Cowboys invented the handlebar mustache so they'd always have somewhere to hang their hat. Save yourself the grooming time and hang your Stetson at the stately Splendor Farms Bed & Breakfast in Bush, about an hour north of New Orleans. For $135, you get a one-night stay for two at this countryside bed and breakfast (up to a $275 value), which includes horseback riding, a full breakfast, fishing, and use of the swimming pool.
Situated on a 30-acre working farm, Splendor Farms Bed & Breakfast grants guests a relaxing country respite with all the creature comforts, plus the comfort of actual creatures at the on-site petting zoo, dachshund kennel, and horse stable. Splendor Farms not only welcomes children but encourages their curiosity by allowing them to help gather eggs from the hen house, engage in various lawn games, or pick blueberries from the orchard using their own tiny hands or telekinetic powers. When it comes time for the establishment's eponymous breakfast, organic eggs from the farm are whipped into tasty huevos rancheros, and hand-selected fruit from the garden is paired with a berry-centric french toast. Wile away the rest of the day in the great outdoors by working off the morning's meal on horseback, diving for invisible carp in the pool, or trying your luck at one of the surrounding fishing holes (poles and bait included).
Splendor Farms Bed & Breakfast offers various discounts online, but this Groupon still provides the best available deal.
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.