Everyone likes to go at their own pace over the weekends, some jumping into home improvement projects, others looking to unwind with a couple days off of work. There are countless ways to spend your summer weekends, and the culturally rich Gulf Coast region provides something for everyone. A weekend beach trip can be accomplished with as little as an hour’s drive. Playing tourist in your own town is another option, with historic neighborhoods, thrilling entertainment, fascinating museums, and exceptional restaurants all a stone’s throw away. Find the fun that suits you, your friends and family among the following destinations, activities, and resources. Whether you’re looking to get the kids enrolled in swimming lessons or would rather hit a bar for a cocktail and live music, you’ll find a number of fun and exciting adventures awaiting you this summer.
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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.
This summer, visit Briquette in the Warehouse District, the latest restaurant by Anna Tusa, owner of New Orleans Creole Cookery. Helmed by Executive Chef Peter Isaac, Briquette puts seafood and contemporary coastal cuisine at the center of the dining experience.
As the name indicates, the restaurant features a large charcoal grill to highlight the fresh coastal flavors. The menu emphasizes small plates for sharing the variety of fish and seafood, including whole grilled fish. Other flavorful menu items include aged beef, pastas, and more. The bar at Briquette features a curated wine list to accompany the menu along with specialty, hand-crafted cocktails.
Start a new tradition this summer with delicious food shared with friends and family together at Briquette. For more information and reservations, visit Briquette online at Briquette-Nola.com or on Facebook. Lunch is available Monday through Friday beginning at 11 a.m.
There’s nothing like splashing or relaxing in cool waters under the spring and summer Louisiana sun, and knowing how to swim is paramount to your family’s safety in the water. At Love Swimming, students of all ages are taught how to swim by a team of professionals who are passionate about teaching swimming in a way that is both fun and confidence building. Through safe, small classes, Love Swimming strives to provide swimmers with a strong foundation for a lifetime of love and respect for the water. Love Swimming teachers motivate individuals to explore their abilities beyond their fears and expectations.
Offering year-round classes that are never rained out, the Love Swimming facility uses heated pools to create an ideal learning environment where swimmers are always warm and comfortable. This comfort is key to accelerating the learning process and developing strong safety skills. The organization believes swimming is the best exercise for babies, kids, and adults.
Begin your swimming adventures for both fun and exercise by starting lessons now. Call 504-891-4662 or visit LoveSwimming.com.
Parkway Bakery and Tavern
For over 100 years, Parkway Bakery and Tavern has been a staple provider of delicious, locally produced foods, and today, Parkway is known as the go-to place for New Orleans’s signature sandwich—the poor boy. Locally owned since 1911, Parkway has survived major floods and economic shifts, including the Great Depression.
This summer, make it a tradition to dine with friends and family at one of New Orleans’s most famous and historical sandwich shops. With over 25 different poor boys, ranging from seafood, sausage, turkey and alligator to their famous slow-cooked roast beef and the original French fry poor boy, there’s a sandwich for any appetite.
Situated at the corner of Hagan & Toulouse in Mid-City, right on Bayou St. John, Parkway’s poor boys and ambiance create a dining experience unlike any other. Decorated with memorabilia from Parkway’s early days, the historical neighborhood atmosphere is great for reminiscing with friends and family.
Parkway is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily and closed on Tuesdays. Call in for quick, easy pick-up at Parkway’s new and convenient call-in window (504-482-3047). For more information, visit ParkwayPoorboys.com.
Seaworthy New Orleans
Located in the CBD, Seaworthy New Orleans showcases wild-caught and sustainably harvested oysters from American waters — Gulf Coast, East Coast and West Coast alike — as well as locally sourced fish and game. They offer fresh, authentic cuisine for brunch, dinner, and happy hour, with a knowledgeable bar staff serving up Southern-inspired cocktails. Seaworthy’s celebrated beverage program offers both classic and proprietary “session” cocktails, with a smart selection of beers, wine and champagne — all curated to satisfy the notorious thirst of New Orleanians.
Set in a classic Creole Cottage built in 1832, Seaworthy was opened by Ace Hotel with support from the team at Grand Banks in New York. Seaworthy culls inspiration from Gulf Coast waterways, the time-worn traditions of Southern hospitality and the legendary exuberance of the city of New Orleans.
For more information or to make reservations, call 504-930-3071 or visit seaworthynola.com.
St. Joseph Plantation
Take a walk through time as you enjoy a glimpse into the lives of fascinating people who have called St. Joseph Plantation home. Learn about the Priestly family and grandson H. H. Richardson, who was born at St. Joseph and became one of America’s most important architects of the 19th century. Explore the story of Valcour Aime, known as “The Louis XIV of Louisiana,” and his two daughters, Felicite and Josephine, to whom he gave St. Joseph Plantation and neighboring Felicity Plantation. Discover the stories of the slaves that lived here and the work they did.
In 1877, the story of St. Joseph’s Plantation’s current family began when Joseph Waguespack purchased the plantation. Joseph’s descendants, the Waguespack and Simon families, have kept this sugarcane plantation thriving for over 135 years, operating the plantation with over 1,000 acres planted. Visit and learn about the sugarcane industry and its regional significance.
Additionally, see where scenes from All The King’s Men, Skeleton Key, 12 Years a Slave, Underground, Queen Sugar, the remake of Roots, and four-time Oscar nominee Mudbound were filmed.
Visit StJosephPlantation.com, or call 225-265-4078.