Charming Details

Good bones, thoughtful renovation and interior design that plays to those strengths are a winning combination for a 1930s Baton Rouge cottage

The master suite’s bed was custom made by Baton Rouge artisans. Touches of pink and sheers layered under the drapes and behind the bed make the room “wispy and romantic.” Architect of addition William Sonner Interior Design Jillian Freiberg Square footage 2,500 Outstanding features Eighteenth-century French hardware in master addition, antique salvaged glass windows, original oak floors, herringbone floors added…

Raising Cane

A Lakeland sugarcane plantation and mill is steeped in family tradition and both sweet and harrowing history

Olivia Stewart cuts cane outside of Oxbow Rum Distillery. Location Pointe Coupée Parish Parish seat New Roads   From Easter until sugarcane harvest, the 19th-century bell in front of the Alma General Store in Lakeland rings twice each day. The first bell, at 7 a.m., signals the start of the day for the 400 men and women who work at…

Mountain Time

Asheville, North Carolina is a haven for lovers of the outdoors, food, craft beer, art and architecture

Asheville, a small city in the Blue Ridge Mountains in western North Carolina, is known for its quirky charm and beauty. With a thriving culinary and arts scene, a walkable downtown bursting with shops, art galleries and restaurants, and plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation, it attracts nearly 12 million visitors a year. You can also tour the largest private…

Abstract Narrative

The Helis Foundation John Scott Center in New Orleans celebrates life's work of the acclaimed artist

“Lessons” by John Scott’s son Ayo Scott, located at the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities building in New Orleans Commemorative statues are everywhere in Louisiana. We have them for soldiers, explorers, musicians, sports figures, politicians and saintly people. Now, New Orleans has a new monument that celebrates the work of the nationally acclaimed New Orleans artist John Scott whose lifetime…

Spirit Filled

Pointe Coupèe e native returns to lead a rebranded rum distillery in Baton Rouge

Hometown Lakeland, Louisiana Age 32 Occupation President/CEO, Oxbow Rum Distillery Web oxbowrumdistillery.com   Wheeling through the fields, the pickup bumps and bounds past walls of tall golden stalks. Windows rolled down, a small hand hanging out of the truck reaches up to grab at the streaks of leaves whooshing by. “I ended up with cuts and a bunch of sticker-like…

Big skies & wine

A Texas-sized vino tour

Drinking and driving? That’s dangerous! But nobody says you can’t shuffle a few steps from the wine bar to your comfy bed using your own two feet after a few tipples. Romantic, beautiful to behold, and a way to commune with the landscape, vineyards and wineries offer a nature-intoned getaway with a culinary or gastronomic focus. Add in that being…

MODel Home

A New Orleans couple’s fine-tuned midcentury modern house is a prime example of the genre

The Hayneses updated the already renovated kitchen with new appliances.At a Glance SQUARE FOOTAGE 2,080 ARCHITECT Original — Bill Calongne of Lawrence and Saunders, later renovation by previous owner — Cordula Roser Gray. INTERIOR DESIGN (OF RECENT RENOVATIONS) Betsey Hazard, House of Hazard Interiors. OUTSTANDING FEATURES Original walnut paneling, master suite with original built-in cabinetry, luxury finishes, abundance of windows,…

Main Streets

The old Bob Seger song, “Mainstreet” springs to mind when discussing a time when folks headed downtown to shop, dine and converse with good friends on the main streets that served as the city’s heart. Louisiana remains blessed with charming towns sporting main streets, and today they’re as vibrant as ever and worthy of a visit. We’ve assembled a few favorites. So, as Seger once sang, find your feet down on Louisiana’s Main Streets.

Hamilton House TOP Macarons from Cake featuring Wedding Cake, Praline, Birthday Cake, King Cake and S’mores flavors.Monroe/West Monroe West Monroe native Becky Thompson always loved baking, so it was only natural that she earned her degree in hospitality management at Ole Miss, then the L’Art de la Pâtisserie at the French Pastry School in Chicago. She worked for years teaching…

A World Inside Out

In Mermentou Cove a group preserves the Cajun tradition of Courir de Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras kneel before the capitaine to perform their traditional song at each stop.At a Glance Location Acadia Parish Flora Grooved flax, small palafoxia, shining indigo-bush Fauna Sabine map turtle, southern crawfish frog, Teche painted crawfish Three masked men climb atop a barn and pound their fists against its rusted roof. Below, another steals a rope from one of several…

Coastal Vibes

Chilling out in charming Mississippi beach towns is just as fun in winter

A chill in the air doesn’t hamper the fun along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Even when temperatures drop too low for walks on the world’s longest man-made beach, there are indoor activities, including great dining and casinos. Coastal Carnival is in full gear after Twelfth Night on Jan. 5, followed by more than 20 parades rolling throughout the coastal cities….

For the Good of the Hive

Murals in the River Parishes aim to create plastic pollution awareness

Matt Willey painting beehive mural at Estes Hills Elementary School, Chapel Hill, North CarolinaSelect photos by John Dupre Have you seen those two gigantic bees painted on the side of a small building on the corner of Karlstein and River Road near Vacherie? RISE St. James, a faith-based advocacy group based in Louisiana’s River Parishes, is calling upon honeybees to…

Skin in the game

New Orleans-crafted self-care line inspires natural beauty

At a Glance HOMETOWN Mt. Vernon, Illinois AGE 38 OCCUPATION Skincare creator, founder, Oxalis Apothecary WEB Oxalisapothecary.com Through the wild woods around her home in rural southern Illinois, Erin Wexstten used to run as a child, and that adventurous spark is still in her step as she makes her way past the Mexican petunias that wilt every night and bloom…

Carnival on the Lake

Lake Charles puts its own unique spin on annual celebrations

Like most South Louisiana cities, Lake Charles pulls out the stops for its annual Carnival festivities — more than 60 krewes and a host of related events. What makes this southwest city unique, however, is the annual gala that gives visitors and residents alike an insider’s view of Carnival without having to be a krewe member. Everyone is welcome to…

Designer Farmhouse

Sleek lines, outdoor views and handsome finishes update a family house in St. Francisville

The homeowners turned an existing outdoor slab into a screened-in patio with a kitchen. The Naquins’ labradoodle, Goldie May enjoys the comfort of the indoor/outdoor living. At a Glance Architecture Krystal Matthews Interior Design Krystal Matthews Sq Footage 5,225 (including garage, screened in outdoor space, and guest house) Outstanding Features Wrap-around windows overlooking the grounds, covered outdoor living space, living…

Knowledge of Place

Biologists Amy and Kelby Ouchley live their life’s work in Union Parish

The couple explores Pasaw Island.   At a Glance Location Union Parish Flora Pondberry, Ozark Chinquapin, American alumroot Fauna White-breasted nuthatch, summer tanager, prothonotary warbler   The home Amy and Kelby Ouchley built in Rocky Branch, 14 miles north of West Monroe, contains no curtains. Biologists, naturalists and authors, the Ouchleys have spent their lives seeking intimacy with nature. Their…

On The Hunt

For many, hunting is synonymous with Louisiana culture. But there’s hunting, and then there’s upland hunting. James, Jerry and Jim Marcantel — along with special help from bird dogs Sugar and Hank — take us on the hunt for quail and woodcock.

Beneath the tall loblolly pines near the Ouiska Chitto Creek in Allen Parish, two dogs hunt to the tune of electronic birdsong. Their orange tracking collars chirp in intervals, first from one dog, then from another, until, briefly, the birdsong harmonizes. An occasional pant and loll of pink tongue, a flash of fur and Sugar and Hank’s paws drum down…

Texas Chic

A weekend jaunt to the Dallas Arts District is a must for culture seekers

The Thompson Dallas rooftop poolArt and architecture lovers in search of a city break should look no further than skyscraper-peppered Dallas, which boasts an enormous urban arts district. Weighing in as one of the largest in the nation, the artsy expanse stretches for 19 contiguous blocks, occupying some 68 acres. Within it rise a plethora of buildings designed by award-winning…

Cymbal-ism

Broussard-based designers Roz LeCompte and Collin Galyean drum up jewelry with a strong musical lineage

At A Glance Hometown Dallas, Texas (Collin), and Broussard, Louisiana (Roz) Age Collin is 46, Roz is 44 Occupation Jewelry designers Web secondlinejewels.com @secondlinejewels   When Phil Collins and his band Genesis need another batch of designer dominoes for the merch tables on their lavish and long-awaited The Last Domino? reunion tour, they don’t realize the vendor supplying these custom…

Electric Art

Monroe artist Don Cincone’s vibrant paintings are born of memories

Mama Sally’s House, Summertime For over six decades, Monroe artist Don Cincone has been on a remarkable journey that has taken him from a sharecropper’s cabin in Richland Parish to San Francisco, New York’s fashion district, movie sets in Hollywood, down to Mexico and back to his native rural North Louisiana. During that time, Cincone has developed a whimsical painting…

What’s the Truth Behind Haunted Louisiana?

Louisiana has long been accused of being the most haunted state in America. New Orleans alone can nab that title in the city category with its haunted hotels, former slave markets and voodoo sites. ¶ But what are the truths supporting these tales of haints, the reality behind what ghost tours and Hollywood enjoy sharing?

The Myrtles For years, owners have marketed The Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville as “America’s most haunted house.” Several apparitions apparently haunt The Myrtles, but the most famous is Chloe, an enslaved woman who purportedly had her left ear removed when she was caught eavesdropping on a business conversation between the owner, Clarke Woodruff, and area residents. To further the…

Grape Expectations

Louisiana isn’t known for good wine but two Ouachita Parish couples are crushing that notion with patience — and thoughtful blends

Savannah Ray left her home in Ouachita Parish one weekend and returned with a dream. Her husband, Michael, says, “She went to Sonoma Valley and thought it was pretty.” With timing that comedians spend years honing, he gestures toward one block of Thirsty Farmer Winery & Vineyard, a quarter-acre in the family’s backyard in Calhoun. “This is what ‘pretty’ led…

Candle with Care

Tourism veteran-turned chandler Chad Boutte keeps his creativity lit in Franklin

At A Glance Hometown | Charenton, Louisiana Age | 49 Occupation | Candlemaker, shop owner, Fifolet Candle Makers Web | fifoletcandles.com   Blink and you’ll miss the small, knee-high roadside “Candle Shop” sign out front. But off the main road, behind Frankin’s two-story Greek revival wonder known as the Shadowlawn house, on a slope of green that yawns right into…

Passing it On

Master palmetto basket maker Janie Verret Luster of Terrebone Parish teaches a tribal craft nearly lost to the people of the United Houma Nation

With assimilation and time many of Louisiana’s Native American folkways faded into history. Handmade tribal crafts gave way to mass-produced items purchased at local box stores. But somewhere deep in the DNA of tribal members, the old ways remain and now an ancient but long-forgotten method of basket weaving among South Louisiana’s Houma Indians has been revived and now flourishes….

Coming Home

A New Orleans couple builds their new dream house on Bayou St. John with respect to the area’s history

The Bayou St. John area (officially Faubourg St. John) in New Orleans is known for its historic residences. Pitot House, the Old Spanish Custom House and The Sanctuary, all facing the bayou, are among the architecturally and culturally significant properties. So, when, Tania Hahn and Melissa Warren became the first homeowners to build a new house on Moss Street in…