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Help.......which direction should we go ?

We are flying into NOLO Nov 8th, renting a car and driving to Baton Rouge. We have booked the Drury Inn for 3 nights departing Nov 11th. For the next 3 days we have not booked any hotels or made any arrangements, but will drop off rental car in NOLO Nov 14th and stay there until Nov 19th before flying home.

PLACES to visit: Our plans in Baton Rouge are to do day trips to visit Lafayette and surrounding areas. Will 3 days be enough time to see the area ?

From Nov 11 to 14th we have not made any plans or hotel reservations. Cannot decide if we should drive to Biloxi area or travel south of Lafayette and visit different towns before arriving in NOLO on the 14th. Any travel suggestions including sites to see would be greatly appreciated.

DINING: We always try and eat at dining places that the locals frequent instead of commercial high priced restaurants. Would love to have suggestions from locals on their favourite eateries. Does not have to be fancy, just good home cooking. Our most fond memories of trips were meeting the locals and chatting.

Also, what are the top attractions you would recommend ?

Many thanks for you advice and looking forward to any information you can supply.

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1. Re: Help.......which direction should we go ?

I grew up in the Baton rouge area and I still love the city, but I have to ask why you'd spend three days in Baton Rouge and drive at least an hour each way to get to attractions in Lafayette. Why not spend the time in Lafayette and cut down on the driving?

Most activities in Cajun Country are music-oriented and take place on the weekends. There are music events beginning at 7:30 Saturday morning and going until near midnight Sunday night. Sunday afternoons are great times for music and dancing in the Breaux Bridge / Henderson area.

With that having been said, there are a number of nice day trips you could make out of Baton Rouge. There are plantations both north and south of Baton Rouge, the quaint town of St. Francisville is just a bit north, the town of New Roads sits on the banks of an oxbow lake, there are swamp tours available, etc. Baton Rouge is blessed with some excellent restaurants.

So, here's a tentative itinerary: three nights in Baton Rouge (11/08-11/10), three nights in Lafayette (11/11-11/13) including the evening of 11/14 in Henderson, LA, listening to music, and five nights in New Orleans (11/14-11-18), departing for home on 11/19.

This is just a basic suggested itinerary. You can tweak it and move things around, but I do think you should plan to be in the Lafayette area on a weekend.

I'll make specific suggestions as you firm up your itinerary. ILoveLousisiana is a great source of information. I'm sure she'll also chime in when she sees your post.

Rod

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2. Re: Help.......which direction should we go ?

Thank you Rod for you quick response !!!. The only thing set in stone is car rental return Sunday Nov 14th b/4 noon downtown NOLO and hotels are booked at the Drury inn until the 19th.

What is the driving distance from Henderson to NOLO ?

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From Henderson to downtown NOLA, in periods of light to moderate traffic, is two to two and one-half hours. There are a number of places in that area that rent houseboats, if you want to cruise, or floating cabins if you don't.

http://www.mcgeeslanding.com/cabin.html

http://www.whiskeyriverlanding.net/

Here are a few places to consider in the area around Lafayette.

http://web.lsue.edu/acadgate/mamou.htm

http://www.cafedesamis.com/?page_id=15

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pr6YH5S3AQE

www.youtube.com/watch…

http://www.randols.com/

http://www.prejeans.com/

http://www.eunice-la.com/libertyschedule.html

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I'm flying out the door but wanted to quickly comment. I'll follow up with more recommendations soon.

Any possible way that you can cancel your reservations at the Drury Inn? It is in a safe area of town, on I-10, but no restaurants, entertainment close by. If you can rebook, I would recommend staying downtown at the Hilton Capital Center with lots of good restaurants, museums, bars and entertainment right on the mighty Mississippi with glorious views. Second choice would be in the Corporate Drive/Towne Center area where I always recommend Best Western Richmond Suites (a fully cooked hot breakfast is included daily with manager's reception each weekday afternoon). This location is within walking distance of good local restaurants, movie theater and a very short drive to Towne Center where there are lots of good chain restaurants..Zea's out of New Orleans, Bonefish Grill, P.F.Chang, Whole Foods, etc. with great shopping too!

I like Rod's idea to stay three days in the Lafayette area. I have just discovered Maison Madeleine whose owner is my dear friend's sister. It would be a unique experience and receives wonderful reviews on TA. It is on Lake Martin where there is a fabulous rookery which you may enjoy seeing. Check out: http://www.maisonmadeleine.com/

Let us hear back from you and we'll go from there.

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5. Re: Help.......which direction should we go ?

Thank you both again for your wonderful suggestions.

Yes, we can cancel the Drury Inn Baton Rouge. I will do some checking on other hotels you have suggested . If we do just 2 days in Baton Rouge and 3 days in Lafayette which hotels do you recommend besides the Maison Madeiline (which looks wonderful). I checked availablity there and could only get Weds & thurs night the 27th & 28 Oct. They are booked for the weekend.

I will be back tmo with an update.

Thank you again

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6. Re: Help.......which direction should we go ?

Maison Madeleine is a lovely property. Here are some other B&Bs in the Breaux Bridge area.

louisianabandb.com/cajun-country/breaux-brid…

If you have a spirit of adventure, here's one that may interest you. The downside is that it's right next to a very busy highway, so it's rather noisy.

http://www.bayoucabins.com/

And, of course, there are the floating cabins at McGee's Landing in Henderson, about 10 miles from Breaux Bridge.

http://www.mcgeeslanding.com/cabin.html

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7. Re: Help.......which direction should we go ?

I apologize ILove....had a senior moment and checked dates in oct !!! cant believe I did that, I have booked so many cities on our trip got confused. They do have vacancy in Nov but rates are much higher. Is something going on week of Nov 8th to 13th ?

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Well, I really don't have a clue but I did google a listing of festivals in Louisiana which you may get a kick out of reading. I did see that the Rayne Frog Festival and the Atchafalaya Basin Festival are both around that time!!!

Don't know if these celebrations would bump Madeleine's rates or not. Rod will know. Here's the link to the listing of festivals:

www.cajunradio.org/louisianafestivals.html

One other suggestion for hotels in Baton Rouge is the Marriott Courtyard at Acadian Thruway and I-10 (not the one off Siegen Lane...I think they call it Market Place but it's too far out). This one is convenient and near lots of good local restaurants and the LSU campus.

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9. Re: Help.......which direction should we go ?

Thank you Rod & Love for your information. Sorry for the delay in responding, I have been away for week.

We have decided that to really enjoy our time in Louisiana, we want to savour the true Cajun experience. That being said, we will do Baton Rouge, Lafayette and south onto New Orleans. We will leave Biloxi area for another visit.

We will arrive in Baton Rouge early Monday Nov 8th and do not have to be to NOLO until noon on Sunday Nov 14th to return rental car downtown. If we only stay 2 nights in Baton Rouge, 3 nights in Lafayette area and last night before New Orleans, does that sound like a good plan ?

Also top on our list is a wonderful swamp tour. What are your top suggestions for best area to book ? Do you think we need to book ahead online, or take our chances to book tour when in the area ?

Sharon

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10. Re: Help.......which direction should we go ?

I was wondering what happened to you!! Glad you're back and once again planning your adventure to south Louisiana. Yes, I think with this much time, you will get a wonderful taste of what this area has to offer.

Unfortunately our wonderful swamp tour in Baton Rouge, Alligator Bayou Swamp Tour, has now closed and the property is for sale. Very, very sad! Rod would know the good ones near Lafayette. I always hear of good tours out of Lake Martin but I don't have specific names. I would think that you would need to book ahead but Rod will know for sure.

On your last night as you head to New Orleans, you may want to consider Nottoway Plantation in White Castle, Louisiana. It is a lovely plantation with rich history. Even if you decide not to spend the night there, the tour is worth considering.

Let me know where you decide to stay in Baton Rouge and I can recommend some good local restaurants nearby. Laissez Bon Temps Roulez!