Oo-ee, oo-ee baby, Won’t ya’ let me take you on a LAND cruise? Remember Frankie Ford’s hit song “Sea Cruise” from the 1950’s? Well, we’ve put our special twist which we call CAR CRUIZIN’ on this famous oldie. Here’s a way to cruise the Mississippi River from New Orleans to Memphis (by land) and never set foot in a boat. This route will take you to majestic plantations, Civil War sites and leave you free to explore each cities’ food, music, culture and history along the way.
Begin in New Orleans. The Moon Walk promenade along the Mississippi River offers a spectacular view of the Mighty Mississippi. Stay in the Grand Victorian Bed and Breakfast or Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast while you explore the city. Both of these bed and breakfasts are on the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar line and offer an easy way to navigate the city.
When you have thoroughly explored all that New Orleans has to offer (frankly, that’s impossible), travel along the River Road which will offer views of the Mississippi all along the way. Choose either side of the river to view and tour splendid plantations. Or, if you’re pressed for time, you can take I-10 West to Baton Rouge, the capitol city of Louisiana. This view of the Mississippi in Baton Rouge is just as spectacular as in New Orleans. The USS Kidd, a 2,050 ton Fletcher-class destroyer, is permanently docked on the river close to both state capitals, old and new. Downtown shopping, historical venues and dining are plentiful in the downtown area. Stay at The Stockade Bed and Breakfast for 2 nights and receive a 10% discount per room per night. Hike the nature trail at the Bluebonnet Swamp which is just 2 miles from The Stockade. Book now and select one of the balcony rooms at The Stockade overlooking the bluffs.
Next, take US Highway 61 to St. Francisville, Louisiana. Established in 1809, this town offers historic antebellum home tours, unique shops, churches and breathtaking parks. Stay at The Barrow Inn or ShadeTree Inn and enjoy delicious breakfasts or choose from many other accommodations available. Have lunch at the quaint Magnolia Café near the town center.
US Highway 61 North will take you to Natchez, Mississippi, your next stop along the land cruise. Enjoy the spectacular view of the Mississippi River from its high bluffs. Founded in 1716, and first inhabited by Natchez Indians and French Settlers, it is the oldest town on the Mississippi River. It will be difficult to choose which one of the many plantations to visit – or visit all of them. For the finest in Southern Hospitality and Fine Dining, stay at the Devereaux Shields House Bed and Breakfast or one of the other fine bed and breakfasts in Natchez.
Your next stop along the river will be Vicksburg, Mississippi, once again on the route of Highway 61. This town was described as “Key to the South” by Abraham Lincoln and blends Southern culture with exciting modern-day attractions. Civil War history abounds and you will certainly enjoy its museums, shops and fine dining.
Leaving the state of Mississippi via US Highway 61/278, your next stop along the Mississippi River will be Helena, Arkansas. Built in 1833, Helena’s restoration with boutiques, unique shops and music venues is sure to please.
Finally, traveling again on US Highway 61, your Mississippi River journey ends in Memphis, Tennessee, birthplace of “rock and roll”. This musical city was home to The King himself, Elvis Presley, and you can enjoy a self-guided tour of Graceland Mansion. Beale Street is another popular tourist destination and offers many unforgettable musical experiences.
From Memphis, you can continue along the Mississippi River, all the way up to its Headwaters at Lake Itasca in Minnesota. Or, since you’ll be in the middle of the country, you can go in any direction that may interest you.
2 pints strawberries
1 lb. of candy making chocolate (milk chocolate, dark chocolate, or white)
1 tsp. Paramount Crystals
Finely chopped and toasted almonds, pecans or pistachios (optional)
Baking sheet, covered with sheet of waxed paper
Before starting, make sure berries are clean and very dry. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt candy-making chocolate in microwave on high for 2 minutes; stir, and continue to heat for 1 more minute. Remove from microwave and stir. There will still be lumps, but make sure you do not overheat. As soon as the chocolate is smooth, add the Paramount Crystals and stir.
Holding berry by stem, dip into chocolate and cover about ¾ of the berry. Then dip tip of berry into nuts if desired and place on waxed paper-covered baking sheet. Repeat with remaining strawberries, chocolate and nuts.
For double dipped berries: After first coating is set, dip into contrasting chocolate, leaving part of the first coating exposed.
To drizzle strawberries with chocolate for decorating: Lay berries close together on waxed paper-covered baking sheet. Place melted chocolate in decorator bag or plastic bag. While squeezing gently, move back and forth over berries. For a fine drizzle of chocolate, the chocolate needs to be rather thin. Use more Paramount crystals, if necessary. For a real “gourmet looking” fine drizzle, hold the bag higher up rather than just above the berries. The line of chocolate will thin out even more.
In the tradition of Southern hospitality, we would like to share the following article from the Huffington Post with you. Sometimes, we innkeepers get frustrated doing our best to engage with our guests for a more pleasant B&B experience. Since you are coming to stay in our homes, we want to make sure that you have the best possible experience. Help us help you! Communicate with your innkeeper. The more we know, the more we can be of service. If things change, keep the innkeeper in the loop.
The ever-changing world of technology has changed the way innkeeping works for us. But the desire to please our guests is still the most important thing. You are our newfound friends for the duration of your stay. We are honored that you have chosen to stay at our homes. We hope you recognize that we are running a race with limited staff and need time to accomplish things like housekeeping, maintenance, and grocery shopping — all the things that are necessary to ensure your comfort. Innkeeping is like having a really large family with lots of different interests and activities. The Smith family has come to visit with their LSU freshman daughter Daniella whose birthday is tomorrow, the Black family is attending their son’s graduation ceremony and Mr. White has a very important board meeting in the morning. My goal is to make sure that all of our guests have their needs met.
Serving as the president of the Louisiana Bed and Breakfast Association has given me the opportunity to know many innkeepers. What we all have in common is the love of the calling, the opportunity to preserve history on our individual properties and the opportunity to share what we have with our guests. Beyond that, it is work, work, work, just like any other job. The income barely covers the cost of doing business, but it helps to offset the costs of maintaining the property, and offers the innkeeper a lifestyle which can be fun. Did I mention that it is WORK, WORK, WORK?
All kidding aside, it is a privilege to know some of the most wonderful, interesting people who have chosen innkeeping as their calling. I am blessed to have many of them as my close, personal friends. In our kitchen hangs a framed saying which reads “Kiss the Cook.” From time to time, somebody actually does! Well, kiss mah grits, nothing could be better. And if you want my recipes, you are welcome to them. Just don’t expect me to know “exactly” what is in them besides my heart and soul.
I guess the point is that we’re happy to have you stay with us. And if there is anything that you need, please ask. We are happy to help, but can only do so if we are aware of your needs.
Yours in Hospitality,
Janice DeLerno, Innkeeper
Football season is upon us, which means that it’s time for tailgating! Here are some things to keep in mind before you head out to your next Tiger Stadium tailgate.
1. Dress the part
There are only two sartorial rules of tailgate fashion at LSU: 1. Wear purple. 2. Wear gold. Anyone who shows up to the game wearing the opposing team’s colors will find themselves on the receiving end of the dreaded “Tiger Bait” chant, and nobody enjoys that.
2. Stock up on beverages.
A Southern tailgate wouldn’t be complete without a few cold ones. Luckily, in addition to mouthwatering cuisine, Louisiana also has a lot to offer in terms of locally-brewed beers. Abita Brewing Company, Parish Brewing Company and Bayou Teche Brewing all make excellent local brews that allow you to support Louisiana business while you cheer on the Tigers.
3. Cook a mean brisket.
A crucial element of a great tailgate is great food. Here’s a recipe for brisket from our good friend Chef Kenny that will leave your guests in awe:
- 2 1/2 pounds beef brisket
- ½ c. olive oil
- ¼ c. balsamic vinegar
- ¼ c. honey
- 2 c. red wine
- 1 onion (cut up
- Tony Chachere’s seasoning
- Garlic powder
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
2. In a roasting pan, place brisket fat side up. Rub seasoning all over brisket.
In a small bowl, combine rest of ingredients and pour over brisket.
3. Cover with foil, and bake in preheated oven for 3 to 4 hours. Uncover the brisket during the last hour of cooking.
[NB: You can also put the cooked brisket on the BBQ pit for a little while to crisp the outside and use your favorite BBQ sauce. Many people don’t realize that the trick to cooking beef brisket and beef ribs is to cook them in the oven first, then transfer them to the pit for a short time; the oven cooking is what tenderizes the meat, and the pit puts the char on the meat.]
Now what are you waiting for? GEAUX out and enjoy an awesome tailgate party!
There are plenty of local venues where cultural aficionados can experience live music, but there are few venues that allow art-lovers to experience live art. Spontaneous Combustion, an art event that pairs local musicians and artists, is here to fill that gap.
Recently, the Stockade Bed and Breakfast hosted a Spontaneous Combustion event. A small audience gathered to watch as musicians improvised on drums, guitar, and harp while artists painted to the beat.
While Joel Willson, the event’s organizer, performed on the violin alongside his fellow musicians, painters Janene Grodesky and Alex Harvie mimicked the band’s rhythms with their brushstrokes.
“The night was an interesting mix of fun and creativity, and I really felt like a part of the art that was taking place through music and painting,” said David Benedetto, an LSU senior who attended the event.
Spontaneous Combustion was founded by Daniel Willson, his brother Joel Willson, and their friend, Ben Herrington. Spontaneous Combustion has been performing together for the past three years at various local venues. The group’s mission is to spread the love of art in the Greater Baton Rouge community — a mission that we fully support here at The Stockade!
Did you know that The Stockade Bed & Breakfast got its name from the Civil War Highland Stockade that was once located on its grounds? The Highland Stockade was a strongpoint built by Union troops to protect the southern entrance into Baton Rouge. In fact, archaeological investigations have unearthed four clusters of artifacts on our property, including four Civil War-era bullets, a brick feature, and several personal items.
According to an account written by Guy C. Pierce, Lt. Major 4th Wisconsin Cavalry, Captain Pierce and his Company went with Major Craigne on November 7th, 1864 and occupied the Highland Stockade, which had been built by Major Craigne just the year before. Their job consisted of guarding the river and preventing the rebels from transporting salt and beef from western LA and Texas across the river.
The Highland Stockade remains an important historic site and is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. It’s a perfect example of the small camps and check-points the Union constructed to guard major roads leading into cities. The Stockade’s rich historical significance makes it an ideal spot for history lovers to visit — so if you or someone you know is a Civil War buff, why not book a room today?
The Louisiana Bed and Breakfast Association (LBBA) blog was named one of the 100 best hospitality blogs across the country. LBBA’s blog was ranked third out of “100 Best Blogs and Businesses in Hospitality” under the bed and breakfast category.
The LBBA blog was recognized for its up-to-date content about events and amenities, and for its organized listing of the bed and breakfast institutions across the state.
“We can’t thank Mae Mayeux enough for her efforts on our behalf,” said Joe Rabhan, Innkeeper at the Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast in New Orleans. “Having a well-written and consistent blog is great for visitor attraction and interest in our member properties … Mae has graciously volunteered to compose these articles for the blog, and her hard work is paying off.”
For more information about LBBA, visit http://www.louisianabandb.com/.
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The Stockade Bed and Breakfast
8860 Highland Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
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Toll Free: 888-900-5430