Hotel at a Glance: Microtel Inn & Suites Pearl River/Slidell
This family-friendly hotel is just a few miles from Pearl River State Wildlife Management Area, where you can hike amid old-growth cypress trees and lush swamplands. For a change of pace, groove to zydeco music and savor spicy Cajun cuisine in New Orleans—it’s less than an hour’s drive away.
- Recent award: TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2014 and Expedia Insiders Select award for 2014
- Fitness center with self-aware cardio equipment
- Free WiFi throughout the hotel.
Louisiana’s North Shore—Off the Beaten Path, Close to New Orleans and Gulf Beaches
The Pearl River State Wildlife Management Area boasts 35,000 acres of swamp and forest thrumming with local flora and fauna, including hauntingly beautiful banyan trees and Louisiana’s famous alligators. For a closer look, visitors may enlist the services of a boat tour to explore the swampland and catch sight of snakes, frogs, and an ornithologist’s bingo card worth of indigenous birds, along with the more easygoing alligator specimens. Less rural entertainment awaits in the nearby towns of Slidell and Covington, which line their welcoming, small-town streets with antique shops, fine-dining restaurants, galleries, and museums.
Approximately 30 minutes to the southwest, New Orleans waits, its restaurants imbued with the aroma of artfully stirred roux, its clubs throbbing with the sounds of jazz, brass, and bounce heavyweights, and its centuries-old streets teeming with groups of reveling partygoers. Bars and clubs in the renowned French Quarter mix up humidity-cutting daiquiris and showcase big-band jazz acts inside carefully restored buildings that predate the Civil War. Alternatively, guests may opt for a more serene adventure a at the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s splendiferous beaches. Sunshine washes over the mainland and its lounging denizens, but seaworthy travelers may wish to ferry out to Ship Island and explore one of the nation’s last undeveloped barrier islands.