Garden & Gun + Travel South USA: Louisiana

Back in June, Blake and I had the opportunity to partner with Garden & Gun, Travel South USA and Louisiana Travel to spend a weekend exploring their beautiful state. Neither of us had spent much time there and we wondered how different Louisiana could possibly feel from our own beloved Lowcountry. It felt like completely foreign territory  — until the food, the people, the landscapes, even the sweltering heat became comforting in that familiar Southern way.

We embraced crawfish at every meal, admired the serious Cajun two-steppers dancing to a bluesy Zydeco band, came face-to-face with a couple gators, and got a major thrill from being at America’s “most haunted house.” The locals embraced us tourists with open arms, spirited conversation, and in Breaux Bridge enough "famous pink cookies" to feed a small village. I loved exploring the small towns and cities we might have otherwise overlooked and in turn, getting a feel for the true Louisiana. A few trip highlights:

Breaux Bridge, LA

Cafe Des Amis (go on Saturday morning for the "Zydeco breakfast" and dance with the locals)

Champagne's Bakery

Swamp Tour Airboat Ride

Covington, LA

Abita Brewery

Abita Mystery House (“best three dollars you’ll ever spend”)

Wildcrafter Smoothie & Juice Bar

St. Francisville, LA

Myrtles Plantation (one of America's most haunted homes)

Oakley Plantation

Rosedown Plantation

Afton Villa Gardens

The Francis Smokehouse & Specialty Meats (BBQ!)