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Visit These Beaches Near Lake Charles

Lake Charles

Lake Charles homes for sale are some of the most sought-after in Louisiana, with those that have actual lake frontage in the greatest demand. While the competition is fierce, the satisfaction is well worth it. And as a part of the Lake Charles community, you don't have to live right on the water to enjoy it.

Between Lake Charles open houses, it's a good idea to explore the local area and get a sense of all that it has to offer. Our Realtors® are glad to help you make the most of it!

Let's take a stroll down some of the best beaches near Lake Charles:

  • The Beach and Marina at L'Auberge – 777 Avenue L'Auberge, Lake Charles, LA 70601
    The Beach and Marina at L'Auberge is the quintessential family-friendly beach here in Lake Charles. You can enjoy a meal at the tables or jump into a game of beach volleyball. There is no entry fee, and visitors of all ages are gladly welcome. Looking for a beach that's open on holidays? Check L'Auberge first. You can even rent a marina boat slip for a day out on the water; it's all overseen by the L'Auberge Casino Resort.

  • Golden Nugget Beach – 2550 Golden Nugget Boulevard, Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Golden Nugget Beach is the beach affiliated with the world-famous Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino. Just steps from the casino's country club as well as top-rated steak and seafood restaurants, it's a sunny little slice of heaven. You may expect the beach itself to be an afterthought, but it won't disappoint. On the shores of the historic Calcasieu River, it offers swimming, sunning, and a variety of ways to get out on the water.

  • The Cajun Riviera – See Website for Location Details
    The Cajun Riviera is the unofficial nickname given to Holly Beach by Lake Charles locals. Thanks to its serenity and seclusion, it has become known as a premier couples' retreat. Because of the difficulty the area has faced with multiple major storms, the vacation rentals available at Holly Beach now take the form of large, private RVs that can be moved to safety by the renters in the event of harsh weather.

  • North Beach – North Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, LA 70601
    North Beach is where you will find yourself if you follow Interstate 10. It has a claim to fame as the only white sand beach located inland anywhere between Texas and Florida. Visitors and Lake Charles residents are welcome seven days a week, all year round, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at night. This beach has been known to host a variety of musical performances and other community events.

  • Rutherford Beach at the Gulf of Mexico – See Website for Location Details
    Rutherford Beach at the Gulf of Mexico is a beach and campground in Louisiana's Creole Gulf. This is where the Mermentau River empties into the Atlantic Ocean. In addition to the beautiful beaches, you'll find picnic tables, picnic shelters, and a limited number of full RV hookups. The beach remains fully open to the public all year round, weather permitting.

Contact us to discover more about the Lake Charles area.


Plan a Houma Adventure: Swamp Tours


Houma homes for sale are some of Louisiana's best. With the combination of vibrant culture, a strong local economy, and unparalleled outdoor beauty, it's no surprise so many people from outside the state ultimately choose Houma for their next home.

Our Realtors® know that the potential for outdoor adventures is one big driver of interest in Houma. As a resident here, you're just a short drive from a truly unique ecosystem unlike any other in the United States: The Louisiana Bayou.

A bayou is a slow-moving creek or a swampy stretch within a river or lake. The Louisiana Bayou stretches across two states (the other one is Arkansas) to a length of 375 miles. Home to over 100 kinds of fish, it's the biggest bayou out there. And exploring it is a local pastime you might just love.

Let's drop in on some of the leading bayou tour providers around Houma:

  • Annie Miller's Swamp Tours & Charters – 3718 Southdown Mandalay Road, Houma, LA 70360
    Annie Miller's Swamp Tours & Charters is one of the oldest swamp tour providers in the region. Open all year round for tours of about two and a half hours, Annie Miller's combines education with a dose of adventure. It may be the easiest way to see a Louisiana swamp gator up close and safely!

  • Cajun Man's Swamp Tours and Adventures – 251 Marina Drive, Gibson, LA 70356
    Cajun Man's Swamp Tours and Adventures is a trusted name in family-friendly swamp tours you can reach just a few minutes from Gibson homes for sale. Known for the iconic 49-passenger vessel, Cajun Man's tours and adventures include the Alligator Tour, Eagle Expo, Photo Tour, and many others.

  • Cajun Tours & Cruises – 709 May Street, Houma, LA 70363 USA
    Cajun Tours & Cruises is a combination swamp tour and historic tour company. Individuals and groups are welcome, with an emphasis on getting to meet and learn from locals. Reviews laud the crew of fun, friendly, informative guides and city tours.

  • Bayou Black Airboat Swamp Tours – 125 Gator Court, Gibson, LA 70356
    Bayou Black Airboat Swamp Tours is a terrific introduction to the bayou for those interested in fishing and off-grid camping, both major hobbies of the operators. Most tours are about 90 minutes long. You'll see native fauna and flora as well as traditional Cajun homes and where local seafood is caught.

  • Zam's Swamp Tour – 141 Kraemer Bayou Road, Thibodaux, LA 70301
    Zam's Swamp Tour is a familiar name for those who enjoy swamp tours near Thibodaux homes for sale. Tours take place seven days a week and leave at 1:30 p.m. sharp each day. Zam's is deeply involved in a local effort to preserve swamp gators and turtles, two favorite animals you are likely to see on a trip.

  • Airboat Tours by Arthur – 4262 US-90, Des Allemands, LA 70030
    Airboat Tours by Arthur is the place to go for swamp tours close to Des Allemands homes for sale. Promising a glimpse of "nature's beauty at its finest," it is all led by life-long Louisiana resident Arthur Matherne. As one of the most experienced guides in town, Arthur's tours are always full of insights.

  • Cajun Pride Swamp Tours – 110 Frenier Road, Laplace, LA 70068
    Cajun Pride Swamp Tours is a convenient way to launch an excursion near Laplace homes for sale. One of the many swamp tour businesses that bounced back after Hurricane Ida, it offers "VIP Swamp Tours" on a premium 16-passenger boat and land-based tours of historic Louisiana architecture.

Contact us to learn about Houma real estate.


Spend the Day in Downtown Alexandria


Looking for a great place to spend the day in Central Louisiana? Whether you're shopping for Alexandria homes for sale or just visiting for the day, you're sure to find plenty to love about downtown Alexandria. Our Realtors® have all of the details on some of the best attractions to enjoy while spending the day in downtown Alexandria.

  • Alexandria Museum of Art – 933 2nd St., Alexandria, LA 71301
    The Alexandria Museum of Art is the perfect place to start your journey because it combines art and history to showcase the best of downtown Alexandria. The museum is located in the Rapides Bank Building, which was constructed in 1898 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum itself was founded in 1977, hosting 5 to 7 unique exhibitions each year that showcase both historic and contemporary art. It's also a popular place for special events, with everything from yoga classes to lectures on the schedule.

  • Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center – 1202 3rd St., Alexandria, LA 71301
    Do your artistic tastes lean more towards performance arts? Then the Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center is sure to have a show with your name on it. The venue seats more than 600 guests for live performances, including plays, concerts, recitals, musicals, ballets, and performances from the Rapides Symphony Orchestra. While it was built in 2004, the venue features the ornate, elegant atmosphere of a historic theater.

  • Arna Bontemps African-American Museum – 1327 3rd St., Alexandria, LA 71301
    The Arna Bontemps African-American Museum is dedicated to the life and work of poet Arna Bontemps, a key figure in the Harlem Renaissance who was born in Louisiana. Located in the home where Arna Bontemps was born, the museum highlights his literary legacy, cultural significance, and early life in Alexandria. There are frequent events here throughout the year, and the museum is also part of the Louisiana African-American Heritage Trail.

  • Louisiana History Museum – 503 Washington St., Alexandria, LA 71301
    Interested in learning more about the history of downtown Alexandria? The Louisiana History Museum is dedicated to sharing the history of both Alexandria and Louisiana as a whole. It's home to one of the largest collections of historical artifacts in Louisiana, with more than 50 exhibits and displays for you to explore. Guided tours are also available, and admission to the museum is free.

  • River Oaks Square Arts Center – 1330 2nd St., Alexandria, LA 71301
    Another hub of the arts in downtown Alexandria, the River Oaks Square Arts Center hosts more than 30 resident artists and offers the unique experience of being able to watch those artists as they work. You can also enjoy a wide range of lectures, workshops, special exhibitions, and events here throughout the year.

Searching for a home close to all of these amazing attractions and so much more? Our local real estate team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Alexandria, LA area.


Visit the Alexandria Zoological Park

Alexandria Zoo

The Alexandria Zoological Park (also known as the Alexandria Zoo) has been one of the city's top attractions since it first opened in 1986. Its popularity hasn't waned in the more than 30 years that have passed. 

Our real estate agents know there are many family-friendly places located near Alexandria homes for sale

Let's take a closer look at this zoo to discover what makes it so special. 

Animals and Exhibits

The Alexandria Zoo showcases a wide variety of mammals, birds, fish, and amphibians for the city's residents. Animals are grouped according to habitat in spacious walkthrough exhibits decorated with themed objects to complete the guest experience. 

You'll find most of the classic zoo animals here, including lions, kangaroos, and small monkeys. However, it's the unusual animals like the maned wolf, capybara, and Brazilian tapir that many guests fall in love with during their visit. Visit the zoo's world-class Brazilian jungle habitat to see all three!

The zoo's birds are arguably the highlight of their animal exhibits. Their enclosures contain elegant herons, striking cranes, and rosy pink flamingos, among many others. The zoo also keeps flocks of parrots of every color, including endangered species like the yellow-headed amazon and the umbrella cockatoo. 

Finally, the zoo also contains an impressive collection of frogs and fish, including the eye-catching red-eyed tree frog and the distinctive blue tang and clown anemonefish. It may be hard to spot some of these creatures up close in the zoo's massive naturalistic habitats, but that makes the thrill of spotting one all the more enjoyable.

Zoo Amenities

Beyond its amazing animal exhibits, the Alexandria Zoo is also equipped to provide guests with everything they need during their day of fun.

If you get hungry during your visit, you can stop by the zoo's restaurant for a bite to eat. This small casual eatery serves staple foods like hot dogs, cheeseburgers, and fries, as well as snack-friendly favorites like soft pretzels, ice cream, and lemonade.

Events and Education

The Alexandria Zoo takes pride in its role as an educational resource and conservation leader in the state of Louisiana.

Each animal has its own profile on the zoo's website, where guests can learn about the animals they are observing, what makes each of their habitats unique, and what is being done to help preserve their populations in the wild. The zoo also distributes useful information on how to implement conservation efforts within your own home. 

If you visit the zoo on certain days, you may also get to take part in some of the institution's special events. Their yearly events include an Earth Day celebration, a Mardi Gras Party, the Zoo Boo Halloween event, and the Holiday Light Safari. They also host a special after-hours party for members of their FOTAZ (Friends of the Alexandria Zoo) program once a year, usually in the late spring. 

The Animals Await

The Alexandria Zoo's wholesome educational activities offer fun for the whole family, and it's far from the only exciting attraction in the area. Contact us today to learn more about the area or visit one of these Alexandria open houses


Dog-Friendly Restaurants Near NOLA

dog friendly places in NOLA

Looking for restaurants near New Orleans homes for sale where your favorite canine will be welcome to join you? You may not be able to bring Fido to New Orleans open houses, but you're sure to find plenty of places for delicious cuisine where dogs are part of the fun.

Our real estate agents know that finding a great yard for pets is a big driver behind purchases for many of our customers. With that in mind, we've collected a list of some New Orleans eateries that will be glad to show you some hospitality with your pal in tow.

Just remember that New Orleans' pet-friendly restaurants do require dogs to be on leashes!

Let's take a closer look at some of your many options all throughout The Big Easy:

  • New Orleans Creole Cookery Seafood – 510 Toulouse Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
    New Orleans Creole Cookery Seafood will dazzle you with an enormous selection of Creole food right in the heart of the French Quarter. The historic surroundings make delectable food even more delightful. If you have a four-footed companion in your party, you will be especially interested in the outdoor patios, which offer ample space and the soothing sounds of sparkling fountains.

  • The Ugly Dog Saloon – 401 Andrew Higgins Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70130
    The Ugly Dog Saloon welcomes your dog (ugly or otherwise) to one of New Orleans' many 20th-century success stories. Ugly Dog first opened its doors in 1998, right in the Warehouse District. Since then, it has become synonymous with award-winning barbecue that smells and tastes amazing. An array of outdoor seating ensures your pooch will have plenty of room!

  • Herbsaint Bar and Restaurant – 701 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Herbsaint Bar and Restaurant sits on St. Charles Avenue in one of the most desirable parts of the city. The vision of Chef Donald Link, it opened to the public for the first time in 2000. A James Beard Award winner, its menu is defined by local ingredients that meet in a fresh fusion of French Southern and rustic Italian cooking. The wine list is one of the most expansive in New Orleans.

  • The Bulldog Uptown – 3236 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
    The Bulldog Uptown is at the crossroads of the Garden District and the entertainment district centered on Magazine Street, making it the ideal way to start or end an evening of excitement. Voted "Best Bar Food" multiple times by local publications, it has nearly 50 draft beers to choose from. Lauded for its spacious patio (one of the largest on Magazine Street), it is a great place to bring your dog.

  • The Crown & Anchor – 200 Pelican Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70114
    If you are looking for a classic pub experience right in your own backyard, look no further than The Crown & Anchor. The Crown & Anchor is steeped in history – although first known by that name in 1998, it has been a tavern in one form or another going as far back as 1900 and has been consistently run that way since 1960. Its drinks, snacks, and specials are sure to please you and your pooch.

We know both you and your pets will love living in NOLA. Contact us to discover more about New Orleans today.


Adding a Pool to Your Property? 6 Things to Know First

Pool on Your Property

During a hot Louisiana summer, a pool can be extra relaxing and provide a nice break from the heat!

Having a pool installed is a pretty big project, but if you do your work upfront, it's entirely manageable. Here are some things to know and consider before you add a pool to your property. 

  1. Pool Design
    Do you plan to use the pool primarily as a place to relax and cool off on hot days? Or will you use it as a place to swim laps and get some exercise?

    Sit down and write a few sentences about how you and your family will use the pool. This will keep you focused when considering different pool features and designs. For instance, if you plan on swimming laps, you'll likely want standard, rectangular pools rather than designer pool shapes.

  2. Pool Placement
    In a small yard, there may only be one space where you can put the pool. But in larger yards, you have more options. List the pros and cons of various pool positions on your property. For example, one site may be convenient to reach from your door, but it may also put the pool under a tree. Another site may be further from your home but require less excavation.

    After listing the pros and cons, narrow your options down to two or three sites. You can then ask your pool contractor which of these preferred sites they recommend.

  3. Your Budget
    Pools vary greatly in price. You can buy a basic, above-ground pool for a few thousand dollars, or you can install an in-ground pool for as much as $100,000 — and sometimes even more. Decide upfront how much you plan to spend on your pool. Then, you can focus on shopping for options inside of that budget. This approach helps keep you from over-spending. It will also save you from wasting time looking at pool designs outside of your budget.

  4. Chlorine or Saltwater?
    Most pools have a feeder system that adds liquid chlorine bleach to the pool as needed to keep the water sanitary. Other pools are saltwater pools; the chlorine is provided from salt rather than bleach. Saltwater systems are more expensive to install but gentler on the skin. Talk to a pool contractor about both options, and choose the one most in line with your needs and budget.

  5. Who Will Do Maintenance?
    Some homeowners open and close their own pools each year. Others hire out for this service. There are even pool companies you can hire to come clean and maintain your pool on a weekly basis. Think about how you want to maintain your pool before you even install one. This can prove helpful when choosing a pool size and features.

  6. Landscaping Options
    We've attended some Lafayette open houses with gorgeous backyard pools. Often, it's not just the pool that's attractive; it's the landscaping around it. Talk to your pool contractor about landscaping options. Some companies install pools and do landscaping design, which is a real asset. You want plants that call attention to the area but ones that are fairly easy to maintain.

Once your pool is in place, all that's left to do is enjoy it! If you're still looking for the perfect home among our Lafayette homes for sale, with or without a pool, contact us soon. Our real estate agents will be happy to help.


Plants to Grow in Your First Garden

Garden Tips

Gardening is more than just a relaxing and enjoyable hobby. It's also a great way to improve your yard's appearance and boost your home's curb appeal. Even if you don't have a green thumb, you can put together an amazing garden by choosing plants that are easy for beginners to grow. Here are a few types of plants that our real estate agents recommend, carefully chosen for gardeners of all skill levels.

  • Marigolds
    These cheerful flowers are frequently seen in the gardens of Baton Rouge homes for sale, and they have some great benefits, too, such as keeping pests out of your garden. Marigold seeds can be planted once the nights are over 50 degrees and will continue to bloom into late summer and even early fall.

  • Pansies
    Pansies are also surprisingly easy to grow and come in a variety of colors and sizes. It's best to plant the seeds in the fall, but in a pinch, you can also plant in the spring, so right now is a perfect time to get those pansies started.  These flowers thrive in areas where the winters aren't too cold, so you'll often see them in gardens and planters at Baton Rouge open houses.

  • Mint
    If you want a fragrant garden that's easy to care for, mint is perfect for you. Mint is a hardy plant that can grow in almost any soil and with almost any amount of moisture. If you want to control it, be sure to remove it from unwanted areas of your garden and harvest the leaves before the plant goes to flower.

  • Basil
    While not quite as unstoppable as mint, basil is still easy to grow. The biggest thing to note with basil is that it doesn't hold up well to cold temperatures, so wait until the overnight temperatures are on the warmer side before planting and cover it in case of an unexpected frost. Because of this, basil is also a great herb to put in small planters so that you can bring it inside in bad weather.

  • Sunflowers
    Sunflowers are majestic plants to have in your garden, and you have the added bonus of being able to enjoy their seeds at the end of the season, too. They're surprisingly easy to grow, too, as they are not very picky about the soil they're in. The one thing they do require is a lot of sunlight, so you'll want to plant them along a southern wall of your home, or somewhere they'll have sun all day long and won't throw shade on the rest of your garden.

  • Zucchini
    If you're wanting the experience of growing not only herbs but also your own food, zucchini is a great place to start. Be sure to mark out a large space in a well-irrigated area, as zucchini plants take up a lot of space and suck up a lot of water. Make sure you pick them while they're small, too, or you may end up with more zucchini than you can eat!

  • Potatoes
    Potato plants may not be pretty, but they'll satisfy your desire to grow some of your own food. Potatoes are hardy crops that are easy to start and care for and a perfect use for that bag of potatoes you forgot about until they sprouted. Plant in the spring, and you'll be ready to harvest your crop by midsummer.

Even if you're not an experienced gardener, you can dress up your home's landscaping with easy-to-grow plants like these. For more ideas on boosting your curb appeal before selling your home this summer, contact us today.


Rock Climbing Gyms in Louisiana

Rock Climbing Louisiana

Indoor rock climbing has become a hot trend in recent years, and climbing gyms are popping up all over the country. That includes several awesome climbing and bouldering gyms right here in Louisiana. While there aren't many mountains to explore in Louisiana, indoor rock climbing gyms allow you to have a similar experience without leaving the state. 

Our real estate agents are excited to share our favorite indoor rock climbing gyms in Louisiana. That includes some great places to climb near these Lafayette homes for sale.

  • Southern Stone Indoor Climbing - 109 Grand Ave, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Lafayette's premier rock climbing facility, Southern Stone Indoor Climbing offers routes for beginners and experienced climbers alike. From bouldering and top roping to auto belays and spot climbing, there are facilities here to support all rock climbing styles. This gym is one of Louisiana's oldest rock climbing facilities, having served Lafayette for 20 years as Rock Haus before re-opening as Southern Stone in 2016. With a convenient location minutes from these Lafayette open houses, it's open to climbers of all ages and experience levels, and walk-ins are always welcome. 

  • Uptown Climbing - 10505 Coursey Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70816
    Louisiana's largest indoor rock climbing gym, Uptown Climbing, is the premier rock gym in Baton Rouge. This place is a giant playground for climbing fanatics, offering a 90-foot long bouldering wall and more than 60 rope stations up to 35 feet tall. This state-of-the-art facility also includes a dedicated sport lead climbing wall, speed wall, and six auto-belay stations. Affordable membership rates are available, and first-timers can also walk in any time and climb with a day pass. 

  • New Orleans Boulder Lounge - 2360 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117
    New Orleans Boulder Lounge is an awesome resource for the NOLA area climbing community. It's also a very beginner-friendly gym, with climbing that's suitable for all skill and experience levels. New Orleans Boulder Lounge is open to members and guests, and the friendly and experienced staff is always great when it comes to helping newcomers find their footing. With a sole focus on bouldering, the Boulder Lounge has no ropes or harnesses but instead offers free climbing at shorter heights that require no specialized equipment. 

  • 318 Climb - 731 American Way, Shreveport, LA 71106
    With more 80-plus top rope routes, 60-plus boulder problems, and nine auto belays, it's safe to say that you won't quickly run out of new climbing experiences at 318 Climb. This exciting indoor rock climbing gym in Shreveport also introduces new top rope and boulder routes weekly and often hosts parties and glow-in-the-dark climbing events. 318 Climb also offers climbing classes and private lessons for all ages, including instruction on top rope and belay climbing. Affordable day passes are always available, but consistent climbers can save big with a monthly membership. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in Louisiana! If you're looking for your dream home in Lafayette and the surrounding areas, our real estate agents are here to help every step of the way. 


Kisatchie National Forest Outdoor Adventures

 Kisatchie National Forest

Are you ready for an outdoor adventure you won't forget? Our real estate agents have a suggestion!

One of the many reasons Alexandria homes for sale are so in demand is because of their proximity to the Kisatchie National Forest. Kisatchie is the only designated national forest in the state of Louisiana. It sprawls across 604,000 acres, with forested pine hills set across seven different parishes.

Things to Do in Kisatchie National Forest

With so much space to explore, just about any outdoor activity you can name is provided for within the bountiful nature of Kisatchie. It has a blend of developed and backcountry areas for you to choose from. You could spend weeks there and only see a small fraction of what there is to experience.

Let's take a closer look at what you can expect in and around the forest:

Camping Opportunities

There are no cabins anywhere within the Kisatchie National Forest. However, camping is welcome and encouraged. There are campsites for RVs and tent camping. Some tent camping sites are designed for groups of 10 or more. Finding the right campground for you may take some planning!

The area is divided into five ranger districts, and each one has its own campgrounds. There are dozens of different areas where camping support is provided. Bear in mind that some are intended for daytime use only. Before you visit, find the district closest to your entry point and decide on a site.

Because there are so many campgrounds available, reservations are not taken for the majority of sites in Kisatchie National Forest. However, you can call ahead to the ranger station to inquire about RV camping since RV hookups are in limited supply.


Kisatchie Bayou fishing is one of the biggest attractions and draws anglers from all around the region in the spring and summer. Kisatchie Bayou stands out for its white sandbars, its rocky outcroppings, and even a number of pristine waterfalls. Fish you can encounter include bream and bass.

Other bodies of water throughout the Kisatchie are home to catfish and crappie. The most popular of all fishing spots within the forest is Saline Bayou, which crosses 20 miles of hardwood bottomland. You may also find dozens of other ponds and streams, many of them undisturbed throughout most of the year.

129-mile long Dugdemona River is a great starting point for most anglers. A popular place to gather is Beaver Dam, which you'll find along the upper shore of Caney Lake. No matter what you choose, it is sure to be exciting.

Other Water Sports

Various ponds and rivers throughout the National Forest support kayaking. Beware that not all channels are navigable. Watch out for posted signage about entry points and proper equipment before you begin.

Hiking and Trail Riding

There are many different trails winding their way through the Kisatchie, such as the 36-mile Sandstone Trail winding through the Kisatchie Hills. You'll find hundreds of miles of marked trails. Markers include information on trail length, terrain, difficulty, and estimated time of completion.

Altogether, there are trails suitable for hiking, mountain biking, all-terrain vehicles, and horse riding. Be advised that the ranger station has designated some trails as "sunrise to sunset" only, so it is crucial to plan out your journey to return before nightfall.

There is so much to see and do throughout Louisiana. Contact us to learn more or get started with Louisiana real estate.


Spend the Day at Kenner's Rivertown

Kenner Rivertown

No other river in the U.S. has the majestic mythos of the Mississippi. A 2,340-mile stretch spanning 32 states, it has touched virtually every aspect of American history. If you want to enjoy it in a whole new way just minutes from New Orleans homes for sale, we have a suggestion for you.

Our real estate agents love Kenner's Rivertown – and we think you will, too!

Kenner is a local neighborhood that has been named one of the best places to live in Louisiana. It is home to the ultra-modern Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, as well as the much-loved Pontchartrain Center, an event venue on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain.

In 2014, Kenner was honored by state officials as the 36th Main Street Community, also called a USA Main Street. 

What Is Kenner's Rivertown?

Kenner's Rivertown is a sixteen-block historic district found right on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi and is a fun place to visit near Kenner homes for sale. It offers many cultural and family attractions that kids will love. One interesting thing about the Rivertown is its many distinctive attractions surrounding the science of space exploration.

What Can You See in Kenner's Rivertown?

Just about everything that you see in Kenner's Rivertown is steeped in local history, such as the bronze statues commemorating the first-ever World Heavyweight Championship. The boxers are Jem Mace and Tom Allen, whose bout took place in 1870. Allen lost after a hard-fought ten rounds, but both fighters left with a prize of $2,500 – a hefty sum of about $53,000 today!

Of course, there are many other things to see in Rivertown as well:

  • Rivertown Theater for the Performing Arts – 325 Minor Street, Kenner, LA 70062
    Rivertown Theater for the Performing Arts offers an astonishingly diverse array of live entertainment, with the best in musicals, comedies, and children's theater happening live from its storied stage. In past years, it has also been known for its summer camps, bringing musical theater fun to younger talent.
  • Kenner Italian Heritage Festival – See Website for Location Information in Kenner, LA
    Also known as Festa Italiana, Kenner Italian Heritage Festival will be celebrating its 21st year in 2022. It offers an in-person event running the weekend of April 8-10. As in past years, it is sure to include food, fun, and live music commemorating the rich Italian heritage that has so enriched the city of Kenner.

Kenner's Rivertown and Space

The New Orleans area has long been associated with spaceflight and even hosts some top aerospace manufacturing facilities. Future astronauts of all ages will find plenty of activities to enjoy, including museums with interactive exhibits that will get them excited about the final frontier.

Perhaps most importantly, you won't want to miss:

  • Kenner Planetarium and Space Science Complex – 2020 Fourth Street, Kenner, LA 70062
    Kenner Planetarium and Space Science Complex is known far and wide for its 50-foot domed "Megadome" Cinema with 118 stadium-style seats, the perfect place to learn about the cosmos. Elsewhere in the Planetarium, you'll find a complete prototype of the International Space Station.

Contact us today to learn more about great homes and neighborhoods throughout Louisiana or visit one of our New Orleans open houses.


Cultural Districts of Lake Charles

Lake Charles Historic

Lake Charles is a truly one-of-a-kind place to call home. In 2007 the Cultural Districts program was formed with a goal to encourage economic growth and tourism to these historic areas. Let our real estate agents be your tour guide to these unique Cultural Districts in Lake Charles

Nellie Lutcher Cultural District

Named for the legendary R&B and jazz singer who was born in Lake Charles in 1912, the Nellie Lutcher Cultural District encapsulates a vibrant area. It's the newest Cultural District in the city, having been given its official designation by the state of Louisiana in 2016, and is walkable from many Lake Charles homes for sale

The Nellie Lutcher Cultural District spans Ryan Street and Enterprise Boulevard to the east and west and between 7th Street and Railroad Avenue to the north and south. Landmarks in this district include: 

  • ACTS Theatre - 1 Reid St, Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Located in a building that once served as a silent movie house, the Artists Civic Theatre and Studio (ACTS) is a vital component of Lake Charles art and culture. ACTS was founded in 1969 and continues to produce stage productions every season. 

Charlestown Cultural District

Charles Sallier, one of the earliest settlers in Calcasieu Parrish, built his home on the shore of the lake that now bears his name in 1800. The settlement that grew around his homestead became known as "Charles Town" until the name was officially changed to Lake Charles in 1867. 

Those early settlements around the shoreline of Lake Charles are now included within the Charlestown Cultural District, which also encompasses the Downtown Ryan Street corridor and Lakeshore Drive from the I-10 bridge to Bord du Lac Drive. Some of this district's most significant landmarks include: 

  • 1911 Historic City Hall - 1001 Ryan St, Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Once Lake Charles city hall, the 1911 Historic City Hall building was renovated and reopened in 2004 as an arts and culture center. 

  • Calcasieu Marine National Bank - 104 W Pujo St, Lake Charles, LA 70601
    With its three-story limestone edifice and neoclassical architecture, the building that houses the Calcasieu Marine National Bank was built in 1928 by the noted New Orleans architects of Favrot and Livaudais

Cottage Shops Cultural District

The unique Cottage Shops Cultural District was established in 2010. Compact and easily walkable, the Cottage Shops Cultural District is centered around Hodges Street between Alamo and 12th Streets and is home to some of Lake Charles' best locally-owned shops and eateries. Some of the special places found in this district include: 

  • Agave Tamale - 521 Alamo St, Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Louisiana-style hot tamales are their own thing, and you'll get the best in town at Agave Tamale, a cozy takeout spot nestled in a historic building on Alamo Street. 

  • Crave - 2801 Ryan St #100, Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Gourmet specialty food and gift baskets are the main attraction at Crave, a local favorite for delicacies ranging from wine and spirits to hot sauces, chocolates, olive oils, and balsamic. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in Lake Charles. When it comes to finding your dream home in Louisiana, our real estate agents are here to help every step of the way. 


Explore Lafayette: 6 Places to Visit this Year

Lafayette 2022

When buyers approach us looking for Lafayette homes for sale, we always get a little excited for them. Lafayette is such a great place to live. Not only does the city have a rich history, but it's full of fun things to do and places to explore. Whether you're already a local, or getting ready to make Lafayette your new home, make sure to check out these Lafayette destinations in 2022.

  1. Jefferson Street and University Avenue, Lafayette, LA
    The area around Jefferson Street and University Avenue in downtown Lafayette is one of the best parts of the city to shop, explore, and visit local restaurants. You'll find a little of everything from bridal boutiques to local delis. This area is very walkable. The large, 3D letters that spell out "Lafayette" in Sans Souci Park make for great photo ops!

  2. Vermilionville Historic Village: 3000 Fisher Rd., Lafayette, LA 70508
    Vermilionville is a historic village consisting of several 18th and 19th-century homes that have been maintained and restored. Here, you can learn about the region's Cajun and Creole history. Take a self-guided tour or join one of the guided tour groups for an additional charge. Vermilionville also offers cooking demonstrations, boat tours, and dance lessons. 

  3. Buck & Johnny's: 100 Berard St., Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
    Buck & Johnny's
    serves incredible Cajun cuisine all around, but they're really known for their Zydeco Breakfast. At Buck & Johnny's, you can enjoy breakfast while listening to and learning about Zydeco music. Try the Zydeco omelet, the Cajun Boudin Breakfast, or the Troubled Water, which is grits topped with crawfish etouffee. 

  4. Hilliard Art Museum: 710 East St. Mary Boulevard, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Hilliard Art Museum
    is an art museum at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. It's open to the public Tuesday - Saturday, and admission is only $7.50 for adults. Notable collections at Hilliard Art Museum include Twenty Years of Marais Press, Universe of the Mind by Master Shen-Long, and Sanctuary: New Work by Linda Alterwitz. The museum offers guided tours, and visitors are welcome to write or sketch in the galleries if desired. 

  5. Avery Island: Avery Island, LA
    Avery Island
    is a collection of five tiny islands that rise above the water level of the salt marshes about 20 minutes outside Lafayette. It's well worth taking a quick drive to the islands when you have a free Saturday. Avery Island is home to several unique species of birds. You can also visit the Tabasco Brand Factory and Museum and learn how this infamous sauce is made.

  6. Lagniappe Antique Mall: 124 W. Bridge Street, Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
    The town of Breaux Bridge is just a 10-minute drive from Lafayette. Here, you'll discover the Lagniappe Antique Mall, an incredible 17,000 square foot shopping center. The place is packed with antiques, collectibles, and local artwork. The Lagniappe Antique Mall is located inside the historic Domingue Motor Co, which was built in the 1920s. It's open to shoppers Tuesday - Saturday from 10 am - 6 pm. This is the perfect place to buy gifts or decor for your new Lafayette home. 

These are just six of the many amazing things to do in and around Lafayette. Venture out there, and discover the best the region has to offer. If you're still looking for a home in the area, don't hesitate to contact us or stop by one of our Lafayette open houses. We'll tell you how our real estate agents can help.


Aquariums to Visit Around Louisiana

Aquariums in Louisiana

Louisiana is a pretty wild place. From the Gulf Coast to the Bayou Country, it's a state filled with all kinds of unique plants and animals. Many of the most fascinating live below the water's surface, and you don't have to go deep into the wilderness to see them. 

Louisiana is home to numerous world-class aquariums and marine life exhibits where you can see sea creatures from all over the world, and from right here in Louisiana. Our real estate agents are excited to share some of their favorites.

  • Audubon Aquarium of the Americas - 1 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Regularly ranked among the best aquariums in the United States, the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is offers a truly remarkable array of marine life. Located alongside the Mississippi River adjacent to the French Quarter and convenient to many New Orleans homes for sale, the aquarium is home to more than 250 species of animals ranging from sharks and stingrays to otters and sea turtles. The African penguins are the undisputed stars of the show, and you can observe the penguin feeding at 10:30 am and 3:00 pm daily.

  • Barn Hill Preserve - 11342 LA-955, Ethel, LA 70730
    The Barn Hill Preserve isn't exactly an aquarium, but one of its animal attractions is so unique that we just couldn't leave it off our list. After all, there aren't many places where you can swim with otters! The preserve houses a group of Asian small-clawed otters who reside in a climate-controlled pool, and visitors have an opportunity to swim with them daily from 2 pm to 5 pm (reservation required). Barn Hill Preserve is located just minutes from these Ethel homes for sale

  • Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery - 615 South Dr, Natchitoches, LA 71457
    While many aquariums display sea creatures that are unique and exotic, the Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery focuses on aquatic life that's a lot closer to home. The hatchery raises native fish species like alligator gar to help reestablish wild populations, as well as more common fish like largemouth bass and blue catfish for sport fishing. Located just a few miles from many Natchitoches homes for sale, the hatchery also includes a large aquarium exhibit where you can observe some of Louisiana's most fascinating native fish, reptiles, and amphibians. 

  • Blue Zoo Aquarium - 6401 Bluebonnet Blvd Suite 1123, Baton Rouge, LA 70836
    The main thing that makes Blue Zoo Aquarium stand out is that it offers more than a chance to merely see some interesting sea creatures. The zoo creates an immersive, interactive experience in which you can touch and feed stingrays, birds, and other animals. It's a thrilling experience for kids and adults alike, which makes Blue Zoo the best aquarium near these Baton Rouge homes for sale. The zoo includes dozens of interactive attractions and exhibits, and annual and daily passes are available. 

  • Alexandria Zoological Park - 3016 Masonic Dr, Alexandria, LA 71301
    Originally founded in 1923, the Alexandria Zoological park has been one of Louisiana's top animal attractions for nearly a century. Located a stone's throw from these Alexandria homes for sale, the zoo is home to over 500 animals, including birds, reptiles, mammals, and, of course, fish. Keep an eye out for clownfish—you might recognize them from 'Finding Nemo'—and alligator gar, perhaps Louisiana's most impressive native freshwater fish species. The zoo also includes five species of alligators and crocodiles. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in Louisiana. From amazing animal attractions to the wild landscape all around us, it's a truly one-of-a-kind place to call home. 


ATV Trails to Explore Near Alexandria

ATV Trails

You can tear up some trail any time in Louisiana, but fall is a particularly great time to be out ATV-ing. 

Here in the Alexandria area, we're lucky to have truly awesome ATV trails right at our doorstep. We asked our real estate agents to share their favorite places to go off-roading in the Alexandria area, and these are their top picks:

  • Calcasieu Ranger District (Kisatchie National Forest) - 9912 LA-28, Boyce, LA 71409
    The Calcasieu Ranger District of Kisatchie National Forest offers a lot of great options for ATV enthusiasts. The district is a mix of woodlands, swamps, and creeks and is home to a vast network of trails known as the Claiborne Multi-Use Trails. These trails total about 70 miles, looping through upland pine forests, and are open to ATVs, motorcycles, and horseback riding (hiking and mountain biking are also permitted). 

  • Juderman's ATV Park - 6512 Shreveport Hwy, Pineville, LA 71360
    Offering 200 acres of woods, meadows, and mud pits, Juderman's ATV Park is one of the best places around to go get some mud on the tires. The whole property is crisscrossed by a meandering network of ATV trails. They also have some great picnic spots and a secluded campground for overnight guests. The park is open every weekend, but arrangements can also be made for weekday riders. Juderman's ATV Park is less than 15 minutes from these Alexandria homes for sale and offers affordable daily rates for ATV riders and campers. 

  • Catahoula Ranger District (Kisatchie National Forest) - 5325 LA-8, Bentley, LA 71407
    Comprising a huge tract of land completely separate from the aforementioned Calcasieu Ranger District, the Catahoula Ranger District of Kisatchie National Forest offers some great riding trails of its own. Just 20 minutes from Alexandria, this district is home to the easy-to-moderate Little Creek Loop Trail, which traverses a wide variety of terrain, including bottomlands and upland forests. The nearby Hickman Trail Loop is slightly more difficult, including some solid hills that will keep you on your toes. The two trails are connected, and ATV riders can tackle them both as one long, continuous loop. 

  • Sandstone Multi-Use Trail (Kisatchie National Forest) - Forest Hwy 59, Provencal, LA 71468
    The 36-mile Sandstone Multi-Use Trail is located within the Kisatchie Ranger District of Kisatchie National Forest. The area is known for having some of the most spectacular scenery in the Alexandria area, and ATV riders on the trail can expect amazing views of the rugged countryside. Meandering through hilly terrain and vast stands of longleaf pine, the trail is mostly packed sand and clay with a few stream crossings. The Sandstone Trail is also open to motorcycles, horseback riding, hiking, and biking and is closed to motorized use from January 1 to May 1. 

  • Louisiana Mudfest - 12220 LA-8, Colfax, LA 71417
    Louisiana Mudfest is one of the largest mudparks in the south and a great place to ride. Located on a bend in the Red River just north of Alexandria, Louisiana Mudfest is open to ATV, OHV, dirt bike, and motorcycle riding and also has a campground and marina. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in Louisiana. It's a great place for anyone who loves the outdoors, whether your activity of choice is hunting, fishing, hiking, or ATV riding. 


Take a Scenic Drive on the Wetlands Cultural Byway

Wetlands Cultural Scenic Byway

Houma is the heart of Bayou Country. Surrounded by the meandering wetlands and woodlands of Terrebonne Parish, it's a historic and cultural hub in which every era of Louisiana's wild history can be seen. 

Our real estate agents always tell first-time visitors the same thing. If you want to really experience the Houma area at its finest, drive the Wetlands Cultural Byway.

The Wetlands Cultural Byway traverses more than 280 miles of Southern Louisiana, crisscrossing a diverse landscape that includes picturesque small towns, open countryside, seemingly endless bayous, and the wild Gulf Coast. The town of Houma is a prominent feature on the byway, which utilizes several different highways to create a fascinating portrait of Louisiana. 

Where to Stop Along the Byway

The Wetlands Cultural Byway includes numerous unique natural, cultural and historical sites, as well as some great opportunities for outdoor adventure and recreation. It's enough to keep visitors coming back again and again, but these particular stops along the Byway are truly essential:

  • Mandalay Nature Trail - 3599 Bayou Black Dr, Houma, LA 70360
    Located about 5 miles southwest of Houma in Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge, the Mandalay Nature Trail offers a great opportunity to immerse yourself in Southern Louisiana's natural landscape without going too far from civilization. This 3/4-mile out-and-back trail offers expansive wetlands views and some great opportunities for bird watching. 

  • Fourchon Beach - Golden Meadow, LA 70357
    The southernmost point on the Wetlands Cultural Byway, Fourchon Beach is a beautiful strip of white sand that's known as Louisiana's only surfing spot. It's popular for fishing as well and offers spectacular views. The beach was re-opened in 2018 after suffering damage from Hurricane Katrina 13 years prior.

  • Center for Traditional Louisiana Boat Building - 202 Main St, Lockport, LA 70374
    Boatbuilding is anything but a lost art in Louisiana. At the Center for Traditional Louisiana Boat Building experts in this ancient trade carry on old traditions and show them to the modern world. The museum house historic boats from many different eras—pirogues, skiffs, Native American dugout boats—as well as new boats made in the old styles.

  • St. John's Episcopal Church - 718 Jackson St, Thibodaux, LA 70301
    Tucked among the picturesque homes of Thibodaux, Louisiana, St. John's Episcopal Church and the historic cemetery on its grounds offer a window to the past. The church itself was built in 1843, and the cemetery offers centuries of history. 

  • Chauvin Sculpture Garden - 5337 Bayouside Dr, Chauvin, LA 70344
    There's nothing in the world quite like the Chauvin Sculpture Garden, a vast, immersive folk art experience that includes more than 100 statues. All are the work of reclusive artist Kenny Hill, who depicted his own religious struggles in the handmade sculptures for decades before abandoning the property in 2000. Today, the sculpture garden is open to the public free of charge.

Exploring Bayou Country is an experience like no other, and our team is here to help guide you on your journey. Contact us today to learn more about life in Houma, Louisiana, and the surrounding areas.


Why Lake Charles is Louisiana's Playground

Lake Charles

From relaxing on the water to enjoying the glitz and glamour of multiple casinos, there's never a shortage of things to do in Lake Charles. If you've been exploring Lake Charles homes for sale, you'll want to know a bit more about why this city is affectionately known as "Louisiana's Playground." Here are a few of the amazing amenities this area has to offer.

  • Outdoor Activities
    If you enjoy hunting, fishing, water sports, golfing, or other outdoor activities, you'll love living in Lake Charles. The area has several award-winning golf courses, gorgeous waterfront areas, and even a lazy river with a swim-up bar. There are also abundant opportunities to go shelling along the Gulf beaches and paddleboarding in the area's waterways. Lake Charles is home to the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road, where you can see birds, alligators, and tons of other wildlife in its natural habitat. There are also three wildlife refuges in the area, making it the perfect place for nature enthusiasts. 
  • Vibrant Nightlife
    Lake Charles has not one but two world-class casino resorts located right next to each other. The L'Auberge Casino Resort and the Golden Nugget Lake Charles both have a huge array of upscale amenities, including golf courses, restaurants with award-winning chefs, spa facilities, live entertainment, and stunning pool areas. The Delta Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel also has several delicious restaurants and an array of amenities. 
  • Rich History
    The city of Lake Charles has a long history, dating back to the early 1900s. It's full of old historic buildings and landmarks. One building of interest is the Calcasieu Parish Courthouse, which is listed as one of the top ten most haunted places in the United States. The area near the lake is also lined with 100-year-old oak trees and a 170-year-old tree known as the "Calcasieu Manor Tree," making it the perfect backdrop for leisurely walks. 
  • Appreciate the Arts
    There are many theaters and musical groups in the Lake Charles area as well as five different museums. Residents and visitors often enjoy listening to the Lake Charles Symphony, exploring art museums, or visiting the Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu, where you'll find the world's largest display of Mardi Gras costumes. Lake Charles is also home to more than 75 festivals, including the Louisiana Pirate Festival and the area's family-friendly Mardi Gras. 

If you want to live someplace where you'll never get bored, Lake Charles is the perfect location! There's truly something here for everyone. Our real estate agents can help you find your dream home. Contact us today to discuss your home buying goals and get started! 


Where to Hear Live Music in Houma

Houma Music Venues

There are many reasons to love life in Louisiana, and our real estate agents are always grateful to call a place with such a rich and unique culture home. One of the truly great things about it is the music!

The Houma, LA area offers no shortage of great places to enjoy live music. From traditional Cajun and Zydeco music to modern rock and country, these live music venues in the Houma area always provide great entertainment. 

  • The Jolly Inn - 1507 Barrow St, Houma, LA 70360
    There may be no better place in Houma to dance to a live band than the Jolly Inn. This beloved local restaurant and dance hall serves up classic Cajun cooking and routinely hosts upbeat bands playing traditional Cajun music. It's always something different, but you can count on being able to move your feet to it. Check in every Friday to see who's playing! They have great menu options as well and are located just minutes from many Houma homes for sale.

  • Terrebonne Folklife Culture Center - 317 Goode St, Houma, LA 70360
    A vital institution dedicated to preserving Louisiana's Cajun culture, the Terrebonne Folklife Culture Center is a must-visit destination in Houma. Nestled in the heart of the city's Historic District, the Folklife Center has events ranging from Cajun cooking classes and dance lessons to duck decoy carving and displays by local artists. They also hold live music events regularly, including some of the best local and regional acts playing everything from Zydeco and country to blues and jazz. 

  • The Music Cove - 227 Howard Ave, Houma, LA 70363
    With its laid-back atmosphere and dive-bar vibes, The Music Cove is a perennial local hangout for fans of country and classic rock. They get some great local and regional bands here and also host touring acts from time to time. The Music Cove has a wide-open dance floor where you can show off your moves, and it's always a great place to enjoy a cold beer, play a few rounds of pool, and hear a great band. 

  • A-Bear's Cafe - 809 Bayou Black Dr, Houma, LA 70360
    A-Bear's Cafe first opened its doors in 1963, and since then, it's become something of an institution in Houma. To this day, it has a reputation not only for hosting great music but for the kind of warm, welcoming atmosphere. A-Bear's has a cozy mom-and-pop restaurant feel, and their Friday night live music is the stuff of local legends. You never know what kind of band you'll see here, but you can count on a good time and some of the best-fried catfish in Louisiana. 

  • The Balcony - 7834 W Main St, Houma, LA 70360
    A staple of the local weekend nightlife scene, The Balcony is a classic live music bar in the heart of Downtown Houma. Unlike a lot of bars that happen to have music, the Balcony makes music the main attraction that everything else revolves around. They have live music every Friday and Saturday night, and they're only open on nights when there's music. You can catch bands and solo artists here playing anything from rock and funk to hip-hop and country. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in Louisiana. From great food to incredible live music and nightlife, Houma and the surrounding areas offer an atmosphere unlike any other place in America. 


Your Guide to NOLA Cocktails

NOLA CocktailsWant a true taste of New Orleans? Our real estate agents have a suggestion or two!

New Orleans homes for sale benefit from the unique culinary culture of "The Big Easy." This blend of French, Creole, and Cajun traditions is like nothing else you will find. Although it might be known for seafood and soul food, there's another element that can make any meal even more memorable: A refreshing cocktail!

A cocktail is an art form in New Orleans. Whether you decide to drop by a happening jazz night spot or mix up something special right in your own wet bar at home, there are some drinks you simply must try.

Let's savor some flavor and take a sip of NOLA's most famous cocktails:

  1. Sazerac
    The Sazerac is the official drink of New Orleans! It was most likely invented by the Creole apothecary Antoine Peychaud in 1838 and was marketed as a medicinal elixir. It comes in two forms, using either Cognac or rye whiskey. To make one, grab a cocktail mixing glass and stir together absinthe, a sugar cube, Peychaud's bitters, and either Cognac, rye whiskey, or both. Don't use a shaker for this one, as it would dilute the drink.

  2. Hurricane Cocktail
    This cocktail with tropical flair was invented by New Orleans bar owner Pat O'Brien back in the 1940s. It was originally served up in a hurricane lamp. To make this NOLA original yourself, you'll need dark and light rum, orange juice, lime juice, passion fruit syrup, and grenadine. Start with the ingredients in a shaker with a few handfuls of ice. Then strain the drink into a hurricane glass and garnish with a cocktail cherry and orange slice.

  3. Ramos Gin Fizz
    Tasting like a lemon meringue pie, this drink appeared in 1888, courtesy of New Orleans bartender Henry Ramos of Imperial Cabinet Saloon. You'll need gin, fresh lemon and lime juice, simple syrup, heavy cream, orange blossom water, egg whites, and soda water. Dry shake the ingredients for 15 seconds without ice, then add ice and shake again for 30 seconds. Strain into a glass and garnish. Back in 1888, this took 12 minutes to prepare!

  4. Grasshopper
    A favorite for its glowing green hue and its bright mint chocolate flavor, the classy after-dinner Grasshopper, was the brainchild of Philip Guichet, owner of Tujague's, in 1918. Invented for a cocktail contest, it is now a New Orleans mainstay. You'll need crème de menthe, crème de cacao, and heavy cream. Simply stir the ingredients in a cocktail mixing glass or blend with two scoops of ice cream in place of heavy cream for the frozen variant.

  5. Vieux Carre
    Looking for a complex flavor to enjoy with a slow sipper? The answer may well be the Vieux Carre ("French Quarter"), invented around 1937 by bartender Walter Bergeron of the Hotel Monteleone. It features two types of bitters (Peychaud's and Angostura) with rye whiskey, Cognac, benedictine, and sweet red vermouth. Stir the ingredients in a cocktail mixing glass without a shaker. It only takes five minutes to make!

  6. La Louisiane
    This cousin to the Sazerac came about sometime between 1880-1912 and boasts a more complex flavor. It was originally the house cocktail of New Orleans' Restaurant La Louisiane. It contains rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, benedictine, absinthe, and Peychaud's bitters. Just like a Sazerac, it can be made by stirring all the ingredients together directly in a cocktail mixing glass, no shaker required.

Looking for a new home in NOLA with a bar perfect for whipping up your favorite drinks? Contact us to discover New Orleans real estate.


Food Tours You Can Take Around NOLA


Food Tour NOLA

NOLA is a foodie paradise, so it can be challenging to take in as much of it as possible. Our real estate agents get the most bang for their buck with these informative and delicious food tours, just minutes away from New Orleans homes for sale.

  • Destination Kitchen Tour - 600 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130 
    Whether you're a visitor or a long-time resident, you're bound to learn something on the Destination Kitchen Tour. Visit some of the most famous restaurants in New Orleans, including the home of a champion from Food Network's Chopped, while hearing fascinating tales about the history and culture of the city. Along the way, you'll taste iconic dishes such as a muffuletta sandwich featured in USA Today and pralines featured on Good Morning America. Tickets for the three-hour tour are $69.50.

  • Doctor Gumbo Tours - 823 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70116 
    Doctor Gumbo, aka New Orleans native Dylan O'Donnell, has eaten and conducted tours at various locations around the globe. When Dylan and his family returned home after Hurricane Katrina, he put his experience to use, developing entertaining and educational tours of the city he loves. Three-hour tours cover local food or beverage for $70, and a four-hour combo tour is available for $130. 

  • Bon Moment - 3159 Chippewa St., New Orleans, LA 70115 
    New Orleans has a rich historical and cultural heritage unlike that of any other American city. Bon Moment, which translates to "good time," conducts food and beverage tours that explore specific neighborhoods, focusing on what makes them special. Enjoy a sweet dessert after viewing stately mansions and cemeteries in the Garden District, or savor some German-NOLA fusion in the trendy Bywater neighborhood. Beginning in October, Bon Moment will offer a nightlife tour of Frenchman Street. Tours are three hours long, and the price is $95, or you can choose an option with non-alcoholic drinks for $75.

  • New Orleans Urban Adventures - 1340 Poydras St., New Orleans, LA 70112
    Getting away from the traditional tourist destinations is often the best way to experience the heart of a city. Take a deep dive into NOLA food and culture with an epic five-and-a-half-hour excursion from New Orleans Urban Adventures. Ride the famous St. Charles streetcar on your way to sampling gumbo, beignets, and other Cajun Country favorites. Tickets are $109 for adults and $104 for kids.

  • Nightly Spirits - 410 Dauphine St., New Orleans, LA 70112
    Looking to dine someplace with a side of spooky? The New Orleans Ghost Tour Pub Crawl from Nightly Spirits lets you sample cocktails alongside things that go bump in the night. A costumed tour guide leads you through some notably haunted bars and buildings while sharing stories of voodoo, ghosts, and spirits. Tickets are $25, and the purchase of alcoholic beverages is optional. 

NOLA is truly a melting pot where anyone can feel at home. Have questions about New Orleans real estate? Contact us at Latter & Blum for friendly, knowledgeable help. 


6 Ways to Enjoy the Outdoors Near New Orleans

New Orleans Outdoors

New Orleans is a city where outdoor scenery and adventure await you around every turn, with endless natural beauty to explore. The city park system is robust with well-equipped parks that feature attractions for every member of the family to enjoy, the Mississippi River offers some of the most beautiful views that you'll find anywhere, and the swamps outside the city are ideal for eco-friendly tours. Our real estate agents have the details on 6 different ways that you can enjoy the outdoors around New Orleans.

  • Sydney & Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden – 1 Collins Dbl. Cir., City Park, New Orleans, LA 70124
    One of the most popular public art installations near New Orleans homes for sale, the Sydney & Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden is a great place to combine your love of art and the outdoors. The garden was recently expanded by 6 acres, with tons of new trees planted and 26 new public works of art to enjoy. The garden is free to visit for all and open 7 days per week.

  • Paradigm Gardens – 1131 S. Rampart St., New Orleans, LA 70113
    In addition to supplying fresh, local produce to some of the best restaurants in the city, Paradigm Gardens is an urban farming facility that also hosts a wide variety of fun, outdoor events. Plan a trip to enjoy yoga in the garden, hear some amazing music during the concert series, or book your own private event to have the whole garden to yourself.

  • City Park Bike Rentals – Big Lake Trail at City Park, New Orleans, LA 70124
    New Orleans is a very bicycle-friendly city, so renting a bike is the perfect way to explore some of the city's most popular parks and green spaces. City Park Bike Rentals is located within the very large City Park, which is home to tons of attractions that families love. This conveniently located rental shop also offers boat rentals, allowing you to explore the park from a new perspective.

  • Lost Lands Tours – 625 Pine St., Unit 4, New Orleans, LA 70118
    Travel just a short bit outside of New Orleans, and you will find gorgeous, ancient swamps that offer some of the most abundant outdoor beauty in the region. Lost Lands Tours provides environmentally-friendly tours to nearby swamps, where you can explore nature, discover fascinating ecosystems, and learn more about efforts to preserve the natural beauty of the region.

  • Equest Stables – 1001 Filmore Ave., New Orleans, LA 70124
    We've mentioned that the New Orleans park system is a great place to find outdoor adventures, and facilities like Equest Stables are great examples of why that's the case. Whether you're an experienced rider or you want to learn for the first time, Equest Stables offers lessons for all experience levels at City Park. Enjoy an individual lesson, or schedule a group lesson that every member of the family will enjoy.

  • Joseph M. Bartholomew, Sr. Golf Course – 6514 Congress Dr., New Orleans, LA 70126
    The city parks of New Orleans are also home to two excellent municipal golf courses, including the par-72 Joseph M. Bartholomew, Sr. Golf Course. This is a beautifully maintained public golf course with affordable greens fees and a fun, challenging course layout that will appeal to golfers of all experience levels.

Ready to find your next home near the outstanding outdoor attractions of New Orleans? Let our local real estate team help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans, LA area.


Your Guide to Downtown Lafayette

Downtown Lafayette

Whether you're looking for a quiet evening out on the town or lively entertainment, our real estate agents agree that Downtown Lafayette is the place to be. Have fun exploring these fascinating places and activities, just minutes from Lafayette homes for sale

  • ArtWalk
    Immerse yourself in the boundless creative energy of Acadiana at ArtWalk. On the second Saturday of each month, Downtown Lafayette's museums, galleries, and studios stage events designed to showcase local artists and performers. 2021 brings two new participants to the festivities. Lafayette Arts & Fleas will have a market in Parc de Lafayette, while Louisiana Crafts Guild is hosting Marché Sans Souci along East Vermilion Street. ArtWalk is a delightful outing for couples, families, and anyone who appreciates art. Hours are 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., while Marché Sans Souci opens at 2 p.m.

  • Alexandre Mouton House- 1122 Lafayette St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    The long and distinguished history of Alexandre Mouton House dates back to the turn of the 19th century when it was built by Jean Mouton, one of the area's first settlers. From 1825 to 1836, the home was occupied by his son Alexandre, who later became the first Democratic governor of Louisiana. Today, Les Vingt-Quatre Club maintains the home as a museum featuring historical and cultural artifacts that tell the story of Lafayette's past. Alexandre Mouton House is open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students.

  • Children's Museum of Acadiana - 201 E. Congress St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    Learning doesn't have to be dull. The Children's Museum of Acadiana combines the entertainment factor of games with knowledge- and skill-building in a number of valuable areas. Kids have a blast "designing" structure in Architecture Alley, caring for stuffed animals in Happy Paws Hospital, and running their own news show in Le TV des Enfants. Check the museum calendar for information about programs such as S.T.E.A.M. Kids Sundays. Admission is $7 and must be reserved online. The museum is open every day but Monday. Visit the website for times.

  • Rock 'n' Bowl - 905 Jefferson St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    Bowling to a musical backdrop has become a popular pastime, but this activity takes on some Lafayette flair at Rock 'n' Bowl. Live music from top local zydeco, blues, swamp pop, and country performers keeps the party going. Fuel up beforehand with dinner at Ye Olde College Inn, only steps away from Rock 'n' Bowl. The menu ranges from fried oysters and cheeseburgers to pan-seared duck breast and crawfish Delacroix. Bowling alley and restaurant hours are 4 p.m. - 11 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, with Ye Olde College Inn closing at 10 p.m. on Thursday and Sunday.

  • The Wurst Biergarten - 537 Jefferson St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    The Wurst Biergarten might best be described as a culinary amusement park. This family- and the pet-friendly open-air venue has food trucks along with a wide assortment of local and regional craft beers. Between live music, open mic comedy, and trivia, there's always something special going on. You're also likely to find pop-up craft booths selling vintage and unique items. The Wurst Biergarten is open 4 p.m. - 1 a.m. Wednesday, 4 p.m. - 2 a.m. Thursday, noon - 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon-midnight Sunday. Times may change due to weather, so check Instagram or Facebook.

Ready to buy or sell a home around Lafayette? Contact us at Latter & Blum to get started. 


5 Places to Take Your Kids This Summer in Lafayette

Lafayette Kids Activities

There comes a point in every summer when the fun starts to wind down, and the return to school is just around the corner. Fortunately, we're not quite there yet! There's still a lot of adventure waiting in the Lafayette area.

If you're looking for fun ways to spend time with your kids in Louisiana this summer, our real estate agents have more than a few ideas. These are our favorite places for family fun and excitement in Lafayette!

  • Children's Museum of Acadiana - 201 E Congress St, Lafayette, LA 70501
    Offering hands-on exhibits and entertaining educational programs for kids of all ages, the Children's Museum of Acadiana is a great resource for parents in the Lafayette area. A real highlight of the museum's summertime schedule is their weekly Camp STEAMOLOGY events. These immersive summer camps are held on Sundays throughout the summer and give kids an opportunity to explore STEAM subjects (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) through firsthand experience. The museum is located just minutes from many Lafayette homes for sale.

  • Kart Ranch - 508 Youngsville Hwy, Lafayette, LA 70508
    Kart Ranch Family Fun Center is the place to go for a good time in Lafayette. They offer a full range of indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family, from go-karts and laser tag to miniature golf and arcade games. They also have a kiddie train ride and inside playground for younger kids, and a water war zone for cooling off on hot summer days. Kart Ranch also hosts birthday parties and other events. 

  • Clayfish Bisque: A Pottery Painting Place - 5520 Johnston St F, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Kids of all ages can express their artistic side at Clayfish Bisque: A Pottery Painting Place. This local pottery painting studio embraces creativity, and hosts groups as well as individuals. It's also a great place to schedule a birthday party or play date. Walk-ins are welcome at this locally owned studio, but you can also reserve a table at Clayfish Boutique online. 

  • Kid's World Indoor Play Arena -110 Production Dr, Lafayette, LA 70508
    For younger kids, it doesn't get much more fun than Kid's World Indoor Play Area. With a two-story indoor playground structure spanning 1,700 square feet, Kid's World is a great place to let kids (and their imaginations) run wild. With classic features like obstacle courses, slides, swings, and ball pits, the play area is built big enough for parents to play along. There's a separate play area for toddlers as well. Kid's World also has a great selection of kid-approved snacks, like popcorn, pizza, and ice cream. 

  • Acadiana Park Nature Station - 1205 E Alexander St, Lafayette, LA 70501
    Outdoor adventure in Lafayette begins at the Acadiana Park Nature Center! Spanning 150 acres of rich wetlands and forests, the park offers abundant opportunities for kids and grown-ups alike to reconnect with the natural world. Activities include camping, kayaking, and hiking, with more than 6 miles of trails and boardwalks to explore. Acadiana Park also offers guided hikes and hosts annual Young Naturalist Club programs every summer for kids of various age groups. 

Lafayette and the surrounding communities offer limitless potential for summer fun and adventure. Contact us today to learn more about life in the Lafayette area, and be sure to ask our team about finding your Louisiana dream home!


Food Trends: Where to Order Bubble Tea in NOLA

Bubble Tea in NOLA

Call it bubble tea, milk tea, or boba. Whatever name you use, this cool beverage is amazing in the summer months. Plus, there are many lovely bubble tea shops in the NOLA area. Here are a few particular ones that our real estate agents recommend. 

  • Vivi Bubble Tea: 3000 Severn Ave. Unit A, Metairie LA, 70002
    If you're in the area looking at Metairie homes for salethen stop by this shop for a bubble tea break. Vivi Bubble Tea offers a lot of creative bubble tea beverages. The Flaming Brown Sugar boba is a great option if you're in the mood for something sweet. If you want something more traditional, try the Signature Fruit Tea. There are tables where you can sit and enjoy your tea, although many customers do take it to-go.

  • Dream House Macarons: 1331 Barataria Blvd., Marrero LA, 70072
    The name might be Dream House Macarons, but this shop's bubble tea is as delicious as their French baked goods. Their brown sugar milk tea is a popular choice, and it comes with plenty of tapioca balls. 

    For something really special, make sure you order some macarons with your boba. The ube caramel ones are delicious, but they offer a big selection of flavors to appeal to all tastes. Stopping here will be a wonderful treat if you're looking at Marrero homes for sale nearby.

  • Mopho: 514 City Park Ave., New Orleans LA, 70199
    If you get hungry while looking at New Orleans homes for sale, then stop by Mopho for some pho and bubble tea. They have an extensive food menu with options like smoky pork pho and beef pho.

    The bubble tea at Mopho comes in tall glasses with colorful straws, making the drinking experience even more fun. Many drinks also have creative names, such as Guns + Roses Boba Tea and Tropic Like It's Hot. 

  • Follow Tea: 3334 Severn Ave., Ste 8, Metairie LA, 70002
    Follow Tea
    offers a high-end bubble tea experience. They make all of their teas with fresh ingredients. Many of the teas come topped with cheese or soy foam, adding an extra level of flavor.

    One favorite at Follow Tea is the Cherry Cheese Tea. If you prefer brewed tea, then try the Jasmine Green Tea or the Oolong Tea. You can add golden boba, crystal bubbles, or coconut to any tea upon request. Their dining area is beautifully decorated and a nice place to sip your beverages. 

  • Smoothie Bubble Tea: 2653 Barataria Blvd Marrero, LA 70072
    For when you can't decide between a smoothie or bubble tea, get a combination of the two at Smoothie Bubble Tea. Flavor options include mango, coconut, peach, and more. Plus, besides the expansive list of flavors, customers can also get food items like Vietnamese poboys and tasty waffles. 

Bubble tea is such a wonderful beverage to enjoy in the summer, especially in a warm climate like New Orleans. It might even make you fall in love with this city even more. If that happens, contact us, and we'll put you in touch with a local real estate agent. 


5 Things Retirees Will Love About Living in Lafayette

Lafayette Retirees

Have you been searching for the perfect place to retire? Would you like to live in a city that offers countless amenities and attractions, with a cost of living that will make it easier to enjoy your retirement? Lafayette has so much to offer, from outdoor attractions to live entertainment and some of the best food that you'll find anywhere. The many attractions of the city mean that your family will love visiting almost as you love living here. Our real estate agents love Lafayette, and we've got 5 key reasons that retirees love calling the city home.

  1. Local Trails to Enjoy Nature
    Living in the city doesn't have to mean being far from nature, and Lafayette's robust trail system makes it easy to enjoy the city's natural beauty at any time. Walking the trails is a great way to stay fit, stay healthy, and spend time in nature. Trails are also perfect places for anyone who loves watching birds and seeing native wildlife in its natural environment. When you live in Lafayette, your next outdoor adventure is never far from your front door.

  2. A Low Cost of Living Means Your Retirement Budget Goes Further
    Lafayette is such a vibrant, exciting place to retire, but that doesn't mean that you'll have to pay a premium to live there. In fact, the cost of living in Lafayette is more than 12 percent below the national average, and housing costs are even more affordable compared to the rest of the country. Enjoy all of the perks of living in a modern city, with a cost of living that leaves plenty of money for enjoying all that Lafayette has to offer.

  3. Endless Outdoor Attractions to Enjoy
    Do you dream of spending your days exploring the great outdoors and experiencing the unique ecosystems that help make Lafayette such a vibrant place to call home? Outdoor attractions are always waiting for you in Lafayette, whether you love camping, hiking, fishing, or a little bit of everything. Paddling through the swamps is an incredible experience, with countless bird species to spot from your canoe or kayak.

  4. Fun Festivals and Fantastic Food for Every Season
    Variety is the spice of life, and there's always something new to experience when you call Lafayette home. The city's packed lineup of amazing festivals spans the whole calendar, with events to suit every taste and interest. Whether you love food, music, film, culture, or all of the above, there's a festival with your name on it in Lafayette. The world-famous Festival International de Louisiane is a highlight every spring, while Lafayette's family-friendly Mardi Gras celebrations provide something to look forward to every winter.

  5. Live Sports and Entertainment All Year Long
    Whether you love live sports, live music, or live theater, you'll find it all when you call Lafayette home. The University of Louisiana is located in the city, and the Ragin' Cajuns athletic teams offer excellent entertainment for sports fans all year long. With so many great bars, historic performance venues, and even outdoor performance spaces in the city, you can find live music every day of the week. So the festivals in Lafayette are amazing, but you won't have to wait for the big events to enjoy live entertainment.

Are you ready to start shopping for Lafayette homes for sale and retire in a city that you will truly love? Let our experienced, local real estate team help. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Lafayette, LA area.


Top Fishing Spots Near Lake Charles

Fishing Spots Lake Charles

Ask ten local fishermen to name their favorite fishing spot, and you're bound to get ten different answers. But just about all Louisiana anglers agree on one thing: the Lake Charles area is a pretty great place to fish. 

We have many unique fishing opportunities here in Lake Charles, from the waters of our namesake lake to the meandering Calcasieu River and the mighty waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Join our real estate agents at some of our favorite Lake Charles fishing spots!

  1. Lake Charles - Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Part of a chain of lakes that also includes Prien Lake and Calcasieu Lake, Lake Charles itself is one of the easiest fishing spots to access near these Lake Charles homes for sale. Like its neighboring lakes, Lake Charles has brackish water—a mixture of salt and fresh waters—that supports unique fishing opportunities for speckled trout and redfish. Access is available at Millennium Park and North Beach, both of which are good places to launch a kayak or cast a line from shore. 

  2. Calcasieu River - 107 Sutherland Rd, Lake Charles, LA 70611
    The Calcasieu River cuts a winding path through the Louisiana landscape, offering some of its best freshwater fishing opportunities. Largemouth bass are the main target for most anglers, and 10-pound largemouths have been caught in the river. Spring offers some of the year's best bass fishing around beds of aquatic vegetation in the Calcasieu River. Catfish, crappie, and sunfish are also available. Sam Houston Jones State Park, located just outside the city of Lake Charles, is a great place to access the river and also offers campgrounds and cabins.

  3. Prien Lake - W Prien Lake Rd, Lake Charles, LA 70605
    Much like Lake Charles, the brackish waters of Prien Lake harbor a diverse assortment of fish, including speckled trout, black drum, redfish, and flounder. It's a popular place for kayak fishing, and many kayak anglers go after speckled trout by casting minnow and shrimp-imitating lures around drop-offs and shallow flats. Launch facilities for canoes and kayaks are available at Prien Lake Park, which overlooks the western shore of the lake. 

  4. Calcasieu Lake - 3955 Henry Pugh Rd, Lake Charles, LA 70605
    The largest lake in the Lake Charles Area, Calcasieu Lake, is often referred to simply as the "Big Lake" by locals. It is also the lake closest to the coast, with a direct connection to the Gulf of Mexico via the Calcasieu Ship Channel. It is also widely considered to be the best lake in the area for fishing. One of the most popular fishing spots on the lake is Calcasieu Point Landing, which offers a paved boat launch, fishing pier, and a fully stocked bait shop. Redfish, speckled trout, and flounder are often caught from the pier. Deep ledges and marshy bayous throughout the area offer opportunities to catch monster trout and redfish.

Be sure to pick up a Louisiana fishing license before you go. And if you're new to the area, consider booking a trip with a local fishing guide like Bayou Charters or Louisiana Fins Guide Service. There's nothing like an experienced local guide who can show you right where the fish are!

With summer well on its way, the fishing season on Lake Charles and the surrounding areas has just begun. Contact us today to learn more about outdoor adventures in Lake Charles, and be sure to ask our team about how we can help you find your dream home in Louisiana. 


Where to Find Local Brews in Lafayette

Lafayette BreweryThe craft brewing scene in Lafayette is vibrant and growing, with local breweries creating unique flavors that you won't find anywhere else. Local bars, restaurants, and beer shops are also serving up all of the best brews from throughout the Acadiana region. Spring is the perfect time to enjoy a local craft beer in an outdoor dining space and pair your favorite brew with some of the best food that Lafayette has to offer. Our real estate agents have the details on the best places to find delicious local brews around Lafayette.

  1. Parish Brewing Co. – 229 Jared Dr., Broussard, LA 70518
    For a fantastic local brew from a truly local source, make the quick trip to Parish Brewing Co. and get ready to treat your taste buds to something special. The beer lineup here includes flagship brews like Ghost in the Machine, Parish Pilsner, and Reve Coffee Stout, along with dozens of other selections. Stop by to enjoy a drink in the art-filled taproom or to pick up your favorites to enjoy at home.

  2. The Tap Room – 201 Settlers Trace Blvd. #4001, Lafayette, LA 70508
    The Tap Room 
    is one of the most popular bars near Lafayette homes for sale, and one look at their list of local craft brews will show you why that's the case. This local bar also has an eclectic dining menu that's packed with unique hot dogs that are loaded with toppings and delicious flatbread pizzas that pair perfectly with all of your favorite brews.

  3. Marcello's Wine Market – 2800 Johnson St., Lafayette, LA 70503
    Looking to stock your own fridge with some of the best brews that Acadiana has to offer? Then don't let the name of Marcello's Wine Market fool you. While this is certainly a great place to shop for local wine, it's also well-stocked with a huge variety of local craft beer, including some hard-to-find brews that aren't available at every shop.

  4. Wurst Biergarten – 537 Jefferson St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    Food, music, and local craft brews are always on the menu at Wurst Biergarten, which features a large outdoor dining area that's perfect for enjoying a pleasant spring night on the town. This venue is both dog and child-friendly, with a rotating selection of food vendors that is sure to offer something for every taste. There are also fun-themed nights that offer live music, open mic comedy, and trivia contests.

  5. Social Southern Table & Bar – 3901 Johnson St., Lafayette, LA 70503
    A chic, modern bar with a fantastic selection of craft brews, Social Southern Table & Bar, offers an upscale dining and drinking experience ideal for celebrating the special days in your life. The award-winning menu here is filled with fresh, farm-to-table takes on your favorite Southern dishes, with a rotation of local beers on tap and a long lineup of craft cocktails.

Ready to find your next home close to all of the delicious drinks, delightful dining, and excellent bars in Lafayette? Let our local real estate team help. Contact us today.


Where to Take Your Dog for a Walk in Lafayette

Lafayette Dog Walking Trails The city of Lafayette is a great place to spend some quality time in the great outdoors. With beautiful parks and endless streets lined with historic buildings, there's always something new to discover.

And if you have a four-legged friend along for the journey? So much the better. These are our real estate agents' favorite places to take your dog for a walk in the Lafayette area. 

  1. Acadiana Park Nature Station - 1205 E Alexander St, Lafayette, LA 70501
    Spanning 110 acres and offering 6 miles of trails, Acadiana Park Nature Station offers a rich landscape that's ripe for exploration. The trails meander through a diverse landscape of forests, meadows, and creek bottoms, all of which harbor an amazing variety of plant and animal life. Located just minutes from these Lafayette homes for sale, the trails and nature station are open daily, free of charge, from dawn until dusk. Pets are welcome but must be leashed at all times. 

  2. Beaulieu Park Dog Park - 411 W Bluebird Dr, Lafayette, LA 70508
    One of Lafayette's newest dog parks, the Beaulieu Park Dog Park, was unveiled in 2019 and quickly became a favorite local destination for dogs and their humans. The park provides a large, fully fenced-in area where dogs can run freely, along with features like benches, a shady pavilion, and canine agility and exercise equipment. 

  3. Chicot State Park - 3469 Chicot Park Rd, Ville Platte, LA 70586
    Less than an hour from Lafayette, Chicot State Park is like a giant, 6,400-acre outdoor playground. In addition to being a well-known destination for camping and fishing, the park's greatest feature may be its 18-mile hiking trail, which completely encircles Lake Chicot and offers a handful of primitive backcountry campsites along the way. The trail is open to hikers and cyclists, and leashed pets are permitted. 

  4. Brown Memorial Dog Park - 1234 E. Pont des Mouton Road, Lafayette, LA 70507
    Offering great opportunities to let Fido run free off-leash, the dog park at Brown Memorial Park is a popular spot among Lafayette Locals and their pets. The dog park provides a large, fenced-in grassy area that is generally mowed, well-kept, and free of bare, muddy patches. Dogs are also welcome throughout the surrounding 50-acre park, as long as they are kept on a leash. 

  5. Girard Park - 500 Girard Park Dr, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Girard Park is nestled in the heart of Downtown, not far from the campus of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Encompassing 33 acres, the park's picnic areas, shady lawns, and picturesque walking trails are popular places to enjoy the cool spring breeze, preferably with a furry friend. Dogs must be leashed, but they're welcome throughout the park. Girard Park is also home to a rec center and fishing pond and hosts numerous local events and festivals throughout the year. 

  6. Moncus Park - 2913 Johnston St, Lafayette, LA 70503
    A lovely green space in the heart of Lafayette, Moncus Park is a work in progress that promises to be a perfect spot to take Fido for a long walk. The park offers wide-open fields, towering shade trees, and a 2.5-mile walking trail. Leashed pets are welcome throughout, and there's also a fenced-in dog park with artificial turf where dogs can run off-leash.

Contact us today to learn more about life in Lafayette, Louisiana. It's a truly unique and special place for you and man's best friend to call home. 


National Day of Unplugging: Outdoor Retreats in Lafayette

Outdoor Retreats Lafayette

Eager for a taste of the great outdoors? Our real estate agents can help!

At Latter & Blum, our real estate experts spend hours every week exploring the best Lafayette homes for sale. But every now and then, even we feel the call of the wild. Louisiana's iconic bayous have shaped culture and history here for centuries, and they promise adventure for new residents and long-time locals.

What better time to reconnect than during National Day of Unplugging?

National Day of Unplugging is an awareness campaign that provides 24 hours of rest away from technology on the first Friday in March. 

There are all kinds of outdoor escapes to choose from around Lafayette!

Let's look at a few of them now:

  1. Avery Island – 30 Miles South of Lafayette, See Website for Location Details
    Avery Island is one of the area's five salt domes, striking features formed over thousands of years. It was settled in the 1800s by the Avery family and became the birthplace of Tabasco hot pepper sauce. Your visit will include the 170-acre Jungle Gardens, a protected botanical garden rich with local plants and wildlife that is open seven days a week. You can go on a five-mile scenic drive or explore the walking trail.

  2. White Lake Woods Conservation Area – Southwestern Louisiana, See Website for Location Details
    White Lake Woods Conservation Area was donated to the state of Louisiana in 2002. About 75% of the land is freshwater marsh. The rest consists of farmland, wetlands, wooded areas, and camping grounds. Waterfowl, shorebirds, and even alligators dwell in the freshwater marsh. Fishing, boating, birding, and wildlife viewing are popular activities. A two-mile nature trail wraps the north side of the wetlands.

  3. LARC's Acadian Village200 Greenleaf Drive, Lafayette, LA 70506
    LARC's Acadian Village sits on 32 acres of land administered by the LARC nonprofit, which provides support to those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Village highlights the pioneer lives of the area's early settlers. The early 1800s recreation centers around a number of authentic period buildings, including the home of the first resident dentist in Lafayette. The village is a popular place for school field trips and weddings.

  4. Acadiana Park Nature Station – 1201 East Alexander Street, Lafayette, LA 70501
    Not far from Acadiana Park's beautiful campgrounds, you'll find the Acadiana Park Nature Station. This 150-acre facility is wheelchair accessible and incorporates a six-mile trail system. Since 1974, it has been known in the region for its Fourth Grade Environmental Education Program. Public tours are available every day of the year and guided Night Hikes on the last Saturday of each month.
  5. Atchafalaya Swamp Base – 2266 South College Road Suite E, Lafayette, LA 70508
    Created in 2010 as a national conservation site and "high adventure recreation base," Atchafalaya Swamp Base has a history intertwined with the local Boy Scouts. The Swamp encompasses an astounding 1.4 million acres, and the Swamp Base offers an accessible entry point. Its two iconic "treks," which consist of canoeing up to 75 miles, are regularly undertaken by experienced Scouts and guides. Weekend paddling trips are also available.

Living in Lafayette puts you at the crossroads of natural wonders. Imagine all that and the history, culture, and cuisine of one of America's most beloved cities. Contact us at Latter & Blum to learn about Lafayette real estate opportunities.


Holiday Light Displays to Visit

Photo Courtsey of Paul Broussard

Holiday light displays are a tradition that we look forward to all year round. Each twinkling bulb warms the heart and brings about a sense of awe and wonder no matter how old you are. And if there ever was a year when we could use a little inspiration, kindness, and a reminder of how good life is, it's this year. So, grab your coats and warm up the cocoa, it's Holiday light season again!

New Orleans

The Crescent City loves each holiday, and this time of year is certainly no different.

    • Celebration in the Oaks  |  City Park  |  November 26th – January 3rd (closed December 24th and 31st)
    • Supernova on the Greenway  |  Lafitte Greenway | December 9 - 20th 5 - 9pm Wed-Sun


    Baton Rouge

    Just like Mike the Tiger, this season is still roaring with lights.


    The Northshore shines just as bright as its big city neighbor during the holidays.

    • 18th Annual Holiday of Lights  |  21490 Koop Drive, Mandeville  |  December 6 – 14
    • Christmas Under the Stars  |  Griffith Park – Slidell  |  December 6 – 14
    • Bayou Christmas  |  Heritage Park – Slidell   |   December 18 – 23

    Mississippi Gulf Coast

    These gorgeous beaches are lit up with the gift of lights all month!

    • Gulfport Harbor Lights Winter Festival  |  Jones Park – Gulfport  |  November 29 – December 31
    • Christmastime at Beauvoir  |  Beauvoir  |  December 20 – 23
    • Christmas on the Water Boat Parade  |  Biloxi  |  December 7

    Bird Watchers Guide to Lafayette

    Lafayette Bird Watching

    Louisiana is a paradise for those who love nature! One of the best outdoor activities to do in the area is bird watching. With so many trails and parks within a few miles of the city center, Lafayette provides bird watchers with plenty of opportunities to spot some of the most beautiful birds in the state. If you're interested in bird watching around Lafayette, our real estate agents are here to answer your questions.

    Where can I go bird watching around Lafayette?

    Just one visit to Lafayette is enough to inspire you to venture into our many wonderful green spaces. Many of these protected spaces are home to a variety of plants and animals, particularly birds. Start your bird watching adventure at these four sites:

    • Atchafalaya National Heritage Area — 2022 Atchafalaya River Hwy, Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
      Follow I-10 northeast out of Lafayette, and you'll hit the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area near the Atchafalaya River. The American Birding Association has a partnership with this area, and since there are over 400 species of bird in the Atchafalaya Basin, we recommend reading the ABA Birdfinding Guide series, which provides directions to the best birding areas in Lafayette and around the state.

    • Cypress Island Preserve — 1264 Prairie Hwy, St. Martinville, LA 70582
      Just east of Lafayette, Cypress Island Preserve sits on the shores of Lake Martin. Thousands of birds flock to this preserve in the winter. A 2.5-mile trail is easily accessible and offers exceptional viewing through the spring.

    • Acadiana Park Nature Station— 1205 East Alexander St., Lafayette, LA 70501
      Located right outside of the city, the Acadiana Park Nature Station is a wonderful place to discover the local wildlife. There is a six-mile trail system where you can stroll through the Gulf Coastal Tallgrass Prairie and the Mississippi River Floodplain. 

    For a more extensive bird-watching trek, we suggest making a weekend of one of two Louisiana Birding Trails: The Vermilion Loop and The Atchafalaya Loop. The Atchafalaya Loop is a 100-mile trail running from Baton Rouge through Lafayette then down towards Iberia. The Vermilion Loop runs south from Lafayette through Abbeville, then nearly to the Vermilion Bay.

    What kind of birds and waterfowl can be found around Lafayette?

    Grab your camera and get ready to snap photos in all directions. There are dozens of native species that call the Lafayette area home, including:

    • Snowy Egrets
    • Great Blue Heron
    • Black-Crowned Night-Heron
    • Roseate Spoonbill
    • Anhinga
    • Wood Duck
    • Bald Eagles
    • Pileated Woodpeckers
    • Barred Owls
    • Brown Pelicans

    What do I need to go bird watching around Lafayette?

    Whether you're an avid bird watcher or have just taken up the activity while exploring new hobbies this year, you'll want to be prepared for your excursions. Here are a few recommend items that all bird watchers should have on them as to not run afowl of the best practices:

    • Binoculars for easy bird spotting
    • A field guide to help you identify the different species
    • A field journal where you can write your observations
    • A backpack that can fit everything you need yet still be lightweight and easy to carry
    • Comfortable clothing and shoes, preferably made from durable materials that protect you from heat and UV rays

    Bird watching is a wonderful activity that you can do alone or with others. If you're also on the lookout for a new home, let us be your eyes. Contact us today to tour our best Lafayette homes for sale.


    Healthy Dining Options You Can Find in NOLA

    Our real estate agents understand how important a healthy diet is. We're always on the lookout for the best bites around town that are good for the tastebuds and body. Next time your stomach is rumbling, check out these healthy dining options around New Orleans.

    1. City Greens — 5001 Freret Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
      The freshest greens are always within reach in NOLA at City Greens. Though they're offering a take-out-only menu, you can still scoop up your favorites. The B.Y.O Salad or Wrap is always a win, mixed with your choice of greens, four additional veggies, dressing, and extra proteins like chicken or turkey. Of course, no one can go wrong with a BBQ Chicken Wrap or Thai Peanut Shrimp Wrap.

    2. Max Well — 6101 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70118
      Get well at Max Well. Located on Magazine Street, Max Well creates all of their menu options with the planet, the people, and the animals in mind. All of their items are plant-based and fresh from the farm to your table. Small bites like Gyoza and Stuffed Avocados are just as tasty and filling as Bonita Bowls, Beet Wellington, and Tomato Chickpea Soup. Stop in for lunch or grab one of their house-made juices to go.

    3. Café Minh — 4139 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70119
      Send your stomach on a trip to the other side of the world with the Saigon's Southern Vietnamese flavors at Café Minh. Incorporating American and French influences into their Vietnamese cuisine, all unique items are made with fresh, local ingredients. Classic cups of pho are served alongside exciting options like Vietnamese BBQ Catfish, Minh's Bouillabaisse, and Slow Braised Asian Short Ribs. Skip the standard salads and sandwiches for some of Café Minh's creative flavors.

    4. The Salad Station — 618 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
      The Salad Station brings family and farming together to introduce a pay by the pound concept. Build your perfect salad without worrying about under-eating or overpaying. Hit the salad bar first to fill your plate with greens, proteins, legumes, fruits, nuts, and other toppings. Then move onto the gourmet hot and soup bar for baked potatoes, chili, and other warm dishes. When you're finished, you can build a second salad to take home and continue your healthy eating streak.

    5. Seed — 1330 Prytania Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
      Plant-based dining is on the menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Seed. You'll love the unique flavor combinations using a variety of diverse ingredients with a little dash of New Orleans style cooking. Mushroom Gumbo, Eggplant Shawarma, Korean Fired Cauliflower, and Tofu "Pork Belly" Bao are just a few of the menu's tasty items. If you could use a mid-day pick me up, their mocktails will hit the spot.

    Are you looking for a new kitchen with enough pantry room for the freshest ingredients? We can help. Contact us today to schedule tours of our charming New Orleans homes for sale.


    5 Places that Opened this Year in New Orleans

    New Orleans New Restaurants

    When you think of New Orleans, you probably think of classic Creole cuisine.

    While nothing says New Orleans like soulful Creole comfort food, our real estate agents want you to know there's even more to try. The Big Easy is a city with a remarkable food culture. 

    The city sees the introduction of more than a dozen new restaurants each year. While a lot of these are headed by newcomers, world-famous chefs have also made New Orleans home. From hearty home cooking to fusion cuisine and even the most experimental eateries, this place truly has it all.

    Here's a selection of just a few of the latest restaurants to open their doors in New Orleans:

    1. Peewee's Crabcakes On-The-Go – 4500 Old Gentilly Road, New Orleans, LA 70126
      Peewee's Crabcakes On-The-Go is the work of chef and owner Charles Armstrong, whose culinary career has dotted New Orleans with pop-up restaurants and other successful ventures. This new space represents a more permanent home for Peewee's. Satisfying signature crab cakes come along with seafood platters and a variety of Creole mainstays. Everything has that special touch local foodies have come to expect!
    2. Alma Cafe – 800 Louisa Street, New Orleans, LA 70117
      Alma Cafe features authentic Honduran cuisine by chef Melissa Araujo. Now settled into the spot formerly held by Paloma Cafe, she is best known for rich, robust breakfast and lunch menus featuring all the flavors of her ancestral home. Visitors love to pair the dark, flavorful coffee with a variety of meals and small plates. Shrimp dip, ceviche, and mushroom toast spice up a full list of bowls and sandwiches.
    3. Mr. Potato – 2800 Tulane Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70119
      Not to be confused with a certain beloved children's toy, Mr. Potato is a new restaurant descended from one of the city's most popular food trucks. Now, it's a specialty joint known all around Louisiana for its generously stuffed baked potatoes and loaded fries. Don't underestimate the concept, as you can choose from seafood, steak, cheese, vegetables, and much more. It's a delightful (and filling) time.
    4. Union Ramen Bar – 1837 Magazine Street Suite B, New Orleans, LA 70130
      Union Ramen Bar brings one of the most iconic Japanese dishes to New Orleans as executive chef Nate Nguyen returns to the ramen game after more than five years. In addition to the lip-smacking ramen bowls, most of them based on chicken broth, you can sample poke and Vietnamese small plates. Confit oyster mushrooms, watermelon belly salad, and barbecue stuffed shrimp await your discerning palate.
    5. Cho Thai – 3218 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
      Cho Thai is descended from a family-owned West Bank Thai restaurant with a storied past and strong local following. In its new Magazine Street location, it serves up delectable Thai delicacies in a comfortable and modern space. Some of the top offerings include spicy clams, pork rolls, and chili basil crab claws. Looking for a new twist on the familiar? Don't miss out on the Louisiana crab fried rice.

    Move to Crescent City, and you can enjoy some of the South's most delicious food right in your own neighborhood. Contact us to learn more about Louisiana real estate.


    Classic Louisiana Food and Where to Find it in Baton Rouge

    Classic Louisiana Food

    Love classic Louisiana cooking, or interested in sampling our region's many delicacies for the first time? Then you'll feel right at home in Baton Rouge, where local restaurants bring the best of Louisiana to your table every day. From beignets to po'boys, king cakes to gumbo, you'll find it all at the best local dining spots. Our real estate agents are here to help you start your culinary adventure with our guide to 5 local restaurants where you can find classic Louisiana cooking in Baton Rouge.

    1. Rue Beignet – 18135 E Petroleum Dr. Suite H, Baton Rouge, LA 70809

      A sweet, simple treat made from fried dough and a generous sprinkling of confectioner sugar, a beignet pairs perfectly with your morning coffee. The team at Rue Beignet starts baking before the sun rises, and you'll be greeted by the welcoming smell of warm, fresh beignets before you even walk through the door. Everything is made with old-fashioned recipes and the freshest ingredients, with a wide variety of toppings available. Of course, the coffee is always hot, fresh, and delicious as well.

    2. Best Po'Boy and Seafood – 9330 Greenwell Springs Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70814

      The po'boy is a Louisiana staple, and it's so much more than just a sandwich. As you'll see, when you peruse the menu at Best Po'Boy and Seafood, a po'boy can feature a truly diverse range of ingredients, sandwiched between warm, fresh French bread. Best Po'Boy and Seafood is conveniently located close to Baton Rouge homes for sale and serves some of the best sandwiches in the city. Order yours with fresh, fried seafood or delicious roast beef, then grab the perfect Louisiana side dish.

    3. Anthony's Italian Deli – 5575 Government St., Baton Rouge, LA 70806

      Brought to Louisiana by some of the early Italian immigrants to the area, muffuletta refers to both a sandwich style and the type of Italian bread that it's served on. The sandwich is made with a loaf of muffuletta bread, served with ham, salami, a mix of Italian cheeses, and a special olive salad that ties the whole delicious creation together. Stop by Anthony's Italian Deli for some of the best muffuletta in Baton Rouge, and be sure to try the toasted version for an extra treat.

    4. Ambrosia Bakery & Deli – 8546 Siegen Ln., Baton Rouge, LA 70810

      Especially popular during Carnival season but also available to satisfy your sweet tooth year-round, the king cake is a classic Louisiana dessert that comes with some unique traditions. Many bakeries will bake a small, plastic baby into the cake, and whoever finds the baby brings the king cake for the next celebration. You can find king cakes and so much more at Ambrosia Bakery & Deli. The bakery here is fantastic, and the deli churns out delicious sandwiches that are perfect for enjoying before your cake.

    5. Rice and Roux – 2158 O'neal Ln., Baton Rouge, LA 70816

      Gumbo is a classic Louisiana soup that is also our state's official cuisine. It can include many different ingredients but almost always relies on a base of roux, bell peppers, onions, and celery, along with meat or shellfish. When you're in the mood for gumbo, Rice and Roux has you covered with delicious Cajun cooking in a relaxed, casual atmosphere.

    Do you dream of delicious Louisiana delicacies waiting outside your front door in Baton Rouge? Then it's time to find your next home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Baton Rouge, LA area.


    5 Free Things to do Near New Orleans

    Free Things to do in New Orleans

    The Big Easy has so much to see and do. You could spend years eating and exploring your way through the city. Although there are plenty of attractions worth the price of admission, New Orleans has its share of budget-friendly activities that will delight residents and visitors alike. Our real estate agents encourage you to check out these five free things to do near New Orleans.

    1. New Orleans Museum of Art – 1 Collins C. Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans, LA 70124
      NOMA, the New Orleans Museum of Art, is a favorite destination for many locals. Their rotating exhibitions and extensive collections can't be missed! However, if you're looking for a free way to appreciate art, head behind NOMA to the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, where you can stroll the tree-lined paths and admire over 60 sculptures created by world-famous artists. Admission is free all year, except holidays.

    2. The Canal Street Ferry – Near 1 Poydras St., New Orleans, LA 70130
      Get a new view of New Orleans by taking a ride on the Canal Street Ferry. Also known as the Algiers Ferry, this boat takes you down the Mississippi for the best views of the city. It will cruise you from the French Quarter to Algiers Point, where you can enjoy Confetti Park, stroll the Algiers Bike Path, or visit the many bars, cafes, and shops around. The Canal Street Ferry operates seven days a week, with the first ferry departures launching between 6 AM and 10:45 AM and ending between 9:30 PM and 11:45 PM.

    3. Explore Uptown & The Garden District
      One of the best free things to do in New Orleans is to explore the city on foot. The vibrant communities hold hidden gems for wanderers who don't mind venturing off the beaten path. Two of the coolest neighborhoods to explore are Uptown and the Garden District. Uptown is a wonderful place to shop and admire historic architecture while the Garden District hosts mansions where you can also take a self-guided walking tour of the area.

    4. St. Louis Cathedral – 615 Pere Antoine Alley, Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA 70116
      The Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis King of France overlooks bustling Jackson Square. It is the United States' oldest Catholic Cathedral that continues to operate. Take a step back in history by visiting the Old Ursuline Convent Museum, the oldest building in the Mississippi Valley, or stop by St. Mary's Church next door, which actually predates St. Louis Cathedral.

    5. Crescent City Farmers Markets/Market Umbrella – 200 Broadway St., Suite 107, New Orleans, LA 70118
      If you want to explore the city, surround yourself with local goods, and get to know your neighbors, a stop at the Crescent City Farmers Markets/Market Umbrella is ideal. These local markets sprout up around town, including in Uptown Square, Bucktown Harbor, and Parkway Bakery and Tavern. Check their schedule to see which vendors, musical guests, and specials will be at each market from week to week.

    Would you love to live in one of NOLA's vibrant communities? We can help you find a place surrounded by the best Crescent City has to offer. Contact us today to schedule tours of our New Orleans homes for sale.


    Take a Trip to the Chauvin Sculpture Garden

    Chauvin Sculpture Garden

    Traditionally, lighthouses serve to guide marine travelers to safety. Just minutes from Houma homes for sale, a special lighthouse acts as a beacon directing visitors to a unique art display that's a favorite destination of our real estate agents. Experience this piece of local history first-hand with a visit to the Chauvin Sculpture Garden.

    Planting the Seeds

    Dubbed a "magical mystery tour" by one enchanted viewer, the Chauvin Sculpture Garden has an origin story as fascinating as the art itself. All pieces were created by a man named Kenny Hill, a bricklayer by trade who came to Chauvin in 1988, seeking work on construction sites.

    A generous landowner offered to let Hill stay on a piece of his property along the banks of the Bayou Petit Caillou. Hill pitched a tent and lived there until he built a simple cabin using materials he salvaged from various spots.

    Despite having no formal training, Hill possessed a great deal of natural artistic talent. In 1990, feeling the need for a greater range of creative expression than his day job allowed, Hill began crafting his heartfelt and thought-provoking sculptures.

    An Artist's Personal Journey

    The Chauvin Sculpture Garden contains more than 100 concrete sculptures, breathtaking in physical size, and thematic scope. 

    Standing above it all is the 45-foot-tall lighthouse made with 7,000 bricks. The vividly-colored structure features an eclectic assortment of characters, including cowboys, musicians, children, and angels, clinging to the sides in a desperate search for safety.

    Remarkably, Hill himself appears in a number of these tableaux. His distinctive long-haired and bearded image seems to act as a guide, silently drawing viewers' attention to particularly significant points.

    Not surprisingly, Hill's venture began garnering public interest. He resolutely refused to talk to the media, giving only the cryptic comment that the garden was a "story of salvation" for residents. While Hill allowed some of his curious neighbors to visit, he steadfastly avoided publicizing the garden.

    Preserving Hill's Vision

    Sadly, when Hill's benefactor and landlord passed away, he abandoned his project in 2000 after being evicted by the local parish for lack of upkeep. Would this incredible work of art end up overcome by the forces of nature?

    The story had a happy ending when Dennis Sipiorski, an art professor at Nicholls State University in nearby Thibodaux, contacted the Kohler Foundation, an organization dedicated to preserving folk art. Kohler purchased the property and donated it to NSU. 

    In 2002, the Chauvin Sculpture Garden was opened to the public with an official dedication ceremony. The site is also home to the NSU Folk Art Studio, where visitors may purchase books, local artwork, and various souvenirs.

    Location and Hours

    Visit the Chauvin Sculpture Garden at 5337 Bayouside Dr. Hours are dawn to dusk daily, with bilingual guided tours offered on the weekends. Admission is free for all guests.

    The Bayou Region is an exhilarating blend of culture, scenery, and entertainment. Learn more about local real estate opportunities when you contact us at Latter & Blum.


    Where to Train for a 5k in Baton Rouge

    Baton Rouge Running Trails

    Are you ready to lace up your running shoes for a 5k in the Baton Rouge area? Then you'll find no shortage of great places to train for your next run! Between beautiful city parks, well-established nature trails, and trails running through popular local attractions, Baton Rouge offers a little bit of everything. Get ready for your next 5k, and enjoy some great natural scenery while you train. Our real estate agents have the details on some of the best places to train for a 5k around Baton Rouge.

    1. Milford Wampold Community Park – 901 Stanford Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70808

      Located on LSU lake with beautiful views of the water, Milford Wampold Community Park is a lovely place to train for a 5k close to Baton Rouge homes for sale. There are paved trails running throughout the park, along with a sandy beach that allows you to add a different type of surface to your training.

    2. Highland Road Community Park – 14024 Highland Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70810

      With more than 144 acres to explore that include paved trails and activities for family members of all ages, Highland Road Community Park makes it easy to fit some 5k training into a full day of outdoor family fun at the park. In addition to a variety of connected trails, the park features athletic fields of all types, a playground, picnic pavilions, a boat launch, and an air-conditioned indoor gymnasium.

    3. Baton Rouge Downtown Greenway – Downtown Baton Rouge, LA 70802

      The Baton Rouge Downtown Greenway connects with a number of downtown parks, outdoor attractions, and existing trail systems with views of the Mississippi River all around you, making it a great way to mix some variety into your 5k training. Currently, the loop connects the levee bike path, town square, and Brooks Park, with even more trails expected to be added in the future.

    4. Comite Park Trail – 8900 Hooper Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70818

      Looking for a trail that will allow you to put your training to the test? The Comite Park Trail is an excellent choice, with elevation changes that will add a little spice to your next run. This trail rates as moderate by popular hiking standards, with a 4.9-mile loop along the river that offers beautiful views while you run.

    5. Dawson Creek Trail – 7122 Perkins Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70808

      Located at the well-lit Perkins Road Community Park, the Dawson Creek Trail offers a convenient, paved running trail that can still be enjoyed even after the sun goes down. The trail runs for just over four miles with offshoots into the woods where you can extend your run, while the park also features a rock climbing wall, skate park, BMX bike trails, and a playground perfect for entertaining younger visitors.

    Living in Baton Rouge means that your next outdoor adventure is never far from your front door, and our team is here to help you find your next home in the city. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Baton Rouge, LA area.


    Art in New Orleans: 5 Art Galleries to Visit

    Art Galleries in New Orleans

    No matter what types of art you adore, New Orleans is sure to have many art galleries that you will love to explore. In a city with such a special blend of cultures, that's no surprise! The art galleries of New Orleans come in many shapes and sizes, with a shared goal of showcasing the city's vibrant culture through art. But with so many art galleries, where do you start? Our real estate agents have you covered with five local art galleries where you can begin your exploration of the New Orleans art scene.

    1. Kako Gallery – 536 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130

      Like many art galleries located close to New Orleans homes for sale, you'll find that Kako Gallery doesn't just focus on one type of art. Instead, it showcases art in many mediums from artists who live and work in the New Orleans area. If you're looking for a gallery with affordable, local art that you can purchase to decorate your own home or you're interested in browsing an eclectic collection, Kako Gallery is well worth a visit. You'll find an extensive collection of paintings, sculpture, and outdoor art here.

    2. Windsor Fine Art – 221 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130

      When you're in the mood to see work from some of history's greatest artists, Windsor Fine Art is the place to be. Windsor Fine Art features artwork spanning five centuries, including original works from legends like Dali and Rembrandt. Browse an expansive collection arranged by artistic movement, touching on the most popular movements from the last 500 years. Windsor Fine Art also features an exceptional collection of sculptures from both historical and contemporary artists.

    3. Sutton Galleries – 519 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130

      A family-owned gallery serving New Orleans for more than 100 years, Sutton Galleries has long been a must-see stop for art lovers on Royal Street. Whether you're looking to add to your existing collection, start collecting art for the first time, or browse the work of talented contemporary artists, you'll find a warm welcome and plenty of help from the friendly, knowledgeable staff at Sutton Galleries.

    4. Gallery Orange – 819 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70116

      In the mood for contemporary art? Be sure to check out Gallery Orange, which features a constantly updated collection of art created by artists worldwide. While Gallery Orange doesn't focus on a specific type of art, it favors original, unconventional, and energetic works. This gallery strives to sell art for fair market prices, making it a great place to shop if you're looking to bring home something special for your own walls.

    5. Cole Pratt Gallery - 3800 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

      For more contemporary fine art, be sure to check out Cole Pratt Gallery on historic Magazine Street. Founded in 1993 by Cole Pratt, the gallery's mission is to showcase art from Southern artists. Their exhibitions are curated monthly to feature new artists. For the latest updates on the artists and work featured in their gallery, check out their website. 

    Art and culture are simply part of the unique package of living in New Orleans, and we're here to help you find a home in the city. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the New Orleans, LA area.


    Weekend Getaway: Cabins You Can Stay in Near New Orleans

    Cabins Near New Orleans

    Looking for a chance to get away from it all? What could be better than a cabin?

    How about a cabin that's just a short hop from the best New Orleans homes for sale?

    In recent months, our real estate agents have gotten more questions from buyers who want to relax and unwind with a refreshing New Orleans weekend getaway. 

    Although a true "log cabin" is rare in New Orleans, the area offers its own spin: The Creole cottage.

    Preserved historic cottages dating to the 1800s are testaments to New Orleans' vivacious culture and style. Many of these unique properties are rented directly by the owner, so you can expect authentic southern hospitality to flavor a memorable visit. It's the ideal way to rest and recharge.

    Plus, you might get inspiration for your own New Orleans home!

    Start with this list to see if anything catches your eye:

    1. Audubon Cottages – 509 Dauphine Street, New Orleans, LA 70112
      Looking for a selection steeped in history? Audubon Cottages has it! You can choose from a variety of one- and two-bedroom suites with private, guest-only access to a saltwater pool said to be the oldest pool in New Orleans. The secluded surroundings give you a sense of serenity even right in the midst of the delightful French Quarter.
    2. Greatmen Cottage Vacation Rental Home – 3421 Dauphine Street, New Orleans, LA 70117
      Greatmen Cottage Vacation Rental Home is a historic Creole-style cottage built in 1838, offering three bedrooms and two bathrooms in the heart of the French Quarter. Every inch of the property drips with New Orleans architectural flair, but happy guests talk most about the airy terrace, garden, and fountain. Modern amenities have been added, and the neighborhood is a hub of delectable dining.
    3. The Cabins at Jean Lafitte Harbor – 4932 Kenal Rd, Lafitte, LA 70067
      About 45 minutes from downtown New Orleans you'll find The Cabins at Jean Lafitte Harbor, a cluster of five cabins with a rustic and homey feel. Located a little way from family-friendly attractions like the Audubon Zoo and Mardi Gras World, each cabin features hardwood floors and country-style furnishings. They're one more marvelous reason to choose Lafitte homes for sale.
    4. Four Cypress Acadian Cabin – 4980 Highway 308, Napoleonville, LA 70390
      Four Cypress Acadian Cabin is peaceful and romantic. Offering a fully air-conditioned cabin and a traditional porch for outdoor relaxation, it sits on five unspoiled acres. Guests can book their own Louisiana swamp tour or simply spend their time luxuriating in the fresh air. It's less than an hour from New Orleans – and only a quick drive to Napoleonville homes for sale and beautiful Lake Verret.
    5. Bayou Log Cabins – 200 West Kass Lane, Port Sulphur, LA 70083
      Want to get out deep into the bayou? Bayou Log Cabins has you covered less than an hour south of New Orleans. You'll get a classic experience that includes renting a log cabin – on high stilts – in a 200-year old fishing village. And terrific Port Sulphur homes for sale are nearby! Whether you decide to rent your own boat or go out on a charter expedition, anglers will love the chance to pursue trout and redfish catches.

    From the historic to the modern, New Orleans has something to appeal to every taste. Contact us at Latter & Blum to find out more about local real estate.


    Where to Find Great Gumbo Near Lafayette

    Gumbo in Lafayette

    When new residents come into the Lafayette area, our real estate agents love showing them around and making sure they know about all the best local traditions. This includes highlighting area restaurants to enjoy the official state soup -- a steaming bowl of gumbo!

    There are many variations of this tasty dish, which is why it's so much fun to try each chef's unique take on it. If you're in pursuit of the perfect bowl of gumbo, you're in luck. Here's a round-up of our favorite places to find great gumbo in the Lafayette area. 

    1. Charley G's: 3809 Ambassador Caffery Parkway, Lafayette, LA 70503
      Famous for their smoked duck and andouille gumbo, Charley G's has been a longtime favorite among Lafayette locals. In fact, they've been serving up this incredible dish for over 30 years! They've listed the recipe on their website, but we recommend heading over there for the chef-prepared version. While you're there, you can also enjoy their fresh Louisiana seafood and grilled aged beef, both of which are cooked over southern hardwoods. Spending some time in this relaxing and welcoming restaurant is the perfect way to end a long day of exploring Lafayette homes for sale. 
    1. Dooky Chase's Restaurant: 2301 Orleans Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119
      If you've been looking at New Orleans homes for sale, you know that there's no shortage of great restaurants here. Dooky Chase's Restaurant is no exception! This family-owned and operated establishment has been serving up delicious food since 1941. It's truly a New Orleans treasure. On Tuesday through Friday, they serve a delicious lunch buffet that features many New Orleans staples, like hot sausage and beans and rice. You'll have to order the gumbo separately, but it's well worth it! Friday nights they have a regular menu with favorites like chicken creole, stuffed shrimp, and shrimp Clemenceau. 
    1. Prejean's: 3480 North Evangeline Throughway, Lafayette, LA 70507
      If you want to enjoy award-winning Cajun cuisine, look no further than Prejean's. This fun and friendly local restaurant has been pleasing residents for over 40 years. Their chicken and sausage gumbo is a three-time world champion! They also offer a delicious seafood gumbo made with shrimp, crawfish, and crabmeat and a gumbo made with smoked dixie duck and Acadiana andouille. When you've finished your gumbo, you'll want to enjoy some of their other amazing menu items, like fried green tomatoes, a crawfish enchilada, or the incredibly popular Prejean's Poboy. 
    1. Don's Seafood: 4309 Johnston St., Lafayette, LA 7050
      A Cajun tradition in Lafayette since 1934, Don's Seafood has some of the best gumbo around. You'll want to try both the chicken and andouille sausage gumbo and the delicious seafood gumbo made with shrimp and crab meat. We recommend pairing your gumbo with some charbroiled oysters and a side of hush puppies or adding a cup of gumbo to the Seafood Combo. This amazing dish comes with stuffed shrimp, fried catfish, fried shrimp, fried oysters, shrimp étouffée, french fries, and coleslaw. It's a feast that's truly one to remember! 

    The great food is just one of the many things to love about living in Lafayette. If you're ready to find your dream home here, we can help. Contact us today to get started. 


    How to Save Money for a Down Payment


    How to Save Money for a Down Payment   

    Saving money is an important life skill to practice, especially if you are thinking of buying a home. In observance of National Savings Day, take a second and think of a reason for why you would enjoy homeownership. Is it for decorative freedom? Investment purposes? More space for your family? To have a backyard for your dog? 

    Whatever the reason may be, we all start this process the same way – by saving money. Questions that immediately may pop into your head are, "How do I save money? How much do I save? How much house can I even afford?" Overwhelmed? Don't be. We have answers to these questions and quick tips for you to learn how to save up for a down payment in no time.


    1. Set Goals

    Creating a goal gives you a target to reach for your savings and setting benchmarks toward your main goal keeps you motivated. The most common range for a down payment is 5-20% of the home's purchase price. Most people aim to put down 20% because then you won't have to pay private mortgage insurance (PMI), which is an additional insurance fee a lender adds to your monthly payment. Use this down payment savings plan spreadsheet to help you visualize your savings plan. 


    2. Trim Your Spending

    Sure - a coffee from Starbucks or a scrumptious pizza delivery may not sound like a splurge, but added up over time can equal a sizable amount of money. For example, buying a $5 coffee each morning adds up to $35 per week which turns into $140 per month, which turns into $1,680 per year. That equates to most people's monthly mortgage payment! So what can you do to cut down on spending? Start with these most common money saving practices: 

      • Cook meals at home   
      • Use discount codes or coupons 
      • Cancel memberships you aren't using
      • Reduce your cable bill 
      • Buy generic where you can


    3. Open a Savings Account

    Perhaps one of the best strategies to help you save money is to set up a savings account. Putting your money in a separate account makes it easier to shield those funds from everyday expenses. You can also set up an auto-draft feature that will automatically transfer a certain amount of money to your savings account each month. 


    4. Boost Your Income

    If you have the time, starting a side hustle can help you save extra cash fast! Offer to babysit, take dogs on a walk, spend some time tutoring, etc. Earning just an extra $100 per week adds up to $9,600 in two years. That's almost half of the average down payment.  


    5. Talk to a Lender

    Even if you have no money saved for a down payment or if you aren't planning on buying for another year or two, it's always beneficial to speak with a lender to get familiar with the home loan process. Don't know what to ask? Use this worksheet that has questions you should ask your lender. Don't know a lender? You're in luck because Latter & Blum also offers mortgage services through Essential Mortgage. Get in touch with a lender here.


    Fast forward a bit and voilà, you've made it! All of your hard work paid off and now you can start searching for the home of your dreams. But before you dive into the home buying game, make sure you find the right person to help you. Purchasing a home is your biggest financial investment. You'll want to be represented by a trusted real estate professional that has your best interest at heart. Latter & Blum Realtors are the best agents in the state and they are ready to make your homeownership goals come true.


    New Orleans Staples: 7 of the Oldest Restaurants in NOLA

    NOLA Restaurants

    The Big Easy has a reputation for food that is delicious, decadent, and down-right devourable. While there are a number of new eateries evolving the NOLA food scene, some of the best places to grab a bite to eat are those which have been in operation for centuries. Our real estate agents encourage you to try these seven New Orleans restaurants that are over 100 years old!

    1. Café Du Monde – 800 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70116 | 1862
      Café Du Monde
      is one of the most iconic restaurants in all of New Orleans. Opened in 1862, this 24-hour coffee stand is located in the first French Market building. It's a popular destination for locals and tourists alike thanks to its French-style beignets and coffee mixed with chicory. Whether you're on a coffee run before you head to work or love to sit and sip a cup of joe while the sunsets on Jackson Square, Café Du Monde is the place to be.

    2. Antoine's Restaurant – 713 St Louis St., New Orleans, LA 70130 | 1840
      Café Du Monde may be world-famous but Antoine's Restaurant holds the claim as the oldest restaurant in New Orleans. Established way back in 1840, famous guests from far and wide have visited this restaurant over its long history. Many also claim that it was within Antoine's Restaurant walls where classic dishes such as Eggs Sardou and Oysters Rockefeller were invented. 

    3. Tujague's Restaurant – 823 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70116 |1856
      Second, only to Antoine's Restaurant in terms of the longest operating history in New Orleans is Tujague's Restaurant. Opened in 1856, this restaurant serves up classic French dishes like shrimp remoulade and boiled brisket. They prepare traditional meals without the bells and whistles of newer establishments, ensuring that you get a hearty, authentic plate of French cuisine every time.

    4. Napoleon House – 500 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70130 | 1914
      This building was constructed in 1794 as the private residence for New Orleans' mayor before transitioning into a public restaurant in 1914. Today, Napoleon House serves up a menu full of New Orleans staples like muffulettas and the Pimm's Cup.

    5. Galatoire's – 209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70112 | 1905
      Located on bustling Bourbon Street, you shouldn't be surprised to see a line out the door for Galatoire's restaurant. Cooking up French Creole cuisine, Galatoire's rarely changes their culinary customs yet constantly influences the evolution of the New Orleans' dining scene. If you're headed over for dinner, make sure you come early to grab a drink next door at Galatoire's 33 Bar & Steak.

    6. Commander's Palace – 1403 Washington Ave., New Orleans, LA 70115 | 1893
      When talking about the best fine dining in New Orleans, Commander's Palace will always be the subject of conversation. Opened as a small saloon in 1893, Commander's Palace has become a culinary legend in the city. It's won six James Beard Foundation Awards and has churned out world-renowned chefs like Emeril Lagasse. 

    7. Broussard's – 819 Conti St., New Orleans, LA 70112 | 1920
      Celebrating its centennial this year, Broussard's serves up old-world Louisiana and Creole cooking inside of a charming setting. A favorite fixture in New Orleans, this lovely restaurant is a perfect place for dinner, brunch, or simply have a drink surrounded by exceptional architecture and décor.

    Would you like to live close to these amazing, century-old NOLA restaurants? We can help. Contact us today to tour our charming New Orleans homes for sale.


    5 Bakeries in Baton Rouge Your Sweet Tooth will Love

    Baton Rouge Bakeries

    If you've been in the area looking at Baton Rouge homes for sale, you've probably noticed that there's no shortage of great dining options here! In addition to the huge variety of upscale and casual restaurants, Baton Rouge is also known for its outstanding bakeries. 

    Our real estate agents often enjoy stopping by their favorite local shops for a cup of coffee and a sweet treat. Here are a few that you'll want to check out. 

    1. Les Amis Bake Shoppe: 11826 Coursey Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70816
      For specialty desserts in an array of both traditional and unique flavors, you can't go wrong with Les Amis Bake Shoppe. They offer a diverse selection of cake balls and cupcakes in flavors that change each week. They also sell cake and cheesecake by the slice, which is perfect for those sweet cravings. Some of the incredible cake flavors you'll find here include Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel (their signature cake!), Strawberry Silk, Coconut Cream, German Chocolate, and Mocha Espresso. Whether you need a custom cake for a special occasion or just want to satisfy your sweet tooth, you'll find exactly what you're looking for here. 
    1. Baum's Fine Pastries & Chocolate: 8046 Florida Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
      A Baton Rouge tradition since 1934, Baum's Fine Pastries and Chocolate is the go-to option for cake and pastry delivery. They specialize in birthday and wedding cakes, but you don't need a special occasion to order their delicious confections. To order, simply visit their website, scroll through their photo gallery, and send them a picture of the treats you want. They'll create them for you and deliver them right to your door! 
    1. Cake Goddess: 14241 Airline Hwy, Ste 108, Baton Rouge, LA 70817
      Cake Goddess creates stunning custom cakes for all types of special occasions. Browse through their Facebook page, and you'll be blown away by their cake decorating skills! The best thing is, the cakes taste just as great as they look! You can also stop by the bakery at any time to enjoy a variety of tasty treats. You'll love their unique cupcake creations with flavors Banana Foster, Pina Colada, and S'mores. 
    1. Rosch Bakehaus: The Garden District, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
      If you love fresh-baked bread, you'll definitely want to check out Rosch Bakehaus. This "cottage bakery" specializes in small-batch handcrafted bread (including sweetbreads and sourdough), traditional pretzel bread, pastries, custom cakes, and German-style pretzels. They use only unbleached flour, organic cage-free eggs, and organic, local, and seasonal produce whenever possible. You can visit their site, order online, and pick up your treats on the day you choose. It's super convenient and will soon become one of your favorite places to visit! 
    1. Cupcake Junkie: 12240 Coursey Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70816
      Are you a cupcake fanatic? If so, you're going to love Cupcake Junkie! They specialize in "boldly decadent" cupcakes made from premium ingredients. The offerings vary each day, but some of the amazing cupcake flavors you might find there include Pineapple Cream Cheese, Strawberry Lemonade, Peach Cobbler, and Key Lime Cheesecake. In addition to cupcakes, they also offer cakes, cake slices, cookies, brownies, lemon bars, and "Junkie Juice." Place a custom order or stop by and browse their daily selection, either way, you're sure to leave happy! 

    Are you looking for a sweet deal on a new home? There are a lot of great options on the market right now. Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started. 


    Biking Routes and Trails in Cajun Country

    Biking Routes

    Cajun Country is scenic no matter how you choose to explore it, and riding the trails is a great way to see the area from a different perspective. Whether you're an experienced rider looking for a challenging trail or you're searching for a scenic, leisurely trail to ride on a Sunday afternoon, Cajun Country offers a little bit of everything. Of course, the best trails also feature plenty of places to stop for food and fun along the way. Our real estate agents know Cajun Country, and we've got 6 biking routes that you won't want to miss.

    1. Houma to Cocodrie – Winn Dixie Shopping Center at Hwy 24 and Prospect Blvd., Houma, LA 70517
      Beginning in Houma, the Houma to Cocodrie route lasts for 31 miles, with a variety of entry/exit points throughout the route. See Houma homes for sale from a whole new perspective! The scenery really picks up around the 5-mile mark of the route, if you start from the Winn Dixie Shopping Center. You'll travel along the waterfront, where you'll see fishing boats in action, then make a trip through quiet, peaceful marshes before ending your ride in Cocodrie.

    2. Lafayette to Opelousas – North University Ave., Lafayette, LA 70506
      The Lafayette to Opelousas route actually consists of three separate routes, with varying distances, scenery, and terrain. For a shorter ride, try the 20-mile red route, which travels along North University Ave. through Lafayette, before heading north to Opelousas. The blue route is a bit longer at 30 miles, while the green route checks in at a healthy 50 miles.

    3. Atchafalaya Basin Wilderness Trail – 1050 Henderson Levee Rd., Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
      With more than 50 miles of trails to ride along the top of the levee, the Atchafalaya Basin Wilderness Trail features outstanding scenery and plenty of room to stretch your legs. The first half of the trail is paved, and the rest is gravel. There are no cars or trucks allowed on this trail, so it's a great place for a long, relaxing ride.

    4. Houma to Thibodaux Loop – Intersection of Hwy 311 and Mystic Blvd., Houma, LA 70360
      Looking to explore nature while you ride? The 50-plus mile Houma to Thibodaux Loop will take you past a historic cypress swamp, and passes a variety of local museums where you can learn more about Cajun Country. Wildlife Gardens is an especially popular stop for nature lovers.

    5. Chicot State Park – 3469 Chicot Park Rd., Ville Platte, LA 70586
      Open year-round with more than 6,000 acres to explore, the Chicot State Park trail is one of the best spots on our list for natural scenery. The trail travels around Lake Chicot, where you can stop to fish or simply enjoy the view. The terrain is easier to navigate in dry conditions but requires the right equipment when the weather is wet.

    6. Bayou Black Loop – Intersection of Hwy 311 and Mystic Blvd., Houma, LA 70360
      Beginning at the same point as the Houma to Thibodaux Loop, the Bayou Black Loop is another favorite for Houma residents. If you're riding this loop, be sure to bring your appetite. There are many great places to stop for a meal along the way, whether you're in the mood for fresh seafood or classic Cajun cooking. 

    Still searching for your next home in Cajun Country? Our local real estate team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Houma, LA area.


    6 Places to Order Brunch in New Orleans

    Brunch NOLA

    Brunch is often considered a weekend treat, but in New Orleans, where les bon temps always roulez, you can find brunch any day of the week. When only brunch will do, our real estate agents head to these great spots just minutes from New Orleans homes for sale

    1. Stanley of New Orleans - 547 St. Ann St., New Orleans, LA 70116
      Thanks to a prime location on Jackson Square, guests at Stanley of New Orleans enjoy beautiful downtown views while dining on signature dishes such as Eggs Stanley, with smoked Canadian bacon, cornmeal-crusted oysters, and Creole Hollandaise. Prefer dessert for breakfast? Indulge your sweet tooth with housemade ice cream desserts from the retro-style soda fountain. Stanley serves all-day breakfast and brunch Thursday through Sunday.

    2. Jimmy J's Café - 115 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70130
      A satisfied customer sums up the appeal of Jimmy J's Café: "Very small place, but BIG on taste." Jimmy J's menu features eggs Benedict, smoked salmon and bagels, French toast, and other classic brunch items made with a tasty Cajun twist. A customer favorite is the blueberry French toast, stuffed with creamy Brie and topped with an elegant brandy glaze. 

    3. FullBlast Brunch - 139 S. Cortez St., New Orleans, LA 70119
      When piloting the boat on fishing trips with his dad, Chris Belou would ask if he could open up the throttle "fullblast." Today, as owner/chef at FullBlast Brunch, Chris still goes all-out in everything he does. From the aptly-named Simply Breakfast of eggs, bacon, grits, and toast to iconic chicken and waffles, there's something for everyone. Since it's not brunch without mimosas, go "fullblast" with the mimosa flight of orange juice, cranberry juice, and mango juice. Get your brunch on beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday through Monday.

    4. Monty's on the Square - 801 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70116
      Rustic-chic decor enhanced by plenty of natural light creates the ideal ambiance for the Southern bayou-influenced cuisine of Monty's on the Square. Benedicts come in half-a-dozen varieties, including Big Easy with fried green tomatoes and Creole Hollandaise sauce. Be sure to start with an order of beignet fries or cinnamon-filled King Cake beignets. 

    5. Two Chicks Café - 901 Convention Center Blvd., Ste. 109, New Orleans, LA 70130
      Two Chicks Café is not a reference to the source of eggs, but rather two BFFs who decided to turn their shared love of food into a business. Menu items include popular brunch dishes along with healthier options such as homemade chia pudding, yogurt parfait, and fresh juices and smoothies. Two years ago, the "chicks" opened a second location at 920 Gravier St. Both cafés are open 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily, with Convention Center closed Monday and Gravier St. closed Tuesday.

    6. Biscuits & Buns on Banks - 4337 Banks St., New Orleans, LA 70119
      Travel website Only in Your State put Biscuit & Buns on Banks at the top of their "9 Quirky Restaurants in New Orleans You Simply Can't Ignore." Maybe it's because of the shotgun house setting, or menu subtitles like, "Eggoholics R Us." In any case, come for the novelty and stay for the great food, such as hot sausage hash cakes, and fried chicken on brioche. Oh, and did we mention it's BYOB? Hours are 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. on weekends.

    With equal parts history, culture, tradition, food, and entertainment, the New Orleans lifestyle is second to none. Whether you're buying or selling a NOLA home, contact us for all your real estate needs.


    Lafayette in Bloom: Botanical Gardens to Visit

    Lafayette Botanical Garden

    Want to spend some time outdoors to relax after comparing the best Lafayette homes for sale?

    Our real estate agents enjoy all sorts of outdoor activities, from hiking and biking to rock climbing. We know that sometimes you just want to stop and smell the roses – or other flowers. Luckily, the natural beauty of Lafayette will never let you down. There are plenty of places to see brilliant flowers in bloom. One of them could be your own backyard!

    If you need other ideas, we have them. Lafayette and the surrounding cities are filled with a variety of botanical gardens, arboretums, parks, and many more. Let's drop in for a quick visit to some of the best gardens in Lafayette and the neighboring communities.

    Here are just a few of your options for local gardens and nature centers:

    1. Acadian Village and Gardens – 200 Greenleaf Drive, Lafayette, LA 70506
      Acadian Village and Gardens is found right in Lafayette and boasts a historic experience that brings you back to an 1800s-era village. It sits on ten acres of land that has been lovingly restored with all kinds of period houses, shops, and more. Dotted throughout the property, you'll find a number of gardens that use actual historic methods for cultivation. They look particularly lovely this time of year!
    2. Ira S. Nelson Horticulture Center – 2206 Johnston Street, Lafayette, LA 70503
      Located on the campus of the University of Southwestern Louisiana, the Ira S. Nelson Horticulture Center houses a whole rainbow of ornamental plants. As you venture over the land, you'll have the opportunity to visit about 24,000 square feet of greenhouses dedicated to research and conservation. It's a wonderful way to learn more about the flowers and plants here in Louisiana.
    3. Rip Van Winkle Garden – 5505 Rip Van Winkle Road, New Iberia, LA
      The Rip Van Winkle Gardens are found not far from some enticing New Iberia homes for sale. Only a few minutes from Lafayette, these gardens are named in honor of an actor who once played the iconic slumbering character. A semi-tropical garden and preserve, the estate sprawls across 25 lush acres beside beautiful Lake Peigneur. It is also known as Live Oaks Garden.
    4. Windrush Gardens – 4600 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
      Located on the campus of Louisiana State University, Windrush Gardens is a true sight to behold. A little further afield in Lafayette's sister city, known for remarkable Baton Rouge homes for sale, the garden is a refreshing oasis. With winding paths across 25 acres, every inch has been landscaped to underscore the beauty of hardy plants that create a sensory experience through their striking forms and textures.

    Lafayette is in bloom, and there's never been a better time to see it for yourself. Contact us at Latter & Blum to find out more about the local or for help with your real estate questions.


    Museum Tour in New Orleans: All About NOLA Museums

    NOLA Museums

    When it comes to New Orleans homes for sale, there are plenty of reasons to choose the "Big Easy" for your next home. New Orleans culture is truly unique, from the cuisine to the music to the unbeatable annual festivals like Mardi Gras. Education soars, too, thanks to terrific museums!

    Our real estate agents are confident that no matter what your interests are, you'll have a chance to find something great here in New Orleans. 

    In fact, New Orleans even has its own thriving museum district. You'll find many of the most notable local museums centered within a short distance of each other in the inimitable City Park. 

    Let's take a closer look at some of the area's top museums:

    1. The National World War II Museum – 945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
      The National World War II Museum is one of the most recognizable of the nation's monuments to "the war to end all wars," featuring exhibits that uplift the stories of real people on the Western Front, the Eastern Front, and the homefront. The D-Day Invasion exhibit is the most popular year-round.
    2. New Orleans Museum of Art – 1 Collins Diboll Circle, New Orleans, LA 70124
      As the name suggests, the New Orleans Museum of Art is the city's premier art museum and the oldest in New Orleans. Explore the permanent collection of about 40,000 items, and don't miss the breathtaking pieces in the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden.
    3. New Orleans Pharmacy Museum – 514 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
      Four minutes from the beloved Jackson Square sits the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum. Formerly an actual apothecary operating in the 1820s, it is packed with historical examples of early medicines and cure-alls. It also hosts lectures, live events, and the occasional wedding.
    4. Mardi Gras World – 1380 Port of New Orleans Place, New Orleans, LA 70130
      Prepare to be astonished! Mardi Gras World is the stellar place to experience "Fat Tuesday" at any time of year. This massive workshop and storage unit is the spot where floats are fabricated for the big day. It occupies a prime position on the Mississippi, beside Morial Convention Center.
    5. Louisiana Children's Museum – 15 Henry Thomas Drive, New Orleans, LA 70124
      The award-winning Louisiana Children's Museum features 30,000 square feet of exciting exhibits, many of them interactive. Some of its top attractions include a climbing wall and an art studio. Kids of all ages from tots to teens have the opportunity to explore self-paced experiences on fascinating topics.
    6. New Orleans Jazz Museum – 400 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70116
      Saving the best for last, the New Orleans Jazz Museum pays homage to one of the most iconic parts of New Orleans' unique identity. Located in the New Orleans Mint, it has exhibits that explore the growth of the New Orleans sound and showcase art that arose in the city's golden age of jazz.

    Amazing museums are one more reason to make New Orleans your home. Contact us to learn more or get started.


    5 Kid-Friendly Hiking Trails Near Baton Rouge

    Hiking Trails Baton Rouge

    Are you looking for a way to get your kids off the couch? Gathering up the entire family and heading out to some of the area's beautiful nature trails is a great way to get everybody's heart pumping and get some fresh air. 

    Many of our real estate agents have started spending their weekends visiting local hiking trails with their families. Here are a few of their favorite kid-friendly options you'll want to explore. 

    1. Learning Tree Trail: LSU Botanical Gardens Steele Forest - 4560 Essen Ln, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
      Learning Tree Trail is a super-easy trail. It's a half-mile loop that sees moderate foot traffic. Here you'll find lots of beautiful wildflowers and opportunities for birdwatching and spotting other wildlife. The wildlife placards located throughout the trail are a great way to combine education and exercise. The kids are sure to love stopping to learn more about some of the animals they may see.  
    1. Black Swamp Trail: LSU Botanical Gardens Steele Forest - 4560 Essen Ln, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
      The Black Swamp Trail is located near the interstate right in the heart of Baton Rouge. This makes it a great place to explore after spending the morning looking at Baton Rouge homes for sale. It's a 2.2-mile out-and-back trail that offers plenty of shade, crushed rock paths, and a wooden bridge that goes through a swamp. This trail also has plenty of placards for the kids to read and benches to sit and rest if you want to take a break. 
    1. Barton Arboretum Loop: LSU Botanical Arboretum Loop - 4560 Essen Ln, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
      The 2.3-mile Barton Arboretum Loop is an easy trail with light traffic. It's well-kept and very shaded. There's a lake along the trail and a wide variety of plant life. Your kids will enjoy this "storytime trail" that allows them to read a book as they walk around. The little chapel with a pulpit and benches offers an unexpected surprise that everyone is sure to enjoy. 
    1. Arrowwood Trail: Kendalwood Conservation Area - 24700 Kendalwood Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70817
      If you want to get some substantial exercise, gather up the family and head out to the 3.0-mile Arrowwood Trail. This loop is lightly trafficked. It features a river and is great for catching a glimpse of wildlife, including plenty of banana spiders and a few snakes. Despite the length, it's an easy trail to walk with minimal elevation. This makes it a perfect adventure for the entire family.
    1. Hardwood Forest Loop Trail: Frenchtown Road Conservation Area - 17819 Frenchtown Rd, Greenwell Springs, LA 70739
      Perfect for nature trips and bird watching, Hardwood Forest Loop Trail features a river, forest, and plenty of beautiful wildflowers. This 2.1-mile loop is moderately trafficked and the perfect length for when you only have an hour or so to enjoy your hike. The dirt trail runs through a fairly dense forest. Along the way, you'll come across an interesting section of giant bamboo. There's also two rivers, a beach area, and a swamp. Your kids may also enjoy getting a look at the train, which often passes by. 

    Beautiful scenery and plenty of outdoor adventures are just a few of the reasons why so many people love living here! If you're looking for your dream home in the Baton Rouge area, we can help. Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started. 


    As Seen on TV: NOLA Restaurants that Have Been Featured on TV

    NOLA Restaurants

    If you've set foot within New Orleans city limits even for a moment, it shouldn't shock you that The Big Easy is frequently featured on TV. Our culture is so unique and engaging that it's often emulated around the world. However, there's no place quite like NOLA and there's no food quite like ours either. From local broadcasts to global programming, our restaurants, bars, and cafes always receive great exposure on the tube. Next time you're hungry, our real estate agents invite you to check out these New Orleans eateries that have been featured on TV.

    • Red Fish Grill – 115 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70112
      As Seen On: Food Paradise

      New Orleans is a food paradise, so it's no surprise that Food Paradise paid a visit to the Red Fish Grill. During the "Iconic Eats" episode, Food Paradise took a look at NOLA's iconic Cajun gumbo, as prepared by the chefs at Red Fish Grill. You've obviously got to try their gumbo, but honestly, you can't go wrong with any of their casual New Orleans seafood dishes.

    • Palace Café – 605 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70130
      As Seen On: Delicious Destinations

      Although you're probably very familiar with the amazing meals at Palace Café, Delicious Destinations surely brought the spotlight to this Creole café on a larger scale. This restaurant has been winning awards since it opened in 1991 and continues to be among the top destinations for Creole food in the French Quarter. From smoked catfish dip and turtle soup to shrimp Tchefuncte and chicken and waffles, you're sure to find a great meal at the Palace Café.

    • Acme Oyster House – 724 Iberville St., New Orleans, LA 70130
      As Seen On: Man v. Food

      Whenever Adam Richman comes to town with Man v. Food, a normal restaurant turns into a battle between The Eater and The Eaten. Adam took on Acme Oyster House's challenge to down 15 dozen oysters. Adam was successful and joined the "15 Dozen Club", but the question is, can you conquer the challenge as well? Head into Acme Oyster House and find out!

    • Mike Serio's Po-Boys & Deli – 133 Saint Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130
      As Seen On: Throwdown with Bobby Flay

      Po-boys and muffulettas are staples of New Orleans cuisine, so much so that they brought renowned chef Bobby Flay to town. Throwdown with Bobby Flay placed the Food Network star again Mike and Jack Serio to see who could make the best muffuletta. Spoiler alert: the hometown heroes took the chef down! Come in and taste a muffuletta that even Bobby Flay can't beat at Mike Serio's Po-Boys & Deli.

    • The Sazerac Bar – 130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA 70112
      As Seen On: The Layover

      If there's one person in the world you can trust to lead you to a great bar, it's Anthony Bourdain. The late-chef made it a point to stop at The Sazerac Bar during one of us quick trips to NOLA for The Layover. Located within The Roosevelt hotel, the Sazerac Restaurant is a landmark of the city named after what is considered to be the world's first mixed drink. 

    Are you searching for a house within walking distance to the best restaurants NOLA has to offer? We can help! Contact us today to tour our New Orleans homes for sale.


    Spend the Day on the Creole Nature Trail

    Creole Nature Trail

    Do you love exploring nature, and enjoying long, sunny days discovering the great outdoors? Then the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road has more than 180 miles of natural beauty waiting for you! This slice of wilderness along the coast of Louisiana is an amazing place to hike, hunt, fish, observe wildlife, spot rare birds, and discover the unique ecosystems that make our state such a fascinating place to call home for nature lovers. Get to know one of the great natural treasures of Louisiana, with a little help from our real estate agents.

    • Louisiana's Very Own All-American Road
      The Creole Nature Trail is classified as an All-American Road and is one of fewer than 50 natural areas with that classification in the whole country. Easily reached from Lake Charles homes for sale, the Creole Nature Trail covers more than 180 miles of coastal and inland areas, from the shores of the gulf to the lush wetlands and beyond. 

    • Explore Louisiana's Outback and Experience the "Last Great Wilderness"
      With so much wildlife and rugged, undeveloped natural terrain, the Creole Nature Trail has earned the nickname of Louisiana's Outback, as well as a reputation as a "Last Great Wilderness" in America. This is an area where local wildlife is free to live in nature, and visitors are free to observe them. The natural beauty along the trail is unrivaled, with spectacular views around every corner.

    • Travel the Trail by Bike, Boat, Car, or Hike
      The Creole Nature Trail covers so much ground that there are many different ways to explore the area. You can reach many entry points and attractions by car then set out to explore in whatever way you enjoy. The extensive waterways along the trail make many areas easy to explore by boat, and there are tons of smaller trails available for hiking. Major roadways along the trail also make many areas accessible by bike, and off-road trails provide a fun, scenic challenge for mountain bikers.

    • Attractions on the Creole Nature Trail
      No matter how you love to explore nature, you'll find an attraction to suit your style along the Creole Nature Trail. Refuges and wildlife sanctuaries in the area include the Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, Sabine National Wildlife Refuge, and Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge. The Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point is the perfect place to start your journey, with family-friendly attractions, more information on the trail, and interactive exhibits on Creole culture.

    • Fishing, Crabbing, and Hunting in Louisiana's Outback
      The Creole Nature Trail is a popular place for anyone who loves fishing, hunting, and crabbing. There are boat launches located all along the many waterways that weave through the trail, along with plenty of prime spots for laying crab traps. Hunters love the wide variety of ducks that visit the area, and the many designated hunting locations spread throughout the area.

    • Enjoy a Truly Unique Day at the Beach Along the Gulf
      If you love combing the beach for rare, spectacular shells, then you'll love visiting the more than 26 miles of Gulf beaches on the Creole Nature Trail. You'll have opportunities to find shells and enjoy sights that simply aren't available at busier beaches.

    Ready to start exploring the Creole Nature Trail? Then now is the perfect time to find your next home close to nature. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Lake Charles, LA area.


    Food Trucks You Can Find in Baton Rouge

    Baton Rouge Food Trucks

    Don't feel like cooking, but you're not in the mood to dine out either? Food trucks offer portable restaurant-quality food that can be eaten outdoors or back home. Feed yourself or the whole family with delicious food from these great trucks near Baton Rouge homes for sale

    • The Kolache Kitchen - 7930 Jefferson Hwy., Baton Rouge, LA 70809
      Central Europe meets the bayou at The Kolache Kitchen, a food truck located in Baton Rouge's upscale Bocage neighborhood. A kolache is a soft-baked pastry that perfectly accommodates a wide variety of sweet and savory fillings. Options include mushrooms and red pepper, turkey, smoked sausage, or fruit. Since this IS Baton Rouge, there's also a Boudin kolache. Other tasty menu choices are tacos, sandwiches, and empanadas. A second truck can be found at 4245 Nicholson Dr. near the LSU campus. Both locations serve breakfast and lunch from 6 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily.

    • Basel's Market Food Truck - Various locations
      Kaylyn Lindsly, the founder of Basel's Market Food Truck, is the daughter of Calvin Lindsly, who worked his way up from bagger to become the owner of Calvin's Bocage Market. Kaylyn runs Basel's Market, named after her Australian shepherd, with that same work ethic and emphasis on customer service. The truck serves up homemade comfort food such as crawfish pie, mac 'n' cheese, and chicken salad. Craft your personalized gourmet sandwich with your choices of bread, meat, cheese, veggies, and condiments. Follow Basel's Market on Facebook for daily locations and times.

    • Boo's Best BBQ - Various locations
      In the South, BBQ is truly a family affair. Ivory Brown learned to love grilling from his father, and Ivory's subsequent marriage inspired him to focus his passion by starting Boo's Best BBQ. The truck features traditional favorites such as chopped chicken, pork ribs, salmon, and sausage. Complement your meal with a rotating selection of green beans, boiled corn, potato casserole, and other sides. Order ahead for pickup of full pans and family meals. Follow Boo's Facebook page for the current schedule.

    • Cou-Yon's - 3653 Perkins Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
      Keeping with the family BBQ tradition, brothers Paul and Michael Mladenka teamed up to start Cou-Yon's, a brick-and-mortar restaurant in Port Allen. Their Cajun-meets-South-Texas style was so popular that they opened a new trailer at the corner of Perkins and Acadian in Baton Rouge. In addition to the classic BBQ meats and sides, Cou-Yon's features their signature loaded baked potatoes that are a meal in themselves. Customers line up for the waffle fries served nacho-style, topped with queso, bacon, sour cream, jalapeños, onions, and your choice of meat. Hours are 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. 

    • Geaux Cuban - Various locations
      Enjoy some island flavor with one of the namesake sandwiches from Geaux Cuban. The popular sandwich is made with pulled pork, ham, Swiss cheese, mayo, mustard, and pickles between two slices of pressed Cuban bread. Other traditional favorites on the menu include roasted pork or chicken sandwiches and tacos, ham croquettes, and plantains. Try the Cuban nachos, with classic toppings served on crunchy corn chips. Visit Geaux Cuban's Facebook page to find up-to-date information on times and locations.

    Our real estate agents love grabbing lunch on the go from one of these top food trucks. Learn more about why Baton Rouge is such a wonderful place to call home when you contact us at Latter & Blum. 


    New Orleans Dog Parks Your Pup Will Love

    New Orleans Dog Parks

    If you're a pet owner, one of the first questions you ask when you move to a new city is, "will my pet be happy?" Here in New Orleans, our real estate agents are happy to report that we live in an amazingly pet-friendly city, with plenty of options for your four-legged friends! Be sure to check out these amazing dog parks in the NOLA area!

    • NOLA City Bark Dog Park - 10 Magnolia Dr, New Orleans, LA 70124
      One of the most popular dog parks in New Orleans, NOLA City Bark Dog Park spans just over 4.5 acres, with plenty of space for you and your four-legged friends to run free. Located just minutes from these New Orleans homes for sale, the park offers open meadows, separate play areas for large and small dogs, water play areas, benches, pavilions, and paved walking paths. Be sure to check up on current restrictions due to COVID-19 before visiting. 

    • Crescent Park Dog Run - 3800-3898 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70117
      Crescent Park is a 20-acre, 1.4-mile linear park that stretches along the Mississippi Riverfront and connects some of the city's most vibrant neighborhoods. It's a favorite spot among cyclists, joggers, and dog walkers, with spectacular views and lovely native landscaping. One of the park's best features is a dog run where canines can run free off the leash while their humans enjoy the view. 

    • Wisner Playground and Dog Run - 4877 Laurel St, New Orleans, LA 70115
      Tucked away in New Orleans' West Riverside neighborhood, Wisner Playground and Dog Run is a great place for kids and pups alike to enjoy some playtime. The park may appear small, but it's deceptively spacious, with separate fenced-in areas for large and small dogs, along with water fountains and doggie bags. A lot of locals bring their dogs here, so you're always likely to find a playmate.

    • NOLA Bark Market - 3041 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70117
      You'll find just about everything you and your pup need at NOLA Bark Market, a staple of New Orleans' Bywater neighborhood. It's a pet shop, doggie daycare and dog park all rolled into one. Their dog park spans a quarter acre, and it's the only true dog park in Downtown New Orleans. You'll need a membership to take advantage of it, but we consider it a worthy investment!

    • Levee Dog Park - 1 Walnut St, New Orleans, LA 70118
      Sometimes referred to as the dog levee, Levee Dog Park has gained a reputation among locals in the know as the best 'unofficial' off-leash dog park in New Orleans. A spacious and hilly open meadow tucked in behind the Audubon Zoo, Levee Dog Park is a great place to let your pooch off the leash to run free. There are no facilities, but the views are great. There's plenty of shade and open space, and you can count on meeting some other friendly dogs. Be aware that the meadow isn't fenced in, so make sure you're confident that your pup won't make a break for it. 

    New Orleans is a fun place to live for dogs, and it's not bad for humans either! Contact us today to learn more, and talk to our team about finding your dream home in New Orleans. 


    Shop Local: Baton Rouge Farmers Markets

    Baton Rouge Farmers Markets

    Are you focusing more on healthy eating these days? Start with quality ingredients for meals that are good for your body and taste buds. Find fresh fruit, vegetables, and more at these great farmers markets, just minutes from Baton Rouge homes for sale

    1. Fresh Pickin's Market - 10375 Coursey Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70816
      In 1993, friends Paul Ferachi and Russell Saia wanted a way to provide the community with fresh produce at low prices. The result was Fresh Pickin's Market, which offers "14 Carrot Produce" directly from farmers and shippers. By sidestepping distribution centers, Fresh Pickin's is able to sell a wide selection of items at affordable prices. In addition, more than 50 varieties of fresh-frozen fruits and vegetables are available to enjoy year-round. Use the Waitr app for delivery or curbside pickup. 

    2. Southside Produce Market - 8240 Perkins Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70810
      For Harry and Andy, father-and-son co-founders of Southside Produce Market, selling fruits and vegetables runs in the family. Harry's father opened the first fresh fruit stand in Baton Rouge back in the 1930s. Today, Harry and Andy operate the largest hybrid produce market in the South. One-touch of a button takes the 28,000 square-foot facility from an open-air market to an indoor climate-controlled shop. Southside supports local farmers by participating in the "Louisiana Grown, Real Fresh" program.

    3. Red Stick Farmers Market - 501 Main St., Baton Rouge, LA 70801
      The first farmers market in Baton Rouge originated as a student project? Yes, Red Stick Farmers Market was developed as part of LSU student Chris Company's master's thesis. Originally located in the parking lot of the downtown government building, Red Stick moved to Main Street Market in 2002 when they joined forces with the Big River Economic and Agricultural Development Alliance, or BREADA. Each Saturday from 8 a.m. - noon, Red Stick sells locally-grown produce, artisan food products, and prepared meals along with staging cooking demonstrations. Red Stick also has a year-round site on Thursdays from 8 a.m. - noon at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center and a seasonal location on Tuesdays from 8 a.m. - noon at the EBRP Main Library.

    4. Sprouts Farmers Market - 4841 Rouzan Square Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
      For years, big-name supermarkets carried mostly national brands and processed foods. Healthy, organic foods were hard to find and expensive to purchase. That changed with the opening of Sprouts Family Market, which is dedicated to making healthy eating accessible and affordable for all. At Sprouts, you'll find the highest quality produce, meats and seafood, baked goods, dairy products, and bulk foods. Stop by the deli counter for convenient prepared meals and ready-to-eat soups, salads, and sandwiches. Hours are 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily.

    5. Grow Dirt - 1947 Cunard St., Baton Rouge, LA 70807
      How fresh is the produce from Grow Dirt? Their motto is, "If it don't come out the dirt, it ain't food!" Grow Dirt uses a "pop-up" format to sell fruits and vegetables grown in their own garden, which also serves as a community teaching tool. Order the weekly "Fresh Box" or select à la carte items. Want to plant your own garden? Grow Dirt has plants, seeds, and supplies to get you started. Market hours are 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday.

    Let our real estate agents help you plant roots in a new home. Contact us at Latter & Blum for all your Baton Rouge real estate needs.


    Where to Find Fantastic BBQ in NOLA

    BBQ in NOLA

    New Orleans is a foodie town like no other. With so many cultures influencing what's on our plate, it should come as no surprise that NOLA has tasty barbeque joints that rival the pits of Texas, North Carolina, and Kansas City. Our REALTORS® invite you to grab your appetite and a bib so you can devour the finest meats that these five fantastic New Orleans barbeque spots have to offer.

    1. Blue Oak BBQ – 900 N. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119
      Get your barbeque fix at Blue Oak BBQ, purveyors of St. Louis-style ribs, Alabama-style pulled pork and Texas-style brisket. Their krewe is ready to serve you pit plates loaded with pulled pork, beef brisket, spare ribs, BBQ beans, roasted garlic mac n cheese, and ginger sesame slaw. Grab a few items ala carte or bring the whole crew in for an affordable family-style serving that is sure to leave you with full stomachs, wide smiles, and dirty napkins.

    2. Moe's Original Bar B Que – 3150 Calhoun St., New Orleans, LA 70125
      A Southern soul food revival, Moe's Original Bar B Que is more than just sweet and savory barbeque. With locations all around the country, Moe's brings its unique Alabama-style barbeque to neighboring Louisiana. Dive into classic NOLA eats like Southern Fried Catfish, a Southern Fried Shrimp Moe Boy, or a heaping platter of whatever just came out of the smoker. Sides like cornbread, banana pudding, and marinated slaw are made better with their Haul-It-Home options. Order up a whole smoked bird, rack o' ribs, or a Triple Wide Family Pack so you can savor leftovers for days.

    3. The Joint – 701 Mazant St., New Orleans, LA 70117
      If you stroll through the Historic Baywater District, you'll see that The Joint is always smoking. After featuring on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, The Joint earned national recognition as one of the best barbeque joints around. Get ready to load up a plate of ribs, brisket, burnt ends, chicken, and sausage. Their Down-Home Sides like mac n cheese, baked beans, potato salad, and coleslaw are so good, they're worthy of a plate on their own!

    4. Frey Smoked Meat Co. – 4141 Bienville St., Ste 110, New Orleans, LA 70119
      The Frey family has been providing the people of New Orleans with the finest meats since the 1860s. Frey Smoked Meat Co. aims to give you a taste of old New Orleans with a barbeque twist. Their traditional barbeque lunch offerings are tasty, but we insist that you stop by for brunch. Order up BBQ Grits, a BBQ Benedict, or satisfy your empty stomach with The Cure, Texas toast topped with brisket chili, home fries, fried eggs, cheese, and southern white gravy that drips with deliciousness.

    5. Walker's Southern Style BBQ – 10828 Hayne Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70127
      Rated one of the top BBQ spots in New Orleans, Walker's Southern Style BBQ has earned national acclaim on the Food Network and The Travel Channel for its famous Cochon de Lait Poboy. A favorite of the Jazz Fest, the Cochon de Lait Poboy joins other tasty smoked meats, salads, and sandwiches on their menu. If you're visiting Walker's, a southern-style barbeque poboy is a must!

    Are you hungry for a home close to NOLA's finest restaurants? Let us show you our listing of New Orleans homes for sale. Contact us today to begin your search!


    Cool Down with an Iced Coffee at These New Orleans Cafes

    New Orleans Iced Coffee

    New Orleans is famous for a lot of unique food and drink—chicory, beignets, sazerac, gumbo—but doesn't always get the credit it deserves for its coffee scene. NOLA is home to some truly exceptional local roasters and coffee shops.

    With summer in full swing and the temperature rising, our real estate agents love ordering iced coffee as a way to cool down. Here's where to get one in New Orleans:

    1. Spitfire Coffee - 627 Saint Peter St., New Orleans, LA 70116
      A cozy urban nook in the French Quarter, Spitfire Coffee is known for making excellent espresso and spectacular pour-over coffees from small roasters. They do great iced coffee drinks too (especially the iced latte) and are within walking distance of some truly lovely New Orleans homes for sale. It's a great place to stop early in the morning before heading out to explore. 

    2. Mammoth Espresso - 821 Baronne St., New Orleans, LA 70113
      Mammoth Espresso offers meticulously crafted beverages in New Orleans' Warehouse District. You can taste the attention to detail in each of their drinks, especially their iced coffees. If it's a hot day, head straight for their menu of signature iced coffee drinks. 

    3. Monkey Monkey Coffee and Tea - 4641 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119
      With a fun, funky atmosphere and lots of room to relax, Monkey Monkey Coffee and Tea is a reliable place to get great coffee, whether you want it hot or cold. On a really hot day, the Granita is the way to go. It's concentrated cold brew coffee, whole milk, and simple syrup, frozen to slushy perfection. They also offer a select menu of pastries and small bites made in-house, as well as a wide selection of teas, available both hot and iced. 

    4. Cafe Beignet - 600 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70130
      Cafe Beignet has four locations in and around the French Quarter, but we love the spot on Decatur Street. It's great for people-watching, and it's great for snacking on coffee and the city's favorite baked goods. And if you can't decide between an iced coffee and a bloody Mary, don't worry. Cafe Beignet serves both coffee and cocktails. 

    5. French Truck Coffee - 4536 Dryades St., New Orleans, LA 70115
      French Truck Coffee established itself quickly as one of the most recognizable roasters in NOLA. From its original walk-up coffee bar in the Garden District, French Truck has grown to include locations all around the city. Our favorite is the spot on Dryades Street known as the French Truck Cafe. In addition to all the great hot and cold coffee drinks you'd expect, they have an extensive breakfast and lunch menu, and plenty of indoor and outdoor space to enjoy it. 

    6. HiVolt Coffee - 1829 Sophie Wright Pl., New Orleans, LA 70130
      HiVolt Coffee has always been a popular spot to sip espresso drinks. It's also a great place to order up a cold brew or iced Americano and savor it slowly as you stroll down the oak-shaded streets of the Garden District. Be sure to check out their selection of pastries and baked goods as well!

    New Orleans is a truly one-of-a-kind place to call home, and we can't wait to show you around. Contact us today to learn more about eating, drinking, and living life to the fullest in New Orleans, Louisiana. 


    7 Ways to Beat the Louisiana Heat This Summer

    Summer Tips

    Louisiana has a wonderful climate, but temperatures can soar over the summer. Fortunately, residents of our area have learned some tips and tricks that can help make you more comfortable. Our real estate agents suggest the following seven ways to beat the Louisiana heat this summer:

    1. Wear the Right Clothing
      You may be tempted to wear as little as possible during hot weather, especially when you go outside. But wearing light, loose-fitting clothing made of natural fabrics keep you more comfortable. And when you go outside, your covered skin won't be absorbing as much of the sun's heat, and you'll be more likely to avoid getting a scorching sunburn.

    2. Chill Your Sheets
      As strange as it sounds, put your top sheet and pillowcase - and even your bottom sheet if you have room - into large zip-lock bags and put them in the fridge during the evening. Put them back on your bed when it's time to go to sleep, and you'll have sheets that let you stay cooler at night.

    3. Stay Hydrated
      Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine in them, but drink plenty of water. If you put a bottle of water in the freezer, you'll always have a cold bottle to take with you when you go out. Many people get tired of plain water, so infuse it with fruit like cucumbers or strawberries to give it a shot of flavor.

    4. Use Your Fans
      Fans help move air, which makes your body feel cooler. Use ceiling fans set to turn counterclockwise as well as pedestal or table fans to help you beat the heat. Turn them off if you'll be leaving a room for a long period of time, since they help cool you off, but not the room.

    5. Shut the Blinds
      Letting natural light in your home can make it pleasant to be inside on most days, but during the summer, you're also letting heat into your home. Shut your blinds or draperies during the day and take the extra step of turning off unnecessary lights to avoid the heat they generate.

    6. Cool Off with Water
      Taking a cool shower can be very refreshing, especially before bedtime. You can also mist yourself with water throughout the day or sit in a lawn chair and soak your feet in a kiddie pool.

    Contact us if you're looking to sell your home or would like to find out about Baton Rouge homes for sale in the area. Our real estate agents have a great deal of experience buying and selling homes in Louisiana and can help you sell your existing home and find the right one for you!


    National Ice Cream Day: Ice Cream Shops in the Lafayette Area

    Ice Cream in Lafayette

    If you are looking for an excuse to check out some of the local ice cream shops in the Lafayette area, look no further! National Ice Cream Day is coming up on July 19th and is the perfect time to celebrate with a cone or cup of your favorite flavor of ice cream.

    Lafayette is home to many wonderful local businesses serving up tasty, homemade ice cream. Our real estate agents suggest you pull into these local favorites on National Ice Cream Day or any hot summer day. 

    1. Carpe Diem - 812 Jefferson St., Lafayette, LA 70501
      Seize the day by starting your adventure off at the best gelato-espresso bar on this side of Europe. At Carpe Diem, you can dine upon a crepe piled high with fruit and ice cream, sip a glass of wine, and savor the flavor of fabulous food and espresso. It's a great place to rest and relax in a fun, friendly atmosphere any day of the week.
    2. Jammin' Java - 3366 Verot School Rd., Suite 100, Lafayette, LA 70508
      At Jammin' Java, they take great pleasure in shattering the mold with every scoop. Their menu is the result of taking the traditional and twisting it, turning it and molding it into unique flavors. From frappes and milkshakes to ice cream sandwiches and more, you can find plenty of fabulous treats that will have you coming back for more. 
    3. Marble Slab Creamery - 3500 NW Evangeline Trwy G, Carencro, LA 70520
      Ready to get out of town for a little bit? Head on over to the Marble Slab Creamery for a little rest and relaxation. You can order a customized ice cream cake, sample some of their superbly decorated cookies and cakes, or mix and match your favorites to create a bowl of ice cream so large you'll need two spoons to eat it all. Black cherry and banana rum, peanut butter, and mango, if you can think of the flavor, they've already created it. They have more than 70 different flavors of ice cream, sorbet, and low-fat yogurt to choose from.
    4. Yogurtland - 104 E. Kaliste Saloom Rd., #100, Lafayette, LA 70508
      Looking for a slightly healthier alternative to celebrate National Ice Cream Day with? Venture over to Yogurtland. If you have meant to give them a try, now is a great time to pull in and discover just how sweet the Orange Blossom White Peace Light Ice Cream, Birthday Cupcake Batter, Almond Midnight Mocha, and more really taste. With so many flavors and combinations to try, this just might become your go-to place for a sweet treat at the end of the day.

    It is our pleasure to help you discover the many businesses that make our city one of the sweetest in the south. Looking for a home near your favorite local businesses in Lafayette? Contact us to learn more about Lafayette homes for sale.


    Best Picnic Spots in the New Orleans Area

    Picnic in New Orleans

    Our real estate agents know many of our clients are on the lookout for safe and fun ways to get outdoors this summer. Parks throughout New Orleans are beginning to welcome guests again, and the weather is right to take the family picnic you've been dreaming of.

    New Orleans has balanced its development with green spaces so wherever you journey in the Big Easy, you'll never be far from a hiking trail, bicycle trail, or a dog park. Picnic spots abound!

    Consider these sites for your next picnic excursion: 

    1. Audubon Park – 6500 Audubon Park Trail, New Orleans, LA 70118
      Audubon Park is one of the centerpieces of beautiful uptown New Orleans. Ideal for a picnic, it has attracted visitors for more than a century. It features picturesque ancient oaks, a jogging path of nearly two miles, a lagoon, playgrounds, and a number of picnic shelters and sports fields.
    2. Coliseum Square Park – 1708 Coliseum Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
      Coliseum Square Park dates back to an 1806 vision for a sparsely populated neighborhood in a natural setting that would enable a Greek-style revival right in New Orleans. Now a three-acre park, Coliseum Square offers picnic spaces in the shade of water oaks planted at that very same time.
    3. Magnolia Bridge on Bayou St. John – Harding Drive, New Orleans, LA 70119
      Built in 1908, Magnolia Bridge is a must-see stop on any tour of the Bayou St. John area. Solely for pedestrians and bicyclists since the 1970s, it is recognized as one of the city's endangered historic treasures. Picnic areas welcome you on both sides of the bridge. It's also a great urban hike.
    4. City Park – 1 Palm Drive, New Orleans, LA 70124
      Iconic New Orleans City Park is a 1,300-acre oasis offering a number of playgrounds, non-contact sports courts, the New Orleans Botanical Gardens, and spaces for dog owners. Just about all of its facilities are open now with reduced hours and lower capacity.
    5. Crescent Park – 1 Crescent Park Trail, New Orleans, LA 70117
      A part of the French Market District, Crescent Park packs plenty of picnic fun into a 1.4-mile space. This 20-acre linear park provides some of the best New Orleans views. Bike paths, dog runs, and free fitness classes are just some attractions along with free, multi-use picnic pavilions.
    6. Lafayette Square – South Maestri Place, New Orleans, LA 70130
      Considered one of the most famous locations in New Orleans, Lafayette Square has been busy for more than 150 years. It sits across the former City Hall, now a beloved live music venue known for jazz concerts. 
    7. Jackson Square – 751 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70181
      Jackson Square is the place to go for a picnic right in the heart of the French Quarter. A 2.5-acre park, it is indispensable to the local social scene. About two million visitors come to the Square each year. Local artists visit it regularly for open-air exhibitions of their latest works.

    Please remember to practice social distancing and follow CDC guidelines while out in public.

    From New Orleans to Baton Rouge, Lafayette to Lake Charles, Latter & Blum is here to help you reach your real estate goals. For personalized advice about New Orleans homes, contact us.


    Houma Fishing Charters for Your Next Fishing Trip

    Houma Fishing Charters

    Summer's here and you're probably hearing the call of the great outdoors. Fishing is a relaxing way to enjoy nature while maintaining social distancing. Plus, our area is home to many wonderful fishing spots and fishing charters. Get ready to catch "the big one" with these popular fishing charters not far from Houma homes for sale.

    1. Cajun Fishing & Hunting Charters - 118 McAllen Dr., Houma, LA 70360
      Let Captain Anthony show you all the best fishing spots with Cajun Fishing & Hunting Charters. Cast your line for redfish, speckled trout and flounder during a day-long trip aboard Captain Anthony's 24-foot Skeeter Bayboat. The company also charters bowfishing trips for up to four people. Locations range from inland marshes to barrier island chains. Fees include everything except live bait and individual charter passenger licenses. Change of plans? Deposits are good for two years. 

    2. Topline Fishing Charters - 116 Nottingham Trail, Houma, LA 70360
      After fishing local waters for more than 25 years, Captain Chris Venable of Topline Fishing Charters has the experience to guide both veterans and newbies. Captain Chris is one of four generations of anglers. Charters primarily run in the Houma and Cocodrie areas, but trips to other coastal Louisiana waterways are available. Rates cover fish cleaning and all supplies but live bait. 

    3. Louisiana Guide Services - 141 Georgi Girl Dr., Houma, LA 70363
      Fly-fishing in the Louisiana marsh is a bucket list item for countless anglers. Captain Paul Ray and Louisiana Guide Services help make that dream a reality. With experience in fishing at sites around the world, Captain Paul is a member of the elite Eleven Angling team of professional guides. Louisiana Guide Services is one of the few charters operating two different-sized skiffs to fit particular areas. Choose from six- or eight-hour trips, with fees that include everything from licenses and supplies to beverages and snacks.

    4. MarshDawn Guide Service - 105 Cypress Grove St., Montegut, LA 70377
      Captain Ron Ratliff has been fly-fishing the Louisiana marsh for most of his life. Now he's sharing the knowledge of that experience with fellow anglers through MarshDawn Guide Service. Clients appreciate how hard he works to make them successful while maintaining an easy-going, personable charm. MarshDawn trips primarily target redfish, but catches may also include black drum, sheepshead, and jack crevalle. Charters can be booked for full- or half-days, with rates that cover all tackle along with ice and filtered water.

    5. Custom Charters - 102 Parnell Dr., Houma, LA 70360
      How much does Captain Tommy Pellegrin of Custom Charters love to fish? In 1995, he left the corporate world to make a living sharing his enthusiasm with others. In one concession to time, Captain Tommy has retired from offshore fishing and guides inshore trips in search of speckled trout and redfish. During the season, red snapper fishing can be added for an extra fee. True to the company name, charters are customized to accommodate your particular goals. Kids 12 and under accompanied by an adult fish free. Rates include boat and fuel, tackle, plastic bait, and fish cleaning.

    Hoping to hook the perfect home? Our real estate agents will help you successfully navigate the "waters" of homes around Houma to land the right one. Contact us to get started.


    DIY Backyard Fire Pit Ideas

    Fire Pit DIY

    A fire pit creates a cozy backyard destination for family and friends, and there' s no end to the styles, shapes, and sizes you can create. Whether you have a large yard or just a deck, a do-it-yourself firepit can make it into a gathering spot. Many DIY firepits cost around $100 or even less to make, even if you have to buy all the materials new. 

    Our real estate agents suggest the following backyard firepit ideas to create a gathering spot in your yard this summer:

    1. Modern Concrete Fire Pit
      Who knew a large plastic salad bowl and a stainless steel mixing bowl - combined with concrete, grill grate, and other elements - could be used to make a sleek-looking backyard fire pit for less than $100? This creative project uses gel fireplace fuel cans that are designed for fireplaces and are also effective for creating nice flames in a fire pit. 

    2. Square Fire Pit
      The directions for this square fire pit are simple, and the cost comes in at about $75. Start by digging a hole and then adding sand, pavers, and more sand. The walls are built from cement blocks.

    3. Modern-Style Metal and Glass Fire Pit
      A contemporary take on the fire pit from The Art of Doing Stuff is made from glass, a metal or terracotta planter, and a metal grate. It's mini-sized, so it won't take up much space, and the cost is less than $25. Gluing the sheets of glass together with silicone is the most challenging part of the project, with the rest coming together more easily. As with many smaller fire pits, this one also utilizes gel canisters.

    4. Stone Fire Pit
      This fire pit is on the larger side and is even built with room for seating. It's made using palletized stone, which consists of pre-sorted premium stone. It costs more but will help save time since these stones are more uniform in appearance and quality.

    5. Concrete Tree Ring Fire Pit
      Concrete tree rings - circular sections of concrete used for flower beds at the base of a tree - help form the basis of this fire pit and were found at a bargain at a home improvement store. A small Weber grill and inner firepot were also used, with the total project cost coming in between $50 and $80, depending on how much you spend on stones.

    6. Adirondack Fire Bowl Table
      If you have Adirondack chairs, this table - which is made from fence boards - can blend in perfectly with them. It's designed to be used on a deck and has an interesting hexagon shape.

    Contact us to learn more about popular improvements that can make your home more enjoyable. And if you're looking to sell your home or check out Lafayette homes for sale, our agents will be happy to help! 


    5 Golf Courses in NOLA to Check Out This Father's Day

    Golf in Nola

    Known for smooth jazz, delicious food, and a lively culture — New Orleans is a destination unlike anywhere else in the country. Plus, avid golfers will love the links surrounding the Crescent City. Our REALTORS® invite you to grab your clubs and take your dad to one of these five challenging NOLA golf courses for Father's Day.

    1. Audubon Park Golf Course — 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70118
      Discover an oasis just minutes from downtown at Audubon Park Golf Course. Located in Audubon Park, this 18-hole Denis Griffiths-designed course features Bermuda fairways and Tif-Eagle greens. Audubon Park's par 62 course is convenient for any business travelers or visitors who want to get a quick round in without leaving the metropolitan area.

    2. Joseph M. Bartholomew, Sr. Municipal Golf Course — 6514 Congress Dr., New Orleans, LA 70126
      After a renovation and renaming in 1979, Joseph Bartholomew Golf Course has continued to be one of the best places for year-round golf in the city. This 18 hole, par 72 golf course features a double-ended driving range, fully stocked pro shop, two practice greens, and discounts for senior, youth, and late-night golfers.

    3. Bayou Oaks at City Park — 1040 & 1051 Filmore Ave., New Orleans, LA 70124
      Looking for a weekend golf getaway? Then head over to Bayou Oaks at City Park, where 36 holes of golf await you and your group. The North Course, opened in 1969, was reopened in 2008 after it was restored from damage sustained during Hurricane Katrina. The South Course was also restored and reestablished in 2017, to accommodate players of all skill levels. As the only 36-hole golf course in New Orleans, Bayou Oaks at City Park is the ultimate destination to play the links in NOLA.

    4. Lakewood Golf Club — 4801 General Degaulle Dr., New Orleans, LA 70131
      This award-winning golf course located in NOLA is undergoing a rebirth that will delight locals and visitors alike. Lakewood Golf Club has been updated and improved to offer unique enhancements like a world-class practice facility, 444-yard "Fire in the Hole" sand bunkers dedicated to the New Orleans firefighters, and a brand-new clubhouse that is currently under construction. This facility also has an award-winning junior golf program, weekly clinics for kids, and junior summer camps, making Lakewood Golf Club a great course for families to grow the game.

    5. English Turn Golf and Country Club — 1 Clubhouse Dr., New Orleans, LA 70131
      Discover unmatched beauty and luxury at the English Turn Golf and Country Club. Located on the historical bend of the Mississippi River known as the English Turn, this spectacular golfing community boasts 1200 acres of gorgeous greenery and a massive 43,000 sqft clubhouse with world-class amenities. As elegant and timeless as the city itself, English Turn is a Jack Nicklaus Signature Design 18-hole par 72 Championship Golf Course ready to spoil you with serene scenery and undulating greens.  

    Are you ready to work on your short game in NOLA? Contact us today to browse New Orleans homes for sale within a short drive from the best golf courses in the city.


    National Doughnut Day: Doughnut Shops in New Orleans

    New Orleans Doughnuts

    Sprinkled. Glazed. Powdered. Filled. It doesn't matter how you take it. In fact, it doesn't matter if you spell it "donut" or "doughnut," our real estate agents just want you to enjoy National Doughnut Day to its fullest potential!

    National Doughnut Day takes place on Friday, June 5th and you'd better believe that we're going to be first in line for hot and fresh doughnuts! New Orleans is home to many wonderful bakeries and doughnut shops! Be sure to check out these awesome doughnut shops around New Orleans and pick up a dozen on National Doughnut Day.

    1. Bakers Dozen – 3305 Jefferson Hwy, Jefferson, LA 70121
      Start your day with a Bakers Dozen, literally and figuratively! Once you get a look at all of their specialty themed doughnuts, you'll want to grab a box for the road. Of course, they also have the classic glazed and mixed favorites that you've grown to love. With prices starting as low as one dollar for a doughnut, these delicious treats won't break the bank.

    2. Daddy's Donuts – 2051 Caton St., New Orleans, LA 70122
      If you thought momma made the best doughnuts, then you clearly haven't tried Daddy's Donuts. When you roll into Daddy's Donuts, you're treated like family and treated to some of the tastiest doughnuts this side of town. Just make sure you don't leave without one of their signature bacon-maple frosted bars. These scrumptious treats are breakfast game changers!

    3. District Donuts Sliders Brew – 5637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115
      The Purveyors of Deliciousness, District Donuts & Coffee Bar make everything from scratch, including their sprinkles! What makes them unique is that they also sell awesome sliders, which means you can order carryout for lunch or dinner and enjoy a doughnut with your meal! 

    4. The Donut Bakery – 6701 Tara Ln., New Orleans, LA 70127
      The Donut Bakery
      is one of our favorite stops for satisfying our sweet tooth, and we're not alone. NOLA residents rave that they're the best doughnuts in the city, and we challenge you to prove them wrong. One bite of their Mardi Gras doughnut, and you'll be hooked!

    5. Blue Dot Donuts – 4301 Canal St., New Orleans, Louisiana 70119
      Venture over to Canal Street and check out the scrumptious pastry case over at Blue Dot Donuts. Local favorites include the maple bacon doughnut, iced coffee, and the cinnamon sugar doughnut holes. Be sure to call ahead or stop in early because they do sell out! 

    Just like New Orleans doughnuts, our New Orleans homes for sale are available to suit your tastes. Contact us today to schedule a safe private showing or a convenient virtual tour.


    7 Ways to Improve Your Patio Just in Time for Summer

    Summer Patio

    Summer is almost here, and everyone is eager to get outside and enjoy some fresh air and sunshine. As the weather warms up, the following are some improvements our real estate agents recommend for your outdoor patio.

    1. Trim the Trees and Prune the Hedges
      If you have trees and hedges, grass or flowerbeds, now is the right time to cut them back. Removing dead branches and unruly growth will create a comfortable environment for rest and relaxation. Likewise, give the grass a good trim, fill in any dead spots, and green it up with a touch of fertilizer. 
    2. Powerwash the Patio
      A little soap, water, and a power brush will go a long way towards making the pavers, stones, concrete, and bricks of your patio look like new. Some elbow grease and a little time are all it takes to blast away years of grime.
    3. Light it Up
      String some patio lights or invest in the installation of a permanent lighting system. Illuminating your patio will help you better enjoy it in the evening hours when it's cooler and more refreshing to spend the evening outdoors. Outdoor lights, coupled with motion sensors or connected to your home automation system, will give you home security a bit of a boost. If you would like to add more natural light into the landscape, you can install torches or an outdoor fire pit to provide both illumination and a touch of heat for those chillier nights.
    4. Build an Outdoor Bar & Kitchen
      If you have always wanted to have your bar, this is the time to do it. Installing an outdoor bar or kitchen can give you a comfortable place to relax and enjoy the company of family and close friends without having to leave home. These create an extension of your indoor living space that you can use for most of the year in Baton Rouge. 
    5. Buy New Furniture
      If you have had your eye on a fabulous patio set, now is an excellent time to make the purchase. New patio furniture can completely transform the ambiance of your patio and enhance your enjoyment of the space. Whether you want glitz and glam, or elegant and refined, choose furniture that is a reflection of your personal tastes and the aesthetics of the interior of your home. Of course, if you have beloved patio furniture that is looking a little worn, refurbishing and refinishing can breathe fresh life into the piece. 
    6. Bring in the Color 
      Make sure your patio has sufficient contrasts that enhance the space. Monotone designs are tiring and not conducive to entertaining. Rather, you want to use a combination of throw pillows, flower beds, artwork, furniture, colored lighting, and other accessories to create a vibrant atmosphere.
    7. Add a Little Shade
      It's advisable to add awnings, pergolas, umbrellas, and other features that can shield you and your family from the sun. When adding shade, it's a good idea to use fixed and removable options that can help you control how much light shines on the patio. 

    We encourage you to contact us to learn more about the Baton Rouge homes for sale this month. It is our pleasure to help you find the perfect place for you and your family to rest, relax, and enjoy plenty of time building memories out on the patio this summer.


    Get Some Fresh Air in Houma: Nature Trails and Beaches to Explore

    Houma Nature Trails

    Now that the state is starting to open back up, we're all excited to get out of the house and get some fresh air! While things may not be quite back to "normal" yet, there are plenty of ways for you to start enjoying yourself once again. 

    When our real estate agents aren't busy showing buyers the best Houma homes for sale, they love visiting the area's nature trails and beaches. 

    Not sure where to go? Take a look at these ideas!

    • Grand Isle Beach: Grand Isle, LA 70358
      We are lucky to live near one of the most popular beaches in Louisiana! Grand Isle Beach offers seven miles of soft, white sand where you can spend the day enjoying sunny, salty fun. The area also features a public fishing pier, excellent spots for bird-watching, a state park where you can camp, crab, and fish, and a nature trail. So, whatever you're into, you're sure to enjoy your time here. 
    • LUMCON Boardwalk: 8124 Highway 56 Chauvin, LA 70344
      The Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) boardwalk is open to the public and is an excellent place to get some exercise, enjoy the fresh air, and keep your eyes peeled for many different species of birds. You're likely to see great egrets, roseate spoonbills, great blue herons, green herons, and pelicans. Take a look down in the ponds, and you may also catch some sailfin mollies, sheepshead, speckled kingsnakes, fiddler crabs, blue crabs, otters, and maybe even an alligator.  
    • The Marguerite Moffett Audubon Sanctuary: 7032 Little Caillou Rd, Chauvin, LA 70344
      If you enjoy nature, and, in particular, birding, you'll want to pay a visit to The Marguerite Moffett Audubon Sanctuary. This 108-acre protected marshland features a 700-foot long boardwalk that winds its way through the marsh and ends at an overlook-observation platform. Not only will you see many different birds, like sea sparrows and marsh wren, but you'll also enjoy an incredible view of Lake Quitman.
    • Lockport Elevated Wetlands Board Walk: 6419 LA-308, Lockport, LA 70374
      The fairly new Lockport Trail offers visitors the chance to enjoy a 440-feet boardwalk that winds through a cypress swamp dotted with large trees. The boardwalk ends at a gazebo where you can stop to rest and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. 
    • Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge Nature Trail: 3599 Bayou Black Dr, Houma, LA 70360
      The 4,419-acre Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge nature trail features a cypress-tupelo swamp and freshwater marsh. This walk will take you approximately 45-minutes round-trip and will give you the chance to see many different kinds of birds and even some alligators up-close. 

    If you're looking to buy or sell property in Houma, we're here to help! Whether you're ready to start going out or you're more comfortable doing things virtually, we can accommodate your needs. Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started. 


    Plan Ahead for GiveNOLA Day

    GiveNOLA Day

    Every year since 2014, the Greater New Orleans Foundation has held GiveNOLA Day to support hundreds of local non-profits that make a positive impact on life in New Orleans. Each edition of the event has raised millions of dollars from both donors and sponsors, with the total growing every year. The 2020 edition of GiveNOLA Day comes at an especially important time, as so many local non-profits provide support for the people and communities impacted by COVID-19. Our real estate agents have all the details on the impact of GiveNOLA Day, and how you can contribute this year.

    The Event: GiveNOLA Day 2020

    When: June 2, 2020

    • Learn More about the History of GiveNOLA Day
      The Greater New Orleans Foundation has long provided support for local non-profits, through fundraising, leadership guidance, and community events. GiveNOLA Day has been one of the biggest days of the year for the Greater New Orleans Foundation since the first edition of the event in 2014, and it takes place entirely online so that you can donate no matter your location. Thanks to the donations of countless individuals and the support of local sponsors, the total raised by GiveNOLA Day has gone up every year.

      Funds raised by GiveNOLA day go to hundreds of registered non-profits located in the 13-parish area, with more than 750 local non-profits receiving donations in 2019. Any non-profit located in the area can register for a free profile from GiveNOLA, and the number of organizations receiving donations has grown every year. In addition to donations, extra funds are provided through awards for the non-profits that raise the most money and have unique donors on GiveNOLA Day.

    • How to Get Involved with GiveNOLA Day 2020
      This year's edition of the event has been moved to June 2, 2020, due to the impact of COVID-19, and takes place entirely online. Donating is easier than ever, and all you have to do to get started is to visit the GiveNOLA Day 2020 website. You choose how much you want to donate, and which non-profits you would like to support. If you don't have a specific charity in mind, you can learn more about participating local non-profits on the GiveNOLA website.

      Every penny of your donation, minus small costs for processing, goes directly to the organizations that you choose to support. The minimum donation is $10, and there is no maximum. And you don't have to wait until June 2 to make your contribution! Scheduled donations have already started, allowing you to schedule a donation early for the big day.

    • Local Sponsors Provide a Little Something Extra to Boost Donations
      Some of your favorite businesses located near New Orleans homes for sale are also getting involved with GiveNOLA Day 2020, by throwing their financial support behind this worthy event. For every donation made to the cause, those sponsors will add some lagniappe, or "a little something extra," to boost the financial impact of each donation. The 2019 edition of GiveNOLA Day raised $5.9 million for more than 750 New Orleans non-profits when you add up the contributions from both donors and sponsors.

    If you want to live in a city that knows how to support its own through charity and community involvement, then New Orleans should be at the top of your list. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the area.


    How to Host a Remote Game Night in Lafayette

    Game Night Lafayette

    Do you miss those fun and fabulous game nights with family and friends? Social distancing doesn't mean you have to sacrifice these popular events. Host a remote game night via FaceTime, Skype, and other virtual gathering platforms with these helpful tips and games suggested by our real estate agents. Don't forget the popcorn!

    How to Host a Remote Game Night

    • Send Invitations
      Anticipation is part of the excitement, so do it up right by sending invitations. Evite and Paperless Post have free digital invitations designed specifically for online parties.

    • Choose Your Platform
      How many guests are you expecting? For video chats, Google Hangouts accommodates up to 10 people, while Skype handles as many as 50. FaceTime allows up to 32, but Apple devices are required for use. 

    • BYOB
      One of the benefits of hosting a virtual party is that everyone handles their own food and beverage. Create an extra measure of camaraderie by selecting a theme or sharing a particular recipe for everyone to add their own flair. 

    Digital Games

    Will your group include adults, kids, or a mix of both? Be sure to pick a game that's suitable for the appropriate ages.

    • Big Boggle
      You loved it as a kid, and now Big Boggle takes the classic word game to a new level. Players still have to scramble to form the longest words possible during the time limit, but the new version has a larger grid that lets you score more points. The size also makes for better visibility online.

    • Codenames
      Unleash your inner James Bond with Codenames, a spy game suitable for adults and teens. Two rival spymasters head up groups of 25 "agents" known only by codenames. Teams use one-word clues from the spymasters to identify their "agents" while avoiding those of the other team. Complicating the mission is the "assassin" lurking in the shadows. Codenames comes in both hard-copy and online versions that can be played by as few as four people. 

    • Catan Universe
      Since its debut in 1995, Settlers of Catan has remained a popular board game for all ages. Players compete to establish their own settlement on Catan, which leads to a lot of thrilling wheeling and dealing. The digital version, Catan Universe, is faithful to the original, with plenty of opportunities for interaction.

    • Psych!
      Psych!, released by talk-show host and noted game enthusiast Ellen DeGeneres, adds a unique twist to classic trivia challenges. Players make up outrageous answers to trivia questions from some categories. Earn points for guessing the correct answer as well as for each person you fool with your answer. You can even get Ellen herself to join in! Psych! is available for both Android and iOS.

    • Charades
      With no equipment or skill required, Charades is the ultimate low-tech game, yet it's perfectly suited for high-tech playing by all ages. The goal is to get people to guess names, titles, and phrases by physically acting out the words or syllables. Include one digital element by using an online Charades generator to ensure a steady stream of random suggestions without having to put in too much thought.

    When it comes to Lafayette homes for sale, we don't play games. Contact us at Latter & Blum for professional and dedicated help with your real estate needs.


    Tips for Starting a Garden in Baton Rouge

    Starting a Garden in Baton Rouge

    Gardening is one of the most rewarding hobbies. If you've never tasted fresh vegetables straight from the garden, you'll be amazed by the vibrant textures and sweet, juicy flavors. For many, however, starting a garden can feel completely overwhelming at first, but it doesn't have to be. The most important element is a willingness and commitment to learn and try. The rest will fall into place. 

    Our real estate agents are avid gardeners and have broken down the process into six easy steps to guide you into your gardening adventure.

    1. Know Your Zone
      It may sound obvious, but what you plant is determined by where you live. Every region has a different planting time, and every vegetable has its temperature preferences. Most vegetables should be planted after the danger of frost has passed. In Baton Rouge, the average last spring frost date is March 20.

    2. Pick the Right Location
      Before you run out to the garden store, choose a spot that optimizes what plants need to thrive - light, good soil, water, and nutrients. Most vegetables need at least 6 hours of full sun per day. So you need to survey your sun situation in the morning, middle of the day, and evening. You should also plant in moist, well-drained soil. If you have rocky or poorly drained soil, you can grow plants in containers or build raised beds. 

    3. Start Small
      One of the most common mistakes that novice gardeners make is planting too much too soon. The last thing you want is to feel overwhelmed or frustrated from the get-go. Plan your garden with care and start small. If you avoid setting up something too elaborate, you will have the time to get a better feel of your space and gauge the design and size that you'd prefer in the long run. 

    4. Choose Your Veggies
      When starting a vegetable garden, choose what you and your family like to eat. If radishes are no one's favorite, don't plant them. It can be tempting to want to grow all the things, but you need to be realistic about how many vegetables you will eat. Top vegetables for beginners include tomatoes, onions, peppers, zucchini squash, lettuce, carrots, beets, radishes, chard, cabbage, and cucumber.

    5. Plant and Water Carefully
      An easier method of starting your garden is to buy transplants. Based on tag instructions, dig holes in your bed and set the plans in. If the roots have grown into a ball, use your fingers or a fork to untangle the roots. Pat soil into place and then soak with water. To avoid crowding, read about your plants first to understand how you should space them out based on how big they will get. It's also important to mindful of how high your plants will grow. Creeping and shorter plants would be planted towards the front and edges of the garden bed. You want to avoid a situation where taller plants would block smaller ones or those that prefer a lot of sun.

      Make sure to give your plants a consistent and ample amount of water, especially early morning, so your plants can soak up the water before it gets too warm.

    Contact us today for more gardening tips. Our team will be happy to show you some of the Baton Rouge homes for sale that have plenty of outdoor space.


    Where to Donate Homemade Masks in New Orleans

    Homemade Masks in New Orleans

    As COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, continues to sweep through our nation many of our daily activities have been put on hold. 

    If you have a necessary reason to leave your homes — such as an important doctor's visit or a trip to the grocery store — the World Health Organization has suggested that all individuals practice social distancing and wear masks that cover their noses and mouths.

    Our REALTORS® want you to be as informed as possible. Here are a few answers to questions frequently asked about the coronavirus, including why masks are helpful, how you can make your own, and where you can donate handmade masks.

    Why do masks help protect against the spread of the coronavirus?

    The molecules of the virus itself are microscopic, and unfortunately, can pass through even the smallest of pores in a mask. However, the coronavirus molecules often attach themselves to water molecules in the nose and mouth. By wearing adequate covering around the nose and mouth, these water droplets are less likely to be spread.

    How can I make a homemade mask?

    Making an adequate homemade mask is surprisingly simple. You don't even need to make a mask if you have a bandana or other clothing item that will fully cover your face. For those with sewing talents, you can print out a mask template and follow the directions. For those who are unable to sew, you can follow alternate directions to make a mask out of fabric, t-shirts, or other pieces of cloth. Ideally, you'll need a thicker fabric like cotton. It's recommended that you create a mask with two layers protecting the face, being sure that the mask fits snuggly without preventing you from breathing or speaking properly.

    Where can I donate homemade masks in New Orleans? 

    We admire the generosity of anyone who has the time and supplies to make masks for others in the community. The following organizations are in need of masks and other medical supplies:

    • Rapides Regional Medical Center Critical Care Unit

    • Serenity Home Care

    • Dr. Kirk Leblanc

    • West Bank Cardiology

    • Colonial Manor and Rehab 

    • AMEDISYS Home Health

    • The Center for Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine

    • Tensas Community Health 

    If there's one city that comes together as a community to overcome adversity, it's the Crescent City. We encourage anyone who can to make masks and donate them to our family members, friends, neighbors, and front-line service personnel in need. If you would like to schedule a virtual tour or private showing of New Orleans homes for sale, please contact us today.


    Curbside and Takeout Options in Lafayette

    Takeout in Lafayette

    Dine-in table service at Lafayette restaurants has been restricted since March 17. That's the day shelter-in-place directives were issued by the governor here in Louisiana.

    Staying at home as much as possible is vital to weathering the coronavirus threat. However, the Lafayette dining community is working hard to make meals available. It is permitted to visit local restaurants for carryout service, and many are offering delivery.

    Just remember, parking in front of many Lafayette dining locations is limited to 20 minutes. If you decide to order carryout, be sure to order and pay in advance online or by phone.

    Here's where to chow down around Lafayette:

    1. Blaze Pizza – 111 Meadow Farm Road #100, Lafayette, LA 70508
      Offering carryout and delivery with special deals through the Blaze Pizza website, this mainstay is known for artisanal ingredients, dough made from scratch, and crisp, fast-fired pizzas. It also boasts a selection of salads, desserts, and drinks.
    2. Antoni's Italian Cafe – 1118 Coolidge Street Suite A, Lafayette, LA 70503
      Antoni's Italian Cafe is cooking up its full menu for takeout service. Locally owned and operated, it's been a favorite for over 20 years. Available for lunch and dinner, you won't want to miss hearty meals like lasagna Bolognese, chicken parmesan, grilled quail, and baked salmon.
    3. Burgersmith – 1314 Camellia Boulevard, Lafayette, LA 70506
      Burgersmith will tantalize your taste buds with takeout, curbside, and delivery orders featuring all your favorite juicy burgers. You can also enjoy the chili cheese dog, fried egg sandwich, Cajun bratwurst, blackened or grilled fish sandwich, and many more.
    4. Judice Inn – 3134 Johnston Street, Lafayette, LA 70503
      Dating to 1947, Judice Inn has seen tough times and always rises to the occasion. Delivery and pickup orders are being taken through the app, website, and Facebook. Call in when you arrive, and orders will be brought to your car. Now's the perfect chance to try its famous burgers!
    5. TEA-Rex – 120 Curran Lane Suite B, Lafayette, LA 70506
      Known for the classic tearoom experience right in the heart of Lafayette, TEA-Rex delights its fans by offering delivery through the Waitr app. Takeout is also available. New drinks such as the coffee milk tea with handmade coffee foam are continuing to debut!
    6. Bisbano's Pizza Parlor – 1540 Johnston Street, Lafayette, LA 70503
      Bisbano's Pizza Parlor is ready for to-go orders, curbside, and delivery through DoorDash while still serving up some of the best pizza in Lafayette. Soups, salads, and a whole slew of po' boys are brought hot and fresh alongside pizzas with all your favorite toppings.
    7. SHINTO Japanese Cuisine – 3810 Ambassador Caffery Parkway, Lafayette, LA 70503
      Beloved for its romantic atmosphere and great food, SHINTO may not be able to offer its exciting table-side show, but its food is as good as ever. Japanese classics run the gamut from steaks to ultra-fresh sushi. Takeout and delivery orders are available.
    8. Twins Burgers and Sweets – 2801 Johnston Street, Lafayette, LA 70503
      Twins Burgers and Sweets is open for curbside service and will provide a surprise bag of sweet treats to customers to show their appreciation. Cupcakes, cookies, shakes, and specialty desserts are still on offer after you enjoy your mouthwatering signature beef or crab burger.

    Now's a terrific time to support local businesses by ordering from your favorite Lafayette restaurant. For questions about real estate opportunities and Lafayette homes for sale, simply contact us.


    Baton Rouge Takeout and Delivery Options

    Baton Rouge Delivery

    Our real estate agents are working hard finding new ways to serve the Baton Rouge community during the challenges presented by the COVID-19 outbreak.

    We're not the only ones! It seems like everywhere you look, local businesses and residents are banding together to get through this.

    To encourage social distancing and slow the spread of COVID-19, Baton Rouge restaurants are no longer offering table service. However, the mayor's "Keep BR Serving" initiative is helping to ensure small restaurants and catering services can weather the storm.

    Not only can you still get great food from your favorite restaurants, but you can also stay smart about your health. Restaurants and third-party delivery services alike now offer "contactless delivery." With this method, delivery professionals will leave your food in a safe location outside.

    Here are some of the top Baton Rouge restaurants with delivery:

    1. Capital City Grill – 100 Lafayette Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70801
      Capital City Grill offers fresh seafood, hand-cut steaks, soups, and a legendary dessert menu. With a full array of American classics and South Louisiana seafood favorites, it's been around since 2005. You can enjoy entrees such as chicken-fried steak, catfish Orleans, honey garlic salmon, and much more. There's also a complete selection of mouth-watering sandwiches.

    2. Downtown Seafood & Grill – 130 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70801
      Downtown Seafood & Grill piles on hearty helpings of delicious seafood in a casual setting. It's a little place that's easy to overlook, but the quality food will keep you coming back. Visitors praise the handcrafted beef patties, delectable seafood, sandwiches, and crinkle-cut fries. It's a local institution!

    3. Faye's Subs & Salads – 311 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70801
      When you want a traditional sub sandwich, Faye's Subs & Salads is the place to go – and the food tastes just as good delivered. You'll find options to scratch any itch at Faye's, from the Louisiana chicken salad po' boy to the sliced hot roast beef and the good old ham and cheese. Salads, veggie burgers, and the iconic brown sugar pit ham are also available.

    4. The Jambalaya Shoppe – 3617 Perkins Road Suite 1-E, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
      Want a taste of "the real" Louisiana? The Jambalaya Shoppe has you covered. One of the most popular Cajun kitchens in a city known for it, The Jambalaya Shoppe serves up all the hits based on old family recipes. In addition to the namesake jambalaya, you can choose gumbo, red beans with sausage, meaty stews, or fettuccine. Don't miss out!

    5. Jolie Pearl Oyster Bar – 315 North Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA 70801
      Jolie Pearl Oyster Bar will take you on a delightful culinary tour of everything you can do with oysters. Some of the most-loved dishes include charbroiled oysters, shrimp remoulade salad, and the shrimp po' boy. In times of plenty, it's been praised for its lively atmosphere and music. For now, though, you can enjoy some of the best comfort food in Baton Rouge right from home.

    One of the big reasons to pick Baton Rouge homes for sale is the city's amazing food culture. Even at a time like this, that culture is going strong – but doing so in a safe and responsible way.

    Although many showings and other activities are on hold right now, the team at Latter & Blum is still here to help. Contact us today to discover more about Baton Rouge real estate opportunities.


    How to Celebrate St Patrick's Day in Lafayette

    St Patricks Day Lafayette

    St. Patrick's Day is the second most popular party in Lafayette! This year, there are plenty of ways that you can get out and join in the fun with your family and friends. So put on something green and get ready to make some memories that will last a lifetime.

    1. St. Patty's Day National Bubble Day - Royal Day Spa, 302 Coyote Trail, Maurice, LA 70555
      There is nothing better than spending a day at the spa relaxing with your children and closest friends. This St. Patty's Day, head on over to the Royal Day Spa on March 13th from 6 pm to 8:30 pm. They will have green and gold nail painting, a green tea party, some mini-massages, karaoke, bubbles, and much more. It is also an excellent time for you to meet other parents in the area and talk about the Maurice homes for sale that have caught your eye.
    2. Patty in the Parc - Parc International, Garfield St, Lafayette, LA 70501 
      Sir Mix-A-Lot, Wayne Toups, and L.A. Roxx are headlining this year's celebration of Patty in the Parc on March 14th at 5:30 pm. This party is one of the hottest in town, and it's one that you don't want to miss if you enjoy good music and great times. Music starts at 6 pm, and you need to make sure to leave the coolers, food, and outside beverages in the car. Children under 10 get in free and be sure to wear some green so you will fit into the crowd that you can expect to gather.
    3. Celtic Bayou Festival - Warehouse 535, 535 Garfield St, Lafayette, LA 70501
      Europe may seem like a world away, but the fact is that you can get a taste of it right here in Lafayette. All you have to do is make your way into the Celtic Bayou Festival on March 14th. This family-friendly event will feature a Guinness Cook-Off, Bailey's Bake-Off, Jameson Pub Crawl, and so much more. Who knows, you might see a few Lafayette homes for sale on your way to the party. 
    4. 8th Annual St. Pat's Comedy for a Cause - Magdalen Place, 2 S Magdalen Square, Abbeville, LA 70510
      Each year for the past eight years, the Rotary Club of Abbeville brought together some of the funniest talent this side of the Mason-Dixon line. If you enjoy a good laugh, then you won't want to miss the 8th Annual St. Pat's Comedy for a Cause. This year's hilarious celebration will take place on March 21st at 5 pm. Funds raised will go towards local causes and groups! Stop by after checking out Abbeville homes for sale

    We encourage you to contact us to learn more about the many festivals and celebrations that happen in the area each year. Our REALTORS® are happy to tell you about the fun you and your family can have when you move into Lafayette or Maurice. From parks to parties, there is never a dull moment when you are ready to find a good time. 


    10 Fun Facts About Living in Lafayette

    Living in Lafayette

    Living in Lafayette is a truly unique experience, with a mix of history, culture, entertainment, and community that you won't find anywhere else. It's a city where songs always fill the air, and life moves at its own pace. Wondering what it's like to call Lafayette home? Our REALTORS® have you covered, with ten fun facts about life in Lafayette.

    1. Mardi Gras Is Outside Your Door
      You won't have to travel far to enjoy a traditional Mardi Gras celebration when you shop for Lafayette homes for sale. Lafayette has its parades, parties, and performances for Mardi Gras that rival anything in New Orleans.

    2. Cajun Culture Has Deep Roots in Lafayette
      Cajun culture began in Lafayette when thousands of French Canadians were forced to find a new home in 1755 and were offered refuge in the area. The Acadians, as they were known, embraced their new home and established a culture that still stands strong today.

    3. Warm Weather All Year
      The swamps, bayous, forests, and parks around Lafayette are a magnet for anyone who enjoys the outdoors. With warm weather all year long, you'll soon see why Lafayette is an outdoor paradise.

    4. Yes, You Can Buy a Daquiri at a Drive-Thru...
      While you can't take a sip until you get home, there are drive-thru daiquiri shops located around the city, serving cold, delicious drinks when you want to unwind.

    5. Practice Your French
      While you certainly don't have to know French to enjoy all that Lafayette has to offer, the city is a great place to practice if you're a French-speaker. You'll even have the chance to pick up unique regional dialects.

    6. Bring Your Dancing Shoes
      Live music can be found around every corner in Lafayette, and that means dancing is never far behind. If you love to break out your dancing shoes, then this is the city for you.

    7. Root for the Ragin' Cajuns 
      The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is a huge part of the culture in the city, and everybody roots for the Ragin' Cajuns athletic teams all year long. One trip to the Swamp, the stadium where college football games are played, will have you cheering for the Ragin' Cajuns, too!

    8. Lafayette's History Is Truly Alive and Well
      This is a city that loves its history, and you'll find examples of that history around every corner. If you want to get in touch with the past, plan a trip to Vermilionville, a living history museum where you can experience what life was like here in the 1700s and 1800s.

    9. The Best Music Festival in Louisiana Is Free to Attend
      Lafayette is home to the Festival Internationale de Louisiane, a free four-day festival that attracts some of the world's best musicians, and features Lafayette's best cajun food.

    10. A Diverse Cultural Mix
      In many ways, Lafayette got its start as a city of transplants from far-flung locations, who created their beautiful community around the bayous. That pioneering spirit is still on full display today, and newcomers who embrace the city are welcomed with open arms.

    We could keep going with dozens of more facts about why Lafayette is such a unique place to call home, but nothing beats experiencing the city first-hand! Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the area.


    What You Need to Do Before Listing

    Before Listing Figuring out which steps to take before putting your home on the market can be daunting. If you're unsure about how to prepare, our real estate agents can provide the guidance you need to get your home ready for listing. 

    • Research the Value of Your Home
      It's vital to do your homework to determine the value of your home. Check out listings of comparable New Orleans homes for sale in your neighborhood. Make sure you are comparing homes similar to yours in size, location, and features. Save this list of comparables and discuss them with your real estate agent.
    • Find a Real Estate Agent
      One of the best ways to find a good real estate agent is by word of mouth. Ask friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors if they've worked with someone they'd recommend. Interview a few agents and ask them about their experience selling homes in your area, the steps they'll take to sell your home, and how many homes they've sold. Don't be afraid to ask for references from former clients as well.
    • Make Minor Repairs
      Replacing hardware like knobs, drawer pulls, towel racks, light switches, and lighting fixtures is an easy and inexpensive way to make your home look updated. If any major repairs need to be done, talk with your real estate agent about the most effective way to take care of them.
    • Paint
      A fresh coat of paint throughout the house does wonders for its appeal. You don't have to do anything fancy—make sure you choose neutral colors like taupe, beige, or greige. Depending on the condition of the outside of your house, you may want to consider having it professionally painted.
    • Declutter & Depersonalize
      Clearing clutter and depersonalizing your home will make it more appealing to buyers, and you'll have less stuff to move when you're ready to go. A good rule of thumb is to donate, sell, or pitch items you haven't used or worn within the last year. Packing up family photos, books, knick-knacks, and other personal items makes it easier for potential buyers to visualize living there. 
    • Clean
      You'll be surprised at what a difference a deep cleaning can make when it comes to the look and smell of your home. Shampooing rugs and carpets helps get rid of stains and odors. Make sure to get windows and trim sparkling clean. If you don't have the time or desire to DIY, hire a professional cleaning company to come in and clean it for you.
    • Stage Your Home
      Staging your home can help it sell faster at a higher price. Take out any excess furniture and create cozy sitting areas in spaces like the living room. Remove all small appliances from the counters in the kitchen, take any magnets off the fridge, and accessorize with fresh, new tea towels. The same thing goes for the bathrooms—remove or hide away all toiletries and invest in new rugs and towels. And don't forget the outside— curb appeal is the first thing that draws potential buyers in. Make your yard, landscaping, and your home's exterior look neat and tidy. 

    Are you ready to buy or sell your home in the New Orleans area? Contact us to get started.


    New Year New Hobbies to Try in Baton Rouge

    Hobbies in Baton Rouge

    The New Year has arrived, and our REALTORS® want you to kick off the decade with a bang! As we move into the 2020s, make a resolution to learn a new skill. From dancing and cooking to art classes and more, here are a few of our favorite places around Baton Rouge, where you can fall in love with a new hobby!

    1. Ric Seeling Dance Studio — 10776 N. Harrells Ferry Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70816
      We're in the Roaring '20s now — surely, you need to know how to dance for such an occasion. Head to the Ric Seeling Dance Studio and get your feet moving! All adults — from classically-trained dancers to those with two left feet — are invited to this premier studio for group or private lessons. You'll receive top of the line instruction in country, hustle, Latin, ballroom, and of course, swing dancing! It may take two to tango, but rest assured you can come alone and get matched with a partner of the same experience level.

    2. Create Studios — 546 Bienville St., Baton Rouge, LA 70806
      Do you have a creative passion but struggle to find the medium that's right for you? Create Studios is the perfect place to express yourself while learning different art forms. They offer classes in a diverse array of arts, including etched glass, stained glass mosaics, metal stamping, jewelry design, and painting. Paint an Andy Warhol-inspired pop art of your pet or design your own Mardi Gras chandelier out of beads for your new home. Bring your imagination and a few beads — Create Studios will take care of the rest!  

    3. Louisiana Culinary Institute — 10550 Airline Highway, Baton Rouge, LA 70816
      Anyone who's lived for a day in Baton Rouge knows Louisiana has some of the best food. If you've ever wanted to learn how to make a few of our hometown favorites in your own kitchen, now's your chance! The Louisiana Culinary Institute offers adult classes specializing in Creole and Cajun dishes. Imagine whipping up your own tasty batch of boudin, gumbo, maque choux, or jambalaya without ever leaving home! Sign up for classes and make 2020 the year of amazing dinner parties!

    4. LSU Museum of Art — Shaw Center for the Arts 100 Lafayette St. 5th Floor, Baton Rouge, LA 70801
      Art is part of Louisiana's lifestyle, and the LSU Museum of Art invites adults to immerse themselves in this world of creativity and culture at the Shaw Center for the Arts. Their interesting and educational programs teach you about art while helping you create your own. Along with lessons, they have other weekly events such as free admission to the museum on Friday nights and Yoga in the Galleries. Whether you're an artist or merely appreciate beautiful works, the LSU Museum of Art will quickly become your new favorite hangout.

    5. BREC — 6201 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70806
      Here's a great resolution — make an effort to spend time surrounded by Louisiana's wonderous natural spaces this year! BREC makes it easy to enjoy the great outdoors with its engaging programs. Belly aerobics, badminton, BMX, and ballroom dancing are among the many heart-pumping classes offered. For a more relaxing experience, you can attend an astronomy lecture, watch a movie in the park, and enjoy one of their many weekly special events. 

    Looking for a new home in 2020? For help scheduling appointments to tour Baton Rouge homes for sale, contact us today!


    Cajun Country Run Race Spotlight

    Cajun Country Run

    Lace-up your favorite running shoes — the Cajun Country Run is racing back into Lafayette to go the distance for another year. Acadian's oldest half-marathon is the second race in the Le Courir des Cadiens race series and one exciting morning that you do not want to miss! If you're planning a visit to browse Lafayette homes for sale, our REALTORS® encourage you to pay a visit to Acadian Park to watch — or even run — in this annual holiday event.

    • Date: December 14, 2019
    • Starting Location: Acadiana Park 1205 E. Alexander St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    • Distance: 5K, 10K & Half Marathon

    Race History

    The Cajun Country Run was founded in 2002 and 2010, became a substantial supporter of Transportation Recreation Alternatives In Louisiana. TRAIL helps the running community of Louisiana blaze new trails by enhancing opportunities for outdoor recreation. A 10K race was added in 2012, and the 5K was added a year later. The race has evolved over the years and now offers runners five individual options for competing on both paved roads and dirt trails. Certified by the USA Track & Field, the 5K, 10K, and half-marathon of the Cajun Country Run are part of the Courir des Cadiens series of racing events.

    The Courir des Cadiens Race Series includes three annual races that increase in distance at each subsequent event. The first race of the year is the Tour des Atakapas, which occurs during the Festivals Acadiens et Creoles. The Tour des Atakapas hosts distances of 3, 5, and 7 miles and also includes a run-paddle-run duathlon. Festivities follow this October event.

    Cajun Country Run 2019

    The Cajun Country Run follows the Tour des Atakapas. The third and final race in the Courir des Cadiens Race Series is the Zydeco Marathon. This event challenges racers to endure a half marathon or marathon run to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

    This year's event will bring tidings of great joy to winners of the race. One of the hallmarks of this event is the Special Gator Head trophy awarded to the winning male and female in each category. The fastest winners dressed as Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, as well as the best dressed Claus couple, will receive special prizes. All winners will walk away with a Santa's sack full of goodies from local sponsors.

    For nearly 20 years, the Cajun Country Run has been a beloved holiday race for Lafayette runners. Warm food and cold beer will be served after the race, so gather up some friends and get to know the community.

    For more information on the Lafayette community and buying homes in the area, contact us today!  


    Holiday Events in NOLA You Don't Want to Miss

    NOLA Holiday Events

    The holiday season is bound for the bayou, and our REALTORS® want to tell you about all of the uniquely NOLA festivities happening around town. Here are few family-friendly Cajun holiday events to put on your schedule.

    1. Jingle Bugs — Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70118 | Dec 14
      At the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, there are plenty of creatures to celebrate the season. Their Jingle Bugs event features a Gumdrop Scavenger Hunt, holiday treats, face painting, magic shows, a visit from Pupa Noel, and storytime with Santa Claus. These wonderful kid's activities are included with general admission and present an interactive, educational holiday experience for little ones.

    2. Teddy Bear Tea — The Roosevelt New Orleans 130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA 70112 | Dec 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 19 - 24
      Join Santa and Mrs. Claus at The Roosevelt for Teddy Bear Tea. Elves will have delicious food and pastries ready for kids, as well as a few special drinks for parents. Seats will surely fill up for this elegant celebration, so be sure to buy your tickets soon!

    3. New Orleans The Polar Express Train Ride — Union Passenger Terminal 1001 Loyola Ave., New Orleans, LA 70113 | Dec 9 – Jan 1
      The Polar Express is a classic Christmas story, and now families in New Orleans can hop aboard this magical train ride throughout December. Children will relive the Polar Express story with a read-along accompanied by cookies and hot chocolate. Santa and his helpers will then hop aboard the train for caroling and photographs.

    4. Cajun Holiday Tea With Papa Noel — Spanish Plaza Wharf 1 Poydras St., New Orleans, LA 70130 | Dec 14 – 15
      Instead of jumping on Santa's sleigh, join Papa Noel on the Creole Queen Steamboat for holiday tea atop the Mississippi. This Cajun cruise is filled with children's activities like magic shows, storytime, and face painting. Kids and adults alike can enjoy festive treats and teas with Papa Noel— and even hold a live alligator! Celebrate the season the Cajun way with Papa Noel's two-hour-long cruises.

    5. Candyland Christmas Show & Breakfast With Santa — Deanie's Seafood Restaurant French Quarter 841 Iberville St., New Orleans, LA 70112 | Dec 7 - 8 and 14 - 15
      The Candyland Christmas Show hosted by Deanie's Seafood Restaurant is a holiday celebration you'll only find in NOLA. Take a fun visit to Candyland for face painting, arts and crafts, and sing-alongs. Kids can take their photos with Santa Claus and Deanie's Pincher, the Crawfish. With a full breakfast buffet and adult beverages available, this playful morning celebration will easily become your next family tradition.

    Would you like to spend every holiday in NOLA? Contact us today, and we'll show you the best New Orleans homes for sale.  


    Fall Hiking in Lafayette You Won't Want to Miss

    Lafayette Hiking

    Fall is a wonderful time of the year in Louisiana. With the cooler weather moving in, there are many spectacular opportunities to enjoy the outdoors comfortably. Our real estate agents love to lace up a pair of comfortable walking shoes and venture off into the green spaces of Lafayette for a brisk stroll. We've picked out a few of our favorite fall hiking trails around Lafayette that you'll want to go on!

    1. The Acadian Park Nature Trail — 1205 E. Alexander St., Lafayette, LA 70501
      Head over to the Acadian Park Nature Station for a wonderful day outdoors. The Acadian Park Nature Trails consists of nearly six miles of walkable trail within the 150-acre park. Residents and visitors alike enjoy these unspoiled trails because all wheeled traffic is restricted, giving walkers a peaceful stroll. Some of the pathways are dirt, and there is a boardwalk that is wheelchair accessible. For those who want to spend a few moments surrounded by stunning wildlife, Acadian Park Nature Trail should be at the top of your hiking list.

    2. Palmetto Island State Park — 19501 Pleasantville Rd., Abbeville, LA 70510
      The Palmetto Island State Park is a favorite outdoor destination for many Louisiana natives. Next time you're browsing Abbeville homes for sale, consider spending a few days along the Vermilion River. You'll get the full Louisiana outdoors experience as you stay in a vacation cabin among the trees and wildlife. With plenty of space to hike, Palmetto Island State Park offers an up-close view of Louisiana wildlife at its finest.

    3. Beaver Park — 500 Fisher Rd., Lafayette, LA 70508
      Beaver Park is a fantastic outdoor space to enjoy, particularly because it connects you to the Atakapas Ishak Trail. Take advantage of its proximity to the Vermilion River, Spreafico Lake, and Historic Vermilionville Village and see plenty of what this area has to offer. On the opposite end of Beaver Park, just up the road from the Acadian Cultural Center, is the Bayou Vermilion Nature Trail. With two great trails in one location, Beaver Park is the perfect place to get two hikes in one.

    4. Heymann Park — 1500 S. Orange St., Lafayette, LA 70501
      This sprawling park located on the north side of the Vermilion River, Heymann Park is great for families who love to run around and play. The multi-purpose trail running through part of the park is short and sweet, getting you the fresh air you need without venturing too far off of the beaten path. 

    Are you interested in walking through many more Lafayette homes for sale? Contact us, and we'll help you on your journey to find your dream home!


    New Orleans Spotlight: Bayou Classic

    Bayou ClassicFor New Orleans, Thanksgiving weekend means one thing — the Bayou Classic! This annual college football game is a New Orleans tradition dating back to 1974. This is much more than a yearly football game — it is an event celebrating community and culture within Crescent City.

    The Bayou Classic originally started in 1974, but the rivalry between Grambling State University and Southern University goes back to the 1930s. As these two schools went head to head each year, their competition was elevated to the field of Tulane Stadium for the first annual Bayou Classic.

    Having these two college teams featured on this platform was a significant achievement for the players, whose rivalry was routinely overshadowed by LSU and Tulane. To celebrate this first game, the city organized a week filled with festivities leading up to the game. Today, the Jaguars versus Tigers game is one of the most anticipated events of the year. Our real estate agents invite you to attend the week full of activities leading up to 2019's Bayou Classic!

    46th Annual Bayou Classic Schedule of Events

    • Bayou Classic Press Conference — Monday, November 25th, 2019
      Mercedes Bez Superdome 1500 Sugarbowl Dr., New Orleans, LA 70112

      Kick the week off with the Bayou Classic Press Conference live from the Mercedes Benz Superdome. Get the latest updates, news, and predictions for the big game. Turn on your TV at 10 am for coverage or head down to Gate A to see it live!

    • Coaches Luncheon — Friday, November 29th, 2019
      Hyatt Regency New Orleans 601 Loyola Ave., New Orleans, LA 70113

      If you're lucky enough to receive an invitation, you'll be treated to a delicious lunch at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans with the coaches.

    • Bayou Classic BizTech Challenge — Friday, November 29th, 2019
      Hyatt Regency New Orleans 601 Loyola Ave., New Orleans, LA 70113

      Business ideas are put to the test at Bayou Classic BizTech Challenge. This fun and educational program invites undergraduate and graduate students from select universities to learn how to solve real-world problems with technology-based products and services. 

    • Greek Show & Battle of the Bands — Friday, November 29th, 2019
      Mercedes Bez Superdome 1500 Sugarbowl Dr., New Orleans, LA 70112

      Come rock out and watch a musical battle of the bands from Grambling State University and Southern University. The schools' fraternities and sororities will join the rivalry as well for the Greek Show.

    • Doc Griggs 2X Around the Dome — Saturday, November 30th, 2019
      Mercedes Bez Superdome 1500 Sugarbowl Dr., New Orleans, LA 70112

      Ride a bike or walk around the Superdome twice in a celebration of health then partake in a variety of other fun activities.

    • Bayou Classic Parade — Saturday, November 30th, 2019 Parade begins at Elysian Fields Ave./N. Peters St. and ends at Loyola Ave./Perdido St.
      Grab a great spot downtown and wave to parade floats, marching bands and other talented performers turning the streets of New Orleans into a party.

    • Fan Festival — Saturday, November 30th, 2019
      Champions Square Lasalle St., New Orleans, LA 70112

      Party like a champion at this free event featuring food and live music.

    • The 46th Annual Bayou Classic — Saturday, November 30th, 2019
      Mercedes Bez Superdome 1500 Sugarbowl Dr., New Orleans, LA 70112

      The biggest game to come to NOLA every year — the Bayou Classic. Choose a side, choose a seat, and get ready for an unforgettable night!

    Do you want to be within walking distance to all of the Bayou Classic festivities every year? Contact us and let us show you our great New Orleans homes for sale.


    Shop Small Saturday: Where to Shop in Baton Rouge

    Shop Local Baton Rouge

    Living in Baton Rouge means you're never far from some excellent shopping. Local small businesses are a big part of what makes the city such a popular place to call home. With Shop Small Saturday around the corner, this is the perfect time to get out and explore all the Baton Rouge small businesses in the area. We've got the details on some great Baton Rouge businesses to visit on Shop Small Saturday!

    1. Bella Bella – 3064 Perkins Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
      Baton Rouge homes for sale
      allow you to visit so many unique local businesses, like the Bella Bella women's clothing shop. Bella Bella stocks all of the latest styles, allowing you to keep up with the latest trends and find the perfect gift for anyone on your list who loves fashion. There's a huge selection of shoes, along with excellent looks for both formal occasions and everyday wear.

    2. The Market at Circa 1857 – 1857 Government St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802
      Searching for one-of-a-kind art and amazing antiques? Visit The Market at Circa 1857 to shop for home décor and so much more. Part art gallery, part antique shop, this unique local destination is a fantastic place to grab items for your own home or someone else.

    3. Little Cajun Village – 6490 Hwy 22, Sorrento, LA 70778
      Interested in exploring history and culture as you shop for unique items? The Little Cajun Village will take you back to another era, with great shopping and plenty of fun surprises. This little village features restored Acadian homes, each with a shop inside. You can pick up crafts, spices, artwork, hand-made decorations, and so much more. There's also a delicious little dining spot located on-site.

    4. Mid City Craft Wine and Brew – 711 Jefferson Hwy, Suite 1C, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
      Whether you're stocking up for holiday parties or shopping for the perfect gift, Mid City Craft Wine and Brew has precisely what you need. This local bottle shop stocks a massive selection of craft beer, both local and national, as well as craft wine. Stop by for a weekly tasting, and experience what Mid City has to offer. If you're looking for flavors you won't find anywhere else, this is the place to be.

    5. Red Stick Spice Co. – 660 Jefferson Hwy, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
      Preparing to cook your own holiday meals, or looking for the perfect gift for the amateur chef on your list? Red Stick Spice Co. has you covered. This shop stocks nearly every spice under the sun, along with a selection of teas from around the world.

    6. Cottonwood Books – 3054 Perkins Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
      If you love books both new and old, then Cottonwood Books is more than worth a visit on Small Business Saturday. Cottonwood Books may be a small business, but it has an unmatched selection of books from across eras. There are more than 40,000 books in stock, including many rare finds. The team is also happy to help you order any books.

    Shop Small Saturday is a great chance to visit the many local small businesses that make Baton Rouge such a unique place to call home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Baton Rouge, LA area.


    5 Things to be Thankful for in Baton Rouge

    Baton Rouge Area

    We count our blessings every day, and one of them is to get to call Baton Rouge home! From its vibrant culture and rich history to fun-filled summers and blissfully warm winters, Baton Rouge a fantastic place. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, now seems like a good time to consider some of the things we're most thankful for here in Baton Rouge. 

    1. Amazing Food
      Baton Rouge is barely an hour from New Orleans, and we share many of our neighbor's culinary traditions. The city has fully embraced Southern and Cajun influences, and you'll be able to savor amazing gumbo, Jambalaya, boiled crawfish, and other Louisiana Staples. But Baton Rouge isn't just about Soul Food. As the state capital and a major seaport, it's a melting pot of cultures and flavors from around the world. We're also home to a growing craft brewing and distilling scene and have fantastic farmer's markets where you'll find produce and local foods. 

    2. Affordability
      For a city its size, Baton Rouge is highly affordable. And if you're looking for a New Orleans vibe without the New Orleans price tag, you've come to the right place. The cost of buying a home in Baton Rouge is also well below the national average. On top of that, Louisiana's low state and local income taxes make it one of the most tax-friendly states in the country. Plus, residents don't have to pay property tax on the first $75,000 of their primary residence. 

    3. World-Class Music
      Some cities think they have the market cornered on music history—we're looking at you, Nashville—but our town has a musical heritage spanning genres. Blues, country, zydeco, and jazz are all parts of Baton Rouge's musical pedigree, and those traditions are alive and well today. Every year, thousands of music fans flock to the city to attend the Baton Rouge Blues Festival, one of the oldest blues festivals in the country. On any given night, you can head to local juke joints and music clubs to hear everything from swinging jazz and swampy blues riffs to blistering indie rock. 

    4. Family Fun
      Baton Rouge gets a lot of attention for its vibrant nightlife and party atmosphere, but it's a family town too, with entertainment for all ages. We have dozens of great parks and museums for family fun, like the recently-opened Knock Knock Children's Museum next to the wide-open green spaces of City-Brooks Community Park. You could also spend a day reconnecting with your wild side at BREC's Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center or steep yourself in the culture at the Louisiana Art and Science Museum. 

    5. Endless of Options
      If you're looking at Baton Rouge homes for sale, you've probably already noticed that there are many options. Baton Rouge is a city that embraces its rich past while keeping an eye toward the future. You can find incredible historic homes with beautifully preserved architecture and centuries' worth of lived-in charm. On the other hand, you can find newly constructed 21st-century houses with all the modern amenities. 

    Contact us today to learn more about life in Baton Rouge. We've helped countless families find their dream homes in the Baton Rouge area, and we're committed to helping you find yours. 


    Most Haunted Places in Acadiana

    Haunted Places in Acadiana

    Fall is on its way and 'tis the season for scary screams and fearful frights! Louisiana is shrouded in centuries of spooky tales ranging from voodoo and vampires. Our REALTORS® love a good ghost story — especially Acadiana area tales. We triple dog dare you to check out a few of the most haunted places in Acadiana and see if you'll live to tell your own scary story.

    1. Oaklawn Manor — 3296 E. Oaklawn Dr., Franklin, LA 70538
      Not far from Franklin homes for sale is Oaklawn Manor. This massive estate features a beautiful mansion which was built in the 1830s by Alexander Porter. In the 1840s, Henry Clay — a founder of the National Republic Party — stayed in the mansion for a short time and his room eventually kept his namesake. While you can visit Oaklawn Manor, you should know that some locals believe that the ghost of Henry Clay haunts this estate. It seems Oaklawn Manor's famous guest may have never truly left.

    2. Café Vermilionville — 1304 W. Pinhook Rd., Lafayette, LA 70503
      Lafayette is a lovely town, thanks in part to its gorgeous architecture. Café Vermilionville is a beautiful building that was built in the early 1800s. Visitors are welcome to stop by and enjoy a delicious meal — but be warned! It may have a haunted history dating back to the Civil War. The tale tells of a Yankee officer who was killed in the lobby by a jealous husband. Since then, bottles have mysteriously fallen to the floor, boarded up rooms have been wrecked by unknown forces and a mysterious man with a handlebar mustache has been seen in the bar. Some guests have never seen this man, but they have witnessed a small child in a blue dress wandering the grounds who locals believe is the ghost of a young girl who died of scarlet fever within the building many years ago.

    3. Charles Burr Lane Bridge — 2832 Charles Burr Ln., Opelousas, LA 70570
      Not all ghosts haunt buildings, which is the case on the Charles Burr Lane Bridge just up the road from Opelousas homes for sale. Legend says that an old man with a lantern haunts the bridge. Some have seen him on the bridge, others have felt his presence in the backseats of their car. Those brave enough to walk the bridge hear strange noises, feel cold shivers run up their spines and can feel the man watching their every step.

    4. T'Frere's House Boutique Bed & Breakfast — 1905 Verot School Rd., Lafayette, LA 70508
      T'Frere's House Bed & Breakfast is a wonderful place to stay when you're searching for Lafayette homes for sale — if you don't mind sleeping among ghosts, that is. This is by far, one of the most haunted places in all of Lafayette. The well behind the house is said to be the final resting place for a young widow named Amelie. Some say she jumped into the well after losing her spouse and child. Others say she took ill with a fever and fell in accidentally. One version of the story says that she and her husband were thrown into the well by disapproving family members. She's reportedly still in the bed and breakfast. Spend the night, and you may hear a woman faintly speaking French. If you feel something touch you gently in the dead of night, don't worry — it's just Amelie tucking you in…

    5. Harris Hall, University of Lafayette — 544 McKinley St., Lafayette, LA 70503
      Ask faculty at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette about the nightly hauntings of Harris Hall, and they won't dare utter a word. Students, however, will tell you all about the tragic death of a young coed named Lily who was killed by a malfunctioning elevator in the Hall. At 11:46 PM each night, you can hear weird sounds coming from the elevator. It will even drop from the third floor to the first at that time, regardless of what button you press. Don't believe the story? Visit Lily yourself, and she'll take you on the creepiest elevator ride of your life…

    Looking for a scary-good deal on a house? Contact us today, and we'll show you the best Lafayette homes for sale — that aren't haunted, of course!


    The Largest Beer Fest in Louisiana! - NOLA on Tap

    NOLA on Tap

    New Orleans celebrated Oktoberfest a bit early this year. NOLA on Tap, the largest beer fest in Louisiana, returned to the city for its 10th year of hop-filled fun, September parties. The festival featured a stacked lineup of music, more than 400 craft beers from around the country, great food, carnival games, prizes, and so much more. It's a great place to learn about the craft brewing scene in New Orleans, and sample unique flavors brewed from coast to coast. Our REALTORS® love local events, and we've recapped NOLA on Tap in 2019 and what you can expect for next year.

    Date/Time: September 21, 2019 

    Location: New Orleans City Park Festival Grounds – 4 Friedrichs Ave., New Orleans, LA 70124

    • Sample the Best Craft Brews and Fantastic Food at NOLA on Tap
      NOLA on Tap offered the perfect place for locals to explore craft beers from around the country, with more than 400 local and national brews available on-site. Attendees got to sample the best that NOLA has to offer, from home-brewed creations to products from local craft breweries. There were also many local food vendors serving up all of your favorites, and a few dishes new to the festival.
    • A Full Lineup of Live Music 
      Beer? Check. Great food? Check. Now, all that's left is dancing! There was plenty of live music to enjoy all day long. Shows were all free with admission to the festival and took place on outdoor stages. Performances included local and national artists throughout the day.
    • Fun Festival Games and Prizes
      Attendees had the opportunity to participate in fun festival games and win some great prizes. There were also a variety of competitions during the festival, where you could win some new gear to take home.
    • Explore the New Orleans City Park Festival Grounds
      New Orleans homes for sale make it easy to visit a variety of excellent local parks, and the New Orleans Park Festival Grounds are a great example of why that's the case. This large, open park is the perfect place for big festivals, with beautiful, tree-lined fields and tons of space for NOLA's biggest parties. Events like NOLA on Tap are part of what makes life in the city so special, and they wouldn't be possible without an amazing city park system.
    • NOLA on Tap Is a Dog-Friendly Festival
      This event was a completely dog-friendly festival, and you'll find plenty of friendly pups hanging with their owners around festival grounds. Dogs could even participate in the Barktoberfest competition at NOLA on Tap. Proceeds from the festival benefited the Louisiana SPCA, so this is an animal-friendly event all around.

    Fun festivals and delicious drinks are simply part of life in New Orleans, and now is the perfect time to shop for a home in the city. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans, LA, area.


    Fall Events Around Baton Rouge 2019

    Baton Rouge Fall Festivals

    Welcome fall in Baton Rouge with your friends and family at one of these annual Halloween events. Our REALTORS® love perusing pumpkin patches, hanging out on hayrides, meandering through corn mazes and savoring the splendor that autumn brings. Cooler months in Baton Rouge are a wonderful time of the year to enjoy outdoor fun and festivities. If you'd like to celebrate the harvest season with us, we invite you to attend one of these Halloween events around Baton Rouge.

    1. LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens Corn Maze & Pumpkin Decorating — 4560 Essen Ln., Baton Rouge, LA 70809 | Oct 5, 12, 19, 26 | Special Night Maze on Oct 26
      Looking for the perfect place to pick and decorate a pumpkin? Head over to the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens and have an afternoon of family-friendly fun. They've got pumpkins for decorating, farm animals for petting, corn mazes, zip-lines, hayrides and much more!
    2. Pumpkin Pi 3.14 Mile Race & Tough Pumpkin Challenge — 305 South River Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70802 | Oct 19
      Think you're a tough pumpkin? The Pumpkin Pi 3.14 Race and Tough Pumpkin Challenge is unlike any other 5K you've done before. Not only is it 200 feet longer than a normal 5K, but you're also challenged to complete the run while carrying a pumpkin! Race passed the best Baton Rouge homes for sale and see if you're truly the toughest pumpkin in town! Additional prizes will be awarded for the runner wearing the best costume.
    3. Boo at the Zoo — 3601 Thomas Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70807 | Oct 19, 20, 26 & 27
      Are you ready for a scary good time at the zoo? Grab the kiddos and go to BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo during the final two weekends of October for a treat without the trick. The Enchanted Swamp in the Otter Cabin takes you on a magical walk around the boardwalks. A not-so-scary Hay Maze challenges you to find your way through while the EdZooCation Station will host a hands-on animal extravaganza.
    4. Haints, Haunts and Halloween at LSU Rural Life Museum and Windrush Gardens — 4600 Essen Ln., Baton Rouge, LA 70809 | Oct 27
      Return to your roots at the LSU Rural Life Museum for their Haints, Haunts and Halloween event. This short afternoon old-fashioned country fair will host plenty of fun for the whole family. Kids can trick or treat around the property, enjoy storytime, and play exciting games.
    5. Zombie Pub Crawl Through Downtown — 275 S River Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70802 | Oct 18
      Adults looking for spooky fun that involves spirits of a certain kind will love the Zombie Pub Crawl through downtown Baton Rouge. Join a horde of your undead neighbors, friends, and family members as you scour the streets looking for brains and booze. For a small fee, you can even have zombie makeup applied to your face an hour before event check-in.
    6. 7th Annual Ghostly Gala — Capitol City Event Center, 6955 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70806 | Oct 25
      Prepare yourself for Baton Rouge's most creative night of wicked fun! The annual Ghostly Gala returns to give you a hauntingly good time! Wear your costume and bring your food or beverage for a night of excitement. There will be a costume and table decorating contest, blacklight dance party, palm reader, silent auction, raffle, grab bags and door prizes, and plenty of fun games for adults only! Proceeds from the Gala benefit children throughout the community.

    Looking for the best Baton Rouge homes for sale where you're only footsteps away from the best Halloween events in the city? Contact us today, and we'll help you with your search!


    Fall Festival Season Around Lafayette

    Lafayette Fall Festivals

    Autumn is around the corner, and our REALTORS® are excited for the return of the fall festival season! Throughout the Lafayette area, our towns come alive with festive food and fun to celebrate the harvest season. We invite you to come and join us at one of our fall festivals around the community.

    1. Great Painted Pumpkin Festival — Parc International 200 Garfield Street Lafayette, LA 70501 Saturday, October 12
      Head Downtown at 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 12 for Van Eaton & Romero's first Great Painted Pumpkin Festival. It's fun for all and all for fun! If you want to enter the competition, register on If you just want to join the fun and celebrate the painted pumpkins that your friends and neighbors create, head down to the Parc International area in Downtown Lafayette and see all the fantastic designs!  

    2. Louisiana Cattle Festival & Fair — 2901 Rodeo Rd., Abbeville, LA 70510 | Oct 10-13
      Eight-time winner of the Fair of the Year award, the Louisiana Cattle Festival & Fair is a barnful of fun! Taking place at its new location, The Red Barn, you can immerse yourself in Cajun culture and party until the cows come home! View the livestock show, eat delicious beef, and have a blast with all of the fun games and rides! The best part about it--all this is happening just around the corner from Abbeville homes for sale

    3. 21st Annual Franklin Merchants Association Harvest Moon Festival — 300 Iberia St., Franklin, LA 70538 | Oct 26
      The annual Harvest Moon Festival takes place throughout Main Street in Franklin each year. An easy walk from Franklin homes for sale, this event features live music, activities for kids and a classic car show. The Harvest Moon Festival was created to celebrate the local merchants of Franklin and this year they'll be offering special discounts and promotions throughout the event! Stop down and start your holiday shopping early while supporting Franklin's local business owners!

    4. Blackpot Festival & Cookoff — 300 Fisher Rd., Lafayette, LA 70508 | Oct 25-26
      For over a decade, the Vermilionville Historic Village has hosted the delicious Blackpot Festival & Cookoff to celebrate the music, food, and culture of Southwest Louisiana. This two-day event features a mouth-watering cookoff where cooks of all skill levels compete for bragging rights by serving up their best gumbo, cracklins, jambalaya, and gravies. Be sure to buy a ticket or go all-out and camp the entire week at Lakeview Park & Beach to celebrate Blackpot Festival in style!

    5. Holy Ghost Creole Festival Bazaar — 788 North Union St., Opelousas, LA 70570 | Nov 1-3
      The Holy Ghost Creole Festival Bazaar is the tastiest way to celebrate Creole culture this fall! Taking place at the Holy Ghost Catholic Church, this weekend event features live music, a Creole heritage parade, and plates on plates of mouth-watering food. Be sure not to pass up some of their famous sweet dough pies! You'll find this fall fun near Opelousas homes for sale.

    6. Festivals Acadiens et Creoles — 500 Girard Park Dr., Lafayette, LA 70503 | Oct 10-13
      The annual Festivals Acadiens et Creoles has a long and proud history in the city. Taking place at Girard Park across from the best Lafayette homes for sale, this event is a beautiful blend of culture, food, and music that celebrates Cajun and Creole lifestyles. The Louisiana Craft Fair also takes place at this festival, offering you a full weekend up festivities and fun!

    7. Bayou Round Up — 2330 Johnston St. Lafayette, LA 70503 | Oct 18-19
      Hot rods, vintage cars, live music and delicious food — the Bayou Round Up is celebrating its 5th year in style. Held outside of the Blackham Coliseum, this event brings big fun to the bayou that you do not want to miss!

    8. Boudin Cook-Off — 201 E. Vermilion St., Lafayette, LA 70501 | Oct 19
      The premiere boudin event in the state, the Boudin Cook-Off is held in downtown Lafayette in the Parc International. This year, the Acadiana Bacon Fest joins the cook-off for a full day of food and family-friendly fun! Sign up for the boudin ball eating contest or sample the best bacon and boudin from around the state!

    Looking for a great place to call home in Lafayette? Contact us today, and we'll show you all of the Lafayette homes for sale in the area! 


    2019 Southern Decadence Festival

    Southern Decadence
    Every year on Labor Day weekend, New Orleans shows its pride with one of the biggest parties on the planet. The Southern Decadence Festival is the largest annual LGBTQ event in the city, with a fantastic weekend of events for all to enjoy. There will be dancing, drinks, live music, and great times all weekend long, with tons of parties at popular LGBTQ spots throughout the city. The Southern Decadence Parade, which takes place on Sunday afternoon, is the keystone event, and it's one party you definitely won't want to miss. Our REALTORS® have all the details on what to expect from the Southern Decadence Festival in 2019.

    Location: The French Quarter, New Orleans
    Date/Time: Thursday, August 29 through Sunday, September 2, 2019
    Admission: Free Events on the Street – Weekend Passes Available for Nightly Parties Indoors

    • The History of the Southern Decadence Festival
      The Southern Decadence Festival has become one of the city's biggest, best-known events, and it started from humble beginnings. In 1972, a group of friends living just outside the French Quarter organized a costumed going-away party for a member of their group. There were 40 or 50 people at the first event, and it was a huge hit. Over time, the festival became more organized and attracted a larger audience. Today, it's the biggest gay party in New Orleans and an event that's known around the world.

    • Free Events on the Street
      Put on your most decadent costume and head for the streets to enjoy a weekend of fun with friends new and old. Most of the festival takes place on the streets of the French Quarter and is free to attend. There will be food, drink, live music, dancing, and much more all weekend long. Saturday evening features a free outdoor concert on Bourbon Street, with Deborah Cox, Jennifer Holliday, and Jeanie Tracy all taking the stage.

    • Nightlife at Southern Decadence
      This is NOLA, so you won't be surprised to learn that Southern Decadence is an around-the-clock party. Head from the streets to the most popular nightlife spots in the French Quarter for a weekend of unforgettable events. Dance the night away, enjoy your favorite drinks, participate in truly unique contests, listen to sets from the best local DJs, and enjoy special guest DJs from around the world.

    • The Southern Decadence Parade
      While the whole weekend is one big party, there's no doubt that the Southern Decadence Parade is one of the biggest highlights of the festival. Don your decadent gear and head to the starting point at the Golden Lantern. The parade is lead by Grand Marshalls, who may follow the planned route but have been known to take a few detours. This decadent, fun-filled parade is a fantastic event, whether you're watching from the streets or participating in the parade yourself.

    • A Full Weekend of Fun
      New Orleans homes for sale make it easy to enjoy every minute of the festival. The fun at Southern Decadence starts on Thursday at midnight with the Welcome Party and continues throughout the weekend. While most of the festivities are free, there are some paid events at local nightlife spots during the evenings. You can pick up tickets to individual events, or grab a Weekend Pass to ensure that you won't miss a thing.

    The Southern Decadence Festival is one of the biggest parties in New Orleans every year, and a fantastic example of the inclusivity and community that all residents of the city enjoy. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans, LA area.


    6 Places to Celebrate with Your Friends in Baton Rouge

    Baton Rouge Places to Hangout
    "Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends leave footprints in your heart." ~ Eleanor Rosevelt

    August 1st is National Girlfriends' Day, and it's the perfect time to celebrate that special relationship you share with your best friends. Our girlfriends are always there for us through thick and thin, and there's no better way to show them how much you care than by planning a day filled with fun adventures in Baton Rouge. 

    Whether you're in the area searching for Baton Rouge homes for sale or you've made your way here for a weekend getaway, there's no shortage of great things for you and your friends to do together. From the moment you wake up until it's time for bed, our REALTORS® have planned out the perfect day for you!  

    1. Brunch at Juban's Creole Restaurant: 3739 Perkins Rd. Baton Rouge, LA 70808
      Nothing says "Girl's Day" like bottomless brunch, and Juban's Creole Restaurant is the place to do it! Their brunch menu features plenty of decadent seafood options, unlimited Champagne, Mimosas & Bellinis, and great drink specials. You'll need plenty of energy to get you through the day, so go ahead and indulge.

    2. Paddleboarding at Muddy Water Paddle Company: 4355 Perkins Rd Baton Rouge, LA 70808
      Once you and your girlfriends are fueled up, it's time for some adventure! Head on over to Muddy Water Paddle Company for a paddleboard lesson or book a party and enjoy a day on the water. Whether you're experienced paddleboarders or absolute beginners, this is guaranteed to be an adventure you won't soon forget. 

    3. Tour and Rum Tasting at Three Roll Estate: 760 St. Philip Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
      After playing on the water, you'll definitely be ready for something a bit more low-key. A tour and rum tasting at Three Roll Estate is a great way to unwind while enjoying another unique experience.

      Learn how the spirits make their journey from the sugar cane farm to the distillery and into your glass. Tours last 45 minutes and end in the tasting room where you'll get to try some of the distillery's premium rums. 
    1. Relaxing Massage at Healthcare Gallery and Wellness Spa: 3488 Brentwood Dr. Suites 102 & 103 Baton Rouge, LA 70809
      Part art gallery and part wellness spa, Healthcare Gallery is the perfect spot for you and your girlfriends to rejuvenate before your night out. Book yourselves some aromatherapy relaxation massages to help ease muscle tension and leave you feeling great. 

    2. Dinner at Tsunami:100 Lafayette Street, 6th Floor, Baton Rouge, LA 70801
      Since you're celebrating a special day, you don't want to slack on your dinner plans. Tsunami restaurant will give you the memorable experience you're looking for.

      Located on the rooftop terrace overlooking the Mississippi River, the only thing better than this restaurant's view is the food. The menu includes a huge selection of sushi as well as steaks, dinner entrees, and, of course, sake. 
    1. Nightcaps at Olive or Twist: 2122 Perkins Palm Ave. Suite A Baton Rouge, LA 70808
      There's one more stop you need to make before you call it a night. That's because you won't want to miss out on the awesome atmosphere and unique drink options at Olive or Twist. Choose from a huge selection of spirits, order a specialty cocktail from the menu, or play "cocktail roulette" by choosing from a list of options and letting your bartender create a unique surprise. Trust us when we say this is the perfect ending to your unforgettable girl's day. 

    Once you've spent some time exploring Baton Rouge with your besties, you'll quickly see why so many people love living here. Are you ready to start looking for your dream home in Baton Rouge? Contact us today to get started. 


    Satchmo SummerFest Celebrates New Orleans Native Louis Armstrong

    Louis ArmstrongSummerFest Takes Place August 2 - 4

    In a city with more than its share of local legends, there's no doubt that Louis Daniel Armstrong – aka Satchmo – owns a special place in New Orleans history. Louis Armstrong was one of the most influential people in the history of jazz, as a trumpeter, composer, and dynamic live performer. That's why every year in the heart of summer New Orleans honors Armstrong's many cultural contributions with Satchmo SummerFest, one of the most anticipated events of the year. Our REALTORS® are ready to celebrate Satchmo, and we've got all the info you need to enjoy Satchmo SummerFest this year.

    The Event: Satchmo SummerFest
    Dates: August 2 – 4, 2019
    Location: New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Mint – 400 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA 70116

    • Three Days of Live Music
      New Orleans homes for sale make it easy to enjoy live music anytime, but even by NOLA standards, Satchmo SummerFest features a ton of great music. The festival includes three packed days of live music, from local, national, and international artists. Performances start around noon each day and last well into the evening. There will be three stages open throughout the festival, so you can stake out all of the action at one stage or bounce around to catch your favorite artists.

    • Fantastic Food and Delicious Drinks at Satchmo SummerFest
      Spending the day exploring, dancing, and singing along is sure to help you work up an appetite, and you won't have to go far to sample some great local cuisine. Satchmo SummerFest features food from some of the most popular spots in the city, with Cajun cooking, comfort food, and so much more. Of course, there will also be plenty of drinks to enjoy, including cocktails, wine, and beer from some of the biggest names in New Orleans.

    • Family Fun at Pop's Playhouse
      Satchmo SummerFest is designed to be an event that the whole family can enjoy, and Pop's Playhouse is the perfect place to keep younger members of the crowd entertained. At Pop's Playhouse, families will find opportunities to create art, experiment with musical instruments, participate in STEM activities, create decorations, and learn more about the legacy of Louis Armstrong. If you're looking for Pop's Playhouse, head to the second floor of the Jazz Museum throughout Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

    • Satchmo Salute Second Line Parade
      It wouldn't be a Satchmo celebration without a proper second line parade, and the Satchmo Salute Second Line Parade is always one of the highlights of SummerFest. Experience a true New Orleans tradition, starting with a Jazz Mass at St. Augustine Catholic Church. The parade starts after the mass, proceeding from the church to Armstrong Park, before heading toward the festival. Walk the route with your favorite crew, or pick the perfect spot to watch the parade go by.

    • History and Learning at the Satchmo Legacy Stage
      While music, drinks, and dancing are always a priority at Satchmo SummerFest, learning is never far behind. At the Satchmo Legacy Stage, you'll have the chance to learn from some of the most prominent Louis Armstrong scholar in the world. The stage features three full days of discussions on a wide range of topics, including Satchmo's influences, roots, music, and history as a composer.

    Still searching for a home that allows you to enjoy all of the unique history, culture, and music of New Orleans? Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans, LA area.  Our team is here to help.


    What to Do When It's Jam-Packed with Junk

    Lafayette Donation Centers

    5 Area Donation Centers to Visit on National Give Something Away Day

    In early 2019, Marie Kondo's Netflix series about "tidying up" went viral and sparked a nationwide decluttering trend. In the spirit of KonMari, celebrate National Give Something Away Day on July 15 by finding a new home for unwanted items at one of these donation centers around Lafayette suggested by our REALTORS®.

    1. ARC of Acadiana Thrift Store - 710 S. Union St., Opelousas, LA 70570
      Donations to ARC of Acadiana Thrift Store, located not far from Opelousas homes for sale, provide a two-fold benefit. Proceeds support ARC's mission to improve quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities, and the store itself provides a place for ARC's clients to learn valuable work skills. Hours are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. every day but Sunday.

    2. Chez Hope - 801 Main St., Franklin, LA 70538
      Chez Hope offers shelter and support services to victims of domestic violence. The organization, founded in 1982, also operates an outreach program to raise public awareness and promote social change. Items needed at Chez Hope include new and used linens, full-size bath, beauty and hair care products, feminine hygiene supplies, trash bags, and disposable tableware. Make an appointment to drop off your donation during a break from viewing Franklin homes for sale

    3. Goodwill Industries - 1811 Rees St., Breaux Bridge, LA 70515
      Over the years, Goodwill Industries has helped so many individuals and families that it ranks in the top five in the most recent Brand World Value Index, which identifies brands that inspire consumers with their mission. The organization has a local donation center and retail store just minutes away from Breaux Bridge homes for sale that accepts clothing and household goods in usable condition. 

    4. Vermilion ARC Resale Clothing Store - 104 N. St. Charles St., Abbeville, LA 70510
      Kids grow out of clothes so quickly they're often barely worn. Recycle wearable items by taking them to the Vermilion ARC Resale Clothing Store. Proceeds from all sales fund ARC's work with developmentally disabled individuals. Hours are 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, making it convenient to stop by while touring Abbeville homes for sale

    5. Habitat for Humanity ReStore - 3123-1/2 Johnston St., Lafayette, LA 70503
      Homeownership provides a valuable feeling of self-sufficiency, and Habitat for Humanity makes the dream attainable for individuals and families in need. Habitat for Humanity ReStore, close to Lafayette homes for sale, funds the organization's mission through sales of donated building materials, furniture, and selected housewares. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. If you're pressed for time or items are too bulky to move, contact the store to schedule a pick-up.

    Whether you're buying or selling a home, our friendly and professional REALTORS® can help streamline the process. Contact us to learn more.


    5 Acadiana Picnic Spots Lafayette Locals Love

    Picnic Spots in LafayetteNothing says summer like a picnic. July is National Picnic month, so what better time pack a basket and head outdoors to exceptional Acadiana picnic spots.

    Whether you're looking for a place to take a quick break, planning a romantic afternoon out, or want to get together with family and friends, fun times are sure to be had! Lafayette homes for sale are right near some of the best picnic spots in our city. So take the opportunity to get to know your new neighborhood, enjoy a meal and summer fun at these prime locales.

    1. Girard Park, 500 Girard Park Dr. Lafayette, LA 70503
      Girard Park is one of the most well-known and popular picnic spots in town. There's plenty of covered picnic areas as well as wide open spaces to put down a blanket and enjoy the scenery. Girard Park has no shortage of scenic regions either, with a bridge, pond, fountains, ducks, fishing and a hiking trail.
    2. Veteran's Park, 200 Feu Follet Rd., Lafayette, LA 70508
      In addition to the Veteran's memorial, the small, quiet, and pleasant Veteran's Park has covered picnic tables, grills, benches overlooking the pond, and a fishing pier. There's plenty of wildlife to watch and a small play area to make your afternoon picnic with the kids complete.  
    3. Parc Sans Souci, 201 E. Vermilion St., Lafayette, LA 70501
      If you'd prefer a more urban setting for your picnic Parc Sans Souci is right in the heart of downtown. It's family friendly with plenty of benches, a few grassy areas, a fountain, and splash pad for the kids.
    4. Acadiana Park, 1005 E. Alexander St., Lafayette, LA 70501
      There is something for everyone at Acadiana Park. There are nature, hiking and biking trails, boat dock, and plenty of nature's best scenery to make your picnic relaxing. With a nature station and plenty of open spaces and sport's fields, you could make a picnic just part of your fun-filled day.
    5. Beaullieu Park, 410 W. Bluebird Dr., Lafayette, LA 70508
      Beaullieu Park has plenty of open spaces and shady areas great for picnicking and beating the summer heat. If your furry friend is a constant companion, you'll appreciate the dog park too.

    A picnic with family, friends, and neighbors is always a pleasant way to enjoy the outdoors and the summer. Our REALTORS® can help you find the perfect Lafayette home to fit your lifestyle. Contact us to get started.


    4th of July in New Orleans

    New Orleans July

    Our real estate agents are looking forward to July 4th.  Are you?

    When you explore New Orleans homes for sale, you get an unexpected perk: A front row seat to some of the best Independence Day festivities anywhere in the United States.

    NOLA locals know how to throw a party, and July 4th is one of the biggest there is. You can expect food, fun, and ... of course ... spectacular fireworks.

    Check out these amazing things to do on July 4th weekend in New Orleans:

    1. Essence Festival – 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive, New Orleans, LA 70112
      On the 25th anniversary of the Essence Festival, you'll have the chance to enjoy some of the hottest musical acts around, all right from the comfort of the legendary Mercedes-Benz Superdome. New acts hit the main stage each day of July 4th weekend, including Missy Elliott, Mary J. Blige, and Maze, featuring Frankie Beverly. It will be truly unforgettable!
    2. Happy 3rd of July at City Park – 1 Palm Drive, New Orleans, LA 70124
      Sprawling out on the Goldring/Woldenberg Great Lawn is the Happy 3rd of July, the warm-up act for July 4th. This free event will wow you with the Marine Corps Band New Orleans playing the 1812 Overture, America the Beautiful, and many more. There'll be concessions available and plenty of fun giveaways. It all starts at 7 p.m., with fireworks kicking off at 9.
    3. Firework Photography Workshop – 4514 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
      Have you ever wondered how photographers manage to take the most beautiful night shots of exploding fireworks? Firework Photography Workshop will teach you all the insider tips and tricks. Not only will you learn exactly how to photograph fireworks, but you'll also practice your skills in a VIP viewing area from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on July 4th.
    4. Go Fourth on the River – 1 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
      The premier annual 4th of July fireworks display in and around NOLA is Go Fourth on the River. Fireworks will be shining in the night sky from 9 p.m. on both sides of the majestic Mississippi River. There's no fee to view all the action from anywhere throughout the riverside. A medley of patriotic songs will be playing, aided by the event's custom smartphone app.
    5. 4th of July Celebration Cruise – The Mississippi River
      If you want to make your 4th of July truly unique, consider joining the 4th of July Celebration Cruise aboard the paddle-wheeler Creole Queen! There's no better seat in the house for the famed "dueling barges" fireworks show than right out on the water. As a guest, you'll enjoy a buffet, live entertainment, and an open call bar. The views simply cannot be beaten.

    You'll have plenty to celebrate when you make your big move to New Orleans. Our team will simplify the process thanks to our years of New Orleans real estate expertise and responsive customer service. By next July 4th, you could be celebrating in style from the Big Easy.

    It all starts with a single call or click.

    Contact us to find out more. We look forward to helping you soon.


    Live Music Venues in Baton Rouge

    Baton Rouge Music VenueOne of the best things about choosing from Baton Rouge homes for sale is knowing that you'll be living in one of the music capitals of the south.

    Baton Rouge is the stomping grounds of top musicians from a number of genres. Ranging from hip hop to Dixieland to blues to country, you can find just about everything in Baton Rouge.

    Our REALTORS® love to introduce clients to the music scene here. On any given afternoon or evening, you can choose from a wide range of live music venues. They run the gamut all the way from the biggest auditoriums to cozy local bars where karaoke night is always on tap.

    Let's look at some of the best places to catch live music throughout Baton Rouge:

    1. Texas Club – 456 North Donmoor Ave, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
      Texas Club bills itself as the premier live music venue in Baton Rouge. That's a big claim, but it makes a strong case with its spacious, comfortable surroundings and a long history of some of the nation's top acts. Such stars as Garth Brooks, George Strait, Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton, and Jason Aldean have been in attendance, not to mention rockers like Styx and Kansas.
    2. Varsity Theatre – 3353 Highland Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
      The Varsity Theatre is always hopping with a full roster of live music almost every single day. Top national acts are attracted on a regular basis, and it's known to be one of the bigger and better venues for music fans who like to party with the energy of a whole crowd. Upcoming acts include Astronomy on Tap, Issues, Jaryd Lane, Loudness War, and Citizen Cope.
    3. Red Dragon Listening Room – 2401 Florida Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
      The Red Dragon Listening Room is the place to go when you want a laid back and intimate atmosphere for your listening pleasure. You won't sacrifice comfort – most of the seating is on plush sofas – yet the acoustics are top notch. The Red Dragon welcomes a mix of national acts and local up and comers who are defining their genres for the next generation.
    4. Henry Turner Jr's Listening Room – 2733 North Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
      Henry Turner Jr's Listening Room is a venue that has been dedicated to introducing the people of Baton Rouge to fresh new musical talent. Established in 2014, it is now open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday every week. Local, regional, and national touring acts have dropped by, all of them closing with a headline performance by Henry Turner Jr. and Flavor. Admission is always just $10!
    5. MidCity Ballroom – 136 South Acadian Thruway, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
      The MidCity Ballroom is one of the hottest venues in Baton Rouge and took on the overflow acts from a popular bar, The Spanish Moon when it closed for renovations. Even though it's only been around since 2017, it has made a big splash thanks to its combination of live music, lessons, and unbeatable atmosphere. Shows average about one or two each week, but they're worth the wait.

    Ready to rock out in Baton Rouge? Contact us to learn about the local real estate opportunities!


    Best Catfish Restaurants Around Baton Rouge

    Catfish Baton Rouge

    Our REALTORS® love a good catfish fry-up ... and we think you will, too!

    June 25 is National Catfish Day, and there's no better place to celebrate it than right here in the middle of all the action, Baton Rouge. Baton Rouge is the epicenter of Cajun cooking, and there are few bigger stars in that culinary tradition than the catfish.

    Not surprisingly, you'll find that the streets of Baton Rouge are dotted with famous catfish restaurants. Today, we'll help you pick out some of the very best.

    If you want to experience true flavor, check out these Baton Rouge restaurants featuring catfish on their menus:

    1. Parrain's Seafood Restaurant – 3225 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
      Parrain's Seafood Restaurant has been serving up mouth-watering seafood selections since all the way back in 2001. Specialties include the catfish perdu: Catfish fillets served with shrimp and crawfish etouffee on a bed of rice. You can also have catfish as one of the fried platters, in a standard or thin-sliced form. Whole fried catfish is also available.
    2. Drusilla Seafood Restaurant – 3482 Drusilla Lane D, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
      Drusilla Seafood Restaurant is where to go for the classic Cajun-fried catfish fillets, in both adult and kids' menu form. You can complement your dinner with your choice of fried oysters or fried shrimp. Several of the house specialties also come with catfish, including the "Taste of Louisiana" platter: Delectable shrimp au gratin, fried popcorn shrimp, and more.
    3. Crawford's Restaurant – 1980 Staring Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70810
      Crawford's Restaurant – that's Crawford, not crawdad – is the one and only home of the infamous c-fish. What makes it so unique? It's fried "the Ken Sr. way," and has attracted a bevy of five-star reviews from locals and visitors alike. In addition to the catfish plate, you can also enjoy Crawford's catfish po'boy, easily one of the best seafood dishes in town.
    4. Dempsey's – 13580 Coursey Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA 70817
      Dempsey's prides itself on authentic Louisiana cooking. Jambalaya with fried catfish is right there on the weekly specials menu (it's the headliner for Monday), so you know it's got to be good. Other specials include Cajun meatloaf, chicken-fried steak, and ... once again, on Friday, jambalaya with fried catfish. Go get some!
    5. George's Southside – 8905 Highland Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70810
      George's Southside will tempt your taste buds with catfish dishes whipped up by "the original" South Baton Rouge catfish restaurant. Known as the first on the internet in Baton Rouge (dating all the way back to 1996), George's has a fun and friendly atmosphere nobody else can match. It's open seven days a week, and you can even get a souvenir bumper sticker on request.

    Catfish isn't the only thing unique about Baton Rouge. With sage advice from an expert real estate agent, you can tap into all Baton Rouge's great real estate opportunities. No matter your budget, style, or timeline, our team supports you with reliable knowledge and attentive customer service. It has never been easier to find Baton Rouge homes for sale that are right for you ... and get to closing the easy way.

    Contact us to find out more today. We look forward to meeting you.


    Spending a Saturday in Lafayette

    Spend Saturday Lafayette
    Whether you're interested in food, culture, nightlife or family fun, there's nothing quite like spending a Saturday in Lafayette. The city's deep, diverse roots, fascinating history, beautiful outdoor spaces, and legendary dining spots provide something for every taste. Lafayette is a warm, welcoming place whether you're a long-time resident or newcomer to the city. Our REALTORS® are here to help you experience the city, with our guide to spending a Saturday in Lafayette.

    1. Brunch at Prejeans – 3480 NE Evangeline Thrwy, Lafayette 70507
      Start your Saturday with a trip to Prejeans, one of Lafayette's most acclaimed dining spots, for a classic Cajun brunch. Prejeans has been a popular spot for decades, earning awards for its creative dishes while serving everyone from local families to international dignitaries. The menu draws heavily from French and Cajun cultures, with a delightful list of desserts to enjoy after a delicious, filling brunch.
    2. Living History at Vermilionville – 300 Fisher Rd., Lafayette 70508
      With a full stomach from a great brunch, you'll be ready to start seeing the sights. Begin your tour with a trip to Vermilionville, a living history museum where you can experience the language, music, dance, culture, and everyday life of the unique cultures that created the city we all enjoy today.
    3. Downtown Museums on Jefferson Street – Jefferson St., Lafayette 70501
      Craving more info on the unique culture, art, and history of Lafayette? Head from Vermilionville to Lafayette's dynamic downtown, where you'll find a collection of museums geared toward every age and interest. Popular museums downtown include the Acadiana Center for the Arts, the historic Alexander Mouton House, the Lafayette Science Museum, and the Children's Museum of Acadiana.
    4. Stop at the Lafayette Sign – 201 E Vermilion St., Lafayette 70501
      While you're hanging out downtown, be sure to make a stop at the famed L-a-f-a-y-e-t-t-e sign, where you can take a photo to commemorate your Saturday in the city. There is no "y" in the actual sign, but that's where you come in.
    5. Lafayette Jockey Lot Flea Market – 3100 NW Evangeline Thrwy, Lafayette 70507
      Looking for a great souvenir from your Saturday in Lafayette, or shopping for Lafayette homes for sale and searching for the perfect decorations for your future home? Make time on your Saturday to visit the Jockey Lot Flea Market, a huge, family-friendly market with great deals on unique items that you won't find anywhere else.
    6. Dinner at Dat Dog – 201 Jefferson St., Lafayette 70501
      With a full day of fun, you're probably starting to feel pretty hungry once more. Why not enjoy a quick, casual, and delicious meal at Dat Dog? Customize your own hot dog from a dizzying list of options, and enjoy a true Lafayette treat. Dat Dog serves nearly every type of sausage you can imagine, including vegan options.
    7. Music and Drinks at Artmosphere – 902 Johnston St., Lafayette 70501
      Cap off your busy Saturday with a trip to the Artmosphere bistro, for great drinks, delicious snacks, and live local music. Of course, Artmosphere is also one of the best places in the city to enjoy some dancing, with a welcoming local crowd.

    Enjoying all that Lafayette has to offer is so much easier when you have a home in the city, and our team is here to help you find the perfect fit. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Lafayette, LA area.


    6 Spots for Boiled Crawfish in New Orleans

    New Orleans Crawfish
    Down in Louisiana, we love our crawfish.  Some folks love their crawfish baked.  Others prefer it prepared in an etouffee.  However, if you ask any native Louisianian, they may tell you there is no other way to eat this crunchy crustacean than from a good, old-fashioned crawfish boil.  There are too many crawfish spots in our city to name them all, so our real estate agents compiled this list of six eateries in the Crescent City to dine on this local delicacy.

    1. Bevi Seafood, Mid City, New Orleans, 236 N. Carrollton Ave.
      Some of the best places to get a good crawfish boil are seafood companies like Bevi. They know good crawfish and start with that as the base of their boil. Bevi adds crabs, oysters, and shrimp to their boils, so you get extra ocean goodness.  Along with seriously good crawfish, you can also get authentic Po-boys, softshell crabs, and fried green tomatoes.  
    2. Grand Isle Restaurant, Warehouse District, 575 Convention Ctr Blvd.
      Calling itself a "fancy fishing camp," Grand Isle Restaurant offers fresh out of the Gulf seafood in its boils, oyster specials, and redfish on the half shell. Grab a chair on the patio, Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and enjoy half-price drink specials and 75 cent oysters on the half shell.  
    3. Deanie's Seafood, French Quarter, 841 Iberville Street
      Casual in the atmosphere, but elite in taste, Deanies has been recognized as one of NOLA's top seafood restaurants. Here their crawfish also comes in an etouffee', on a pizza, or in a silky, smooth bisque. This is a wonderful place to sit outside in their traditional Vieux Carre courtyard, enjoy a warm night, and hot seafood.  
    4. Mid City Yacht Club, Mid City, 440 S. St Patrick Street
      Since seafood and beer go together like shrimp and grits, a classic bar with great food can be just the right way to suck the heads and pinch the tail. Mid City Yacht Club got its start as a bar in the back of a grocery store and gained its current personality and owners just after Hurricane Katrina. Its owners bought the flooded establishment just after the hurricane and used wood from their own damaged house to rebuild. Now, it's a great place to gather some friends, order a pitcher, and dig into plates of steaming, oh so fresh seafood.  
    5. Captain Sal's Seafood and Chicken, Bywater District - 3168 St. Claude Avenue
      Just like good barbeque, some of the best seafood comes from less than fancy buildings. Captain Sals won't bust your budget, but we can't promise it won't burst your belly. Serving up rich, buttery crawfish with spicy corn and potatoes, this place makes sure the Creole and Cajun heritage shines through. You can also get gumbo, jambalaya, fried seafood, and in a twist, Chinese food. 
    6. BOIL Seafood House, Garden District - 3340 Magazine Street
      Started by a family of Louisana fishermen, BOIL Seafood House offers buckets, literal buckets, of seafood in a variety of flavors and spice levels. Like your crawfish Cajun style with a medium heat level? No problem; BOIL has you covered. In addition, they step away from traditional seafood house fare with their Asian inspired chargrilled oysters, Tuna Tataki, and Vietnamese Shrimp Cake.  

    If you are looking for New Orleans homes for sale, don't forget to investigate the neighborhood seafood options. Contact us to help you find a home that fits you as well as crawfish fits a boil.


    Living in Lafayette - Outdoors Adventures in Cajun Country

    Lafayette Outdoors

    When the sun is shining, birds are singing, and fish are biting, you'll find few better places to spend time outdoors than Lafayette. From swamp tours to fishing, paddling, and live sports, there's something for everyone around Lafayette. The area is filled with natural sites and wildlife, with a tradition of exploration that dates back centuries. Explore the wilderness with the help of knowledgeable, local guides, or plan your own adventure at one of many vibrant parks in the area. Our real estate agents are here to help you plan your next outdoor excursion, with a guide to six fun, family-friendly outdoor adventures in the Lafayette, LA area.

    1. Couret's Swamp Tours – Interstate 10 Exit 121, Butte La Rose 70517
      Lafayette is surrounded with natural beauty, so sometimes it helps to have a local guide to explore unique spots. Couret's Swamp Tours is a third-generation, family-owned business offering tours of the Atchafalaya Basin area. Explore the best of Lafayette's outdoor scenery, with an expert guide at your side.
    2. Cajun X Cables – 2211 Mills St., Lafayette 70507
      Interested in trying your hand at wakeboarding, but don't have a boat? No problem! Cajun X Cables is a full-size cable wake park, where you can spend time on a wakeboard or kneeboard without ever needing a boat. You can bring your gear, or rent from the helpful staff at the park.
    3. Lamson Park – 194 Cajundome Blvd., Lafayette 70506
      Lafayette homes for sale make it easy to reach a ton of great outdoor destinations, including Lamson Park, home of the Ragin' Cajuns. More specifically, Lamson Park is home to the Ragin' Cajuns softball team, a perennial powerhouse that routinely contends on the national level. The park has seen many renovations over the years. It is a favorite spot for residents to enjoy live sports, and witness some of the best young softball players in the world close to home.
    4. South Louisiana Redfishing Charters – 306 Beach Ln., Franklin 70538
      Looking for some fun on the water? The waterways around Lafayette are home to a wide variety of gamefish, including Redfish, Flounder, Speckled Trout, Drumfish, Sheepshead, and much more. South Louisiana Redfishing Charters makes it easy to find the best fishing spots locally, with help from an experienced guide. Schedule a half-day, ¾ day, or full-day trip, with all-inclusive prices that cover bait, equipment, tackle, and fuel.
    5. Pack & Paddle – 601 E Pinhook Rd., Lafayette 70501
      Established in 1974, Pack & Paddle has been Lafayette's one-stop shop for outdoor fun ever since. Shop for a kayak of your own, schedule a rental, and learn about local kayaking areas. Pack & Paddle also features gear for hiking and fishing, along with guides on the best spots in the area.
    6. Swamp Tours of Acadiana – 1321 Rookery Rd., Breaux Bridge 70517
      Located just minutes from Lafayette in Breaux Bridge, Swamp Tours of Acadiana offers laid-back tours, with boats that seat six or eight people. Explore local wildlife, and learn more about local natural sites from your guide. You can also schedule a private tour, geared toward bird-watching and photography.

    Still searching for the perfect home that allows you to enjoy all of the outdoor attractions around Lafayette? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Lafayette, LA area.


    10 Top Music Venues in New Orleans

    Music Venue New Orleans

    New Orleans' heartbeat is its music, whether it comes from the moan of a saxophone, the twang of a fiddle, or the intricate harmonies of a cool jazz band. If you love music and are searching for New Orleans homes for sale, you are sure to also be on the lookout for a fantastic music venue to spend your evenings. 

    Our REALTORS® have their short list of favorite music venues in New Orleans:

    1. The Spotted Cat Music Club, 623 Frenchmen St, New Orleans
      When you find yourself in the Faubourg Marigny District craving some great jazz, look no further than The Spotted Cat. A cash only, no cover charge venue, they host such bands as Shotgun Jazz Band, the Jumbo Shrimp Band, and Antoine Diel & The Misfit Power.
    2. Tipitina's, 501 Napolean Ave, New Orleans
      Starting as a small neighborhood joint, Tipitina's is dedicated to the music of Professor Henry Byrd, who curated a unique blend of Southern R & B, blues, and boogie-woogie, influencing many of New Orleans best-known musicians.
    3. Carousel Bar, Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St, New Orleans
      For an upscale night with a bit of whimsey, check out this local favorite in the Hotel Monteleone, where the bar actually revolves. Live music, small bites, and a plethora of craft cocktail choices make this a definite place to visit.
    4. Maple Leaf Bar, 8316 Oak St, New Orleans
      Longtime New Orleans bar and music venue, the Maple Leaf hosts national music acts along with up and coming local bands. While honoring its jazz beginnings, this iconic gathering spot features the music of all genres including R & B, funk, blues, and jam bands.
    5. Three Muses, 536 Frenchmen St, New Orleans
      As its name suggests, Three Muses offers what seems to be the muses of New Orleans: Music, food, and spirits. The small plate menu offers such temptations as lamb sliders, lobster lemongrass ragoons, and Italian baked mac and cheese. Mix that with some cool jazz notes, and you've got an evening to remember.
    6. Preservation Hall, 726 St. Peter St, New Orleans
      This historic hall offers fans of pure jazz a place to enjoy contemporary sounds while relishing in a bit of New Orleans music heritage. Shows run on the hour, and you can get reservations through their website.
    7. Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro, 626 Frenchmen St, New Orleans
      You can get great jazz every night at Snug Harbor, along with dinner and drink. Do you like your saxophone with a side of shrimp remoulade and a Bordeaux Blanc, or juicy ribeye and a hardy merlot?
    8. Mid City Lanes Rock 'n' Bowl, 3016 S. Carrollton Ave, New Orleans
      If you're in the frame of mind to kick back and strike out for a different kind of music experience, head to Mid City Lanes Rock 'n' Bowl. Mid City Lanes is a combination music venue bowling alley and offers drinks and snacks. It's the perfect place for a night out with friends.
    9. Le Bon Temps Roule, 4801 Magazine St, New Orleans
      In a building built in 1890, this site has been nurturing New Orleans music for decades. It was one of the first places to re-open after Hurricane Katrina, and became a place for recovery workers and returning evacuees to gather, drink, and relax together. 
    10. Music Box Village, 4557 N. Rampart St, New Orleans
      This unique place is much like New Orleans itself: a mix of art, music, and cultural experience under the warm, Louisiana skies. Here you can grab a drink, hear great music, enjoy funky art, and breathe in the creative vibe. 

    Contact us today to start your home-buying journey. Our REALTORS® are experts in finding just the right neighborhood to fit your unique song. 


    Spending a Perfect Day in Baton Rouge

    Baton Rouge Spend a Day
    Take a break from searching for Baton Rouge homes for sale and spend a day enjoying our lively community. There are many places to grab a bite, learn something new, or just enjoy a pretty day outside. Our REALTORS® have these tips on how to spend a day in Baton Rouge.

    • Brunch - Simple Joe Café, 3057 Government Street
      Start your day with a leisurely brunch at Simple Joe Café, no matter if you prefer breakfast or lunch food for brunch. For those breakfast people, you can order up a three-egg omelet with a wide range of choices for fillings. Or try their blueberry quinoa for a different twist. Lunch people can dig into the Pow Burger, where the beef is mixed with pork sausage to make an awesome patty. 
    • Mid-morning Stroll - Riverfront Plaza & City Dock, 300 S. River Road / USS Kidd
      After a big meal, nothing is better than walking it off by exploring the area on foot. Riverfront Plaza & City Dock is a terrific place to watch the mighty Mississippi, wander around the fountain and a beautiful 4-panel mural, or just sit in the sunshine and watch the people watch the river. You can also tour the USS Kidd Fletcher Class destroyer. Explore the mission of the 'Pirate of the Pacific' and learn about the men who served on her.
    • Satisfying Small Bites - Magpie Café, 3205 Perkins Road
      After a big meal, you may not want a traditional lunch, but a little bit of something could tamp down the "hangries." Make your way to the Magpie Café, which specializes in local, organic ingredients and extra good coffee. There is a downtown location, but you might want to visit the original in the Perkins Road Overpass District. Here's where the coffee-loving owners transformed a former tattoo parlor into an expresso bar café. Do not skip the coffee! Magpie has its own "director of coffee" as well as an in-house roaster assuring coffee lovers a divine experience. 
    • At One with the Animals and the Stars - BREC Baton Rouge Zoo, 3601 Thomas Road
      For your afternoon in Baton Rouge at the BREC Baton Rouge Zoo. Here you can make friends with a Chilean Rose Hair Tarantula or get to know a Kirks Dik Dik. Open for almost 50 years, the zoo hosts a range of animals, from reptiles to birds to mammals. However, it doesn't just house the animals, the Baton Rouge Zoo also is active in conservation work and educational programs.
    • Louisiana Art and Science Museum, 100 River Road South
      For indoor entertainment, visit the Louisiana Art and Science Museum offering exhibits on subjects from ancient Egypt to the solar system. Perhaps, the best reason to visit the museum is to go to a planetarium show. Their 60-foot domed theater and 15,000-wat digital surround sound will let you get lost in the stars. 
    • An Evening Out - Tsunami, 100 Lafayette St. 6th FloorThe Varsity Theater, 3353 Highland Road
      For dinner, head out to Tsunami on Lafayette Street where you can set aside crawfish and Cajun, and indulge in some delicious sushi. Using fresh ingredients and flavors with flare, the chefs at Tsunami offer up dishes they call "edible art." After dinner, wrap up your lovely day in Baton Rouge with some live music and drinks at The Varsity Theater.

    Once you've gotten to know Baton Rouge and are ready to buy a home, contact us and we will be happy to guide you in finding just the right place.


    Lafayette Shopping at These 6 Local Malls and Markets


    Shopping in Lafayette

    Whether you're shopping for fun or picking up the necessities, there's no doubt that Lafayette is a fantastic place to shop. The area is filled with both the big-name businesses you know and smaller, local shops that offer everything you need close to home. "Laissez les bons temps rouler," or "let the good times roll," as you explore all that the Lafayette shopping scene has to offer. Our real estate agents have all the juicy details on the best places to shop throughout the Lafayette area.

    1. Acadania Mall – 5725 Johnston St., Lafayette 70503
      If you're looking for your favorite big-name retailers close to home in Lafayette, then the Acadania Mall is the place to be. The mall is home to nearly 100 retailers, along with dining and entertainment destinations. There are special events to be found at the mall regularly, including plenty of sales from the biggest names in retail.

    2. Lafayette Jockey Lot Flea Market – 3011 NW Evangeline Throughway, Lafayette 70507
      Shopping for Lafayette homes for sale, and looking for furniture, art, or other household goods for your next home? The Lafayette Jockey Lot Flea Market is your one-stop shop for home goods, collectibles, food, unique treasures, and so much more. The market features more than 500 booths and is open every weekend.

    3. Lafayette Farmers and Artisans Market – 2913 Johnston St., Lafayette 70506
      Whether you're hungry for good food or a great deal, you'll have no trouble finding it at the Lafayette Farmers and Artisans Market. The market is open every Saturday from 8 am to noon, with dozens of local vendors offering fresh ingredients for your own creations, prepared meals, juice, arts, crafts, and so much more. Pick up some fresh seafood, enjoy a premium cup of espresso, and explore all that the market has to offer.

    4. Lafayette Art Association and Gallery – 1008 E St. Mary Blvd., Lafayette 70503
      Searching for unique art, or a store where you can spend hours browsing and enjoying yourself? The Lafayette Art Gallery is the city's top destination for art of all types, featuring original art, photography, and crafts for you to explore. There are regular art exhibitions to enjoy, along with a busy schedule of special events, art classes, and even opportunities to share your own art with the world.

    5. Lagniappe Antique Mall – 124 W Bridge St., Breaux Bridge 70501
      Located just outside of Lafayette in Breaux Bridge, the Lagniappe Antique Mall is one of the top places in the state to shop for antiques. With more than 35 vendors offering antiques from a wide range of eras, styles, and locations, Lagniappe Antique Mall is a fantastic place to pick up a truly unique gift or find the perfect items to decorate your home.

    6. Louisiana Hot Stuff – 449 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy. Ste. 200, Lafayette 70518
      Looking for items with a Louisiana theme, in a shop that stocks a little bit of everything? Louisiana Hot Stuff has been in business for more than 20 years and offers all of the Louisiana essentials. Pick up barbecue sauce or hot sauce created by local artisans, grab a unique gift or stock up on Louisiana-themed apparel. This store is also the perfect place to shop if you're looking for gear representing the Saints, LSU, and other local teams.

    Are you still searching for the right home close to all of these great, local shopping destinations? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Lafayette, LA area.


    Celebrate National Wine Day at These 5 Wineries Near Baton Rouge

    Baton Rouge Winery
    Wine lovers, mark your calendars! Saturday, May 25 is National Wine Day, and our REALTORS® have some great ideas about how you can celebrate the occasion in and around Baton Rouge. Be sure to check out these incredible Louisiana wineries and vineyards.

    1. Dubois Winery - 417 E Ascension St, Gonzales, LA
      A cozy little winery nestled in a beautiful historic house in Gonzales, Louisiana, Dubois Winery has always been a labor of love for proprietor Rick Dubois, who opened up shop after restoring the building in 2015. The winery is just down the road from many Prairieville homes for sale and offers tours and tastings by appointment every Saturday. It's a great place to sample and learn about local wines.

    2. Pontchartrain Vineyards - 80158 Louisiana 1082, Bush, LA
      Offering up fine table wines in the classic French tradition, this establishment's greatest asset (other than great wine) is its gorgeous tasting room overlooking the rolling landscape of the vineyard. In addition to tasting some truly exceptional Louisiana wines, Pontchartrain Vineyards serves up live music most weekends in spring and fall, and their wine club offers some serious discounts and benefits for members. 

    3. Casa De Sue Winery - 14316 Hatcher Rd, Clinton, LA
      This family-owned winery is best known for its tasty vitis rotundifolia varietal and blueberry blends and has a long and storied past to go along with every bottle. The land that Casa De Sue Winery sits on, just minutes from these Zachary homes for sale, was purchased and planted in 1972, but Louisiana law made it illegal to produce and sell alcohol until two decades later when Casa de Sue Winery opened to the public as the first licensed Louisiana winery since prohibition.

    4. Amato's Winery - 12415 W Blackcat Rd, Independence, LA
      Located in the small town of Independence, LA, Amato's Winery is just under an hour from numerous homes for sale in Baton Rouge, and well worth the trip. It's the only licensed winery in Tangipahoa Parish, specializing in sweet and semi-sweet strawberry wine made from local strawberries. Their blackberry and even orange wines have been a big hit with customers too, making Amato's Winery a great place to sample something new. 

    5. Milicevic Family Vineyards - 28480 LA-435, Abita Springs, LA
      Milicevic Family Vineyards began way back in 1950 in Hercegovina, and when the family came to America, the wine came with them. Ivan Milicevic purchased land in Abita Springs, Louisiana in 2015 to start a new chapter in the family business, and now produces some of the finest wine in the state. Be sure to ask about wines made from Blatina and Zilavka grapes, which exist nowhere in the world except Hercegovina and now Louisiana. 

    From local wineries and breweries to incredible restaurants and vibrant nightlife, we think Baton Rouge is a great place to call home, and our team of dedicated REALTORS® are committed to helping you find your dream house here. Contact us today to learn more about living life to the fullest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana!


    2019 New Orleans Oyster Festival June 1

    Oyster FestivalWhen you're buying one of our New Orleans homes for sale, there are three things that you should know: food, music, and fun come with the territory.

    Our real estate agents are here with an upcoming event that takes in all three, the New Orleans Oyster Festival.

    Event: The New Orleans Oyster Festival
    When: June 1 - 2, 2019
    Where: Woldenberg Park, 1 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 7013O
    Admission: Free

    Whether you like to slurp 'em, shuck 'em, or sauté them, if you are a fan of the majestic mollusk, then the New Orleans Oyster Festival is for you. The weekend celebrates Louisiana Gulf Oysters and the people who farm and serve them. It also raises money for organizations which focus on coastal restoration and oyster habitat.  

    Lip-Smacking Fare 

    Besides mounds and mounds of oysters, you will have an array of other food choices from New Orleans' best seafood restaurants, including Desire Oyster Bar, Dragos, and Royal House Oyster Bar. You can eat oysters in whatever form is your favorite: grilled, fried, broiled, and of course, raw on a cracker with a touch of horseradish sauce. There's also line up of music and some fun oyster-based contests. 

    Shucking and Slurpin' 

    You may love your oysters, but you have never seen oyster eating like those who compete in the World Oyster Eating Championship. Professionals come from across the country to compete in this slippery contest. Last year's winner ate 33 dozen Louisiana oysters in 8 minutes. That's a lot of mollusks. 

    Of course, to eat those oysters, you first have to free them from their shells. That's where the P & J Shucking Contest comes in. Experts shuck as many oysters as they can in two minutes. Last year, the winner shucked 20 oysters, to tie the competition record. 

    And finally, oyster farmers will compete to see who has the largest mollusk. One year, a 3 pound 4-3/8" oyster won the prize. Wonder if that gets served on the half shell?

    Art on a Shell 

    The festival also features some of the best in oyster-themed art around. You can find crafts from a range of vendors. Maybe a nice Southern scene painted by a local artist is just the thing for your home. Or check out the oyster jewelry or picture frames which are sure to add a NOLA flare to your decor. There are even oyster plates, forks, spoons and knives for sale.  

    So, mark your calendar for this fun-filled weekend and get ready to pay homage to a true New Orleans festival where scrumptious food, toe-tapping music, and funky art converge to win the day.   

    Contact us to find a home in one of our Crescent City neighborhoods and make New Orleans fun part of your everyday living. 


    5 Favorite Breweries Around Lafayette

    Lafayette Breweries

    Cajun Country has some of the best food on the planet. Crawfish boils and etouffee. Jambalaya the way mom used to make it. Gumbo, boudin, po' boys, gator tail, maque choux — so many mouthwatering choices. When you're eating your way through town as you view Lafayette homes for sale, you're going to need a cold, tasty brew to wash all of this delicious food down. Our real estate agents are here to point you in the direction of five favorite breweries in Cajun Country.

    1. Parish Brewing Company – 229 Jared Dr., Broussard, LA 70518
      You'd better believe that beer in Cajun Country is not going to be like the tasteless taps found in other cities. Parish Brewing Company is the second largest brewery in the state and pushes the boundaries on beer until they craft some of the finest ales you've ever sipped. Parish is a hop, skip and a jump north from Franklin homes for sale, so there's no excuse not to visit.
    2. Bayou Teche Brewing – 1106 Bushville Hwy., Arnaudville, LA 70512
      If you shop for Breaux Bridges homes for sale long enough, you'll definitely hear plenty of locals talk about Bayou Teche Brewing. These brewers aspire to craft the perfect beers that complement the delicious Cajun and Creole foods Louisiana locals love so much. Live music every Friday and Sunday invites you to kick back and try their stouts and IPAs made with local ingredients like Louisiana honey and rice.
    3. Crying Eagle Brewing Company – 1165 E. McNeese St., Lake Charles, Louisiana 70607
      We wouldn't send you west of Abbeville homes for sale without good reason so trust us when we say a visit to the Crying Eagle Brewing Company is worth the trip! Not only does their taproom feature over a dozen new beers, but they've also got a bistro ready to whip you up something to snack on while you drink. Grab some boudin, baked oysters or an order of their twisted cornbread and make your way back to Abbeville with a satisfied smile.
    4. Southern Craft Brewing Company – 14141 Airline Hwy, Ste 4J, Baton Rouge, LA 70817
      One of the advantages of buying one of the great Franklin homes for sale is that it's a perfect distance between the cities of Lafayette, New Orleans and Baton Rouge. While we do think you'll love a day trip to NOLA, we also think you should take a quick drive up to Southern Craft Brewing Company instead. This fantastic brewery has mixed up award-winning beers that you've got to sip to believe. Take a free tour while you're there and hear the story of how two engineers turned their passion for brewing into a true Southerner's beer.

    5. Tin Roof Brewing Company – 1624 Wyoming St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802
      Of course, if you're picking out Opelousas homes for sale, you'll be tempted to take the short drive over to the Atchafalaya River. However, for the ultimate river relaxation spot where you can get an amazing beer, we encourage you to drive a little further east to Tin Roof Brewing Company. Tin Roof has a national following for a reason – their beer has won a coveted gold medal from The Great American Beer Festival in Denver Colorado. From gose and Weisse to porters and lagers, Tin Roof has a beer for every taste.

    We love Lafayette, and we could spend hours telling you about all of our favorite restaurants, breweries, and bars around town. Contact us and tell us what Lafayette beers we should try next. We can even show you what new Lafayette homes for sale are on tap if you're interested! 


    Bayou Country Superfest Returns to Baton Rouge

    Kenny Chesney
    Grab your boots, pull on your jeans, and mark your calendar for a weekend of no shirt, no shoes, no problems. For ten years, Bayou Country Superfest has brought together some of the biggest names in country music over Memorial Day weekend. This year SuperFest returns to Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, after spending two years in the New Orleans Superdome. It's events like Superfest that make shopping for Baton Rouge homes for sale a great idea. 

    Headliners Rockin' Tiger Stadium

    For two fabulous days, Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, and Florida Georgia Line will be joined by Kane Brown, Chase Rice, and Cassadee Pope among others. Chesney is sure to fill Tiger Stadium with songs from the 20 albums he has recorded over his storied career. He has sung his way to the Top Ten Singles 40 times with 29 of those songs reaching number one, including Til It's Gone, Wild Child, and of course, No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problems. Chesney's live shows regularly sell out, so Saturday's SuperFest crowd is in for a fantastic night. 

    Baton Rouge Countryfest Headliners

    Sunday, Jason Aldean will take the stage. Known for songs like Big Green Tractor, When She Says Baby, and Tonight Looks Good On You, Aldean boasts 19 number one hits, with eight others reaching the top ten. He has been named the ACM Entertainer of the Year in 2016, 2017, and 2018. His latest album, Rearview Town, debuted in 2018.

    Baton Rouge Countryfest 2019

    Talent Upon Talent 

    Other artists featured over the weekend also promised to bring a Stetson-worthy show.  

    • Chart-topping Florida Georgia Line will be showing off tunes from their newly released album Can't Say I Ain't Country. FGL has a shelf-full of awards, including CMT Music Awards 2018 Performance of the Year, and Billboard Music Awards Top Country Duo-Group Artist.
    • Cassadee Pope was the first female winner of The Voice in 2012 and has released such hits as One More Red Light, and her newest, If My Heart Had A Heart.
    • Kane Brown was the first artist to have number ones on all five main Billboard country charts at once. His hit single What ifs was released from his first full-length album, Kane Brown, in December 2016. He released his second album in November 2018. 
    • Dan + Shay is one of country music's newest duos. They started as songwriters in 2013 and quickly become both a songwriting and music team. They have performed on The Ellen Show and the Grand Ole Opry, and have been opening numbers for Hunter Hayes and Blake Shelton.

    Entire Weekend Experience

    To make the weekend complete, make time to go to Fan Fest where fun and food come together to create a huge tailgating experience. If you like to take your home on the road, your RV is welcomed at Bayou Country Superfest as well. There's RV parking in Touchdown Village, and special parking passes for those wishing also to bring a car. For hotel options and travel packages, check out the event's website.  

    After a fun-filled weekend, it may be time to make Baton Rouge your home. Our REALTORS® are experts at putting all the notes together that will have you two stepping your way through the buying process. Contact us to start your search for Baton Rouge homes for sale.


    New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Begins April 25

    Jazz Festival
    Jazz was born in New Orleans, and that musical heritage continues every day in the streets, bars, and stages of our vibrant city. But once a year, it all comes together in one place, along with hundreds of thousands of locals and lucky visitors. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has been a NOLA tradition for half a century, and this year's 50th-anniversary festival promises to be another must-see, must-hear, multi-stage spectacle. As you browse New Orleans homes for sale, browse the festival lineup too to learn exactly why NOLA is the only place for a music lover to live.

    Do you have your tickets yet? Here's what you need to know about the 2019 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival:

    The Jazz Fest Lasts for Two Long Weekends

    Can't make the first weekend of Jazz Fest? Don't worry; you have ten whole days of music and culture to experience. The festival starts on Thursday, April 25, and runs through the weekend before starting back up on Thursday, May 2, for another four-day weekend of fun. Each day features rotating lineups on one of several music stages throughout the Fair Grounds Race Course, as well as designated tents for gospel, blues, and even kids.

    Jazz Legends Join Forces with Top 40 Superstars

    These days, Jazz Fest isn't just about the jazz. While the best of the best local and international jazz musicians will be on stage every day, the headliners also include a who's who of pop, rock, R&B, rap, bluegrass, and folk superstars. From Herbie Hancock and Mavis Staples to Katy Perry and Jimmy Buffet, this year's lineup truly embraces the anniversary theme, bringing together decades' worth of hits from different genres and places.

    Louisiana Cuisine and Culture Take Center Stage

    NOLA's cultural heritage is the real star of Jazz Fest, and some of our most beloved traditions revolve around food and fun. During Jazz Fest, stop by the Louisiana Folklife Village to watch locals sculpt Mardis Gras floats, forge iron balconies, knit shrimp nets, and more. After soaking up a few centuries' worth of proud NOLA traditions, fill up on gumbo, crawfish, and frozen drinks at one of the festival's many food and beverage areas. While you're at Jazz Fest, there's never a good reason to be bored, hungry, or thirsty.

    Ready to sell or buy a home in New Orleans? Our real estate agents are ready to help. Contact us today to learn more about finding an agent, listing your property, or buying a new home that will have you hearing music every day.


    2019 Cycle Zydeco - Lafayette, LA

    Cycle Zydeco

    It's almost time for the festival season in Lafayette, with warm weather, fabulous food, and lifelong memories waiting around every corner. So what could be better than a "festival on wheels," which allows you to tour many of the popular local festivals, attractions, and historic sites in the region? The 2019 Cycle Zydeco festival is your chance to do just that, with fun-filled days of biking, sightseeing, delicious dining, culture, and camaraderie. This popular, local event is coming up at the end of April, and our real estate agents have all the details on what to expect from Cycle Zydeco in 2019.

    Lafayette's 2019 Cycle Zydeco: A Festival on Wheels

    The Event: Cycle Zydeco 2019
    April 24 – 28, 2019
    Admission: Register Early Online

    Celebrate Cajun and Creole Culture with Lafayette's "Festival on Wheels"

    Cycle Zydeco is a race in one sense, but for most participants, the true race is getting from one attraction to the next. So while cycling is naturally part of the package, seeing the sights – from Lafayette homes for sale to local attractions – is a huge part of what makes the event special. It's a festival on wheels, and you'll even have the chance to visit other festivals along the way.

    • Two Route Options Each Day
      Thinking of participating in Cycle Zydeco, but not experienced with cycling? There are two route options each day: the main route, which is typically around 38 miles, and the long route, which checks in at 62 miles or more. It's a casual ride, so you don't have to race for a top time, and there will be plenty of support along the way.
    • A Four-Day Casual Cycling Festival
      Cycle Zydeco is known as a casual cycling festival because the riding is only part of the package. You can certainly push for a top time or try to achieve your personal best, but there's no pressure at all. If you want to take your time, soak in the sights, and enjoy some fantastic food, you'll have plenty of company doing the same.
    • The Priorities of Cycle Zydeco
      Yes, cycling makes the list, but you might be surprised where it shows up. Festival organizers suggest that you eat, drink, and dance at every stop along the way. By the time you cycle to the next destination, you'll be hungry, thirsty, and ready to start the fun all over again.
    • Cajun and Creole Cuisine
      Cycle Zydeco is also a celebration of Cajun and Creole cultures, which means that you can expect to sample some of the best food and drink in Louisiana throughout the event. Every day will take you to a new destination, where food, drink, culture, and history await.
    • Explore Local Attractions, Music, and Events
      When organizers call Cycle Zydeco a festival on wheels, they're not kidding. Throughout Cycle Zydeco 2019, you'll have the opportunity to visit other unique, local festivals. Stops include the popular Festival International de Louisiane, along with the New Iberia Spanish Festival. There will also be a fun scavenger hunt, with clues scattered along the routes that make up Cycle Zydeco. Even when you're not stopping at another festival, every stop during Cycle Zydeco is a chance to listen to some of the best live music in the area, while sampling Cajun and Creole cuisine.

    Cycle Zydeco is an excellent chance to explore the culture, history, and attractions that make Lafayette such an excellent place to call home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Lafayette, LA area.


    Celebrating Easter in New Orleans

    Easter in NOLA

    New Orleanians celebrate Easter Sunday much the same way we do everything else--in a big way and with style.

    Easter in New Orleans is a special time in our city.  For many families, the day begins with traditional church services. Then, the day's celebrations move on to food, fun, and, of course, Parades.

    Our REALTORS® are here with highlights about where to attend Easter mass, enjoy brunch, hunt Easter eggs, and watch parades when you buy one of our New Orleans homes for sale.

    • Easter Sunday Mass at St. Louis Cathedral, 615 Pere Antoine Alley, New Orleans 70116-3291
      Do you want to step into colonial Catholic history and observe Easter Sunday the traditional way? At St. Louis Cathedral on Jackson Square, Roman Catholic Easter celebrations last for nine whole days. Attend Mass in this historic church any day during Holy Week, which kicks off with the Blessing of Palms at 5 PM on April 13 and culminates with the Mass of the Risen Christ at 9 AM, 11 AM, and 12:30 PM on April 21.

    • Easter Brunches
      Dining out for Easter brunch is a common tradition across the country, but our restaurants in the Big Easy elevate it to new heights.  New Orleans restaurants showcase choices ranging from waffles in a whiskey sauce to omelets overflowing with shrimp--or even crawfish.  Check out this insider's guide for the best places in the city to make a reservation.

    • Bunnyfest 2019, Lafreniere Park 3000 Downs Blvd. Metairie 70003
      The Rotary Club of Metairie Sunrise hosts its spring festival for families and children.  It is sure to be jam-packed with food, fun, and bunny rabbits!  Come to Lafreniere Park, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana on Friday, April 19th from 11:00 am - 6:00 pm and Saturday, April 20th from 11:00 am - 6:00 pm for egg hunts, balloon art, a bunny hop sack race, face painting, games and more.

    • Easter Parades
      Historic French Quarter Easter Parade, New Orleans
      From Antoine's Restaurant (713 St. Louis St) to St. Louis Cathedral (615 Pere Antoine Alley)

      Around 11:00 am on Easter Sunday, costumed revelers start their parade down the famous French Quarter. This annual event includes mule-drawn carriages, old convertibles, and marching bands. Stick around at 1:00 pm to see festive floats full of Krewes and local businesses.

      Chris Owens French Quarter Easter Parade
      From the corner of St. Louis and Royal to St. Louis and Royal Street at the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
      Entertainer Chris Owens slips into the role of Grand Duchess and leads Easter paraders through the historic French Quarter. The festivities begin at 11:00 am at Omni Royal Orleans Hotel Ballroom with a Hat Contest, Silent Auction, and Entertainment. In true New Orleans tradition, the parade comes complete with colorful floats, brass bands, bead throws, and Easter trinkets.

      The Gay Easter Parade, 828 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70116
      Organized by the city's LGBT community, The Gay Easter Parade is an annual New Orleans tradition where all are invited to attend raising money for Food for Friends.  The parade begins at 4:30 pm on Easter Sunday as horse-drawn carriages, floats, and revelers in everything from seersucker suits and Easter bonnets to colorful costumes and leather parade through the French Quarter during the evening. 

    Relocating to New Orleans? At Latter & Blum, our real estate agents know how important it is to find a home you'll love. Contact us to turn your egg hunt with a house hunt.


    New Orleans Events: French Quarter Festival April 11

    New Orleans French QuarterAt Latter & Blum, our real estate agents make it easy for you to find the perfect New Orleans homes for sale. We understand what makes New Orleans homes – and our unique community – valuable to the people we serve.

    It's not just about New Orleans' world-class amenities: It's also about its welcoming people and rich history. There's no other place in the United States quite like New Orleans, and when you visit us, we'll show you why.

    Thanks to its unique French roots, New Orleans has long been a center of culture. Those seeking the authentic Creole sound will want to visit us this coming April. The French Quarter Festival is coming this April 11, and it's like nothing you've ever experienced before!

    The French Quarter Festival Will Give You a True Taste of New Orleans

    Street festivals, music, food, and fun are all things associated with New Orleans, and rightly so! The convivial French spirit that permeates all things "Nawlins" has been centuries in the making.

    The French Quarter Festival harkens back to those roots. It is the #1 showcase of Louisiana music in the world. Top local acts, as well as pioneers in Louisiana-style music from around the nation, show up to strut their stuff: That means 1,700 musicians are playing more than 400 hours of live, free music!

    With 23 stages spread out all across the French Quarter, you'll have a chance to enjoy amazing acts and see the sights all at the same time. As you journey about, you'll also indulge in the "Culinary Lineup" – special festival food booths operated by favorite local restaurants.

    The French Quarter Festival is 100% free to all visitors and has traditionally attracted music aficionados of all ages and their families. It all begins with the French Quarter Festival Second-Line Kickoff Parade early on Thursday, April 11.

    The Surprises Never End at the French Quarter Festival

    Each day, participants will have the opportunity to enjoy special events. One interesting option is the dance lessons that will take place daily: They include traditional jazz, Charleston, swing, Cajun jitterbug, and zydeco. All classes are free and taught by professionals.

    Some special events have been set aside for the younger crowd as well.

    For example, you'll want to keep your eyes peeled for the Children's STEM Zone on the Waterfront. Interactive exhibits lead to fascinating fun for children of all ages.

    On the flip side, those who want to go on a "Sentimental Journey" with the music of the 30s, 40s, and 50s will find it during Dancing at Dusk, which happens from 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. exclusively on Sunday, April 14.

    Admission to the French Quarter Festival does not require a ticket. Still, you'll want to do some advance planning to ensure you've got everything you need for a fun week of festival-going

    To find out more about amazing real estate opportunities in New Orleans, contact us today.


    Lafayette Dining - Prejean's Restaurant - Food for the Soul

    Prejean Restaurant
    If you've been searching for Lafayette homes for sale, you might have noticed Prejean's Restaurant alongside the Evangeline Throughway. If you haven't made your way inside yet, you're missing out! Our real estate agents are here with the details why this a local favorite. 

    A Fun, Family-Friendly Atmosphere
    As the area's only theme restaurant, Prejean's offers visitors a true Cajun experience. The entrance is a replica of a bayou, complete with Cyprus trees and a small bridge you'll need to cross to get inside. Here, you're welcomed by "Big Al," a 14-foot alligator, and an array of other taxidermied swamp critters including alligator garfish and catfish. A painted mural of Bayou Chene, created by Cajun artist John Pourcio, creates the perfect backdrop for an evening of family-friendly fun.

    Authentic Cajun Cuisine
    While the restaurant's unapologetically-kitschy decor might make you wonder if it's a tourist trap, there's no need to worry. Prejean's serves up authentic Cajun and Creole food, seafood, steaks, and wild game. You can't go wrong with their rich gumbos, alligator cheesecake, and three-time gold-medal-winning crawfish etouffee. If you're feeling adventurous, try the seafood platter with alligator bites, frog legs, shrimp, oysters, catfish, and stuffed crab! 

    Live Music and Entertainment
    Perfect for a lively night out with family and friends, the restaurant also offers live Cajun music every night from 7 to 9 p.m. and during brunch on the weekends from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Don't make the mistake of thinking these are no-name bands, either. They pull in big names including The Clarence Denias Band, Woody Daigle and the Cajun Five, and more! 

    Getting There
    Prejean's Restaurant is located at 3480 NE Evangeline Throughway in Lafayette. They're open Sunday through Thursday from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m.

    Walk-ins are welcome, but since the restaurant is often very busy, reservations are suggested. If you get there and it's packed, don't worry. There are plenty of repurposed church pews set up for guests to relax while waiting for tables. You can also pass the time wandering around the gift shop where you can find clothing, sauces and spices, dishware, and toys and stuffed animals for the kids. 

    Your Lafayette Real Estate Professionals

    If you're thinking about making Lafayette your home, we can help! Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started! 


    NOLA Crawfish Festival 2019 - a Tasty New Orleans Treat

    NOLA Crawfish
    Delicious seafood and live music are ample all year long in New Orleans, but they come together in a very big way every spring. At Latter & Blum Inc. REALTORS®, our real estate agents know that moving to a new city is much easier when you have events to look forward to, and the NOLA Crawfish Festival is definitely worth the anticipation. If you're looking for New Orleans homes for sale this spring, mark your calendars and stop by Central City BBQ to experience this fun tradition too.  

    So, what's in store for you at this year's festival? From Monday, April 29 through Wednesday, May 1, do all these things and more at the NOLA Crawfish Festival 2019.

    Taste Crawfish Boiled by the Crawfish King

    Ready for a brush with New Orleans royalty? The Crawfish King himself, also known as Chris "Shaggy" Davis, will be on site boiling thousands of pounds of fresh crawfish throughout the festival. This South Louisiana legend brings his authentic NOLA tastes to festivals throughout the country, but you get him in his own backyard.

    Of course, the King only boils fresh catches, and crawfish are only in season through early summer. The Festival is your chance to celebrate crawfish season and indulge in the bounty of spring.

    Enjoy Three Days of Live New Orleans Music

    Want to live in a musical city? It's no surprise that the birthplace of jazz is still teeming with talented local musicians, and this spring is a great season to discover some new favorites. This year, the NOLA Crawfish Festival will feature a three-day lineup of local musical acts, including the lively Soul Brass Brand, the creative Samantha Fish, and "swamp funk" four-piece The Iceman Special.

    If you love keeping up with local bands and trying new live music venues, get your groove on at Central City BBQ. A surprising mix of genres and sounds, this lineup makes it easy to get to know New Orleans and its music scene.

    Compete to Cook the Tastiest (or Eat the Most) Crawfish

    Of course, the Crawfish Festival isn't a spectator-only tradition. If you want to immerse yourself in the crawfish theme, try cooking or eating it competitively. Two big competitions – the Crawfish Cookoff and the Crawfish Eating Contest – are the main attractions at this festival, and you'll get a trophy and bragging rights if you take top honors.

    Ready to show off your cooking skills? Find a partner, and compete with 19 other two-person teams for the title of Badass Boiler Champs. Prefer to indulge as much crawfish as possible? Apply to enter the eating competition, and try to eat the most crawfish in ten minutes. Everyone who enters gets free admission to the festival.

    Are you ready to buy a house in New Orleans? The NOLA Crawfish Festival is one of many fun, tasty traditions you could start observing as a resident of our beautiful city. Contact us to find a real estate agent who can help you get started.


    New Orleans Jazz Past, Present & Future: New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park

    Jazz National Historical Park

    New Orleans homes for sale are some of the most enticing you'll find anywhere in the United States. Our real estate agents not only work here in the New Orleans area, but we also live here. That means we understand the ins and outs of what makes the community (and the market!) tick.

    One of the most fascinating things about our area is how the jazz sound is so central to the "Nawlins" soul. Generations of musicians, from folk Creole to zydeco, have contributed to the music scene – but New Orleans jazz continues to be the local anthem.  There's a simple reason why: Jazz was born right here in New Orleans.

    When you visit historic areas of the city, you'll find many landmarks to jazz and its most famous pioneers. In fact, some of the clubs that gave rise to the jazz sound still stand today.

    Today, you can soak up wonderful jazz from old masters and new pioneers on any evening. But if you want to delve deep into the past, present, and future of jazz, there's one place you need to go: New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park.  It is an interactive educational experience that will give you a whole new appreciation for jazz.

    Tour the Rich History of Jazz at the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park

    Drop by the visitor center as you arrive in the park and you can embark on an 11-stop audio tour of the jazz universe – an immersive, self-guided experience that will spark your imagination.

    When you're hankering for more, check out the park's ever-changing roster of ranger-led events. You can sit back and learn or even participate in live demonstrations.

    Speaking of "live," there are plenty of musical performances right there on stage in the park. From Tuesday through Sunday, the park hosts visiting musicians who explore the origin and development of New Orleans' unique flavor of jazz.

    Kids love jazz, too, and New Orleans Jazz National Park gives children of all ages and skill levels the chance to explore what makes the genre special.

    Family-Friendly Fridays in the French Market make up a cornerstone of the park's youth programs, with a kid-friendly performance geared for pre-K through 3rd-grade kids. There's also a Jazz Junior Ranger program with activities for pre-K through 3rd and for 4th through 8th-grade kids.

    Naturally, members of the community are encouraged to get involved all year around. Even if you can't play a lick of jazz, you can still volunteer! And if you are a musician, you might find yourself a brand new audience of eager learners.

    Jazz is Only the Beginning of What New Orleans Has to Offer

    Jazz is a glittering, glamorous part of the heritage of New Orleans, but it's only a start to what you'll find waiting for you. New Orleans is also home to some of the best dining, shopping, education, and employers anywhere in the country: It truly has the total package.

    Choosing a trusted real estate agent is your key to experiencing the true heart of New Orleans.

    At Latter & Blum, our team combines years of experience with unparalleled customer service. We'll support you every step of the way with expert advice and responsive customer care. That leaves you making informed decisions and feeling confident all the way to closing day.

    To discover more about New Orleans homes, contact us today.


    Living in Lafayette: Annual Festival International de Louisiane

    Festival International De Louisiane
    Lafayette is a city of international roots with food, art, shopping, and entertainment from a mixture of people including French, Creole, and traditional Louisiana cultures. Our locals celebrate its unique blend of cultures, and the Festival International de Louisiane is one of its biggest events on the calendar. This year's festival takes place from April 24 - 28, and our real estate agents are here with details on what to expect this Lafayette signature event.

    Celebrate Living in Lafayette

    The Event: Festival International de Louisiane
    Dates: April 24 – April 28, 2019
    Location: 315 Lee Ave., Lafayette 
    Tickets: Free Admission with Special Premium Ticket Packages 

    Celebrate Lafayette's Art, History, and Culture 

    Whether you're shopping for Lafayette homes for sale or already a long-time resident, the Festival International de Louisiane is a shining example of why our city is such a great place to call home. There are attractions for every age at the festival, with a focus on food, art, music, and culture. Here's what to look forward to at this year's festival:

    • Music from around the World – Music is a huge part of the celebration, and this year's music lineup is filled with international flair. Head to one of the performance stages to catch a show throughout the 5-day event, with premium seating available through festival passes.
    • Delicious Dining – Spending a day exploring the festival is an easy way to work up an appetite, and you'll have no trouble satisfying your hunger. The festival is filled with fantastic international cuisine, with plenty of great, local vendors.
    • The Courir du Festival 5k Run – Looking to stay active while celebrating the festival? Sign up for the Courir du Festival 5k Race, which travels through scenic, historic downtown Lafayette.
    • Bring Home a Unique Souvenir – Throughout the festival, you'll have the opportunity to shop for unique souvenirs at the arts and crafts market. If you're looking for a special gift, this is a great place to find it.
    • Fun for Kids at the Festival – The festival is an event for all ages, and the Scene de Jeunes area is designed with younger attendees in mind. Kids will have an opportunity to engage their creativity, play, and make new friends throughout the festival.

    Upgrade Your Festival Experience with a Premium Pass

    Looking to make the most of your time at this year's Festival International de Louisiane? A premium ticket package grants you access to some excellent perks, including private restrooms, premium seating, and express beverage lines:

    • Skip the Lines for Beverages – Why wait for a drink, when there's so much to see? Festival passes allow you to skip the beverage lines, and get right back to the action.
    • Premium Seating for Performances – Are you looking for a front-row seat for festival performances or a comfortable, shady spot to watch a show on a sunny day? Festival passes allow you access to a variety of premium seating areas.

    The Festival International de Louisiane is one example of the exciting events that you'll find in Lafayette throughout the year, and there's never been a better time to call the city home. Contact us to buy and sell Lafayette, LA real estate.


    7 Spots for a Nightcap in New Orleans

    New Orleans NightcapNew Orleans is a city known for many charms, including world-class dining and an excellent nightlife scene. Needless to say, there is no shortage of great spots in the city to grab a nightcap while you're out on the town. Whether you're looking for a quiet, elegant bar, a cozy spot with craft cocktails, or a bar connected to a famed local restaurant, you'll have no trouble finding a spot that's just right for you at the award-winning bars of New Orleans. Our REALTORS® know New Orleans, and we've got the details on seven fantastic spots for a nightcap in the city.

    On the Town: 7 Great Spot for a Nightcap in New Orleans

    1. Carousel Bar - Hotel Monteleone – 214 Royal St., New Orleans
      Looking for a truly unique way to cap off a great evening? The Carousel Bar, located at Hotel Monteleone, is the only revolving bar in New Orleans, making it a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Enjoy an elegant atmosphere, comprehensive cocktail menu, and some of the best people watching in the city with views of Royal Street.

    2. CellarDoor – 916 Lafayette St., New Orleans
      New to the scene compared to some of the other entries on our list, CellarDoor opened in 2014 and has quickly become one of the city's favorite spots for a drink. Located in the Swoop-Duggins House, CellarDoor is known for its contemporary Southern cuisine and extensive cocktail menu with unique spins on all of your favorite classic drinks.

    3. CURE – 4105 Freret St., New Orleans
      New Orleans homes for sale put you close to countless excellent bars and restaurants, including CURE, winner of the prestigious James Beard Award for its creative cocktail program. CURE has been serving up some of the best cocktails in New Orleans for many years, in an elegant, inviting atmosphere.

    4. Erin Rose – 811 Conti St., New Orleans
      Searching for a fun, casual spot to enjoy a nightcap? Erin Rose, one of the city's most popular Irish bars, is exactly what you need. With a focus on creating a friendly, inviting local atmosphere, the cast of characters at Erin Rose will have you coming back again and again.

    5. French 75 – 813 Bienville St., New Orleans
      Connected to the famed Arnaud's Restaurant on Bienville Street, French 75 is an award-winning bar with a well-earned reputation for excellence. French 75 is dedicated to creating craft cocktails with only the very best ingredients, and that simple philosophy has earned the bar a reputation as one of the best in the whole country.

    6. Latitude 29 – 321 N. Peters St., New Orleans
      Quirky, fun, and unlike anything else in the city, Latitude 29 is a destination you won't soon forget. Proprietor Jeff Berry has been traveling the world for more than two decades to uncover unique and lost cocktail recipes. The result is a bar with a fun atmosphere and a truly unique menu of cocktails.

    7. The Sazerac Bar at the Roosevelt New Orleans – 130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans
      If it's elegance you're after, it's hard to top the experience at the Sazerac Bar, located at the Roosevelt New Orleans hotel. The Sazerac Bar exudes the elegance of old New Orleans, with gorgeous decorating, local murals, and a menu packed with classic cocktails to enjoy.

    Still searching for the perfect New Orleans home, so you can enjoy all of the cuisine, culture, and cocktails that the city has to offer? Contact us to buy, sell, and learn about real estate throughout the New Orleans, LA area.


    In the Heart of Breaux Bridge Louisiana

    Breaux Bridge
    Are you looking to move away from the fast-paced, stressful big-city life and into a real community? If so, you may want to consider looking into Breaux Bridge homes for sale. A small city, rich in history and tradition, Breaux Bridge is the sort of place where neighbors know your name and people put down roots. So what is so special about Breaux Bridge? Spending a little time in the heart of Breaux Bridge – it's beautiful and historic downtown – is a great way to find out, and here is a taste of what you can expect to find there.

    World Famous Cuisine
    Breaux Bridge is the Crawfish Capital of the World, so no discussion of its cuisine would be complete without a hearty nod to this local treat. Restaurants in this lovely little city were the first in the country to offer crawfish proudly on their menus, and Breaux Bridge is the place where the now world-famous dish, crawfish etouffee was created. It is famous for its crawfish farming and cooking, and for its famous for its annual crawfish festival, which is recognized as one of Louisiana's finest festivals. While crawfish is certainly a staple in Breaux Bridge Cuisine, its local eateries have lots more to offer. The city's large collection of restaurants that serve up authentic Southern Louisiana Cajun and Creole fare make it a destination for foodies from all over the country and the world.

    Zydeco Music
    Breaux Bridge is also known as the gateway to Southern Louisiana culture, and Zydeco music – and Zydeco dancing – is very much a part of that culture. With its roots deep in Bayou country, Zydeco music is a unique blend of Blues, R&B, Native and Creole sounds. No Zydeco band would be complete without the region's unique instrumentals, including the accordion and scrub board, backed by electric guitar, bass, and drums. Whether lyrics are sung in English, Cajun French or a combination of both, there is no mistaking the sound of Zydeco music, sounds that are unique to this very special part of the world. Breaux Bridge has a wealth of clubs and venues that provide hours of Zydeco music and dancing for the enjoyment of locals and tourists alike.

    Beautiful, walkable streets
    Breaux Bridge has been deemed the prettiest town in Louisiana, a well-earned distinction. From the famous bridge for which the city was named, to its lovely, beautifully preserved downtown streets, lined with quaint antiques shops and boutiques, taking a stroll through Breaux Bridge is rather like stepping back in time to a more peaceful, community-focused era. Then, just steps away from downtown, the stunning views and abundant wildlife of Bayou Teche, spanned by the famous Breaux Bridge, are on display, rounding out the experience that this warm and welcoming little city has to offer to both residents and visitors.

    To learn more about Breaux Bridge and the many reasons it is a wonderful place to live, contact us. Our real estate agents are happy to help newcomers learn about and feel at home in our community.


    French Quarter Festival April 11

    French Quarter Festival
    At Latter & Blum, our REALTORS® make it easy for you to find the perfect New Orleans homes for sale. We understand what makes New Orleans homes – and our unique community – valuable to the people we serve.

    It's not just about New Orleans' world-class amenities: It's also about its welcoming people and rich history. There's no other place in the United States quite like New Orleans, and when you visit us, we'll show you why.

    Thanks to its unique French roots, New Orleans has long been a center of culture. Those seeking the authentic Creole sound will want to visit us this coming April. The French Quarter Festival is coming April 11, and it's like nothing you've ever experienced before!

    The French Quarter Festival Will Give You a True Taste of New Orleans

    Street festivals, music, food, and fun are all things associated with New Orleans, and rightly so! The convivial French spirit that permeates all things "Nawlins" has been centuries in the making.

    The French Quarter Festival harkens back to those roots. It is the #1 showcase of Louisiana music in the world. Top local acts, as well as pioneers in Louisiana-style music from around the nation, show up to strut their stuff: That means 1,700 musicians are playing more than 400 hours of live, free music!

    With 23 stages spread out all across the French Quarter, you'll have a chance to enjoy amazing acts and see the sights all at the same time. As you journey about, you'll also indulge in the "Culinary Lineup" – special festival food booths operated by favorite local restaurants.

    The French Quarter Festival is 100% free to all visitors and has traditionally attracted music aficionados of all ages and their families. It all begins with the French Quarter Festival Second-Line Kickoff Parade early on Thursday, April 11.

    The Surprises Never End at the French Quarter Festival

    Each day, participants will have the opportunity to enjoy special events. One interesting option is the dance lessons that will take place daily: They include traditional jazz, Charleston, swing, Cajun jitterbug, and zydeco. All classes are free and taught by professionals.

    Some special events have been set aside for the younger crowd as well.

    For example, you'll want to keep your eyes peeled for the Children's STEM Zone on the Waterfront. Interactive exhibits lead to fascinating fun for children of all ages.

    On the flip side, those who want to go on a "Sentimental Journey" with the music of the 30s, 40s, and 50s will find it during Dancing at Dusk, which happens from 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. exclusively on Sunday, April 14.

    Admission to the French Quarter Festival does not require a ticket. Still, you'll want to do some advance planning to ensure you've got everything you need for a fun week of festival-going

    You can get more information at the official French Quarter Festival website.

    To find out more about amazing real estate opportunities in New Orleans, contact us today.


    7 Favorite Antique Shops in Baton Rouge

    Baton Rouge Antique Shops
    Whether you've just found your dream home among Baton Rouge homes for sale or are still shopping for the perfect one, chances are good you'll be in the market for a few things related to home furnishing and décor in the near future.

    If you're partial to antiques, that means you'll want to know where locals go when they're shopping for just the right pieces for their own homes. To help you get started, here are seven favorite Baton Rouge antique shops:

    1. The Pink Elephant Antiques - 2648 Government Street
      The Pink Elephant is a collective made up of more than 35 dealers. It's a top spot in Baton Rouge for all things antique and vintage, with an ever-changing selection of items to peruse.

    2. Fireside Antiques - 14007 Perkins Road
      You'll find a lovely selection of 18th, 19th and 20th century French, English, Italian and Continental antiques at Fireside Antiques. Each piece is expertly restored before being placed for sale in their 18,000 square foot showroom.

    3. Vintage Soul - 12455 S Harrells Ferry Road
      A multi-vendor mall full of antiques and vintage items, Vintage Soul carries a bit of everything. You'll find furniture, home décor items, vintage dishes, Pyrex, linens, and tools, along with many one-of-a-kind items. They also carry a great selection of Orleans Candle products and their own line of chalk paints.

    4. The Royal Standard - 16016 Perkins Road
      A fixture in Baton Rouge, The Royal Standard carries a number of products for the home. From home dinnerware to table linens, glassware to silverware, bedding to window treatments, you'll find what you need to make your new house a home.

    5. The Market at Circa 1857 - 1857 Government St.
      The Market is more than just an antique shop; it's a popular local destination. It has more than 50 unique vendors, each with their own tastes and styles. You'll find a vast selection of antiques, vintage items and artwork, along with a variety of services offered onsite, such as upholstery, interior decorating and graphic design.

    6. Central City Antiques - 8857-D Sullivan Road
      A premier Baton Rouge shop, Central City Antiques has a lot going on. You'll find a great selection of vintage items, including furniture, décor items, jewelry, and collectibles.

    7. The Foyer - 3655 Perkins Road
      With more than 75 merchants spread over 8,000 square feet, The Foyer offers a lovely selection of antiques, artwork, lighting, furnishings, accessories, and gifts.

    If you need more information on where to shop for antiques in Baton Rouge or have any other questions about our area, please feel free to contact us. Our REALTORS® are your "go-to source" for all things Baton Rouge, and we're always happy to help.


    Louisiana Living: Discover the Best of Abbeville

    Abbeville Louisiana
    There's something special on the Louisiana Bayou, and it's surrounded by a rich heritage, scenic views, and friendly people. If you have yet to discover all that's waiting for you in Abbeville, our real estate agents are happy to show you around. With so much to see and do, our REALTORS® have created a handy insider's guide to help you discover our favorite Abbeville experiences.

    Discovering Our Favorite Things About Living in Abbeville

    • Best Place for an All-Around Abbeville Experience: Crawfish Haven/Mrs. Rose's Bed and Breakfast
      Let's face it — after a few minutes strolling around Abbeville, you'll want to make the most of your stay and spend the night. Skip the highway chains and opt for the cozy confines of Crawfish Haven - Mrs. Rose's Bed and Breakfast. Only a fifteen-minute drive from Abbeville, this quaint home gives you a chance to get away from it all and check some quality R&R off of your itinerary.

      If you schedule your stay at Mrs. Rose's during crawfish season, then you're in luck! Guests of the bed and breakfast receive discounted rates for their crawfishing experience. Where else can you catch and cook some tasty crawfish while enjoying Cajun Country as it was meant to be?

    • Best Family Fun Activities in Abbeville: Palmetto Island State Park
      Spend the day relaxing on the Vermillion River with a family trip to Palmetto Island State Park. Bring the boat to fish or cruise along the water or stay ashore and enjoy some outdoor fun. Perfect for a picnic, family gathering or just an afternoon in the sun, Palmetto Island State Park has a water playground among other must-dos in their visitor center complex which will keep parents and kids entertained all day! 

    • Best Place for History, Art & Culture in Abbeville: Abbeville Cultural & Historical Museum & Art Gallery
      Grab the family and head downtown to the Abbeville Cultural & Historical Museum & Art Gallery. Four community service organizations within Vermillion Parish have filled the Abbeville Museum with celebrations of the town's history, art, music, food, and culture. This museum contains historical photographs, documents, artwork and artifacts that date back to the Acadians and even the Native Americans from A.D. 900. The Abbeville Cultural & Historical Museums & Art Gallery is the best place to visit if you want to spend the afternoon learning about the rich heritage of this fantastic town.

    • Best Nature Trail in Abbeville: America's WETLAND Birding Trail
      Soak in some Louisiana sun on an adventurous nature walk. America's WETLAND Birding Trail extends into Vermillion Parish, giving residents and visitors the opportunity to see fascinating birds and other wildlife in their natural Bayou habitat. Keep your eyes peeled on the Vermillion Birding Loop where you may see pelicans, herons, snowy egrets or other beautiful creatures.

    • Best Place for Live Performances in Abbeville: Le Bayou Legendaire/Richard Sale Barn
      If you're in the mood for singing and dancing, head on over to Le Bayou Legendaire. This old Abbeville livestock sale barn was converted into a live music venue. Throughout the fall and spring, Le Bayou Legendaire hosts live bands and a dance floor that you won't be able to resist. Casual fun for all ages, concerts at the Richard Sale Barn will get your toes tapping and hips moving!

    For more information about the best things to do in Abbeville, feel free to contact us with any questions. We know that Abbeville will find a special place in your heart. If you'd like to view Abbeville homes for sale, let one of our REALTORS® show you to your dream home.


    Baton Rouge Celebrations: Wearin' of the Green on St. Patrick's Day Weekend

    St Patricks Day Baton Rouge
    One thing Baton Rouge residents are known for is they can make holidays special with fun festivals and parades. This St. Patrick's Day, you'll want to take a break from checking out Baton Rouge homes for sale long enough to meet your potential new neighbors and indulge in some Louisiana-style revelry. 

    Whether you're into early morning fun, wholesome family events, or late-night partying, something is happening this St. Paddy's Day that's right up your alley. Here are a few ideas to help you get started.

    1. Wearin' of the Green St. Patrick's Day Parade: Hundred Oaks, Baton Rouge
      The award-winning Wearin' of the Green Parade is one of the most famous St. Paddy's Day events in Baton Rouge. It features festive floats, marching bands, bagpipers, and, of course, lots of beads; there's plenty of family fun everyone is sure to enjoy.

      The parade begins at 10 a.m. on March 16th at Hundred Oaks and ends at the intersection of Stanford and Perkins Road. There are a ton of restaurants and bars along the parade route, so plan to spend most of your day on the parade route while taking advantage of food and drink specials at places like Ivar's Sports BarZippy's Burritos Tacos & More, and Kalurah Street Grill.
    1. Pre-parade breakfast at LaDivina: 3535 Perkins Rd #360, Baton Rouge
      Our real estate agents highly recommend the delicious pre-parade breakfast at LaDivina Italian Cafe. This quaint restaurant, which is located right on the parade route, is a favorite among locals.

      On St. Paddy's Day, they offer a hearty breakfast and unlimited beverages including Irish coffee, sorbet mimosas, and fresh-brewed espresso. This event sells out every year, so don't wait to get your tickets!
    1. 5K Shamrock Run:  6906 Moniteau Court, Baton Rouge
      If you prefer a healthier start to your day, sign up for the inaugural 5k Shamrock Run. The chip-timed race starts at 8 a.m. at Moreau Physical Therapy on Perkins Road.

      The first 500 participants will receive a commemorative technical running shirt or singlet from Brooks Running, and everyone is welcome to stick around for food and beverages at the post-run party.   
    1. St. Patrick's Day Music Festival at Uncle Earl's: 3753 Perkins Rd, Baton Rouge
      After the parade, popular dive bar Uncle Earl's transforms itself into a music venue with a DJ inside and live music on the outside stage. Enjoy plenty of adult beverages and several local food trucks for your eating pleasure. You can skip the line by purchasing your wristbands ahead of time.  
    1. Happy's Irish Pub: 136 3rd Street, Baton Rouge
      One of the area's few true Irish bars, you'll find plenty of beers on tap, all-day drink specials, food, and live entertainment at Happy's Irish Pub. This pub is so into celebrating the Luck O' the Irish that they host a "St. Practice Day" event on the 17th of every month to help you get in top partying shape in time for the big day! 
    1. Spring Green at the Zoo, Baton Rouge Zoo: 3601 Thomas Rd, Baton Rouge
      Those who prefer to skip the adult festivities altogether may enjoy spending their St. Paddy's day at Spring Green at the Zoo. During this family-friendly event, you'll celebrate "being green" while learning how to support wildlife.

      There will also be crafts and games for the kids. The event is held at the Baton Rouge Zoo and runs from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 16th.

    Are you interested in learning more about the diversity and culture the city of Baton Rouge has to offer? Our agents love introducing potential Baton Rouge residents to the real estate properties available in our hometown. Contact us to get your house hunt started today.


    How Lafayette Celebrates Mardi Gras

    Mardi Gras Lafayette
    Every year, our real estate agents hit the streets to celebrate Mardi Gras here in Louisiana.

    If you're interested in Lafayette homes for sale, you should definitely know about Mardi Gras!

    Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday, is one of the most important days of the entire year in many French-speaking areas. No surprise that the centerpiece of the celebration here in good old Louisiana is none other than historic Lafayette.

    Mardi Gras is the Biggest Tuesday of the Year ... Literally

    Known as "Fat Tuesday" due in part to the delicious food that's always on offer, Mardi Gras was historically a celebration to help people get prepared for the more solemn religious observances of March and April. These days, everybody is invited!

    Mardi Gras is a party with revelers all over the United States, but many of the traditions people associate with it actually originated right down in southern Louisiana. Here, Mardi Gras is a major holiday people look forward to all year around.

    In towns like Lafayette and Opelousas, you'll see get-togethers that have been going on in a similar form for hundreds of years. Although there are many different places you could go to get your Mardi Gras fun on, Lafayette is a frequent choice of guests from outside the state.

    One thing you're sure to notice is the celebrations don't wait for Tuesday, March 5.

    According to the official Mardi Gras itinerary, many parishes will be holding Mardi Gras events starting all the way back in early February. This helps to accommodate many community events, such as charity runs, that cannot take place on the same day as the "big" parade.

    What Can You Expect to See as a Mardi Gras Participant?

    Mardi Gras is a party that draws thousands of spectators every year. It's fun for the whole family, and there are days dedicated to given events so you can plan the right experience for you.

    In Lafayette, there are tons of parades taking place on Mardi Gras itself. Most of these launch from historic downtown and go to Cajun Field – the football stadium nicknamed "The Swamp."

    The four biggest parades begin their journey at 6 p.m. Monday, March 6, starting with Queen Evangeline's parade. Then, you'll be able to catch the Mardi Gras show at Clark Field before it's time for King Gabriel's Parade, the Lafayette Mardi Gras Parade, and the Independent Parade.

    Those parades kick off at 10:00 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. respectively.

    Leading up to the big day, you can get involved in a wide range of other activities. For example, there's the legendary Mardi Gras run on February 17 beginning from old Vermillionville. There are also walking parades, a children's parade, and a dog show leading up to March 5.

    Lafayette is known for a truly family-friendly Mardi Gras. The local community has a great relationship with the police, and there's been very little nuisance behavior at past events. Parade areas are child-friendly and there are special viewing areas for people with mobility issues.

    Costume contests are one of the most beloved parties of Mardi Gras, so consider participating if this is your first time. Also, don't forget to try the signature treats of gumbo and king cake!

    "Fat Tuesday" Isn't the Only Thing Worth Celebrating Here in Lafayette

    If you enjoy Mardi Gras, why not see it every year? With our expert advice, you can!

    Our team will help you find your Lafayette dream home faster than you ever imagined.

    Contact us to find out more. We look forward to meeting you.


    Celebrate Mardi Gras in Baton Rouge's Spanish Town

    Spanish Town in Baton Rouge

    If you've been looking at Baton Rouge homes for sale, you've probably already gotten a taste of the city's unique vibe and diverse culture. This becomes even more apparent during historic Spanish Town's famous Mardi Gras celebration.

    While the center of the Mardi Gras revelry occurs in New Orleans, Spanish Town residents put their own eclectic spin on things during their annual Mardi Gras parade. This year's parade will be held on March 2nd, and the preparations are already well underway. Here's some information about what to expect during the celebration, so you can make the most of your experience.

    About Spanish Town

    A quaint section of Baton Rouge, Spanish Town is known for quirky older homes, a maze of one-way streets, and tons of history. Founded in 1805, this neighborhood is home to a Native American ceremonial burial mound, Civil War-era homes, and plenty of adorable cottages and bungalows.

    Homes in Spanish Town have grown in popularity recently as more residents see the benefits of moving to walkable neighborhoods close to downtown.  

    A Unique Mardi Gras Celebration 

    Since its debut in 1981, the parade has grown in size and is now the largest Mardi Gras parade in Baton Rouge. Here you won't find the traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold. Instead, Spanish Town revelers adorn themselves, their floats, and their homes in every imaginable shade of pink.

    Flamingos Everywhere

    With a mantra of "Poor taste is better than no taste at all," Spanish Town proudly embraces the pink flamingo as its mascot. The tradition began when the original parade participants took pink flamingo decorations from their lawns and used them to decorate their makeshift floats. The tradition stuck and is now an integral part of the celebration. 

    The annual festivities begin with the placement of large plywood flamingos in Capitol Lake. This marks the official announcement of the upcoming parade and ball. In recent years, it's become a tradition for LSU students and other residents to "adopt" the flamingos, taking them from their home in the lake and placing them in their front yards.

    One-of-a-Kind Floats

    One of the things our real estate agents love the most about the Spanish Town Parade is the complete absence of commercially-made floats. Instead, every float you'll see is handmade by individual krewes. This creates a fun and exciting experience that's sure to be different from anything you've ever seen before. 

    Tips for Enjoying the Parade

    The parade begins at noon on Saturday, March 2nd and is featuring an extended route. This change should thin out the crowds, making the experience even more enjoyable.

    Plan to wear your favorite pink outfits, dress in a flamingo-themed costume, or wear anything else that helps you get into a festive mood. Find parking where you can, and make your way on foot to the parade route. Here you'll join close to 100,000 other revelers in enjoying the nearly two-hour parade. Get ready to dance to the music, chuckle at the funny floats, and of course, scramble for beads. Whatever you do, come with a great attitude and plan to have the time of your life. 

    If you're bringing small children, consider viewing the parade from the alcohol-free family zone located on the North side of Convention Street between 5th and 7th streets. Here you'll find a more tame version of the Mardi Gras crowd and will still be able to enjoy plenty of family-friendly fun. 

    Enjoy Baton Rouge Year-Round

    If you're excited about the thought of living in Baton Rouge, you're not alone. The real estate market here is booming and there are plenty of great properties available. Contact us today to learn how we can help you find your dream home.


    New Orleans Living: Mardi Gras 2019

    Mardi Gras 2019While Christmas lovers around the world lament the end of the holiday season, residents of New Orleans eagerly await our favorite time of the year — Mardi Gras! Though this European Carnival celebration dates back to the 17th and 18th centuries, no place on Earth has a Mardi Gras party quite like The Big Easy!

    Our real estate agents at Latter & Blum don't want you to miss a minute of Mardi Gras action. That's why we've created this helpful guide to answer all of your questions and point you in the direction of unforgettable fun!

    New Orleans Locals Mardi Gras

    What is Mardi Gras?

    If you've heard of Mardi Gras but aren't sure what it is, here's the short of it: Mardi Gras is an annual celebration signifying the start of Lent on the Christian calendar. Since the first day of Lent, Ash Wednesday, begins a long period of fasting until Easter Sunday, the Tuesday prior was traditionally spent loading up on fatty food in preparation for this abstinence. Mardi Gras literally means "Fat Tuesday" in French.

    When is Mardi Gras 2019?

    This year's Mardi Gras falls on March 5.

    Why is Mardi Gras in New Orleans different from the rest of the world?

    Aside from the fact that everything in New Orleans is quite different, Mardi Gras in this city is a very special time. Instead of celebrating just as a single day, we celebrate an entire season! From January 6th until March 5th, the streets come alive with parades and parties. Our city has been participating in this month-long celebration since the 1730s so believe us when we say New Orleans knows a thing or two about amazing Mardi Gras festivities.

    New Orleans Mardi Gras Parade

    When is the Mardi Gras Parade?

    One of the best reasons to celebrate Mardi Gras in New Orleans is that there's no single holiday parade. In fact, we host so many exciting parades that you won't be able to see them all! Each parade is organized, designed and conducted by a "krewe." Here are a few of our favorites that we believe you should consider on Mardi Gras Day itself:

    • Krewe of Rex: The King of the Carnival, the Rex Organization, has helped define Mardi Gras as New Orleans knows it since 1872. The parade begins at the corner of Napoleon Ave. and S. Claiborne Ave. in Uptown at 10 a.m. The Krewe of Rex should definitely be at the top of your list!
    • Krewe of Lyra: Those celebrating in the Covington area should head to North Columbia St. and Jefferson St. for the 10 a.m. Krewe of Lyra parade. This newer krewe is less than ten years old, and their coed parade raises awareness for their allies in the National Alliance for Mental Illness.
    • Krewe of Argus: If you find yourself at the intersection of Veterans Blvd and Houma Blvd in Metairie at 10 a.m., you should definitely find a comfortable spot to observe the Krewe of Argus parade. Join over a million people as you watch this family-friendly krewe of nearly 500 make their way through Jefferson Parish.

    What else can I do during Mardi Gras?

    What can't you do is a better question! New Orleans comes alive in exciting ways throughout the season, and there is an infinite number of ways to enjoy it. Whether you're looking for great food, lively bars or family-friendly hangouts, contact us and let us help you plan your Mardi Gras celebration. For help searching for New Orleans homes for sale or to sell your current property, trust Latter & Blum for all of your real estate needs! 


    Opelousas - A City Filled with Flavor and Life

    Opelousas Louisiana
    Our real estate agents make it easier for you to find the best Opelousas homes for sale and get to closing with a price and timeline that appeal to you.

    Incorporated in 1720, this city of about 17,000 people is one of the most enticing communities to move to in all of Louisiana. Bursting with history, it was founded by French colonists.

    Once a top trading post supplying New Orleans, it is known as the "Spice Capital of the World." Spice blends and sauces from many of America's top manufacturers are produced here.

    It's also the world capital of the iconic zydeco style of music, which incorporates influences from blues, R&B, and the musical heritage of the Louisiana Creole people.

    But those aren't the only reasons why Opelousas is spicy!

    Let's take a closer look.

    One of Louisiana's Oldest Communities Offers Unique Sights to Residents and Visitors

    Opelousas has a lot to recommend it, but one thing you're sure to notice is the way history has been preserved and incorporated into many aspects of the city. It has one of the largest and most vibrant historic districts in the United States, with a large stock of brilliantly preserved buildings.

    When you come and visit Opelousas, you'll find plenty to see and do:

    • Historic Sightseeing and Pedestrian Walks
      Around the historic central square, you'll find brick sidewalks dating to the 19th century. A stroll through the neighborhood gives you the chance to see striking antebellum and Victorian structures. That includes manor homes and government buildings painstakingly restored to original conditions.

    • Museums Unlike Any Other in America
      Not surprisingly, Opelousas is home to some unique museums that draw lots of support from the local community. Around historic Le Vieux Village, you'll see 19th-century cottages, exhibits on the historic Orphan Train, and permanent displays about famed frontiersman Jim Bowie.

    • Fun and Excitement in Modern Venues
      Of course, a city this size has plenty of verve! Many new venues for dancing, dining, and entertainment have appeared over the last decade. You won't want to miss the opportunity to explore Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino for fast-paced enjoyment.

    • Gourmet Cuisine to Tantalize Your Taste Buds
      The town motto is "Perfectly Seasoned," and there are many good reasons why. Cultures blend beautifully in Opelousas and this is reflected in its savory, satisfying cuisine. Soileau's Dinner Club is a family-owned Cajun restaurant where you can sample classic seafood and steaks.

    • An Outstanding Annual Mardi Gras Celebration
      Every March, Opelousas brims with revelry during Mardi Gras celebrations that date back to 1709. Opelousas and surrounding communities have some unique traditions you won't find in most other places. Expect parades, zydeco music, chicken runs, trail rides, and plenty of gumbo.

    • Live Music and Festivals
      You can find musicians playing zydeco-inspired music any time of year around Le Vieux, but you'll have to drop by in September for the Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival. The top performers in the genre headline a party full of hearty Creole food and fun!

    Opelousas is Waiting for YOU to Become Part of its Centuries-Old Story

    The story of Opelousas has been made for three centuries now, and there's no better time for you to become a lasting part of it.

    Our team will support you every step of the way with personalized advice based on our many years of experience in real estate throughout Louisiana.

    Our exceptional customer care will give you peace of mind as you buy your Opelousas home.

    Contact us to find out more today. We look forward to helping you.


    Lafayette's Historic Azalea Trail Begins February 23

    Azalea Trail
    If you're visiting Lafayette homes for sale in late February and March, you can't help but notice the gorgeous blooms of the city's many Azalea trees.

    Locals and visitors can enjoy the full splendor of the event by walking, biking, or driving along the 20-mile stretch known as the Azalea Trail

    The History of the Azalea Trail

    The Azalea Trail begins at the Lafayette Visitor center located at 1400 NW Evangeline Thruway and winds through the city's streets, historic districts, and grand boulevards. Along the trail, you'll find a stunning number of Azalea bushes blooming in an array of pinks, reds, whites, and purples. Ranging in size from dwarf to jumbo, some of these bushes are more than 50 years old!

    The trail has been a popular destination since the 1930s and records suggest as many as 40,000 visitors drove through the city in the mid-1940s. In the 1980s, it was named one of the "Top 20 Tourist Destinations in the South" by Southern Living magazine.

    In 2015, the group Scenic Lafayette began revitalizing the trail. The following year the city of Lafayette was named one of the nation's 15 "Azalea Cities" by the Azalea Society of America. At that time, February 23rd was declared the official opening day of the blooming season.

    The Azalea Trail Bike and Classic Car Cruise

    While there's no bad way to visit the trail during blooming season, our real estate agents recommend attending the Azalea Trail Classic Car Cruise & Bike Ride. This event, held on March 9th, features a 1-mile family bike ride, 5- and 10-mile options, and an escorted classic car cruise.

    The event ends with a car cruise social complete with food and drinks and an awards ceremony where prizes will be given for the best vintage costume and best Azalea display. Cruisers will also receive free admission to The Hilliard Museum on the day of the event. Bicycle rentals are available from TRAIL, making this fun event accessible to everyone.

    No matter how you choose to take in the scenery of the Azalea trail, make sure, you take the time to do it. This is a memorable event that you must see to believe.

    Learn More About the City of Lafayette

    Are you interested in learning more about what it's like to live and work in the city of Lafayette? Our agents love helping potential new residents explore the city. Contact us today to discuss your home-buying goals and learn how we can help. 


    Cafe Du Monde - A New Orleans Staple

    Cafe Du Monde
    For those of you who are new to town or are browsing quaint New Orleans homes for sale, there are two essential menu items you need to familiarize yourself with: beignets and café au lait. And no one does these New Orleans staples better than the folks at Café du Monde.

    Café du Monde: Your Newest Coffee Addiction

    For more than 150 years, people from far and wide have been cramming into the New Orleans French Market coffee stand, waiting in line however long they must to get their hands on a fresh bag of beignets. An order of these square pieces of fried dough covered in powdered sugar isn't complete unless it comes with a café au lait (pronounced o-LAY).

    What's makes the coffee at Café du Monde worth the trip? One word: chicory. This root from the endive plant is roasted, ground up and added into Café du Monde's famous half coffee, half hot milk concoction. The result is a delicious brew that has almost a chocolate flavoring. In other words: the perfect drink to accompany your beignets.

    A New Orleans' Favorite

    New Orleans - Cafe du Monde

    Even stubborn residents who avoid the touristy French Quarter admit that they'd gladly brave any crowd for Café du Monde. Beignets and café au lait in The Big Easy date back to the 1800s when French settlers introduced stuffed fritters and chicory to the area. Since Café du Monde's opening in 1862, beignets and café au lait have become a New Orleans institution that no one can resist.

    Tips for a Trip to Café du Monde

    The only bad time to go to Café du Monde is on Christmas Day — the sole day of the year that they're closed. For the other 364 days, Café du Monde is happily open 24 hours long for you to indulge your sweet tooth. You should know, though, that this café isn't a secret. During peak times you'll see every table full and take-out lines stretching down the sidewalk. Thankfully, our real estate agents are also big beignet fans and have a few tips for making your first trip to Café du Monde unforgettable.

    Tip #1: Bring Cash

    Café du Monde is a cash-only café. If you're seated, they'll provide you with the check right when your food is ready so you'll need to have enough cash-on-hand for your meal.

    Tip #2: Don't Fight for a Table

    Tables are first-come, first-serve which means you'll probably have trouble finding a seat right away. Instead of waiting for a table, simply wait in line and order take-out. Café du Monde is right across the street from Jackson Square. Grab your beignet bag and coffee and stroll along the square. With artists and performers scattered about this historical landmark, there's plenty for you to see while you enjoy your food.

    Tip #3: Go When It's Convenient for You

    At breakfast time, expect Café du Monde to be swarming with tourists and locals alike. Since they're open 24/7, make a trip out to the French Quarter whenever you have free time. Instead of rushing through breakfast, go in the evening for a nice dessert. Better yet, end your fun night exploring Bourbon Street scarfing down beignets and a café au lait. You'll thank us in the morning!

    Café du Monde is just one of the many iconic staples of New Orleans. The fantastic team at Latter & Blum Inc. are happy to give you a list of the top places in the French Quarter to visit. For more delicious information or to tour beautiful New Orleans homes for sale, contact us today!


    Baton Rouge Business: 7 Favorite Coffee Shops in the Capital City

    Coffee Shops Baton Rouge
    Our real estate agents love coffee. How about you?

    Before a full day of helping customers like you explore the best Baton Rouge homes for sale, there's nothing quite like a steaming cup of java. Much like brews and teas, there are so many different kinds of coffee to enjoy, the fun and discovery never have to stop.

    When you visit or relocate to Baton Rouge, you'll find top-quality coffee on practically every street corner. Our local cafes are the perfect way to get started in the morning, get in the zone for creative work, or get social with others who crave a cup of Joe.

    Here are our seven favorite Baton Rouge cafes:

    1. Magpie Cafe - 3205 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge
      Magpie Cafe is the result of an Italian culinary tour owners Lina and James Jacobs went on in 2008. Their cafe opened 2012 in a quaint and rustic renovated cottage, is based on what they learned: It offers fresh, organic farm-to-table dining and some of the finest coffee in Louisiana.

    2. Light House Coffee - 257 Lee Drive, Suite O, Baton Rouge
      Like a beautiful caffeinated beacon, Light House Coffee calls out to locals and guests alike. Ultra-chic modern surroundings highlight coffees by specialty roasters selected through direct trade. The cafe also offers a curated menu of other specialty drinks. 

    3. French Truck Coffee - 2978 Government Street, Baton Rouge
      French Truck Coffee is constantly on the prowl for striking global coffee flavors to introduce to Baton Rouge. It's the home of the Big Chief blend, a popular carnival season coffee consisting of Central and South American beans known for their fruity savor and creamy texture.

    4. Highland Coffees - 3350 Highland Road, Baton Rouge
      Get a taste of the moors right here in Louisiana with Highland Coffees. Stationed at the historic North Gates of Louisiana State University, it entices patrons with a remarkable listing of coffees and teas. A wide range of delicious handcrafted pastries helps round out a gourmet experience.

    5. Brew HA-HA! - 711 Jefferson Highway, Suite 2A, Baton Rouge
      The cafe with the funniest name in Baton Rouge is Brew HA-HA! Opened by Gabby Loubiere Higgins in 2004, it's a real local institution. The "can't miss" secret: Cake balls baked each morning. With flavors like cafe mocha and bananas Foster, they go brilliantly with any cup of coffee.

    6. Garden District Coffee - 2008 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge
      In rain, shine, or snow, Garden District Coffee is there to offer you welcoming ears and warm cups of your favorite beverage. Founded in 2011, it has become especially popular among college students. It's grown into a hot venue for live music from local artists.

    7. Coffee Call - 3132 College Drive F, Baton Rouge
      With a convenient location right on College Drive, it's never "the last call" at Coffee Call. This is the place to go when you want to enjoy a rich menu of soul-satisfying Louisiana classics along with your coffee: There is a full soup and salad bar anchored by six different po' boy sandwiches.

    Come for the Coffee, Stay for the Community Here in Baton Rouge

    As the capital city of Louisiana, Baton Rouge has much more to offer than world-class coffee.

    You'll also find amazing amenities here: Everything from dining and shopping to some of the best employers, public schools, and universities in the United States. Contact us today to find out more. We're always happy to help!


    A Newcomer's Guide to New Orleans French Quarter & Jackson Square

    Guide to French QuarterNew Orleans was little more than a French trading camp when it was first founded in 1718, growing over time to become an established colony, with a grid of streets running parallel and perpendicular to the Mississippi River. At its heart was a one-block common area called the Place d'Armes.

    Today, those original city blocks are known as the French Quarter, and the former Place d'Armes at their center, overlooking the river, is called Jackson Square. If you happen to be in town looking at New Orleans homes for sale, this iconic spot at the heart of the city is a must-visit.

    A Piece of Living History

    From the very beginning, Place d'Armes was the central hub of life in New Orleans. Footsteps from the river port, the governor's mansion and the church now known as St. Louis Cathedral, the square was used as an open-air market, public square, and military parade ground. It was the epicenter of shipping and commerce in the young city. 

    In the wake of the Battle of New Orleans in 1814, Place d'Armes was redesigned, with new public benches for sitting, iron fences, beautiful formal gardens, and public walkways. It was renamed Jackson square in honor of Andrew Jackson, who had risen to hero status after achieving victory in the Battle of New Orleans, effectively ending the war of 1812. A bronze statue of Jackson was erected at the center of the square, where it remains to this day. 

    Exploring Jackson Square

    New Orleans Jackson Square

    New Orleans has always been, paradoxically perhaps, a city in a constant state of change, and yet seemingly linked to the past in a way that few places are. Jackson Square and the French Quarter are a perfect example. Despite reminders of the 21st century all around you, exploring this area can feel like stepping back in time.

    For locals and visitors alike, Jackson square remains a central gathering place and favorite haunt in the heart of the city. A thriving open-air artist colony has made its home here for over a century, with artists displaying their work, often moments after its completion, on the iron fences of the square. The streets surrounding Jackson Square were transformed into a pedestrian mall in the 1970s, making it easier than ever to explore the square and nearby attractions. Be sure to check out some of these iconic destinations within walking distance of Jackson Square:

    • Wander around the French Market, open seven days a week, where you'll find an ever-changing selection of arts, crafts, local food, flea market items and handmade goods of all kinds. 
    • Snack on beignets from the legendary Cafe du Monde, open since 1862.
    • Explore the historic buildings surrounding Jackson Square, including the St. Louis Cathedral, the Presbytere, and Cabildo (Louisiana State Museums).
    • Take in a sweeping view across the Mississippi River at Washington Artillery Park.
    • Stroll down Pirate's Alley, the historic pirate hangout next to St. Louis Cathedral, said to have been frequented by legendary local privateer Jean Lafitte. 
    • Have your portrait painted by one of the Jackson Square artists
    • Experience any number of colorful local events and festivals that are centered around Jackson Square, including the French Quarter Festival, which takes place every April. 

    No city in the U.S. offers a richer history or more diverse culture than New Orleans, and our real estate agents are grateful to call it home. Contact us at Latter & Blum Inc. REALTORS® today to learn more about life in New Orleans, and get started on the road to finding your dream home in one of the most vibrant cities in the world. 


    7 Romantic Restaurants in Baton Rouge Perfect for Valentine's Day

    Baton Rouge Date

    To celebrate this romantic occasion with the one you love, Baton Rouge offers many romantic dining choices that promise to keep any relationship humming. For newcomers currently searching for Baton Rouge homes for sale, take a break from your quest by visiting one of the many top romantic Baton Rouge restaurants.

    Love is in the Air in Baton Rouge

    1. Mansurs on the Boulevard - 5720 Corporate Boulevard #A
      Touted as "Louisiana's Premier Bar & Grill," Mansurs on the Boulevard accommodates couples and groups with excellent service, exquisite French Contemporary menu choices, and an extensive wine list in a relaxing, yet elegant atmosphere.

    2. Beausoleil - 7731 Jefferson Highway
      Beausoleil translated "beautiful sun," is a neighborhood restaurant and bar specializing in contemporary Lousiana dishes made from local products. With normal hours for lunch and dinner on Tuesday through Saturday (closed on Monday), Beausoleil also serves a popular and romantic Brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm.

    3. Gino's Italian Restaurant - 4542 Bennington Avenue
      For over 50 years, family-owned Gino's has presented their Sicilian-inspired cuisine to locals and visitors alike. The restaurant offers Sicilian and Southern Italy's unique recipes that include Mediterranean-style seafood and excellent quality steaks. The fireplace, copper-covered tables, and cozy candlelight certainly add a romantic ambiance to the setting.

    4. Sullivan's Steakhouse - 5252 Corporate Boulevard
      Sullivan's Steakhouse is already gearing up for Valentine's Day with a spectacular three-course "Wine, Dine and Be Mine" $79 Prix fixed menu that includes Sullivan's specially prepared top-quality steaks and seafood. Known nationally for outstanding cuisine and service, Sullivan's offers delectable Filet Mignon, New York Strip Steak, and  Broiled Salmon the way you like them. Follow that with your choice of NY-style Cheesecake, Bananas Foster Bread Pudding, or, naturally, their famous Key Lime Pie.

    5. Maison Lacour French Restaurant - 11025 N. Harrell's Ferry Road
      Since 1986, Maison Lacour has offered traditional French cuisine infused with an abundance of Southern Louisiana ingredients in a cozy, romantic cabin within a park-like setting. Diners select from seafood, beef, fowl, veal, game, and many other delicious menu items while enjoying the extensive wine list and fresh, homemade French bread. The restaurant offers a delightful and romantic experience in five small dining rooms.

    6. French Market Bistro - 16645 Highland Road
      The French Market Bistro lives up to an excellent reputation for fresh, beautifully prepared soups and salads, freshly baked artisan bread, starters, an extensive choice of fish and farmland entrees, all made in a contemporary French style. The dessert list is not to be ignored.

    7. Louisiana Lagniappe Restaurant - 9990 Perkins Road
      Situated at the Sandpiper Yacht Club, the Baton Rouge version of the Louisiana Lagniappe (meaning "something extra") has been serving their classic dishes for over 20 years. Traditional Louisiana dishes include Pontchartrain and Louisianne Filet of Fish, Chicken Arcadiana, Tournedos of Beef, Grits and Groulades, and much more.

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    5 Spots to Spend Valentines Day in Lafayette

    Valentines Day LafayetteSearching for the perfect place to take your special someone for Valentine's Day this year in Lafayette? Whether you're shopping for Lafayette homes for sale or you're already a long-time resident, you'll find plenty of great places to celebrate the big day in our city. 

    Lafayette is known as a great foodie town, with many local restaurants that go above and beyond to provide an elegant, romantic setting for a Valentine's Day meal. Our real estate agents have the details on five fantastic restaurants in Lafayette where you can celebrate Valentine's Day this year.

    Love Is in the Air in Lafayette

    1. Marcello's Wine Market Cafe – 340 Kaliste Saloom Road Suite C, Lafayette
      With an extensive wine list, rustic atmosphere, and authentic, Sicilian-inspired cuisine, Marcello's Wine Market Cafe provides the perfect backdrop for a romantic Valentine's Day meal. Choose from a wide variety of affordable, carefully selected wines to pair with a meal that will make you feel like your dining in a cafe in Sicily. The team at Marcello's works hard to provide a setting that is both elegant and inviting while going above and beyond to help you celebrate the big day.

    2. Cafe Bella – 301 Heymann Boulevard, Lafayette
      Cafe Bella has a unique philosophy when it comes to creating authentic Italian food, and have traveled across Italy to sample dishes that eventually make their way to the restaurant's menu in Lafayette. The result is an authentic Italian dining experience that will make you feel like your pulling up a chair at a table in the Old Country. At Cafe Bella, the setting is quiet, relaxing, and ideal for a romantic night on the town.

    3. Antoni's Italian Cafe – 1118-A Coolidge Street, Lafayette
      Comfort and class. That is the guiding philosophy behind Antoni's Italian Cafe, one of the most popular lunch and dinner spots in Lafayette for Valentine's Day meals. Select your meal from an extensive collection of authentic Italian dishes, then pair it with one of the many fine wines available on the menu. The team at Antoni's strives to treat every guest like family, by providing fresh, delicious food, friendly service, and a lovely, laid-back atmosphere that inspires you to savor every bite.

    4. Imonelli Restaurant – 4017 Johnston Street, Lafayette
      Looking for a Lafayette restaurant that locals love? Imonelli Restaurant often has some of the hottest tables in the city, thanks to its elegant atmosphere and a menu packed with Italian dishes and seafood favorites. The cozy setting and friendly staff at Imonelli Restaurant make it the perfect setting for an enchanting evening. Enjoy a wide variety of classic Italian fare, choose from a diverse wine list, and be sure to leave some room for the legendary desserts at Imonelli.

    5. Social Southern Table and Bar – 3901 Johnston Street, Lafayette
      Take your Valentine's Day date to the next level with a meal at Social Southern Table and Bar, a dining destination known for its understated elegance and an incredible selection of whiskey. Social Southern offers an upscale dining experience with a friendly atmosphere, and a menu with flavors inspired from around the world. Enjoy craft cocktails, food made from fresh, local ingredients, and delicious desserts. Social Southern is also open for brunch if you're looking to try something different for Valentine's Day this year.

    Still searching for the perfect place to call home close to all of the excellent dining options and attractions of Lafayette? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy, sell, and learn about homes throughout the Lafayette, LA area.


    Dancing Your Way Through Lafayette

    Dancing in Lafayette

    When checking out Lafayette homes for sale, potential buyers often ask our real estate agents about the local entertainment scene. While there are plenty of fun things to do in the area, dancing the night away is a favorite pastime for Lafayette locals.

    Whether you're an experienced dancer or you're just learning the art of the two-step, you're sure to find a venue in Lafayette that's perfect for you. Next time you're ready to blow off some steam and shake your tailfeather, pay a visit to one of these popular local dance halls.

    1. Blue Moon Saloon and Guest House - 215 E Convent St.
      Voted one of the 100 best bars in the South by Southern Living magazine, Blue Moon Saloon is one of the most popular music venues in Lafayette. With live bands every day of the week, this world-famous honky-tonk is the ideal place to hear all types of roots music while meeting interesting people, enjoying a cocktail, and showing off your dancing skills. If you're not yet a Lafayette resident, or you don't want to worry about driving home, you can book a room at the Blue Moon Guesthouse and keep the party going all night long.
    1. Randol's - Seafood Restaurant: 2320 Kaliste Saloom Road
      Deeply rooted in traditions of Cajun culture, Randol's Seafood Restaurant prides itself in providing superior quality food, entertainment, and a hopping good time. With live Cajun and Zydeco bands every day of the week, there's no bad time to come to Randol's. Sit down to one of the best dinners you'll ever have, then stick around for a toe-tapping good time.  
    1. Artmosphere - 902 Johnston St.
      A combination bar and grill, art gallery, and music venue, Artmosphere offers something for everyone. With live music six nights a week ranging from Cajun and Zydeco to funk, rock, jazz, and blues, there's never a dull moment here.

      This location offers plenty of room for dancing in the art gallery area, cozy booths for diners, and an outdoor seating area. While you're there, be sure to check out the garden-fresh menu featuring home-grown ingredients and specialties from local markets. 
    1. Feed & Seed Lafayette - 106 North Grant St.
      If you want plenty of room to show off your dance moves, plan to pay a visit to Feed & Seed Lafayette. This 100-year-old building was formerly Broussard's Feed and Seed Store. It's now a spacious music and events venue with a huge wooden dance floor and an outdoor patio. Here you'll find great bands, friendly staff, and a rustic Creole atmosphere that appeals to visitors and locals alike.
    1. Grant Street Dancehall - 113 W Grant St.
      Built in 1878, the historic Grant Street Dancehall is now a 9,000 square foot event venue that turns into a bar/nightclub on Wednesday and Friday nights.

      Located in downtown Lafayette, this venue gives visitors the option to dance the night away on the nightclub side of the bar or relax in the adjoining saloon. Hugely popular among local college students, the live DJ spinning R&B and hip-hop tunes is sure to have you kicking up your heels all night long.

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    Local Living in Lafayette: 7 Best Music Venues in Our Hometown

    Lafayette Music Venues
    Louisiana has an incredible musical heritage. No matter what style of music you enjoy, you'll find it here in Lafayette. Head over to one of these great local music venues on your next night out. Our real estate agents share all the details.

    1. Artmosphere - 902 Johnston St., Lafayette
      As the name suggests, Artmosphere combines a vibrant performance stage with a gallery spotlighting the works of talented local artists. The kitchen serves lunch, dinner, snacks and a bottomless mimosa Sunday brunch inside or out on the shaded, expansive deck. Music is offered seven nights a week, and you can indulge your inner rock star with karaoke on Tuesday and open mic on Wednesday.

    2. Blue Moon Saloon - 215 East Convent St., Lafayette
      Blue Moon Saloon, located on the back porch of the historic Blue Moon Guesthouse, is a throwback to classic honky-tonks with its casual ambiance and calendar of roots music. The Wednesday night Cajun Jam has become a popular weekly tradition where musicians from all areas and skill levels assemble. Nightly drink specials include $3 Crown Royals, Jameson, and local beers.

    3. Warehouse 535/Rhum Room - 535 Garfield St., Lafayette
      In a past life, Warehouse 535 was indeed a World War II-era railroad warehouse. Today it's been converted to a concert and event hall that accommodates 700 guests. Rhum Room is the fully-stocked on-site bar. In addition to live music shows, Warehouse 535 hosts special events including the Celtic Bayou Festival and the SOLO Songwriters Fest. The facility is also available for private functions such as weddings, company meetings, and graduation parties.

    4. Feed & Seed - 106 N. Grant St., Lafayette
      Want to add authentic Cajun flavor to your upcoming wedding and reception? Feed & Seed is an iconic local venue blending the best of rustic and modern. Farm tables and bentwood chairs form the backdrop for the decor of your choice, with plenty of floor space for a "fais do-do."

    5. The Grouse Room - 1919 Kaliste Saloon Rd. Suite 303, Lafayette
      The Grouse Room takes its unique name from the Chiasson family tradition of marking special events with a group toast featuring a shot of Famous Grouse Scotch. Walls of the Grouse Room display works of John Chiasson, a world-renowned photographer whose subjects included U.S. presidents, professional athletes, kings and queens, and famous musicians. Every Tuesday night features a dueling piano show with free admission.

    6. POUR Restaurant & Bar - 1 Degaulle Square, Lafayette