Fall Weekends

Sparkling Wine Holiday Lights At Baytowne

Perhaps your perfect fall day is spent hiking or biking woodland trails and enjoying a picnic under changing leaves, or perhaps it’s spent shopping and strolling the streets of a quaint and quiet small town. Better yet, it could be collecting seashells along Gulf Coast beaches or sipping wine and eating hors d’oeuvres at a lively food and beverage festival. With the shift of seasons comes a shift in attitude, a freeing feeling that accompanies the cool temperatures and festive seasonal occasions, holidays, and events. There are plenty of ways to enjoy this year’s fall weekends, from visiting art exhibitions and dining al fresco to simply opening the windows of a new apartment overlooking the city. October brings a variety of options for rest, relaxation, and recuperation after this year’s hot and challenging summer. Take a load off this fall, and enjoy a weekend full of activities that replenish the soul. 


Nearby Travel Destinations

Greenwood, Mississippi

Get away from it all in Greenwood, Mississippi. It’s the perfect place to relax, recharge, and reconnect to the things that matter most. Greenwood is a place where you can still ask a local where to find the best steak in town, treat yourself to the finer comforts of life, find yourself in awe of the beauty of nature, and be moved by the uniquely Southern soul of the Mississippi Delta.

Foodies love the original Viking Cooking School’s demonstrations and hands-on lessons from expert instructors and chefs, and unwinding is made easy with eats and drinks at a variety of local restaurants. Greenwood also attracts shoppers and treasure-hunters— the town’s unique and diverse merchants offer everything from antiques and boutique items to one-of-a-kind gifts, beautiful home decor, artisan-crafted items unique to Mississippi, and even the latest in fashion design. Meanwhile, history buffs enjoy self-guided tours of the epicenter of the Civil Rights Movement and its Freedom Trail as well as the Mississippi Blues Trail and the Museum of the Mississippi Delta.

For more details and Greenwood destinations, go to VisitGreenwood.com

Visit Vicksburg

In Vicksburg, Mississippi, you’ll find Southern hospitality in its most authentic form. A city that harbors U.S. history at some of its most poignant turns, Vicksburg features art at its most creative angles, food at its finest flavors, and outdoor adventure at its most thrilling turns. Vicksburg is a place bursting at the seams with local culture, character, art, entertainment and outdoor adventure.

With sweeping views of the Mississippi River, Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern-day attractions. From four world-class casinos and upscale shopping, dining, and spas to some of the most fascinating historic sites, architecture, and homes in the nation, Vicksburg offers an authentic Southern experience you don’t want to miss.
Just relax—it all runs on river time in Vicksburg. From restaurants and shops to historical sites and museums, you’ll find destinations, events, and lodging for your next adventure at VisitVicksburg.com.

Ruston & Lincoln Parish

This fall, experience the best of North Louisiana’s great outdoors with an adventure to Ruston and Lincoln Parish. Enjoy the cooler breezes and changing leaves in the area’s many parks and waterways, and you’ll likely find yourself returning year after year. No matter how you like to experience the outdoors, an adventure awaits.

Mountain bikers from across the country flock to Lincoln Parish Park, where its top-rated mountain bike trail offers 10-miles of excitement for both advanced riders and beginners. A walking path winds around the park’s serene lake, which welcomes fishing, canoeing, and kayaking. Meanwhile, free park Wi-Fi keeps you connected when you want to be. Another outdoor paradise is James Lake Birding Trail, one of Louisiana’s best places to spy a variety of birds. The lake area also features pavilions, restrooms, an RV park, playground, and amphitheater.

Ruston’s Rock Island Greenway is another gem that offers a shared-use walking, running, and cycling path throughout the area. Just a few miles away, discover outdoor art, dining, and shopping in Downtown Ruston.

For more information, visit experienceruston.com.

Harvest Wine & Food Festival

Fall is the perfect time to head to the beach for Harvest Wine & Food Festival. Produced by Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, this lavish event provides attendees the opportunity to enjoy some of the world’s finest wine and culinary selections while enjoying the beautiful beach town of WaterColor, Florida, November 4 – 7.

The festival kicks off with two nights of intimate wine dinners, hosted in restaurants and private homes throughout South Walton. The festival’s signature Grand Tasting returns Saturday, November 6, after a year hiatus. Guests will once again be welcomed to WaterColor’s Cerulean Park for an afternoon of epicurean excellence featuring tasting stations from wineries around the world, as well as culinary stations manned by celebrity chefs from the best restaurants in the Southeast.

The weekend concludes with the popular Better Together Brunch featuring Chefs Kristen Hall and Victor King of Birmingham’s The Essential and cocktails curated by the team at Better Together Beverage and Distillery 98. A silent auction will be available virtually throughout the event.

Visit HarvestWineandFood.com for tickets and more information.

The Village of Baytowne Wharf & Sandestin Wine Festival

The Village of Baytowne Wharf and Sandestin Wine Festival will kick off the holiday season with its 9th Annual Sparkling Wine and Holiday Lights event on Saturday, November 20, 4 – 6 p.m.

Pop the bubbly! The Sparkling Wine and Holiday lights event is the perfect way to kick off a festive holiday season. Thrilled to be hosting the 9th annual celebration, The Village of Baytowne Wharf welcomes visitors from across the Gulf South and beyond to stroll and sip champagne and sparkling wines while savoring delicious and decadent appetizers. Enjoy the charming sights of the decorated streets and end the night with The Village’s spectacular choreographed grand finale light show, 12 Nights of Lights.

Sparkling Wine and Holiday Lights takes place on the beautiful, festive streets of Baytowne Wharf and features more than 30 champagnes and sumptuous food samplings from featured Village restaurants. Enjoy an enchanting evening of holiday cheer, singing carolers, plenty of bubbles, and impressive, shimmering lights. Learn more and purchase tickets at baytownesparklingwinefest.com.

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. No matter who comes along with you, guests of all ages will enjoy the property selection and amenities of Premier Island. More than just another beach vacation, this will be one to remember for a lifetime.

Discover yours at PremierIsland.com, or call 866-966-1420.

Big Bay 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.


It’s been a difficult time for moms, and to help her off-set anxiety and stress levels, Newman-Dailey Resort Properties, a premier vacation rental company in Destin, Florida, is introducing the MOMosa Vacation package, which combines low fall rates on vacation rentals with rewarding mom with a refreshing MOMosa drink to start her day. The MOMosa package includes a bottle of sparkling wine, three Ocean Spray mixers, govino flutes for her and her girls, and a soft-side cooler. Whether getting away for a solo escape, with girlfriends, or with a special family member, the beaches of South Walton and Destin are an ideal backdrop for relaxation and rejuvenation.

Newman-Dailey’s diverse collection of vacation rentals suit groups of all sizes and offer guests peace of mind staying in a sanitized private vacation rental. MOMosa vacation package is available with stays between now and November 19. Call 1-800-225-7652 or visit DestinVacation.com to learn more and become a Dailey Insider.


Dining & Imbibing


Welcome the fall season with delicious food and wine shared together at Briquette, the celebrated seafood destination from restaurateur Anna Tusa, Owner of New Orleans Creole Cookery. With Briquette, Tusa puts seafood and contemporary coastal cuisine at the center of the dining experience. Briquette is also known locally for its enthusiasm for high quality, often hard-to-find wines and spirits and recently won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for its discerning, expansive wine list.

This month, reserve your spot at Briquette’s October Italian Wine Dinner, which features topnotch Italian varietals paired with a number of delicious food courses from the Briquette grill and kitchen. Book your table today by calling the restaurant at 504-302-7496. 

With onsite valet parking and space for hundreds of guests, Briquette is well suited to host your fall or winter event, whether a corporate dinner, reception, rehearsal dinner, or a cocktail party. Every menu is hand-crafted to suit your needs. Briquette is currently open for dinner Thursday-Sunday, 3 p.m. until close. Briquette is located at 701 S. Peters Street in the Warehouse District. 

New Orleans Creole Cookery

Celebrate the arrival of fall and football season this year with a return to New Orleans’ favorite traditions: weekend brunch and oyster happy hours. Join friends and family to celebrate in the heart of the French Quarter at New Orleans Creole Cookery, where you can enjoy the beautiful fall breezes from its charming courtyard or settle into its traditional dining room.

On Saturdays and Sundays, the restaurant’s weekend brunch features bottomless mimosas and rosé along with new brunch items. Highlights include excellent Bloody Mary selections, shrimp and grits, crispy chicken and waffles, and signature Gator Hash.

New Orleans Creole Cookery is everything you love about New Orleans in a setting to fit every occasion. Famous for its authentic Creole fare and the time-honored classics such as Gumbo, Shrimp Creole, Crawfish Etouffee, and Snapper Pontchartrain, the restaurant is also perfect for a quick snack or a leisurely weekend feast.

Learn more at NewOrleansCreoleCookery.com. Call 504-524-9632 for reservations.


New Orleans Arts & Living

The Helis Foundation

Take a stroll through the Arts District and view Downtown New Orleans’ signature mural collection presented by The Helis Foundation. Featuring local and international artists,

Unframed, a project of Arts Council New Orleans, is the first multi-mural exhibition of large-scale artwork in Downtown and comprises eight vibrant murals. Residents and visitors will soon enjoy a new mural slated to be unveiled later this fall.

Unframed is part of a range of arts initiatives presented by The Helis Foundation that are free and open to the public. Learn more about Unframed (#unframednola) and other arts programming at TheHelisFoundation.org.

Lumina Apartments

Set in vibrant and stylish Mid-City and just steps away from the Lafitte Greenway, Lumina Apartments offers luxurious and spacious living spaces with sleek, modern amenities. Both one- and two-bedroom floor plans feature high ceilings and contemporary finishes, with designer touches including vinyl plank floors, spacious walk-in closets, pendant lighting and granite countertops.

Got a roommate? The Lumina offers the space you need—huge bedrooms with walk-in closets and double-hung shelves and a chef-inspired kitchen with a custom-designed table make Lumina your best choice for sharing costs without sacrificing space or style. Spread out even more by grabbing your laptop and heading to the posh clubroom, or work in the lounge with free Starbucks coffee. A resort-inspired pool and onsite 24-hour gym add to the luxury apartment allure.

With popular restaurants and shops just a short walk away, Lumina is nestled in the heart of a thriving and active community. For more information and to set up an in-person or virtual tour, visit LuminaMidCity.com or call 504-608-5778.

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