The Bulldog Tooth Bonus Feature: Unsolicited Recommendations for Those of You Who Plan on Going to Baton Rouge Next Month

UPDATE:  Based upon feedback from family members, I have provided additional recommendations for restaurants in the Baton Rouge area.  If anyone else out there knows of something that needs to be on this list that I have left off, feel free to let me know about it in the comments.

Today I would like to offer my services as someone who has grown up in Baton Rouge and still has strong knowledge of that city for the benefit of those of you Georgia fans who plan on making the trip for the LSU game next month.  Here are my unsolicited recommendations on places to eat, places to stay, and things to do while in the BTR.

GETTING THERE:

By Air:  Delta offers nonstop service to Baton Rouge.  Northwest also offers service to Baton Rouge, with the obligatory stopover in Memphis.  American and Continental also offer service to Baton Rouge, if you don’t mind going through Dallas or Houston.

From the Baton Rouge airport, head south on Veterans Memorial Blvd until it ends at Harding Blvd.  Turn right on Harding and go under I-110, then get onto I-110 south.  (The ramp goes off to the right.)  Stay on I-110 south; this will take you to downtown Baton Rouge.  After this, you’re on your own as far as finding your hotel.

By car:  There are two ways to go.

Option 1:  Take I-85 south to Montgomery, I-65 south to Mobile, and I-10 west to Slidell, LA.

Option 2:  Take I-20 west to Birmingham, I-20 west / I-59 south to Meridian, MS, and I-59 south to Slidell, LA.

From Slidell, take I-12 west to Baton Rouge.  Then merge onto I-10 west and that will take you to downtown Baton Rouge.  From here, you’re on your own as far as finding your hotel. Continue reading “The Bulldog Tooth Bonus Feature: Unsolicited Recommendations for Those of You Who Plan on Going to Baton Rouge Next Month”

The Road Trip: A Positively Indispensible Part of the College Experience

This summer I had the opportunity to engage in an activity which is an absolutely, positively indispensible part of the college experience.  No, I’m not talking about Spring Break.  I’m not talking about having gobs of people over to my place for wild parties where everyone gets wasted and the cops get called.

I’m talking about the road trip.

It has been a while since I’ve gone anywhere outside of the southeastern U. S.  And this summer I wanted to do something that at least had some resemblance to a road trip.  So on my most recent visit to Louisiana I traveled the full length of the Natchez Trace Parkway on my way home. Continue reading “The Road Trip: A Positively Indispensible Part of the College Experience”

Fellas, Have You Ever Thought of Doing Anything Like This for Your Wife?

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This is the Cornstalk Fence Hotel, located on Royal Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans.  The wrought iron fence in front is made to look like actual cornstalks.  If you examine it closely you will see that that actually is corn on the stalks.

This fence originally came from a house on St. Charles Avenue in the uptown area of New Orleans.  (I am not sure if this is the original fence from that house or just a copy.)  The owner of that house was a wealthy 19th century landowner who married a girl from Iowa.  He wanted to have something in the house that would remind her of home; thus the cornstalk fence.

Fellas:  Have you ever thought of doing anything like this for your wife?

Of course, this begs the question:  Why would anyone living in New Orleans want to be reminded of Iowa?

The Most Photographed Lightpost on the Face of the Earth

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Here it is, folks–the most photographed lightpost on the face of the earth.  It is the lightpost at the corner of Bourbon and St. Philip in the French Quarter of New Orleans, directly in front of Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop.

Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop is a bar which has been in continuous operation since the 18th century, which easily makes it the oldest bar in the United States.  Legend has it that Jean Lafitte used this place as his base of operation when he was at the peak of his power.

This is the last bar on Bourbon Street; there are no more bars to the north of Lafitte’s.  It is a few blocks north of where the bulk of the Bourbon Street bars are; for this reason not very many of the tourists make it here.  But a lot of the ones who do, love to stand in front of this lightpost, with Lafitte’s in the background, and have their picture taken.