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                                               Many unique experiences await you in southern Louisiana.
 Your host, Claudette, at A Chateau on the Bayou will be happy to recommend area attractions, day trips, and restaurants.

Nearby Attractions


Oak Alley Plantation
Oak Alley is located in Vacherie, LA, just 30 minutes, away, and can be viewed between two quarter-mile-long rows of twenty-eight live oak trees that are over 250 years old.

Laura Plantation is located In Vacherie, LA, also, just 30 minutes, away. Experience 200 years of daily life at this Creole sugarcane plantation. See the original slave quarters, and family artifacts including clothing, toiletries, business and slave records, Mardi Gras and mourning heirlooms.

 

Airboat rides and Swamp tours such as Airboat Tours by Arthur, is located 10 minutes, away, in Des Allemands. Zam's swamp tours and Torres' swamp tours are both located in Kraemer, LA, a small fishing village on the banks of Bayou Bouef, within 15 minutes from A Chateau on the Bayou.

You can see wild alligators, turtles, snakes, nutrias, herons, egrets, pelicans, owls, and eagles from the comfort of one of the tour boats. 

Meet French speaking Cajuns, learn about the Cajun culture and how the traditional Cajun made a living with guides who are alligator hunters, trappers, and fishermen.

At some times of the year you may see a man in a pirogue poling through the marshy areas looking for nests of alligator eggs. Also nearby you can see the crawfish ponds. Then after your swamp tour, stop at a Cajun Restaurant to taste the spicy delicacy straight from the crawfish ponds.

Mardi Gras, Jean Lafitte National Park, Charter fishing, Antique shops, Cajun festivals, Cajun music and dancing. Enjoy the food, join in a dance, experience the culture, hear the Cajun language being spoken by the Cajun natives, or take home an antique or craft from the shops or festivals.

Architecture. Another aspect of the culture can be enjoyed by visiting St. Joseph Co-Cathedral, a Renaissance Romanesque design reflecting architectural design common to churches in Paris and Rome. 

 

Nicholls State University is in nearby Thibodaux, as is John Folse Culinary School.

 

 

The E D White House is right on the banks of Bayou Lafourche just north of Thibodaux. It has the distinction of being the home of one of Louisiana's governors, Governor Edward Douglass White and his son, United States Supreme Court Chief Justice, Edward Douglass White.

 

Golfing is only 5 minutes away. Or in under ten minutes be at one of the few operating sugarcane factory and sugarmills or Laurel Valley, the site of the largest intact remaining turn-of-the-century sugar plantation complex in the southern United States which has been used in numerous movies and television shows. 

 

 


Cajun Language

Listen carefully as you travel for one-of-a-kind Cajun words. Some you may hear:

Etoufee – a spicy Cajun stew of crayfish or seafood, vegetables, and seasonings, served over white rice

Pirogue – a flat-hulled, canoe-style wooden boat, that is small and maneuverable for navigating canals and bayous

Beignets – a square, deep-fried doughnut-like pastry

T. Mike or any name with the letter "T" in front of it – “T” is short for "petit" (meaning "little")

Envie- Desire or craving

Sac a Lait - White Perch

Gumbo – A traditional southern Louisiana hearty soup made from a roux base.   Although it typically includes onions, green peppers, okra, and spicy seasonings, there are many varieties of gumbo, so any or all of the following can be added:  Smoked sausage; Seafood such as crab, shrimp, oysters from the Gulf of Mexico, or crayfish; Fowl such as chicken, duck, or quail; and even alligator!

According to an expression of the region, Cajuns live to eat!!!    In order to survive on the bayous, the Cajuns had to become accustomed to eating what was available, such as turtle, alligator, shellfish, fish, crab, shrimp, and other foods from the marshes, swamps, and bayous of the area. To make the foods more flavorful, hot and spicy flavors were added. For example, Tabasco sauce, produced at Avery Island, Louisiana, is known worldwide.


Bayou Lafourche History

Early French explorers found a fork splitting off the Mississippi River at present day Donaldsonville, about 60 miles from the Gulf. They named the slow moving distributary Lafourche – “the fork or the splitting".

Bayou Lafourche still flows in the same path today. It runs just over 100 miles through the middle of the swamps, marshes, and sugarcane fields of Lafourche Parish on its southward path through Thibodaux, Raceland, Galliano, and Golden Meadow before emptying into the Gulf of Mexico near Grand Isle, Louisiana. Today you may see shrimpers and crabbers as you travel down the bayou. In season, you can buy fresh seafood directly from them.


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A Chateau on the Bayou is conveniently located near both New Orleans
and the Cajun bayous, swamps, and marshes. Visit us for your Southern Louisiana vacation!

Claudette L. Pitre
3158 Hwy. 308
Raceland, LA. 70394
(985) 537 - 6773 or (985) 413 - 6773
claudettelp@charter.net

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