Rayne, Louisiana – The Frog Captial of the World and the City of Murals

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Monsieur Jacques

Guests at our bed and breakfast in Louisiana can enjoy exploring the quaint southern town of Rayne. Rayne is known as the Frog Capitol of the World and the City of Murals. Monsieur Jacques welcomes everyone to the community when you are coming into Rayne. He represents the Jacque Weil Company, who many years ago exported frog legs to restaurants all over the world.

There are many murals throughout the community to enjoy, as you walk through the quaint streets. Such as this one by artist Robert Dafford, of the Old Depot Square where the frog legs were exported.

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He also did this one of the frog in the downtown area.

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Other points of interest are Worthmore’s 5&10 Store, which is one of the few Five and Dime stores still operating.

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This is the new Depot Square located in the heart of the community and used for many a function for the locals.

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St. Joseph’s Cemetery is listed in Ripley’s Believe it or Not as the only cemetery facing North & South.

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We invite you to come enjoy the charm of this small southern town while visiting our bed and breakfast in Louisiana!

Candyland Cottage

While staying at our Louisiana cottages, you’ll want to check out this unique place for a special treat! The Candyland Cottage in Rayne offers Blue Bell hand-dipped ice cream with toppings, chocolate covered strawberries, truffles, fudge and many different old fashion sweet treats.

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Where old & “yum” come together!
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Take time to enjoy a yummy treat during your stay at our Cajun Country cottages in Louisiana!

 

Crawfish Festival

Join our Lafayette Louisiana Bed and Breakfast at the Crawfish Festival, which will be held this year on May 4-6 at Parc Hardy in Breaux Bridge. This festival began in 1960 and it’s main focus is family centered and authentic Cajun activities. Fresh crawfish will be cooked in many different ways: boiled, fried, etouffee, jambalaya, boudin, pies, bisque, gumbo, fettucine, and stew. The festival will also include Cajun and Zydeco music on 3 stages. Headliner bands include Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, Pine Leaf Boys, Balfa Toujours, and Geno Delafose. Other fun festival activities like crawfish races, eating, etouffee cook off, and Cajun dance contest make the day a real treat! All of this festival fun is within a short distance of our romantic Bed and Breakfast in Louisiana.

Discover the Lafayette Museum and Lafayette Ballet Theatre near our Romantic Louisiana Cottages!

If you are looking for fun Lafayette activities during your stay at our romantic Louisiana cottages, you may want to consider the Mardi Gras Exhibit at the Alexandre Mouton House where a stunning collection of costumes and other Mardi Gras memorabilia can be seen. Admission is $4, Seniors $3, Children $2.

The Alexandre Mouton House (also known as the Lafayette Museum) is located in the heart of downtown Lafayette. The original structure was built in the 1800s by the founder of Vermilionville, Jean Mouton. The house later became home to Louisiana’s 12th governor, Alexandre Mouton. The house is located at 1122 Lafayette Street, Lafayette. For more information, call 337-234-2208.

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Another great option is the Lafayette Ballet Theatre. Guests can enjoy a performance of Cinderella on March 31 from 7-9 pm, held at the Heyman Performing Arts Center in Lafayette. Tickets are available throough Ticketmaster outlets and cost $40, $35, $30, & $20 plus handling fees. Call 337-291-5555 for more information.

Rhythms on the River & Bach Lunch – Two Great Concert Series in Lafayette!

Rhythms on the River is a free concert series held on Thursday evenings in Fall and Spring from 5:30 to 8:30 pm near our Louisiana bed and breakfast. A different band is featured every week. Enjoy fun for the entire family! These free concerts are held in the Town Square of River Ranch at 1100 Camelia Blvd in Lafayette. For more information contact: 337-216-6529.

Another great concert series is Bach Lunch, also happening throughout the Spring and Fall, held in the downtown area of Lafayette at Parc Sans Souci at 201 East Vermillion. Lunch begins at 11:30 AM and the performance runs from 12-1PM. Enjoy lunch as you listen to a live concert!
For more information:  337-291-5544.

Remember it is just a short distance to Lafayette from our Louisiana B&B!

Enjoy a Sunday Fais-do-do at Vermilionville in Lafayette

Guests at our bed and breakfast in Lafayette can attend a Fais-do-do (Cajun dance party) at Vermilionville every Sunday from 1-4. Enjoy dancing and great Cajun music, as a live band performs and a good time is had by all. Located in Lafayette right near the airport.
Admission is $5. Call 337-233-4077 for more details.

While you’re there, stop by the Acadian Cultural Center near Vermilionville. There is a film to watch explaining the expulsion of the Acadians from Nova Scotia, as well as other interesting things to enjoy…and entrance is FREE!

Photo by the Acadian Cultural Center

Winner of Southern Living’s "The South’s Tastiest Towns" Award Goes to Lafayette!

Today the winner for Southern Living’s Tastiest Towns in the South was announced and Lafayette, Louisiana won! Ten cities competed for the title. Lafayette won with 194,502 votes. The runner up was Louisville, Kentucky with 159,006 votes, the third city was New Orleans at 57,842 votes, and Charleston, South Carolina was fourth with 34,283. Woo Hoo!
We invite you to experience the many excellent Lafayette restaurants and explore the famously delicious Cajun Cuisine near our bed and breakfast in Louisiana!

Cajun Food Tour – Discover Delightful Cajun Cuisine in Lafayette!

Historically, Cajun cuisine was born out of shared ideas between South Louisiana cultures. When Acadians settled in Louisiana from Nova Scotia, they were forced to adapt to the new environment and foods available to them. They fused the spices and food preparation techniques from their Anglo-American, African American and American Indian neighbors.

Traditional Cajun cooking was stewed meats, gravies with rice, corn, gumbo and later seafood.

Some of our many good restaurants in the Lafayette area are Don’s Seafood & Steakhouse, Prejean’s and Randol’s, which also has a dance hall. These are also some of the oldest and most well-known Lafayette restaurants.

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Randol’s Restaurant et Salle de Danse in Lafayette, LA – CC Image courtesy of johnwk on Flickr    

Today Lafayette’s dining market remains diverse, with dishes like crawfish, fettucini, etouffees and bisques. By integrating new ingredients and styles with older customs, such innovations have become part of the fine dining experience in Lafayette and the surrounding area.

Let us help you pick out some of these fine dining experiences during your visit to our Lafayette, Louisiana Bed and Breakfast!

Don’t Miss the Festival International in Lafayette, Louisiana!

It’s not too early to start planning to attend the Festival International held in downtown Lafayette. It’s held every year the last week in April. This year, the festival will be April 26 -29, 2012. Come enjoy great music, wonderful food, and a fantastic cultural experience!

Make your reservations at our romantic Louisiana cottages and plan to attend this wonderful festival!

Tour McIlhenny Co. Tabasco & Avery Island

March is the perfect time for visiting the Tabasco Pepper Sauce factory and the beautiful Jungle Gardens of Avery Island.
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Azalea bushes are blooming early this year and they are beautiful! This is also the perfect time to see the Egrets nesting in the island’s beautiful bird sanctuary.

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Come explore all that Louisiana has to offer during your stay at our romantic Louisiana cottages!