Centenary Fitness Center, like the university it calls home, is a self-improvement and educational facility. Just as libraries give students resources to increase their brainpower, the full-size gym boasts an indoor swimming pool, racquetball courts, and aerobic machines to help members bolster their muscular strength and endurance. Staff members, the professors of exercise, showcase the slimming powers of Zumba and spin during group exercise classes and can educate members on how to use fitness machines properly, thereby reducing injuries caused by trying to outrun a treadmill.
Café @ Artspace, a center celebrating a variety of artistic disciplines, serves up a menu of café-style lunch fare. A tomato-soup cup ($5) or bowl ($7) preps stomachs for a spring-citrus salad ($7), which mingles mandarin oranges and fresh berries with toasted pecans and poppy-seed dressing, or a turkey reuben sandwich, a turkey pastrami with silken folds of swiss cheese, kraut, and dijon mustard ($7.50). The shop's sandwich masters embrace customers' artistic visions with The Open Mind ($7), which lets one construct a mouthwatering masterpiece from the choice of breads, meats, spreads, and garnishes. While enjoying a slice of icebox pie ($4) or other daily dessert, diners can take advantage of free WiFi to web surf or practice mouse-click sonatas.
World Coffee keeps caffeine-consumers running smoothly with a saccharine selection of coffee, tea, espresso, latte, cappuccino, and cider drinks. Avant garde guests can break free of stereotypical brews, adding up to two shots of syrup to concoct such heady mixes as the chocolate-covered-cherries latte, seasoned with Ghiradelli chocolate and cherry flavorings. Earthy options include the trail-mix latte—infused with shots of almond, hazelnut, and chocolate— and the sugar-free zebra steamer pays homage to the world's most confusing-looking equine by muddling sugar-free white and milk-chocolate syrups in warm, frothy milk. The shop's free WiFi allows gulpers to send unlimited apology emails to former gym teachers until closing time.
Shadows-on-the-Teche's curators share the legacy of the iconic structures and inhabitants of an antebellum 19th-century sugar cane plantation that helped shape the surrounding region. Trained guides draw upon more than 17,000 documents, photographs, and talking parrots to paint fascinating pictures of the enduring structure. A brilliantly recreated picket fence stands as a small-scale preview to the towering columns that brace a structure packed with a variety of artifacts, many of which are original to the home. The plantation is a National Trust Historic Site, and the tour contains extensive information on the Weeks family, the home's influential original owners.