Recently awarded the 2015 Louie Award for being Louisiana’s Accommodation of the Year, the Stockade Bed and Breakfast at 8860 Highland Road in Baton Rouge offers a home away from home and MORE. Nightly rates include a full breakfast, cable TV, parking, snacks, beverages, and 24-hour-a-day access to Anytime Fitness which is right across the street. It is named after the Union stockade that set up camp on the site during the Civil War and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Innkeeper Janice DeLerno was an art dealer for 35 years. She originally wanted to run an art gallery on Highland Road but was never able to get the zoning approved. Her Plan B was this Bed and Breakfast. Her guests, however, feel that they have a top-notch Plan A experience because they enjoy an elegant environment surrounded by beautiful original pieces and signed prints created by both Louisiana and European artists.
If you are coming to Baton Rouge for an LSU (Louisiana State University) ballgame, you’ll be delighted to find the Stockade Bed and Breakfast is only 4 miles from the campus, straight down Highland Road. It is also a great place to conduct business, have a small meeting or retreat or house your clients who are coming into town for a conference. Baton Rouge is, after all, the capital city of Louisiana.
There are several good restaurants within walking distance or a short drive. George’s Southside location is about a block away. In 225BatonRouge, a website of area businesses, George’s has consistently won awards for its hamburgers and Po’ Boys. For insanely delicious tapas, visit Restaurant IPO, or for an elegant, white tablecloth lunch or dinner, Galatoire’s Bistro is exceptional. But, in a city this size, there are hundreds of options.
Exterior has a garden setting
All around Stockade Bed and Breakfast, you will be in the midst of lush vegetation, flowers and fruit. On a recent stay, the camellias and azaleas were in full bloom. The rooms in front have a garden view while those with windows facing the rear yard have lots of trees and birds. In spite of the location in a busy area, the feeling is tranquil and serene.
Distinctive guest rooms
Currently, there are 4 guest rooms and a one 2-bedroom suite available, each with private baths. The furnishings and artwork in each one create a distinctive style and personality. Plans have been finalized to add 5 more guestrooms, and hopefully this project will be completed by the beginning of 2017. A couple of those new rooms will be pet-friendly.
The Rex Room was particularly spacious with a couch, two wing chairs, a desk area, an armoire and a king bed. Bed sheets come from the Comphy Company. You will want to order some for your bedroom at home. They are delightful.
Inviting living room
In the spacious common living room, there is a beautiful grand piano (that plays itself if no one else is available), a large game table, a relaxing fountain, and plenty of comfortable seating. The room is filled with impressive artwork and a great view of the backyard. You will enjoy sharing refreshments there with other guests and making new friends.
The dining room is adorned with prints by John Gould and Robert John Thornton as well as antique collectible menus. But, it is the buffet table that will capture your attention. Recently, a zucchini-spinach quiche was served along with French toast, grits and fresh fruit. On other days, you might find grits and grillades (a dark gravy with braised meat), cornmeal waffles or homemade granola cereal. Community Coffee, Louisiana’s own brand, is always plentiful. Innkeeper Janice and her staff will certainly strive to provide enough variety to suit all their guests.
Famous guests and regular folks
When asked to name the most famous person to ever stay at Stockade Bed and Breakfast, staff members named Anna Paquin, star of “True Blood,” but certainly they will have many more celebrities as the Stockade Bed and Breakfast’s reputation grows. It consistently receives high ratings from satisfied visitors.
If you enjoy museums, there are two outstanding ones in Baton Rouge, Capitol Park Museum and Louisiana State University’s Rural Life Museum. But, of course, eating, shopping, and cheering for the LSU Tigers might take up all of your time.
When visiting Baton Rouge or spending the night on the way to other places, Stockade is a great choice for your lodging.