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Mississippi Coast Offers More Than Beaches

I have a secret. I’m not much of a beach person. I love the sand, the sun and occasionally the refreshing waters but for the most part I’m not one to rush into the waves of a sloping water source, not knowing what lies beneath.

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South Louisiana’s Bayou Teche Byway

Bayou Teche Byway stretches down through South Louisiana, like a snake that can’t make up its wind which way to coil. Native Chitimacha believed a giant snake carved out the waterway, creating the zigzag path now popular with paddlers. Historian Harnett T. Kane once said the bayou is “past in Louisiana,” a witness to historic events and the varied people who called the Teche home: Creoles, Cajuns, Native Americans and Africans, among others.

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Petit Jean State Park: A Historic Arkansas Park

Adrienne Dumont, a petit French woman without strong feminine features, fell in love with a nobleman named Chavet. When her beloved traveled to America in search of new lands for the king of France, Adrienne would not be left behind. She disguised herself as a boy and took sail with the rest of the ship’s crew, who nicknamed her “Petit Jean,” meaning little John.

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The Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights

Lovers of “Steel Magnolias” may know of Natchitoches’ famous Christmas festival, one of the nation’s oldest (2018 marks the 92ndanniversary) and largest (300,000 lights). It’s a must-see for those who love the holidays and all the revelry. But there’s more to the Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights, a collection of central and north Louisiana cities that offer numerous holiday entertainment.

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NOPSI Hotel of New Orleans Resonates with Locals

It may seem a strange hotel name for visitors to New Orleans, but mention NOPSI to a native and they get it, will usually follow up with a story about visiting the old New Orleans Public Service Inc. building in the city’s Central Business District. “This place is very important to us as locals,” explained Brett Forshag, the hotel’s director of sales and marketing.

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