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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CC Image courtesy of louisianatravel on Flickr

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.

Egrets-Nesting-on-Avery-Island
CC Image courtesy of jc.winkler on Flickr

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

Spring 2012 Downtown Alive Concert Series Near our Lafayette Bed and Breakfast

For 29 years now, Downtown Alive has been Acadiana’s premiere concert series. It unites community and culture to create a weekly tradition and celebration in Downtown Lafayette every Fall and Spring.  The 2012 Spring Series kicks off March 9 with local legends Warren Storm, Willie Tee & Cypress and with special guest G.G. Shinn. To view photos and find out more information, visit the Downtown Alive Facebook page. This is a free event open to the public, just a short distance from Maison D’Memoire, our romantic Lafayette Bed and Breakfast!

Hawk’s Restaurant Opening near our Louisiana Bed and Breakfast!

For all Hawk’s Restaurant fans – You will be pleased to discover that it will open for Crawfish season on February 15, 2012.

Hawk’s is world renowned for serving “The best boiled crawfish” and is only open during Crawfish season. They select and grow their own crawfish and purge them, resulting in a rich, savory flavor.

I always tell guests that Hawk’s comes with a warning – Once you have had their famous boiled crawfish, you are sure to plan your next visit to our Louisiana bed and breakfast when these tasty mudbugs will be served again!

Hawk’s Restaurant is located just a short distance from Maison D’Memoire. Treat your taste buds during your next visit to our bed and breakfast in Louisiana !

Cupid’s Add-on Package!

During the month of February we are offering the Cupid’s Add-on Package at our romantic bed and breakfast in Louisiana.

Looking for a perfect Valentine’s Day idea? Treat your loved one to:

*Dinner at Chef Roy’s, which includes; Tea or Soft Drink, Entree and Dessert
*Dozen Roses
*Wine or Sparkling Juice
*Camille Beckman Love Sprinkles Gift Bag includes; Body Butter, Body Silk and Shower Lather
*Chocolate Covered Strawberries

This romantic package is just $225, which will be added towards the suite of your choice in one of our romantic Louisiana Cottages!

Mardi Gras Calendar of Events For The Acadiana Area

MARDI GRAS CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2012


FRIDAY NIGHT, PARADE, FEB 10
Downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette 6:30 pm

SATURDAY, FEB 11
Krewe des Chiens – Parade for Dogs Downtown, Lafayette Parade at 2 pm, Registration opens at noon, $25 registration fee in advance; $35 day of parade. 

Carencro Mardi Gras Parade – 11 am.  Starts at Carencro High. Ends by Carencro Community Center.  
SUNDAY, FEB 17-19
51ST Courir de Mardi Gras – Downtown Church point, Friday 5-10:30 pm, Saturday 8:30 am-10:30 pm, Sunday 7 am-4 pm. 
Saturday – Children’s Run & Children’s Parade.
 
Sunday – Adult run & Courir de Mardi Gras Parade. Free admission.
FRIDAY, FEB 17
Eunice Street Dance – 8pm until

SATURDAY, FEB 18

Lafayette Mardi Gras, 6:30 pm Lafayette, Downtown to Cajun Field 
Children’s Parade – Downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette 12:30 pm

Eunice Street Dance – 8pm until

SUNDAY, TUESDAY FEB 19-21
Carnival d’ Acadie – Downtown Crowley, Sun 3-10 pm Mon 3-11 pm, Tues 10am-7pm. Carnival celebration with music entertainment, carnival rides, street dancing, festival foods, with traditional parade featuring bands, floats and plenty of beads. Free.

SUNDAY, FEB 19
Eunice Lil Mardi Gras Run.

Children 0-12 years old, run begins at 9 am, parade downtown at 3 pm.

MONDAY, FEB 20
Queen Evangeline’s Parade in Lafayette – Downtown to Cajun Field, 6 pm, 


TUESDAY, FEB 21
Eunice, late morning music and dancing Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys.

Le Vieux Mardi Gras De Cajuns, Eunice, run begins 8am-3pm parade.

25thTee Mamou-Iota Mardi Gras Folklife Festival – Downtown, Iota 9am-5pm.

Mamou Courir de Mardi Gras, street dances begin at 10 am – until riders enter town.

King Gabriel’s Parade – Downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette 10 am.

Lafayette Mardi Gras Festival Parade – Downtown to Cajun Field Lafayette, 1 pm.

Krewe De Mardi Gras Creole Parade – Rayne, 1 pm. 

We hope you have the opportunity to enjoy some of these wonderful cultural events near our Bed and Breakfast in Louisiana!