Throughout 2020, the draw of the great outdoors has continued to pull Louisiana families out of their homes and into the beautiful landscapes that surround the region. From warm, sandy beaches to sweeping views of rural fields, rivers, and lakes, the Gulf South and Mississippi Delta provide a wide range of experiences. Even city’s offer escape from the daily grind with the rooftop pools and luxurious amenities of popular hotels as well as the exceptional food from restaurants creatively finding ways to serve up flavor and fun.
Families and friends are continuing to find ways to safely socialize and embark on carefree weekend fun across the region. Romantic getaways are made easy with a stay at a historic inn, a well-appointed hotel, or a beachside home with Gulf views. Escaping into the quiet of a nature preserve or one of the area’s many waterways can also relax the mind and lift the spirit. Meanwhile, day trips to historic sites can deliver a greater appreciation for the land and its story.
Heading to the Beach
Gulf Shores & Orange Beach
Rediscover your love for Alabama’s sugar-white sand beaches with a fall trip to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Not only are the beaches beautiful, but they’re also expansive, allowing you to have plenty of space for fun in the sun while staying safe and healthy.
Along with the beach, you can enjoy the great outdoors by kayaking the waterways, biking, fishing, golfing and more. Then, take your crew to one of the area’s many open-air restaurants serving everything from fresh Gulf seafood to burgers and beers. Lastly, don’t forget to book your accommodations early so you get your top choice.
Learn more about Alabama’s beaches by calling 877-341-2400 or visiting GulfShores.com/back-to-the-beach.
The Lodge at Gulf State Park, A Hilton Hotel
Unlike regular beach hotels cluttered together along the coast, The Lodge at Gulf State Park, A Hilton Hotel is a unique destination on the Alabama Gulf Coast with nature at its doorstep. Located within the beautiful 6,150-acre Gulf State Park, The Lodge at Gulf State Park provides well appointed accommodations with direct beach access, four dining options, 40,000 square feet of flexible event space, and miles of beach trails with the pristine coastal scenery of this natural wildlife habitat. During your stay, you’ll connect with the outdoors on a whole new level. And in doing so, you’ll be helping in the hotel’s conservation efforts to restore and maintain the beauty of this truly distinctive property.
Each of the 350 non-smoking guest rooms, including 20 suites, weave comfort and sustainability with a contemporary flair. All rooms bring the outdoors in by providing guests views of either The Gulf of Mexico or Lake Shelby/Gulf State Park. At The Lodge at Gulf State Park, doing nothing is really something. Book your fall getaway today by visiting LodgeatGulfStatePark.com.
Newman-Dailey Resort Properties
As Louisianans seek ways to vacation safely, the team at Newman-Dailey Resort Properties is helping families get back to the beaches of South Walton, 30A and Destin, Florida. Newman-Dailey’s private vacation rental homes offer a safe option for a beach getaway. With the new enhanced sanitization and cleaning procedures, each rental is disinfected using CDC-approved cleaning agents, inspected and all high-touch surfaces re-cleaned.
Whether celebrating an anniversary or birthday, simply craving beach time or looking for a new location to work from home or home school, Destin and South Walton’s beaches are open and Newman-Dailey has diverse collection of vacation rentals to suit families of all sizes. With Newman-Dailey’s Break Free special offer, guests who stay three nights or more qualify for 10% off their stay. Call 1-800-225-7652 or visit DestinVacation.com to learn more and become a Dailey Insider.
Premier Island Management Group
Make the most of the fall travel season with an escape to Pensacola Beach, Florida, and the properties of Premier Island Management Group. Situated just a few hours outside of New Orleans along the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf Island National Seashore, this collection of vacation rentals includes beach homes, condos, and the acclaimed skyhomes of Portofino Island Resort where families enjoy the perfect balance of indulgence, natural beauty, and adventure.
Northwest Florida’s premier beach vacation experience offers plenty to do: explore the Santa Rosa Sound on a kayak or paddleboard, surf the emerald green waters of the Gulf, soar through the sky under a parasail, or board Portofino I and watch curious dolphins play in the water. Whether you want to spend time at the beach with your family, children, spouse or friends, guests of all ages will enjoy the properties of Premier Island.
More than just another fall vacation, this will be one to remember for a lifetime. Discover yours at PremierIsland.com or call 866-966-1420.
Sight-Seeing Around the South
Frogmore Cotton Plantation & Gins
A visit to the Vidalia/Natchez area is incomplete without experiencing all facets of the Delta lifestyle: gracious town homes of the Natchez elite and the cottonfields that created the area’s wealth. Explore Louisiana history and music with an experience unlike any classroom— take an unforgettable trip to Frogmore Cotton Plantation & Gins, a Rand McNally “Must-See Site.”
From September 15 through mid-November, the cotton harvest is underway, a sight to see. Visitors view an impressive, informative video before touring the computerized gin. An interactive, guided display illustrates the products derived from cotton and cottonseed, world production, and trivia facts. Call 318-757-2453 for times and dates to verify the modern gin operation.
Additionally, the 1800-acre working plantation and computerized cotton gin offers a number of individual tours and specialty group tours involving professional videos, voices of former slaves, trials and triumphs of freedom, music originating in the cotton fields, and today’s high-tech operation. Guided tours include eight of the 19 historical buildings on site, including a National Register steam cotton gin, furnished cabins, a hand-hewn church, and an authentic plantation store.
For information, visit FrogmorePlantation.com.
Monmouth Historic Inn & Gardens
Relax in luxury with a weekend trip to beautiful Natchez, Mississippi, where the Monmouth Historic Inn & Gardens reflect all that is charming about historic Mississippi. Whether a romantic getaway or a much-needed weekend escape, this renowned destination will delight the senses with its peaceful draw. A National Historic Landmark, the Inn offers guests gracious hospitality, luxury lodging, excellent cuisine, historic tours, and a colorful garden set across 26 acres. With two bass-stocked ponds, guests can enjoy catch-and-release fishing along with birdwatching, croquet, and strolling the grounds.
The early 19th-century mansion welcomes guests to walk into history with an ambiance reminiscent of a bygone age and period-furnished rooms and suites—with carefully integrated modern comforts—available in the main house or in any of the seven outbuildings. All guest rooms and suites have private baths, and some include a spa tub and a fireplace.
In the evening, enjoy a mint julep or cocktail in the Quitman Study or Lounge with complimentary hors d’oeuvres, followed by dinner at the award-winning, onsite Restaurant 1818.
To explore the rooms and grounds and make your reservation, visit monmouthhistoricinn.com.
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
Everyone deserves a break and an escape—book yours now and enjoy a free night at the landmark Royal Sonesta New Orleans, set in the heart of the historic French Quarter. The resort-style, luxury hotel features freshly appointed guestrooms amidst the world class cuisine, unique shopping, and authentic cultural excursions of one of the nation’s most fascinating cities. To make your fall escape even easier, Royal Sonesta is offering a third night free when you stay for two.
Whether you adventure out to experience the locale or stay on property to soak in the sun by the hotel’s outdoor heated swimming
pool and Oasis pool bar, you will be sure to make the most out of
your fall getaway.
Book and stay by December 30, 2020. Visit Sonesta.com/RoyalNewOrleans to book now (promo code: 3FOR2). Terms and conditions apply, and promo is based on availability. The Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans looks forward to welcoming you.
Escaping to the Lake
Big Bay Lake is a one-of-a-kind planned community on one of Mississippi›s largest private recreational lakes. Located just outside of Hattiesburg, and only 90 minutes from New Orleans, Big Bay Lake blends seamlessly into its natural surroundings. Waterfront homesites are available for building custom homes and retreats starting at $70,000 and several resale homes are usually available for immediate purchase. Both the homes and homesites within this community provide unique opportunities to create the perfect home or weekend getaway.
It’s time to relax, unplug, make memories and create new traditions at Big Bay Lake. Whether you are a boating or fishing enthusiast or just a family who loves to make a big splash, Big Bay Lake is simply about the lure of the water. Come enjoy sun-kissed, fun-filled days at Big Bay Lake, where the little things make life…“Big!” Call for a boat tour today at 877-4BIG-BAY or visit bigbaylake.com. •