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Baton Rouge’s Art Scene Has A Lot To Offer

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

If you’re an art enthusiast, you’ll be right at home in Baton Rouge. The art scene is absolutely vibrant in Baton Rouge with some truly world-class exhibits you can’t afford to miss when you’re in town. Whether you’re a fan of the classics or you have an eye for the modern, the city boasts a range of art museums featuring artists ranging from the all-time masters to promising local talent.
What are some of the best art exhibits in Louisiana’s capital city? Our favorites include:

• Baton Rouge Gallery
• LSU Museum of Art
• Shaw Center for the Arts
• Manship Theater
• Louisiana Art and Science Museum
• Louisiana Mud Painting Gallery
• Louisiana Pottery Museum

But that’s not all the Baton Rouge art scene has to offer. The first Saturday of each month you can check out the Baton Rouge Arts Market, featuring some of the best local artists in the city selling their works. In addition, there are several art festivals throughout the year, like the Houmas House Art Festival, FestforAll, and Oak Alley Art Festival.
You can also enjoy the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, the Buddy Stewart Memorial Music Foundation & Rhythm Museum, and catch local acts perform at places like Haven Gallery & Listening Room.
Simply put, there’s something to satisfy the art lover in everybody who visits Baton Rouge. So, the next time you come stay at Bocage Plantation, take advantage of the amazing opportunity to soak in the local art scene.

What are Your Travel New Year’s Resolutions for 2015?

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

The start of the New Year is a time for looking ahead and planning for the year ahead. It’s a time for setting goals, and while most people will make resolutions to drop a few pounds or make a little more money, travel lovers make goals to go on new adventures, to discover new places, and to create new memories.

Where do you want to go in 2015? What do you want to see? Where do you want to stay? And who do you want to do it all with?

Here are some common travel New Year’s resolutions you can use for inspiration in setting your own special goals for the upcoming year.

  • Visit a new place—Where do you want to go that you’ve never been before? What are some destinations on your bucket list? Make this year the year that you start crossing destinations off your list. Dream big, but also, make sure that you’re realistic so you can achieve your travel goals this year.
  • Stay somewhere different—Are you used to staying in the same old chain hotels? Try something different this year. For example, stay at a bed and breakfast for a totally unique, refreshing experience.
  • Create a travel savings account—Make travel a true priority by creating a savings account you can put a little money in every month. By putting aside a little at a time, you can plan your travel budget better and afford your trip without having to charge it on your credit card.
  • Keep a travel journal—Traveling is all about experiencing new things and creating new memories. But sometimes, these memories fade over time. That’s why it’s always a good idea to keep a travel journal. You can document your vacation experiences in writing and with photos, so you can look back on them fondly for years to come.

What are some of your travel New Year’s resolutions for 2015?

5 Awesome Louisiana Christmas Traditions

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

There’s no better place on Earth to celebrate Christmas than in Louisiana. Here in Cajun Country, we celebrate the holiday season in some unforgettable ways with everything from grand festivals and parades to simple, unique traditions that give Christmas a little twist.

If you find yourself visiting Bocage Plantation this holiday season, make sure you try to enjoy some of these exciting Louisiana Christmas traditions!

The Baton Rouge Christmas Parade—Since 1950, this downtown parade has tolled through the city spreading holiday cheer. It’s the largest and longest-running parade in the entire Baton Rouge area, and it’s always an exciting event. If you plan on going, make sure you get there early to grab a prime spot to see Santa! Click here for more info about the Baton Rouge Christmas Parade.

Cajun Night Before Christmas
—The Night Before Christmas is a tale we all know quite well, but did you know there’s a Cajun version of the bedtime favorite? The Cajun Night Before Christmas is read in local lingo, and features some unique twists, like Santa being pulled in a skiff by alligators! Click here for a fun reading of the Cajun Night Before Christmas.

Festival of the Bonfires & Christmas Eve Bonfire—Enjoy Christmas on the river Cajun style with the annual Festival of the Bonfires. Every year, folks gather for tasty food, live entertainment, carnival rides, and a host of other attractions capped off by a bonfire lighting each night. This is an excellent prelude to the historic Christmas Eve bonfires that take place every year at St. James Parish.

Celebration in the Oaks—Celebration in the Oaks in City Park in New Orleans is a beautiful holiday lights festival that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year throughout the holiday season. The park is transformed into a winter wonderland with breathtaking light displays throughout the 25 acre property. Click here for more info on the Celebration in the Oaks.

Eat Cajun style—Holiday dinners in Louisiana are often a bit different than in other places. They often feature seafood gumbo, oyster dressing, Cajun sausage, fried turkey, or even the one-of-a-kind Tur-Duc-Hen! And let’s not forget about the sweet desserts, like bread pudding and pralines! Mmmm…we’re getting hungry just thinking about it!

We’d love to see you this holiday season at Bocage Plantation! Happy holidays to you and yours!

Never Stayed At A Louisiana Bed & Breakfast? Here’s What You’re Missing Out On!

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

If you’re planning a vacation, the first thing you might be tempted to do is to compare rates at the different popular hotel chains around town. Stop. Before you do that, consider something a little different – a bed and breakfast.

Never stayed at a bed & breakfast? You have no idea what you’ve been missing out on. B&Bs offer a totally unique experience that provide a number of advantages over staying in your typical run-of-the-mill hotel. Here are 5 key reasons the Louisiana bed & breakfast experience is unlike anything else out there.

  1. There’s a personal touch hotels just can’t offer. Because B&Bs are typically smaller and individually owned, they tend to have a much more personal, intimate feel than hotels. At a bed and breakfast, you’re truly seen as a guest, and not just another customer. Many times, B&B owners will go above and beyond to make sure your stay is truly comfortable and up to your standards.
  2. You get a real homemade breakfast. Want something a little better than stale pastries and pop tarts for breakfast? If you stay at a bed and breakfast, you’ll enjoy a real homemade breakfast prepared by a seasoned chef. Have special dietary needs? The chef can prepare something personalized just for you to ensure you have a meal you’ll enjoy.
  3. You’ll often pay less than a hotel. Check out this eye-opening infographic that compares the average prices of hotels and B&Bs in major cities across the country. Fact is that staying at a bed and breakfast usually gets you better amenities at a lower price than at a hotel. We’ve said it before, Bocage Plantation is truly a great value for a luxurious experience.
  4. B&B owners truly know the best things to do around town. Most hotel lobbies have kiosks stocked with impersonal brochures detailing various things to do around town. However, when you stay at a B&B, you’ll have the chance to speak with the owner and/or staff who likely grew up in the area and can really offer personalized suggestions for things to see and do that fit what you’re looking for.
  5. You’ll feel transported to a different time and place. No doubt, there are some pretty cool hotels out there. But the fact is that most chain hotels are pretty much the same. They lack personality. When you stay at a Louisiana bed and breakfast like Bocage Plantation, you’ll instantly be transported to a different time and place. Our historic mansion sweeps you away with its charm and romance, creating a unique environment that can’t be replicated elsewhere.

Ready to discover what you’ve been missing out on? Click here to learn more about our Louisiana B&B.

Louisiana Old State Capitol Building Offers Glimpse into More of Bocage Architect Dakin’s Work

Friday, November 7th, 2014

One of the first things we tell visitors to go see while they’re in the Baton Rouge area is the Old State Capitol building. Situated beautifully on a high bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, the Old State Capitol is truly an architectural beauty that can’t be missed. It was designed and built by none other than James Harrison Dakin, the same architect who rebuilt Bocage Plantation after the original 1801 home burned.

Dakin was one of the most distinguished American architects of his time. He was originally from New York but moved to New Orleans where he showcased his talents at beautiful buildings across the area. His work drew from Egyptian, Greek, Victorian, and Gothic styles. The Old State Capitol features a unique, beautiful blend of Gothic and Victorian architecture, earning a number of distinguished architecture awards throughout the years.

Over the years, the Old State Capitol has withstood fire, war, abandonment, and harsh political debates.

Through it all, the building stood tall as a symbol of hope and leadership.

These days, the Old State Capitol is often referred to as the Museum of Political History. The former statehouse is a historical, educational institution with excellent, award-winning exhibits featuring art and artifacts related to the state’s history, politics, and culture. Traveling exhibits and other special events are often hosted at the Louisiana Old State Capitol as well.

If you’re planning a stay at Bocage or will be passing through the area for other purposes, we highly encourage you to take a little time to visit Louisiana’s Old State Capitol. It’s a beautiful building steeped in history and intrigue.

Click here to visit the official website for the Old State Capitol.

Bocage Plantation Public Tours Are Fun For Visitors Of All Ages

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

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Just want to say I had an excellent time at the Bocage Plantation today. The tour and the guide were excellent and he knew in great detail the history and restoration process going on at Bocage. I would recommend this tour to anyone and I will be back for the Bed and Breakfast. The place is beautiful and I am so glad this part of history has been saved and restored for future generations.”—RAUSA56 on tripadvisor

Until Dr. Marion Rundell purchased and renovated historic Bocage Plantation, the mansion had never been open to the public for tours. But these days, we’re proud to announce that Bocage Plantation offers public tours by appointment only. Visitors of all ages are welcome, and tickets are just $20. Children 12 and under are FREE!

Our historic plantation tour offers an exclusive opportunity for visitors to go behind the scenes and learn about the fascinating history of Bocage Plantation. You’ll get the chance to see all of our antique furniture firsthand, to admire some of the beautiful paintings and works of art we have adorning our walls, and to simply enjoy the beautiful views we have across our peaceful 110-acre grounds.

The guided tours are very informative, and they give you the chance to see and learn things about Bocage Plantation that you wouldn’t normally have the chance to enjoy. You’ll have opportunities to ask questions so you can learn everything there is to know about our historic plantation listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Remember, when you come tour Bocage Plantation, you’ll be on historic Old River Road, putting you in close proximity to some other great plantations and historic spots. A lot of visitors like to make a day of it by touring other plantations while they’re in the area.

Click here for complete information on our Louisiana plantation tours.

Baton Rouge’s Art Scene Has A Lot To Offer

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Louisianna Art

If you’re an art enthusiast, you’ll be right at home in Baton Rouge. The art scene is absolutely vibrant in Baton Rouge with some truly world-class exhibits you can’t afford to miss when you’re in town. Whether you’re a fan of the classics or you have an eye for the modern, the city boasts a range of art museums featuring artists ranging from the all-time masters to promising local talent.

What are some of the best art exhibits in Louisiana’s capital city? Our favorites include:

• Baton Rouge Gallery
• LSU Museum of Art
• Shaw Center for the Arts
• Manship Theater
• Louisiana Art and Science Museum
• Louisiana Mud Painting Gallery
• Louisiana Pottery Museum

But that’s not all the Baton Rouge art scene has to offer. The first Saturday of each month you can check out the Baton Rouge Arts Market, featuring some of the best local artists in the city selling their works. In addition, there are several art festivals throughout the year, like the Houmas House Art Festival, FestforAll, and Oak Alley Art Festival.

You can also enjoy the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, the Buddy Stewart Memorial Music Foundation & Rhythm Museum, and catch local acts perform at places like Haven Gallery & Listening Room.
Simply put, there’s something to satisfy the art lover in everybody who visits Baton Rouge. So, the next time you come stay at Bocage Plantation, take advantage of the amazing opportunity to soak in the local art scene.

Weddings, Honeymoons, and Anniversaries: Romance the Bocage Plantation Way

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

romance in LouisianaRomantic. It’s the one word that comes up time and time again when people try to describe Bocage Plantation. There’s just something about our beautiful, historic property that’s undeniably romantic. From the moment you step onto our grounds, you’re immediately ushered into another area – a simpler, romantic time. It’s an atmosphere you just won’t find at a typical hotel. Perhaps that’s why so many couples choose to celebrate their most romantic occasions at Bocage Plantation.

From weddings to honeymoons to anniversaries, Bocage Plantation is the ideal place to celebrate love.

You might be surprised to learn that Bocage Plantation isn’t just a bed and breakfast. We’ve also hosted a number of weddings here at our historical home and grounds. Our 7,000 sq. ft. historic mansion serves as a glorious backdrop for an unforgettable wedding. From small, intimate weddings to large ceremonies, Bocage Plantation has been the wedding venue of choice for celebrations of all sizes. There’s nothing we love more than seeing a happy couple tie the knot on our premises!

Of course, the honeymoon is what most married couples really look forward to, and once again, Bocage is a great place to celebrate your burning love. The private, intimate surroundings here are ideal for newlyweds looking to get away from it all and truly connect and bond with one another. And for those honeymooner couples looking to get out of the room every once in a while, Bocage Plantation’s convenient proximity to Baton Rouge and New Orleans makes it an ideal spot.

Now, as the years go by, married couples often need to recharge their romance from time to time. What better way to do this than to celebrate your anniversary here at our gorgeous bed and breakfast? Bocage Plantation is the perfect weekend getaway for couples celebrating their anniversary!

It’s all about romance here at Bocage Plantation. Come celebrate your love with us soon.

New Orleans Gives Architecture Lovers Something To Really Look At

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

New Orleans architectureArchitecture aficionados visiting Bocage Plantation are in for a double delight. Not only does historic Bocage Plantation offer what’s widely considered the best and most original interpretation of American Greek Revival architecture in the nation, but a short drive over to New Orleans opens the door to an entire world of architectural wonder.

Lenny Kravitz once said, “There’s certain things in life that I love. One is architecture And music, culture, food, people. New Orleans has all of that.” The French Quarter resident is right on all counts, and while the Big Easy might be most notorious for its cuisine and music, its architecture is among the best in the nation.

The great thing about New Orleans is its variety of architectural styles. From Creole cottages to Greek revival mansions to shotgun houses, the Crescent City is home to a myriad of remarkable styles. The city even has a rare example of a Moorish revival church. It’s this diversity that perfectly captures the fascinating, intricate multicultural heritage of New Orleans, and it’s what makes the city’s architectural landscape among the most interesting anywhere.
Of course, there are many different ways to soak in the architecture in New Orleans. You could take a bus tour around the city, and you’ll get a chance to see a broad spectrum of architectural styles across the area. You could also take an architectural walking tour with a group led by a professional guide. This would give you a great opportunity to learn more about the city’s architecture than you might be able to do on your own, and it gives you the chance to ask questions to a local expert.

But one of the most exciting, rewarding, and convenient ways to discover the city’s rich architectural offerings is to simply go for a walk. Do some exploring. A short stroll is sure to provide you with a diverse collection of stunning examples of numerous architectural styles, allowing you to truly take as much time as you want to admire these beautiful works of art.

A trip to Bocage Plantation truly is like heaven for the architecture lover.

Bocage Plantation: A Great Value for a Luxurious Louisiana Bed & Breakfast Experience

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

“I recently spent a very relaxing night at Bocage Plantation. Let me just start by saying they don’t charge enough for their rooms. Honestly.” –Wendy H.

1st-FloorThose are the opening words of a recent review of Bocage Plantation posted on Facebook by one of our guests. It’s a sentiment we’ve heard a thousand times before, and it makes us very proud. At Bocage Plantation, we work hard to deliver an exceptional guest experience at an unbeatable value.

Remember, Bocage Plantation is a full Louisiana bed and breakfast. That means you aren’t just paying for your room. You get so much more.

Upon your arrival, you’ll be greeted with a complimentary bottle of wine. At night, you’ll be served wine, hors d’oeuvres, and evening snacks to satisfy your taste buds and to help you unwind before bed.

In the morning is when you get the real treat – a delicious, homemade breakfast. This isn’t the continental breakfast you’re used to in a hotel. This is a real, hearty breakfast prepared with the finest ingredients. It’s one of those meals you’ll be dreaming of for years to come. There’s nothing like a mouthwatering breakfast to fill you up and help you start your day!

Still, that’s not all you get for your money. All guests have the opportunity to partake in a full tour of our historic plantation. We do our best to make our tours fun, informative, and engaging for all guests. It’s a great chance to learn more about the unique history of Bocage Plantation and to ask any questions you might have.

And don’t forget the beautiful, romantic surroundings you can only find here at Bocage Plantation. Our Louisiana bed and breakfast whisks you away into another time, while ensuring you still enjoy all of the modern amenities you desire for a comfortable, pleasant stay.

When it comes to value, you can’t beat the Louisiana bed and breakfast at Bocage Plantation!