MEET ME IN THE MIDDLE 

Filled with inspiring flavors, rich history, and a culture all its own, Central Louisiana is truly one of a kind. At the heart of this unique area, the cities of Alexandria and Pineville straddle the Red River forming a hub of arts and culture easily accessible from all four corners and by air, making it the perfect home base for your Louisiana adventure. Here, Cajun traditions and an annual Mardi Gras celebration thrive among all the amenities of a modern Southern city. A robust sportsman’s culture is nurtured by outdoor opportunities at Kisatchie National Forest, and Lake Buhlow in Pineville, which features high-speed motorboat racing and the annual Louisiana Dragonboat Races. The Alexandria Levee Park offers festival grounds and an amphitheater right on the riverfront. History endures in Pineville’s stock of intact 18th century cemeteries. In Central Louisiana, residents and guests enjoy a laid-back lifestyle where diversity is celebrated through food, fun, family, arts, and festivals.

THE HOTEL BENTLEY

The Hotel Bentley is the crowned jewel of Alexandria’s historic downtown district. Original architectural details in the lobby feature a cupola, painted ceiling, marble columns, sparkling chandelier and grand staircase. Known as “Central Louisiana’s finest hotel since 1908,”  the history and traditions of the Hotel Bentley are steeped in gracious hospitality, hosting prolific guests such as Dwight Eisenhower, John Wayne, and Roy Rogers. The luxury hotel has always remained faithful to its past while keeping an eye on the future with their modern, award-winning fine dining restaurant The Bentley Room, as well as The Mirror Room, a craft cocktail and tapas lounge.

THE DIAMOND GRILL

The Diamond Grill, recipient of the Louisiana Preservation Honor Award, offers a superb menu of modern Southern cuisine with a breathtaking atmosphere. Formerly a high end jewelry store dating back to the 1930s, the artfully restored building showcases Art Nouveau/Art Deco Architecture and repurposed aspects of the original structure, such as a massive vintage vault once used to store diamonds that now houses the restaurant’s curated selection of fine wines. Try fresh, local seafood items such as blackened gulf snapper with lump crabmeat and tomato beurre blanc and experience the seamless blending of Cajun flavors and French technique. 

HUCKLEBERRY BREWING COMPANY 

After ten years of perfecting the art of brewing in Portland, OR, 8th generation Alexandrian Jacob Wilson returned home prepared to put the city on the craft beer map. Named after Wilson’s dog and travel companion, Huckleberry aims to “pour an adventure into every pint” with aptly named flagship brews such as Trail Dog Tangerine Wheat, Upriver IPA, and Sandbar Blonde. With an expanded patio and outdoor stage, Huckleberry Brewing Co is the perfect spot to sample taproom brews and enjoy live music.  

LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL

Discover even more of Central Louisiana’s charm and southern hospitality with funky hangouts such as Spirits Food & Friends, a local staple famous for great food and original music since 1967 and home of the Knob Creek Burger, named one of Louisiana’s Top Ten Burgers. On Main Street in Pineville, you’ll find Main Street Truck Park, an outdoor venue lined with rotating food trucks guaranteed to satisfy your wildest cravings. Grab a quick bite or stay and play classic southern yard games to the tune of local musicians. Hungry for more? Follow the sounds of live music to the city’s signature festivals. With so much to explore, you’ll want to stay awhile. To plan your trip, visit alexandriapinevillela.com.