When Louisianans think of a weekend getaway the Gulf Coast usually comes to mind but there are some perfect getaways throughout the rest of Louisiana. These charming small towns are great places to go for rest and relaxation. Here are seven small towns located in Louisiana that are perfect for nature lovers to main street shoppers.
1. Breaux Bridge
This is a perfect town for those who want to experience some Cajun food and take in some nature. Breaux Bridge has a population of about 8,300 so it is not too small but not too big. There are several local Cajun restaurants to enjoy and the stunning Lake Martin is located here. Nature lovers can spend all weekend exploring Lake Martin.
Located just north of the city of New Orleans, Covington is located in St. Tammany Parish. Downtown Covington has many shops and restaurants to try. On Columbia Street or Lee Lane, you will find local boutiques, antique stores, and restaurants. One of the oldest general stores in Louisiana, H.J. Smith and Sons is located in Covington. This small city has around 10,000 residents but feels like a small town.
3. Ville Platte
Definitely a place for a nature lover who wants a quiet relaxing place to stay. Described as a place to get away from it all where you can rent a waterfront cabin at Chicot State Park. The area offers nature trails, canoeing and the Louisiana State Arboretum. This is a state preservation area which is the first state-supported arboretum in the country.
This is one of the larger cities on the list with around 18,000 residence. The downtown area gives you a small-town feel and is loaded with history. In fact, Natchitoches is the oldest city in Louisiana. For those who love to dive into the culture, the 33-block Historic District is the place to be.
5. St. Francisville
This is known to be a sleepy little Louisiana town but the area has a lot to offer for a weekend getaway. All around the town are rolling hills and beautiful ancient oaks. It is also home to one of the country’s most haunted plantations called Myrtles Plantation.
6. Grand Isle
Everyone loves the beach and Grand Isle is a perfect beach getaway. There is 10 miles of public beaches on Louisiana’s only inhabited barrier island. Visitors can even spend the night on the beach at Grand Isle State Park.
Close to Breaux Bridge, Abbeville is another town that is bigger in size but still has a small-town vibe. This is perfect for nature lovers to shoppers to all the in-between. Palmetto Island State Park is located here which has cabins to rent, RV hookups and primitive campsites.
Louisiana is a great place to both live and vacation. The warm climate makes it a nature lovers’ dream and the culture throughout the state is like no other.