Looking for a quick, safe getaway? Paloma Lake, a 53-acre private lake just 20 miles from New Orleans, welcomes visitors of ages and backgrounds to experience its luxury lodges and cabins. The property was designed and constructed with the outdoor enthusiast in mind and for those who like to experience the outdoors without roughing it.
Located in Braithwaite, Louisiana, Paloma Lake was founded in 2018 and is open year round. Visitors can stay in the Lakeside Lodges, which can sleep up to 10 people and boasts hotel-level amenities. Each room, which contains a bathroom, TV, and sitting area, can also be rented out individually. The A-Frame Cabins are solar powered and feature cypress walls, heart pine floors, an 80-foot composite bamboo deck, and a 50-foot screened in porch. A glamper's dream!
"I think glamping is on the rise because you're able to enjoy the best parts about camping, but in luxury cabins," Lauren McRae, Paloma Lake's marketing coordinator, told Adore. "Lots of people enjoy the activities and atmosphere that come with camping, but don't do it as often due to the rugged conditions like lack of showers, comfortable beds, and A/C and heating. With glamping, you still get the rustic feel and activities that come with 'real' camping, but with the luxury of those things that turn some people away."
Spring and summer are the most popular times to visit, and guests typically make use of the indoor pools (perfect in the heat) and the lake's signature Catch & Boil Crawfishing. "Guests are able to catch their own crawfish in our crawfish ponds and eat their own boil in true Louisiana fashion."
While the pools are unavailable in the winter, there are plenty of activities available including kayaking, archery, UTV tours, target and skeet shooting, and bird watching. Bonfires are lit each night and pets are always welcome.
Most of Paloma Lake's glampers are young adults while the Lakeside Lodges tend to attract older groups and families. Throughout the pandemic, many visitors have hailed from Louisiana looking to switch up their quarantine environment.
"Glamping has been wonderful during the pandemic, because it is one of the only kinds of vacations where you're isolated. Our cabins only sleep two adults and all of the activities can be done either solo or in pairs. It’s hard not to social distance here, because there is so much land to explore and spread out. Plus, we keep everything industrially sanitized and make sure each and every guest has their privacy."
The lake also hosts dinner events throughout the year (socially distanced, of course). The next meal will take place Valentine's Day weekend on Saturday, February 13 and dishes will include wild game and herbs found on the property.
More information on Paloma Lake and its offerings can be found here.