LTPA Louey Award Winner: The Dansereau House

The Dansereau House Bed and Breakfast has been honored with the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association’s Louey Award for Accommodation of the Year – Bed and Breakfast. Eleven members of Louisiana’s tourism industry were recognized for their tremendous efforts to advance the state’s tourism industry by the LTPA and more than 300 of their peers, at the Louey Awards luncheon. The Awards were presented Thursday, January 26, in Shreveport, as part of the 2012 Travel and Tourism Industry Summit.
“Louey awards are given to members and friends of the tourism industry who have gone the extra mile to promote and even protect Louisiana’s tourism industry,” according to the LTPA.
The Dansereau House, located in historic downtown Thibodaux, opened their doors as a Bed & Breakfast, as well as a special events venue, less than two years ago. Since that time, the Innkeepers Paul and Lori Worrell, have welcomed guests from all corners of the United States, as well as guests from Italy, France, Germany, the Netherlands and more. They have hosted travel writers, videographers, and screen actors from the US and Canada. Equally as important, they have provided a unique and beautiful environment for the local community to celebrate their family and corporate events.
“We are blessed and humbled by this honor,” said Paul Worrell. The Worrell’s, originally from Florida, moved to Thibodaux to manage The Dansereau House after it was purchased by Damon Baldone, of Houma.  Their goal was to open the house up to the community and beyond, with warm hospitality, elegant atmosphere, and excellent service. In addition to the Bed & Breakfast, guests and the local public can enjoy cocktails, hor d’oeuvres, and live music at The Drinkery on Thursday evenings.
Each December the house is transformed into a Winter Wonderland, with lights, music, and even snow! “This year we were honored to be a part of Christmasfest and the ending-site of the Thibodaux Christmas Parade,” said Lori Worrell, “and to have Santa Claus sit on the front lawn listening to the requests of all the children.”  In the weeks after the parade dozens of observers came each night to watch the light show.
The Dansereau House was built in 1847, and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in the 1970’s. The Bed & Breakfast has six guest rooms, and is available for weddings, parties, and other special events. The Drinkery is open on Thursday evenings, with live music on the veranda during the Spring and Fall seasons.