To many people in Baton Rouge, Central North Louisiana has always been a remote, unvisited area. The main attraction has been La Tech. On this staycation we’ll visit some of the other sites in the area from the comfort of a Luxury Sprinter or Mini Bus. Your professional chauffeur will be close by to load your shopping purchases, transport you to the next stop or drive you to your lodgings after a day of exploring. Known for excellence in limousine service in Baton Rouge for over 36 years we can also be part of your staycation statewide.
On our way to Ruston we will drive through Jackson Parish the home of Governor Jimmy “You Are My Sunshine” Davis. It is one of several parishes that were created from parts of Union, Ouachita and Claiborne Parishes. During the Civil War troops were sent to this rugged area to round up conscripts hiding in the area seeking to avoid service. There are several sites on the National Register to see in the Jonesboro and Hodge area.
Lincoln Parish was part of Sportsman’s Paradise before Louisiana was purchased. The parish was created after the Civil War in an attempt to alter the political landscape of the state. Throughout the area east of the parish there are numerous Indian mounds from centuries of hunter gatherer communities. Today Ruston is the center of commerce for parishes to the north and south.
We’ll stay at the Lewis House. Built in 1900 and recently restored this B&B is highly rated by reviewers for comfort and customer care. It is convenient for walking to restaurants and local attractions.
Once we have checked in we can check out the Eddie G. Robinson Museum. Coach Robinson’s teams won 408 games. He coached over 4000 players and 80% of his players graduated. He was truly legendary and a coach with widespread impact as his many awards illustrate.
The first night we’ll eat at RAW! This sushi restaurant is known as the best in north Louisiana and offers creative options. Reviewers on Urbanspoon and Yelp recommend the “Cajun Rolls.”Located downtown it will be the springboard for an evening out.
The second morning we’ll enjoy the “breakfast part of B&B at the Lewis House at 9:00. We’ll take our breakfast bags and get on the road to the Louisiana Military Museum. According to the Secretary of States website this museum “… will fascinate anyone with even the slightest interest in how Americans, and our enemies, faced the challenges of combat. Indeed, few museums can boast of a collection as extensive and rich as the one painstakingly pieced together here.”
We’ll go from the museum to the Blue Light Cafe for the best soul food in north Louisiana. One patron says, “don’t go if you are on a diet!”
To walk off lunch we’ll head for Lake D’Arbonne State Park . You’ll have time for a short nap along the way. At the park there are several short trails and a Frisbee golf course. After our hike we’ll finish the afternoon and evening at Lester’s on the Lake, relaxing on the covered porch, watching boats and listening to fish stories. Their burgers, steaks and seafood are all said to be great – and their service warm and friendly.
On our last morning we’ll visit the Idea Place on the Tech campus for some hands on science. Tech is a renowned engineering school though most of it’s most famous alums are athletes and entertainers like Terry Bradshaw and Trace Adkins. After a morning of brainstorming we’ll finish up our trip visiting your choice of locations discovered during our visit. On the trip home you can wind down and rest. You don’t have to dread the long drive home. We’ll drive … you have fun!