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[SUGGEST ON] Baton Rouge for 1.5 months!

SpacemilkSpacemilk Registered User regular
edited April 2010 in Help / Advice Forum
Hello again, H/A! As stated in the "find me a laptop quick" thread, my boss let me know today that I'll be spending the next 1.5 months living in a hotel in Baton Rouge, starting this Sunday evening.

The problem is, I've never been to Baton Rouge and while I have friends who are originally from there, I don't know anyone who currently lives there so I'm SOL for people to hang out with. My friends who lived there think it's the lamest town ever and keep telling me to just go to NOLA for stuff to do. (which I will do, but I want to explore BR and the surrounding areas as well!)

Everything is paid for by work, so I have a rental car and a hotel already and any meals I eat are covered. (I am allowed to eat at really nice places too!) If I decide to travel, my gas and everything is covered, but if I stay overnight I have to pay for that hotel as it's technically personal travel. (for some reason gas for personal travel is covered, don't know why but I'm ok with that)

I'll be working mostly days but could work some nights too, so I'll have opportunities to sightsee and travel in the day and the evening so anything is possible.

Basically any suggestions for things to do, see, or eat within a 2-3 hour radius would be much appreciated! NOLA included! Please keep in mind I am a skinny wimpy girl so please don't send me to any overly sketchy places.

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    Eggplant WizardEggplant Wizard Little Rock, ARRegistered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Jazz Fest. http://www.nojazzfest.com/
    It's not just jazz, it's all types of music. It's awesome.

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    bfickybficky Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Jazz Fest. http://www.nojazzfest.com/
    It's not just jazz, it's all types of music. It's awesome.

    Seriously, Jazz Fest is really fun. For me, it's just an excuse to eat a ton of great New Orleans cuisine. There's basically a competition as to who can cram crawfish into the most menu items (crawfish cakes, crawfish bread, etc).

    A ton of my friends/family attend(ed) LSU, so I'll ask if anything's going on in BR, since I'm guessing most of the replies in this thread will be NOLA related.

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    TaretchTaretch Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Go down to Café du Monde on Decatur St in the French Quarter and order some beignets... they're life changing. Just next to it there is a small area where artists/entertainers do public performances (we saw a break dancing competition) that can be quite entertaining! Just load up on as much cajun/creole food as you can--your body will hate you but your tummy will love you forever. I can't speak too much about BR in specific though...

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    GungHoGungHo Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Spacemilk wrote: »
    Hello again, H/A! As stated in the "find me a laptop quick" thread, my boss let me know today that I'll be spending the next 1.5 months living in a hotel in Baton Rouge, starting this Sunday evening.
    Enjoy the refinery! It's miles and miles of pipes and pipes. Breathe in nice and deep... mmmmmmmmmmmm... that's money you're smelling[/URL]. Motorboat the air. BBBBBMMBMBMBMBMBMBMMBMBMBLAH. If you get lucky, you'll shake some change out of the air.

    Anyway, if you're gonna spend a day in NOLA, eat breakfast Cafe du Monde, as suggested by Tartech. Then go up to the Gumbo Shop for lunch. Order gumbo. Order gator sausage. I'm not kidding on the gator sausage. It's fantastic.

    If you want to take a drive (and it's a drive), go to Lafayette and go to Don's Specialty Meats. They have FANTASTIC boudin and pretty good chicharonnes (cracklins). It's just on the other side of Lafayette from Baton Rouge. If you're driving to BR from H-town, stop there on the way back and buy boudin. For some reason, I bet your boss is making ya fly.

    If you need something in and around the Red Stick, 10Best has some restaraunt listings. Personally, I like Tony's and Boutin's. I've heard some good things about Tsunami at the Shaw Center, but I haven't been out there. Schlittz and Giggles is a good pizza bar.

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    John MatrixJohn Matrix Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    By traveling just on the 3-hour limit of your travels (2:43 according to google maps), you could enter the great state of Texas if you just go directly west on I-10. Orange, Texas is right on the boarder. Enter said town and procure some real Texas BBQ.

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    SpacemilkSpacemilk Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    GungHo wrote: »
    Spacemilk wrote: »
    Hello again, H/A! As stated in the "find me a laptop quick" thread, my boss let me know today that I'll be spending the next 1.5 months living in a hotel in Baton Rouge, starting this Sunday evening.
    Enjoy the refinery! It's miles and miles of pipes and pipes. Breathe in nice and deep... mmmmmmmmmmmm... that's money you're smelling[/URL]. Motorboat the air. BBBBBMMBMBMBMBMBMBMMBMBMBLAH. If you get lucky, you'll shake some change out of the air.
    Guess where I'll be spending my days. :) And I'm going to be getting really familiar with those miles and miles of pipes.
    Anyway, if you're gonna spend a day in NOLA, eat breakfast Cafe du Monde, as suggested by Tartech. Then go up to the Gumbo Shop for lunch. Order gumbo. Order gator sausage. I'm not kidding on the gator sausage. It's fantastic.

    If you want to take a drive (and it's a drive), go to Lafayette and go to Don's Specialty Meats. They have FANTASTIC boudin and pretty good chicharonnes (cracklins). It's just on the other side of Lafayette from Baton Rouge. If you're driving to BR from H-town, stop there on the way back and buy boudin. For some reason, I bet your boss is making ya fly.

    If you need something in and around the Red Stick, 10Best has some restaraunt listings. Personally, I like Tony's and Boutin's. I've heard some good things about Tsunami at the Shaw Center, but I haven't been out there. Schlittz and Giggles is a good pizza bar.
    I have actually been to NOLA for Mardi Gras a couple years in a row, and I'm a Cafe du Monde fan - I will almost certainly stop by again. And I have tried Gumbo Shop and I loooooove it! So good. Man I'm gonna get fat on this trip.

    John Matrix, I actually live in Houston so Texas and its BBQ is pretty familiar to me. :) Looking for something a little more east and/or north of BR if possible.

    Eggplant Wizard, I just found out some of my native-BR friends are coming up next weekend for JazzFest! So I think I'm going to meet up with them and check it out. It sounds awesome!!!

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    GungHoGungHo Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Spacemilk wrote: »
    GungHo wrote: »
    Spacemilk wrote: »
    Hello again, H/A! As stated in the "find me a laptop quick" thread, my boss let me know today that I'll be spending the next 1.5 months living in a hotel in Baton Rouge, starting this Sunday evening.
    Enjoy the refinery! It's miles and miles of pipes and pipes. Breathe in nice and deep... mmmmmmmmmmmm... that's money you're smelling[/URL]. Motorboat the air. BBBBBMMBMBMBMBMBMBMMBMBMBLAH. If you get lucky, you'll shake some change out of the air.
    Guess where I'll be spending my days. :) And I'm going to be getting really familiar with those miles and miles of pipes.
    I'm more... upstream of things, so I don't really see refining much, but I've been in those pipes a couple of times. Try not to get lost. The big machine will still be here when you get back :)

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    McVikingMcViking Registered User regular
    One word: Blackpot.
    http://blackpotfestival.com/website/about.html
    It's about an hour away in Lafayette, and is pretty much the most epic blackpot cookoff, accordion contest, and all-night dancing that you'll find anywhere. Happens the last weekend of October.
    Unless you hate food and music, go.

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