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It’s been a pleasure for me to see the changes going on in downtown Baton Rouge. When I was growing up, it consisted of a few neighborhood bars, restaurants to feed the area office workers, and office buildings. In the evenings and on the weekends, downtown Baton Rouge was a ghost town.
Fortunately that’s changed over the years, and now Baton Rouge has its first boutique hotel — Hotel Indigo Baton Rouge. The building where the hotel now stands has gone through a variety of changes, with its original use as a hotel. Formerly, the Hotel King, the building was converted to dormitories during the Depression. It then served as an office building before returning back to its original lodging use. I recently had a chance to check out Hotel Indigo Baton Rouge and was proud to see such a lovely boutique hotel to house visitors to my city and state.
Hotel Indigo Baton Rouge is a 93 room property located at the corner of Convention and Lafayette Streets, close to the Mississippi River. Some rooms provide a beautiful view of the Mississippi River or the Shaw Center. As with all Hotel Indigo Hotels, the atmosphere is a reflection of the neighborhood, not the overall destination. The decor and design elements reflect many of the buildings and natural landscape located within walking distance of the hotel.
There are 93 rooms of contemporary comfort, two rooms being luxurious suites. All rooms have complimentary wi-fi, 24 hour rooms service, and allows pets.
My favorite amenity at Hotel Indigo Baton Rouge (besides the free wi-fi) is the complimentary use of bicycles. The property is also home to Ride Indigo, a regular organized bike ride that offers a festival feel for participants when the ride is over.
There is also an onsite fitness center, featuring an image of the Louisiana State Capitol steps.
Hotel Indigo Baton Rouge also offers an intimate conference room and a nearby business center.
Many travelers fail to realize that Baton Rouge offers a variety of culinary options for the savvy diner. Hotel Indigo Baton Rouge offers a menu offering more than your typical hotel fare. The King Bar and Bistro is the onsite dining spot featuring Louisiana favorites that reflect the cuisine of south Louisiana. My favorite aspect of this venue? They use local suppliers for the ingredients. I sampled a few of the signature dishes at a small group dinner hosted by Hotel Indigo Baton Rouge. I enjoyed the dinner, the company, and felt like I was on a mini vacation. You can read my take on King Bar and Bistro.
After dinner, a few girlfriends and I sampled a few of the many cocktails at the King Bar and Grill downtown Baton Rouge venue. It was a truly enjoyable evening and I had so much fun giggling with friends and gossiping about the many celebrities that walk through the doors of Hotel Indigo Baton Rouge. This boutique property would work well for a romantic evening, a funky girlfriend getaway, or for business travelers.
Hotel Indigo Baton Rouge participates in IHG’s guest loyalty program Priority Club Rewards. It’s located at 200 Convention Street in Downtown Baton Rouge, LA.
Today the world celebrates the second-annual Champagne Day. Started as a grassroots online effort to celebrate the sparkling wine that comes exclusively from the Champagne region of France, Champagne Day is celebrated worldwide in wine stores, bars, restaurants, at private events, in homes and online. Events include Champagne discounts at retailers, tastings, TweetUps and spontaneous celebrations. To find some of the events happening around the world, visit the Champagne Day Meetup site.
Additionally, in honor of Champagne Day, the Champagne Bureau hosted a contest where individuals submitted photos of authentic Champagne labels in order to win an iPad2, and the Bureau is proud to announce that Eric Mueller is the lucky winner. There were over 300 submissions of Champagne labels, all of which are available to be viewed on the Champagne Bureau’s Facebook page.
“Champagne is the quintessential wine of celebration and, with celebrations worldwide, Champagne Day is a great opportunity to enjoy Champagne with your friends and family,” said Sam Heitner, director of the Champagne Bureau. “As you celebrate, enjoy, smile, share your experience online and remember that there are many quality sparkling wines produced worldwide, but true Champagne only comes from Champagne, France.”
To participate in the festivities, follow the #ChampagneDay hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, and on other social media sites. For more information about #ChampagneDay or the worldwide effort to protect wine place names and origins, please visit http://bit.ly/rhBcbh or www.champagne.us.
I think that each day is special and a reason to celebrate, that’s why every day is Champagne Day at my house. What are your plans for #ChampagneDay?
Forget waiting around for those 11/11/11 travel deals – we’ve got some scary getaways for those looking for a haunted thrill.
Groupon Getaways and Expedia, have scoured the country to curate a collection of Haunted Getaways involving the eeriest travel destinations nationwide.
Spooky spots include:
- Two-Night Stay for Up to Five in Suite or Themed Tours for Small or Large Group at the Geiser Grand Hotel in Bakers City, OR. You can travel as late as spring. Get the deal!
- An evening stay and ghost tour experience at the hotel that inspired The Shining, The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. This deal is 60% of the regular rate. Get the deal!
- Two nights at Stowe, Vermont’s Green Mountain Inn, a hotel widely known for its permanent ghost in residence, Boots. Visit with Boots for 50% off the regular rate, plus an added food and beverage credit. Get the deal!
Hurry before these deals are all gone. Remember, Groupon deals expire in a few days, so don’t wait to book. We can’t guarantee you’ll get a good night’s rest at any of these properties. Remember, they ARE haunted!
- A two-night stay at The Lucerne Inn, a legendary haunted bungalow nestled in New England and surrounded by mysterious area attractions. You can purchase two of these deals and combine them for a four night getaway. Get the deal!
I was invited to New York City to meet and interview Queen Latifah, star of Zyrtec Parks Unleashed video game on YouTube. Unfortunately, an unplanned surgery kept me in Louisiana, but Queen Latifah agreed to chat via Skype.
We chatted about good food in Louisiana, allergies when we travel, Queen Latifah’s favorite trips, and her upcoming movie with Dolly Parton — Joyful Noise.
This interview opportunity was arranged by Zyrtec. No compensation was given and I enjoyed the conversation with Queen Latifah. You can find out more about dealing with allergies when you travel by visiting Zyrtec.com. You follow Queen Latifah on Twitter @IAMQueenLatifah.
The Carnival Liberty is the first ship in the Carnival Fleet to get the Carnival Fun Ship 2.0 enhancements. After a 14 day dry dock service, she’s back in the water with tons of fun for cruise ship guests. Here’s a video recap of those 14 days. I can’t wait to experience the Fun Ship 2.0 additions personally.
Here are some images of the new spaces on the Carnival Liberty Fun Ship 2.0
EA Sports Bar
Guy’s Burger Joint
Blue Iguana Tequila Bar
ThirstyFrog Rum Bar
Additional information on the Fun Ship 2.0 initiative is available at www.carnival.com/funship2.