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Plan a Visit to Minden, Louisiana

Plan a Visit to Minden, Louisiana

Minden Louisiana

Here’s what to see and do in Minden, Louisiana, one of the nation’s small-town gems.

The slogan of Minden, Louisiana is “Feels Like Home,” and the sentiment couldn’t be truer. It’s a small city tucked snugly into the northwest corner of Louisiana…and also the location of our Louisiana Project House

We’ve been walking alongside Sara McDaniel of Simply Southern Cottage as she renovates a series of 1930s villas into short-term rentals. Sara found home in the city when she needed one the most. After a turbulent divorce, she moved her entire life to Minden, Louisiana, and the small-town’s big heart helped heal hers. 
Now she’s passionate about sharing this treasure with the rest of the nation and, after the town was the focus of an episode of Home Town Kickstart (Sara pitched and appeared on the show!), many are planning trips to find their own piece of home in Minden, Louisiana—and you can too.

Where to Stay

Cottage on Fort boutique hotel
Image via Sara McDaniel

The Cottage on Fort

Your Minden, Louisiana home away from home awaits at The Cottage on Fort. The magic begins the minute you pull up to the charming blue cottage with its pink front door. Inside you’ll find mid-century modern vibes, mixed with cottage romance. It’s one of Simply Southern Cottage’s properties, and it’s the perfect homebase as you explore the city.

After a busy day sightseeing, the Fuller House is a delightful escape to rest and reinvigorate for the next day. Its décor is charmingly nostalgic and romantically sweet. Pops of color, fun wallpaper, and vintage pieces hearken to simpler times and set the tone for Minden’s soothing, small-town pace of life.

Fuller House Upper Room
After a busy day sightseeing, the Fuller House is a delightful escape to rest and reinvigorate for the next day. Its décor is charmingly nostalgic and romantically sweet. Pops of color, fun wallpaper, and vintage pieces hearken to simpler times and set the tone for Minden’s soothing, small-town pace of life. Image via Sara McDaniel.

The Fuller House Upper Room

Find history and comfort in The Fuller House Upper Room, which is a garage apartment loft! It’s nestled in the backyard of the Fuller House, was built in 1905, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Sara lovingly renovated and restored the loft, and you’ll find yourself thinking pink as you see the delightfully pink kitchen and bedroom checkerboard ceiling.

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The Villas at Spanish Court

As the focus of our Louisiana Project House, we’d be remiss to leave out The Villas at Spanish Court! These Spanish style villas offer architecture that you can’t see anywhere else in Minden, Louisiana. Each villa features a unique design, loads of historical charm, and a glimpse into 1930s Louisiana life.

Where to Shop

Parish Design Co
Image via Parish Design Co.

Parish Design Co.

You’ll want to take a bit of Minden, Louisiana home with you, and you can do that by shopping at Parish Design Co., a family operated design studio featuring Minden merch and local artisan wares. As you peruse the wares, you’ll be inspired by the spirit and determination of the makers behind them and walk away with a true sense of the city’s story and people. Of course, be sure to take a picture in front of the Kickstart Minden mural!

Bricktown shop in Minden Louisiana
Hats off to the Bricktown Boutique, which offers one-of-a-kind hats. These eye-catching beauties will have you turning heads as you stroll down the streets. The only thing you’ll need to add is cowboy boots and a cute dress from the boutique. Image via Bricktown Boutique.

Bricktown Boutique

Clothes. Makeup & hair services. Haberdashery. The new Bricktown Boutique will have you walking out like a new woman. One of Sara’s favorite aspects of this fashionista’s dreamland is the custom, one-of-a-kind hats. These hats are the perfect homages to southern style.

Where to Eat

Geaux Fresh
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Geaux Fresh

Find food with meaning at Geaux Fresh. The restaurant employs women in recovery and gives them jobs and purpose. Moved by Geaux Fresh’s mission, HGTV Hometown Kickstart renovated the restaurant. Check out its fresh new look and enjoy Sara’s three must-haves: a sweet yet spicy jalapeño cucumber lemonade, The Fruity Ninja (chicken salad on a bed of avocado) and the Dorcheat Bottom cookie (a vanilla cookie with chocolate chips, frosted pecans, caramel, all dipped in chocolate). 

Broken Bean Minden Louisiana restaurant
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The Broken Bean

Second chances are found at The Broken Bean, which is owned and operated by Louisiana Teen Challenge. The coffee shop employs women from the Minden, Louisiana center who are eager to escape a life of addiction. By working here, the women get essential workforce readiness skills they can apply once graduating from the program. It’s a well-loved and integral part of the Minden community. Order some decadent beignets along with a King Cake Latte, which is a delicious drink featuring caramel, brown sugar, and a pinch of cinnamon. 

Seafood Empire
Taste Minden’s culture and history at Seafood Empire, where crawfish caught straight from the city’s bayous and lakes are served with flavor and flair. One bite of the food truck’s jambalaya and you’ll find yourself craving it for the rest of your life. Image via Seafood Empire.

Seafood Empire

Known for the best crawfish in town, Seafood Empire is a local food truck specializing in fun, quirky Cajun and traditional southern foods. The must try dish is The Moody: jambalaya with fried catfish covered in crawfish cheese sauce. Eat there for the first dinner of your trip and you’ll likely be back for the rest of the nights! 

Other Must See and Dos

kayak rental in Louisiana
Image via Facebook/Dorcheat Bayou Rentals

Dorcheat Bayou Rentals

Take to the water by renting kayak from Dorcheat Bayou Rentals. You’ll see a whole different side of Minden, Louisiana as you navigate its expansive, tree-lined lakes and nature-filled bayous. 

Germantown Colony Museum
Image via Germantown Museum

Germantown Museum

Minden was founded in the 1830s by Germans seeking to create a utopian society. Much of the original settlement still stands in this location. Engage in some historical excavation at the museum and learn about Minden’s roots and the pioneer life. 

Get caught up on Project House Louisiana by reading Introducing Project House Louisiana and The Villas at Spanish Court: A History. Stay tuned here on InstagramFacebook and Pinterest for your daily dose of farmhouse inspiration!

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