If you are planning to venture out to Cajun Country this year to enjoy peaceful scenery and country charm, consider taking a road trip to New Orleans or Natchez (or both!) to experience the Americana Music Triangle; the world’s most popular music destination. Explore the history, culture, and stories of our country’s unique musical genres: Bluegrass, Blues, Country, Rock ‘N’ Roll, Jazz, R&B, Gospel, Southern Gospel, and of course, Cajun!
Don’t overlook the Cajun Country surrounding Lafayette, the region’s unofficial capital. Our Louisiana bed and breakfast is in the heart of the local color, just outside Lafayette, in the quaint town of Rayne – home of the world-famous Hawk’s Crawfish Restaurant! We welcome you to call our cottages home during your trip along the Golden Record Road.
Here are a few of our recommendations for things you must see in Cajun Country:
- Blue Moon Saloon – A honkey-tonk-style club, internationally recognized for world music. Stop by for a weekly Cajun Jam and hear some world-class Cajun and zydeco music.
- El Sid O’s – A local favorite cinder block restaurant described as giving the zydeco dancehall experience that’s authentically gritty.
- Cajun Music Hall of Fame & Museum – Get an appreciation for unique artifacts and memorabilia related to Cajun music and culture at this museum. It’s the perfect addition to any Americana Music Triangle trip.
Lodging: Maison D’Memoire Bed & Breakfast Cottages
We offer a quaint country setting with charming bed and breakfast cottages featuring full kitchens, jetted tubs, and our famous Southern breakfast delivered to your door in the morning. Enjoy relaxing on your porch with a glass of wine or take an evening stroll around our private lake. Unwind, relax, and refresh and wake up ready to continue your trip. Let us take care of you so you can enjoy the sites!
Travel North to Natchez, “The Little Easy”
Explore the historic city of Natchez, famous for Pilgrimage tours of beautiful historic homes. Once home to the most millionaires per capita in the United States, this city is full of rich history.
Here are our recommendations for attractions that will make your Natchez experience once to remember:
- Delta Music Museum – Appreciate Louisiana’s musical heritage and genres of music from the Mississippi Delta. The sounds of gospel and blues, jazz, bluegrass, country, and rock ‘n’ roll are preserved and celebrated here.
- Under the Hill Saloon – Offering the best nightlife around, this saloon stop on the Mississippi River has been visited since the 19th Plan you trip so that you hit Natchez over the weekend so you can enjoy live music with your delicious food.
- Walking or Driving Tour – Get the feel of authentic Natchez with a tour by foot or by car of the historic antebellum homes of the area, some dating back to the late 1700s.
Lodging: Devereaux Shields House
This Natchez bed and breakfast is historic, luxurious, and perfect for relaxing before a big road trip. Enjoy a full Southern breakfast every morning, private baths, and modern amenities. Let us show you what real Southern hospitality is all about.
Travel South to New Orleans, “The Big Easy”
Once the Gold Record Road has led you to the great city of New Orleans, experience the roots of American music and experience the rich cultural experiences of the area. New Orleans has no shortage of authentic local color, famous for its musical history and culture. Experience it for yourself.
Here are our recommendations of must-see attractions to experience in New Orleans:
- Preservation Hall – A traditional music venue, house band, nonprofit organization and record label in the historic French Quarter. Today, Preservation Hall is a leader in music education and the heart of New Orleans Jazz, featuring live music seven nights a week.
- Frenchmen Street – Just a couple of steps from the famous French Quarter, Frenchman Street is full of musical flavor. With bars, clubs, and more, this live music scene is all you could ask for on your Americana Music Triangle adventure.
- Bourbon Street – A local and tourist favorite, Bourbon Street is globally popular and known for its rowdy reputation, especially during Mardi Gras. You’ll want to stop here day and night to see the live music, unique architecture, and rich history.
- French Quarter – The oldest and most famous neighborhood in New Orleans. Explore the heart of New Orleans and all it has to offer.
Lodging: Grand Victorian Bed & Breakfast
This historic New Orleans bed and breakfast is set in the heart of the Garden District, just steps from the street car line. A continental breakfast is included with your stay, and they are walking distance from lots of great dining options and attractions. A wonderful place to end your travels along the Gold Record Road.