Hotel at a Glance: Splendor Farms
Staying at Splendor Farms gives you a glimpse into the life of a real working farm. Located just an hour outside of New Orleans, this cheerful, 75-acre farm includes horseback riding and fishing (with bait and tackle included) for all its guests, and features gardens, stables, kennels, and a petting zoo.
- Hearty farm breakfast: Each morning, you’ll wake up to a large country breakfast.
- Things to do with kids: Help gather the eggs, visit the dachshund puppies in their kennel, and romp around the property with goats, chickens, and cats
- Meet the animals: Visit the farm’s petting zoo, where you can meet friendly miniature ponies and burros
- Go horseback riding into the woods on one of the farm’s horses.
- Where you’ll stay: Guest bedrooms are all different, but all are spacious—decor might be knotted pine walls and four poster beds or a white-painted floral motif
Bush, Louisiana: Peaceful Country Retreat Near New Orleans
Right on Louisiana’s eastern border, Bush is a tiny, unincorporated community set in the rolling green hills along the Bogue Chitto River. Just an hour’s drive from the party atmosphere of New Orleans, Bush could not be more different—this is a place for outdoors-lovers. Head to the Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge, 36,000 acres of untouched natural splendor in the Pearl River Basin, for hunting, fishing, canoeing, and hiking through swamplands, bayou, and forest. Keep an eye peeled for some of the endangered animals that make their home in this refuge, which is one of the country’s least-disturbed areas. These include Gulf sturgeon, the American alligator, and the ringed-sawback turtle.
If you’re ready to leave these peaceful surroundings, drive north for about an hour and you’ll be in the middle of New Orleans’s famous French Quarter, where you can spend a day drinking chicory coffee, eating beignets, listening to jazz musicians, and picking up glittering masks and beads on Bourbon Street.
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