It's that time of year again when the men leave the women to hunt, declare their manliness or whatever it is they are doing almost every weekend in the fall.

Well ladies, no need to sit around and be bored without your man. Get out and have a girls weekend, or even girls month!

When the men are away, the women will go shopping for the newest fall trends, eat delicious cuisine, relax at the spa or see the latest fall blockbuster movies!

Shop 'til you drop!

No girls’ vacation would be complete without a shopping adventure, so be sure to check out the premier shopping malls! Shopping in Baton Rouge includes the Mall of Louisiana with 1.6 million square foot of shops, restaurants, entertainment and more, Perkins RoweTowne Center at Cedar LodgeMignon Faget and Pierre Crawdeaux


End your day at the Tanger Outlet Mall, which houses more than 60 brand name outlets. And don't forget about the many chic boutiques in Baton Rouge: Bella BellaBlink Baton RougeFrock CandyLoveMerci BeaucoupVertage, and more! 

Delectable Cuisine! 
A girl’s gotta eat—and trust me, there is plenty of eating to do in Baton Rouge! Indulge in a tasty snack at Strand’s Café, serving coffee, tea, French pastries and chocolates! For lunch, visit the Main Street Market that features gift shops and several eateries to satisfy any girl.

Other options include: Chelsea's, The Chimes, Olive Or Twist, Blend, Tsunami, Acme Oyster House, Mike Anderson's, Another Broken Egg and more, depending on what you are in the mood for! Baton Rouge even offers cooking classes! Ruffino's Restaurant and Louisiana Culinary Institute both offer classes for the aspiring Julia Child in all of us!  

Nottoway Zydeco Salad

Oyster Po Boy

Relaxation Time! 
Those men can be so stressful so, treat yourself to a manicure and pedicure at Bumble Lane Spa or mix up your own bath scrub at Bath Junkie. Massages are a perfect way to spend the day, especially at one of Baton Rouge's finest: Massage Envy, Massage Emporium, Ability Massage & Day Spa

Movie and Popcorn, Anyone?
Who doesn't love going to the movies? If you don't, we probably can't be friends.... 

This fall, movies for the ladies and children will be at an all time high! Just a few movies 
that are already out or will be released this fall that are a must-see:

  • Gone Girl - a thrilling mystery with Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck (I already saw it and IT WAS AWESOME) 
  • Book of Life - a cute, cartoon rom-com with Zoe Saldana and hunk Channing Tatum
  • Wild- a true story portrayed by the lovey (and southern) Reese Witherspoon
  • Annie - a timeless classic with the beautiful Rose Byrne and Cameron Diaz as a bad girl (typical Cam) 

So while you are out shopping, watching movies, eating or relaxing don't forget to enjoy the time away from your man because once hunting season is over, you won't be able to get rid of him.....until fishing season begins. Oh, what a vicious cycle. 

Posted by: Julie Thomas, Visit Baton Rouge

Julie is the new Communication Intern for Visit Baton Rouge. Before relocating to Baton Rouge, Julie lived in Haughton, Louisiana and attended Louisiana State University in Shreveport where she graduated in May 2014 with a degree in public relations. She now attends LSU as a graduate student at the Manship School of Mass Communications. She loves reading, watching Law and Order, playing with her dog, traveling and exploring the amazing city of Baton Rouge. You can follow her on Instagram or on her personal blog