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Do These 5 Things on Your First Trip to New Orleans

Saturday, August 8th, 2015

New Orleans architectureAre you planning a trip to New Orleans sometime? “Nawlins,” as the locals call it, is a hotbed of amazing cultural experiences that you won’t ever forget. With that said, below is a list of 5 things you absolutely must do on your first visit to “The Big Easy:”

1. You must eat! If you like it spicy and from the sea, then New Orleans will be a continual palate-pleaser for your entire stay. From Crawfish Etouffee, to Jambalaya, to Po-Boys and Gumbo, you’ll be hard-pressed to not have food on the brain constantly. Oh, and let’s not forget the world-famous Beignets and Bananas Foster the locals specialize in. New Orleans’s amazing cuisine should be a top-priority for your visit.

2. You must jazz it up at any one of the countless jazz clubs you’re certain to have near you! New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz, after all, and combined with the city’s propensity for partying, you’ll be in for the time of your life. Who knows, you may even make a new friend or 10!

3. You must visit Bourbon Street! Residing in the heart of the city’s oldest neighborhood, the French Quarter, Bourbon Street teems in the evening with street performers and unrivaled partying.

4. You must tour the art galleries and antique shops of Royal Street! It’s befitting that one of the oldest streets in the city is a treasure trove of relics of past- and present-day New Orleans. If history is your thing, you could easily spend an entire day on Royal Street.

5. You must take a Katrina tour! The devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina can’t be marginalized or adequately summed up in pictures or text. A Katrina tour is sobering in relation to the New Orleans experience outlined above, but being humbled and adding a bit of humility to your experience there may just give you what you need to appreciate your time there on much deeper level.

As you can see, New Orleans has a lot to offer—certainly much more than can be expressed in a top-5 list; however, these five to-dos will get you started on the right foot and keep you busy for at least 2-3 days. And as a bonus, here are 3 local drinks you must experience: Sazerac, Pimm’s Cup, and Gin Fizz. Enjoy your first trip to New Orleans!

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

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Bocage Plantation wedding venueRomantic. 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, June 10th, 2015

Have your wedding or special event at BocageArchitecture 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.

Have Some Bachelorette Fun at Bocage Plantation

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

Bocage Plantation  #2Bocage Plantation has long been a popular destination for romantic occasions. We regularly have couples coming in to celebrate their honeymoon, anniversary, Valentine’s Day, or just to spend a romantic weekend away together. We even host weddings on our premises. But Bocage isn’t just a place to celebrate romantic occasions with your partner, it’s also a great spot to have a little fun in anticipation of your big day! That’s right – Bocage Plantation is the perfect setting for some bachelorette fun!

If you’re looking for a truly memorable and unique way to celebrate your bachelorette party, a night or weekend at Bocage Plantation Louisiana bed & breakfast is an excellent alternative to the dance clubs, bars, and other cliché bachelorette party ideas. Bocage Plantation is the ideal setting for all of the girls to get together for a little fun, relaxation, and some bonding time before sending the bride down the aisle to marital bliss.

The moment you pull up to Bocage, your entire bachelorette party will feel transported to a different time and place. No expense was spared when restoring and furnishing the elegant, stately mansion that is steeped in history with ties to Christopher Columbus and the early colonization of America. You will all get a taste of what luxury life was all about on the famous River Road back in the 1800s while still having all of the modern amenities you expect for comfort.

Upon your bachelorette party’s arrival, guests will be shown to their rooms and you will all be served hors d’oeuvres and wine to help you feel right at home. If you’d like, your party can be given a tour of the premises and learn all about the remarkable history of Bocage Plantation from your friendly hosts Roberto and Amy. Enjoy all of the fine antiques and accessories, take in the beautiful view from the second floor of the levee that fronts the Mississippi River, and stroll around our gorgeous 100-acre property.

And don’t forget, if you’re still looking for fun things to do for your bachelorette party, there are many great local attractions and plenty of dining options nearby that are sure to please everyone.

Simply put, Bocage Plantation is the perfect setting for an unforgettably unique bachelorette party!

We Encourage Touching!

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

One of the comments we hear time and time again from new guest at Bocage Plantation is, “I love that I’m able to touch and sit on the beautiful antique furniture here. Other B&Bs don’t allow that!”

It’s true. At Bocage Plantation, we encourage touching. When you step through our doors, you are our guest, and we want you to feel completely at home. That means you don’t have to walk through the house on eggshells with your arms pinned down at your side. Yes, we do have some very beautiful, very valuable antiques on display and we encourage you to be aware of that fact, but most of all, we want you to feel comfortable, at ease, and at home.

That’s one of the things we believe that sets Bocage Plantation apart from other historical bed and breakfasts. We’ve had a lot of guests tell us that they just don’t feel comfortable at some other B&Bs because touching is a major no-no and guests are scolded for getting too close to precious antiques.

That’s not the case here at Bocage Plantation. Here, you get to sleep in a grand antique bed. Your room will be furnished with other beautiful antiques, like an armoire and other furnishings. Just take a look at some of the beautiful antique furniture that fills our mansion. Not to mention, your breakfast will be served on the finest china. Simply put, we want you to feel like you’ve been ushered away to another time, while still having access to modern amenities, of course.

Our home is your home! We hope you come stay with us soon.

Is New Orleans the Most Exciting City in America?

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

America has some really amazing, entertaining cities. There’s New York City, The Big Apple…The City That Never Sleeps. There’s Las Vegas, Sin City…and another city that never sleeps. But while those cities are definitely fun and exciting, if you ask us, New Orleans is America’s most exciting and extraordinary city.

There’s just something irreplaceable and utterly unique about New Orleans. There’s no other place remotely like it in the world. The city is rich with character and characters alike. Take a walk through the French Quarter, and you’ll enjoy a level of people watching you can’t find anywhere else. You’ll also enjoy some of the most delightful culinary creations you’ve ever tasted, and the city has a top-rated music scene.

It’s no wonder that Travel + Leisure once rated New Orleans the “Best American City to Visit” in a reader poll. The city ranked #1 in 13 other categories, including:

  • Music scene
  • Cafes
  • People watching
  • Wild weekend
  • Antiques stores
  • Offbeat people
  • People proud of their city
  • Girlfriend getaway
  • Happy hour
  • Singles scene
  • Street performers
  • Flea markets
  • New Year’s Eve

The city also nabbed second place in a number of categories, including:

  • Fine dining restaurants

  • Free attractions

  • Charming local accent

  • Cocktail lounges

Remember, New Orleans is also the Festival Capital of the World. No matter what time of year you visit, you can bet there will be something going on to keep you entertained and happy.

Even a leisurely stroll in New Orleans is exciting with all the beautiful architecture the city offers. Around every corner is a new surprise, something remarkable to see. You simply can’t get bored in The Big Easy!

What do you think? Is New Orleans the most exciting city in America?

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.