Hotel at a Glance: Fairfield Place
Fairfield Place was built in 1870 by a Louisiana Supreme Court Judge, and it retains the old-fashioned charm of that era. Inside, the hallways and rooms are appointed with old paintings and antique furnishings.
- Charming rooms: Each guest room has its own personality; the romantic Burgundy Room, for example, features a four-poster European bed and a fireplace.
- Full breakfast is served each morning, a hearty spread that features eggs, French toast, and fresh-baked muffins and croissants.
- The lush courtyard has well-kept gardens and a black circular staircase that leads up to a balcony patio.
- Welcoming setting: The B&B has a New Orleans-style patio, and you'll be greeted with complimentary wine.
- Downtown attractions, such as boutique shops and restaurants, are within walking distance.
Shreveport, LA: "Sportsman's Paradise" with Numerous Area Casinos
Shreveport is Louisana's third-largest city, but it occupies a rather different space neighbor cities Baton Rouge and New Orleans. It's situated in the northern part of the state, near the borders of Texas and Arkansas. It's less swampy than the Gulf Coast, with many rivers and lakes popular with boaters and fishers. The 8,500-acre Cross Lake—just to the west of downtown Shreveport—has banks lined with moss-covered cypress trees, and it's inhabited by alligators and waterfowl.
Also inhabiting the rivers around Shreveport are an abundance of casinos, the area's main draw. Most are open 24 hours and feature various restaurants. In addition to hundreds of slot machines, Harrah's Louisiana Downs in nearby Bossier City has one of the nation's largest horse-racing tracks. It holds thoroughbred races from May to October.
In the 1920s, Shreveport's downtown area was rich from an oil boom, and its beneficiaries built beautiful mansions along Fairfield Avenue, some of which are open for tours. The culinary scene around town is a blend of Southern, Cajun, and tex-mex. Try some boiled crawfish from a streetside vendor, or a famous strawberry pie from Strawn's Eat Shop, a local institution.