayette. It's well worth taking a quick drive to the islands when you have a free Saturday. Avery Island is home to several unique species of birds. You can also visit the Tabasco Brand Factory and Museum and learn how this infamous sauce is made.

  6. Lagniappe Antique Mall: 124 W. Bridge Street, Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
    The town of Breaux Bridge is just a 10-minute drive from Lafayette. Here, you'll discover the Lagniappe Antique Mall, an incredible 17,000 square foot shopping center. The place is packed with antiques, collectibles, and local artwork. The Lagniappe Antique Mall is located inside the historic Domingue Motor Co, which was built in the 1920s. It's open to shoppers Tuesday - Saturday from 10 am - 6 pm. This is the perfect place to buy gifts or decor for your new Lafayette home. 

These are just six of the many amazing things to do in and around Lafayette. Venture out there, and discover the best the region has to offer. If you're still looking for a home in the area, don't hesitate to contact us or stop by one of our Lafayette open houses. We'll tell you how our real estate agents can help.

January
12

Where to go Biking in Baton Rouge

Biking in Baton Rouge

Whether for exercise, exploration, or your daily commute, Baton Rouge is a bike-friendly city with ample options for getting around on two wheels. There are plenty of bike paths, both paved and off-road, along with a great collection of bicycle clubs that make it easy to connect with other riders. Our real estate agents have the key info on some of the many ways that you can enjoy biking in Baton Rouge.

  • Baton Rouge Levee Bike Path – Between River Rd. and Mississippi River, Baton Rouge, LA
    We start with a trip along the riverfront on one of the more popular bike paths located near Baton Rouge homes for sale. The Baton Rouge Levee Bike Path travels from downtown Baton Rouge past Tiger Stadium, with great views to enjoy while you ride. The bike path is 4.31 miles long, and offers a wide variety of local attractions where you can stop along the way. There are plans to expand this bike path significantly, with a Downtown Greenway that will connect all of the downtown parks.

  • LSU Lakes Loop – 901 Stanford Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    For another pleasant ride along the water, try a trip around the LSU Lakes Loop which can be accessed from Milford Wampold Memorial Park. The park itself has about .25 miles of paved trails, but the LSU Lakes Loop stretches considerably further than that. Sandy beaches along the lakes make for the perfect place to stop and take in the view, especially around sunset and sunrise.

  • Perkins Road Community Park – 7122 Perkins Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    A trip to Perkins Road Community Park offers a variety of options for biking. The park is connected by a series of paved trails open to bikers, skaters, runners, and walkers, ideal for a leisurely ride. Perkins Road Community Park is also home to the BMX Raceway when you're in the mood for something more adventurous. There's even a velodrome, a 333-foot paved track that allows cyclists to reach speeds that wouldn't be possible on other trails. These attractions are free and open to the public, with the BMX Raceway and velodrome requiring helmets to enter.

  • Hooper Road Park – 6261 Guynell Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70811
    Mountain biking is on the menu in Baton Rouge as well, thanks to the trails at places like Hooper Road Park. This 200-acre, wooded park is home to more than 5 miles of mountain bike trails and is open from sunrise to sunset. This is a great place to get a taste of local natural beauty without leaving Baton Rouge.

  • Comite River Park – 8900 Hooper Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70818
    Another popular place for getting in touch with nature, the 5.5-mile mountain bike trail at Comite River Park is located along the edge of the Cypress Bayou and Comite River. This is a more advanced trail, perfect for mountain bikers looking for a fun challenge.

  • Baton Rouge Bike Club – P.O. Box 253, Baton Rouge, LA 70821
    There are quite a few bike clubs around the city as well, and the Baton Rouge Bike Club has been connecting local riders for more than 50 years. Become a member to enjoy a busy schedule of events and plenty of other perks.

Ready to find a home that makes it easy to explore your favorite city on two wheels? Our local real estate team is here to help. Visit one of our Baton Rouge open houses or contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Baton Rouge, LA area.

January
4

National Hot Tea Month: Tea Shops in NOLA

Tea Shops NOLA

Our real estate agents want to invite you to celebrate National Hot Tea Month this January!

Tea is one of the most diverse and storied beverages in human history. Although it is closely associated with the United Kingdom, the finest teas in the world have generally come from China and India.

You can enjoy a delightful cup of tea right in your own Louisiana neighborhood. Around New Orleans and throughout the state, there are dozens of excellent tea shops, coffee shops, and boutiques that can cater to any taste. You'll find some of them only minutes from New Orleans homes for sale.

Let's take a look at some of your options for a National Hot Tea Month treat:

  • Monkey Monkey Coffee and Tea – 4641 South Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans, LA 7011
    "Monkey steep, monkey brew" is the motto at Monkey Coffee and Tea, where you can find a hot or cold beverage to perk you up any time of the day. The tea selection includes such favorites as English breakfast, Earl Grey, peach loose-leaf, and chai. Green and herbal teas are also available.

  • Le Salon at Windsor Court Hotel – 300 Gravier Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Le Salon boasts a premium location on the lavish grounds of the Windsor Court Hotel. Tea room staff hold an authentic English afternoon tea service that features 26 fine loose-leaf variety brews. You'll also get to enjoy gourmet tea sandwiches, scones, and fresh-baked desserts.

  • Royal Blend Coffee & Tea – 204 Metairie Road, Metairie, LA 70005
    Open for dine-in and takeout orders, Royal Blend Coffee & Tea pairs its drinks with an assortment of pastries, hot breakfast, and lunch entrees. Whether you are looking for chai tea, hot tea, or traditional southern iced tea, you will find it and much more within a short drive of Metairie homes for sale.

  • Ding Tea NOLA – 1440 Lapalco Boulevard, Harvey, LA 70058
    Ding Tea NOLA bills itself as a Taiwanese boba tea house. If you've never tried milk tea boba, this will give you a whole new way to appreciate your favorite drink. In addition to various tea types and flavor additions, you'll choose from "popping bubbles" that add an extra flair. Stop by after checking out Harvey homes for sale.

  • The English Tearoom & Eatery – 734 East Rutland Street, Covington, LA 70433
    The English Tearoom & Eatery seeks to reproduce the traditional English tea experience. It is one of the only local teahouses so popular that reservations are recommended – it also serves as an event venue on Sundays. It showcases dozens of teas in 15 major varieties, including its own special "Abbey Road Blend." It's just minutes from Covington homes for sale.

  • The Roosevelt New Orleans – 130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA 70112
    The Roosevelt New Orleans is a lavish Waldorf Astoria hotel. It has five dining locations, including the famous Rooftop Bar and some of the best room service in the city. For tea, try Teddy's Cafe, which you'll find conveniently located right in the hotel lobby.

Looking for a new home where you can be near your favorite cafes and shops? Contact us to discover more about New Orleans real estate today.

January
5

Music Venues Throughout Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Music

Baton Rouge and live music go hand-in-hand. It's one of the things our real estate agents love most about life in this historic city overlooking the Mississippi River. Baton Rouge has always been at the intersection of American music traditions, and it remains that way today. 

These days, the best live music venues in Baton Rouge host everything from national touring acts to promising up-and-comers. You might see a hot new indie rock band or a local blues legend, sometimes on the same stage on the same night. 

  • The Texas Club - 456 N Donmoor Ave, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
    One of the premier venues in Baton Rouge, the Texas Club is known for hosting major country and rock acts while maintaining an intimate atmosphere. This 1,000-capacity music venue provides a truly unique musical experience, and legends ranging from Garth Brooks to the Allman Brothers Band have graced its stage. Located a stone's throw from these Baton Rouge homes for sale, the Texas Club is, without a doubt, one of the best places in town to catch a show. 

  • Boudreaux & Thibodeaux - 214 3rd St # 2D, Baton Rouge, LA 70801
    Just two blocks from the banks of the Mississippi River, Boudreaux & Thibodeaux is a hotbed for live, local music in Baton Rouge. This hopping bar and nightclub includes two spaces on two floors that offer live music, drinks, and food. On many nights, there's an acoustic happy hour band up on the balcony, followed by a bigger dance band downstairs. This is one of the best places around to see local Cajun and blues bands, and there's never a cover charge. 

  • Mid City Ballroom - 136 S Acadian Thruway, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
    There's no other venue in Baton Rouge quite like the Mid City Ballroom. Located in an old church that's been renovated and re-opened as a live music venue, the Mid City Ballroom has incredible acoustics and offers performances by local, regional, and national touring acts in a relaxed, intimate space. The ballroom also shares its space with Pop Shop Records, a great local record store where you can browse new and vintage vinyl. 

  • Teddy's Juke Joint - 16999 Old Scenic Hwy, Zachary, LA 70791
    Nestled among the fields and farmlands on the outskirts of Baton Rouge and near Zachary homes for sale, Teddy's Juke Joint is the type of place you could easily miss if you didn't know what you were looking for. Opened in 1979, the juke joint is a labor of love for owner Teddy Johnson, a musician himself, who often performs here on the weekends and DJs during the week. Teddy's Juke Joint is an amazing hole-in-the-wall where you can hear authentic Louisiana music, including a regular Tuesday night blues jam. The beer is always cold, and the kitchen turns out amazing traditional Southern soul food. 

  • Red Stick Social -1503 Government St, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    You'll find Red Stick Social inside Baton Rouge's renovated Electric Depot building, and live music is just one reason to visit this unique space. Equal parts bar, bowling alley, event space, and music venue, Red Stick Social presents live music every Friday and Saturday night on indoor and outdoor stages. It's a great place to hang out, grab drinks with friends, bowl a few rounds, and enjoy a killer live band.

Looking for more information about life in Baton Rouge? Our real estate agents are here to help. Contact us today to learn more about finding your dream home and living life to the fullest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 

December
28

6 Stops Along the SWLA Boudin Trail

Boudin

Maybe we're biased, or we're just hungry....but the food in Louisiana can't be beaten. Louisiana food is truly one-of-a-kind and delicious. This certainly includes homemade boudin you can find at local spots. Even better, there's a whole trail dedicated to this fantastic food! When our real estate agents are craving one of the state's iconic foods, they head to the SWLA Boudin Trail and these wonderful shops and restaurants.

  1. Leonard's Food Quarters - 1708 Gerstner Memorial Dr., Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Leonard's Food Quarters is more than just a business to its namesake founder. After a 30-year career that began in a bowling alley kitchen, Leonard wanted to create a legacy for his children. Every item on the menu, from boudin to salad dressing, is infused with a touch of soul. Call ahead to have your order ready at the convenient pickup window. Leonard's is open weekdays from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

  2. Hebert's Specialty Meats - 1140 Country Club Rd., Lake Charles, LA 70605
    Boudin does double duty at Hebert's Specialty Meats, which has been serving the community around Lake Charles homes for sale for more than 40 years. Buy boudin by the pound or get it as a stuffing in chicken and turkey. Don't forget to take home some of Hebert's flavorful house seasoning. Hours are 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday.

  3. Honey B Ham and Deli - 506 E. Prien Lake Rd., Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Take the stress out of the holiday and special event planning when you leave the food to Honey B Ham and Deli. In addition to boudin dishes and balls that serve 20, Honey B has a full selection of BBQ, turkey, side dishes, pies, and, of course, ham. Need a quick lunch? Grab a sandwich, salad, gumbo, or etouffee. Hours are 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

  4. Sonnier's Boudin - 1217 Mill St., Lake Charles, LA 70601
    When you put the name of your product in your business, you're making a statement, and Sonnier's Boudin delivers. Sonnier's isn't content to serve only basic boudin, offering it in various combinations of smoked, spicy, pepper jack, and chicken. Be sure to try their sausages that come in pork, beef, deer, and chicken, with a variety of add-ins such as green onion and jalapeño. Hours are 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

  5. The Boiling Point - 1730 Beglis Pkwy., Sulphur, LA 70663
    Surf meets turf at The Boiling Point, a down-home Cajun seafood restaurant just down the street from Sulphur homes for sale. The Boiling Point has crawfish boudin to go alongside their regular and pepper jack varieties. Boudin also gives the classic burger a whole new dimension. Complement your meal with a side of coleslaw, which many customers declare to be the best in the state. The Boiling Point is open weekdays from 6 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

  6. Insane Sausages - 2255 Hwy. 109, Vinton, LA 70668
    Insane Sausages takes boudin south of the border with saucy versions such as pork enchilada and boudin quesadillas. Their sausages are equally creative, with flavors such as bourbon brown sugar chicken and pork and syrup. In October, Insane Sausages was one of the award-winning competitors at the Boudin Cook-Off in Lafayette. Stop in after a day of viewing Vinton homes for sale. Hours are 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday. 

Variety is truly the spice of life around Lake Charles. For more information about buying or selling a home in the area, contact us at Latter & Blum.

December
16

Start Training for the Louisiana Marathon

Louisiana Marathon

Whether you're already a dedicated long-distance runner or you're brand new to the sport, here's some news you'll be excited to hear: The Louisiana Marathon will be in town next month. This upcoming event is scheduled for January 15th and 16th. And yes, there will also be a half marathon, quarter marathon, and 5k race for those who aren't big fans of the 26.2-mile distance.

Put on your running shoes and experience Baton Rouge in a whole new way! Get to know more about the Louisiana Marathon with the information below and consider signing up for this upcoming event.

  • History of the Event
    The Louisiana Marathon was founded in 2012. The goal of the marathon was to encourage physical activity and a healthier lifestyle throughout the community. Over the years, the race has also become a way to celebrate Louisiana's culture, food, music, and many other traditions. The Baton Rouge community gets very involved in the race, with spectators lining the streets to cheer on the runners. With a course route that weaves through the downtown area, and through the LSU campus, runners get to fully see and experience Louisiana's capital city.

  • Race Details
    The full marathon itself is scheduled for January 16, 2022. The gun will go off at 7:00 am, and the course will remain open until 2:00 pm, meaning runners must finish within 7 hours in order to have their official time recorded. The half marathon starts alongside the full marathon at 7:00 am, with the course remaining open until 2:00. Both the quarter marathon and the 5k take place one day earlier on January 15th. Both races start at 8:00 am with the finish line remaining open until 10:30. On January 15th, there will also be a marathon for kids beginning at 10:15.

  • Rules and Amenities
    The Louisiana Marathon does plan on having pacers for both the full and half marathons. These pacers should be visible in the start corral, and participants are asked to cede themselves between the pacers based on their projected finishing times. Strollers, rollerblades, and bikes are not allowed on the course, but runners will be allowed to wear headphones if they so desire. There will not be a virtual option for the race in 2022.

  • Registering for the Race
    Take a break from looking at Baton Rouge homes for sale, and sign up for the race! It should only take a few minutes. The easiest way to register is to visit the Louisiana Marathon website directly. The registration fee for the full marathon is $150, and the fee for the full marathon is $140. You can also enter the quarter marathon for $55 or the 5k for $35.

  • Course Details
    The full and half marathon course starts and finishes in Arsenal Park. Runners then travel through downtown to Louisiana State University. After running past the stadium, they travel around the lake. Half marathon runners then work their way back to the start, and full marathon runners run a few more miles through downtown before heading north back to Arsenal Park. The Louisiana Marathon is known for its flat, fast course. Many choose it as their Boston Qualifier for this reason! 

Baton Rouge is a beautiful city, and our real estate agents know that running the Louisiana Marathon is a great way to experience this beauty. If you decide you want to move here, contact us to learn about our real estate services.

December
10

Gift Ideas From Local Lafayette Shops

Lafayette Local Shops

Running out of ideas for meaningful gifts? Our real estate agents are always inspired by the many independent small businesses in our community. Take a break from viewing Lafayette homes for sale for some holiday shopping at these delightful shops.

  • Lagniappe Records - 311-B Jefferson St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    Vinyl has made a big comeback in recent years. Treat the audiophile on your list to some classic discs from Lagniappe Records. Part of the fun of shopping at Lagniappe Records is that old-school thrill of flipping through albums in search of a hidden gem. If you need some help, the husband-and-wife owners are friendly and knowledgeable. Hours are noon - 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

  • The Bougie Bar - 403-B S. Buchanan St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    "Bougie" is a French term for "candle," and this unique shop is a great source for DIY gifts. Make your own custom-blended candle while sipping on your favorite wine at one of The Bougie Bar's classes. Sign up for an existing session or assemble a group of friends for a private party. Cost is $40 per person, which includes all materials and a souvenir wine glass, and a 15 percent discount on retail purchases.

  • Pavy Art + Design Studio - 100 E. Vermilion St., Suite 108, Lafayette, LA 70501
    Share Louisiana pride with a special gift from Pavy Art + Design Studio. The shop's pillows, prints, jewelry, and accessories are based on "Pavicons," the visual vocabulary and iconic imagery of local artist Francis X. Pavy. As an accomplished artist who has worked in ceramics, painting, block-printing, and mixed media, Pavy draws inspiration from music, folklore, and other elements of Cajun and Creole culture. Pavy Studio is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Deuxième Vie Creative - 549 Jefferson St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    Do you have a friend or family member who's an avid crafter? Maybe you want to nurture a child's imagination and creativity. Deuxième Vie Creative, which translates to "Second Life," offers a wide range of craft kits that incorporate repurposed materials. The recipient of your gift will have fun making a wall hanging from an old 45 record or a wind chime with colorful beads. If you prefer, pick up a ready-made gift at their on-site boutique. Hours are noon - 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday.

  • Beausoleil Books - 302-A Jefferson St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    In this digital age, there's still nothing like the comforting feel of holding an actual book. Head to Beausoleil Books for a thoughtfully curated selection of best-sellers, classics, and special-interest titles. It's also a good excuse to spend time in the Whisper Room, the cozy adjoining lounge that offers wine and cocktails, charcuterie, and desserts. Relax with a glass of wine and a plate of cheese while diving into a new book. Hours are 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

  • Genterie Supply Co. - 408 Jefferson St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    Genterie Supply Co.
    may have an industrial sound, but the "supplies" are actually stylish clothing, accessories, and home decor products. Follow them on Instagram for updates on all the latest arrivals. Hours are 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily except Sunday when doors close at 3 p.m.

Gift yourself and your family with a beautiful home in Lafayette. Contact us at Latter & Blum to get started on your search.

November
24

Baton Rouge Bakeries for Holiday Treats

Bakeries in Baton Rouge

Serving baked treats over the holidays is a festive, welcoming touch, but it's hard to find the time to create all the goodies you'd like to offer. And you won't be able to create the variety of flavors and designs you can get at a local Baton Rouge bakery.
  
Our real estate agents suggest visiting the following bakeries for some sweet holiday treats:

  • The Ambrosia Bakery - 8546 Siegen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70810
    Whether you're looking for an impressively delicious cake to serve to your holiday guests or want some small treats to set out on a platter, The Ambrosia Bakery has it covered. A Fall Cupcake Wreath makes a beautiful Thanksgiving display, with dozens of cupcakes arranged in the shape of a wreath and finished with fall decorations. Or try a selection of petit fours decorated with a whimsical scarecrow, pumpkin, and fall leaf designs in icing. If the cupcake wreath is a hit on your Thanksgiving table, you'll also want a Christmas wreath version with vibrant green icing on the cupcakes and a red ribbon made of icing. 

  • Cupcake Junkie - 12240 Coursey Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70816  
    As you might expect, Cupcake Junkie sells many of these treats - both full-sized and mini versions - in a wide variety of flavors. But your choices certainly aren't limited to these sweets, since the bakery also offers cake slices, whole cakes in several different sizes, brownies, lemon bars, and cookies in flavors including chocolate chip and caramel pecan. Cupcakes come in vanilla, chocolate, and salted caramel, and cakes come in an almost endless list of flavors like brown sugar cinnamon, almond, red velvet, and more. You can also choose from different icing and filling options. 

  • SmallCakes Cupcakery - 18135 E. Petroleum Dr. Suite D, Baton Rouge, LA 70809  
    At SmallCakes Cupcakery, it's all about the cupcakes and ice cream. Their cupcakes have been featured on the daytime talk show "The View" as well as the Food Network's "Cupcake Wars." Each morning 18 creative signature flavors of cupcakes are baked and frosted from scratch using quality ingredients, with seasonal flavors like pumpkin and maple bacon included. If you'd also like to offer your holiday guests - or even yourself - an extra treat, order some ice cream. They're based on the cupcake flavors, and 15 flavors of small-batch ice cream are made each day.

  • CounterspaceBR - 3753 Perkins Rd., Suite D, Baton Rouge, LA 70808  
    CounterspaceBR bakes treats like cakes, pies, breads, whoopie pies, and cookies from scratch at its location in the heart of Baton Rouge. Order the take-and-bake cinnamon rolls for breakfast or lunch and give your guests or your family a weekend treat. Or offer a variety with an assorted box of salted chocolate chip cookies, cinnamon roll blondies, lemon oat bars, black-and-white cookies, and chewy gingerbread cookies. After Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, set out a Mississippi Mud Pie or Aunt Elnora's Pecan Pie.

  • Brew Ha-Ha - 711 Jefferson Hwy. Suite 2-A, Baton Rouge, LA 70806  
    Opened as a coffee shop in 2004, Brew Ha-Ha added cake balls to its menu in 2006. It then expanded to a full bakery serving cake balls in various sizes and a long list of flavors including caramel apple, banana pudding, carrot, and chocolate mint. This allows you to mix and match and serve your holiday guests a wide variety of flavors. The bakery also offers a cake ball cake, puff pops, and Oreos.

Local businesses are one of the many features that make life in Baton Rouge extra sweet, especially during the holiday season! Contact us to see Baton Rouge homes for sale or to sell your home in the area, and we'll put our skills, expertise, and market insights to work for you! 

November
8

NOLA Restaurants Open For Thanksgiving

NOLA Thanksgiving

Like many of you, our real estate agents are extra grateful to share the holidays with family and friends this year. Spend less time cooking and more time socializing with Thanksgiving dinner at these amazing restaurants around New Orleans homes for sale

  • Brennan's - 417 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Brennan's may have undergone a facelift in 2014, but its upscale food and gracious service have been French Quarter traditions since 1946. Their three-course Thanksgiving Day menu offers a choice of six different entrées, including Eggs Hussarde, one of the iconic dishes created at Brennan's. Thanksgiving Day dinner is served from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., and the price is $75.

  • Josephine Estelle - Ace Hotel, 600 Carondelet St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Family reigns supreme at Josephine Estelle, located in the Central Business District at the Ace Hotel. The restaurant is named after the daughters of the owners/chefs, whose cuisine is inspired by recipes passed down for generations. On Thanksgiving, they'll serve a four-course prix fixe menu for $65 that offers a vegan option of roasted acorn squash. If you prefer dining at home, order dinner to-go for pickup on November 24 or 25. Thanksgiving Day hours are 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

  • Mister Mao - 4501 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70115
    America is a melting pot, so celebrate Thanksgiving with the global cuisine of Mister Mao. Savor the international flavors of Thanksgiving menu items such as Balinese Tuna Tataki, Turkey Tikka Masala, and cioppino. Three-course meals are $65, with optional wine pairings for $30. Seatings are available at noon, 2:30 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. Advance ticket purchases are required.

  • Jack Rose - Pontchartrain Hotel, 2031 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Once you pass through the front door at Jack Rose, you know you're in for a special event. Guests come for the ambiance as much as the food. Thanksgiving menu items such as duck gumbo, grilled octopus, and stuffed roast turkey are filled with the Creole flavors Jack Rose is known for. Save room for their signature Mile High Pie. Thanksgiving Day hours are 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Luke Restaurant - 333 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130
    While turducken has become popular throughout the country, the turkey-duck-chicken combo has its roots right here in New Orleans. Turducken with wild mushroom giblet gravy is the star of the Thanksgiving menu at Luke Restaurant. Complete your dinner with a choice of two classic sides, such as oyster dressing and sweet potato casserole. The three-course meal for $35 is served from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

  • Mr. B's Bistro - 201 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    The authentic regional cuisine of Mr. B's Bistro has been recognized by Travel + Leisure, Bon Appetit, and other major national publications. In addition to traditional Thanksgiving dishes, choose from Mr. B's favorites such as wood-grilled fish, shrimp & grits, and gumbo. For a true NOLA experience, raise a toast to family and friends with a Sazerac. Mr. B's is open from 11:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Will you welcome the holidays in a new NOLA home? Contact us at Latter & Blum to get started.

October
11

NOLA Ghost Tours Perfect for Spooky Season

Ghost Tours

Fall is our favorite season in Louisiana. The arrival of autumn starts to take the edge off of the intense summer heat, making it the best time to take an outdoor walking tour in New Orleans.

Fall also offers an opportunity to explore New Orleans at its ghostly best. It's when the tales of the city's ghosts, witches, and vampires really come to life. Our real estate agents recommend these fantastic haunted tours to anyone who wants to experience the spooky side of NOLA!

  • New Orleans Ghost Adventures Tours - 620 Decatur St #600, New Orleans, LA 70130
    One of the first NOLA tour companies to offer haunted tours based on historical fact rather than theatrical frights—you won't see any costumed actors providing jump scares here—New Orleans Ghost Adventures Tours offers some of the most fascinating glimpses into the city's haunted past. This tour company offers haunted pub crawls, voodoo and cemetery tours, and tours of real haunted locations in New Orleans like Lalaurie Mansion and Laffitte's Blacksmith Shop.

  • Gators and Ghosts - 728 St Louis St, New Orleans, LA 70130
    With a wide range of offerings that include bayou boat tours, plantation tours, and cemetery tours, Gators and Ghosts provides a well-rounded look at what makes Louisiana unique. French Quarter Ghost Tours are some of their most popular packages, including nightly walking tours and bus tours that offer bone-tingling details on the ghostly history of the city. Gators and Ghosts also lead nighttime walking tours of the famous above-ground cemeteries of Canal Street. 

  • French Quarter Phantoms - 718 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116
    French Quarter Phantoms offers thrilling and exciting New Orleans ghost tours. Their small group walking tours are led by master storytellers who capture the city's spooky ambiance and strange haunted history. In addition to ghost and vampire tours and cemetery tours, one of their most fascinating options is the French Quarter Voodoo Tour, which illuminates its history in New Orleans, beginning at the iconic Congo Square.

  • History Tours - 723 St Peter, New Orleans, LA 70119
    Arguably the most famous ghost tour operator in New Orleans, Haunted History Tours has been featured on CNN and the Discovery Channel, among others. Take a two-hour stroll through the French Quarter and visit some of its most eerie and infamous locales, and learn the stories of ghosts, witches, and vampires that populate the city's past. Haunted History Tours have been operating in New Orleans for over 20 years, and their tour guides know the ins and outs of every ghostly spot in town.

  • Crawl New Orleans - 1130 Decatur St Suite C, New Orleans, LA 70116
    Contrary to what its name might suggest, Crawl New Orleans offers more than booze-soaked bar crawls (although it does offer those). This tour company also hosts a spooky Haunter Crawl Tour in the French Quarter, which includes stops at the Old Ursuline Convent and Lalaurie Mansion, two of New Orleans' most notorious haunted locations. Rest assured, there are also a couple of bar stops scheduled on the tour!

Contact us today to learn more about life in New Orleans, Louisiana! It's a truly unique and special place to call home, and our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find your NOLA dream home among the many New Orleans homes for sale

October
13

Plan Ahead for the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair

Baton Rouge Fair

If you're new to the Baton Rouge area, our real estate agents can help you find all the best things to see and do in the area. For instance, the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair is a tremendously fun event for both individuals and families, and locals look forward to it.

Last year, the fair was, unfortunately, canceled due to COVID. This year, however, it's back, running Thursday, October 28th through Sunday, November 7th. Anytime you go will be fun, but certain shows and attractions only run on certain days. Here's some of what you can expect, so you can plan your trip to the fair.

Pricing

The first thing to know is how much a trip to the fair will cost you. Due to the nature of many of the rides at the fair, admission is based on height. Anyone under 48 inches gets in free. For fairgoers 48 inches and above, it's $5 Monday through Thursday, or $10 Friday through Sunday. Parking is free.

Once inside, however, in order to go on the rides, you'll need ride coupons, which are sold separately from admission tickets. Ride coupons are $1 each, but some rides may require multiple coupons to get on. Or, you can purchase a wristband for $25, which allows you unlimited rides on any attraction at the fair. Being that the fair has over 40 rides for all different age groups if thrills are your thing, this is probably the best option.

All stage shows, concerts, and other non-ride attractions at the fair are included in the price of admission.

Shows

Many of the shows and attractions will be at the fair every day. Magician Tim Spinosa performs hand magic with a variety of everyday items, though his skills at illusion and charisma in front of an audience ensure that no two shows are alike. Meanwhile, Washboard Willy performs unique rhythm and music, with the help of his audience. There's also a petting zoo, piglet racing, and more.

There are also a few concerts you'll have to plan ahead for. Bands like Careless Whisper, Old Sole Band, Justin McCain Project and Groupon Sensacion will be playing on the first weekend. Blue Crab Redemption, Rusty Yates Band, and others will be performing on different days throughout the week. 

Food

One of the biggest draws at any fair is the food! The GBRSF has a variety of food stands and food trucks to choose from. Corky Westmoreland has rolled ice cream and slushies in two locations around the fair, while Jeremy Westmoreland has funnel cakes, nachos, corn dogs, and more, in three locations. And Roger Westmoreland has all the decadent fair food you've come to love and expect, from deep-fried Snickers, Twinkies, and pecan pie to turkey legs, pork chops on a stick, and more.

If you want to check out the food trucks, Smokin' Like Ya Like It has barbecue sandwiches, wraps, tamales, and their brand new Smokin' Spaghetti. Allo Girls Catering has golden chicken, hurricane fries, and banana pudding. And Jambalaya by Shake has gumbo, boudin balls, etouffee, and more!

And that's just a taste of the different food items the fair has to offer this year.

Want to live right near all the fair festivities? There are plenty of Baton Rouge homes for sale right near the fair. Contact us to help you get settled into the perfect home for you.

October
15

Ghost Pepper Hunting: Louisiana-Made Hot Sauces

Louisiana Hot Sauce

Louisiana is known for many things—Creole culture, Jazz music, Mardi Gras—but hot sauce definitely belongs on the list. All across America, Louisiana hot sauce is pretty much the gold standard when it comes to zesty, spicy, smoky goodness. 

Ask a bunch of folks from Louisiana what the best local hot sauce is, and you'll get a bunch of different answers. Our real estate agents are here to weigh in on the matter and suggest you go on a ghost pepper hunt this October. These are some of our favorite hot sauces that could only come from Louisiana! 

  • Crystal Hot Sauce
    Made in New Orleans since 1923, Crystal Hot Sauce (or, more properly, "Louisiana's Pure Crystal Hot Sauce") has been Louisiana's premier hot sauce for close to a century. With a flavor profile that puts the hot peppers front and center, Crystal Hot Sauce packs a punch but is never overwhelming. It's great for splashing on eggs or adding some kick to a bloody Mary. Crystal also makes several variations on their classic recipe, including an "Extra Hot" version for those who demand a little more heat. 

  • D.a.T. Sauce
    A family-owned hot sauce company based in Morgan City, Louisiana, D.a.T. Sauce is a twist on classic hot sauce, made from a secret family recipe. It's the kind of sauce you can put on just about anything. And while D.a.T. Sauce certainly has some heat to it, it's not blow-the-doors-off hot. It's more about flavor, with a balance of garlic, onion, and tomato along with a generous dose of red pepper. 

  • Slap Ya Mama Cajun Pepper Sauce
    Famous for its cheeky name, Slap Ya Mama Cajun Pepper Sauce is an all-around solid hot sauce that offers a balance of peppery punch and salty, savory goodness. A few drops of it adds a little heat to a slice of pizza or a plate of eggs and home fries. Slap Ya Mama also makes a killer Cajun seasoning blend, as well as some tasty Jalapeno hot pepper sauce. 

  • Tabasco Pepper Sauce
    The Tabasco Brand is arguably the most famous Louisiana hot sauce, the one that's spread far beyond state lines to become ubiquitous pretty much everywhere. There's a good reason for that. Tabasco sauce is perfect in its simplicity, with just the right level of heat. They make about a dozen varieties at this point, but the Original Tabasco Red Pepper Sauce is still king. It's also still made right here in Louisiana using red pepper, vinegar, salt... and that's it. 

  • Cajun Power Spicy Garlic Sauce
    Cajun Power's original Garlic Sauce doesn't have much spice at all (but it's great on barbecued shrimp). But thanks to popular demand, the folks at Cajun Power introduced a version with more kick. Their Spicy Garlic Sauce adds some satisfying red pepper heat to the traditional garlic-centric flavor profile, and the result is a spicy sauce that's great for marinating, grilling, or dipping. It's also perfect for chicken wings with a punchy Cajun twist. 

Contact us today to learn more about all the things that make Louisiana unique. It's a special place to call home, and our team is here to help you find the perfect Lafayette homes for sale

October
8

Fall Festivals Coming to the Lafayette Area

Lafayette FestivalsFall is here! Our real estate agents are looking forward to it. Are you?

Crisp weather, colorful foliage, and hot cocoa are just a few of the reasons to enjoy fall. When you're in the Lafayette area, there are plenty more to discover. Lafayette is known for a busy social calendar that combines Cajun cuisine and family-friendly entertainment into a fall you won't soon forget! And it's not just about Halloween – in Lafayette, folks get creative with their events.

There's so much to see and do, let's dive in and take a look at some of Lafayette's top fall festivals:

  • Spooktacular Fall Fest – 817 Albertson Parkway Suite H, Broussard, LA 70518
    Sponsored by Saketini Sushi and Hibachi, the annual Spooktacular Fall Fest brings fun and excitement to the scary season. Kids in costume can enjoy trick or treating and the costume contest. Adults can visit plenty of booths by local artists and artisans. At the end of the night, Saketini will be offering free kids' hibachi with adult purchase. It might just become your favorite near Broussard homes for saleTo be first in line, be there at 11 a.m., Saturday, October 23!

  • Boudin Cook-Off and Acadiana Bacon Fest – 200 Garfield Street, Lafayette, LA 70501
    The Boudin Cook-Off and Acadiana Bacon Fest is your chance to get familiar with boudin, a beloved Cajun-cooked sausage dish made from pork meat, rice, vegetables, and seasonings. Now entering its thirteenth year, this is considered the premier boudin event and attracts chefs from Louisiana and Texas. Sample, vote, and enjoy, all for free on Saturday, October 16 between 10 a.m. and 4! Plus, it's a short drive from Lafayette homes for sale.

  • Gulf Brew 2021 – See Website for Location Details, Jefferson Street, Lafayette, LA 70501
    The biggest fundraiser led by Acadiana Center for the Arts all year round, Gulf Brew 2021 is the largest and oldest craft beer festival in the area. On Saturday, October 16 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., tasters will get to visit with dozens of breweries and enjoy more than 200 beers, filling out their "Brew Book" along the way. Visit local shops and restaurants as you go, knowing that your contribution makes a difference for a true community institution!

  • Gumbo Festival – Bouligny Plaza, 102 West Main Street, Lafayette, LA 70506
    Where else would you go for America's most iconic Gumbo Festival than Lafayette? Running on October 12 and 13, this family-friendly shindig includes the Cajun Creole Foodfest, Roux Run, and Meanest Beans Cookoff on Saturday, capped off with the Youth Gumbo Cookoff. Sunday brings the World Championship Gumbo Cookoff itself. You won't want to miss a second of the fun, friends, and delicious food!

  • International Rice Festival – 303 North Parkerson Avenue, Crowley, LA 70526
    The International Rice Festival is the biggest agricultural festival in Louisiana and has a long and storied history dating back to 1937. Held to honor the rice industry and all those who contribute to it, it now doubles as one of the biggest live musical events in the state. Featuring two sound stages plus a Classic Car Show and Fiddle and Accordion Contest, it's all happening between October 14-17, minutes from Crowley homes for sale.

Contact us at Latter & Blum today to discover Lafayette real estate.

October
1

Take a Scenic Drive on the Wetlands Cultural Byway

Wetlands Cultural Scenic Byway

Houma is the heart of Bayou Country. Surrounded by the meandering wetlands and woodlands of Terrebonne Parish, it's a historic and cultural hub in which every era of Louisiana's wild history can be seen. 

Our real estate agents always tell first-time visitors the same thing. If you want to really experience the Houma area at its finest, drive the Wetlands Cultural Byway.

The Wetlands Cultural Byway traverses more than 280 miles of Southern Louisiana, crisscrossing a diverse landscape that includes picturesque small towns, open countryside, seemingly endless bayous, and the wild Gulf Coast. The town of Houma is a prominent feature on the byway, which utilizes several different highways to create a fascinating portrait of Louisiana. 

Where to Stop Along the Byway

The Wetlands Cultural Byway includes numerous unique natural, cultural and historical sites, as well as some great opportunities for outdoor adventure and recreation. It's enough to keep visitors coming back again and again, but these particular stops along the Byway are truly essential:

  • Mandalay Nature Trail - 3599 Bayou Black Dr, Houma, LA 70360
    Located about 5 miles southwest of Houma in Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge, the Mandalay Nature Trail offers a great opportunity to immerse yourself in Southern Louisiana's natural landscape without going too far from civilization. This 3/4-mile out-and-back trail offers expansive wetlands views and some great opportunities for bird watching. 

  • Fourchon Beach - Golden Meadow, LA 70357
    The southernmost point on the Wetlands Cultural Byway, Fourchon Beach is a beautiful strip of white sand that's known as Louisiana's only surfing spot. It's popular for fishing as well and offers spectacular views. The beach was re-opened in 2018 after suffering damage from Hurricane Katrina 13 years prior.

  • Center for Traditional Louisiana Boat Building - 202 Main St, Lockport, LA 70374
    Boatbuilding is anything but a lost art in Louisiana. At the Center for Traditional Louisiana Boat Building experts in this ancient trade carry on old traditions and show them to the modern world. The museum house historic boats from many different eras—pirogues, skiffs, Native American dugout boats—as well as new boats made in the old styles.

  • St. John's Episcopal Church - 718 Jackson St, Thibodaux, LA 70301
    Tucked among the picturesque homes of Thibodaux, Louisiana, St. John's Episcopal Church and the historic cemetery on its grounds offer a window to the past. The church itself was built in 1843, and the cemetery offers centuries of history. 

  • Chauvin Sculpture Garden - 5337 Bayouside Dr, Chauvin, LA 70344
    There's nothing in the world quite like the Chauvin Sculpture Garden, a vast, immersive folk art experience that includes more than 100 statues. All are the work of reclusive artist Kenny Hill, who depicted his own religious struggles in the handmade sculptures for decades before abandoning the property in 2000. Today, the sculpture garden is open to the public free of charge.

Exploring Bayou Country is an experience like no other, and our team is here to help guide you on your journey. Contact us today to learn more about life in Houma, Louisiana, and the surrounding areas.

September
29

Why Lake Charles is Louisiana's Playground

Lake Charles

From relaxing on the water to enjoying the glitz and glamour of multiple casinos, there's never a shortage of things to do in Lake Charles. If you've been exploring Lake Charles homes for sale, you'll want to know a bit more about why this city is affectionately known as "Louisiana's Playground." Here are a few of the amazing amenities this area has to offer.

  • Outdoor Activities
    If you enjoy hunting, fishing, water sports, golfing, or other outdoor activities, you'll love living in Lake Charles. The area has several award-winning golf courses, gorgeous waterfront areas, and even a lazy river with a swim-up bar. There are also abundant opportunities to go shelling along the Gulf beaches and paddleboarding in the area's waterways. Lake Charles is home to the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road, where you can see birds, alligators, and tons of other wildlife in its natural habitat. There are also three wildlife refuges in the area, making it the perfect place for nature enthusiasts. 
  • Vibrant Nightlife
    Lake Charles has not one but two world-class casino resorts located right next to each other. The L'Auberge Casino Resort and the Golden Nugget Lake Charles both have a huge array of upscale amenities, including golf courses, restaurants with award-winning chefs, spa facilities, live entertainment, and stunning pool areas. The Delta Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel also has several delicious restaurants and an array of amenities. 
  • Rich History
    The city of Lake Charles has a long history, dating back to the early 1900s. It's full of old historic buildings and landmarks. One building of interest is the Calcasieu Parish Courthouse, which is listed as one of the top ten most haunted places in the United States. The area near the lake is also lined with 100-year-old oak trees and a 170-year-old tree known as the "Calcasieu Manor Tree," making it the perfect backdrop for leisurely walks. 
  • Appreciate the Arts
    There are many theaters and musical groups in the Lake Charles area as well as five different museums. Residents and visitors often enjoy listening to the Lake Charles Symphony, exploring art museums, or visiting the Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu, where you'll find the world's largest display of Mardi Gras costumes. Lake Charles is also home to more than 75 festivals, including the Louisiana Pirate Festival and the area's family-friendly Mardi Gras. 

If you want to live someplace where you'll never get bored, Lake Charles is the perfect location! There's truly something here for everyone. Our real estate agents can help you find your dream home. Contact us today to discuss your home buying goals and get started! 

September
24

Antique Shopping in Lafayette

Lafayette Antique StoresIf you're looking at Lafeyette homes for sale, then you've probably noticed: there are a lot of fun and unique things to do in the area. Lafayette is especially well known for its antique stores. Ready to go on an antique treasure hunt? Be sure to stop by these local stores. 

  • Jenni B's Antiques: 510 Eraste Landry Rd., Lafayette, LA 70506
    Jenni B's Antiques is a small, welcoming antique shop located inside a quaint brick building. They are open Thursday - Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:30 pm. Inside, you'll find a little bit of everything, from antique silverware to artwork.

    This is a great shop to visit if you're looking for antique flower vases to decorate your table, or for some cookie jars or pitchers for your dining room. They even have some antique luggage, gorgeous wood bookshelves, and a wide array of figurines.

  • Revival Antiques & Etc.: 910 Alfred St., Lafayette, LA 70506
    Revival Antiques & Etc. 
    opened in 2010 and has since become a favorite among antique shoppers in Lafayette. The shop is located in a historic, 1880s building, which gives it an authentic vibe. Their inventory is always growing, with new items added every day.

    This shop has a great selection of antique furniture. You'll find oak chairs, armoires, sideboards, and more. They have a whole section of blue and white china, along with rugs and mirrors. The store is open Thursday - Saturday from 10:00 am - 5:30 pm, and Sunday from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. 

  • Vintiques: 414 Heymann Blvd., Lafayette, LA 70503
    Vintiques 
    is an antique store located inside The Oil Center. They focus on offering antique furniture, but they also carry a lot of decor. Inside, you'll see gorgeous, handmade wooden armoires, framed art, hand-painted china, and more. The store is open Tuesday - Friday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, and Saturday from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

    Vintiques has a great selection of lamps and chandeliers. Visitors love the warm and welcoming atmosphere and the high quality of the items. This is the perfect place to visit when furnishing a new home.

  • Lafayette Antique Market: 3108 Johnston St., Lafayette, LA 70503
    Opened in 1993, the Lafayette Antique Market is one of the most popular antique stores in the area. It's a larger store than most on this list and a great place to spend an afternoon browsing. You'll find all sorts of antique dining furniture and china. They carry a lot of Florentine items and blue and white china.

    This shop is open Tuesday - Saturday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Visitors often comment on how friendly the staff is and how often new treasures are added to the shelves.

  • Reflections of Olde Antique Mall: 700 West Congress St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    Reflections of Olde Antique Mall 
    is a larger antique store with several different rooms to explore. One room houses larger tables and other antique furniture. Another room has a lot of artwork, and still another is filled with glassware and figurines.

    Shopping at this antique store can really feel like you're on a treasure hunt. You may find the perfect piece of art for your living room wall or a gift for that special someone. The shop was established in 1999. They are open Tuesday - Saturday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, and Sundays from 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm.

If you love shopping for antiques, our real estate agents highly recommend visiting these shops. Contact us if you're looking for a home in the area and need a real estate agent to guide you.

September
8

Orchards & Farms to Explore Throughout Louisiana This Fall

NOLA Orchards

New Orleans homes for sale stand out in part thanks to the thrilling outdoor experiences you can have right in your own backyard. But that isn't limited to the historic bayou. Our real estate agents want to remind you about the fun and fresh treats that come from visiting a Louisiana farm near you!

More than 60 different types of produce are grown all throughout Louisiana, including native fruits such as the fig, blueberry, pawpaw, pomegranate, and persimmon. Of these, the fig stands out as the undisputed king of Louisiana fruits. You will find them in all kinds of dishes, from sweet to savory.

Let's look at some of the farms you might visit when you buy a home here in The Pelican State:

  • Brookshire Farms – 8916 Brookshire Road, Abbeville, LA 70510
    Brookshire Farms is famous for chemical-free, pasture-based ways of raising animals. They call it an "artisanal" approach and the results shine through in everything Brookshire has to offer. For those who can't make it to the farm, pickup locations for its various delights are also available all across Louisiana. But when you explore Abbeville homes for sale, you could be within just minutes of the freshest farm products!

  • Windy Hills Farm – 8380 Highway 963, Ethel, LA 70730
    Ethel homes for sale are within a short journey of Windy Hills Farm. Best known in the area for its Christmas trees, wreaths, and garlands, it hosts visitors all throughout November and December, typically each Thursday through Sunday. Guests can choose and cut their own tree from throughout the property. They will also have the opportunity to visit with a wide variety of farm animals, fowl, and pets.

  • The Party Farm – 6001 North Market Street, Shreveport, LA 71107
    The Party Farm offers family-friendly events not far from Shreveport homes for sale. Kids love the petting zoo as well as the friendly riding ponies. Birthday parties and other bookings also include two hours of rental for the barn. Cows, goats, sheep, pigs, and many more are residents of The Party Farm always eager to greet guests and make new human friends. It's the perfect place to make memories that will last a lifetime!

  • Kemp Farms – 38511 Weiss Road, Denham Springs, LA 70706
    Nothing says "fun at the farm" like a good old-fashioned hayride, and that's the centerpiece of a visit to Kemp Farms. Kids and teens love Kemp for its wide range of activities suitable for all age groups, including group tours, birthday parties, animal visits and petting, horseback riding, and all kinds of games. It is the ideal family farm experience for any new resident settling into their choice of Denham Springs homes for sale.

  • Eddie Romero's Orchard – 5119 Freetown Road, New Iberia, LA 70560
    Eddie Romero's Orchard is the place to go when you want some of the best fresh heirloom tomatoes anywhere in Louisiana. A quick jaunt from some wonderful New Iberia homes for sale, Eddie Romero's is an experience well worth repeating every season of the year. Blackberries, blueberries, peaches, and figs are just a few of the treats grown here, along with all kinds of local citrus varieties.

Life is good in Louisiana in any season. Contact us to learn more about the best in Louisiana real estate.

August
23

Lake Charles Food Trucks to Visit

Lake Charles Food TrucksLake Charles sure doesn't have a shortage of tasty places to eat. In addition to loads of more traditional restaurants, the city also has some amazing food trucks. These are great places to grab a quick lunch or even enjoy a casual dinner with friends while walking through a park. Here are some top food trucks our real estate agents recommend ordering from this summer.

  • Cajun Girls Cookin': 5616 Common St., Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Serving Cajun and Creole cuisine, Cajun Girls Cookin' will make you feel like you've gone to New Orleans. They're often at their Common Street location, but sometimes they set up at Memorial Hospital or at various local events in the city.

    Some of the favorite menu items here are the fried pork chops, shrimp on a stick, and chicken on a stick. Finish your meal with a beignet stick for a sweet treat.

  • Danny's Place: 1707 Broad St., Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Danny's Place serves a variety of American and Cajun cuisine. They have different menu items every day of the week, so there's always something new to try.

    On Friday, they serve a classic fish fry with French fries. On Tuesdays, chicken wings with pork 'n beans are the go-to. Another favorite at Danny's Place is the Frito pie, which you can add to any dish. It's one of those classic southern side dishes that can't be beaten.

  • Ailene's Asian Grill: 2203 US-171, Lake Charles, LA 70601
    If you're looking at Lake Charles homes for sale and you find yourself in the mood for some Asian cuisine, this is the place to stop. Ailene's Asian Grill serves authentic Filipino food and other Asian dishes, and they've built quite a following over the past few months.

    One favorite at Ailene's Asian Grill is the fish balls, which are traditional street food in the Philipines. The Tonkatsu ramen is also incredible, as is the wonton soup. If you're craving something on the sweeter side, try the sesame chicken or the sweet and sour chicken.

  • Cowboy Cones: Lake Charles, LA 70609
    You won't get a whole meal at Cowboy Cones, but you will get one of the best snow cones you've ever had. This food truck rolls up to local Lake Charles parks, soccer fields, and neighborhood pools during the summer. If you come across them, you have to stop for a sweet treat.

    One of the coolest things about Cowboy Cones is their long list of flavors. Options like Bahama Mama, King Cake, Sour Apple, and Peach are favorites. There are also a few wild cards like Pickle, which is more enjoyable than you might think.

  • Taqueria Los Sanchez Food Truck: 5402 Common St., Lake Charles, LA 70607
    What could be better than a taco on a hot summer day? Taqueria Los Sanchez Food Truck is a great place to get them. The service is always friendly, and the truck is open for lunch and dinner.

    Tacos are the star of the show here, and you can order carne asada, chicken, al pastor, or carnitas pork. 

Eating at a food truck is such a lighthearted and delicious experience. We hope you get a chance to stop by one of these Lake Charles food trucks this summer. Should you be moving to the area and looking for a real estate agent, don't hesitate to contact us.

August
27

Where to Hear Live Music in Houma

Houma Music Venues

There are many reasons to love life in Louisiana, and our real estate agents are always grateful to call a place with such a rich and unique culture home. One of the truly great things about it is the music!

The Houma, LA area offers no shortage of great places to enjoy live music. From traditional Cajun and Zydeco music to modern rock and country, these live music venues in the Houma area always provide great entertainment. 

  • The Jolly Inn - 1507 Barrow St, Houma, LA 70360
    There may be no better place in Houma to dance to a live band than the Jolly Inn. This beloved local restaurant and dance hall serves up classic Cajun cooking and routinely hosts upbeat bands playing traditional Cajun music. It's always something different, but you can count on being able to move your feet to it. Check in every Friday to see who's playing! They have great menu options as well and are located just minutes from many Houma homes for sale.

  • Terrebonne Folklife Culture Center - 317 Goode St, Houma, LA 70360
    A vital institution dedicated to preserving Louisiana's Cajun culture, the Terrebonne Folklife Culture Center is a must-visit destination in Houma. Nestled in the heart of the city's Historic District, the Folklife Center has events ranging from Cajun cooking classes and dance lessons to duck decoy carving and displays by local artists. They also hold live music events regularly, including some of the best local and regional acts playing everything from Zydeco and country to blues and jazz. 

  • The Music Cove - 227 Howard Ave, Houma, LA 70363
    With its laid-back atmosphere and dive-bar vibes, The Music Cove is a perennial local hangout for fans of country and classic rock. They get some great local and regional bands here and also host touring acts from time to time. The Music Cove has a wide-open dance floor where you can show off your moves, and it's always a great place to enjoy a cold beer, play a few rounds of pool, and hear a great band. 

  • A-Bear's Cafe - 809 Bayou Black Dr, Houma, LA 70360
    A-Bear's Cafe first opened its doors in 1963, and since then, it's become something of an institution in Houma. To this day, it has a reputation not only for hosting great music but for the kind of warm, welcoming atmosphere. A-Bear's has a cozy mom-and-pop restaurant feel, and their Friday night live music is the stuff of local legends. You never know what kind of band you'll see here, but you can count on a good time and some of the best-fried catfish in Louisiana. 

  • The Balcony - 7834 W Main St, Houma, LA 70360
    A staple of the local weekend nightlife scene, The Balcony is a classic live music bar in the heart of Downtown Houma. Unlike a lot of bars that happen to have music, the Balcony makes music the main attraction that everything else revolves around. They have live music every Friday and Saturday night, and they're only open on nights when there's music. You can catch bands and solo artists here playing anything from rock and funk to hip-hop and country. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in Louisiana. From great food to incredible live music and nightlife, Houma and the surrounding areas offer an atmosphere unlike any other place in America. 

November
1

Catch a Show at These Theaters in NOLA

NOLA TheaterNew Orleans is "The Big Easy," and our real estate agents want to make it easy for you to enjoy!

When you're looking for New Orleans homes for sale, you know you'll also be getting a heaping helping of culture, cuisine, and fun! This city is one of America's live music capitals. It celebrates its heritage with some of the best down-home jazz jam sessions you'll find anywhere!

But even though jazz is a big part of the story, it's not the whole story.

The city is full of world-class venues to catch a concert, play, ballet, song, or story – something passed down through the ages or full of modern flair. It's all up to you here in New Orleans.

Let's take a closer look at seven local venues that you won't want to miss:

  • The Music Box Village – 4557 North Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA 70117
    The Music Box Village is a large-scale community art project conceived by members of New Orleans Airlift, a New Orleans nonprofit led by local artists. Reflecting the DIY skills and imagination of dozens of local creators, its interactive "musical houses" are the perfect place to catch a musical or dramatic performance.

  • The Stage Door Canteen – 945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Located within the National World War II Museum, The Stage Door Canteen pays homage to the original venue by that name used to entertain troops. Visitors can see it all in evening and matinee performances: Big bands, dancing, vintage-style vocals, and theatrical shows harkening back to The Stage Door's rich history.

  • Ashé Cultural Arts Center – 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70113
    Ashé Cultural Arts Center provides exhibits, slam poetry, speakers' series, and (of course) dramatic productions celebrating the rich diversity and cultural heritage of New Orleans. It is a spectacular way to connect, learn, and experience community.

  • The Orpheum Theater – 129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA 70112
    The Orpheum Theater recently celebrated its centennial anniversary. Productions range from classic jazz to modern alternative, one-man (and one-woman!) shows, and off-Broadway originals. There's always something new going on at The Orpheum.

  • UNO Lakefront Arena – 6801 Franklin Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70122
    On the campus of the University of New Orleans, UNO Lakefront Arena is a centerpiece of the beloved college's music and drama programs. It also invites star-studded performances from around the world: Everything from the family-friendly Paw Patrol Live! to the Fabulously Funny Comedy Festival.

  • The New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park – 916 North Peters Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
    The New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park is a living tribute to the long history of New Orleans Jazz. Music is always a part of the learning and fun at this park. Famous for its children's programs and activities, it also has permanent exhibits on every era of the New Orleans Jazz tradition.

  • Dixon Concert Hall at Tulane University – 104 Dixon Hall, New Orleans, LA 70118
    Dixon Concert Hall at Tulane University seats 1,000 and will thrill you with its concert series. Ensembles from throughout Tulane's music and theater departments showcase their best work here on a regular basis, inviting supporters and the public.

Setting the stage for a move to NOLA? We can help! Contact us at Latter & Blum to learn more about New Orleans real estate.

August
9

Food Tours You Can Take Around NOLA

 

Food Tour NOLA

NOLA is a foodie paradise, so it can be challenging to take in as much of it as possible. Our real estate agents get the most bang for their buck with these informative and delicious food tours, just minutes away from New Orleans homes for sale.

  • Destination Kitchen Tour - 600 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130 
    Whether you're a visitor or a long-time resident, you're bound to learn something on the Destination Kitchen Tour. Visit some of the most famous restaurants in New Orleans, including the home of a champion from Food Network's Chopped, while hearing fascinating tales about the history and culture of the city. Along the way, you'll taste iconic dishes such as a muffuletta sandwich featured in USA Today and pralines featured on Good Morning America. Tickets for the three-hour tour are $69.50.

  • Doctor Gumbo Tours - 823 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70116 
    Doctor Gumbo, aka New Orleans native Dylan O'Donnell, has eaten and conducted tours at various locations around the globe. When Dylan and his family returned home after Hurricane Katrina, he put his experience to use, developing entertaining and educational tours of the city he loves. Three-hour tours cover local food or beverage for $70, and a four-hour combo tour is available for $130. 

  • Bon Moment - 3159 Chippewa St., New Orleans, LA 70115 
    New Orleans has a rich historical and cultural heritage unlike that of any other American city. Bon Moment, which translates to "good time," conducts food and beverage tours that explore specific neighborhoods, focusing on what makes them special. Enjoy a sweet dessert after viewing stately mansions and cemeteries in the Garden District, or savor some German-NOLA fusion in the trendy Bywater neighborhood. Beginning in October, Bon Moment will offer a nightlife tour of Frenchman Street. Tours are three hours long, and the price is $95, or you can choose an option with non-alcoholic drinks for $75.

  • New Orleans Urban Adventures - 1340 Poydras St., New Orleans, LA 70112
    Getting away from the traditional tourist destinations is often the best way to experience the heart of a city. Take a deep dive into NOLA food and culture with an epic five-and-a-half-hour excursion from New Orleans Urban Adventures. Ride the famous St. Charles streetcar on your way to sampling gumbo, beignets, and other Cajun Country favorites. Tickets are $109 for adults and $104 for kids.

  • Nightly Spirits - 410 Dauphine St., New Orleans, LA 70112
    Looking to dine someplace with a side of spooky? The New Orleans Ghost Tour Pub Crawl from Nightly Spirits lets you sample cocktails alongside things that go bump in the night. A costumed tour guide leads you through some notably haunted bars and buildings while sharing stories of voodoo, ghosts, and spirits. Tickets are $25, and the purchase of alcoholic beverages is optional. 

NOLA is truly a melting pot where anyone can feel at home. Have questions about New Orleans real estate? Contact us at Latter & Blum for friendly, knowledgeable help. 

July
16

Your Guide to Downtown Lafayette

Downtown Lafayette

Whether you're looking for a quiet evening out on the town or lively entertainment, our real estate agents agree that Downtown Lafayette is the place to be. Have fun exploring these fascinating places and activities, just minutes from Lafayette homes for sale

  • ArtWalk
    Immerse yourself in the boundless creative energy of Acadiana at ArtWalk. On the second Saturday of each month, Downtown Lafayette's museums, galleries, and studios stage events designed to showcase local artists and performers. 2021 brings two new participants to the festivities. Lafayette Arts & Fleas will have a market in Parc de Lafayette, while Louisiana Crafts Guild is hosting Marché Sans Souci along East Vermilion Street. ArtWalk is a delightful outing for couples, families, and anyone who appreciates art. Hours are 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., while Marché Sans Souci opens at 2 p.m.

  • Alexandre Mouton House- 1122 Lafayette St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    The long and distinguished history of Alexandre Mouton House dates back to the turn of the 19th century when it was built by Jean Mouton, one of the area's first settlers. From 1825 to 1836, the home was occupied by his son Alexandre, who later became the first Democratic governor of Louisiana. Today, Les Vingt-Quatre Club maintains the home as a museum featuring historical and cultural artifacts that tell the story of Lafayette's past. Alexandre Mouton House is open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students.

  • Children's Museum of Acadiana - 201 E. Congress St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    Learning doesn't have to be dull. The Children's Museum of Acadiana combines the entertainment factor of games with knowledge- and skill-building in a number of valuable areas. Kids have a blast "designing" structure in Architecture Alley, caring for stuffed animals in Happy Paws Hospital, and running their own news show in Le TV des Enfants. Check the museum calendar for information about programs such as S.T.E.A.M. Kids Sundays. Admission is $7 and must be reserved online. The museum is open every day but Monday. Visit the website for times.

  • Rock 'n' Bowl - 905 Jefferson St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    Bowling to a musical backdrop has become a popular pastime, but this activity takes on some Lafayette flair at Rock 'n' Bowl. Live music from top local zydeco, blues, swamp pop, and country performers keeps the party going. Fuel up beforehand with dinner at Ye Olde College Inn, only steps away from Rock 'n' Bowl. The menu ranges from fried oysters and cheeseburgers to pan-seared duck breast and crawfish Delacroix. Bowling alley and restaurant hours are 4 p.m. - 11 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, with Ye Olde College Inn closing at 10 p.m. on Thursday and Sunday.

  • The Wurst Biergarten - 537 Jefferson St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    The Wurst Biergarten might best be described as a culinary amusement park. This family- and the pet-friendly open-air venue has food trucks along with a wide assortment of local and regional craft beers. Between live music, open mic comedy, and trivia, there's always something special going on. You're also likely to find pop-up craft booths selling vintage and unique items. The Wurst Biergarten is open 4 p.m. - 1 a.m. Wednesday, 4 p.m. - 2 a.m. Thursday, noon - 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon-midnight Sunday. Times may change due to weather, so check Instagram or Facebook.

Ready to buy or sell a home around Lafayette? Contact us at Latter & Blum to get started. 

July
5

Dine at These French Quarter Restaurants

French Quarter RestaurantsRestaurants in NOLA's French Quarter combine historical architecture with world-class cuisine for a dining experience that's unmatched anywhere in the country. Our real estate agents love living near amazing restaurants like these five, just down the street from New Orleans homes for sale.

  • Pat O's Courtyard Restaurant - 624 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Pat O's Courtyard Restaurant
    brings some luck o' the Irish to the French Quarter. Opened in 1996, the restaurant is an offshoot of legendary Pat O'Brien's Bar. Relax at a fountain side table and enjoy one of the specialty drinks with a burger, jambalaya, or alligator bites. Hours are 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

  • The Court of Two Sisters - 613 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Originally built as an elegant private home, The Court of Two Sisters became a notions shop in 1886. Bertha and Emma Camors served tea and cakes to their upscale clientele, a tradition that's carried on today. Two Sisters is renowned for their daily brunch buffet, served from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Enjoy classics like eggs Benedict, turtle soup, and corn macque choux while listening to a live jazz band. The dinner menu, available from 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m., includes a three-course chef's menu with your choice of starter, entrée, and dessert.

  • Manolito - 508 Dumaine St., New Orleans, LA 70116
    Laid-back island vibes meet the energy of the Big Easy at Manolito. The Cuban-influenced spot has gained national attention from major publications such as GQ and Food & Wine. Manolito was founded as a tribute to Havana's El Floridita, one of Ernest Hemingway's favorite watering holes. Bartenders put on a show with their display of "throwing" cocktails from one glass to another. The food menu includes the classic Cuban sandwich along with arroz con pollo and cheese arepas. Hours are 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Thursday through Monday, while the bar is open until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

  • Sylvain - 625 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Where else but New Orleans could you celebrate with champagne and French fries? This combo embodies the playful sense of humor that resonates throughout Sylvain. On a budget? Replace the champagne with a six-pack of Miller High Life. Customer favorites include the crispy pork belly with Filipino lechon sauce and the tamari and calamansi-glazed short ribs with bone marrow soubise. Sylvain is open 4 p.m. - 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday,  and 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday. Brunch is served Friday through Saturday from 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

  • Brennan's - 417 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    While dinner is usually the main event at most restaurants, breakfast at Brennan's is a longstanding tradition in New Orleans. Start your day with brioche French toast, Mississippi fried rabbit, or pastrami hash at this iconic restaurant that invented Bananas Foster and popularized tableside dining. Be sure to visit the 10 turtles living in the courtyard fountain, affectionately dubbed "the slowest second line on Earth." Brennan's is open Thursday through Sunday, with breakfast and lunch served 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. and dinner from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Life in New Orleans is truly a new experience every day. Contact us at Latter & Blum to learn more about buying and selling a home in this unique city.

June
18

Where to Stock up in Lafayette For Your Summer Grilling

Lafayette Butcher Shops

Grilling season is upon us, and our real estate agents are here for it! And we don't want to brag, but down here in Louisiana, we happen to know a thing or two about grilling. 

Whether you're starting the day-long adventure of smoking a whole hog in your barbecue pit or just throwing a few burgers on the grill, one thing is for sure: you need quality meat. Here's where to get it in the Lafayette, LA area.

  • Took's Market - 3103 Johnston St, Lafayette, LA 70503
    The folks at Took's Market have more than 30 years of experience in the meat business. Their specialty is deboned stuffed chicken, but you'll find an incredible variety here, from bacon-wrapped filet mignon and stuffed pork chops to 14 varieties of sausage, all made fresh in-house. With a location convenient to many Lafayette homes for sale, Took's also offers a wide variety of side dishes, as well as pre-made lunch plates and a weekly Sunday BBQ if you don't feel like cooking.

  • Kirk's U Need a Butcher - 713 LA 728-8, Lafayette, LA 70501
    All your grilling needs are covered at Kirk's U Need a Butcher. They offer an incredible variety, from beef short ribs and pork steaks to whole chickens and house-made sausage. If you're looking for something a little out of the ordinary, just ask. Kirk's also offers various smoked and pre-marinated meats, along with their own brand of special seasoning. 

  • Little Veron's - 403 Rena Dr, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Little Veron's first opened their doors in 1962, making them one of Lafayette's longest-running specialty grocers. Bringing nearly 50 years of experience to the table, they offer a fantastic selection of custom-cut meat, fresh seafood, pork, and poultry. And although Little Veron's is famous for their meat and deli counter, the store has grown over the years to include a dairy section, fresh produce, a wine and liquor shop, and home goods of all kinds. They also carry all your BBQ essentials, from lighter fluid and charcoal to ice and paper plates.

  • Billy's Boudin and Cracklin - 523 Apollo Rd, Scott, LA 70583
    Unique specialty meats are the name of the game at Billy's Boudin and Cracklin. Looking for spinach and pepper jack-stuffed chicken breasts? How about marinated pork tenderloins stuffed with crawfish and wrapped in bacon? You'll find those and dozens of other delicious Cajun goodies at this bare-bones establishment near Scott homes for sale, which is so popular among locals that there's often a line out the door. 

  • Chops Specialty Meats - 1019 Albertson Pkwy, Broussard, LA 70518
    Family-owned and operated for 13 years, Chops Specialty Meats is your one-stop shop when you need food for the grill in Broussard, LA. The folks at Chops offer just about every cut of beef and pork you can think of, along with poultry and a lot of cool specialty meats (elk, buffalo, rack of lamb, frog legs, the list goes on). You'll also find prime grill-ables, including seasoned beef patties, marinated chicken, and 15 varieties of sausage. They cater too, and their in-store deli is a popular lunch spot near Broussard homes for sale.

Contact us today to learn about life in Lafayette and the surrounding area. We're proud to call it home, and we can't wait to help you find your dream house in Louisiana!

June
16

Summer Learning for Your Kids in Baton Rouge

Summer Learning Baton Rouge

Does summer vacation mean cries of, "Mom, there's nothing to do?" Our real estate agents share some great summer programs around Baton Rouge homes for sale where kids can participate in fun activities and even learn a few things along the way.

  • Piano Pathways Summer Camps - 9270 Siegen Lane #304, Baton Rouge, LA 70810
    Playing a musical instrument is a skill that provides creative expression while boosting self-confidence. Piano Pathways Summer Camps offer sessions for students of all levels. Beginners can learn the basics, while more experienced students can challenge themselves by playing in competitions and ensembles. There's even a camp that combines music with science, technology, engineering, and math. Camps run through July 23. Private lessons are available for students who want to continue developing their abilities.

  • Kid-Possible Summer Camps - Jefferson United Methodist Church, 10328 Jefferson Hwy., Baton Rouge, LA 70809
    Youngsters can develop mind, body, and spirit at Kid-Possible Summer Camps. Each one-week session features a balance between art, science, and physical activities, focusing on a specific theme with a mission to be solved. The highlight is a field trip corresponding to that week's theme, such as "Adventure to the Animal Kingdom." Sessions run through August 6 and fee is $190. Lunch and pre-and post-care are offered for an additional fee.

  • Painting and Punch Summer Camps - Painting and Pinot, 7248 Perkins Rd., Ste. B, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    Every child has a creative spark that makes them unique. Painting and Punch Summer Camps allow them to nurture their individual personality through a variety of art projects. Each day's agenda explores the style and period of a noted artist. Campers then use the inspiration to create their own piece with watercolors, chalk, and other media. At the end of the week-long session, campers hold an art show where their work is displayed for parents. Groups are divided into K-4th and 5th-9th. Sessions are scheduled through July 23 and fees are $135-$150, which includes supplies and snacks.

  • Episcopal Summer Camps - Episcopal School of Baton Rouge, 3200 Woodland Ridge Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70816
    Is your child a budding Bobby Flay or J.K. Rowling? Episcopal Summer Camps cover an amazing variety of interests, from musical theater to sewing and fashion to creative writing. Inventive weekly themes include, "Desserts, Desserts, Desserts," "The Mathematical Mind: Fractals," and "Go for the Gold," in which campers stage their own Olympic Games. Sessions run through July 29 and each one is geared toward a different age group from K-10th. Fees start at $175.

  • YMCA Summer Camps - Various locations
    The YMCA may be the gold standard for family-friendly activities, and they really ramp it up during the summer months. YMCA Summer Camps are offered in five exciting categories: Adventure, Arts and Creativity, Mind, Discovery, and Sports. Week-long camps through August 6 let kids participate in one, two, or all five. Themes are designed for certain age groups ranging from 4-13. Weekly fees are $125 for members and $175 for non-members, with $25 registration fees waived for Household/Family members. With camps being held at five different Baton Rouge locations, there's one located conveniently close to you. 

Every season of the year is a wonderful time to be in Baton Rouge. Contact us if you're ready to buy or sell a home.

June
7

Where to Go Ziplining in Louisiana

Zipline Louisiana

Think you've seen all that nature has to offer in Louisiana? Our real estate agents say you're in for a treat when you take in the glorious sights from up high with an aerial adventure at one of these top locations around New Orleans. 

  1. Zip NOLA - 301 Peavine Rd., Laplace, LA 70068
    Swamps are such an iconic part of life in Louisiana, but you've never seen them quite like this. Get the best view around at Zip NOLA, the first swamp zipline near Laplace homes for sale. Skim the tops of cypress trees as you keep an eye out for alligators, waterfowl, and other wildlife that make their home in the bayous. Guides share fascinating facts about swamp ecology that make your trip even more meaningful. Zip NOLA features five ziplines, two suspension bridges, and a spiral tree staircase. Watch their website or follow them on Facebook for information about the grand opening.

  2. LOOP NOLA - 1031 Harrison Dr., New Orleans, LA 70124
    Outdoor activities are a wonderful way for kids to develop their minds and bodies. That's the philosophy of LOOP NOLA, which has a mission of making the outdoors accessible to those in the urban environment around New Orleans homes for sale. One of their more popular programs is the City Park Challenge, a ropes course held in a secluded forest. Challenges are offered with high and low elements to accommodate all age groups and experience levels. Half- and full-day courses are available for groups of five or more, while General Public Days, including individuals, are scheduled in fall and spring. Prices start at $35 per person.

  3. Magnolia Ridge Adventure Park - 11342 LA-955 E., Ethel, LA 70730
    After traveling the world caring for wildlife, John "Gabe" Ligon wanted a way to share some of his experiences with the community by Ethel homes for sale. The result is Magnolia Ridge Adventure Park, where guests can enjoy the natural beauty and native wildlife of Louisiana. Adrenaline junkies can include a Ninja Obstacle Course with their zipline tour for a greater challenge. Hold a baby two-toed sloth and see other wildlife up close when you choose the Zipline/Animal Encounter bundle with a two-hour visit to Barn Hill Preserve, right next door. Ziplines are open to ages 5 and up. Prices start at $58.

  4. Epic Entertainment - 130 N. Ambassador Caffery Pkwy., Scott, LA 70583
    Weather putting a damper on your outdoor plans? Take the fun indoors at Epic Entertainment, just minutes from Scott homes for sale. Scale the Clip n Climb wall and try your hand at various vertical activities to challenge kids and adults. Afterward, it's time for a Leap of Faith onto a swinging trapeze. Hours are noon - 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon - 6 p.m. Sunday.

  5. Zip'N Fun Adventure Park - 17200 - 16th St., Gulfport, MS 39503
    Just across the state line is Zip'N Fun Adventure Park, less than a 90-minute trip from New Orleans. Three different Treetop Adventure Courses incorporate combinations of 50 challenges, including ziplines, sky bridges, and Tarzan jumps. Experience one, two, or all three courses. There's also a Junior Adventure Course for kids between 3-feet and 5-feet tall. 

There's never a dull moment around New Orleans. Join the fun and contact us at Latter & Blum.

May
19

Food Trends: Where to Order Birria Tacos in Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Tacos

The Baton Rouge food scene is on point, so it's no surprise that one of the hottest food trends is popping up around town. Our real estate agents have become fans of eating birria tacos served at these great restaurants around Baton Rouge. 

  • Birria & Barbacoa De Chivo Los Compadres - 10457 Airline Hwy., Baton Rouge, LA 70816
    Good things come in fours at Birria & Barbacoa De Chivo Los Compadres. Their birria special includes four tacos and a bowl of consomme, which will probably leave enough for you to enjoy later at home. People rave about the flavorful, piping-hot consomme that makes a perfect complement for the tender, marinated meat, and gooey cheese. Beef is the most popular choice, but adventurous diners can try the goat. Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekends.

  • Aztecas - 9375 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70815
    Looking for lunch or dinner while you're out viewing Baton Rouge homes for sale? Head over to Aztecas, a food truck located outside Monterey Plaza Shopping Center. In addition to birria tacos, Aztecas offers another trendy variation known as vampiros, which is described as a cross between a taco, a tostada, and a quesadilla. Follow up your meal with one of their refreshing fruit cups. Aztecas is open 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and noon - 8 p.m. weekdays.

  • Modesto - 3930 Burbank Dr., Suite F, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    How authentic is Modesto? Their motto is, "Más Mex, Less Tex." Their birria tacos are made with high-quality prime brisket and served with a side of guajillo tomato consomme. If you want your beverage to be traditional as well, Modesto has you covered. Their bar stocks nearly five dozen brands of top-shelf tequila. Margaritas are served in the classic style as well as fruit-infused flavors such as blood orange, mango, and blackberry pomegranate. Order online for easy carryout. Hours are 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday.

  • Secret Birria - 323 Octavia St., New Orleans, LA 70115
    Want to be a real birria insider? When you're in New Orleans, check out Secret Birria, a taco stand that's so under the radar you could easily pass right by. Patterned after the speakeasy-style for an air of mystery, Secret Birria keeps the menu simple, with a focus on birria tacos and their equally acclaimed fish tacos. Their birriarito features birria meat wrapped in a tortilla with a splash of creamy white queso. Many customers order their birria tacos with a must-have side of cracklings and queso dipping sauce. Secret Birria is open Thursday through Sunday from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

  • BR Guilty Pleasures - Baton Rouge, LA 70812
    Valencia Labostrie, owner of BR Guilty Pleasures, doesn't do anything halfway. When Valencia decided to add birria tacos to the offerings of her mobile cocktail service, she went all-in. In addition to traditional birria tacos, the menu includes birria pizzadillas, birria taco nachos, birria burritos, birria tortas, and even birria ramen. Pair your food with a berry sangria, mojito, Margarita, or V's freestyle cocktail, which is whatever Valencia feels like mixing up that day. Follow BR Guilty Pleasures on Facebook or Instagram for information on ordering and pickup.

When you call Baton Rouge home there are many local restaurants to enjoy! If this sounds like the setting of your dream home, contact us at Latter & Blum to learn more.

May
21

Where to Find Local Brews in Lafayette

Lafayette BreweryThe craft brewing scene in Lafayette is vibrant and growing, with local breweries creating unique flavors that you won't find anywhere else. Local bars, restaurants, and beer shops are also serving up all of the best brews from throughout the Acadiana region. Spring is the perfect time to enjoy a local craft beer in an outdoor dining space and pair your favorite brew with some of the best food that Lafayette has to offer. Our real estate agents have the details on the best places to find delicious local brews around Lafayette.

  1. Parish Brewing Co. – 229 Jared Dr., Broussard, LA 70518
    For a fantastic local brew from a truly local source, make the quick trip to Parish Brewing Co. and get ready to treat your taste buds to something special. The beer lineup here includes flagship brews like Ghost in the Machine, Parish Pilsner, and Reve Coffee Stout, along with dozens of other selections. Stop by to enjoy a drink in the art-filled taproom or to pick up your favorites to enjoy at home.

  2. The Tap Room – 201 Settlers Trace Blvd. #4001, Lafayette, LA 70508
    The Tap Room 
    is one of the most popular bars near Lafayette homes for sale, and one look at their list of local craft brews will show you why that's the case. This local bar also has an eclectic dining menu that's packed with unique hot dogs that are loaded with toppings and delicious flatbread pizzas that pair perfectly with all of your favorite brews.

  3. Marcello's Wine Market – 2800 Johnson St., Lafayette, LA 70503
    Looking to stock your own fridge with some of the best brews that Acadiana has to offer? Then don't let the name of Marcello's Wine Market fool you. While this is certainly a great place to shop for local wine, it's also well-stocked with a huge variety of local craft beer, including some hard-to-find brews that aren't available at every shop.

  4. Wurst Biergarten – 537 Jefferson St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    Food, music, and local craft brews are always on the menu at Wurst Biergarten, which features a large outdoor dining area that's perfect for enjoying a pleasant spring night on the town. This venue is both dog and child-friendly, with a rotating selection of food vendors that is sure to offer something for every taste. There are also fun-themed nights that offer live music, open mic comedy, and trivia contests.

  5. Social Southern Table & Bar – 3901 Johnson St., Lafayette, LA 70503
    A chic, modern bar with a fantastic selection of craft brews, Social Southern Table & Bar, offers an upscale dining and drinking experience ideal for celebrating the special days in your life. The award-winning menu here is filled with fresh, farm-to-table takes on your favorite Southern dishes, with a rotation of local beers on tap and a long lineup of craft cocktails.

Ready to find your next home close to all of the delicious drinks, delightful dining, and excellent bars in Lafayette? Let our local real estate team help. Contact us today.

May
7

National Shrimp Day: Where to Order Seafood Near Lafayette

Lafayette Seafood

Monday, May 10th is National Shrimp Day. And as we're sure you know, Louisiana is a pretty great place to be if you're a seafood lover. Our local waters from the Gulf to the Bayou produce some of America's freshest, tastiest seafood. 

So if you're looking for great places to dine in celebration of National Shrimp Day, our real estate agents have a few ideas. Be sure to check out these incredible seafood restaurants in the Lafayette, Louisiana area!

  1. Lagneaux's - 445 Ridge Rd, Lafayette, LA 70506
    A Lafayette favorite for more than 40 years, Lagneaux's is known for its generous seafood platters and deep Cajun roots. In addition to a fish market where you can pick out all your favorites to cook at home—including 5-pound boxes of shrimp—Lagneaux's offers a warm, welcoming sit-down dining experience in a laid-back setting. They have an amazing Cajun seafood buffet that includes crab, crawfish, and shrimp. Plus, they're just minutes from many Lafayette homes for sale

  2. Drago's Seafood Restaurant - 3151 Johnston St, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Drago's Seafood has become so popular that they now have several locations, and it's not hard to see why. They serve some of Lafayette's best seafood, from shrimp and corn chowder to seared tuna and avocado salad. Their specialty is smoky, savory char-broiled oysters straight off the grill. If you really want to try something you can't get anywhere other than Louisiana, try the blackened alligator tacos. 

  3. Fiery Crab - 2330 Kaliste Saloom Rd, Lafayette, LA 70508
    With a name like The Fiery Crab, it's a safe bet that you're going to get some serious Louisiana seafood. Their menu does not disappoint, with locally sourced seafood including shrimp, crawfish, oysters, mussels, snow crabs, and blue crabs. The folks at the Fiery Crab specialize in 'Low Country Boil' style cooking, with bold flavors and complex spice blends handed down through generations. Your seafood of choice is served with corn, potatoes, and sausage, with the seasoning and spice level of your choice. 

  4. Louisiana Crawfish Time - 2019 Verot School Rd, Lafayette, LA 70508
    As much as we love shrimp, we have to show some love to Louisiana's other favorite crustacean: the crawfish. They're the star of the show at Louisiana Crawfish Time, a home-style crawfish joint in the heart of the Atchafalaya Basin. Whether you order boiled crawfish, shrimp, or a half-and-half combo plate, you're in for an unforgettable meal. This place gets packed during crawfish season, and they even also have a drive-through window if you're in a hurry! You can also buy shrimp and crawfish by the pound if you'd rather have your own seafood boil at home. 

  5. Dwight's Restaurant - 4800 Johnston St, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Dwight's Restaurant has a diner-like vibe and serves truly next-level seafood. From Gulf shrimp and local crawfish to amazing fried catfish, you simply can't go wrong. And if you don't happen to be in a seafood mood, they make a mean meatloaf and some killer barbecue as well. Dwight's offers different lunch specials every day of the week, so you'll definitely want to stop back in more than once. 

From its rich history and vibrant musical heritage to its one-of-a-kind cuisine, Louisiana is a very special place to call home. Contact us today to learn more about life in Louisiana, and talk to our team about finding your dream home in the Lafayette area. 

April
26

Historic Sites Near Lake Charles

Lake Charles Historic Sites

Lake Charles is a place where history, art, architecture, and culture merge to tell a unique story that continues to evolve to this day. So much of the history of Lake Charles has been preserved to the present day, thanks to the work of local historical organizations and museums. You will also find a living history of the Lake Charles area in the form of historic homes, businesses, and public buildings, many of which are located downtown. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop on 6 historic sites near Lake Charles that you won't want to miss.

Historic Sites Near Lake Charles

  1. Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center – 1001 Ryan St., Lake Charles, LA 70601

    The Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center is the perfect place to start your historical journey near Lake Charles homes for sale. Part history museum, part art gallery, and part architectural marvel, this museum is one you definitely won't want to miss. It has exhibited works from some of history's greatest artists and also has countless unique artifacts.

  2. Charpentier Historic District – Downtown Lake Charles, Lake Charles, LA 70601

    Do you love to explore historic architecture? Then a trip to the Charpentier Historic District, located in downtown Lake Charles, is sure to pique your interest. This is the part of the city where you will find beautifully preserved historic homes, with designs that span a variety of architectural eras. The district covers about 40 blocks, ideal for a driving tour or historic strolls on weekend mornings.

  3. Imperial Calcasieu Museum – 204 W. Sallier St., Lake Charles, LA 70601

    Discover what life was like in St. Charles in eras gone by when you visit the Imperial Calcasieu Museum, where history and local artwork hand-in-hand to tell the story of Southwest Louisiana. This museum is packed with historic art from local artists and unique photography that highlights the development of the region over the years.

  4. Southwest Louisiana Genealogical & Historical Library – 411 Pujo St., Lake Charles, LA 70601

    Does your family have a long history in the Lake Charles area? Then a trip to the Southwest Louisiana Genealogical & Historical Library may shed more light on the history of your ancestors in the region. This is a great place to research your own genealogy and learn more about the families that have shaped local history.

  5. Brimstone Museum – 900 S Huntington St., Sulphur, LA 70663

    A brief drive west of St. Charles will take you to the Brimstone Museum complex, which is located close to Sulphur homes for sale. The Brimstone Museum tells the story of sulfur mining in the area and showcases the community's history. There are rotating exhibits on display throughout the year, including unique local art that you won't find anywhere else.

  6. Mardis Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu – 809 Kirby St. Ste 229, Lake Charles, LA 70601

    A fun, colorful museum filled with unique stories, the Mardis Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu is a must-see historic destination in Lake Charles. Home to the second-largest Mardi Gras celebration in Louisiana, Lake Charles has a long history with Carnival season. The Mardis Gras Museum houses one of the largest collections of costumes in Louisiana, along with a variety of fascinating exhibits on the history of Mardis Gras and the unique traditions that surround Carnival Season.

Ready to create the next chapter of your own story in Lake Charles? Our team is here to help you find the perfect home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Lake Charles, LA area.

February
1

New Orleans Cooking: Learn the Tricks with These Cooking Classes

 

Louisiana Cooking Classes

One of the most gratifying new experiences we've had in the past year has been learning to cook. Luckily, we live in New Orleans, home to some of the world's most vibrant flavors and most talented chefs. Learn some of their tricks from the comfort and safety of your own home with these virtual cooking classes:

  1. New Orleans School of Cooking - 524 St Louis St, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Family-owned since 1980, the New Orleans School of Cooking has established itself as the Crescent City's number one destination for cooking classes over than last 40 years. In the wake of the pandemic, they've shifted their focus more toward hosting virtual cooking classes via Zoom. Book a class today and learn to make NOLA staples like gumbo, shrimp and grits, and Jambalaya from the school's talented teachers.

  2. Langlois Culinary Crossroads - 1710 Pauger St, New Orleans, LA 70116
    Langlois Culinary Crossroads is a Cajun kitchen where guests take cooking classes and dine on the finished products. They're located mere minutes from these New Orleans homes for sale, but you can now take Langlois' classes virtually. Their chefs create a fun, entertaining environment and will pass along some skills to take your home cooking to the next level. These classes make for a perfect New Orleans date night or virtual dinner party. 

  3. New Orleans Culinary and Hospitality Institute - 1519 Carondelet St, New Orleans, LA 70130
    One of Louisiana's leading not-for-profit culinary schools, the New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute (NOCHI) is an amazing resource for aspiring chefs. Their focus is on educating a diverse community and increasing access, and minimizing barriers to careers in the culinary arts. Their live stream cooking classes are great for getting groups of people from all corners of the globe together in the same virtual space, where they can all enjoy preparing meals like New Orleans BBQ shrimp, chicken and andouille Jambalaya, and fish meunière. 

  4. Southern Food & Beverage Museum - 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70113
    Getting the next generation interested in cooking is the name of the game at the Southern Food & Beverage Museum. Their online cooking classes for kids are great fun, and they teach youngsters the foundational skills to become great future cooks. The teachers are friendly and charismatic, and the classes are fun and engaging. Most of them revolve around making simple, kid-friendly staples like pizza, tacos, and blueberry pancakes. 

  5. The Mardi Gras School of Cooking - 519 Wilkinson St Suite 101, New Orleans, LA 70130
    The Mardi Gras School of Cooking is a premier culinary school, and they now offer virtual classes so that you can learn from the masters from the comfort of your own kitchen. Their classes change with the seasons, but they usually focus on a classic New Orleans dish or cooking technique. You might learn how to create a roux—the foundation of many great Cajun dishes—or discover the secret to baking the perfect New Orleans King Cake. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in New Orleans. It's one of America's most unique and diverse cities, and it's a truly special place to call home. When you're ready to find your dream home in New Orleans, our team is here to help. 

January
25

Your Guide to Louisiana's State Parks

Louisiana State Parks

Our real estate agents love Louisiana in the winter. With mild days and a hint of chill in the night air, it's the perfect time to head into the great outdoors in search of adventure. 

And with 38 state parks, historic sites, and preservation areas across the state, there's plenty of adventure waiting to be found. These are some of our favorites, and we hope to see you out there living life to the fullest in these Louisiana State Parks this season!

  1. Fontainebleau State Park - 62883 LA-1089, Mandeville, LA 70448
    Overlooking the shores of Lake Pontchartrain, Fontainebleau State Park is a great destination for outdoor activities. The 2,800-acre park offers hiking and biking trails, a beach and campground, wildlife-rich wetland areas, and the crumbling ruins of a 19th-century sugar plantation. Fontainebleau is the closest Louisiana State Park to New Orleans and is minutes from these Mandeville homes for sale.

  2. Grand Isle State Park - 108 Admiral Craik Dr, Grand Isle, LA 70358
    Nestled on Louisiana's only inhabited barrier island, Grand Isle State Park is great for anyone seeking relaxed beachy vibes. Offering a fishing pier, swimming area, and picturesque beachfront campground, this is the perfect park to drift away to the sound of the waves rolling in off the Gulf. Nearby wetlands harbor a diverse marine bird population, and the park's hiking trail is perfect for bird watching.

  3. South Toledo Bend State Park - 120 Bald Eagle, Anacoco, LA 71403
    Toledo Bend Reservoir is a massive man-made lake that straddles the border between Louisiana and Texas. One of the best fishing destinations in either state, countless anglers flock to South Toledo Bend State Park every year to wet a line for bass, catfish, and bream. The park also offers camping, boat launch facilities, and bike paths. 

  4. Palmetto Island State Park - 19501 Pleasant Dr, Abbeville, LA 70510
    One of Louisiana's newest state parks, Palmetto Island State Park offers a genuine, wild South Louisiana experience. The park overlooks the Vermillion River and is known for fishing, kayaking, and pristine palmetto forest habitat. In addition to a campground, the park also has six vacation cabins, each with a screened porch and fireplace, making them perfect for winter stays. Palmetto Island State Park is also close to these beautiful Abbeville homes for sale.

  5. Lake D'Arbonne State Park - 3628 Evergreen Rd, Farmerville, LA 71241
    Nestled among the rolling hills of Northern Louisiana, Lake D'Arbonne State Park offers a great balance between primitive landscapes and modern amenities. With woodsy hiking trails and beautiful lakeside vistas, the park is also home to a disc golf course, swimming pool, and tennis courts. The park's centerpiece is 15,250-acre Lake D'Arbonne, a prime destination for boating, fishing, and wildlife viewing.

  6. St. Bernard State Park - 501 Saint Bernard Parkway, Braithwaite, LA 70040
    St. Bernard State Park is only a few miles from New Orleans but represents a tranquil respite from city life. Overlooking the Mississippi River, and a short drive from many New Orleans homes for sale, the park provides a glimpse into Louisiana's natural beauty, with nature trails, picnic areas, and lagoons. Campsites are also available, and the park is close to many nearby historic sites, including Chalmette National Historic Park and Jackson Barracks.

From the Bayou to the Big Easy, there's always something to explore and experience in Louisiana. Contact us to learn more about life in Louisiana, and talk to our team about finding your dream home today. 

January
27

Get Fit on These Alexandria Walking Trails

Alexandria Walking Trails

For many of us, two of the most important personal goals are to work on fitness and spend more time enjoying the outdoors. So why not accomplish both goals at once? The parks and trails around Alexandria are just waiting to be explored, offering outdoor fun for all ages. Our real estate agents have all the details on 6 great walking trails around Alexandria where you can get your steps in this year.

  1. City Park Trail – 1903 Babe Ruth Dr., Alexandria, LA 71301

    City Park Trail 
    is one of many fun trails located close to Alexandria homes for sale, and it's a great choice if you're planning to take your kids along for your walk. This park features a variety of outdoor playgrounds and play structures, perfect for keeping your little ones entertained while you enjoy a walk. There's also a large, covered pavilion in the center of the park, where you can set up a family picnic after exercising.

  2. Green Belt Trail – 1011 Jackson St., Alexandria, LA 71301

    For a longer walk that will take you around many of the sights of the city, try a trip to the Green Belt Trail. This trail loops around downtown Alexandria, and features ample lighting so you can use the walking trail at night. The Green Belt Trail connects with many landmarks around Alexandria, so it's a fun choice when you want to explore the city.

  3. Bayou Rapides Trail – 300 N Bolton Ave., Alexandria, LA 71301

    Traveling along Bayou Rapides and featuring waterfront views, the Bayou Rapides Trail is a great option when you're in the mood for a scenic walk. This trail runs for about half a mile and includes a fishing pier so you can drop some lines in the water after your walk.

  4. Levee Trail – 1 Johnston St., Alexandria, LA 71301

    Take a trip along the levee and enjoy some time in nature when you walk the Levee Trail, which is located on the edge of the Red River. This trail is a bit more out of the way than some of the others on our list, so it's the perfect pick when you're in the mood for a little solitude and tranquility with your walk.

  5. Frank O Hunter Park Trail – 2399 Willow Glen River Rd., Alexandria, LA 71302

    Frank O Hunter Park is the home of high school football in Alexandria, and the Frank O Hunter Park Trail allows you to see one of the city's favorite parks from a new perspective. The entire park was updated in the 2010s to include a brand new football field, along with expanded walking trails.

  6. Compton Park Trail – 4300 Wakefield Alexandria, Alexandria, LA 71303

    Located at one of the most beautiful and widely used parks in Alexandria, the Compton Park Trail is one of the longer walking loops in the area. This park features ample green space, with multiple walking trails that include interpretive signage, as well as decorative walls that help protect the trail from damage. Along the way, you can stop at the observation deck to enjoy gorgeous views of the local wetlands.

Outdoor adventures are never far from home when you live in Alexandria, and our team would love to help you find your next home in the area. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Alexandria, LA area.

January
29

Outdoor Adventures You Can Take in the Houma Area

Outdoor Adventures Houma

The Houma area is an amazing place to call home for anyone who loves exploring the great outdoors. Whether you want to explore the wetlands, play a round of golf, see the sights with a local guide, or take in the swamps from an entirely new perspective, now is the time to start planning your next outdoor excursion. Our real estate agents have all of the exciting details on 6 outdoor adventures that you can enjoy in the Houma area.

  1. Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge – 3599 Bayou Black Dr., Houma, LA 70360
    Our tour of outdoor adventures near Houma homes for sale starts with a trip to the expansive Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge covers more than 4,300 acres of historic swamps and freshwater wetlands. The bulk of the refuge is only accessible by boat, but the sights, sounds, and wildlife are more than worth the trip. There's also a one-mile driving trail accessible by car if you're in the mood for a quick trip.

  2. The Ball Park, Inc. – 6229 W Park Ave., Houma, LA 70360
    Enjoy some old-fashioned, outdoor family fun at The Ball Park, Inc., which is home to Houma's favorite miniature golf course. The golf course features 18 holes in a scenic, beautifully landscaped setting, with plenty of lighting available for miniature golf after dark. When you're done with your round of golf, be sure to check out the batting cages for even more fun.

  3. Anne Miller's Son's Marsh & Swamp Tours – 3718 Southdown Mandalay Rd., Houma, LA 70360
    There's so much natural beauty to explore around Houma, and a knowledgeable a local guide can really enhance your enjoyment of outdoor adventures. Anne Miller's Son's Marsh & Swamp Tours is a business operated by the son of the legendary Alligator Annie, with trips available to the Mandalay Wildlife Refuge and beyond. These tours are a great way to explore local ecosystems and see local wildlife in a natural setting.

  4. Houma Golf Club – 6433 Alma St., Houma, LA 70364
    Looking for a fun, quick round of golf that's perfect for younger golfers who are learning to play and still poses an enjoyable challenge for experienced players? The Houma Golf Club is a public, 9-hole course that's as affordable as it is fun. Play a full round for less than $10, and leave plenty of time for more outdoor adventures in your day.

  5. Hammonds Cajun Air Tours – 194 Aviation Rd., Houma, LA 70360
    Ever wish that you could see the amazing outdoor sights of the Houma area from a new and breathtaking perspective? Then it's time to book a trip with Hammonds Cajun Air Tours and take to the skies! Flights take off daily from the Houma-Terrebonne Airport, with spectacular views from the moment you hit the runway. During your guided tour, you'll be able to observe local wildlife and see how all of Houma's natural areas are connected.

  6. Ellendale Country Club – 3319 Hwy 311, Houma, LA 70360
    When you're in the mood for a full 18 holes of golf, it's tough to top the experience at Ellendale Country Club. Along with a world-class golf course, Ellendale Country Club features a driving range, golf lessons, a full pro shop, and demo days when you can try out all of the latest golf equipment.

Ready to find your next home in a community that's packed with outdoor adventures? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Houma, LA area.

December
18

Raise a Glass at These Baton Rouge Wine Bars

Baton Rouge Wine Bars

Raise your hand if you could use a tall glass of wine right now. Our real estate agents understand that this year has been unlike any other. Raise a glass to the end of 2020 with a drink from one of these Baton Rouge wine bars.

  1. Duvic's — 2854 Kalurah St., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    Duvic's is Baton Rouge's favorite neighborhood overpass bar where your preferred martini is waiting. For over twenty years, their bartenders have mastered the art of the martini and paired them with amazing burgers, sandwiches, and more. Those seeking wine will be pleased with their wine list, though beers and nonalcoholic drinks are also on the menu.


  2. Sullivan's Steakhouse — 5252 Corporate Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    Are there any finer pleasures in life than a full-bodied glass of wine and a juicy steak? Pour over the wine list at Sullivan's Steakhouse featuring hundreds of options from around the world as you munch on cheesesteak eggrolls or jumbo lump crab cake appetizers. Enhance your house-cut steak with a broiled lobster tail and a side of three-cheese mac. Add a slice of New York cheesecake and another glass of wine to finish the night off in style.


  3. Mid Tap — 660 Arlington Creek Centre Blvd. Suite D., Baton Rouge, LA 70820
    Eat, drink, and celebrate your health at Mid Tap. White and red wines sit alongside classic cocktails and a rotating tap of domestic beers. Munchies like loaded beer-battered waffle fries and wings will tempt you to refill your wine glass hour after hour.  


  4. Bin 77 — 10111 Perkins Rowe, Baton Rouge, LA 70810
    Never order a bad wine again! Bin 77 Bistro & Wine lets you taste any wine you wish before you order it, so you'll always be satisfied. Live music fills the air most nights as couples and friends split plates like crawfish and kimchi empanadas and grilled lamb lollipops. Whether you desire a full meal like grilled pork chops or if you just want to nibble on a cheese and charcuterie board with your wine, you'll love this adults-only wine bar.


  5. Olive or Twist Bar + Kitchen — 7248 Perkins Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70810
    Olive or Twist Kitchen and Bar will have you asking, "Please, sir, may I have some more wine?" This upscale Baton Rouge bar features exceptionally crafted cocktails and your favorite bottles of wine. A lively spot that's perfect to begin or end the night, good times and good wines await you at Olive or Twist.

Would you like to stay in and have a drink in your own cozy home bar? Let us help you find the perfect space to display your wine collection. Contact us today to tour our latest Baton Rouge homes for sale.

December
15

Holiday Light Displays to Visit

Photo Courtsey of Paul Broussard

Holiday light displays are a tradition that we look forward to all year round. Each twinkling bulb warms the heart and brings about a sense of awe and wonder no matter how old you are. And if there ever was a year when we could use a little inspiration, kindness, and a reminder of how good life is, it's this year. So, grab your coats and warm up the cocoa, it's Holiday light season again!

New Orleans

The Crescent City loves each holiday, and this time of year is certainly no different.

    • Celebration in the Oaks  |  City Park  |  November 26th – January 3rd (closed December 24th and 31st)
    • Supernova on the Greenway  |  Lafitte Greenway | December 9 - 20th 5 - 9pm Wed-Sun

     

    Baton Rouge

    Just like Mike the Tiger, this season is still roaring with lights.



    Northshore

    The Northshore shines just as bright as its big city neighbor during the holidays.

    • 18th Annual Holiday of Lights  |  21490 Koop Drive, Mandeville  |  December 6 – 14
    • Christmas Under the Stars  |  Griffith Park – Slidell  |  December 6 – 14
    • Bayou Christmas  |  Heritage Park – Slidell   |   December 18 – 23

    Mississippi Gulf Coast

    These gorgeous beaches are lit up with the gift of lights all month!

    • Gulfport Harbor Lights Winter Festival  |  Jones Park – Gulfport  |  November 29 – December 31
    • Christmastime at Beauvoir  |  Beauvoir  |  December 20 – 23
    • Christmas on the Water Boat Parade  |  Biloxi  |  December 7
    November
    2

    5 Free Things to do Near New Orleans

    Free Things to do in New Orleans

    The Big Easy has so much to see and do. You could spend years eating and exploring your way through the city. Although there are plenty of attractions worth the price of admission, New Orleans has its share of budget-friendly activities that will delight residents and visitors alike. Our real estate agents encourage you to check out these five free things to do near New Orleans.

    1. New Orleans Museum of Art – 1 Collins C. Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans, LA 70124
      NOMA, the New Orleans Museum of Art, is a favorite destination for many locals. Their rotating exhibitions and extensive collections can't be missed! However, if you're looking for a free way to appreciate art, head behind NOMA to the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, where you can stroll the tree-lined paths and admire over 60 sculptures created by world-famous artists. Admission is free all year, except holidays.


    2. The Canal Street Ferry – Near 1 Poydras St., New Orleans, LA 70130
      Get a new view of New Orleans by taking a ride on the Canal Street Ferry. Also known as the Algiers Ferry, this boat takes you down the Mississippi for the best views of the city. It will cruise you from the French Quarter to Algiers Point, where you can enjoy Confetti Park, stroll the Algiers Bike Path, or visit the many bars, cafes, and shops around. The Canal Street Ferry operates seven days a week, with the first ferry departures launching between 6 AM and 10:45 AM and ending between 9:30 PM and 11:45 PM.


    3. Explore Uptown & The Garden District
      One of the best free things to do in New Orleans is to explore the city on foot. The vibrant communities hold hidden gems for wanderers who don't mind venturing off the beaten path. Two of the coolest neighborhoods to explore are Uptown and the Garden District. Uptown is a wonderful place to shop and admire historic architecture while the Garden District hosts mansions where you can also take a self-guided walking tour of the area.


    4. St. Louis Cathedral – 615 Pere Antoine Alley, Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA 70116
      The Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis King of France overlooks bustling Jackson Square. It is the United States' oldest Catholic Cathedral that continues to operate. Take a step back in history by visiting the Old Ursuline Convent Museum, the oldest building in the Mississippi Valley, or stop by St. Mary's Church next door, which actually predates St. Louis Cathedral.


    5. Crescent City Farmers Markets/Market Umbrella – 200 Broadway St., Suite 107, New Orleans, LA 70118
      If you want to explore the city, surround yourself with local goods, and get to know your neighbors, a stop at the Crescent City Farmers Markets/Market Umbrella is ideal. These local markets sprout up around town, including in Uptown Square, Bucktown Harbor, and Parkway Bakery and Tavern. Check their schedule to see which vendors, musical guests, and specials will be at each market from week to week.

    Would you love to live in one of NOLA's vibrant communities? We can help you find a place surrounded by the best Crescent City has to offer. Contact us today to schedule tours of our New Orleans homes for sale.

    October
    12

    Weekend Getaway: Cabins You Can Stay in Near New Orleans

    Cabins Near New Orleans

    Looking for a chance to get away from it all? What could be better than a cabin?

    How about a cabin that's just a short hop from the best New Orleans homes for sale?

    In recent months, our real estate agents have gotten more questions from buyers who want to relax and unwind with a refreshing New Orleans weekend getaway. 

    Although a true "log cabin" is rare in New Orleans, the area offers its own spin: The Creole cottage.

    Preserved historic cottages dating to the 1800s are testaments to New Orleans' vivacious culture and style. Many of these unique properties are rented directly by the owner, so you can expect authentic southern hospitality to flavor a memorable visit. It's the ideal way to rest and recharge.

    Plus, you might get inspiration for your own New Orleans home!

    Start with this list to see if anything catches your eye:

    1. Audubon Cottages – 509 Dauphine Street, New Orleans, LA 70112
      Looking for a selection steeped in history? Audubon Cottages has it! You can choose from a variety of one- and two-bedroom suites with private, guest-only access to a saltwater pool said to be the oldest pool in New Orleans. The secluded surroundings give you a sense of serenity even right in the midst of the delightful French Quarter.
    2. Greatmen Cottage Vacation Rental Home – 3421 Dauphine Street, New Orleans, LA 70117
      Greatmen Cottage Vacation Rental Home is a historic Creole-style cottage built in 1838, offering three bedrooms and two bathrooms in the heart of the French Quarter. Every inch of the property drips with New Orleans architectural flair, but happy guests talk most about the airy terrace, garden, and fountain. Modern amenities have been added, and the neighborhood is a hub of delectable dining.
    3. The Cabins at Jean Lafitte Harbor – 4932 Kenal Rd, Lafitte, LA 70067
      About 45 minutes from downtown New Orleans you'll find The Cabins at Jean Lafitte Harbor, a cluster of five cabins with a rustic and homey feel. Located a little way from family-friendly attractions like the Audubon Zoo and Mardi Gras World, each cabin features hardwood floors and country-style furnishings. They're one more marvelous reason to choose Lafitte homes for sale.
    4. Four Cypress Acadian Cabin – 4980 Highway 308, Napoleonville, LA 70390
      Four Cypress Acadian Cabin is peaceful and romantic. Offering a fully air-conditioned cabin and a traditional porch for outdoor relaxation, it sits on five unspoiled acres. Guests can book their own Louisiana swamp tour or simply spend their time luxuriating in the fresh air. It's less than an hour from New Orleans – and only a quick drive to Napoleonville homes for sale and beautiful Lake Verret.
    5. Bayou Log Cabins – 200 West Kass Lane, Port Sulphur, LA 70083
      Want to get out deep into the bayou? Bayou Log Cabins has you covered less than an hour south of New Orleans. You'll get a classic experience that includes renting a log cabin – on high stilts – in a 200-year old fishing village. And terrific Port Sulphur homes for sale are nearby! Whether you decide to rent your own boat or go out on a charter expedition, anglers will love the chance to pursue trout and redfish catches.

    From the historic to the modern, New Orleans has something to appeal to every taste. Contact us at Latter & Blum to find out more about local real estate.

    October
    2

    Biking Routes and Trails in Cajun Country

    Biking Routes

    Cajun Country is scenic no matter how you choose to explore it, and riding the trails is a great way to see the area from a different perspective. Whether you're an experienced rider looking for a challenging trail or you're searching for a scenic, leisurely trail to ride on a Sunday afternoon, Cajun Country offers a little bit of everything. Of course, the best trails also feature plenty of places to stop for food and fun along the way. Our real estate agents know Cajun Country, and we've got 6 biking routes that you won't want to miss.

    1. Houma to Cocodrie – Winn Dixie Shopping Center at Hwy 24 and Prospect Blvd., Houma, LA 70517
      Beginning in Houma, the Houma to Cocodrie route lasts for 31 miles, with a variety of entry/exit points throughout the route. See Houma homes for sale from a whole new perspective! The scenery really picks up around the 5-mile mark of the route, if you start from the Winn Dixie Shopping Center. You'll travel along the waterfront, where you'll see fishing boats in action, then make a trip through quiet, peaceful marshes before ending your ride in Cocodrie.

    2. Lafayette to Opelousas – North University Ave., Lafayette, LA 70506
      The Lafayette to Opelousas route actually consists of three separate routes, with varying distances, scenery, and terrain. For a shorter ride, try the 20-mile red route, which travels along North University Ave. through Lafayette, before heading north to Opelousas. The blue route is a bit longer at 30 miles, while the green route checks in at a healthy 50 miles.

    3. Atchafalaya Basin Wilderness Trail – 1050 Henderson Levee Rd., Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
      With more than 50 miles of trails to ride along the top of the levee, the Atchafalaya Basin Wilderness Trail features outstanding scenery and plenty of room to stretch your legs. The first half of the trail is paved, and the rest is gravel. There are no cars or trucks allowed on this trail, so it's a great place for a long, relaxing ride.

    4. Houma to Thibodaux Loop – Intersection of Hwy 311 and Mystic Blvd., Houma, LA 70360
      Looking to explore nature while you ride? The 50-plus mile Houma to Thibodaux Loop will take you past a historic cypress swamp, and passes a variety of local museums where you can learn more about Cajun Country. Wildlife Gardens is an especially popular stop for nature lovers.

    5. Chicot State Park – 3469 Chicot Park Rd., Ville Platte, LA 70586
      Open year-round with more than 6,000 acres to explore, the Chicot State Park trail is one of the best spots on our list for natural scenery. The trail travels around Lake Chicot, where you can stop to fish or simply enjoy the view. The terrain is easier to navigate in dry conditions but requires the right equipment when the weather is wet.

    6. Bayou Black Loop – Intersection of Hwy 311 and Mystic Blvd., Houma, LA 70360
      Beginning at the same point as the Houma to Thibodaux Loop, the Bayou Black Loop is another favorite for Houma residents. If you're riding this loop, be sure to bring your appetite. There are many great places to stop for a meal along the way, whether you're in the mood for fresh seafood or classic Cajun cooking. 

    Still searching for your next home in Cajun Country? Our local real estate team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Houma, LA area.

    September
    21

    6 Places to Order Brunch in New Orleans

    Brunch NOLA

    Brunch is often considered a weekend treat, but in New Orleans, where les bon temps always roulez, you can find brunch any day of the week. When only brunch will do, our real estate agents head to these great spots just minutes from New Orleans homes for sale

    1. Stanley of New Orleans - 547 St. Ann St., New Orleans, LA 70116
      Thanks to a prime location on Jackson Square, guests at Stanley of New Orleans enjoy beautiful downtown views while dining on signature dishes such as Eggs Stanley, with smoked Canadian bacon, cornmeal-crusted oysters, and Creole Hollandaise. Prefer dessert for breakfast? Indulge your sweet tooth with housemade ice cream desserts from the retro-style soda fountain. Stanley serves all-day breakfast and brunch Thursday through Sunday.

    2. Jimmy J's Café - 115 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70130
      A satisfied customer sums up the appeal of Jimmy J's Café: "Very small place, but BIG on taste." Jimmy J's menu features eggs Benedict, smoked salmon and bagels, French toast, and other classic brunch items made with a tasty Cajun twist. A customer favorite is the blueberry French toast, stuffed with creamy Brie and topped with an elegant brandy glaze. 

    3. FullBlast Brunch - 139 S. Cortez St., New Orleans, LA 70119
      When piloting the boat on fishing trips with his dad, Chris Belou would ask if he could open up the throttle "fullblast." Today, as owner/chef at FullBlast Brunch, Chris still goes all-out in everything he does. From the aptly-named Simply Breakfast of eggs, bacon, grits, and toast to iconic chicken and waffles, there's something for everyone. Since it's not brunch without mimosas, go "fullblast" with the mimosa flight of orange juice, cranberry juice, and mango juice. Get your brunch on beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday through Monday.

    4. Monty's on the Square - 801 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70116
      Rustic-chic decor enhanced by plenty of natural light creates the ideal ambiance for the Southern bayou-influenced cuisine of Monty's on the Square. Benedicts come in half-a-dozen varieties, including Big Easy with fried green tomatoes and Creole Hollandaise sauce. Be sure to start with an order of beignet fries or cinnamon-filled King Cake beignets. 

    5. Two Chicks Café - 901 Convention Center Blvd., Ste. 109, New Orleans, LA 70130
      Two Chicks Café is not a reference to the source of eggs, but rather two BFFs who decided to turn their shared love of food into a business. Menu items include popular brunch dishes along with healthier options such as homemade chia pudding, yogurt parfait, and fresh juices and smoothies. Two years ago, the "chicks" opened a second location at 920 Gravier St. Both cafés are open 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily, with Convention Center closed Monday and Gravier St. closed Tuesday.

    6. Biscuits & Buns on Banks - 4337 Banks St., New Orleans, LA 70119
      Travel website Only in Your State put Biscuit & Buns on Banks at the top of their "9 Quirky Restaurants in New Orleans You Simply Can't Ignore." Maybe it's because of the shotgun house setting, or menu subtitles like, "Eggoholics R Us." In any case, come for the novelty and stay for the great food, such as hot sausage hash cakes, and fried chicken on brioche. Oh, and did we mention it's BYOB? Hours are 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. on weekends.

    With equal parts history, culture, tradition, food, and entertainment, the New Orleans lifestyle is second to none. Whether you're buying or selling a NOLA home, contact us for all your real estate needs.

    September
    18

    Lafayette in Bloom: Botanical Gardens to Visit

    Lafayette Botanical Garden

    Want to spend some time outdoors to relax after comparing the best Lafayette homes for sale?

    Our real estate agents enjoy all sorts of outdoor activities, from hiking and biking to rock climbing. We know that sometimes you just want to stop and smell the roses – or other flowers. Luckily, the natural beauty of Lafayette will never let you down. There are plenty of places to see brilliant flowers in bloom. One of them could be your own backyard!

    If you need other ideas, we have them. Lafayette and the surrounding cities are filled with a variety of botanical gardens, arboretums, parks, and many more. Let's drop in for a quick visit to some of the best gardens in Lafayette and the neighboring communities.

    Here are just a few of your options for local gardens and nature centers:

    1. Acadian Village and Gardens – 200 Greenleaf Drive, Lafayette, LA 70506
      Acadian Village and Gardens is found right in Lafayette and boasts a historic experience that brings you back to an 1800s-era village. It sits on ten acres of land that has been lovingly restored with all kinds of period houses, shops, and more. Dotted throughout the property, you'll find a number of gardens that use actual historic methods for cultivation. They look particularly lovely this time of year!
    2. Ira S. Nelson Horticulture Center – 2206 Johnston Street, Lafayette, LA 70503
      Located on the campus of the University of Southwestern Louisiana, the Ira S. Nelson Horticulture Center houses a whole rainbow of ornamental plants. As you venture over the land, you'll have the opportunity to visit about 24,000 square feet of greenhouses dedicated to research and conservation. It's a wonderful way to learn more about the flowers and plants here in Louisiana.
    3. Rip Van Winkle Garden – 5505 Rip Van Winkle Road, New Iberia, LA
      The Rip Van Winkle Gardens are found not far from some enticing New Iberia homes for sale. Only a few minutes from Lafayette, these gardens are named in honor of an actor who once played the iconic slumbering character. A semi-tropical garden and preserve, the estate sprawls across 25 lush acres beside beautiful Lake Peigneur. It is also known as Live Oaks Garden.
    4. Windrush Gardens – 4600 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
      Located on the campus of Louisiana State University, Windrush Gardens is a true sight to behold. A little further afield in Lafayette's sister city, known for remarkable Baton Rouge homes for sale, the garden is a refreshing oasis. With winding paths across 25 acres, every inch has been landscaped to underscore the beauty of hardy plants that create a sensory experience through their striking forms and textures.

    Lafayette is in bloom, and there's never been a better time to see it for yourself. Contact us at Latter & Blum to find out more about the local or for help with your real estate questions.

    September
    14

    Museum Tour in New Orleans: All About NOLA Museums

    NOLA Museums

    When it comes to New Orleans homes for sale, there are plenty of reasons to choose the "Big Easy" for your next home. New Orleans culture is truly unique, from the cuisine to the music to the unbeatable annual festivals like Mardi Gras. Education soars, too, thanks to terrific museums!

    Our real estate agents are confident that no matter what your interests are, you'll have a chance to find something great here in New Orleans. 

    In fact, New Orleans even has its own thriving museum district. You'll find many of the most notable local museums centered within a short distance of each other in the inimitable City Park. 

    Let's take a closer look at some of the area's top museums:

    1. The National World War II Museum – 945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
      The National World War II Museum is one of the most recognizable of the nation's monuments to "the war to end all wars," featuring exhibits that uplift the stories of real people on the Western Front, the Eastern Front, and the homefront. The D-Day Invasion exhibit is the most popular year-round.
    2. New Orleans Museum of Art – 1 Collins Diboll Circle, New Orleans, LA 70124
      As the name suggests, the New Orleans Museum of Art is the city's premier art museum and the oldest in New Orleans. Explore the permanent collection of about 40,000 items, and don't miss the breathtaking pieces in the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden.
    3. New Orleans Pharmacy Museum – 514 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
      Four minutes from the beloved Jackson Square sits the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum. Formerly an actual apothecary operating in the 1820s, it is packed with historical examples of early medicines and cure-alls. It also hosts lectures, live events, and the occasional wedding.
    4. Mardi Gras World – 1380 Port of New Orleans Place, New Orleans, LA 70130
      Prepare to be astonished! Mardi Gras World is the stellar place to experience "Fat Tuesday" at any time of year. This massive workshop and storage unit is the spot where floats are fabricated for the big day. It occupies a prime position on the Mississippi, beside Morial Convention Center.
    5. Louisiana Children's Museum – 15 Henry Thomas Drive, New Orleans, LA 70124
      The award-winning Louisiana Children's Museum features 30,000 square feet of exciting exhibits, many of them interactive. Some of its top attractions include a climbing wall and an art studio. Kids of all ages from tots to teens have the opportunity to explore self-paced experiences on fascinating topics.
    6. New Orleans Jazz Museum – 400 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70116
      Saving the best for last, the New Orleans Jazz Museum pays homage to one of the most iconic parts of New Orleans' unique identity. Located in the New Orleans Mint, it has exhibits that explore the growth of the New Orleans sound and showcase art that arose in the city's golden age of jazz.

    Amazing museums are one more reason to make New Orleans your home. Contact us to learn more or get started.

    September
    9

    5 Kid-Friendly Hiking Trails Near Baton Rouge

    Hiking Trails Baton Rouge

    Are you looking for a way to get your kids off the couch? Gathering up the entire family and heading out to some of the area's beautiful nature trails is a great way to get everybody's heart pumping and get some fresh air. 

    Many of our real estate agents have started spending their weekends visiting local hiking trails with their families. Here are a few of their favorite kid-friendly options you'll want to explore. 

    1. Learning Tree Trail: LSU Botanical Gardens Steele Forest - 4560 Essen Ln, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
      Learning Tree Trail is a super-easy trail. It's a half-mile loop that sees moderate foot traffic. Here you'll find lots of beautiful wildflowers and opportunities for birdwatching and spotting other wildlife. The wildlife placards located throughout the trail are a great way to combine education and exercise. The kids are sure to love stopping to learn more about some of the animals they may see.  
    1. Black Swamp Trail: LSU Botanical Gardens Steele Forest - 4560 Essen Ln, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
      The Black Swamp Trail is located near the interstate right in the heart of Baton Rouge. This makes it a great place to explore after spending the morning looking at Baton Rouge homes for sale. It's a 2.2-mile out-and-back trail that offers plenty of shade, crushed rock paths, and a wooden bridge that goes through a swamp. This trail also has plenty of placards for the kids to read and benches to sit and rest if you want to take a break. 
    1. Barton Arboretum Loop: LSU Botanical Arboretum Loop - 4560 Essen Ln, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
      The 2.3-mile Barton Arboretum Loop is an easy trail with light traffic. It's well-kept and very shaded. There's a lake along the trail and a wide variety of plant life. Your kids will enjoy this "storytime trail" that allows them to read a book as they walk around. The little chapel with a pulpit and benches offers an unexpected surprise that everyone is sure to enjoy. 
    1. Arrowwood Trail: Kendalwood Conservation Area - 24700 Kendalwood Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70817
      If you want to get some substantial exercise, gather up the family and head out to the 3.0-mile Arrowwood Trail. This loop is lightly trafficked. It features a river and is great for catching a glimpse of wildlife, including plenty of banana spiders and a few snakes. Despite the length, it's an easy trail to walk with minimal elevation. This makes it a perfect adventure for the entire family.
    1. Hardwood Forest Loop Trail: Frenchtown Road Conservation Area - 17819 Frenchtown Rd, Greenwell Springs, LA 70739
      Perfect for nature trips and bird watching, Hardwood Forest Loop Trail features a river, forest, and plenty of beautiful wildflowers. This 2.1-mile loop is moderately trafficked and the perfect length for when you only have an hour or so to enjoy your hike. The dirt trail runs through a fairly dense forest. Along the way, you'll come across an interesting section of giant bamboo. There's also two rivers, a beach area, and a swamp. Your kids may also enjoy getting a look at the train, which often passes by. 

    Beautiful scenery and plenty of outdoor adventures are just a few of the reasons why so many people love living here! If you're looking for your dream home in the Baton Rouge area, we can help. Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started. 

    August
    31

    Spend the Day on the Creole Nature Trail

    Creole Nature Trail

    Do you love exploring nature, and enjoying long, sunny days discovering the great outdoors? Then the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road has more than 180 miles of natural beauty waiting for you! This slice of wilderness along the coast of Louisiana is an amazing place to hike, hunt, fish, observe wildlife, spot rare birds, and discover the unique ecosystems that make our state such a fascinating place to call home for nature lovers. Get to know one of the great natural treasures of Louisiana, with a little help from our real estate agents.

    • Louisiana's Very Own All-American Road
      The Creole Nature Trail is classified as an All-American Road and is one of fewer than 50 natural areas with that classification in the whole country. Easily reached from Lake Charles homes for sale, the Creole Nature Trail covers more than 180 miles of coastal and inland areas, from the shores of the gulf to the lush wetlands and beyond. 

    • Explore Louisiana's Outback and Experience the "Last Great Wilderness"
      With so much wildlife and rugged, undeveloped natural terrain, the Creole Nature Trail has earned the nickname of Louisiana's Outback, as well as a reputation as a "Last Great Wilderness" in America. This is an area where local wildlife is free to live in nature, and visitors are free to observe them. The natural beauty along the trail is unrivaled, with spectacular views around every corner.

    • Travel the Trail by Bike, Boat, Car, or Hike
      The Creole Nature Trail covers so much ground that there are many different ways to explore the area. You can reach many entry points and attractions by car then set out to explore in whatever way you enjoy. The extensive waterways along the trail make many areas easy to explore by boat, and there are tons of smaller trails available for hiking. Major roadways along the trail also make many areas accessible by bike, and off-road trails provide a fun, scenic challenge for mountain bikers.

    • Attractions on the Creole Nature Trail
      No matter how you love to explore nature, you'll find an attraction to suit your style along the Creole Nature Trail. Refuges and wildlife sanctuaries in the area include the Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, Sabine National Wildlife Refuge, and Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge. The Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point is the perfect place to start your journey, with family-friendly attractions, more information on the trail, and interactive exhibits on Creole culture.

    • Fishing, Crabbing, and Hunting in Louisiana's Outback
      The Creole Nature Trail is a popular place for anyone who loves fishing, hunting, and crabbing. There are boat launches located all along the many waterways that weave through the trail, along with plenty of prime spots for laying crab traps. Hunters love the wide variety of ducks that visit the area, and the many designated hunting locations spread throughout the area.

    • Enjoy a Truly Unique Day at the Beach Along the Gulf
      If you love combing the beach for rare, spectacular shells, then you'll love visiting the more than 26 miles of Gulf beaches on the Creole Nature Trail. You'll have opportunities to find shells and enjoy sights that simply aren't available at busier beaches.

    Ready to start exploring the Creole Nature Trail? Then now is the perfect time to find your next home close to nature. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Lake Charles, LA area.

    August
    14

    Shop Local: Baton Rouge Farmers Markets

    Baton Rouge Farmers Markets

    Are you focusing more on healthy eating these days? Start with quality ingredients for meals that are good for your body and taste buds. Find fresh fruit, vegetables, and more at these great farmers markets, just minutes from Baton Rouge homes for sale

    1. Fresh Pickin's Market - 10375 Coursey Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70816
      In 1993, friends Paul Ferachi and Russell Saia wanted a way to provide the community with fresh produce at low prices. The result was Fresh Pickin's Market, which offers "14 Carrot Produce" directly from farmers and shippers. By sidestepping distribution centers, Fresh Pickin's is able to sell a wide selection of items at affordable prices. In addition, more than 50 varieties of fresh-frozen fruits and vegetables are available to enjoy year-round. Use the Waitr app for delivery or curbside pickup. 

    2. Southside Produce Market - 8240 Perkins Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70810
      For Harry and Andy, father-and-son co-founders of Southside Produce Market, selling fruits and vegetables runs in the family. Harry's father opened the first fresh fruit stand in Baton Rouge back in the 1930s. Today, Harry and Andy operate the largest hybrid produce market in the South. One-touch of a button takes the 28,000 square-foot facility from an open-air market to an indoor climate-controlled shop. Southside supports local farmers by participating in the "Louisiana Grown, Real Fresh" program.

    3. Red Stick Farmers Market - 501 Main St., Baton Rouge, LA 70801
      The first farmers market in Baton Rouge originated as a student project? Yes, Red Stick Farmers Market was developed as part of LSU student Chris Company's master's thesis. Originally located in the parking lot of the downtown government building, Red Stick moved to Main Street Market in 2002 when they joined forces with the Big River Economic and Agricultural Development Alliance, or BREADA. Each Saturday from 8 a.m. - noon, Red Stick sells locally-grown produce, artisan food products, and prepared meals along with staging cooking demonstrations. Red Stick also has a year-round site on Thursdays from 8 a.m. - noon at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center and a seasonal location on Tuesdays from 8 a.m. - noon at the EBRP Main Library.

    4. Sprouts Farmers Market - 4841 Rouzan Square Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
      For years, big-name supermarkets carried mostly national brands and processed foods. Healthy, organic foods were hard to find and expensive to purchase. That changed with the opening of Sprouts Family Market, which is dedicated to making healthy eating accessible and affordable for all. At Sprouts, you'll find the highest quality produce, meats and seafood, baked goods, dairy products, and bulk foods. Stop by the deli counter for convenient prepared meals and ready-to-eat soups, salads, and sandwiches. Hours are 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily.

    5. Grow Dirt - 1947 Cunard St., Baton Rouge, LA 70807
      How fresh is the produce from Grow Dirt? Their motto is, "If it don't come out the dirt, it ain't food!" Grow Dirt uses a "pop-up" format to sell fruits and vegetables grown in their own garden, which also serves as a community teaching tool. Order the weekly "Fresh Box" or select à la carte items. Want to plant your own garden? Grow Dirt has plants, seeds, and supplies to get you started. Market hours are 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday.

    Let our real estate agents help you plant roots in a new home. Contact us at Latter & Blum for all your Baton Rouge real estate needs.

    July
    24

    Vacation Close to Home: Weekend Getaways in the Lafayette Area

    Lafayette Weekend Getaways

    Who's ready for a quick road trip close to home? Our real estate agents sure are! We're ready to stretch our legs, load up the car full of snacks, and explore everything that Louisiana has to offer. If you're looking for a few days out of the house, consider spending a weekend getaway without venturing too far from Lafayette.

    1. Maison D'Memoire Bed & Breakfast Cottages – 8450 Roberts Cove Rd., Rayne, LA 70578
      Approximately 20 minutes from Lafayette
      Experience award-winning Southern hospitality at Maison D'Memoire. This lovely bed and breakfast is just 20 minutes north of Lafayette and offers unrivaled charm. Voted a Best Romantic Getaway, the town of Rayne immerses you in tranquility with the heart of Cajun Country. Book a spacious cottage with a full kitchen and two-person tub for a weekend of pure bliss.

    2. Grand Victorian Bed & Breakfast – 2727 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
      Approximately 2 hours from Lafayette
      New Orleans is known for its excitement and colorful culture, but don't forget that The Big East is also one of the best places in the state to kick back and relax. The Grand Victorian is a historic bed and breakfast on the majestic St. Charles Avenue. This Garden District home is located in the Garden District, just minutes from the French Quarter. Voted one of the best bed and breakfast spots in the city, the Grand Victorian will treat you to a lavish experience.

    3. The Fairfield Place – 2221 Fairfield Ave, Shreveport, LA 71104
      Approximately 4 hours from Lafayette

      Indulge in luxury at The Fairfield Place. With two properties on the grounds, the Fairfield Manor and Fairfield Place both offer the highest standard of hospitality. Although the property is close to Shreveport's dining, shopping, and entertainment, you'll feel miles away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life while inside Fairfield. As one of the oldest surviving homes on the street, the Fairfield Place invites you to relax in the courtyard without a care in the world.

    4. Cajun Country Cottages – 1138 Lawless Tauzin Rd, Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
      Approximately 25 minutes from Lafayette
      Take a step back in time and relish a renewal of spirit in Breaux Bridge. Cajun Country Cottages are nestled away on a secluded property to provide you with the R&R you desire. Lose track of time fishing in the lake, strolling the property, or reading a book on the porch swing. The five cottages offer plenty of privacy, making it the perfect little weekend getaway for Lafayette residents.

    5. Samuel Guy House Bed and Breakfast – 309 Pine St, Natchitoches, LA 71457
      Approximately 2.5 hours from Lafayette

      Fall in love with the elegance of the Samuel Guy House. This lovely bed and breakfast was restored to its original grandeur and relocated to peaceful Natchitoches in 2004. With comfortable rooms inside and a serene garden outside, you'll spend hours without a worry on your mind. Their gracious hospitality is only rivaled by their delicious Praline French Toast. After you stay at this historic house once, you'll want to return time and time again.

    Looking for a new place in Lafayette? We can make it effortless! Contact us today to browse our charming Lafayette homes for sale.

    July
    6

    Best Picnic Spots in the New Orleans Area

    Picnic in New Orleans

    Our real estate agents know many of our clients are on the lookout for safe and fun ways to get outdoors this summer. Parks throughout New Orleans are beginning to welcome guests again, and the weather is right to take the family picnic you've been dreaming of.

    New Orleans has balanced its development with green spaces so wherever you journey in the Big Easy, you'll never be far from a hiking trail, bicycle trail, or a dog park. Picnic spots abound!

    Consider these sites for your next picnic excursion: 

    1. Audubon Park – 6500 Audubon Park Trail, New Orleans, LA 70118
      Audubon Park is one of the centerpieces of beautiful uptown New Orleans. Ideal for a picnic, it has attracted visitors for more than a century. It features picturesque ancient oaks, a jogging path of nearly two miles, a lagoon, playgrounds, and a number of picnic shelters and sports fields.
    2. Coliseum Square Park – 1708 Coliseum Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
      Coliseum Square Park dates back to an 1806 vision for a sparsely populated neighborhood in a natural setting that would enable a Greek-style revival right in New Orleans. Now a three-acre park, Coliseum Square offers picnic spaces in the shade of water oaks planted at that very same time.
    3. Magnolia Bridge on Bayou St. John – Harding Drive, New Orleans, LA 70119
      Built in 1908, Magnolia Bridge is a must-see stop on any tour of the Bayou St. John area. Solely for pedestrians and bicyclists since the 1970s, it is recognized as one of the city's endangered historic treasures. Picnic areas welcome you on both sides of the bridge. It's also a great urban hike.
    4. City Park – 1 Palm Drive, New Orleans, LA 70124
      Iconic New Orleans City Park is a 1,300-acre oasis offering a number of playgrounds, non-contact sports courts, the New Orleans Botanical Gardens, and spaces for dog owners. Just about all of its facilities are open now with reduced hours and lower capacity.
    5. Crescent Park – 1 Crescent Park Trail, New Orleans, LA 70117
      A part of the French Market District, Crescent Park packs plenty of picnic fun into a 1.4-mile space. This 20-acre linear park provides some of the best New Orleans views. Bike paths, dog runs, and free fitness classes are just some attractions along with free, multi-use picnic pavilions.
    6. Lafayette Square – South Maestri Place, New Orleans, LA 70130
      Considered one of the most famous locations in New Orleans, Lafayette Square has been busy for more than 150 years. It sits across the former City Hall, now a beloved live music venue known for jazz concerts. 
    7. Jackson Square – 751 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70181
      Jackson Square is the place to go for a picnic right in the heart of the French Quarter. A 2.5-acre park, it is indispensable to the local social scene. About two million visitors come to the Square each year. Local artists visit it regularly for open-air exhibitions of their latest works.

    Please remember to practice social distancing and follow CDC guidelines while out in public.

    From New Orleans to Baton Rouge, Lafayette to Lake Charles, Latter & Blum is here to help you reach your real estate goals. For personalized advice about New Orleans homes, contact us.

    June
    26

    Houma Fishing Charters for Your Next Fishing Trip

    Houma Fishing Charters

    Summer's here and you're probably hearing the call of the great outdoors. Fishing is a relaxing way to enjoy nature while maintaining social distancing. Plus, our area is home to many wonderful fishing spots and fishing charters. Get ready to catch "the big one" with these popular fishing charters not far from Houma homes for sale.

    1. Cajun Fishing & Hunting Charters - 118 McAllen Dr., Houma, LA 70360
      Let Captain Anthony show you all the best fishing spots with Cajun Fishing & Hunting Charters. Cast your line for redfish, speckled trout and flounder during a day-long trip aboard Captain Anthony's 24-foot Skeeter Bayboat. The company also charters bowfishing trips for up to four people. Locations range from inland marshes to barrier island chains. Fees include everything except live bait and individual charter passenger licenses. Change of plans? Deposits are good for two years. 

    2. Topline Fishing Charters - 116 Nottingham Trail, Houma, LA 70360
      After fishing local waters for more than 25 years, Captain Chris Venable of Topline Fishing Charters has the experience to guide both veterans and newbies. Captain Chris is one of four generations of anglers. Charters primarily run in the Houma and Cocodrie areas, but trips to other coastal Louisiana waterways are available. Rates cover fish cleaning and all supplies but live bait. 

    3. Louisiana Guide Services - 141 Georgi Girl Dr., Houma, LA 70363
      Fly-fishing in the Louisiana marsh is a bucket list item for countless anglers. Captain Paul Ray and Louisiana Guide Services help make that dream a reality. With experience in fishing at sites around the world, Captain Paul is a member of the elite Eleven Angling team of professional guides. Louisiana Guide Services is one of the few charters operating two different-sized skiffs to fit particular areas. Choose from six- or eight-hour trips, with fees that include everything from licenses and supplies to beverages and snacks.

    4. MarshDawn Guide Service - 105 Cypress Grove St., Montegut, LA 70377
      Captain Ron Ratliff has been fly-fishing the Louisiana marsh for most of his life. Now he's sharing the knowledge of that experience with fellow anglers through MarshDawn Guide Service. Clients appreciate how hard he works to make them successful while maintaining an easy-going, personable charm. MarshDawn trips primarily target redfish, but catches may also include black drum, sheepshead, and jack crevalle. Charters can be booked for full- or half-days, with rates that cover all tackle along with ice and filtered water.

    5. Custom Charters - 102 Parnell Dr., Houma, LA 70360
      How much does Captain Tommy Pellegrin of Custom Charters love to fish? In 1995, he left the corporate world to make a living sharing his enthusiasm with others. In one concession to time, Captain Tommy has retired from offshore fishing and guides inshore trips in search of speckled trout and redfish. During the season, red snapper fishing can be added for an extra fee. True to the company name, charters are customized to accommodate your particular goals. Kids 12 and under accompanied by an adult fish free. Rates include boat and fuel, tackle, plastic bait, and fish cleaning.

    Hoping to hook the perfect home? Our real estate agents will help you successfully navigate the "waters" of homes around Houma to land the right one. Contact us to get started.

    June
    8

    5 Golf Courses in NOLA to Check Out This Father's Day

    Golf in Nola

    Known for smooth jazz, delicious food, and a lively culture — New Orleans is a destination unlike anywhere else in the country. Plus, avid golfers will love the links surrounding the Crescent City. Our REALTORS® invite you to grab your clubs and take your dad to one of these five challenging NOLA golf courses for Father's Day.

    1. Audubon Park Golf Course — 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70118
      Discover an oasis just minutes from downtown at Audubon Park Golf Course. Located in Audubon Park, this 18-hole Denis Griffiths-designed course features Bermuda fairways and Tif-Eagle greens. Audubon Park's par 62 course is convenient for any business travelers or visitors who want to get a quick round in without leaving the metropolitan area.

    2. Joseph M. Bartholomew, Sr. Municipal Golf Course — 6514 Congress Dr., New Orleans, LA 70126
      After a renovation and renaming in 1979, Joseph Bartholomew Golf Course has continued to be one of the best places for year-round golf in the city. This 18 hole, par 72 golf course features a double-ended driving range, fully stocked pro shop, two practice greens, and discounts for senior, youth, and late-night golfers.

    3. Bayou Oaks at City Park — 1040 & 1051 Filmore Ave., New Orleans, LA 70124
      Looking for a weekend golf getaway? Then head over to Bayou Oaks at City Park, where 36 holes of golf await you and your group. The North Course, opened in 1969, was reopened in 2008 after it was restored from damage sustained during Hurricane Katrina. The South Course was also restored and reestablished in 2017, to accommodate players of all skill levels. As the only 36-hole golf course in New Orleans, Bayou Oaks at City Park is the ultimate destination to play the links in NOLA.

    4. Lakewood Golf Club — 4801 General Degaulle Dr., New Orleans, LA 70131
      This award-winning golf course located in NOLA is undergoing a rebirth that will delight locals and visitors alike. Lakewood Golf Club has been updated and improved to offer unique enhancements like a world-class practice facility, 444-yard "Fire in the Hole" sand bunkers dedicated to the New Orleans firefighters, and a brand-new clubhouse that is currently under construction. This facility also has an award-winning junior golf program, weekly clinics for kids, and junior summer camps, making Lakewood Golf Club a great course for families to grow the game.

    5. English Turn Golf and Country Club — 1 Clubhouse Dr., New Orleans, LA 70131
      Discover unmatched beauty and luxury at the English Turn Golf and Country Club. Located on the historical bend of the Mississippi River known as the English Turn, this spectacular golfing community boasts 1200 acres of gorgeous greenery and a massive 43,000 sqft clubhouse with world-class amenities. As elegant and timeless as the city itself, English Turn is a Jack Nicklaus Signature Design 18-hole par 72 Championship Golf Course ready to spoil you with serene scenery and undulating greens.  

    Are you ready to work on your short game in NOLA? Contact us today to browse New Orleans homes for sale within a short drive from the best golf courses in the city.

    May
    29

    Get Some Fresh Air in Houma: Nature Trails and Beaches to Explore

    Houma Nature Trails

    Now that the state is starting to open back up, we're all excited to get out of the house and get some fresh air! While things may not be quite back to "normal" yet, there are plenty of ways for you to start enjoying yourself once again. 

    When our real estate agents aren't busy showing buyers the best Houma homes for sale, they love visiting the area's nature trails and beaches. 

    Not sure where to go? Take a look at these ideas!

    • Grand Isle Beach: Grand Isle, LA 70358
      We are lucky to live near one of the most popular beaches in Louisiana! Grand Isle Beach offers seven miles of soft, white sand where you can spend the day enjoying sunny, salty fun. The area also features a public fishing pier, excellent spots for bird-watching, a state park where you can camp, crab, and fish, and a nature trail. So, whatever you're into, you're sure to enjoy your time here. 
    • LUMCON Boardwalk: 8124 Highway 56 Chauvin, LA 70344
      The Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) boardwalk is open to the public and is an excellent place to get some exercise, enjoy the fresh air, and keep your eyes peeled for many different species of birds. You're likely to see great egrets, roseate spoonbills, great blue herons, green herons, and pelicans. Take a look down in the ponds, and you may also catch some sailfin mollies, sheepshead, speckled kingsnakes, fiddler crabs, blue crabs, otters, and maybe even an alligator.  
    • The Marguerite Moffett Audubon Sanctuary: 7032 Little Caillou Rd, Chauvin, LA 70344
      If you enjoy nature, and, in particular, birding, you'll want to pay a visit to The Marguerite Moffett Audubon Sanctuary. This 108-acre protected marshland features a 700-foot long boardwalk that winds its way through the marsh and ends at an overlook-observation platform. Not only will you see many different birds, like sea sparrows and marsh wren, but you'll also enjoy an incredible view of Lake Quitman.
    • Lockport Elevated Wetlands Board Walk: 6419 LA-308, Lockport, LA 70374
      The fairly new Lockport Trail offers visitors the chance to enjoy a 440-feet boardwalk that winds through a cypress swamp dotted with large trees. The boardwalk ends at a gazebo where you can stop to rest and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. 
    • Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge Nature Trail: 3599 Bayou Black Dr, Houma, LA 70360
      The 4,419-acre Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge nature trail features a cypress-tupelo swamp and freshwater marsh. This walk will take you approximately 45-minutes round-trip and will give you the chance to see many different kinds of birds and even some alligators up-close. 

    If you're looking to buy or sell property in Houma, we're here to help! Whether you're ready to start going out or you're more comfortable doing things virtually, we can accommodate your needs. Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started. 

    May
    18

    Plan Ahead for GiveNOLA Day

    GiveNOLA Day

    Every year since 2014, the Greater New Orleans Foundation has held GiveNOLA Day to support hundreds of local non-profits that make a positive impact on life in New Orleans. Each edition of the event has raised millions of dollars from both donors and sponsors, with the total growing every year. The 2020 edition of GiveNOLA Day comes at an especially important time, as so many local non-profits provide support for the people and communities impacted by COVID-19. Our real estate agents have all the details on the impact of GiveNOLA Day, and how you can contribute this year.

    The Event: GiveNOLA Day 2020

    When: June 2, 2020

    • Learn More about the History of GiveNOLA Day
      The Greater New Orleans Foundation has long provided support for local non-profits, through fundraising, leadership guidance, and community events. GiveNOLA Day has been one of the biggest days of the year for the Greater New Orleans Foundation since the first edition of the event in 2014, and it takes place entirely online so that you can donate no matter your location. Thanks to the donations of countless individuals and the support of local sponsors, the total raised by GiveNOLA Day has gone up every year.

      Funds raised by GiveNOLA day go to hundreds of registered non-profits located in the 13-parish area, with more than 750 local non-profits receiving donations in 2019. Any non-profit located in the area can register for a free profile from GiveNOLA, and the number of organizations receiving donations has grown every year. In addition to donations, extra funds are provided through awards for the non-profits that raise the most money and have unique donors on GiveNOLA Day.

    • How to Get Involved with GiveNOLA Day 2020
      This year's edition of the event has been moved to June 2, 2020, due to the impact of COVID-19, and takes place entirely online. Donating is easier than ever, and all you have to do to get started is to visit the GiveNOLA Day 2020 website. You choose how much you want to donate, and which non-profits you would like to support. If you don't have a specific charity in mind, you can learn more about participating local non-profits on the GiveNOLA website.

      Every penny of your donation, minus small costs for processing, goes directly to the organizations that you choose to support. The minimum donation is $10, and there is no maximum. And you don't have to wait until June 2 to make your contribution! Scheduled donations have already started, allowing you to schedule a donation early for the big day.

    • Local Sponsors Provide a Little Something Extra to Boost Donations
      Some of your favorite businesses located near New Orleans homes for sale are also getting involved with GiveNOLA Day 2020, by throwing their financial support behind this worthy event. For every donation made to the cause, those sponsors will add some lagniappe, or "a little something extra," to boost the financial impact of each donation. The 2019 edition of GiveNOLA Day raised $5.9 million for more than 750 New Orleans non-profits when you add up the contributions from both donors and sponsors.

    If you want to live in a city that knows how to support its own through charity and community involvement, then New Orleans should be at the top of your list. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the area.

    March
    9

    How to Celebrate St Patrick's Day in Lafayette

    St Patricks Day Lafayette

    St. Patrick's Day is the second most popular party in Lafayette! This year, there are plenty of ways that you can get out and join in the fun with your family and friends. So put on something green and get ready to make some memories that will last a lifetime.

    1. St. Patty's Day National Bubble Day - Royal Day Spa, 302 Coyote Trail, Maurice, LA 70555
      There is nothing better than spending a day at the spa relaxing with your children and closest friends. This St. Patty's Day, head on over to the Royal Day Spa on March 13th from 6 pm to 8:30 pm. They will have green and gold nail painting, a green tea party, some mini-massages, karaoke, bubbles, and much more. It is also an excellent time for you to meet other parents in the area and talk about the Maurice homes for sale that have caught your eye.
    2. Patty in the Parc - Parc International, Garfield St, Lafayette, LA 70501 
      Sir Mix-A-Lot, Wayne Toups, and L.A. Roxx are headlining this year's celebration of Patty in the Parc on March 14th at 5:30 pm. This party is one of the hottest in town, and it's one that you don't want to miss if you enjoy good music and great times. Music starts at 6 pm, and you need to make sure to leave the coolers, food, and outside beverages in the car. Children under 10 get in free and be sure to wear some green so you will fit into the crowd that you can expect to gather.
    3. Celtic Bayou Festival - Warehouse 535, 535 Garfield St, Lafayette, LA 70501
      Europe may seem like a world away, but the fact is that you can get a taste of it right here in Lafayette. All you have to do is make your way into the Celtic Bayou Festival on March 14th. This family-friendly event will feature a Guinness Cook-Off, Bailey's Bake-Off, Jameson Pub Crawl, and so much more. Who knows, you might see a few Lafayette homes for sale on your way to the party. 
    4. 8th Annual St. Pat's Comedy for a Cause - Magdalen Place, 2 S Magdalen Square, Abbeville, LA 70510
      Each year for the past eight years, the Rotary Club of Abbeville brought together some of the funniest talent this side of the Mason-Dixon line. If you enjoy a good laugh, then you won't want to miss the 8th Annual St. Pat's Comedy for a Cause. This year's hilarious celebration will take place on March 21st at 5 pm. Funds raised will go towards local causes and groups! Stop by after checking out Abbeville homes for sale

    We encourage you to contact us to learn more about the many festivals and celebrations that happen in the area each year. Our REALTORS® are happy to tell you about the fun you and your family can have when you move into Lafayette or Maurice. From parks to parties, there is never a dull moment when you are ready to find a good time. 

    March
    2

    6 Places to Play Basketball in Lafayette

    Basketball in Lafayette

    Time to turn off the basketball games on TV and hit the basketball courts! In addition to improving agility, endurance, and other physical skills, basketball helps develop hand-eye coordination, confidence, and social skills. Perfect your layup or three-point shot at these six basketball courts near Lafayette homes for sale.

    1. Girard Park Recreation Center - 500 Girard Park Dr., Lafayette, LA 70503
      While you might head to Girard Park Recreation Center for a game of hoops, you'd be forgiven if you ended up getting distracted. There's a 1.25-mile trail circling the perimeter of the park along with a 1/3-mile paved walkway around a tree-lined pond with a pavilion. Girard Park also has tennis courts, a pool and rec center, a softball backstop, a disc golf course, and a large playground. Hours are 6 a.m. - 8 p.m., seven days a week.

    2. Comeaux Recreation Center - 411 W. Bluebird St., Lafayette, LA 70508
      Everyone can stay active at the Comeaux Recreation Center with the center's aerobics, karate, and kids' fitness classes. Comeaux also gets high marks for their summer camp during June and July that includes several fun field trips. Rec center hours are 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily except weekends when closing time is 4 p.m.

    3. Domingue Center - 901 Mudd Ave., Lafayette, LA 70501
      Domingue Center uses basketball and other activities as a means to create a greater sense of community. Their basketball court is the site of Hoop Dreams, an annual game between Northside High School students and the Lafayette Police and Sheriff Departments. Build strength and stamina in the "Dungeon," an on-site gym fully equipped with free weights and machines. Domingue Center is open at 2 p.m. - 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

    4. George Dupuis Recreation Center - 1212 E. Pont Des Mouton Rd., Lafayette, LA 70507
      Basketball is just one of the great activities offered at George Dupuis Recreation Center. Their Stretch-n-Grow program for kids aged 4-12 gets them away from the video games and into aerobics, nutrition, and behavioral skills. The center also hosts community events such as brunches, athletic competitions, and even a group baby shower. Hours are 3 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. on weekdays.

    5. Thomas Park Recreation Center - 301 Geraldine Dr., Lafayette, LA 70503
      A stunning Louisiana sunset makes a beautiful backdrop for basketball, tennis, and other outdoor activities at Thomas Park Recreation Center. Don't be surprised to see a lively kickball game taking place on the spacious grounds. When it's raining, head inside to the indoor court or Zumba classes. The center is open at 3 p.m. - 9:15 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sunday.

    6. Heymann Park Center - 1500 S. Orange St., Lafayette, LA 70501
      Thanks to its location near the Vermilion River, you might get a bonus wildlife sighting during your visit to Heymann Park Center. The basketball court is across the parking lot from a full-size baseball field, and the park is well-known for its 18-hole disc golf course. If the tennis court is full, there's a tennis wall where you can practice your backhand while waiting your turn. Hours are 2 p.m. - 9 p.m. on weekdays.

    When it comes to helping you buy or sell a home, our REALTORS® sink a three-pointer every time. Contact us today!

    February
    17

    New Orleans Mardi Gras 2020 What to Expect

    New Orleans Mardi Gras

    Carnival season is upon us! Whether you're attending Mardi Gras for the first time or looking forward to repeat performances from your favorite krewes, there's no doubt this is one of the best examples of why New Orleans is such a special place to call home. Our REALTORS® are ready for the celebrations, and we've put together a guide for what to expect from Mardi Gras 2020.

    • Get in Touch with Mardi Gras History
      History is never far from your front door with New Orleans homes for sale, and Mardi Gras is certainly no exception. Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday," which marks the final day of the weeks-long Carnival season and takes place on February 25, 2020. The traditional colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green, and gold. It's a tradition that dates back centuries featuring the world's best parades, music, dancing, parties, costumes, and performances. Parades take place all around the city, but many roll Uptown or in the French Quarter. For some people, it's a yearly occasion, while it's a way of life for others!

    • Learn the Lingo 
      Throughout Carnival season, the parades and events you see are planned by local organizations called "krewes," who put together the costumes, themes, music, and of course, the elaborate floats that you see on parade. Each krewe has unique "throws," or small items that they toss to parade watchers. Throws can be anything from a simple set of plastic beads to an ornate trinket representing the krewe's theme. Learning about local krewes is a great way to plan for which parades you want to see most.

    • Get to Know the Krewes
      Many krewes organize parades throughout New Orleans and in other nearby cities. Typically the most established krewes hold their parades on Mardi Gras itself, but there are amazing parades to see every day of Carnival season. The irreverent, sci-fi Krewe of Chewbacchus is always a hit, while the Krewe of Cork is dedicated to wine and revelry. The Mystic Krewe of Nyx is one of the largest all-female krewes, while the Krewe of Elks-Orleans is the oldest truck float krewe. There are krewes of every shape and size, so everyone has their own favorites. It's wise to plan ahead to see your favorites because parade routes fill up fast.

    • There's So Much to See and Do at Mardi Gras 2020
      Mardi Grasis like a big party, but the Carnival season is also about history, culture, music, and celebrating the unique sense of community in New Orleans. Krewes often raise money for charity throughout the year and host elaborate balls during the Carnival season.

      There are also kid-friendly parades and plenty of events throughout the season for families to enjoy. You'll even find parades dedicated to dogs, so your four-legged friend can get in on the fun! Mardi Gras is never just one thing. It means something special to everyone who attends because you get to create your own experience each year.

    The unique blend of music, dance, performance, history, and revelry that characterize Mardi Gras are on display all year long when you call New Orleans home. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the New Orleans area!

    January
    31

    8 Things You'll Love About Living in Baton Rouge

    Living in Baton Rouge

    Home is where the heart is, and there's a lot to love about Baton Rouge. In honor of Valentine's Day, our REALTORS® share the top features that make Baton Rouge such a lovable place to live.

    1. Vibrant and Diverse Neighborhoods
      Whether you're a college student, young professional, parent, or retiree, you'll find Baton Rouge homes for sale in a neighborhood that suits your lifestyle. The city has a thriving downtown area with good walkability. Other popular neighborhoods include Spanish Town, Garden District, Bocage, Hundred Oaks, and Broadmoor.

    2. Low Cost of Living
      On the cost of living index, 100 equals the national average. Baton Rouge has a score of 96, making it lower than the U.S. average as well as cities of similar size, such as Boise, ID, and Richmond, VA. Also, experts at renowned business and personal finance website Kiplinger rank Louisiana in the top 10 tax-friendly states based on income and property taxes, so you retain more of your paycheck living in Baton Rouge. 

    3. Plentiful Amenities
      Who wants to travel for miles because you forgot to pick up milk, or you need to get a flu shot? AreaVibes, an online site that rates cities based on several liveability factors, gives Baton Rouge their top score of A+ for easy access to grocery stores, retail shopping, medical facilities, and other desirable amenities.

    4. Lively Music Scene
      While Louisiana is home of the blues, Baton Rouge made its contribution to the genre with the birth of swamp blues, a unique style incorporating elements of zydeco and Cajun music. Several night clubs and concert venues around the city feature swamp blues as well as other popular music styles. Highlight of the year is the Baton Rouge Blues Festival, a free, family-friendly two-day event that draws iconic musicians such as Mavis Staples, Charlie Musselwhite, and local legend Buddy Guy.

    5. Short Commute Time
      According to Sperling's Best Places, which has been analyzing and publishing data about people and cities for more than 30 years, average commute time in Baton Rouge is 21.4 minutes. That's a full five minutes less than the national average of 26.4 minutes. 

    6. Warm Climate
      With summer temperatures sometimes topping 90°F, air conditioning is a must. But with an average temperature of 68°F and an average snowfall of zero inches, Baton Rouge is far removed from the bitter winters found in many other parts of the country. Baton Rouge also enjoys an average of 214 sunny days each year, well above the national average of 205.

    7. Food Lover's Paradise
      It's no surprise that Baton Rouge offers the finest in classic Creole and Cajun cuisines, along with the freshest seafood around. If you want to expand your culinary horizons, the city is home to a rich and varied assortment of ethnic restaurants serving Middle Eastern, Asian, Latino, and other global fares.

    8. Football Frenzy
      Football is America's #1 sport, and Baton Rouge is passionate about its LSU (Louisiana State University) Tigers, a perennial powerhouse frequently found at the top of the SEC (Southeastern Conference) and national rankings. On football Saturdays, LSU tailgating is a de facto food and beverage festival, giving Baton Rouge a national reputation as the tailgating capital of the world.

    Contact us and let us help you find the home you'll love in the Baton Rouge area. 

    January
    21

    15th Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival: Event Spotlight

    Cinema on the Bayou

    If you're a cinephile who can't get enough of the silver screen, then you'll love Cinema on the Bayou! This annual event is celebrating its 15th year and will once again take over theaters throughout Lafayette. For eight days, over 180 films will make you laugh, cry, and perhaps see the world around you through a new lens.

    The 15th Annual Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival: Louisiana's Reel Festival

    As the second-oldest film festival in the state, Cinema on the Bayou is an event that garners casual movie-goers, filmmakers, and critics alike. The festival screened domestic and international films, with one even winning an Academy Award — The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. Each year, the non-profit corporation the Cinema on the Bayou Film Society selects films that will offer viewers a better understanding of Creole and Cajun culture, encourage discussion on important contemporary matters, and bring together movie lovers of all backgrounds. For those who want to maximize their viewing experience with a minimal budget, screenings taking place at the Lafayette Public Library are free.

    • When: Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020 – Wednesday, January 29th, 2020

    • Ticket Prices:
      General Admission: $5 (Free for Lafayette Public Library Screenings)
      Full-Day Passes: $20
      Opening Night World Premiere and Reception: $20
      All-Access Pass: $100
      Friend of the Festival Sponsorship: $250
      Closing Night U.S. Premier Film and Reception: $15

    • Where: Screenings will take place throughout the following five venues.
      Acadiana Center for the Arts — 101 W. Vermillion St., Lafayette, LA 70501
      Vermilionville — 300 Fisher Rd., Lafayette, LA 70508
      Lafayette Public Library South Regional Branch — 6101 Johnston, Lafayette, LA 70503
      Cite des Arts — 109 Vine St., Lafayette, LA 70501
      Acadiana Cinemas' St. Landry Cinema — 1234 Heather Dr., Opelousas, LA 70570

    • Film Categories:
      Narrative Short Films
      Narrative Feature Films  
      Documentary Short Films
      Documentary Feature Films
      Animated Short Films  
      Experimental Short Films

    With nearly 200 films on the schedule, you'll have to be selective with your screenings. Here are a few film suggestions from our real estate agents in each category:

    • Narrative Feature 
      The Last Earth Girl - Jan 24th at Cite des Arts
      Pour Mieux T'Aimer (To Better Love You) – Jan 29th at Vermilionville

    • Narrative Short 
      Camilla, Keep Your Word – Jan 27th at Cite des Arts
      Three Days Till Marrakesh – Jan 23rd at Vermilionville

    • Documentary Feature
      Felix in Wonderland – Jan 24th at Cite des Arts 
      Sushi & Sauce Piquante: The Life and Music of Gerry McGee – Jan 25th at Acadiana Cinemas' St. Landry Cinema

    • Documentary Short
      My Tuesdays at Catherine's – Jan 25th at Lafayette Public Library
      Train Hopper – Jan 24th at Vermilionville

    • Animation 
      My Little Goat – Jan 26th at Cite des Arts
      Lost Thing Is Here – Jan 26th at Cite des Arts

    • Experimental Short
      How To Explain Performance Art To My Teenage Daughter – Jan 24th at Cite des Arts
      Ceci Est Un Poeme D'Amour – Jan 24th at Cite des Arts

    Would you like to have a film festival in your own home? Contact us today, and we'll show you the Lafayette homes for sale with perfect spaces to put your home theater!

    January
    14

    Cathy Cusimano - Million in a Month December 2019

    January
    6

    New Year New Hobbies to Try in Baton Rouge

    Hobbies in Baton Rouge

    The New Year has arrived, and our REALTORS® want you to kick off the decade with a bang! As we move into the 2020s, make a resolution to learn a new skill. From dancing and cooking to art classes and more, here are a few of our favorite places around Baton Rouge, where you can fall in love with a new hobby!

    1. Ric Seeling Dance Studio — 10776 N. Harrells Ferry Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70816
      We're in the Roaring '20s now — surely, you need to know how to dance for such an occasion. Head to the Ric Seeling Dance Studio and get your feet moving! All adults — from classically-trained dancers to those with two left feet — are invited to this premier studio for group or private lessons. You'll receive top of the line instruction in country, hustle, Latin, ballroom, and of course, swing dancing! It may take two to tango, but rest assured you can come alone and get matched with a partner of the same experience level.

    2. Create Studios — 546 Bienville St., Baton Rouge, LA 70806
      Do you have a creative passion but struggle to find the medium that's right for you? Create Studios is the perfect place to express yourself while learning different art forms. They offer classes in a diverse array of arts, including etched glass, stained glass mosaics, metal stamping, jewelry design, and painting. Paint an Andy Warhol-inspired pop art of your pet or design your own Mardi Gras chandelier out of beads for your new home. Bring your imagination and a few beads — Create Studios will take care of the rest!  

    3. Louisiana Culinary Institute — 10550 Airline Highway, Baton Rouge, LA 70816
      Anyone who's lived for a day in Baton Rouge knows Louisiana has some of the best food. If you've ever wanted to learn how to make a few of our hometown favorites in your own kitchen, now's your chance! The Louisiana Culinary Institute offers adult classes specializing in Creole and Cajun dishes. Imagine whipping up your own tasty batch of boudin, gumbo, maque choux, or jambalaya without ever leaving home! Sign up for classes and make 2020 the year of amazing dinner parties!

    4. LSU Museum of Art — Shaw Center for the Arts 100 Lafayette St. 5th Floor, Baton Rouge, LA 70801
      Art is part of Louisiana's lifestyle, and the LSU Museum of Art invites adults to immerse themselves in this world of creativity and culture at the Shaw Center for the Arts. Their interesting and educational programs teach you about art while helping you create your own. Along with lessons, they have other weekly events such as free admission to the museum on Friday nights and Yoga in the Galleries. Whether you're an artist or merely appreciate beautiful works, the LSU Museum of Art will quickly become your new favorite hangout.

    5. BREC — 6201 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70806
      Here's a great resolution — make an effort to spend time surrounded by Louisiana's wonderous natural spaces this year! BREC makes it easy to enjoy the great outdoors with its engaging programs. Belly aerobics, badminton, BMX, and ballroom dancing are among the many heart-pumping classes offered. For a more relaxing experience, you can attend an astronomy lecture, watch a movie in the park, and enjoy one of their many weekly special events. 

    Looking for a new home in 2020? For help scheduling appointments to tour Baton Rouge homes for sale, contact us today!

    December
    9

    Cajun Country Run Race Spotlight

    Cajun Country Run

    Lace-up your favorite running shoes — the Cajun Country Run is racing back into Lafayette to go the distance for another year. Acadian's oldest half-marathon is the second race in the Le Courir des Cadiens race series and one exciting morning that you do not want to miss! If you're planning a visit to browse Lafayette homes for sale, our REALTORS® encourage you to pay a visit to Acadian Park to watch — or even run — in this annual holiday event.

    • Date: December 14, 2019
    • Starting Location: Acadiana Park 1205 E. Alexander St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    • Distance: 5K, 10K & Half Marathon

    Race History

    The Cajun Country Run was founded in 2002 and 2010, became a substantial supporter of Transportation Recreation Alternatives In Louisiana. TRAIL helps the running community of Louisiana blaze new trails by enhancing opportunities for outdoor recreation. A 10K race was added in 2012, and the 5K was added a year later. The race has evolved over the years and now offers runners five individual options for competing on both paved roads and dirt trails. Certified by the USA Track & Field, the 5K, 10K, and half-marathon of the Cajun Country Run are part of the Courir des Cadiens series of racing events.

    The Courir des Cadiens Race Series includes three annual races that increase in distance at each subsequent event. The first race of the year is the Tour des Atakapas, which occurs during the Festivals Acadiens et Creoles. The Tour des Atakapas hosts distances of 3, 5, and 7 miles and also includes a run-paddle-run duathlon. Festivities follow this October event.

    Cajun Country Run 2019

    The Cajun Country Run follows the Tour des Atakapas. The third and final race in the Courir des Cadiens Race Series is the Zydeco Marathon. This event challenges racers to endure a half marathon or marathon run to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

    This year's event will bring tidings of great joy to winners of the race. One of the hallmarks of this event is the Special Gator Head trophy awarded to the winning male and female in each category. The fastest winners dressed as Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, as well as the best dressed Claus couple, will receive special prizes. All winners will walk away with a Santa's sack full of goodies from local sponsors.

    For nearly 20 years, the Cajun Country Run has been a beloved holiday race for Lafayette runners. Warm food and cold beer will be served after the race, so gather up some friends and get to know the community.

    For more information on the Lafayette community and buying homes in the area, contact us today!  

    November
    4

    Fall Hiking in Lafayette You Won't Want to Miss

    Lafayette Hiking

    Fall is a wonderful time of the year in Louisiana. With the cooler weather moving in, there are many spectacular opportunities to enjoy the outdoors comfortably. Our real estate agents love to lace up a pair of comfortable walking shoes and venture off into the green spaces of Lafayette for a brisk stroll. We've picked out a few of our favorite fall hiking trails around Lafayette that you'll want to go on!

    1. The Acadian Park Nature Trail — 1205 E. Alexander St., Lafayette, LA 70501
      Head over to the Acadian Park Nature Station for a wonderful day outdoors. The Acadian Park Nature Trails consists of nearly six miles of walkable trail within the 150-acre park. Residents and visitors alike enjoy these unspoiled trails because all wheeled traffic is restricted, giving walkers a peaceful stroll. Some of the pathways are dirt, and there is a boardwalk that is wheelchair accessible. For those who want to spend a few moments surrounded by stunning wildlife, Acadian Park Nature Trail should be at the top of your hiking list.

    2. Palmetto Island State Park — 19501 Pleasantville Rd., Abbeville, LA 70510
      The Palmetto Island State Park is a favorite outdoor destination for many Louisiana natives. Next time you're browsing Abbeville homes for sale, consider spending a few days along the Vermilion River. You'll get the full Louisiana outdoors experience as you stay in a vacation cabin among the trees and wildlife. With plenty of space to hike, Palmetto Island State Park offers an up-close view of Louisiana wildlife at its finest.

    3. Beaver Park — 500 Fisher Rd., Lafayette, LA 70508
      Beaver Park is a fantastic outdoor space to enjoy, particularly because it connects you to the Atakapas Ishak Trail. Take advantage of its proximity to the Vermilion River, Spreafico Lake, and Historic Vermilionville Village and see plenty of what this area has to offer. On the opposite end of Beaver Park, just up the road from the Acadian Cultural Center, is the Bayou Vermilion Nature Trail. With two great trails in one location, Beaver Park is the perfect place to get two hikes in one.

    4. Heymann Park — 1500 S. Orange St., Lafayette, LA 70501
      This sprawling park located on the north side of the Vermilion River, Heymann Park is great for families who love to run around and play. The multi-purpose trail running through part of the park is short and sweet, getting you the fresh air you need without venturing too far off of the beaten path. 

    Are you interested in walking through many more Lafayette homes for sale? Contact us, and we'll help you on your journey to find your dream home!

    October
    7

    10 Reasons to Move to Lafayette

    Reasons to Move to Lafayette

    Why are Lafayette homes for sale so desirable? In 2014, the Wall Street Journal's "MarketWatch" named Lafayette the happiest city in America. Here are 10 main reasons why living in Lafayette puts a smile on everyone's face.

    1. "The Hub City" 
      Lafayette is the fourth-largest city in Louisiana. Its eclectic local culture has earned Lafayette the nickname of "The Hub City" as the center of Cajun French culture as well as the regional technology industry.

    2. Water Wonderland
      As Leonardo da Vinci once said, "Water is the driving force in nature." With its seemingly infinite number of lakes, ponds, swamps, and bayous, Lafayette offers endless opportunities for fishing, boating, swimming, and wildlife-spotting.

    3. The Sound of Music
      It's hard to travel anywhere around Lafayette without hearing the catchy sounds of Cajun and zydeco, the driving pulse of rock or the lilting strains of country. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival may get the publicity, but many in the know prefer Lafayette's four-day Festival International de Louisiane.

    4. Foodie Paradise
      New Orleans has a reputation as one of the country's culinary meccas, but did you know Lafayette has more restaurants per capita? Not surprisingly, seafood and Cajun/Creole are staples of several menus, while Asian fusion has been making its mark on the Lafayette dining scene.

    5. Knowledge Is Power
      Education is a top priority with residents of Lafayette, home of the prestigious University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Nearly 88 percent have at least a high school diploma, while one-third have a bachelor's degree or higher. The public school system is ranked among the highest in the state.

    6. Affordable Housing
      The Value Index, or Housing Affordability Index, is one of the criteria used by U.S. News & World Report in their Best Places to Live rankings. On a scale of 1 to 10, Lafayette ranks an impressive 8.1 in terms of how comfortably residents can live within their means. The overall cost of living is also lower than the national average.

    7. Rich in History
      Vermilionville, a history museum and folklife park sharing Lafayette's original name, and Acadian Village, a private cultural park featuring restored Cajun homes and a replica blacksmith shop, are just two of the incredible attractions keeping Lafayette's heritage alive.

    8. Easy Accessibility
      While Lafayette is a vibrant city full of cultural and entertainment options, everything is situated on one of three main highways. So there's no frustrating time to spend on interstates. Also, average commute time is 21 minutes as opposed to the national average of 26 minutes, which gives you back nearly five hours each week.

    9. The Sun Always Shines
      Who needs down jackets, wool hats, and boots? The average annual low temperature in Lafayette is a moderate 59.6°F, well above the temperature required for snowfall. Lafayette also registers nearly two weeks more sunny days per year than the national average.

    10. Family-Friendly
      If you have a family, you're in good company in Lafayette where families make up two-thirds of total households.

    Our REALTORS® think Lafayette is the perfect place for anyone to make their home. Contact us for friendly and experienced help finding the place of your dreams.

    October
    7

    Distinctly New Orleans - 10 Traditions Only NOLA Locals Understand

    Distinctly New Orleans

    Even if you've never visited the city before, you've likely heard a thing or two about why New Orleans is such an amazing place to call home. Thanks to its strong sense of community and storied history, New Orleans has developed a ton of traditions and characteristics. Our REALTORS® love helping you get to know New Orleans, and we've put together 10 traditions only NOLA locals understand.

    1. Life Here Moves at Its Own Pace
      Calling New Orleans home means taking time to stop and smell the roses, and locals wouldn't have it any other way. The pace of life here may be a bit different from what you're used to, but locals know New Orleans moves at its own speed.

    2. You Don't Always Need a Car to Explore the City
      NOLA is a city of neighborhoods, with few steep inclines and plenty of room to maneuver on a bicycle. You don't need a car to see the city, and traveling by bike is often the perfect way to explore your neighborhood.

    3. Festival Season Never Ends
      Did you miss the last big festival in New Orleans? Don't worry! Festival season never ends in the city, and there's always another big event coming up.

    4. Some of the Best Performances Happen on the Street
      New Orleans is home to legendary bars and performance venues, but they're not the only place you'll see live performances. Street performers are all around in New Orleans, and you never know what you'll see.

    5. A Sno-ball Is the Perfect Treat on a Summer Day
      Looking for the perfect way to cool off on a hot summer day? Head to a local stand to try a New Orleans sno-ball, a sweet, icy treat to keep you cool when the weather turns toasty.

    6. Every Home and Building Tells a Story
      When you're shopping for New Orleans homes for sale, you're sure to have plenty of interesting options to choose from in the city. New Orleans is filled with unique, historic homes loaded with character and inspired architecture.

    7. You Can Spend a Lifetime Exploring the Local Dining Scene
      New Orleans has always been a cultural melting pot, and that diverse cultural mix has created one of the world's best culinary scenes. There's no end to the local Creole, Cajun, and soul food spots you can explore.

    8. Everyone's a Saints Fan During Football Season
      You don't have to love football to live here, but you may find yourself cheering for the Saints on fall Sundays all the same. The city loves its NFL team, and every Sunday is a party.

    9. A Compass Isn't Very Useful in New Orleans
      New Orleans is a large city, with curved, winding streets and a layout that doesn't lend itself to giving typical directions. You'll rely less on the cardinal directions, and more on local landmarks to navigate.

    10. Parades Aren't Just for Mardi Gras
      Mardi Gras is, of course, a fantastic time to live in New Orleans, but you don't have to wait for Mardi Gras season to enjoy a parade. From Second Line parades to weddings, there's always a fun, festive parade happening.

    While there are many different local traditions to enjoy in New Orleans, there's one thing everyone agrees on – this is a great place to call home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans, LA, area.

    September
    30

    Most Haunted Places in Acadiana

    Haunted Places in Acadiana

    Fall is on its way and 'tis the season for scary screams and fearful frights! Louisiana is shrouded in centuries of spooky tales ranging from voodoo and vampires. Our REALTORS® love a good ghost story — especially Acadiana area tales. We triple dog dare you to check out a few of the most haunted places in Acadiana and see if you'll live to tell your own scary story.

    1. Oaklawn Manor — 3296 E. Oaklawn Dr., Franklin, LA 70538
      Not far from Franklin homes for sale is Oaklawn Manor. This massive estate features a beautiful mansion which was built in the 1830s by Alexander Porter. In the 1840s, Henry Clay — a founder of the National Republic Party — stayed in the mansion for a short time and his room eventually kept his namesake. While you can visit Oaklawn Manor, you should know that some locals believe that the ghost of Henry Clay haunts this estate. It seems Oaklawn Manor's famous guest may have never truly left.

    2. Café Vermilionville — 1304 W. Pinhook Rd., Lafayette, LA 70503
      Lafayette is a lovely town, thanks in part to its gorgeous architecture. Café Vermilionville is a beautiful building that was built in the early 1800s. Visitors are welcome to stop by and enjoy a delicious meal — but be warned! It may have a haunted history dating back to the Civil War. The tale tells of a Yankee officer who was killed in the lobby by a jealous husband. Since then, bottles have mysteriously fallen to the floor, boarded up rooms have been wrecked by unknown forces and a mysterious man with a handlebar mustache has been seen in the bar. Some guests have never seen this man, but they have witnessed a small child in a blue dress wandering the grounds who locals believe is the ghost of a young girl who died of scarlet fever within the building many years ago.

    3. Charles Burr Lane Bridge — 2832 Charles Burr Ln., Opelousas, LA 70570
      Not all ghosts haunt buildings, which is the case on the Charles Burr Lane Bridge just up the road from Opelousas homes for sale. Legend says that an old man with a lantern haunts the bridge. Some have seen him on the bridge, others have felt his presence in the backseats of their car. Those brave enough to walk the bridge hear strange noises, feel cold shivers run up their spines and can feel the man watching their every step.

    4. T'Frere's House Boutique Bed & Breakfast — 1905 Verot School Rd., Lafayette, LA 70508
      T'Frere's House Bed & Breakfast is a wonderful place to stay when you're searching for Lafayette homes for sale — if you don't mind sleeping among ghosts, that is. This is by far, one of the most haunted places in all of Lafayette. The well behind the house is said to be the final resting place for a young widow named Amelie. Some say she jumped into the well after losing her spouse and child. Others say she took ill with a fever and fell in accidentally. One version of the story says that she and her husband were thrown into the well by disapproving family members. She's reportedly still in the bed and breakfast. Spend the night, and you may hear a woman faintly speaking French. If you feel something touch you gently in the dead of night, don't worry — it's just Amelie tucking you in…

    5. Harris Hall, University of Lafayette — 544 McKinley St., Lafayette, LA 70503
      Ask faculty at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette about the nightly hauntings of Harris Hall, and they won't dare utter a word. Students, however, will tell you all about the tragic death of a young coed named Lily who was killed by a malfunctioning elevator in the Hall. At 11:46 PM each night, you can hear weird sounds coming from the elevator. It will even drop from the third floor to the first at that time, regardless of what button you press. Don't believe the story? Visit Lily yourself, and she'll take you on the creepiest elevator ride of your life…

    Looking for a scary-good deal on a house? Contact us today, and we'll show you the best Lafayette homes for sale — that aren't haunted, of course!

    September
    9

    Fall Festival Season Around Lafayette

    Lafayette Fall Festivals

    Autumn is around the corner, and our REALTORS® are excited for the return of the fall festival season! Throughout the Lafayette area, our towns come alive with festive food and fun to celebrate the harvest season. We invite you to come and join us at one of our fall festivals around the community.

    1. Great Painted Pumpkin Festival — Parc International 200 Garfield Street Lafayette, LA 70501 Saturday, October 12
      Head Downtown at 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 12 for Van Eaton & Romero's first Great Painted Pumpkin Festival. It's fun for all and all for fun! If you want to enter the competition, register on www.eventbrite.com. If you just want to join the fun and celebrate the painted pumpkins that your friends and neighbors create, head down to the Parc International area in Downtown Lafayette and see all the fantastic designs!  

    2. Louisiana Cattle Festival & Fair — 2901 Rodeo Rd., Abbeville, LA 70510 | Oct 10-13
      Eight-time winner of the Fair of the Year award, the Louisiana Cattle Festival & Fair is a barnful of fun! Taking place at its new location, The Red Barn, you can immerse yourself in Cajun culture and party until the cows come home! View the livestock show, eat delicious beef, and have a blast with all of the fun games and rides! The best part about it--all this is happening just around the corner from Abbeville homes for sale

    3. 21st Annual Franklin Merchants Association Harvest Moon Festival — 300 Iberia St., Franklin, LA 70538 | Oct 26
      The annual Harvest Moon Festival takes place throughout Main Street in Franklin each year. An easy walk from