James Parish, home to some of the most historic structures in all of Louisiana.
Don’t miss the crawfish bisque at Hymel’s Seafood Restaurant, a tour of the beautiful architecture in St.
Many regional artists exhibit their works in the galleries and studios of the Helen Arts & Heritage Center, while some of the state’s best wines are made and offered at Habersham Winery on South Main Street.
A largely hidden gem, it has snow white sand, a variety of rental condos at Beach Colony Resort, and some of the area’s best restaurants.
Soak up the sun while sipping on a cool drink at Juana’s Pagodas and Sailors’ Grill.
Robert Esterly Antiques has long specialized in custom-made furniture and restorations, while Fleshman’s Antiques (which is owned by former New Market mayor Rick Fleshman and open only on weekends) features local period cherry and walnut furniture.
But if you aren’t into antiquing, there’s plenty of other retail therapy in this little town to keep you busy.
The Rabbit Hash Historical Society helped raise thousands of dollars for the store’s restoration by letting residents and visitors vote for a local canine to serve a term as the town’s unofficial mayor (at $1 a pop per vote). The general store’s revival has encouraged other neighboring businesses, such as The Old Hashienda inn and Verona Vineyards.
Population: 628 This Cajun-flavored town on the banks of the Mississippi River is the seat of St.
(If you’re there during fall, turn your chair to the west for an especially dazzling sunset.) Then enjoy Northern Italian cuisine at Bella Luna Italian Bistro.
Population: 542 Once known as a timber town, this unique mountain getaway about 90 miles northeast of Atlanta began a successful transition from lumber to lederhosen when three businessmen, Jim Wilkins, Pete Hodkinson, and Bob Fowler, gathered at a local restaurant in 1969.
Kollock made some sketches of the villages he remembered; the trio presented them to a group of local business owners; and then Helen was reborn as a Bavarian burg.