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A hotel, hospitality, and meeting guide for the Capital Region

EMBASSY SUITES HOTEL WAMPOLD HOSPITALITY COLLECTION WEST BATON ROUGE VISIT BATON ROUGE ASCENSION PARISH L’AUBERGE CASINO & HOTEL BATON ROUGE MARRIOTT

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Millions of visitors contribute to capital city’s growth

IN BATON ROUGE LAST YEAR, the city had over 11.3 million visitors, all of which contributed to the economic growth of the city-parish. Visitors in Baton Rouge support hotels, our local restaurants, small businesses and attractions daily. The goal of our team here at Visit Baton Rouge is not only to attract visitors to come to Baton Rouge and spend time here, but to leave with an experience that they share with others. Visit Baton Rouge staff works directly with meeting planners and event organizers both locally and across the country, to consider Baton Rouge as their next future host city. The increased number of people traveling to Baton Rouge for both leisure and business has grown over the last two years. Our staff works with meeting organizers from start to finish ensuring that travelers are aware of what hotels we have that may fit their needs to enhancing their experience with events, attractions and activities we have to offer before and after their meeting or event. One of our key strategies is to work with organizers of local festivals and concerts to Issue Date: 8-27-19 Ad proof #5 promote their events in conjunction with conven• Please respond by e-mail or fax with your approval or minor revisions. tions and meetings—increasing awareness of • AD WILL RUN AS IS unless approval or final revisions are received by the close of business today. these events and ensuring they are well attend-

ed not only by locals but by those in town visiting as well. The art and culture scene in our area continues to grow with new exhibits focused in art coming to the area, including “Michelangelo: A Different View,” which will be hosted at the Raising Cane’s River Center in April of 2020. Over the last year, we have seen growth in sporting events held locally, most recently with the announcement of the College Baseball Foundation’s “Night of Champions” Hall of Fame induction for the Hall of Fame Class of 2019 being held in the capital city later this year. Sports tourism is an ever-growing industry and we are excited to see that growth continue here in Baton Rouge. Our staff looks forward to the opportunity to bring new and exciting events, conventions and people to Baton Rouge and are proud of the growth our industry has seen in just a few short years.

PAUL ARRIGO President and CEO

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A memorable & unique experience for any kind of function! Call us for meetings, overnight team building, event space & more! 305 South River Rd | Baton Rouge 225-342-1942 | USSKIDD.COM The USS KIDD Veterans Museum exists as a nonprofit entity. Donations made to the Foundation and Museum are tax deductible contributions.

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Embassy Suites Hotel

mbassy Suites spent $14 million renovating our hotel with one goal in mind: providing a high-end contemporary feel that is never intimidating or off-putting. While many new and renovated hotels place form over function for effect, that’s not us. Comfort and approachability are what we’re about.

MODERN, APPROACHABLE ELEGANCE

We don’t have any guest rooms. We only have 500-square-foot suites with separate living and sleeping areas. We want you to feel at home and our oversized suites do just that. Being a full-service Hilton product, we know a thing or two about planning meetings. We have more than 7,000 square feet of meeting space, accommodating a boardroom setting for 10 or a 400-person training session. We have comprehensive audiovisual capabilities, high-bandwidth internet, and ample free and easily accessible parking. You can also earn Hilton Honors points for meetings you schedule, getting you one step closer to that well-deserved vacation. Find out why we’re consistently rated one of the best meeting venues in Baton Rouge.

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE FOOD

We’d put our five-star chef up against any in the city—or the entire state of Louisiana

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for that matter. Chef Steve is the former head of culinary for Hyatt Hotels and brings a breadth of skills and enormous amounts of creativity to every dish we serve. We offer a wide range of meeting and event food options, all prepared onsite, that range from high-value to breathtakingly extraordinary. Whether you choose offerings from our broad published menu, or want to create your own custom menu in consultation with Chef Steve, we can promise that your guests will rave about their dining experience.

YOUR HOTEL’S DÉCOR SHOULD NEVER WORK HARDER THAN ITS STAFF

Service. Service. Service. While many hotels distract you with ornate and overwrought aesthetics, our staff would rather impress you with its attentiveness to your needs. There’s no more important stay or event than yours. We understand that and strive to deliver an experience that suits your style. Want us at your beck and call? Just ask. No two guests have the same expectations and it’s our job to tailor the experience we deliver to match each and every unique need. For a little more than you’d pay for a rectangular box, we offer you so much more. ■


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AT YOUR SERVICE • Credit cards: Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover, Diners • Business center: Yes • Pet policy: No pets • Number of guest rooms: 223 (all suites) • Number of nonsmoking rooms: 100% nonsmoking • Fitness center: Yes • Dining: Complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast • Nearby attractions: LSU, Towne Center, Louisiana State Capitol, USS Kidd, Mall of Louisiana, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center • Number of meeting/conference rooms: 5 • Maximum seating capacity: 500 • Total meeting space: 5,600 square feet • Onsite catering: Yes • Website: batonrouge.embassysuites.com • Phone: 225.924.6566 • Address: 4914 Constitution Ave. Baton Rouge, LA 70808

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Wampold Hospitality Collection

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Watermark Baton Rouge

Watermark Baton Rouge

hether you want to be in the heart of the medical district and the city’s best shopping or in the midst of bustling downtown, the Wampold Hospitality Collection provides unparalleled hotel experiences across the Baton Rouge area. With deluxe amenities and stylish décor, the Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel combines southern hospitality in a contemporary setting—making it an ideal locale for business and group travelers, as well as those looking for a weekend getaway. Just minutes from the Mall of Louisiana and LSU campus, it provides the perfect place to stay during your visit to Baton Rouge. The hotel offers a fully equipped fitness center, resort-style pool and terrace, fine dining restaurant and lounge. The 13,000 square feet of flexible, state-of-the-art meeting space features a 7,500-square-foot ballroom and eight spacious meeting rooms with highspeed internet. These amenities and others have transformed the Renaissance into a top business hotel in the area as well as an ideal

location for conventions, weddings, galas and social events. An ideal location for extended stay, business travel and leisure guests alike, Wyndham Garden features 120 two-room suites with microwaves, refrigerators, complimentary hot breakfast and Wi-FI. Watermark Baton Rouge is a historic icon in the heart of downtown and the newest addition to the Wampold Hospitality Collection. Featuring a stately presence and a storied past, Watermark offers one of the richest and most eclectic experiences available for any guest. Our story began nearly a century ago, high on a bluff overlooking the majestic Mississippi River, when intrepid financiers built our iconic skyscraper as the headquarters of Louisiana Trust & Savings Bank. Today, echoes of that era remain, in hand-painted ceiling murals, carved marble walls and staircases, and old bank vaults converted into dramatic meeting and dining spaces. Watermark is fused with regional pride, local culture and cuisine curated toward the 21st century traveler and experience seeker. ■

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AT YOUR SERVICE RENAISSANCE BATON ROUGE • Credit cards: All major • Guest rooms: 256 | Suites: 63 • Location: Near Perkins Rowe and the Mall of Louisiana; in the heart of the medical district • Meeting/conference rooms: 13

Watermark Baton Rouge

• Maximum seating capacity: 1,000 • Total meeting space: 13,000 square feet • Onsite catering: Yes • Phone: 225.215.7000 • Address: 7000 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70810 WATERMARK BATON ROUGE • Credit cards: All major • Guest rooms: 144 | Suites: 9 • Location: In the heart of downtown, near the Shaw Center for the Arts; Raising Cane’s River Center and Third Street nightlife

Watermark Baton Rouge

• Meeting/conference rooms: 3 • Maximum seating capacity: 100 • Total meeting space: 2,200 square feet • Phone: 225.408.3200 • Address: 150 Third Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70801 WYNDHAM GARDEN • Credit cards: All major • Guest rooms: 120 (all suites) • Location: Near Perkins Rowe, Mall of Louisiana and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana • Meeting/conference rooms: 2

Wyndham Garden

• Maximum seating capacity: 100 • Total meeting space: 1,500 square feet • Phone: 225.293.1199

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• Address: 5600 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70809

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Pergola at West Baton Rouge Conference Center

ocated off of I-10 at Exit 151, the West Baton Rouge Conference Center is a unique facility that combines a welcoming atmosphere for clients in need of meeting rooms for conferences and special events. The West Baton Rouge Conference Center is the place for all occasions—business or pleasure. We are an elegant facility offering space for groups of 10 to 450. The 7,000-square-foot conference center includes a large meeting room for accommodating 200 to 220 guests for a sit-down meal. We can accommodate more guests for other events. Four 600-square-foot breakout rooms offer expandable soundproof walls for increasing or decreasing your meeting space. One 300-square-foot room is designed for board meetings and includes a 50-inch smart TV for special presentations. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, drop-down screens and projectors, in-house sound, and a business center. If you have catering needs for your event, one of nine full-service catering companies can accommodate any appetite. Now imagine walking into a plush, grand reception room complete with a brick fireplace, elegant carpet, crisp white linens, and cypress doors, cabinetry and wainscoting. The center is captivating with its warm, luxu-

Studio 6 Extended Stay

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West Baton Rouge

West Baton Rouge Conference Center

rious atmosphere. It’s the perfect place for that special occasion. The 8-acre grounds of the West Baton Rouge Conference Center can accommodate special outdoor events such as reunions, picnics, barbecues or training with special sized equipment. The newly constructed pergola and outdoor patio is the perfect backdrop for weddings and special events. Our location is just five minutes from downtown Baton Rouge and can provide plenty of free parking. There are new and newly renovated hotels within walking distance of the center. These hotels also offer additional meeting rooms if needed. Your stay at Holiday Inn Express in Port Allen offers many great amenities, including an indoor heated pool, free high-speed wireless internet access, and an expanded and well-equipped fitness center. Be sure to start each morning with a trip to the free breakfast bar, which features delicious hot items. At Studio 6 Extended Stay, you’ll find a welcoming staff who want you to have a great experience. Located just off I-10, this newly built extended stay hotel offers daily and weekly rates. All suites feature free WiFi, a flat-screen TV, and a fully equipped kitchen with microwave, refrigerator and coffeemaker. A beautiful gazebo provides a great place to relax. ■


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AT YOUR SERVICE WEST BATON ROUGE CONFERENCE CENTER • Nearby attractions: Downtown, LSU, Louisiana State Capitol, Belle of Baton Rouge Casino, Hollywood Casino • Number of meeting rooms: 6 • Seating capacity Meeting rooms: 50 Boardroom: 12 Banquet hall: 450 • Catering: 9 approved providers • Website: louisianatravel.com • Phone: 225.344.2920 • Address: 2750 N. Westport Drive Port Allen, LA 70767 HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES • Nearby attractions: Downtown, LSU, Louisiana State Capitol, Belle of Baton Rouge Casino, Hollywood Casino • Total number of guest rooms: 89 • Fitness center: Yes • Complimentary breakfast: Yes • Phone: 225.343.9967 • Address: 2860 N. Westport Drive Port Allen, LA 70767 STUDIO 6 EXTENDED STAY • Nearby attractions: Downtown, LSU, Louisiana State Capitol, Belle of Baton Rouge Casino, Hollywood Casino • Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard, AmEx, Discover • Total number of guest rooms: 72 • Free Wi-Fi: Yes • Website: staystudio6.com Holiday inn Express & Suites

• Phone: 225.248.6222 • Address: 2740 N. Westport Drive Port Allen, LA 70767

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Visit Baton Rouge

he unique culture, sports and people make Baton Rouge an attractive destination for visitors. Those who spend time in Baton Rouge are left with a truly authentic south Louisiana experience and the local economy flourishes from the money they spend while in town. The capital city is home to fantastic cuisine, local music venues, sporting events and numerous attractions. Baton Rouge brings people together in a way that is special to Louisiana—food, family and culture. From a backyard crawfish boil to one of the city’s many festivals, you can experience the revival of different areas of Baton Rouge firsthand or get outside and enjoy the beautiful outdoors.

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Visitors are drawn to Baton Rouge for many reasons, whether it’s to experience the tailgating and electric atmosphere that surrounds the LSU and Southern campuses each fall, to take a food tour of our fantastic eateries, or to experience the history behind our city and its attractions, from historical to haunted and all those in between. The mission of Visit Baton Rouge is to increase visitation and awareness of the Baton Rouge area and the staff works diligently to ensure visitors leave with a one-of-a-kind, authentic experience. The Visit Baton Rouge website serves as a great planning tool for visitors and locals alike with itineraries, resources, lists of restaurants, hotels and attractions. Explore for yourself at VisitBatonRouge.com. ■


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AT YOUR SERVICE • Number of visitors: 11.3 million (this includes day visitors and overnight visitors) • Number of conventions: 390 • Economic impact of conventions: $33.7 million • What brings visitors to BR: 45% leisure 37% visit family and friends 17% business • Total room nights: 85,842 • Average overnight stay: 2 nights • 2018 Visit BR website highlights: 1,614,458 site views Most popular month – December 64.5 % sessions mobile Most users are age 25 to 34 Biggest increase among those age 55 to 64 Blog views – 98,530 • Top listings: Louisiana State Capitol Louisiana State Capitol/Welcome Center Baton Rouge Red Stick Adventures/Tours 13th Gate Haunted House Louisiana Art & Science Museum USS Kidd Veterans Memorial and Museum LSU Tiger Stadium 1913 Nightclub Capitol Park Museum Knock Knock Children’s Museum EVENTS • Number of events in 2018: 1,148 • Event views: 292,621 • Top events searched: St. Patrick’s Day Parade Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival Ice Skating on the River Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland Jolie Pearl Baton Rouge Oyster Festival Zapp’s International Beer Festival Baton Rouge Soul Food Festival Krewe of Orion Mardi Gras Parade Mystic Krewe of Mutts Mardi Gras Parade Jambalaya Festival Source: Visit Baton Rouge

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Ascension Parish

scension Parish offers a variety of activities for companies, groups and organizations planning an event or staying for a few days. Just a short drive along Interstate 10 from Baton Rouge and an hour from New Orleans, Ascension offers your group a wonderful mix of activities, shopping, and adventures. Take a step back in time with Ascension’s premier plantation, Houmas House and Gardens. Enjoy a mint julep at the Turtle Bar or a great meal at one of three restaurants on the property including a fine dining restaurant. Learn about the great Sugar Palace and spend the afternoon strolling through the 38 acres of gardens. In historic downtown Donaldsonville (once the state capital), history buffs can learn about this quaint main street small town and view the architectural buildings and homes dating back to the 1800s. Learn about the history and culture of African Americans at the River Road African American Museum. Take a walk or jog on the levee of the Mississippi River at the Donaldsonville Riverwalk. And don’t forget to visit the gallery of Alvin Batiste, a self-taught primitive artist in Ascension Parish. Nothing beats great deals at our Tanger Outlet Mall and Cabela’s, or the unique gifts in our gift shops and at the Cajun Village. At the Cajun Village, you can also

see two live resident alligators—Big Boy and Nubby—who live on the back of the property. Be sure to get your sweet fix with some beignets and café au lait at the Coffee House. Visit Jambalaya Park & Amphitheater and Pelican Pointe Golf Course for a great time outdoors … or if you prefer to stay indoors, head to Premier Lanes Entertainment Center. Ascension offers a gumbo of cultures unique to the South, and the food, festivals and history all reflect their way of life. The Lamar-Dixon Expo Center is a multi-use facility located on 250 acres, featuring all the amenities needed to host conventions, business expos, rodeos, sporting shows and festivals. It is home to two large equestrian facilities, a large banquet hall, a 68,000-square-foot exhibition hall, an Acadian style chapel, 300 RV hookups and much more. Patrons travel to Lamar-Dixon for events such as the Ascension Parish Balloon Festival, the Louisiana Livestock Show, Mistletoe Market and others. Travelers will find many comfortable and affordable hotels in the area, including Candlewood Suites in Gonzales and Mainstay Suites (Sleep Inn) in Geismar. Candlewood’s suites are newly renovated, offering a relaxing experience during your stay. Mainstay Suites and Sleep Inn offer the perks of hotel living in an apartment-style setting. ■

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AT YOUR SERVICE LAMAR-DIXON EXPO CENTER • What’s nearby: Tanger Outlet Mall, Alligator Bayou Swamp Tours, Houmas House Plantation • Credit cards: AmEx, Visa, Discover • Onsite parking: Yes • Meeting/conference rooms: 6 • Total meeting space: 7,500 square feet Lamar-Dixon Expo Center

• Onsite catering: Yes • Phone: 225.450.1009 • Address: 9039 St. Landry Ave. Gonzales, LA 70737 MAINSTAY SUITES (SLEEP INN) • Credit cards: AmEx, Visa, MasterCard, Discover • Guest rooms: 79 | Suites: 30 • Free Wi-Fi: Yes • Business center: Yes • Fitness center: Yes • Complimentary breakfast: Yes

Sleep Inn

• Onsite Parking: Yes • Phone: 225.402.4401 • Address: 37090 Market Center Blvd. Geismar, LA 70734 CANDLEWOOD SUITES • Credit cards: AmEx, Visa, MasterCard, Discover • Guest rooms: 83 | Suites: 6 • Free Wi-Fi: Yes • Business center: Yes • Fitness center: Yes • Complimentary breakfast: No

Candlewood Suites

• Onsite parking: Yes • Phone: 225.450.3390 • Address: 2705 S. Outfitters Dr. Gonzales, LA 70737 ASCENSION PARISH TOURISM TOURASCENSION.COM 888.775.7990

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AT YOUR SERVICE L’AUBERGE CASINO & HOTEL is a premier south Louisiana destination property offering a fully integrated casino entertainment experience. Rated among the nation’s elite lodging facilities, L’Auberge captures the feel of a southern river lodge and embraces Louisiana’s rich cultural history, food, music and laissez les bon temps rouler way of life. This unique entertainment complex features an expansive single-level 74,000-square-foot casino; nearly 1,500 slot machines; 50 table games, including a poker room; Riverbend Terrace, an open-air, smoke-friendly smoking and gaming terrace with more than 120 slot machines and sweeping views of the Mississippi River; a 12-story hotel with 205 guest rooms, a rooftop pool and state-ofthe-art fitness center; four dining outlets; a casino nightclub with breathtaking views of the river; 13,000 square feet of meeting and conference space; and parking for 2,400 visitors, including 800 in a covered parking garage. • Nearby attractions: Mall of Louisiana, LSU, Downtown, Perkins Rowe, Old State Capitol • Credit cards accepted: All major cards • Total number of guest rooms: 205 • Total number of suites: 30 • Fitness center: Yes • Onsite parking: Yes • Number of meeting/conference rooms: 7 • Total meeting space: 14,250 square feet • Maximum seating capacity: 1,400 • Onsite catering: Yes • Website: Lbatonrouge.com • Phone: 225.215.7777 • Address: 777 L’Auberge Ave. Baton Rouge, LA 70820

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Baton Rouge Marriott

RENOVATIONS TO the Baton Rouge Marriott Hotel make it the city’s premier event venue. It boasts more than 20,000 square feet of meeting space, including 18 separate rooms. The spaces are flexible and can easily accommodate corporate meetings, lunches and breakout sessions. The modern ballroom, featuring wood-paneled doors, bronze accents and geometric lighting, offers over 6,000 square feet, which can accommodate up to 900 people for a theater experience or 600 people for a sit-down banquet. This property is now the perfect fit for various special events, from conventions to banquets to weddings. Catering for events is available through the hotel’s new dining option, Stinky’s Fish Camp. • Nearby attractions: Citiplace and Towne Center malls, LSU, Knock Knock Museum, Rural Life Center, Downtown • Credit cards accepted: All major cards • Internet: High speed wi-fi, fees may apply • Business center: Yes • Total number of guest rooms: 297 • Total number of suites: 2 • Total non-smoking rooms: 299 • Fitness center: Yes • Complimentary breakfast: No • Onsite parking available: Yes • Valet parking available: No • Number of meeting/conf. rooms: 18 • Total meeting space: 20,000 square feet • Onsite catering: Yes • Website: marriott.com/btrmc • Phone: 225.924.5000 • Address: 5500 Hilton Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70808

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You’re Welcome

Make your visit to Baton Rouge an unforgettable experience. As you explore the city, you’ll find that it is filled with unique attractions, friendly people, and exciting things to do. Here are a few ways to enjoy the history, culture and ambience of Louisiana’s capital city—even if you’re only with us for a short time.

For more experiences, go to visitbatonrouge.com 1 L’AUBERGE CASINO This hotel, casino, and multipurpose event center hosts live music shows and features a 30,000-square-foot gaming floor. Visitors will also enjoy the rooftop pool, several dining options, and a breathtaking view of the Mississippi River.

777 L’Auberge Avenue (*Baton Rouge features other casinos in the downtown area.)

5 TIGER STADIUM Popularly known as Death Valley, Tiger Stadium is the home field of the LSU Tigers football team. It seats more than 100,000 fans and is known for having one of the best game day atmospheres in all of college football.

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Several companies offer swamp tours for visitors to Baton Rouge and most are within 45 minutes of the city. Be careful—you’re bound to see a few alligators during your trek through the swamp.

2 RED STICK SOCIAL It’s described as Baton Rouge’s newest live music venue in an intimate setting, but it’s so much more than that. Located in the newly renovated Electric Depot in Mid City, Red Stick Social features indoor/outdoor seating, state-of-the-art bowling, locally inspired food, a pet-friendly beer garden, rooftop patio, and comfortable spaces to mingle with friends.

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Tour this WWII destroyer restored to its 1945 configuration. The ship was named after Rear Admiral Isaac C. Kidd, who died during the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.

1503 Government St.

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Take a tour of one or more of the many plantations in the area to learn about antebellum life in the South. Experience what life was like at the cotton, sugarcane and rice plantations that dotted the land along the Mississippi River.

305 S. River Road

8 TOP GOLF

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4 FINE DINING Enjoy an upscale southern dining experience at one of the city’s many fine dining establishments. For example, take time to appreciate the unique architecture as you dine at The Gregory, located in the historic Watermark Hotel downtown. Or try contemporary Creole cuisine in an elegant setting at Juban’s Creole Restaurant.

The Gregory, 150 Third Street; Juban’s Creole Restaurant, 3739 Perkins Road

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One of the city’s premier entertainment venues, Top Golf is a place to polish your golf game and socialize with friends or colleagues. Buzzing with energy, it features elevated, climate-controlled hitting bays, a rooftop terrace with a firepit, and a sports bar and restaurant.

10955 North Mall Drive

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2019 Be Our Guest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana  

This special advertising section is a hotel, hospitality and meeting guide for the Capital Region in Louisiana.

2019 Be Our Guest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana  

This special advertising section is a hotel, hospitality and meeting guide for the Capital Region in Louisiana.