The horse and buggy was a popular method of early transportation, far surpassing the bug and buggy, which could barely move and was often destroyed by squeamish gunslingers. Saddle up with today's Groupon: for $60, you get a two-hour horseback trail ride for two at Splendor Farms in Bush, about an hour north of New Orleans (a $120 value).
Splendor Farms, situated on a 30-acre working farm, grants guests a relaxing country respite. The two-hour trail rides atop a tame steed takes rides across acres of Louisiana woods, forests, fields, and lakes, as well as to the historic Bogue Chitto River. Keep a watchful eye, as frequent wildlife sightings occur, including wild pigs, indigenous birds, and former NBA star P.J. Brown. Guests can also stroll around the farm to visit its furry inhabitants, and then pick a spot to settle down for a picnic brought from home.
One hour from New Orleans, Splendor Farms sits on 75 acres near the Bogue Chitto River. The working farm houses goats, horses, chickens, and a miniature-long-haired-dachshund kennel; guests can gather eggs and pick vegetables from the garden or just relax by the pool. Each of the bed and breakfast’s rooms has a private entrance and its own personality—the Ponderosa room has a distinct cowboy theme, with Western prints on the walls and an equestrian quilt, whereas La Louisiane is more romantic, with flowers and candles scattered around the room.
Every morning, you’ll wake up to a farm-hearty breakfast, with eggs, grits, and bacon making regular appearances on the menu. After eating your fill, head outside to visit the farm’s petting zoo, which has friendly miniature horses, alpacas, and burros. In nearby Covington, five-star restaurants abound, as do art galleries, bookstores, and boutiques.
27329 Mill Creek Rd.
Bush, Louisiana 70431Get Directions