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August
16

Walking Tours in NOLA

Nola Walking Tours

New Orleans homes for sale are part of a city that's packed with unique history and culture. Between your schedule of New Orleans open houses, it's a wise idea to explore and see everything that the "Big Easy" has to offer. The best way to do that is by foot, and there are plenty of opportunities.

Of all America's most amazing cities, New Orleans tops the charts for the sheer number and diversity of walking tours available every day. Our Realtors® know that many of our customers enjoy these tours and use them to get a better sense of what New Orleans is really all about.

Let's dive in and look at some of the top walking tours in NOLA.

New Orleans Legendary Walking Tours

New Orleans Legendary Walking Tours bills itself among the biggest and oldest walking tour companies here in New Orleans. Tours leave from various locations and usually include small groups. Seven highly experienced tour guides are available to take you on a classic walking tour or one of your own choosing.

If you want to get acquainted with all the top landmarks of New Orleans quickly, a "legendary" walking tour may be your best bet. There are four different tours to choose from and custom packages available.

These packages await at New Orleans Legendary Walking Tours:

  • Legends & Spirits Cocktail Hour
    New Orleans is packed with myths and legends, stories of larger-than-life characters who helped make the city what it is today. With this tour, you'll visit historic restaurants that will give you a true taste of NOLA's unique cocktail culture – both figuratively and literally. Naturally, this one is for adults only!

  • The French Quarter Tour
    The French Quarter is the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans. Here, you'll get the chance to see all the top examples of its striking French and Spanish architecture. Thanks to its high elevation, the area has maintained a treasure trove of centuries-old buildings preserved and waiting for your visit.

  • New Orleans Ghost Tour
    New Orleans is said to be one of the "Most Haunted" cities in America. Taking place exclusively at night, this tour will give you the chance to revisit real historic events and hear about eyewitness accounts of the unexplained. On your way around New Orleans' "murder mansions," you might just see a ghost!

  • The Garden District Tour
    In a city known for its character, the Garden District stands out as a neighborhood unlike any other. With lavish gardens, tree-lined boulevards, and Southern charm aplenty, it will offer you experiences that stick with you for a lifetime. You'll see celebrity mansions and the storied Lafayette Cemetery.

Free Tours by Foot

Free Tours by Foot is an alternative online marketplace for booking walking tours, swamp tours, and much more with experienced local guides. As you would expect, it offers tours of the Garden District, French Quarter, and the iconic Ghost Tour. But there are several other options not found elsewhere.

Among these are:

  • The Voodoo Tour
    This tour will bring you to sites such as Congo Square and others strongly associated with voodoo while explaining its basic ideas and history.

  • Treme
    Treme is the oldest continuously occupied black neighborhood in the United States. As the origin place of jazz and America's soul food traditions, it epitomizes much of what makes New Orleans so special. Tourists will discover the history and see the sights of this historic neighborhood.

Contact us to discover more about New Orleans.

August
10

Where to Grab Lunch in Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Lunch

Baton Rouge has an incomparable culinary scene. Just minutes from Baton Rouge homes for sale, you'll find world-class restaurants in a medley of styles. Some are known throughout the U.S., while others are local favorites. Our Realtors® can introduce you.

Between Baton Rouge open houses, try these intriguing lunch spots:

  • Milford's on Third – 150 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70801
    Although Milford's on Third is best known for its breakfast, the promise of classic delicatessen fare "without all the fanfare" means you can stop in any morning and appreciate the sandwiches and pastries all afternoon long. Lunch is served alongside breakfast from early in the morning until the 3 p.m. closing time, seven days a week. This family-owned spot also offers curbside and takeout service.

  • The Chimes Restaurant and Tap Room – 3357 Highland Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    Offering some of the best Southern cuisine and soul food in a city known for it, The Chimes Restaurant and Tap Room is so popular that it has three nearby locations to choose from. For over 25 years, it's been a mainstay among students, faculty, and visitors to Louisiana State University. Offering Cajun and Creole cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere that welcomes families, it is lauded for its extensive list of spirits.

  • Beausoleil Restaurant & Bar – 7731 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
    Beausoleil Restaurant & Bar is the place to go for innovative coastal cuisine. Creative dishes with fresh, local ingredients run the gamut from the indispensable raw oysters to tuna tataki to the spicy crab and crawfish maki roll. In addition to the brunch and lunch every day, it offers lavishly appointed spaces for all your most memorable group events. Reservations are strongly recommended.

  • Louie's Cafe – 3322 Lake Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    Louie's Cafe is beloved in the local area as an LSU tradition dating all the way back to 1941. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available from open to close – that is, 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. seven days a week. Among the lunch offerings are the famous Louie's Combos, the legendary Big Louie Burger, and Louie's Super Club. The menu is updated regularly!

  • Tony's Seafood – 5215 Plank Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70805
    Tony's Seafood bills itself as Louisiana's largest seafood market, with "Catering to Geaux" any time of the day and night. The most popular items to pick up in bulk include fresh-caught Louisiana blue crabs, Tony's signature broiled crawfish, and domestic wild-caught shrimp caught in local waters. Don't miss out on the Cajun boudin balls and fried whole catfish for a lunch you won't soon forget.

  • Mason's Grill – 13556 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge, LA 70817
    Mason's Grill blurs the line between lunch and brunch. Boldly calling itself Baton Rouge's Favorite Restaurant, it has something new every day of the week. You can enjoy the original Taco Tuesday, create your own burger with a huge range of buns, cheeses, and meats, or stop by for champagne brunch every weekend from 9 a.m. to 3 in the afternoon. There's simply nothing Mason's can't do.

  • Zorba's Greek Bistro – 5713 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70810
    Zorba's Greek Bistro stands out as one of the top Mediterranean restaurants in Baton Rouge. The menu is packed with delectable finds centering on the cuisine of Cyprus Island. Lunch guests can savor a slew of appetizers, soups, salads, gyros, souvlaki, and specialty sandwiches – the lamb halloumi sandwich is the headliner here. Dinner will not disappoint, with plenty of large shareable plates and hearty entrees.

Contact us to discover more about Baton Rouge real estate.

August
9

Shop Local Vendors at the French Market

Shop French Market

Our Realtors® never tire of wandering among the vendors at the French Market. There's always a huge selection of food and drink, clothing and jewelry, art and souvenirs waiting to be discovered.

And it's always changing! If you're in town visiting New Orleans open houses, you don't want to miss a trip to the French Market.

History of the French Market

The French Market has existed in something resembling its current form since 1791. Some of the oldest parts of the present-day market were built in 1813. At that time, it was commonly referred to as the Meat Market, as it was the only place in the city where meat was sold. 

Over the course of the 19th century, an informal bazaar grew in the space between the Meat Market and the nearby Vegetable Market. A building to house that bazaar was erected in 1872, looking very much like the French Market of today.

The most recent major renovations to the French Market were carried out by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s, though many smaller additions and renovations have taken place in the decades since. 

French Market Vendors

Most of the vendors at the French Market come here every single day, and many have been set up here for years. But the market still changes from day to day, and you truly never know what you might find. 

Although the French Market is seen by some as a tourist spot, it's also a favorite hangout for locals. Plenty of NOLA residents come here every week, not just to see what's new but to pick up their reliable favorites. Some of the things you'll find in the French Market include:

Visit the French Market

The French Market is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. It's sandwiched between the Mississippi River and the French Quarter and is just minutes away from many New Orleans homes for sale

Although it's changed a lot over the years, the French Market is still a hub for commerce, culture, and community in New Orleans. It belongs on the short list of destinations that no NOLA trip is complete without!

Contact us today to learn more about all the sights and sounds of New Orleans. If you're on the hunt for your dream home, our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find it in the New Orleans area!

August
5

7 Reasons Why You'll Love Living in Lafayette

Acadiana

Moving to a new city often includes equal parts of excitement and apprehension. But Our Realtors® know the Lafayette area is truly something special. Here are just some of the reasons people move to this area.

  1. Diverse Population and Culture
    Lafayette embodies the modern-day version of the "melting pot" ethic that formed the foundation of our country. Niche, the noted site that reviews cities based on a wide range of criteria, ranks Lafayette as the most diverse place to live in its namesake parish. 

  2. Pleasant Weather
    No need to be a snowbird in Lafayette. According to Best Places, the city averages zero inches of snow per year versus the U.S. average of a whopping 28 inches. While Louisiana's humid summers are well-known, the other seasons make up for it. Spring and fall temperatures usually sit comfortably in the upper 70s and lower 80s, and even winter temperatures are relatively mild in the 40s.

  3. Low Cost of Living
    Your hard-earned dollar goes further in Lafayette. On a scale of 100, which represents the national average, Best Places calculates Lafayette's cost of living at 87.7. The city ranks considerably lower than average nearly across the board, with the biggest savings in the categories of groceries, healthcare, and utilities.

  4. Affordable Housing
    Housing is the biggest item in nearly everyone's budget, and Lafayette delivers great values. The median home cost is $180K-$190K, about $100K less than the national average. The property tax rate is roughly half the national average, which adds to the attractiveness of homeownership. In addition, there's a neighborhood in Lafayette to suit everyone, featuring historic homes and urban apartments, quiet suburban areas, and rural properties. 

  5. Family-Friendly
    Niche also recognizes Lafayette as a great place to raise a family, awarding the city a B+ grade in "Good for Families" and B- in "Public Schools." Many local attractions, such as Vermillionville and the Children's Museum of Acadiana, provide a mix of entertainment and education. Families can also enjoy outdoor fun with opportunities for paddling, fishing, camping, and hiking in the city known as the "Sportsman's Paradise." Acadiana Park Nature Station is a particular favorite for its programs and activities, including night hikes, nature talks, and Young Naturalist Clubs.

  6. Year-Round Festivals
    Festivals are a great way to meet people and learn what makes a community special. Lafayette loves to party, as evidenced by the full calendar of festivals. The headliner is the Festival International de Louisiane, which has been held each spring for 37 years. Other popular events include fall's Festivals Acadiens et Creoles, along with countless festivals celebrating Lafayette's food, culture, and history.

  7. Eclectic Food Scene
    It goes without saying that Cajun and Creole food reign supreme in Lafayette, but the restaurant scene has a surprisingly diverse representation of cuisines. In July, Food Network named Johnson's Boucaniere to their list of "50 States of Barbecue," applauding their flavorful brisket and pulled pork, while the Lafayette Daily Advertiser turned a spotlight on the city's robust offering of tacos and Mexican street food

Need any more reasons to visit Lafayette open houses? Get the inside scoop when you contact us at Latter & Blum.

August
3

Hidden Culinary Gems in Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge

The culinary delights of Baton Rouge are legendary, but a number of incredible restaurants fly under the radar. Our real estate agents share the secrets of their favorite hidden gems around the Capital City.

  • Crown Bistro - The Royal Standard, 16016 Perkins Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70810
    Treat yourself like royalty with a majestic meal at Crown Bistro. This charming restaurant is tucked inside The Royal Standard, a British-inspired lifestyle shop featuring a curated assortment of fashion accessories and home decor from around the world. Enjoy the sophisticated selection of soups, salads, and sandwiches at your table with a view of the lovely patio and lawn. Be sure to stop at the candy counter for some gourmet chocolates to go. Crown Bistro is open from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday. Brunch is served 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. weekends.

  • Heather V's Cafe - The Foyer, 3655 Perkins Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    With 75 merchants across 8,000 square feet, The Foyer is the perfect place to find furnishings, accessories, and artwork to fill Baton Rouge homes for sale. When you're ready for a break, grab a bite to eat at Heather V's Cafe. Order a classic muffuletta or a fresh salad with their signature lemon parmesan dressing, which is also available by the bottle. Follow Heather V's on Facebook for information about daily soup and sandwich specials. Hours are 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

  • Waterfront Cafe - Greenwood Community Park, 13350 LA-19, Baker, LA 70714
    So it's a beautiful day in the Red Stick, and you're in the mood for an impromptu scenic meal near Baker homes for sale. Head to Greenwood Community Park for lunch at the Waterfront Cafe, located in the Dumas Memorial Pro Golf Shop. Dine on summertime favorites such as burgers, hot dogs, and deli sandwiches from your lakeside table. There's candy and soda for the kids, as well as ice-cold beer for the grown-ups. Waterfront Cafe is open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

  • Louie's Cafe - 3322 Lake St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    When a restaurant's clientele includes both college students and families, you know they're something special. Louie's Cafe has been a Baton Rouge institution since 1941. Over the years, Louie's has grown from a 10-stool diner to their current, more spacious building on Lake St. One constant has been proximity to the LSU campus. The comfort food-laden menu includes Eggs Louisianne, the cafe's take on Eggs Benedict, featuring locally-caught shrimp and crawfish. Louie's is open seven days a week from 6:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

  • Smoke & Boil - Baton Rouge, LA
    Feel like a true insider when you attend one of the lively events from Cajun food vendor Smoke & Boil. They describe their pop-ups at various Baton Rouge locations as "social gatherings" celebrating the city's culinary, brewing, and artistic communities. During recent months, Smoke & Boil has served a crawfish boil at Cypress Coast Brewing Co., farm-fresh egg sandwiches at Agile Brewing, and gourmet hot dogs at Sugarfield Spirits. Follow Smoke & Boil on Facebook for details about their current schedule.

Fuel up at these great places while you're touring Baton Rouge open houses. Get the inside scoop when you contact us at Latter & Blum. 

August
2

Explore These Lakes Near New Orleans

New Orleans

New Orleans is famously identified with the Mississippi River, but that's not the only notable body of water found around the Big Easy. Our real estate agents love making convenient getaways to enjoy these incredible lakes near NOLA. 

  • Lake Pontchartrain
    Any discussion of lakes around New Orleans homes for sale has to begin with Lake Pontchartrain. Technically, the largest inland body of water in Louisiana is an estuary, which is a mix of freshwater from rivers and saltwater from the ocean. By any definition, Pontchartrain is a prime location for a multitude of activities, from fishing and boating to walking and sightseeing. Crossing the 23-mile Causeway Bridge is an hour-long scenic trip on its own. Visit the New Canal Lighthouse on Lakeshore Drive to learn more about the past, present, and future of Lake Pontchartrain. 

  • Lake Borgne 
    Coastal erosion has turned Lake Borgne into a lagoon of the Gulf of Mexico. Lake Borgne is also the mouth of the Rigolets, which is the strait that connects the Gulf to Lake Pontchartrain. While the larger body of water grabs more of the spotlight, anglers recognize Lake Borgne as a plentiful source of trout, redfish, and catfish. The lake's signature attraction is Fort Proctor, also known as Beauregard's Castle, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in the 1850s to protect local water routes, the fort is now completely surrounded by water and accessible only by a 20-minute kayak or canoe ride. 

  • Lac Des Allemands 
    Lac Des Allemands is named for the German settlers who came to the area in the early 18th century. In 1978, the lake gained national attention thanks to an article in the New York Times about its status as "Catfish Capital of the Universe." According to locals, "little red worms" at the bottom of the lake provide the nourishment that makes the catfish so special. Above ground, Lac Des Allemands is surrounded by cypress tree-lined bayous that are home to great blue herons, alligators, bald eagles, and other wildlife. Swamp boat tours are a popular way to explore the 12,000-acre lake.

  • Lake Martin
    Thanks to its location in Cypress Island Nature Preserve, Lake Martin is one of the best places to view the amazing range of plants and wildlife that are native to the state. In particular, Lake Martin is the site of one of the state's largest colonies of water birds, including great blue herons, snowy egrets, and white ibis. While they're best viewed from a distance, the lake also features a large alligator population. Whether you stroll along the boardwalk or venture out in a canoe or kayak, you're bound to have an incredible experience.

  • Lake Maurepas 
    It may be difficult to think of 15,000 acres as "small," but Lake Maurepas is often referred to as the "little sister" of Lake Pontchartrain. Visitors appreciate the unspoiled beauty around the lake, which makes it a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. Stop in for lunch at nearby Middendorf's Restaurant and try their signature thin-fried Maurepas catfish as you relax on the outdoor deck overlooking the lake.

New Orleans open houses are a great way to find your forever home. Contact us at Latter & Blum for up-to-the-minute information on the latest listings.

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