This was the first real stop on a 26 day road trip from South Carolina to California and back. I was drawn to the descriptions of these cabins as well as the cultural experience of the Cajun breakfast.
We drove through a heavy downpour of rain before arriving and the bayou had encroached on the cabins. Our cabin on the hill was on the highest point, so was in no danger, but it was interesting to see the other cabin's hindquarters standing in the bayou.
The property is quite charming. Our kids commented that it reminded them of something from Disney World (the standard by which all things are measured in our family) except that this was "real". They had colored lights strung about and Cajun music playing to add to the charm. We also enjoyed the 300lb. crawfish.
The owners directed to a local restaurant for dinner, which was the true highlight of our stay. We got to experience some Cajun food, which was good; however, what I truly loved was when my teenage daughters decided to try their hand at the Cajun two-step when the live band started playing. They were self-conscious, but eager and started dancing with each other trying to mimic those more experienced around them. Within a few minutes a couple of older gentlemen saw their delimma and came to their rescue. They began dancing with my girls and showing them what to do. It was a priceless memory that my girls (nor I) will I ever forget.
That night, the rain came back again in spades. At first we rather enjoyed the sound of the rain on the tin roof. However, as the lightening and thunder increased and the rain picked up my wife began to wonder about the bayou rising and wondered about the people in the other cabins. Since she couldn't sleep through the storm she went out on the screen porch to watch the storm. I slept through the storm until a leak developed directly above my head! I wasn't willing to go down with the ship, so I abandoned my bed and joined my 10 year old son on the futon in the adjoining room.
The kids called it "adventure sleeping" and we all had a good attitude about it. It's probably a good thing it happened early in the trip while we were all still fresh and full of a sense of adventure.
As to the cabin itself, while we really enjoyed it, I think the important thing to keep in mind is having the right expectation. A 5-star resort this is not. It is rustic. It was clean, but like any old building it had it's own particular set of quirks, smells (not necessarily bad, just smelled like an antique store, to me), and squeaks. If you know what you are getting into and are looking for that, then you'll really enjoy it.
This was my 14 year old daughter's favorite stop on the trip (including Disneyland, the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, the Alamo and others).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 14 Authentic, Bed and Breakfast Cajun Cabins along historic Bayou Teche. Each with their own personality dating back to the 1800's. from the Cajun Cabin,Suite Camille to the Bayou Museum. A full breakfast in the morning in Bayou Boudin and Cracklin Cafe is included. Complete with linens, cable TV, AC/heat, some with coffee pots, microwave, refrigerator and some with complete country kitchen. Great food, music and friendly people nearby. 100% Cajun. Voted 1 of the top 5 places to stay according to the Stay List "Hotels That we Love" National Geographic Traveler. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bayou Cabins Hotel Breaux Bridge