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 everything with you; Canoe & Trail Adventures can rent whatever you need to kayak or canoe down Cane Bayou. 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 the haunting candle-lighting ceremony at dusk at area Creole cemeteries.