July 30, 2018
Regional Spotlight: Cajun Country
Posted by: Mae Mayeux
Cajun Country is located along the Gulf of Mexico in the South Central portion of Louisiana. The region was first settled by the French in 1775, who called it Acadiana or L’Acadie, and their influence can still be felt today. Here you will find a fascinating confluence of Acadian, Native American, and Creole influences, creating a unique culture of its own like nowhere else in the state. In Cajun Country, you’ll hear the distinct rhythms of Cajun and Zydeco music, taste the mouthwatering flavors of crawfish and boudin sausage, and explore the beautiful sights of its bayous and small towns. Cajun Country is home to working plantations and living history museums where the past and present emerge, such as the Acadian Village and Vermilionville Living History & Folklife Park. Take a swamp tour in the Atchafalaya Basin to see a variety of wildlife, from blue herons to alligators, or head to downtown Eunice to visit the Liberty Theater, the Cajun version of the Grand Ol’ Opry. There are also many wonderful cities here, including Lafayette and Abbeville, considered “the most Cajun place on earth.” Wherever you go in Cajun Country and whatever you decide to do, make sure you book a stay at one of the Louisiana Bed & Breakfast Association's many wonderful properties located throughout the region.
Plantations and Historic Homes
Caldwell House is located inside a luxurious, 100-year old home in the charming town of Abbeville. You’ll enjoy relaxing in their wicker chairs on the wrap-around porch or taking an afternoon stroll through their lovely gardens. Their rooms are spacious and include private baths and a daily Cajun-inspired breakfast. If you’re interested, you can rent out the entire house for a family reunion or holiday of up to twelve guests.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Creole-Caribbean Maison des Amis was built in 1870 on the legendary Bayou Teche. You’ll sleep well in their spacious, individually decorated rooms. Treat yourself to a full Cajun/Creole breakfast before taking a stroll in their lush gardens and soaking in the view from their gazebo.
Le Village Guest House and Event Space is located inside a late 19th century farmhouse featuring four charming guest rooms and a cozy parlor. On the grounds, you will also find the Old Chapelle Country Store that was robbed by the Bonnie and Clyde Gang in the 1930s. The Country Store, now Cypress Grove, is available for reunions, weddings, and retreats.
Bed & Breakfasts
You can’t go wrong with a bed & breakfast in Cajun country, where you will experience the finest of Southern hospitality and charm. Located just 30 minutes from the New Orleans airport on the beautiful Bayou Lafourche, the Chateau on the Bayou Bed & Breakfast is a welcoming B&B close to airboat rides, swamp tours, plantation homes, and sugar cane fields. When you aren’t out exploring, go birdwatching or soak in the views from one of their hammocks. You might even catch a glimpse of one of the bayou alligators.
Enjoy an authentic country escape at the Country Charm Bed & Breakfast in Breaux Bridge. Choose from one of three accommodations: the Lakeside Cottage, Barn Loft Suite, or Precious Past Suite. You can canoe or fish in the private lake that is well-stocked with bass, perch, or catfish. Roam their beautiful English gardens or cook up a tasty dinner at their outdoor BBQ in the shade of 250-year old Evangeline oaks.
“Catch, Cook, and Sleep” at Crawfish Haven/Mrs. Rose’s Bed & Breakfast. It is possibly the only bed & breakfast in Louisiana that will take you out on a crawfish excursion and then bring you back to the bed & breakfast and teach you how to cook up your catch with one of their excellent on-site cooking classes. They also offer Cajun dinner specials where they'll whip up any Cajun dish you like, on demand! All guests can take advantage of the B&B’s full-use kitchen, living room, wrap-around porch, and outdoor cooking amenities (including charcoal pit, grill, and boiling supplies.)
Built in 1820, Mouton Plantation Bed & Breakfast is a relaxing 7-room B&B located in the Sterling Grove Historic District of Lafayette. With their “keep it casual” philosophy, Mouton Plantation is the perfect place to relax without being too far from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Built in 1827 by Captain Edmund Castillo, Old Castillo Bed & Breakfast boasts over 175 years of history and is home to one of the most luxurious ballrooms in the area. For a true Cajun Country experience, book a stay at the La Belle Riviere Bed & Breakfast on the banks of La Belle River, where your French speaking hosts will help introduce you to all the wonders of Cajun language, food, and culture. Or for a unique lodging experience, consider staying at one of the Louisiana Cajun Mansion Bed & Breakfast climate-controlled “glamping tents,” where you can camp-out in style while enjoying full access to the B&B’s many amenities, including a swimming pool, sunroom, and massage parlor. If you aren’t into camping, you can also stay in one of the B&B’s three luxury guest suites.
Cottages and Vacation Rentals
Bayou Rose Cottage is your home away from home in the heart of Cajun country. A small private cottage located on the tranquil banks of the beautiful Vermillion River, this one bedroom cottage is a cozy getaway located near the historic district of Abbeville. It comes with everything you need for a stress-free escape: washer, dryer, utensils, stove, oven, and more.
The Cajun Country Cottages Bed & Breakfast in Breaux Bridge is situated on the Old Magenta Plantation site. These light, airy, and well-appointed cottages are located near a private 5-acre lake where you can fish, swim, or simply sunbathe on the shores. Guests also love to relax on the porch springs or wile away the hours in their Jacuzzi. Another lakeside cottage option is Maison D’Memoire Bed & Breakfast Cottages in the small rural community of Rayne, where your hosts will deliver a delicious breakfast to your door every morning. Looking to elope? Purchase one of their elopement packages and they will handle all the details of the ceremony, from finding an officiant to purchasing the perfect cake and flowers.
Artists, writers, nature lovers, and spiritual seekers all come to Bonne Terre Vacation Rentals for a relaxing retreat from the hectic pace of daily life. Located on a beautiful 10-acre farm in Poché Bridge with an organic garden, orchard, and small-flock of free-range chickens, Bonne Terre offers three different lodging options: the Main House, the Studio, and the Cottage. Whether you come to write that novel or simply get away from reality for a bit, you’ll feel right at home at Bonne Terre Vacation Rentals.
Planning a trip to Louisiana’s Cajun Country? Book a stay at one of the Louisiana Bed & Breakfast’s many wonderful properties located throughout the region.