The Great Room is scenic and with two comfortable couches for sleeping with design and decor that mimics the interior of a Mayan Temple in Yucatan. It overlooks our pond which reflects the Mayan pyramid on the other side...a work in process.
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Ending Summer and entering Fall is delightful in southern Louisiana. Lots of things to see and do. Stay with us at Tom and Matt's Habitat and we'll direct you. Our rate is $75/night.
Our Little Room Upstairs has double and single beds. It is reached by a steep interior stairway so it is not suitable for old people with bad knees. In our cabana apartment the kitchen is not fully operational, but it has a double bed and sleeping couch. The entire property has various projects going on with architecture and landscape based on a Mayan Indian theme. We are an continuing work in progress, with areas still under construction in various stages of completion, with materials and recyclable resources strategically staged or stored around the property. We are definitely not the usual sedate or cutie boutique B&B. We cater to people who have the good sense to understand and the good taste to appreciate that our operation is unconventional. However, for those who desire the prim and proper bed and breakfast with pretty ribbons and ruffles, our Lacombe colleague Pine Lily Retreat is an excellent venue.
We inhabit a 2 acre habitat on the fringe of the 18,000 acre Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge in the subtropical rain forest of rural Lacombe, Louisiana, on the north side of Lake Pontchartrain, a 45 minute Interstate drive to New Orleans. Tom and Matt's Habitat is suitable for rest , relaxation, and renewal; or as your official unofficial tourist headquarters. Join us for a short visit, or use us as your Southern Headquarters for exploring the many and varied attractions of the Gulf Coast. Tom & Matt's Habitat is not just a visit; it's an experience. An adventure that offers several options for your enjoyment, with interesting places and friendly faces.
Our Great Room (being renovated) mimics the interior of a Mayan Temple with great flagstones backing a Franklin stove, corbel arched ceilings and two comfortable couches for sleeping; all overlooking our pond, which resembles a Yucatan cenote and reflects our Mayan pyramid.
I am a Mayan scholar and an authority on First American cultures. I have traveled extensively, enjoyed a life of exploration and adventure, and have many and varied interests, so I enjoy sharing my knowledge and experiences with interesting people who are interested in the life quality that I embrace. I am of Cherokee, Hispanic, and Celtic origins. My family was prominent in New Orleans, and one ancestor owned seven cotton plantations at the confluence of the Mississippi and Red Rivers. It is now Angola state prison, which I have visited as a tourist; not yet as an incarcerated guest.
Since age 12, when I stood atop the great Pyramid of the Sun in the ancient city of Teotihuacan in Mexico, my destiny has been directed by my interest in the MesoAmerican cultures, in particular the Maya of Yucatan, Belize, Honduras, and Guatemala. This interest is reflected in my home, which is a modified Mayan Indian design developed and under construction as an educational and artistic creation based upon my experiences over several decades exploring the ruins of the Maya civilization in the jungles of Central America. It is a place where our eco and cultural adventure tours to Mexico and Central America through Indian A. Jones Tours can begin.
Our Indian A. Jones Tour company is an authority on the environmental, historical, and cultural heritage of the Gulf Coast region.
St. Tammany Parish is the Silver Buckle on the Sun Belt.
We are the Gateway to: America's most interesting city, New Orleans;
America's Redneck Riviera, the Gulf Coast; the Old Plantation South.
Let us be your host.
Fulfill your yearning for learning...come for the facts, stay for the legends.
We specialize in eco and historical tours of the area with special emphasis on First American culture and history. Just yards from Tom & Matt's Habitat is a 31 mile bicycle path for trips on your own, or special bike and kayak Pedal and Paddle tours by Bayou Adventure.
*Fontainebleau State Park has tours and nature trails, as does the Northlake Nature Center. Nearby Boy Scout Road leads through the pine savanna to the marsh and then to the bayou.
Just ask good old Tom about what's happenin' and he'll guide you on what to do and how to do it. Explore St. Tammany or just sit around and pick your nose. Brooya!