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October
26

Alexandria Outdoor Adventures

Alexandria Outdoors

Louisiana offers endless possibilities for anyone with a taste for adventure and a love of the outdoors. Here in the Alexandria area, our Realtors® are proud to live in a region with such a wealth of opportunities for outdoor recreation.

From lakes and bayous to parks and trails, there are countless ways to spend time in the great outdoors in and around Alexandria. If you're in town checking out Alexandria open houses, be sure to also visit some of these great outdoor attractions!

  • Alexandria Levee Park Recreation Area - 300 Oak St, Alexandria, LA 71301
    Stretching along the banks of the Red River just minutes from Downtown Alexandria, the beautiful Alexandria Levee Park Recreation Area is a great close-to-home resource for spending time outdoors. The park includes walking trails with a great view of the river, plus picnic areas with barbecue grills, fishing access, and a three-lane boat ramp. It's also a perfect jumping-off point for paddling trips on the river and is within walking distance of many Alexandria homes for sale.

  • Hayes E Daze Ranch - 1313 Upper, Boy Scout Rd, Forest Hill, LA 71430
    There's nothing quite like exploring the Louisiana countryside on horseback, and Hayes E Daze Ranch is a great place to do just that. Located about a 30-minute drive south of Alexandria, Hayes E Daze Ranch offers riding and horsemanship lessons, as well as guided trail rides through the wild landscape of neighboring Kisatchie National Forest. Guided trail rides range from one to three hours, and options are available for riders of all experience levels, from beginners right up to advanced equestrians. 

  • Kees Park - 2450 LA-28, Pineville, LA 71360
    Located in Pineville, just across the Red River and about 5 minutes from Downtown Alexandria, Kees Park is the perfect place to spend a quiet, restful day in the outdoors. This park has a lot of great features, including a splash pad, playground, walking trails, picnic area, and pavilion. But it's best known among local disc golf aficionados for its 18-hole disc golf course. The course features 9 wooded holes and 9 more open holes and offers plenty of challenges and obstacles for disc throwers of all skill levels. 

  • Juderman's ATV Park - 6512 Shreveport Hwy, Pineville, LA 71360
    If you're looking for a place to get a little mud on the tires, be sure to check out Juderman's ATV Park. The park spans 200 acres and includes 5 miles of marked forest trails with plenty of bogs, mud pits, and creek crossings to keep things interesting. Juderman's ATV Park is just 15 minutes outside of Alexandria and also includes shared picnic and barbecue areas.

  • Indian Creek Recreation Area - 100 Camp Ground Rd, Woodworth, LA 71485
    Located just 20 minutes from Alexandria on the shore of Indian Creek Reservoir, Indian Creek Recreation Area is a major hub for outdoor adventure in the Alexandria area. The recreation area provides fishing and boating access on the 2,250-acre reservoir, where anglers commonly catch largemouth bass, catfish, and crappie. Camping is also available for both tents and RVs, and visitors can explore a beautiful network of nature trails that wind through the woodlands overlooking the lakeshore. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in Louisiana! If you're looking for your dream home, our team is dedicated to helping you find it in the Alexandria area.

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.

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
9

Recreation Centers Throughout Lafayette

Lafayette Recreation Centers

Lafayette is such a lovely place to live and grow. The city offers a lot of public resources, including several recreational areas where you can take a walk, have your kids play on the playground, or play a round of disc golf. If you've been busy looking at Lafayette homes for sale lately, we recommend taking a break and visiting one of these local recreational areas.

  • Corneaux Recreation Center: 411 W. Bluebird Dr., Lafayette, LA 70508
    The Corneaux Recreation Center is one of the largest in the area, offering both indoor and outdoor facilities. Outdoors, you can play with your dog in the dog park, play a game of soccer, practice in the batting cages, or walk on the track. There are also covered picnic areas and restrooms.

    Inside the Corneaux Recreation Center, there is a gym and workout area with instructor-led classes like Zumba and Aerobics. There are even karate lessons taught on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday nights. The Youth Volleyball and Basketball programs are very active, too.

  • Heymann Recreation Center: 1500 South Orange Street, Lafayette, LA 70503
    The Heymann Recreation Center offers everything you need for a productive indoor workout. There's a weight room and gymnasium inside with free-play basketball Monday - Friday. 

    If you prefer to be outdoors, the 0.5 mil jogging track at Heymann is a fun choice. Or, you could toss some discs around the 18-hole disc golf course. 

  • Girard Recreation Center: 500 Girard Park Dr., Lafayette, LA 70501
    If you're in the area attending Lafayette open houses, stop by the Girard Recreation Center for some fun activities. This center offers a lot of indoor activities, which are perfect for the cooler fall and winter months. Take square dancing lessons, enroll in karate classes, or play basketball.

    Outside, the Girard Recreation Center has a 1.25-mile jogging track, tennis courts, a fishing pond, and a kids' playground. There's even a special needs playground on-site, along with a splash pad where kids can cool off on hot days.

  • Bowels Activity Center: 120 Dawn St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    Bowles Activity Center
    is a good place to hold a community meeting or group activity. There are activity rooms you can rent to suit your needs. This center also has a large outdoor area with a lit soccer field and an 18-hole disc golf course. 

    The playground equipment at Bowles Activity Center is modern and a favorite with kids. There's also a full-size pavilion, which is great for hosting birthday and graduation parties, plus other celebrations. 

  • Martin Luther King Recreation Center: 309 Cora St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    The Martin Luther King Recreation Center is home to the Butler Memorial Library. Here, you can check out books, DVDs, and other materials to bring home. The library also offers free WiFi and public computers. 

    In addition to the library, this center has a weight room and an indoor game room. There are aerobics classes for seniors Monday - Wednesday, and piano lessons Monday - Friday. Outside, a 15-acre park offers an array of amenities, including a ball park, tennis courts, an outdoor pool, and a jogging trail. The children's playground area has equipment for all ages.

Each of these recreation centers has something unique to offer, but they are all lovely places to spend a few hours. Visit a few, and see which one you like best. If you're new to the area and still looking for a home, contact us soon. Our Realtors® are local experts and would love to help.

August
2

Explore These Lakes Near New Orleans

New Orleans

New Orleans is famously identified with the Mississippi River, but that's not the only notable body of water found around the Big Easy. Our real estate agents love making convenient getaways to enjoy these incredible lakes near NOLA. 

  • Lake Pontchartrain
    Any discussion of lakes around New Orleans homes for sale has to begin with Lake Pontchartrain. Technically, the largest inland body of water in Louisiana is an estuary, which is a mix of freshwater from rivers and saltwater from the ocean. By any definition, Pontchartrain is a prime location for a multitude of activities, from fishing and boating to walking and sightseeing. Crossing the 23-mile Causeway Bridge is an hour-long scenic trip on its own. Visit the New Canal Lighthouse on Lakeshore Drive to learn more about the past, present, and future of Lake Pontchartrain. 

  • Lake Borgne 
    Coastal erosion has turned Lake Borgne into a lagoon of the Gulf of Mexico. Lake Borgne is also the mouth of the Rigolets, which is the strait that connects the Gulf to Lake Pontchartrain. While the larger body of water grabs more of the spotlight, anglers recognize Lake Borgne as a plentiful source of trout, redfish, and catfish. The lake's signature attraction is Fort Proctor, also known as Beauregard's Castle, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in the 1850s to protect local water routes, the fort is now completely surrounded by water and accessible only by a 20-minute kayak or canoe ride. 

  • Lac Des Allemands 
    Lac Des Allemands is named for the German settlers who came to the area in the early 18th century. In 1978, the lake gained national attention thanks to an article in the New York Times about its status as "Catfish Capital of the Universe." According to locals, "little red worms" at the bottom of the lake provide the nourishment that makes the catfish so special. Above ground, Lac Des Allemands is surrounded by cypress tree-lined bayous that are home to great blue herons, alligators, bald eagles, and other wildlife. Swamp boat tours are a popular way to explore the 12,000-acre lake.

  • Lake Martin
    Thanks to its location in Cypress Island Nature Preserve, Lake Martin is one of the best places to view the amazing range of plants and wildlife that are native to the state. In particular, Lake Martin is the site of one of the state's largest colonies of water birds, including great blue herons, snowy egrets, and white ibis. While they're best viewed from a distance, the lake also features a large alligator population. Whether you stroll along the boardwalk or venture out in a canoe or kayak, you're bound to have an incredible experience.

  • Lake Maurepas 
    It may be difficult to think of 15,000 acres as "small," but Lake Maurepas is often referred to as the "little sister" of Lake Pontchartrain. Visitors appreciate the unspoiled beauty around the lake, which makes it a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. Stop in for lunch at nearby Middendorf's Restaurant and try their signature thin-fried Maurepas catfish as you relax on the outdoor deck overlooking the lake.

New Orleans open houses are a great way to find your forever home. Contact us at Latter & Blum for up-to-the-minute information on the latest listings.

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
22

Canoeing and Kayaking Spots in Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Water Activities

Canoeing, kayaking, and paddleboarding are eco-friendly ways to enjoy nature while staying active. Our real estate agents explore these waterways around Baton Rouge homes for sale.

  • Milford Wampole Memorial Park - 901 Stanford Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    Paddling newcomers can get their feet wet at Milford Wampole Memorial Park. LSU Lake has a number of boater-friendly launch spots that make it easy for beginners to head out. BREC also hosts occasional sunset paddles that accommodate all skill levels. Park hours are sunrise to sunset, seven days a week.

  • Greenwood Community Park - 13350 Hwy. 19, Baton Rouge, LA 70714
    Greenwood Community Park is another spot that's good for newbies. If you haven't yet invested in your own craft, canoe, kayak, and paddleboard rental services are conveniently located right next to the 18-acre lake. The paddle trail along the edge of the lake is nicely shaded, making it perfect for a late-afternoon trip. Afterward, take Fido for a run in BREC's newest off-leash dog park. Greenwood Community Park is open daily from sunrise to sunset.

  • Ward Creek Greenway - 9311 Mall of Louisiana Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70810
    Even in its urban setting, Baton Rouge retains many spots of natural beauty. Ward Creek Greenway is tucked in behind developed stretches that include the Mall of Louisiana and luxury apartment buildings. Plans are in the works to include the Greenway in the Health Loop, a connected sequence of parks and green spaces that will eventually span more than 10 miles. Ward Creek is a lazy, slow-running waterway that's easy to navigate, even when traveling upstream.

  • Highland Road Community Park - 14024 Highland Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70810
    Paddle the same waterways traveled by early settlers at Highland Road Community Park. The park's boat launch provides access to Bayou Fountain, part of BREC's Blueways water trails. As the surrounding lands became developed, fallen trees and debris made the waterway impassable. Fortunately, dedicated community members started a project to clean up Bayou Fountain, which is once again open to paddlers. The park is open daily from sunrise to sunset.

  • Tickfaw State Park - 27225 Patterson Rd., Springfield, LA 70462
    With four different ecosystems within the 1,200-acre grounds, Tickfaw State Park is a popular place for nature lovers to explore a variety of landscapes. Paddling along the park's namesake river, just minutes from Springfield homes for sale is one of the favorite activities for visitors. From the launch, pass through a cypress swamp as you head out into the river, where paddlers are frequently treated to sightings of alligators and turtles beneath a canopy of trees. Admission is $3 per person, with no fee for ages 3 and under. Hours are 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily.

  • Wetland Watchers Park - 1650 Lower Guide Levee Rd., Norco, LA 70079
    Wetland Watchers Park, not far from Norco homes for sale, started as a unique outdoor classroom where students could learn about the values and challenges of local wetlands. Today the park includes boardwalk nature trails, a 10-foot marsh overlook, fishing piers, and a canoe/kayak launch. The park is open seven days a week from 5 a.m. - 10 p.m.

There are plenty of nature spots to enjoy close to Baton Rouge! Stay ahead of the curve on the latest Baton Rouge open houses. Get the most current information when you contact us at Latter & Blum.

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.

March
31

Kisatchie National Forest Outdoor Adventures

 Kisatchie National Forest

Are you ready for an outdoor adventure you won't forget? Our real estate agents have a suggestion!

One of the many reasons Alexandria homes for sale are so in demand is because of their proximity to the Kisatchie National Forest. Kisatchie is the only designated national forest in the state of Louisiana. It sprawls across 604,000 acres, with forested pine hills set across seven different parishes.

Things to Do in Kisatchie National Forest

With so much space to explore, just about any outdoor activity you can name is provided for within the bountiful nature of Kisatchie. It has a blend of developed and backcountry areas for you to choose from. You could spend weeks there and only see a small fraction of what there is to experience.

Let's take a closer look at what you can expect in and around the forest:

Camping Opportunities

There are no cabins anywhere within the Kisatchie National Forest. However, camping is welcome and encouraged. There are campsites for RVs and tent camping. Some tent camping sites are designed for groups of 10 or more. Finding the right campground for you may take some planning!

The area is divided into five ranger districts, and each one has its own campgrounds. There are dozens of different areas where camping support is provided. Bear in mind that some are intended for daytime use only. Before you visit, find the district closest to your entry point and decide on a site.

Because there are so many campgrounds available, reservations are not taken for the majority of sites in Kisatchie National Forest. However, you can call ahead to the ranger station to inquire about RV camping since RV hookups are in limited supply.

Fishing

Kisatchie Bayou fishing is one of the biggest attractions and draws anglers from all around the region in the spring and summer. Kisatchie Bayou stands out for its white sandbars, its rocky outcroppings, and even a number of pristine waterfalls. Fish you can encounter include bream and bass.

Other bodies of water throughout the Kisatchie are home to catfish and crappie. The most popular of all fishing spots within the forest is Saline Bayou, which crosses 20 miles of hardwood bottomland. You may also find dozens of other ponds and streams, many of them undisturbed throughout most of the year.

129-mile long Dugdemona River is a great starting point for most anglers. A popular place to gather is Beaver Dam, which you'll find along the upper shore of Caney Lake. No matter what you choose, it is sure to be exciting.

Other Water Sports

Various ponds and rivers throughout the National Forest support kayaking. Beware that not all channels are navigable. Watch out for posted signage about entry points and proper equipment before you begin.

Hiking and Trail Riding

There are many different trails winding their way through the Kisatchie, such as the 36-mile Sandstone Trail winding through the Kisatchie Hills. You'll find hundreds of miles of marked trails. Markers include information on trail length, terrain, difficulty, and estimated time of completion.

Altogether, there are trails suitable for hiking, mountain biking, all-terrain vehicles, and horse riding. Be advised that the ranger station has designated some trails as "sunrise to sunset" only, so it is crucial to plan out your journey to return before nightfall.

There is so much to see and do throughout Louisiana. Contact us to learn more or get started with Louisiana real estate.

April
1

Geocaching Spots in Houma

Houma Geocaching

Geocaching is essentially a global treasure hunt. It's an activity that involves using GPS coordinates to find "caches" that have been hidden at specific locations all over the world. Here in Houma, it also happens to be a great way to get to know the local area. 

To date, 21 geocaches have been hidden in the Houma, Louisiana area. Finding them all constitutes an official GeoTour of the region. It's one of only around 50 such tours that have been established worldwide. 

How Does Geocaching Work?

You only need a GPS device or GPS-enabled smartphone to get started, along with the Geocaching App (it's free). Caches usually consist of boxes or containers of various sizes, with unique and mysterious "treasures" hidden inside. 

Many caches have been hidden at parks, local businesses, and other landmarks in the Houma area. Download the Geocaching app, get your GPS ready, and join our real estate agents on a GeoTour of Houma, Louisiana! These are just some of the places where you can find hidden treasure:

  • Houma Travel Visitors Center - 114 Tourist Dr, Gray, LA 70359
    The Houma Travel Visitors Center is a great place to introduce yourself to Bayou Country. It also happens to be the first stop on the Houma GeoTour. The cache you're looking for here is a medium-sized container hidden inside the Visitor's Center. The center is just minutes from these Houma homes for sale.

  • Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge - 3599 Bayou Black Dr, Houma, LA 70360
    Preserving more than 4,600 acres of woods and wetlands just outside Houma, Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge is a prime spot for activities like hiking, kayaking, and bird watching. Waterfowl using the Mississippi Flyway stop here every year during their annual migration. The geocache hidden here is a medium-sized container secreted away among the trees. 

  • Mr. Ronnie's Donuts - 1171 W Tunnel Blvd, Houma, LA 70360
    A local favorite for more than 25 years, Mr. Ronnie's Famous Hot Donuts is one of the best places in town to find your favorite circular dessert (also, keep your eyes open for a small magnetic cache hidden inside). Mr. Ronnie's is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When you need a hot, fresh-out-of-the-fryer donut, they have you covered. 

  • Donner Community Center - 361 Azalea Dr, Donner, LA 70352
    The grounds of the Donner Community Center are a quiet respite in the outdoors, complete with a playground for kids. It's a great picnic spot with grassy lawns and big, old mossy oak trees. Take note of the massive cypress tree in the middle. The bench underneath is a great place to sit in the shade, and it's not far from the cache.

  • Scarlet Scoop - 4602, 300 Barrow St, Houma, LA 70360
    Ice cream is just the tip of the iceberg at Scarlet Scoop. This beloved local ice cream parlor serves old-fashioned malts and milkshakes, along with next-level Cajun praline sundaes. The geocache hidden here is very small and located outside the shop, but don't neglect to stop inside for a little dessert.

  • Isle de Jean Charles - Montegut, LA 70377
    A beautiful strip of land at the southern fringe of Terrebonne Parish, Isle de Jean Charles is a tight-knit community at what can feel like the ends of the earth. Follow Island Road to access some great areas for fishing and sightseeing, and watch for a small, well-hidden cache. You might need boots or water shoes to get this one!

Contact us today to learn more about life in Houma, Louisiana. It's the heart of Bayou Country, and it's a truly unique place to call home. Be sure to ask our real estate agents about how we can help you find your dream home in the Houma 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
10

Louisiana: Where to Set up Camp This Winter

Winter Camping Louisiana

Do you love camping so much that you hate to put away your gear when winter arrives? You don't have to! Louisiana's warm climate keeps temperatures high enough to allow you to camp comfortably throughout the winter season. 

Many of our real estate agents are nature enthusiasts who don't let chillier temperatures keep them from enjoying the great outdoors. Here are some of their favorite spots to spend a winter night under the stars across Lousiana.

  • Fontainebleau State Park - 62883 Highway 1089, Mandeville, LA 70448
    Surrounded by two bayous and a lake near our Mandeville homes for sale, the Fontainebleau State Park offers guests plenty to see on both water and land. 

    The park is also crossed by part of the Tammany Trace, an old railway that was converted into a path perfect for a long walk or bike ride. There are even more than 400 species of wildlife to observe on an excursion down the 4.8-mile hiking trail or the 1.25-mile nature trail. With 12 deluxe cabins and 126 campsites with water and electrical hookups available, you're sure to enjoy your time in this wilderness retreat.  

  • Midway RV Park and Marina - 3185 Highway 477, Natchitoches, LA 71457
    Midway RV Park and Marina is a pleasantly quiet park located on the banks of the Red River, just a few miles away from many of our Natchitoches homes for sale. This is a great spot to go fishing or kayaking, even in winter, and the tranquil atmosphere of the area invites you to kick back and relax.

    The park's many campsites offer a range of modern conveniences, such as 30 amp and 50 amp hookups, water and sewer hookups, free WiFi, and even an on-site shop for you to stock up on camping necessities like snacks and firewood. 

  • Grand Ecore RV Park - 1071 Tauzin Island Road, Natchitoches, LA 71457
    Grand Ecore RV Park is a smaller camping location that is especially well-suited for families and older campers. Nestled in the Bayou Pierre with access to the Red River and a floating dock, this is the perfect spot to enjoy some boating, fishing, and picnicking.

    Aside from dozens of RV camping spaces, you'll also find an activity center, an outdoor playground, and even a laundry station in the shared area of this park. 

  • Palmetto Island State Park - 19501 Pleasant Road, Abbeville, LA 70510
    Palmetto Island State Park was in development for nearly 30 years before it finally opened in 2010. Now, this park has become a popular camping spot near our Abbeville homes for sale. Winter guests often choose to stay at one of the 6 vacation cabins located inside the park, each with a full kitchen, a bathroom, a screened-in porch, and a fireplace. If you prefer simpler arrangements, there are also 96 RV campsites available for guest use.

    During your time here, you can take a walk down the short Cypress Trail and enjoy scoping out some of the local wildlife or rent a canoe to spend some time on the water. If you're planning on camping with a group, you can even rent an outdoor pavilion equipped with a grill and fire pit to enhance your experience.  

  • Lake Fausse Pointe State Park - 5400 Levee Road, St. Martinville, LA 70582
    Campers located near St. Martinville homes for sale can visit Lake Fausse Pointe State Park for unforgettable wintertime outings. This 6,000-acre park near the Atchafalaya Basin offers incredible views of Louisiana's swampland from its raised cabins and catwalks. 

    Visitors can book choose between a range of different types of accommodations, including 8 deluxe cabins, 46 premium and improved campsites with water and electrical access, and a multitude of basic campsites. 

Want to experience all that this only state has to offer? Let us help you find a Louisiana home to call your own. Contact us today to take the first step toward settling down in this rich bastion of culture, history, and natural splendor.

October
4

History of New Orleans City Park

City ParkNew Orleans City Park has been a community landmark for over 100 years, and its storied reputation is well-deserved. Our real estate agents love living in NOLA and all the parks residents have access to. One of the most popular being City Park. 

Origins 

The land on which New Orleans City Park was built was first acquired by the city in 1854, but it was not developed until nearly 40 years later in 1891. Since then, it has been slowly built up in both size and scope.  

At 1,300 acres, it is currently almost 50% larger than Central Park in NYC. It is the 20th most-visited public park in the US and a beloved icon of New Orleans. 

With the exception of a few past investments in exceptional circumstances, New Orleans City Park has been mostly self-supporting since opening to the public. It recoups the cost of maintenance and operation through user fees and land rents. 

Attractions 

Today, the park is a thriving community landmark full of exciting entertainment opportunities and cultural displays. Some highlights include: 

  • Tad Gormley Stadium, a major event space used for sports, concerts, and public events. 
  • Storyland, a themed trail where children can visit life-sized statues of their favorite storybook characters. 
  • Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, home of one of the few antique handcrafted carousels left in the country. 
  • Café Du Monde, where you can purchase regional treats like beignets and café au lait. 
  • New Orleans Botanical Garden, where you'll find over 2,000 varieties of lovingly cultivated regional plants. 
  • Grow Dat Youth Farm, a small campus where youngsters can explore the farming process and learn more about where their food comes from. 
  • The New Orleans Museum of Art, a peerless exhibition space filled with international works of art. The building also has an attached 5-acre outdoor sculpture garden to house additional works. 
  • The Festival Grounds, a wide-open 50-acre space where visitors can enjoy sports, biking, wetland exploration, and more. 
  • A full 18-hole golf course, as well as several mini-golf courses 
  • Paddleboat rentals to help you explore Big Lake in a fun and engaging way. 
  • Fishing spots in 11 different lagoons full of prime local fish. 

Though the park has always been regarded as a local gem, it received its first significant investment as part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) during the Great Depression. The Roosevelt Administration offered $12 million (an estimated value of $128 million today) in funding to develop the park further and turn it into a truly impressive location. 

The project employed around 20,000 workers and built critical landmarks like the Tad Gormley Stadium, as well as many of the fountains and roadways that are scattered around the park.

Hurricane Katrina left 95% of the park flooded for weeks and caused an estimated $43 million in damage to the property and its attractions.  

While the park was proudly self-sufficient at that time, there were few extra funds available to make the necessary repairs. It took a combination of municipal funding, investment from local organizations, and a lot of volunteer labor to rebuild the park. Eventually, however, it was restored to its former glory.  

New Orleans City Park is a special place for the city's residents, simultaneously bursting with fun and steeped in history. In that way, it's a lot like the city itself.

Contact us to learn more about our New Orleans homes for sale and take the first steps toward becoming a homeowner in one of the most beautiful cities in America. 

September
7

Explore Public Art Spots in Downtown Lafayette

Public Art Lafayette

What would our cities look like without public art? We've been fortunate to have some truly gifted artists contribute to our city's growing collection of murals and sculptures. If you're looking for the best of Lafayette's public art, our real estate agents are happy to provide this handy guide!

  • Downtown Reawakening - 121 E. Vermilion St, Lafayette, LA 70501
    One of Lafayette's oldest murals, Downtown Reawakening was completed in 1984. It's the work of local artist and gallery owner Tanya Falgout and depicts a birds-eye view of the city as it appeared in the early '80s. It's a fitting place to start your tour of Lafayette's public art and is located within walking distance of many Lafayette homes for sale. The Downtown Reawakening Mural is tucked away just inside the entrance to Parc Auto du Centre-Ville parking garage. 

  • Fields of Study Mural - 433 Jefferson St, Lafayette, LA 70501
    The mural known as Fields of Study is located on an exterior wall of the Lafayette Science Museum, and what could be a more fitting place? Completed in 2016 by artist Chris Pavilk, Fields of Study is really a series of murals depicting the many disciplines contained within the museum—everything from dinosaurs and undersea life to geology and outer space. 

  • Bicycle Sculptures - 201 E. Vermilion St, Lafayette, LA 70501
    Pat Juneau's whimsical Bicycle Sculptures add a splash of color to Lafayette's Vermillion Street. Perched high atop a series of light poles, the metalwork sculptures are also a great reminder that Lafayette is an amazingly bike-friendly city. Juneau is one of Louisiana's foremost metalsmiths, and he's also responsible for the Dinosaur Pole Sculptures at the Lafayette Science Museum. 

  • Horizon Mural - 200 W. Vermilion St, Lafayette, LA 70501
    Horizon is the work of acclaimed mural artist Robert Dafford. Completed in 1988, it's a tribute to Louisiana's landscape as well as its musical heritage. This mural is also part of Dafford's "Flying Violin" series of murals, which includes similar murals in locations around the globe, including Ottawa, Canada, and Suresnes, France.

  • Thalassa - 113 Clinton St, Lafayette, LA 70501
    The eye-catching Thalassa mural at Basin Arts spans two stories and is the work of local multimedia artist Susan David. The mural is a dramatic depiction of Thalassa, a primeval spirit of the sea in Greek mythology. It was created in 2016, and its painter has been responsible for several great public art projects around town. 

  • McComb-Veazey Neighborhood Living Legends Wall - 713 LA 728-8, Lafayette, LA 70501
    Completed in 2016 by artist Adrian Fulton, the McComb-Veazey Neighborhood Living Legends Wall is a loving tribute to nine members of the local community who have made great contributions to education, government, culture, and activism in Lafayette. The mural is on the side of Kirk's U-Needa-Butcher Shop, a reminder that great art can be anywhere.

A hub for art and culture in Louisiana, Lafayette is a one-of-a-kind place to call home. Contact us today to learn more about life in Lafayette!

September
3

Kayaking in NOLA: Kayak Rental Spots

NOLA KayakingThe bayou has shaped the culture of Louisiana for generations. A bayou is a slow-moving river at the center of a truly unique ecosystem. New Orleans homes for sale are within a short drive of the bayou, as the state is home to thousands of acres of nature preserves protecting these unique treasures.

Our real estate agents know that, just like its incomparable food culture, outdoor adventures are a big part of why some people choose New Orleans. Whether you prefer a guided group tour or a leisurely journey on your own, check out these kayak rental spots.

  • Bayou Paddle Sports – 1101 Florida Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70119
    Bayou Paddle Sports is a great way to learn all about Louisiana paddle sports and enjoy them with friends or family – even if you have no experience. You can rent a kayak, paddleboard, or a tandem canoe for a visit of two hours out on the water. Whether you are looking for a group kayaking escapade or a fun day outdoors with the kids, the "Family Day," "Night Paddle," or "Dog Days" events are sure to hit the spot.

  • New Orleans Kayak Swamp Tours – 405 Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
    Touting some of the best kayak tours in NOLA, New Orleans Kayak Swamp Tours is the premier option for when you want to see the unexpected. No matter which of the six curated tour experiences you choose, you'll learn and have fun in memorable natural surroundings.

  • Wheel Fun Rental – Big Lake Trail, City Park, New Orleans, LA 70124
    Wheel Fun Rental operates out of New Orleans City Park on Big Lake, one of the Big Easy's most beloved and storied public parks. Wheel Fun has become well-known for its pedal-based swan boat rentals equipped with LED lights that have popularized Swan Boat Night Rides. Traditional kayaks and canoes are readily available. This is also a popular place to embark on the New Orleans self-guided bicycle tour.

  • NOLA Paddleboards – See Website for Location Details, Throughout New Orleans, LA
    NOLA Paddleboards is one of the original paddle sports rental companies in New Orleans. Experienced guides will help guests of any skill level enjoy Lake Pontchartrain. Launching from an exclusive historic waterfront site thanks to its partnership with The Pontchartrain Conservancy, NOLA Paddleboards provides all equipment for groups of up to eight, typically for 90 minutes on the water. Private lessons can be booked separately.

  • Crescent City Kayak – 437 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70116
    Crescent City Kayak provides full kayak swamp tours complete with transportation to the launch site. The most popular offering is the Manchac Swamp Tour, an ideal way for beginners to sight the iconic Louisiana cypress trees and local wildlife. Want to witness the majesty of one of America's least-altered river swamps? The Honey Island Swamp Tour may be your best pick, thanks to its 70,000 protected natural acres.

  • Canoe & Trail Adventures at The Chimes Restaurant – 19130 West Front Street, Covington, LA 70433
    Canoe & Trail Adventures at The Chimes Restaurant launches its epic expeditions from one of Covington's top eateries. With affordable prices and rentals ranging from one to five hours, guests are encouraged to paddle at their own pace along the sandy-bottomed Bogue Falaya River. For a highly popular three-hour tour, you can choose the Flavor of the Bayou Tour. It's all surprisingly close to top Covington homes for sale.

Whether you explore NOLA by land or on the river, there's plenty to see and do! Contact us to learn more about New Orleans real estate.

July
12

6 Ways to Enjoy the Outdoors Near New Orleans

New Orleans Outdoors

New Orleans is a city where outdoor scenery and adventure await you around every turn, with endless natural beauty to explore. The city park system is robust with well-equipped parks that feature attractions for every member of the family to enjoy, the Mississippi River offers some of the most beautiful views that you'll find anywhere, and the swamps outside the city are ideal for eco-friendly tours. Our real estate agents have the details on 6 different ways that you can enjoy the outdoors around New Orleans.

  • Sydney & Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden – 1 Collins Dbl. Cir., City Park, New Orleans, LA 70124
    One of the most popular public art installations near New Orleans homes for sale, the Sydney & Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden is a great place to combine your love of art and the outdoors. The garden was recently expanded by 6 acres, with tons of new trees planted and 26 new public works of art to enjoy. The garden is free to visit for all and open 7 days per week.

  • Paradigm Gardens – 1131 S. Rampart St., New Orleans, LA 70113
    In addition to supplying fresh, local produce to some of the best restaurants in the city, Paradigm Gardens is an urban farming facility that also hosts a wide variety of fun, outdoor events. Plan a trip to enjoy yoga in the garden, hear some amazing music during the concert series, or book your own private event to have the whole garden to yourself.

  • City Park Bike Rentals – Big Lake Trail at City Park, New Orleans, LA 70124
    New Orleans is a very bicycle-friendly city, so renting a bike is the perfect way to explore some of the city's most popular parks and green spaces. City Park Bike Rentals is located within the very large City Park, which is home to tons of attractions that families love. This conveniently located rental shop also offers boat rentals, allowing you to explore the park from a new perspective.

  • Lost Lands Tours – 625 Pine St., Unit 4, New Orleans, LA 70118
    Travel just a short bit outside of New Orleans, and you will find gorgeous, ancient swamps that offer some of the most abundant outdoor beauty in the region. Lost Lands Tours provides environmentally-friendly tours to nearby swamps, where you can explore nature, discover fascinating ecosystems, and learn more about efforts to preserve the natural beauty of the region.

  • Equest Stables – 1001 Filmore Ave., New Orleans, LA 70124
    We've mentioned that the New Orleans park system is a great place to find outdoor adventures, and facilities like Equest Stables are great examples of why that's the case. Whether you're an experienced rider or you want to learn for the first time, Equest Stables offers lessons for all experience levels at City Park. Enjoy an individual lesson, or schedule a group lesson that every member of the family will enjoy.

  • Joseph M. Bartholomew, Sr. Golf Course – 6514 Congress Dr., New Orleans, LA 70126
    The city parks of New Orleans are also home to two excellent municipal golf courses, including the par-72 Joseph M. Bartholomew, Sr. Golf Course. This is a beautifully maintained public golf course with affordable greens fees and a fun, challenging course layout that will appeal to golfers of all experience levels.

Ready to find your next home near the outstanding outdoor attractions of New Orleans? Let our local real estate team help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans, LA area.

June
28

Pools and Splash Pads Near Lake Charles

 Lake Charles Pools

As temperatures rise, you and your kids may find yourself in need of a way to cool off. Pools and splash pads can be the perfect solution. Here are the top choices our real estate agents recommend around the Lake Charles area. 

  1. Prien Lake Park: 3700 West Prien Lake Rd., Lake Charles, LA 70605
    Prien Lake Park 
    is a 29-acre park overlooking Indian Bay. In addition to picnic pavilions and playgrounds, the park offers a SprayGround water park, which is great for kids. They can splash around in the spraying water, which tends to be safer for little kids than swimming in a pool.

    WiFi is available throughout Prien Lake Park, so if you need to send an email or check in with work during your visit, you can. There are also walking paths with distance markers, making it easy to squeeze a workout in between splashing sessions.

  2. Sulphur Parks & Recreation: 933 W. Parish Rd., Sulphur, LA 70663
    Sulphur Parks & Recreation 
    has a beautiful aquatic center that opened in 2005. Inside, there is an Olympic size pool with a zero-depth ramp entrance. The facility is open Monday - Friday from 5:00 am - 8:00 pm, Saturday from 8 am - 2 pm, and Sunday from 1 pm - 5 pm.

    Swimming lessons are also available in the aquatic center. There are classes for adults and for kids of all ages. 

  3. Lake Charles Ward Aquatic Center: 1100 2nd Ave., Lake Charles, LA 70601
    This aquatic center is a good place to stop for a swim when you're looking at Lake Charles homes for sale. The Lake Charles Ward Aquatic Center offers open swimming between 1 pm and 6 pm Monday - Saturday, and the fee is only $1 per person.

    Water aerobics classes are also available Monday - Friday at 6:30, again for a fee of only $1. Or, if you prefer, you can take a swimming lesson. There are options for adults and kids of all ages, and the specific schedule is listed on the website. 

  4. River Bluff Park: 747 Theriot Rd., Moss Bluff, LA 70611
    River Bluff Park
    is a lovely park with a lot of amenities for kids. There's a large splash area with lots of fun, colorful features that spray and dump water. The rubber footing helps prevent scrapes and other injuries.

    This park sits on the bank of a river, and there is a boat launch, exercise area, family restrooms, and a quarter-mile walking path you can enjoy during your visit. When your kids are done splashing, let them play on the playground, which has separate areas for 2 -5-year-olds and 5 - 12-year-olds.

  5. Adventure Cove Park: 3210 Power Center Pkwy., Lake Charles, LA 70615
    Adventure Cove Park is another great choice for kids. In fact, it is specifically designed to meet the meets of kids with varied abilities. The spray grounds are open all summer long and have plenty of fountains for kids to cool off in.

    Adventure Cove Park also has rubber footing for safe running and jumping. The paths are wide and wheelchair-accessible, and the play areas are created for various age groups' needs.

When you're feeling a bit warm this summer, head to one of these pools or splash parks, and let the water cool you off. Contact us if you're looking for a real estate agent to guide your house hunting process.

May
25

Top Fishing Spots Near Lake Charles

Fishing Spots Lake Charles

Ask ten local fishermen to name their favorite fishing spot, and you're bound to get ten different answers. But just about all Louisiana anglers agree on one thing: the Lake Charles area is a pretty great place to fish. 

We have many unique fishing opportunities here in Lake Charles, from the waters of our namesake lake to the meandering Calcasieu River and the mighty waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Join our real estate agents at some of our favorite Lake Charles fishing spots!

  1. Lake Charles - Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Part of a chain of lakes that also includes Prien Lake and Calcasieu Lake, Lake Charles itself is one of the easiest fishing spots to access near these Lake Charles homes for sale. Like its neighboring lakes, Lake Charles has brackish water—a mixture of salt and fresh waters—that supports unique fishing opportunities for speckled trout and redfish. Access is available at Millennium Park and North Beach, both of which are good places to launch a kayak or cast a line from shore. 

  2. Calcasieu River - 107 Sutherland Rd, Lake Charles, LA 70611
    The Calcasieu River cuts a winding path through the Louisiana landscape, offering some of its best freshwater fishing opportunities. Largemouth bass are the main target for most anglers, and 10-pound largemouths have been caught in the river. Spring offers some of the year's best bass fishing around beds of aquatic vegetation in the Calcasieu River. Catfish, crappie, and sunfish are also available. Sam Houston Jones State Park, located just outside the city of Lake Charles, is a great place to access the river and also offers campgrounds and cabins.

  3. Prien Lake - W Prien Lake Rd, Lake Charles, LA 70605
    Much like Lake Charles, the brackish waters of Prien Lake harbor a diverse assortment of fish, including speckled trout, black drum, redfish, and flounder. It's a popular place for kayak fishing, and many kayak anglers go after speckled trout by casting minnow and shrimp-imitating lures around drop-offs and shallow flats. Launch facilities for canoes and kayaks are available at Prien Lake Park, which overlooks the western shore of the lake. 

  4. Calcasieu Lake - 3955 Henry Pugh Rd, Lake Charles, LA 70605
    The largest lake in the Lake Charles Area, Calcasieu Lake, is often referred to simply as the "Big Lake" by locals. It is also the lake closest to the coast, with a direct connection to the Gulf of Mexico via the Calcasieu Ship Channel. It is also widely considered to be the best lake in the area for fishing. One of the most popular fishing spots on the lake is Calcasieu Point Landing, which offers a paved boat launch, fishing pier, and a fully stocked bait shop. Redfish, speckled trout, and flounder are often caught from the pier. Deep ledges and marshy bayous throughout the area offer opportunities to catch monster trout and redfish.

Be sure to pick up a Louisiana fishing license before you go. And if you're new to the area, consider booking a trip with a local fishing guide like Bayou Charters or Louisiana Fins Guide Service. There's nothing like an experienced local guide who can show you right where the fish are!

With summer well on its way, the fishing season on Lake Charles and the surrounding areas has just begun. Contact us today to learn more about outdoor adventures in Lake Charles, and be sure to ask our team about how we can help you find your dream home in Louisiana. 

May
12

5 Places to Play Disc Golf Near Baton Rouge

Disc Golf Baton Rouge

Disc golf has become an increasingly popular sport and is a great way to connect with nature while you get some exercise. Bring a few friends along to compete against as you explore different disc golf courses near Baton Rouge, each of which has its own unique layout and characteristics.

Our real estate agents recommend trying these 5 places to play disc golf near Baton Rouge:

  1. Highland Road Park Disc Golf Course – N. Amiss Rd. and Bullrush Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70810 
    Highland Road Park Disc Golf Course, located near Baton Rouge homes for sale, has an 18-hole disc golf course, and each hole is equipped with a short course (purple) basket and a long course (gold) basket. Tees are marked with orange-painted bricks in the ground. Disc golfers report that length and accuracy are key to doing well on the Highland Park courses. Pick up a scorecard at the park's Tennis Center before starting and navigate your way up and down gently rolling hills and wide, grassy fairways. A creek also runs through the course, further adding to its natural beauty.

  2. Scotland Parkway Disc Golf Course – 3200 Harding Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70813 
    Reviewers describe Scotland Parkway Disc Golf Course as a fun, challenging course with a unique design. The course's tee pads, baskets, and signage are all praised. It's lightly wooded, with a deep, wide creek in play on half the holes. Since a few fairways are close to one another, be on the lookout for errant drives.

  3. LHC DiscGolfPark at Scotlandville – 3100 Monte Sano Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70807  
    The first disc golf course in Louisiana and the third in the country, LHC DiscGolfPark at Scotlandville, is known for its natural beauty. The holes weave through oak trees and rolling hills as well as Monte Sano Bayou. It's the second-longest course in the state, coming in at 7,610 feet. LHC at Scotlandville is also a very challenging course with fairways that are lightly wooded. The baskets are very easy to spot since they have bright yellow bands.

  4. Flanacher Park Disc Golf Course – 864 E. Flanacher Rd., Zachary, LA 70791 
    Located on a flat, secluded course just around the corner from Zachary homes for sale, Flanacher Park Disc Golf Course has a variety of open/wooded fairways. Due to its seclusion, it has a serene atmosphere that makes you feel as though you're getting away from the hustle and bustle. Several turns are 90 degrees or more and add to the course's difficulty, and since some fairways are very narrow, accuracy is more important than distance. Be sure to keep an eye on your disc since an errant throw could leave you fishing it out of the bordering woods.

  5. Pelican Park Disc Golf Course – 63350 Pelican Dr., Mandeville, LA 70448  
    Located on the Northshore near Mandeville homes for sale, Pelican Park Disc Golf Course is long and spread out and has alternate pin placements on each hole, with blue designating short and gold designating long. It's characterized by open fields, although some holes are more heavily wooded. If you live in the district and don't have your own disc, you can take your driver's license to the Castine Center park office and borrow one for free.

Contact us to see homes for sale near Baton Rouge. This area of the country has plenty of natural beauty and recreational opportunities, and we'd love to share more about what makes the Baton Rouge area such a special place to call home. 

March
19

Where to Take Your Dog for a Walk in Lafayette

Lafayette Dog Walking Trails The city of Lafayette is a great place to spend some quality time in the great outdoors. With beautiful parks and endless streets lined with historic buildings, there's always something new to discover.

And if you have a four-legged friend along for the journey? So much the better. These are our real estate agents' favorite places to take your dog for a walk in the Lafayette area. 

  1. Acadiana Park Nature Station - 1205 E Alexander St, Lafayette, LA 70501
    Spanning 110 acres and offering 6 miles of trails, Acadiana Park Nature Station offers a rich landscape that's ripe for exploration. The trails meander through a diverse landscape of forests, meadows, and creek bottoms, all of which harbor an amazing variety of plant and animal life. Located just minutes from these Lafayette homes for sale, the trails and nature station are open daily, free of charge, from dawn until dusk. Pets are welcome but must be leashed at all times. 

  2. Beaulieu Park Dog Park - 411 W Bluebird Dr, Lafayette, LA 70508
    One of Lafayette's newest dog parks, the Beaulieu Park Dog Park, was unveiled in 2019 and quickly became a favorite local destination for dogs and their humans. The park provides a large, fully fenced-in area where dogs can run freely, along with features like benches, a shady pavilion, and canine agility and exercise equipment. 

  3. Chicot State Park - 3469 Chicot Park Rd, Ville Platte, LA 70586
    Less than an hour from Lafayette, Chicot State Park is like a giant, 6,400-acre outdoor playground. In addition to being a well-known destination for camping and fishing, the park's greatest feature may be its 18-mile hiking trail, which completely encircles Lake Chicot and offers a handful of primitive backcountry campsites along the way. The trail is open to hikers and cyclists, and leashed pets are permitted. 

  4. Brown Memorial Dog Park - 1234 E. Pont des Mouton Road, Lafayette, LA 70507
    Offering great opportunities to let Fido run free off-leash, the dog park at Brown Memorial Park is a popular spot among Lafayette Locals and their pets. The dog park provides a large, fenced-in grassy area that is generally mowed, well-kept, and free of bare, muddy patches. Dogs are also welcome throughout the surrounding 50-acre park, as long as they are kept on a leash. 

  5. Girard Park - 500 Girard Park Dr, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Girard Park is nestled in the heart of Downtown, not far from the campus of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Encompassing 33 acres, the park's picnic areas, shady lawns, and picturesque walking trails are popular places to enjoy the cool spring breeze, preferably with a furry friend. Dogs must be leashed, but they're welcome throughout the park. Girard Park is also home to a rec center and fishing pond and hosts numerous local events and festivals throughout the year. 

  6. Moncus Park - 2913 Johnston St, Lafayette, LA 70503
    A lovely green space in the heart of Lafayette, Moncus Park is a work in progress that promises to be a perfect spot to take Fido for a long walk. The park offers wide-open fields, towering shade trees, and a 2.5-mile walking trail. Leashed pets are welcome throughout, and there's also a fenced-in dog park with artificial turf where dogs can run off-leash.

Contact us today to learn more about life in Lafayette, Louisiana. It's a truly unique and special place for you and man's best friend to call home. 

March
12

Go For a Bike Ride on These Lafayette Trails

Lafayette Mountain Biking

Louisiana's wild natural beauty is no secret, but you miss a lot when you travel by car. To really get a sense of what Lafayette and the surrounding areas are all about, the best way to explore is by bicycle. 

Fortunately, there are a lot of great bike trails in the Lafayette area. Our real estate agents are delighted to share some of their favorites, from smooth cycling paths to rugged mountain biking trails. 

  1. Acadiana Park - E Alexander St & Lajaunie Road, Lafayette, LA 70501
    Lafayette's go-to destination for mountain biking, Acadiana Park is home to a meandering network of singletrack mountain bike trails that provide a thrilling and challenging ride. At present, 1.8 miles are completed, with more in development. Expect to tackle berms, bridges, jumps, and quick descents, all in a beautiful, wooded setting. Located just minutes from many Lafayette homes for sale, Acadiana Park also offers hiking, camping facilities, picnic areas, and the Acadiana Park Nature Center. 

  2. Atchafalaya Basin Wilderness Trail - 1050 Henderson Levee Road Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
    The Atchafalaya Basin is the largest wetland in the United States, and it's truly one of Louisiana's most fiercely beautiful landscapes. Exploring it by bicycle is an unforgettable experience. You can do just that on the Atchafalaya Basin Wilderness Trail, a multi-use hike and bike trail that follows the Mississippi River levee for 55 miles. The Bayou Amy Boat Landing in Breaux Bridge, LA, marks the beginning of the trail and offers parking and restrooms. There are numerous additional access points before the trail reaches its endpoint in Bayou Teche. 

  3. Atakapa-Ishak Trail - 201 E Vermilion St, Lafayette, LA 70501
    The Atakapa-Ishak Trail is a work in progress, but don't let that deter you from exploring it. Named for the Atakapa-Ishak Indian Tribe who once inhabited this area of Louisiana, the trail will one day stretch over 100 miles and connect cities and towns throughout the region, seldom encountering roads along the way. For the time being, the completed section of the trail begins in Parc Sans Souci in downtown Lafayette and takes cyclists on a picturesque ride to Beaver Park in Vermilionville. This initial section utilizes off-road sections as well as some roadways and shared bike lanes. 

  4. Chicot State Park - 3469 Chicot Park Rd, Ville Platte, LA 70586
    A little under an hour from Lafayette, Chicot State Park is a splendid destination for outdoor adventures of all kinds. Beloved by hikers, campers, bird watchers, and fishermen alike, Chicot State Park's greatest feature is an 18-mile trail that completely encircles Lake Chicot. The trail is open to mountain biking and hiking and offers a wild landscape ripe for exploration. Fall and winter are the best times to ride the trail, as the area can get a bit waterlogged in spring. 

  5. Wild Azalea Trail - 9363 Hwy. US165 South, Woodworth, LA 71485
    Marked by yellow blazes and open to bike and foot traffic only, the Wild Azalea Trail is a 31-mile pathway that offers great scenery and a richly varied view of southern and central Louisiana's pine hills and hardwood bottomland forests. The trail begins at Town Hall in Woodworth, LA, a little over an hour from Lafayette. From there, it meanders in a generally northwestern path, ending at Valentine Lake Recreation Area. The trail has been designated a National Recreation Trail.

Contact us today to learn more about life in Louisiana. Our team is here to help you find your dream home in Lafayette and the surrounding areas.

March
11

Learn About Butterflies Day: Butterfly Gardens Near Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Butterfly Gardens

The journey from caterpillar to butterfly is one of nature's most fascinating and inspiring transformations. On Sunday, March 14, spend some time observing these beautiful insects during National Learn About Butterflies Day. Get an up-close and personal view of these delightful spots around Baton Rouge suggested by our real estate agents.

  • Children's Garden - 4560 Essen Ln., Baton Rouge, LA 70809
    All ages are welcome at Children's Garden, where kids are encouraged to interact with the various exhibits. Taste the freshness of blackberries, carrots, and other fruits and vegetables are grown throughout the year. The butterfly section provides a look at all phases of development, from eggs and caterpillars to chrysalis to full-grown butterfly. Admission is free for all visitors. Children's Garden is open daily from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

  • Independence Botanical Gardens - 7950 Independence Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70806
    As part of their mission to make the city's natural resources easily accessible to the local community, BREC founded the Independence Botanical Gardens. One of the more recent additions to the site is the Butterfly Garden, completed in 2018. The garden includes cassia, echinacea, fennel, and other plants known to attract butterflies. The colors of the butterflies and the plants combine for a true visual delight. There is no charge for admission. Hours are 7 a.m. - sundown daily.

  • Laurens Henry Cohn, Sr. Memorial Plant Arboretum - 12206 Foster Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70811
    Laurens Henry Cohn, Sr. Memorial Plant Arboretum is another jewel in BREC's crown of scenic parks. With 16 acres of trees and shrubs, a fruit orchard, and a butterfly garden, the arboretum is a favorite destination for anyone who's seeking a peaceful oasis just minutes from Baton Rouge homes for sale. Besides butterflies, you can enjoy other flying creatures from the numerous bird-watching viewpoints throughout the grounds. The arboretum is open to the public free of charge. Hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., seven days a week.

  • Louisiana State Arthropod Museum - 5th Floor, Life Sciences Building, LSU, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
    Sixteen natural history collections housed on the LSU campus have been officially designated as the Louisiana Museum of Natural History. One of the more popular collections is the Louisiana State Arthropod Museum, featuring approximately one million insect specimens. Exhibits, including butterflies, are pinned, fluid-preserved, or slide-mounted, with new specimens added on a regular basis. Staff members are available to answer questions. 

Create Your Own Butterfly Garden

Another fun option is to create your own butterfly garden! It's a family-friendly activity that benefits the environment and boosts the curb appeal of your home.

  • Choose plants such as zinnias, coneflowers, and petunias that attract butterflies with vivid colors and a plentiful supply of nectar. Stagger plants of different heights to draw a wider variety of butterflies.

  • Be sure to include host plants, such as asters, milkweed, and passionflower, that will provide a nutrient-rich base for caterpillars.

  • Place a shallow dish filled with pebbles or sand and water in the garden to serve as a drinking station.

  • Avoid pesticides as much as possible. 

  • Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Monarch, Duskywing, and Black Swallowtail are some of the butterfly species that are native to Louisiana. If there are butterflies you're particularly interested in, research their habits and tailor your garden accordingly.

When it comes to "cocooning," there's no place better than a home of your own around Baton Rouge. Contact us at Latter & Blum for help from our cheerful and experienced real estate agents.

March
5

National Day of Unplugging: Outdoor Retreats in Lafayette

Outdoor Retreats Lafayette

Eager for a taste of the great outdoors? Our real estate agents can help!

At Latter & Blum, our real estate experts spend hours every week exploring the best Lafayette homes for sale. But every now and then, even we feel the call of the wild. Louisiana's iconic bayous have shaped culture and history here for centuries, and they promise adventure for new residents and long-time locals.

What better time to reconnect than during National Day of Unplugging?

National Day of Unplugging is an awareness campaign that provides 24 hours of rest away from technology on the first Friday in March. 

There are all kinds of outdoor escapes to choose from around Lafayette!

Let's look at a few of them now:

  1. Avery Island – 30 Miles South of Lafayette, See Website for Location Details
    Avery Island is one of the area's five salt domes, striking features formed over thousands of years. It was settled in the 1800s by the Avery family and became the birthplace of Tabasco hot pepper sauce. Your visit will include the 170-acre Jungle Gardens, a protected botanical garden rich with local plants and wildlife that is open seven days a week. You can go on a five-mile scenic drive or explore the walking trail.

  2. White Lake Woods Conservation Area – Southwestern Louisiana, See Website for Location Details
    White Lake Woods Conservation Area was donated to the state of Louisiana in 2002. About 75% of the land is freshwater marsh. The rest consists of farmland, wetlands, wooded areas, and camping grounds. Waterfowl, shorebirds, and even alligators dwell in the freshwater marsh. Fishing, boating, birding, and wildlife viewing are popular activities. A two-mile nature trail wraps the north side of the wetlands.

  3. LARC's Acadian Village200 Greenleaf Drive, Lafayette, LA 70506
    LARC's Acadian Village sits on 32 acres of land administered by the LARC nonprofit, which provides support to those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Village highlights the pioneer lives of the area's early settlers. The early 1800s recreation centers around a number of authentic period buildings, including the home of the first resident dentist in Lafayette. The village is a popular place for school field trips and weddings.

  4. Acadiana Park Nature Station – 1201 East Alexander Street, Lafayette, LA 70501
    Not far from Acadiana Park's beautiful campgrounds, you'll find the Acadiana Park Nature Station. This 150-acre facility is wheelchair accessible and incorporates a six-mile trail system. Since 1974, it has been known in the region for its Fourth Grade Environmental Education Program. Public tours are available every day of the year and guided Night Hikes on the last Saturday of each month.
     
  5. Atchafalaya Swamp Base – 2266 South College Road Suite E, Lafayette, LA 70508
    Created in 2010 as a national conservation site and "high adventure recreation base," Atchafalaya Swamp Base has a history intertwined with the local Boy Scouts. The Swamp encompasses an astounding 1.4 million acres, and the Swamp Base offers an accessible entry point. Its two iconic "treks," which consist of canoeing up to 75 miles, are regularly undertaken by experienced Scouts and guides. Weekend paddling trips are also available.

Living in Lafayette puts you at the crossroads of natural wonders. Imagine all that and the history, culture, and cuisine of one of America's most beloved cities. Contact us at Latter & Blum to learn about Lafayette real estate opportunities.

February
26

About Houma's Wetlands Discovery Center

Wetlands Discovery Center

2021 started on a high note around Houma homes for sale. In a move nearly 20 years in the making, construction of the new South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center broke ground on January 7. Our real estate agents take an in-depth look at this exciting development for nature lovers in Houma and all around the state.

One of Louisiana's most precious natural resources is its nearly 400-mile-long coastline winding beside the Gulf of Mexico.

The foundation behind the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center envisions the facility as a hub dedicated to increasing awareness and promoting ways to preserve the coastline. With students seen as the bearers of the future, the focus is being placed on educating them in the skills needed to adapt along with the changing environment.

Phase 1 Sets the Stage

Current construction is actually the first of four planned phases in the development of a multi-faceted learning center. Phase 1 is centered around a live man-made wetland encompassing half an acre that will be used for hands-on learning. A covered pavilion at the end of a boardwalk will serve as the site for outdoor lessons.

The anticipated completion of Phase 1 is April 2021. Executive Director Jonathan Foret is optimistic that the annual Rougarou Fest, a popular event that has served as a fundraiser for the center, will be able to move from downtown to the center's grounds this year. As with many events over the past year, 2020's Rougarou Fest was held via online and drive-thru activities and still raised more than $50,000.

What's in the Future?

Once completed, the ambitious South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center will certainly be a stunning addition to the Houma community. The final cost is projected at approximately $8 million. While funding of the $1.7 million cost of Phase 1 is coming primarily from the state, the foundation had to put up a 25 percent cash match, raised through events such as Rougarou Fest as well as grants from private foundations.

Ultimately, the 27,000-square-foot facility will occupy 2.4 acres in Houma, conveniently located just a short walk from the main branch of the Terrebonne Parish Library. Here's what you can expect to see in coming years:

  • Phase 2 will be the construction of the Bayou Country Institute. This facility is designed as a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education center for middle and high school students, which will include a state-of-the-art laboratory for instructor-led experiments.

  • Phase 3, regarded as the cornerstone of the center, involves the construction of a two-story building housing exhibits telling the ever-changing story of Louisiana's working coast. Plans also call for a terraced outdoor amphitheater for lectures, performances, and film screenings.

  • Phase 4 wraps up the project with the Traveling Exhibits Building and Research Hall, which will provide the opportunity for growth and expansion of the center's programs and research capabilities. Finally, visitors to the center can get a bird's-eye view of the wetlands from an observation tower that will be the highest spot on the campus.

At Latter & Blum, we're committed to promoting the cultural and social benefits of living in Houma and surrounding areas. Contact us for all your local real estate needs.

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.

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
21

Where to Train for a 5k in Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Running Trails

Are you ready to lace up your running shoes for a 5k in the Baton Rouge area? Then you'll find no shortage of great places to train for your next run! Between beautiful city parks, well-established nature trails, and trails running through popular local attractions, Baton Rouge offers a little bit of everything. Get ready for your next 5k, and enjoy some great natural scenery while you train. Our real estate agents have the details on some of the best places to train for a 5k around Baton Rouge.

  1. Milford Wampold Community Park – 901 Stanford Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70808

    Located on LSU lake with beautiful views of the water, Milford Wampold Community Park is a lovely place to train for a 5k close to Baton Rouge homes for sale. There are paved trails running throughout the park, along with a sandy beach that allows you to add a different type of surface to your training.

  2. Highland Road Community Park – 14024 Highland Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70810

    With more than 144 acres to explore that include paved trails and activities for family members of all ages, Highland Road Community Park makes it easy to fit some 5k training into a full day of outdoor family fun at the park. In addition to a variety of connected trails, the park features athletic fields of all types, a playground, picnic pavilions, a boat launch, and an air-conditioned indoor gymnasium.

  3. Baton Rouge Downtown Greenway – Downtown Baton Rouge, LA 70802

    The Baton Rouge Downtown Greenway connects with a number of downtown parks, outdoor attractions, and existing trail systems with views of the Mississippi River all around you, making it a great way to mix some variety into your 5k training. Currently, the loop connects the levee bike path, town square, and Brooks Park, with even more trails expected to be added in the future.

  4. Comite Park Trail – 8900 Hooper Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70818

    Looking for a trail that will allow you to put your training to the test? The Comite Park Trail is an excellent choice, with elevation changes that will add a little spice to your next run. This trail rates as moderate by popular hiking standards, with a 4.9-mile loop along the river that offers beautiful views while you run.

  5. Dawson Creek Trail – 7122 Perkins Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70808

    Located at the well-lit Perkins Road Community Park, the Dawson Creek Trail offers a convenient, paved running trail that can still be enjoyed even after the sun goes down. The trail runs for just over four miles with offshoots into the woods where you can extend your run, while the park also features a rock climbing wall, skate park, BMX bike trails, and a playground perfect for entertaining younger visitors.

Living in Baton Rouge means that your next outdoor adventure is never far from your front door, and our team is here to help you find your next home in the city. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Baton Rouge, LA area.

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
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.

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
24

New Orleans Dog Parks Your Pup Will Love

New Orleans Dog Parks

If you're a pet owner, one of the first questions you ask when you move to a new city is, "will my pet be happy?" Here in New Orleans, our real estate agents are happy to report that we live in an amazingly pet-friendly city, with plenty of options for your four-legged friends! Be sure to check out these amazing dog parks in the NOLA area!

  • NOLA City Bark Dog Park - 10 Magnolia Dr, New Orleans, LA 70124
    One of the most popular dog parks in New Orleans, NOLA City Bark Dog Park spans just over 4.5 acres, with plenty of space for you and your four-legged friends to run free. Located just minutes from these New Orleans homes for sale, the park offers open meadows, separate play areas for large and small dogs, water play areas, benches, pavilions, and paved walking paths. Be sure to check up on current restrictions due to COVID-19 before visiting. 

  • Crescent Park Dog Run - 3800-3898 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70117
    Crescent Park is a 20-acre, 1.4-mile linear park that stretches along the Mississippi Riverfront and connects some of the city's most vibrant neighborhoods. It's a favorite spot among cyclists, joggers, and dog walkers, with spectacular views and lovely native landscaping. One of the park's best features is a dog run where canines can run free off the leash while their humans enjoy the view. 

  • Wisner Playground and Dog Run - 4877 Laurel St, New Orleans, LA 70115
    Tucked away in New Orleans' West Riverside neighborhood, Wisner Playground and Dog Run is a great place for kids and pups alike to enjoy some playtime. The park may appear small, but it's deceptively spacious, with separate fenced-in areas for large and small dogs, along with water fountains and doggie bags. A lot of locals bring their dogs here, so you're always likely to find a playmate.

  • NOLA Bark Market - 3041 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70117
    You'll find just about everything you and your pup need at NOLA Bark Market, a staple of New Orleans' Bywater neighborhood. It's a pet shop, doggie daycare and dog park all rolled into one. Their dog park spans a quarter acre, and it's the only true dog park in Downtown New Orleans. You'll need a membership to take advantage of it, but we consider it a worthy investment!

  • Levee Dog Park - 1 Walnut St, New Orleans, LA 70118
    Sometimes referred to as the dog levee, Levee Dog Park has gained a reputation among locals in the know as the best 'unofficial' off-leash dog park in New Orleans. A spacious and hilly open meadow tucked in behind the Audubon Zoo, Levee Dog Park is a great place to let your pooch off the leash to run free. There are no facilities, but the views are great. There's plenty of shade and open space, and you can count on meeting some other friendly dogs. Be aware that the meadow isn't fenced in, so make sure you're confident that your pup won't make a break for it. 

New Orleans is a fun place to live for dogs, and it's not bad for humans either! Contact us today to learn more, and talk to our team about finding your dream home in New Orleans. 

July
15

7 Ways to Beat the Louisiana Heat This Summer

Summer Tips

Louisiana has a wonderful climate, but temperatures can soar over the summer. Fortunately, residents of our area have learned some tips and tricks that can help make you more comfortable. Our real estate agents suggest the following seven ways to beat the Louisiana heat this summer:

  1. Wear the Right Clothing
    You may be tempted to wear as little as possible during hot weather, especially when you go outside. But wearing light, loose-fitting clothing made of natural fabrics keep you more comfortable. And when you go outside, your covered skin won't be absorbing as much of the sun's heat, and you'll be more likely to avoid getting a scorching sunburn.

  2. Chill Your Sheets
    As strange as it sounds, put your top sheet and pillowcase - and even your bottom sheet if you have room - into large zip-lock bags and put them in the fridge during the evening. Put them back on your bed when it's time to go to sleep, and you'll have sheets that let you stay cooler at night.

  3. Stay Hydrated
    Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine in them, but drink plenty of water. If you put a bottle of water in the freezer, you'll always have a cold bottle to take with you when you go out. Many people get tired of plain water, so infuse it with fruit like cucumbers or strawberries to give it a shot of flavor.

  4. Use Your Fans
    Fans help move air, which makes your body feel cooler. Use ceiling fans set to turn counterclockwise as well as pedestal or table fans to help you beat the heat. Turn them off if you'll be leaving a room for a long period of time, since they help cool you off, but not the room.

  5. Shut the Blinds
    Letting natural light in your home can make it pleasant to be inside on most days, but during the summer, you're also letting heat into your home. Shut your blinds or draperies during the day and take the extra step of turning off unnecessary lights to avoid the heat they generate.

  6. Cool Off with Water
    Taking a cool shower can be very refreshing, especially before bedtime. You can also mist yourself with water throughout the day or sit in a lawn chair and soak your feet in a kiddie pool.

Contact us if you're looking to sell your home or would like to find out about Baton Rouge homes for sale in the area. Our real estate agents have a great deal of experience buying and selling homes in Louisiana and can help you sell your existing home and find the right one for you!

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.

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!

January
14

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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!

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 Franklin homes for sale, this event features live music, activities for kids and a classic car show. The Harvest Moon Festival was created to celebrate the local merchants of Franklin and this year they'll be offering special discounts and promotions throughout the event! Stop down and start your holiday shopping early while supporting Franklin's local business owners!

  4. Blackpot Festival & Cookoff — 300 Fisher Rd., Lafayette, LA 70508 | Oct 25-26
    For over a decade, the Vermilionville Historic Village has hosted the delicious Blackpot Festival & Cookoff to celebrate the music, food, and culture of Southwest Louisiana. This two-day event features a mouth-watering cookoff where cooks of all skill levels compete for bragging rights by serving up their best gumbo, cracklins, jambalaya, and gravies. Be sure to buy a ticket or go all-out and camp the entire week at Lakeview Park & Beach to celebrate Blackpot Festival in style!

  5. Holy Ghost Creole Festival Bazaar — 788 North Union St., Opelousas, LA 70570 | Nov 1-3
    The Holy Ghost Creole Festival Bazaar is the tastiest way to celebrate Creole culture this fall! Taking place at the Holy Ghost Catholic Church, this weekend event features live music, a Creole heritage parade, and plates on plates of mouth-watering food. Be sure not to pass up some of their famous sweet dough pies! You'll find this fall fun near Opelousas homes for sale.

  6. Festivals Acadiens et Creoles — 500 Girard Park Dr., Lafayette, LA 70503 | Oct 10-13
    The annual Festivals Acadiens et Creoles has a long and proud history in the city. Taking place at Girard Park across from the best Lafayette homes for sale, this event is a beautiful blend of culture, food, and music that celebrates Cajun and Creole lifestyles. The Louisiana Craft Fair also takes place at this festival, offering you a full weekend up festivities and fun!

  7. Bayou Round Up — 2330 Johnston St. Lafayette, LA 70503 | Oct 18-19
    Hot rods, vintage cars, live music and delicious food — the Bayou Round Up is celebrating its 5th year in style. Held outside of the Blackham Coliseum, this event brings big fun to the bayou that you do not want to miss!

  8. Boudin Cook-Off — 201 E. Vermilion St., Lafayette, LA 70501 | Oct 19
    The premiere boudin event in the state, the Boudin Cook-Off is held in downtown Lafayette in the Parc International. This year, the Acadiana Bacon Fest joins the cook-off for a full day of food and family-friendly fun! Sign up for the boudin ball eating contest or sample the best bacon and boudin from around the state!

Looking for a great place to call home in Lafayette? Contact us today, and we'll show you all of the Lafayette homes for sale in the area! 

July
1

5 Acadiana Picnic Spots Lafayette Locals Love

Picnic Spots in LafayetteNothing says summer like a picnic. July is National Picnic month, so what better time pack a basket and head outdoors to exceptional Acadiana picnic spots.

Whether you're looking for a place to take a quick break, planning a romantic afternoon out, or want to get together with family and friends, fun times are sure to be had! Lafayette homes for sale are right near some of the best picnic spots in our city. So take the opportunity to get to know your new neighborhood, enjoy a meal and summer fun at these prime locales.

  1. Girard Park, 500 Girard Park Dr. Lafayette, LA 70503
    Girard Park is one of the most well-known and popular picnic spots in town. There's plenty of covered picnic areas as well as wide open spaces to put down a blanket and enjoy the scenery. Girard Park has no shortage of scenic regions either, with a bridge, pond, fountains, ducks, fishing and a hiking trail.
  2. Veteran's Park, 200 Feu Follet Rd., Lafayette, LA 70508
    In addition to the Veteran's memorial, the small, quiet, and pleasant Veteran's Park has covered picnic tables, grills, benches overlooking the pond, and a fishing pier. There's plenty of wildlife to watch and a small play area to make your afternoon picnic with the kids complete.  
  3. Parc Sans Souci, 201 E. Vermilion St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    If you'd prefer a more urban setting for your picnic Parc Sans Souci is right in the heart of downtown. It's family friendly with plenty of benches, a few grassy areas, a fountain, and splash pad for the kids.
  4. Acadiana Park, 1005 E. Alexander St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    There is something for everyone at Acadiana Park. There are nature, hiking and biking trails, boat dock, and plenty of nature's best scenery to make your picnic relaxing. With a nature station and plenty of open spaces and sport's fields, you could make a picnic just part of your fun-filled day.
  5. Beaullieu Park, 410 W. Bluebird Dr., Lafayette, LA 70508
    Beaullieu Park has plenty of open spaces and shady areas great for picnicking and beating the summer heat. If your furry friend is a constant companion, you'll appreciate the dog park too.

A picnic with family, friends, and neighbors is always a pleasant way to enjoy the outdoors and the summer. Our REALTORS® can help you find the perfect Lafayette home to fit your lifestyle. Contact us to get started.

March
25

Baton Rouge Parks and Outdoor Spaces

6 Baton Rouge Parks to Celebrate Take a Walk in the Park Day

Baton Rouge Park

Are you ready to celebrate the start of spring in Baton Rouge? Kick off the season in style by celebrating National Take a Walk in the Park Day, which takes place every year on March 30th, at one of the many vibrant parks and green spaces located throughout Baton Rouge. From BMX tracks to secluded trails and astronomical observatories, the parks and green spaces of Baton Rouge truly feature something for every member of the community to enjoy. The outdoor spaces of Baton Rouge are popular during every season, and spring is the perfect time to explore the city. Our real estate agents have the local perspective, with a guide to enjoying Take a Walk in the Park Day at six beautiful Baton Rouge parks and green spaces.

  1. Burbank Park – 12400 Burbank Dr., Baton Rouge
    Looking for the hottest spot for soccer in Baton Rouge? Burbank Park features 22 soccer fields, including six with lights, and buzzes with activity every weekend. There is also a dog park with separate areas for dogs of different sizes, and even a swim area where pups can cool off. It's the perfect place for a walk in the park with your furry friend.
  2. Highland Road Community Park – 14024 Highland Rd., Baton Rouge
    Baton Rouge homes for sale make it easy to reach a wide variety of fun, educational attractions, including Highland Road Community Park. In addition to 144 acres of outdoor space ideal for taking a walk in the park, the grounds are home to the Highland Park Observatory. The Observatory features a 20-inch telescope, with weekend programs and summer camps for stargazers.
  3. Greenwood Community Park – 13350 LA-19, Baton Rouge
    Spend Take a Walk in the Park Day by the water at Greenwood Community Park, which features a walking trail surrounding a scenic, 18-acre lake. There is also a waterfront cafe, along with disc golf, tennis courts, and watercraft rentals. The Dumas Memorial Golf Course, which hosts a number of local tournaments, is also located in the park.
  4. Independence Community Park – 7500 Independence Blvd., Baton Rouge
    Visit the beautiful botanic gardens and extensive cultural facilities located at Independence Community Park, which features 1.8 miles of paved paths for enjoying a walk in the park. The park is also home to the gorgeous, modern main library for Baton Rouge, along with a water park, internet cafe, and the popular Independence Park Theatre.
  5. Perkins Road Community Park – 7122 Perkins Rd., Baton Rouge
    Interested in exploring a truly unique local park? Perkins Road Community Park is your one-stop shop for extreme sports, with a skate park, BMX track, rock climbing, and so much more. The park also features extensive trails for biking, walking, and skating, so you can celebrate Take a Walk in the Park Day however you like. The public playground at the park is perfect for entertaining younger visitors.
  6. City-Brooks Community Park – 1515 Dalrymple Dr., Baton Rouge
    With paved paths surrounding a variety of lakes, City-Brooks Community Park is a great place for a walk at any time of day. It's also a popular gathering place for the community year-round, thanks to the golf course, tennis center, playground, and dog park found on site. During the summer, kids enjoy the park's fountain and splash pad.

Searching for the perfect home close to all of the outdoor attractions in the city? Our local team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Baton Rouge, LA area.

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