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article imageOp-Ed: Louisiana Resort Cypress Bend called a true heaven on earth Special

By Carol Forsloff     Apr 12, 2010 in Travel
There's a heaven right here on earth, a song about New Orleans claims; but it's in the northern section of Louisiana where heaven might really be.
Right on the edge of Texas, tucked back into the trees, on a pristine lake on which the sun glistens and boats glide by, is that wonderful place, that heaven on earth, called Cypress Bend. At least it's heaven as far as the local people of Many maintained on the journey through the nearby town visitors go through on the way to the resort.
Now travel stories might not be exciting; but this place is, for many reasons. In a state where pollutants can be seen from the main thoroughfares going into the capitol of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, or New Orleans, the state's flagship city, a place that looks like God washed every blade of grass each day, with no man's interference, is a treat for the wayfaring stranger.
This photo by Del Forsloff shows the wide expanses of lawn and the golf course that stretches around...
This photo by Del Forsloff shows the wide expanses of lawn and the golf course that stretches around the area.
What would heaven be without flowers  as this picture by Del Forsloff reveals.
What would heaven be without flowers, as this picture by Del Forsloff reveals.
Cypress Bend was initially conceived, it is said, by former Governor Edwin Edwards, as a fabulous resort for golf and for gambling, but that was not to be. Gambling plays no part in the wonderful joys found on the premises of this world-class resort.
Can heaven wait with spring beauty in Louisiana and this patio that makes one feel like this is heav...
Can heaven wait with spring beauty in Louisiana and this patio that makes one feel like this is heaven on earth?
The hotel lobby is awash with cypress woods and paintings, chandeliers of great beauty, and a friendly staff to add to the charm.
This world-class resort interior is decorated in rich beauty  as the entire place has been done.
This world-class resort interior is decorated in rich beauty, as the entire place has been done.
The main building, as there are several on these resort lands, contains the hotel itself, with restaurant, bar, meeting rooms, business offices, spa, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and an exercise facility to complete the special offerings.
This is the back entrance into the hotel at Cypress Bend.
This is the back entrance into the hotel at Cypress Bend.
But with all that beauty, one is led to wonder, why don't people come? The staff declares people do come in big bunches and arrive sometimes in busloads for special events. They come for educational meetings, weddings and special occasions. The oil men arrive and rent large numbers of rooms, but a continuous flow of guests all year is not the resort's regular pattern. Instead folks come in spurts in colder months where some hotel rooms remain empty for extended periods of time, and the restaurant without a customer.
Evelyn Pinkston, guest services manager, works the weekends making sure guests are comfortable and spent time with Digital Journal talking about the resort and its offerings.
This large educational center  shown here in a picture by Del Forsloff   is for meetings where instr...
This large educational center, shown here in a picture by Del Forsloff, is for meetings where instruction takes place.
"We do get people all year round, but it's slow in the winter months. In the spring and summer we get groups of people who will stay here over weekends or during the week for special events. People come here for weddings and for special events also."
"Anything you have personally done here?" she was asked. "Oh, yes. I had my own wedding here. It's a beautiful place. I love working here also. It's a great atmosphere, and the people who do come really love it.
More folks ought to know about it, and I don't say that just because I work here."
"Do people live here all year round, since you have condos on the premises?" Digital Journal was struck by the beauty of the grounds and the fact that for seniors condos with a golf course and wonderful amenities would be enticing.
How about retiring at heaven on earth?
How about retiring at heaven on earth?
"No, most people just come here for vacations or for weekends and that. They have their condos in our rental program But they could, if they wanted to. We are hoping to attract all sorts of people eventually."
"Does your hotel allow pets?" One wondered with the beauty of the place what the answer might be for that.
"This place is pet-friendly, at least the condos are. We try to accommodate people with all different situations and needs, and yet we keep the place clean at all times. This is also a non-smoking facility."
It was a beautiful April Sunday Digital Journal made the trip to Many, Louisiana from the town of Natchitoches less than 30 miles away, where a few miles down the road, and past a tree-pillared entrance, stands the hotel, its condominium, golf clubhouse and wide expanse of grassy lawns, winding trails, golf course lanes and landscape of varied hues from semi-tropical offerings that stun the first-time visitor.
Along with a heaven on earth  this resort has wide expanse of lawns and golf course.
Along with a heaven on earth, this resort has wide expanse of lawns and golf course.
A few guests were seen in the lobby, at the front desk. A few carts were on the greens. The restaurant at dinner was empty at 5:30 pm except for a reporter and spouse.
All this, and heaven too, and like an invitation to a grand party there's a little sadness as well for only a few folks show up.
In the world of media, there is the admonition that comes from Thomas Jefferson that the true journalist bring to the public education and information and holds power to account.
The information about this pristine place called Cypress Bend is too important to leave for another time or sensational story, because the artistry of nature and man combined to create such wonders this special place affords should not be overlooked.
At Cypress Bend there are many amenities  including an indoor and outdoor heated swimming pool  maki...
At Cypress Bend there are many amenities, including an indoor and outdoor heated swimming pool, making the experience a heaven on earth in north Louisiana.
It is here and shared for you, dear reader, that in your time a wander down the road will lead you to Cypress Bend and to what local people call a heaven right here on earth.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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