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Bed & Breakfast: The Myrtles Plantation

You don’t have to believe in ghosts to appreciate a good ghost story. And at the Myrtles, a 1796 plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana, you’re pretty well guaranteed to come across one or the...
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Destination: New Orleans

An idiosyncratic mélange of Native American, African, French, and Spanish cultures, New Orleans venerates voodoo queens, jazz musicians, and enterprising chefs. The defining civic characteristic: resilience.

Hot Rental Properties in the Gulf

From a palace to a houseboat, check out our favorite luxe weekly vacation rentals on the Gulf of Mexico.

Find Your Gulf Town

From Clearwater, Florida, to Houma, Louisiana, find the Gulf of Mexico beach town that's fits your style.

Neutral in New Orleans

Political odd couple Mary Matalin and James Carville call a truce in their adopted hometown.

Weekend Getaway: Natchitoches, Louisiana

In 1714, an adventurous French-Canadian entrepreneur named Louis Antoine Juchereau de St. Denis pushed into the wilderness of present-day central Louisiana, establishing a trading post along the Red River on land occupied by the...
Gumbo at Dooky Chase's

The Queen of Creole Cuisine: Louisiana’s Leah Chase

At ninety-six, Chase has served her famous gumbo to everyone from Martin Luther King Jr. to Barack Obama. Her New Orleans restaurant was once a meeting place for civil rights freedom fighters, and her life inspired the character Tiana in Disney’s The Princess and the Frog.

College Towns of the South: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

As the state capital, Baton Rouge is the epicenter of Louisiana’s political life and a great place to discover the state’s past. The city’s vibrant culture, a blend of French, English, and Spanish influences, rivals that of its older sister, New Orleans.
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Harry Connick Jr. Talks New Orleans

Let’s face it, everyone likes Harry Connick Jr. Soccer moms sound like schoolgirls when they talk about his wavy brown hair and mile-wide smile. Most Americans over forty can still hum the chorus from...
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The Romance of Travel: Cassandra King on New Orleans

Travel does much to broaden, educate, and civilize us. We’re exposed to new sights and scenery, exotic cuisines and cultures, life-changing experiences. But travel does another thing that’s just as important: Take a trip...

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