How many times have you heard someone complain that "there is nothing to do in Central Louisiana"? I have encountered this discussion many times and to be completely honest I used to think this myself. Several months ago my career path brought me to the CVB where I became in charge of the Convention and Visitors Bureau website and calendar of events, let me tell you, Central Louisiana dose not fall short of activities, that is, if you look in the right place.
This past weekend I was prepared for a boring weekend of being home alone. However, I decided to get out and explore; go places, do and try things that I had yet to do in our fair neighboring towns. And since I know where to find all the activities, on our awesome CVB website of course, I was ready to take on this day. Upon waking I picked up a friend and we headed to our favorite downtown coffee shop. Once we were caffinated we took a small treck to Big Island to The Heart Walk where tons of people in our community were out in the brisk morning air to walk for a common goal. Inglewood Farms was just a short drive, but what a peaceful drive it is. Once out there we soaked in all the sights, sounds, smells, and of course ate some pretty awesome breakfast burritos. We jumped over to the LSUA Ag Center to catch a bit of the ALAS tournament and the T.R.E.E. House Children's Museum Kite Day. Over the river and down the levee to Forts Randolph and Buhlow for The Red River Campaign Civil War reenactments we go. Until this week I had never been to these forts. There is something about taking a step back in time and learning the history of your surroundings that gives you a new set of eyes, and lets face it, we all need a new perspective sometimes.
This was all Saturday morning...before lunch.
A beautiful, sunny day, especially after the crazy Louisiana weather we have been having is not to be taken for granted, so lunch on the patio at Caro's Authentic Mexican and Carribean Resturant (another Central Louisiana hidden gem) only seemed fitting. I have only been here a few times before but the incredible, authentic food and awesome service has made it a fast favorite of mine. After lunch it was off to the Alexandria Museum of Art for a luminary workshop. The AMoA is always providing us with classes and events and I myself, have never taken the time to engage until now. It was such a fun experience. I can't wait until the next time they have an event. A stop by Tyrone Plantation for a few quick pictures of " Memories of the Red River Campaign" dinner theatre, before heading to another local favorite, Spirits Food & Friends for dinner, where I ventured out and tried a new dish that I hadn't yet had, only to find a new favorite food and discover I loved mustard greens. This eventful Saturday ended with a card game and drinks at Finnegan's Pub and tons of laughs with both friends and strangers who became new friends.
All of this fun...all in one day. Places I had never been, things I had never done, foods I had never tried, the new friends I had made all turned out to opening my eyes a little bit more on all the incredible things that we have here in Central Louisiana. March is The Central Louisiana Outdoor Festival with new adventures every weekend. I am going to explore Central Louisiana and use #myoutdoorvoice. I encourage you to grab your family and friends and do the same. For a full list of activities in Central Louisiana go to www.alexandriapinevillela.com/events