Most visitors come to Lacombe to do one of three things: eat, play or pray. One of the Northshore’s most beloved dining institutions – Sal & Judy’s – is in this little unincorporated town. Almost surrounding it, however, is the 15,000-acre Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, a federal reserve rich in soft adventure opportunities like kayaking, fishing, hiking and bird watching. You don’t even need to bring anything with you; local outfitter Bayou Adventure can rent whatever you need, whether it’s a kayak or canoe for paddling down Cane Bayou or gear for fishing or crabbing off Lake Road. Find time for reflection at the petite Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel, built in 1923; doors are usually open and guests welcome. If in the area for All Saints Day, be sure to check out Les Lumieres du Morte, a haunting dusk candle-lighting ceremony at area Creole cemeteries.