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09/23/2014 to 11/25/2014
Meals from around the world features various menus from across the globe by Chef Pat Nolan & Chef Eli Carle. Seating is limited and you must make reservations. BYOB.

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Meals from around the world features various menus from across the globe by Chef Pat Nolan & Chef Eli Carle. Seating is limited and you must make reservations. BYOB.

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Sample Itineraries

Itinerary 1: History
Itinerary 2: Outdoors
Itinerary 3: Arts & Culture
Itinerary 4: Shops & Spas
Itinerary 5: Fun for the Kids


Itinerary 1: History
Monroe-West Monroe has a rich and diverse history that almost anyone can enjoy. From aviation to architecture, Monroe-West Monroe has a variety of historical attractions to suit your needs.

Biedenharn Museum & ELsong Gardens
(appx. 1.5 hrs)
Visit the home of Joseph Biedenharn, first bottler of Coca-Cola, the Bible Museum and ELsong Gardens. Step into a world of beauty and enjoy music, artwork, and furnishings that please the eye. Strolling along garden paths, smell flowers, and listen to water trickle from the garden’s many fountains. View rare bibles and biblical artifacts in the Bible Museum. Special programs are scheduled throughout the year, call to find out what will be happening during your visit.

Layton Castle

(appx. 1 hour, by appointment only)
Explore the life and home of Swiss settler Henry Bry, one of the delegates who drafted the Louisiana Constitution and his descendents. Layton Castle, originally called “Mulberry Grove,” was built in 1814. The wine house on the premises holds original bottles used by Bry in his wine making is one of the oldest brick buildings in North Louisiana. In 1910, the home was renovated to resemble a European style castle and was added to the National Register of Historic properties in 1978 and is one of only seven castles in Louisiana. The castle also serves as one of the areas bed and breakfasts.

Aviation & Military Museum of Louisiana
(appx. 1 hour)
Step back in time with displays on Delta Airlines, Selman Field, General Chennault and the Flying Tigers, and rare war memorabilia. The newly expanded museum features old aircraft and other military and civilian aviation artifacts.

Northeast Louisiana Delta African American Heritage Museum
(appx. 1 hour)
The museum features diverse cultural and artistic exhibits that focus on African Americans. Some permanent displays include tools and bags used in cotton farming and furniture and artifacts from old slave cabins. Rotating exhibits include national and local African American artists and craftsman.

ULM’s Museum of Natural History
(appx. 1 hour)
The museum on the University of Louisiana at Monroe campus features mineral specimens from around the world, rocks of all types, a variety of fossils, including dinosaurs, and rare Indian artifacts. Some of the artifacts come from nearby Poverty Point Historic State Park.

Nearby attraction:
Poverty Point Historic State Park

(appx 3 – 4 hours)
Located about ½ hour from Monroe, in Epps, Louisiana, Poverty Point is considered one of the most important archaeological sites in North America. It was once home to a highly civilized group who built complex array of earthen mounds and ridges overlooking the Mississippi River flood plain. The mounds, one of which rises 70 feet into the sky, were built eight centuries after the Egyptian Pyramids and before the Great Mayan Pyramids. (318) 926-5492 or (888) 926-5492.

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Itinerary 2: Outdoors
North Louisiana is known as a sportsman’s paradise for incredible hunting, fishing, birding, and photography. Monroe-West Monroe and the surrounding area is rich with natural beauty and outdoor activities.

Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge
(appx 2 hours)
The refuge encompasses a beautiful 1,800 acre cypress-studded lake and features nature trails, piers, wildlife observation deck, visitor education center, and arboretum. There is also a new Conservation Learning Center which features a variety of native fish and hands-on learning opportunities that your children can enjoy. You can also enjoy hunting, fishing, and canoeing. Canoe rentals available the first Saturday of each month from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Rental for 1 to 4 hours is $20 and all day is $35. Each canoe will fit two adults and one child.

Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo

(appx 2 – 3 hours)
Home to over 400 animals and 230 species from all over the world, the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo features one of the only chances to view animals in naturalistic habitats by boat in the nation. Stroll through the zoo and watch as peacocks roam freely throughout as you enjoy the natural beauty of moss-draped oak and cypress trees. The Louisiana Purchase Exhibit features North American wildlife accompanied by a glimpse of explorers Lewis & Clark. Each October, the zoo hosts the Northeast Louisiana Celtic Festival.

Nearby attractions:
Kalorama Nature Preserve

Kalorama Nature preserve is located approximately 30 minutes north of Monroe, in Collinston, Louisiana. The preserve is located on the Bastrop Ridge which has steep ridges that attract a rich variety of pant and animal life. There are upland pines and hardwoods, open prairie meadows, centuries-old bottomland hardwoods, pawpaw stands, and abundant plant species. Kalorama places emphasis on the relationship between plants, animals, and their natural habitats. Open seasonally on weekends or year-round by appointment. (318) 874-7777.

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Itinerary 3: Arts & Culture
Whether you’re a connoisseur of food, art, or music, Monroe-West Monroe has something to offer. Many great restaurants serving anything from soul food to sushi abound in our cities, you are sure to find something to enjoy! Take in a performance of one of our local groups or enjoy a touring Broadway play.

Masur Museum of Art
(appx. 1 hour)
The Masur Museum of art features permanent and rotating art exhibits in a National Register Facility located on the Ouachita River. Watch out though – some say the museum is haunted!

Ouachita River Art Gallery
(appx. 30 – 45 minutes)
Located in Antique Alley in West Monroe, the Ouachita River Art Gallery is a successful non-profit artist cooperative of local and regional artists. Exhibits include traditional and contemporary paintings, contemporary sculpture, hand-thrown and hand-built ceramics, handcrafted jewelry, and original cards and gift items. Most artists specialize in scenes of Louisiana. All art is available for purchase.

Theatre & Dance:
Impresario’s Choice: The Broadway Series, Monroe Symphony Orchestra, Strauss Little Theatre MainStage & Young Troupe, Twin City Ballet Company, and ULM Music and Theatre Productions
(appx. 2 – 3 hours)
Spend an evening at the theatre, with touring Broadways plays, a local theatre troupe, ballet, or orchestra performance. Check our calendar or call to find out what will be playing during your trip.

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Itinerary 4: Shop & Spas
Sometimes nothing works better to kick back and relax than a little retail therapy. After you’ve exhausted your feet walking our shopping areas, stop in for a pedicure or other beauty service at one of our local day spas.

Antique Alley & CottonPort Historic District
Antique Alley shopping is located on the Ouachita River in West Monroe and features many small shops which carry anything from antique furniture and tapestries to modern, trendy clothing. After you’ve shopped, relax in one of the district’s day spas.

Garden District Shopping

The garden district features many boutique style shops which carry clothing, furniture, antiques, and outdoor furnishings and decoration. Several spas and salons are located in the area as well.

Pecanland Mall
Find the latest fashions in over 200 stores anchored by JCPenny’s, Dillard’s, Belk’s, and Sears! The mall also has a movie theatre and nearby Pecanland Commons Shopping Center with a Target, Bed, Bath, and Beyond, Petco, Ross, and several other stores.

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Itinerary 5: Fun with the Kids
Enjoy time with the family at our Kid Friendly attractions. Several beautiful parks and picnics areas are located in the Monroe-West Monroe area. For the hot days, there are several indoor playgrounds and a paint your own pottery store available. Once you’ve enjoyed a full day with the family, why not squeeze in a round of putt-putt at West Monroe’s Sassagoula Falls Adventure Golf or a night at the races at one of our areas speedways? They’re open seasonally, so be sure to call first!

Children’s Museum
(appx 1.5 – 2 hours)
Visit a place where learning is hands-on fun! At the Children’s Museum adults and children can learn and grow together. The museum houses many permanent interactive exhibits, as well as, traveling exhibits that change periodically. Some permanent exhibits feature a Kid’s Café where the children can practice math skills by playing restaurant, a health hall to learn about the human body, and a think tank to stimulate the brain with puppets, puzzles, and more.

Kiroli Park
A 150 acre park where you can spend a few hours or an entire day playing and picnicking with your family. Several children’s playgrounds, walking trails, a conservatory, and beautiful landscaping are found throughout the park. Fishing is available. Call to find out about special events including ballet and theatre performances.

Strauss YoungTroupe
Join the Young Troupe, a local children’s theatre group, for a fantastic performance. This year’s performances include Beauty and the Beast, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, the Taming of the Shrew, and others.

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