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Outdoor Weekend Getaway In Monroe-West Monroe, LA Along The Ouachita River
Nestled in northern Louisiana, the cities of Monroe and West Monroe sit on the banks of the Ouachita River and Bayou DeSiard creating the perfect setting for a southern vacation filled with outdoor recreation and leisure. The two cities are packed with accessible and maintained city parks, rural parks, gardens, places for hands-on experiences, restaurants with outdoor seating, and many other attractions for enjoying Louisiana outdoors. Here are a few things to check out in the Ouachita River Valley on your next outdoor weekend getaway to Monroe-West Monroe.
Photo by Miro’s
With more than 100 locally owned restaurants, coffee shops, and more, Monroe and West Monroe offer everything from Southern cooking to Italian, Asian, Cajun, and Indian cuisines, with a flavor to satisfy. Luckily, many establishments have great outdoor seating for dinner with a great view, mostly of the beautiful Bayou DeSiard and the Ouachita River. Miro’s and Trapp’s on the Ouachita River both serve up a variety of American and Southern Classics with a great view of the water and the railroad bridge. The Levee Grill and Waterfront Grill offer beautiful views of Bayou DeSiard on their outdoor patios while serving up Southern style cuisine.
Having a cold drink of any kind is often much more enjoyable when you’re sitting on an outdoor patio, especially during the warmer months. Monroe and West Monroe have two great options for outdoor patios for grabbing a drink and enjoying the Louisiana weather. One option is Two Warriors Meadery, the first and only meadery in the state of Louisiana run by two veterans. Mead is an alcoholic beverage made with fermented honey, and at Two Warriors you can pick from a variety of flavors to try, such as Bayou Blues Berry and Lemon Zinger. The second place you won’t want to miss for some great outdoor patio sipping is Flying Tiger Brewery. Here they serve up their Heroic Beers with popular brews such as Burma Blonde Lager, JUCEE La Pale Ale, Final Resting Place DIPA, and several others. You can enjoy whichever you choose on their large greenspace and patio where events are held often.
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