A lovely historic experience.
Summary : The Lodge is impressive by any standard. You won't regret spending a night here. The majestic architecture has been preserved very well. We didn't want to leave.
Fontainebleau State Park has secret that I want to let you in on. There is a lodge there that was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1937. It’s epic, sleeps 10, and you can stay there.
The Fontainebleau State Park Lodge is in a very secluded area on the north end of the park. The yard is massive, and you have a locked gate for even more privacy. The 80-year-old lodge looks like it should be up in the mountains somewhere, yet there it sits in Mandeville, Louisiana. When you walk into the lodge, the fireplace and woodwork immediately set a nostalgic tone. The leather furniture is well chosen, and it made me want to don a smoking jacket with a lowball of scotch. To the right, you’ll find two bunk beds, and to the left, you have one room with a full size and a third room with a full size and another bunk. To our surprise, there were two bathrooms with showers, which will come in handy if you stay there with a larger group.
The kitchen was well stocked with everything we needed to cook meals, and the commercial gas stove was a joy to use in its own right. We also had more than enough linens for the two nights we stayed there. In my opinion, $155 a night was a steal to stay at a historic lodge. If you’re thinking about a trip to southern Louisiana, a few nights at the Fontainebleau State Park Lodge would be time well spent.