LKB 012: Minden, Louisiana, The Friendliest City in the South

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Introduction to the Episode

Welcome to the twelfth episode of Locals Know Best! I’m your host, Cindy. I’m a full-time RVer and lover of all things travel-related. Years of adventuring on the road have taught me one fundamental lesson; locals ALWAYS know best! Every episode of this podcast will dive into one local’s perfect day of outdoor adventure in their town!

In this episode, I’ll be speaking with Sara McDaniel of Simply Southern Cottage about Minden, Louisiana. 

Join Sara and me as we spend a day paddling, hiking, biking, and enjoying all of the local cuisine surrounding “The Friendliest City in the South”!

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About Sara McDaniel

Learn more about Simply Southern Cottage

Sara is an adventurer and entrepreneur who loves where she lives.

At 41 years old, she retired from a successful sales career to explore entrepreneurial interests, including real estate investing, educational consulting, and social media influencing.

While pursuing those interests, she has reclaimed and restored her home and her life.

Now she says it’s her mission to provide inspiration to help others do the same.  

Sara’s now quite famous home has been featured in Better Homes and Gardens, Cottages and Bungalows, Southern Lady, Apartment Therapy, HGTV, Southern Hospitality, and Martha Stewart, just to name a few!

Before & After Photos of Sara’s Home

What We Cover in This Episode

  • A unique fact that makes Louisiana different than every other state in the United States.
  • What would draw an outdoorsy person to visit Minden.
  • Minden’s claim to fame and most favored outdoor activity.
  • The best time of year to visit Minden, Louisiana.
  • The best place to stay in Minden, Louisiana.
  • The best spot for coffee and New Orleans-style beignets in Minden, Louisiana.
  • The best bayous and lakes for a paddle.
  • What to do if you see an alligator in the bayou.
  • Learn about an outfitter business opportunity in the Minden area.
  • Whether inflatable kayaks and alligator waters mix.
  • A spot where you can find an old 19th-century shipwreck.
  • The best lunch and dinner spots in Minden, Louisiana.
  • A place where you can order a taco in an avocado.
  • The best local state parks for camping, hiking, biking, paddling, fishing, picnicking, and swimming.
  • A spot where you can see how local pioneers lived in the 19th century.
  • The most beautiful destination for Instagram photos.
  • A Louisiana film history trail.

Quotables

I know it’s cliche, but I do love where I live… so I love, love, love to celebrate our state.

Sara

[Minden] is just the cutest, quaintest little Southern community. And in fact, a few years ago, we were named the friendliest city in the South. So I love the people here. We have tons of amazing historic homes and architecture, cute little shops, and boutiques. And then we also have lots of amazing outdoor activities that people can participate in.

Sara

Honestly, [in Minden], we have it all. We have historic homes, we have our historic downtown, we have the great outdoors, and I’m telling you, our people here are so friendly and so amazing. And I promise you will not be disappointed.

Sara

Sara’s Minden, Louisiana Travel Itinerary Map

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2 Replies to “LKB 012: Minden, Louisiana, The Friendliest City in the South”

  1. Ginger Crawford says: Reply

    I was born and raised in Minden, La. along with 3 sisters and a brother. I was born in 1954 so I was having the time of my life walking the streets with my siblings having no worries, just getting home for supper, this was summer of course. I enjoyed going to the Rex Theater, which broke my heart when it was torn down. I remember eating at Lunsfords cafe which was so good all the locals ate there mainly for the homemade Strawberry Pie. I could go on and on but I love this city which has grown over my lifetime and the people are just as friendly. Take my word fi it, I wouldn’t live anywhere else. Thanks for listening, Ginger Robinson (in the day)

    1. Thanks so much for sharing your Minden story, Ginger! So cool to hear!

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