Though Cajun food can be found across the country, nobody can quite hit the mark as the original Cajun state. Whether you want Southern classics, fresh seafood, or Italian, Lafayette has several restaurant options to choose from. Grab your sweetie, and head down for a foot-stomping good time.
From fairytale gardens and majestic oak trees draped with moss to Cajun cuisine fit for a king, South Louisiana is a dreamy destination for couples.
Explore the outdoors with your special someone. Lafayette is known for its romantic swampland dotted with moss-draped cypress trees teeming with wildlife, which makes it the perfect destination for bird watchingpaddlingfishing, and numerous other outdoor activities.
You can stay in the city limit and explore the Bayou Vermilion or take a short drive to Lake Martin where you can rent a canoe, take a swamp touror hike the trails around the lake. No matter what you choose you'll be sure to have a one-of-a-kind outdoor experience. Star-crossed lovers Evangeline and Gabriel were separated during the infamous exile of Acadians from their Canadian home to South Louisiana.
Evangeline spent the rest of her life searching for her soulmate in the bayous of Louisiana until she finally found Gabriel on his deathbed. Legend has it, they reunited under the giant oak tree on Bayou Teche in St. A favorite spot for weddings, Rip Van Winkle Gardensoffers an enchanting setting for a romantic daytime date.
Stroll hand in hand through the acre botanical gardens complete with centuries-old oak trees, a bird sanctuaryand frolicking deer. Owners were born in Sicily and raised in South Louisiana, so patrons enjoy the best of both culinary worlds.
This sophisticated steakhouse features live piano music every Thursday through Saturday night. Warm up with their ature duck gumbo before tucking into a great steak or the local fresh catch. Hip, artsy couples should head downtown to Jefferson Street.
Afterward, walk over to the Acadiana Center for the Artsan intimate space with various exhibits. Recently featured in Southern Living magazine, Maison Madeleine is a lovely bed and breakfast on the shores of Lake Martin. The s cottage was restored to its original grandeur by owner Madeleine Cenac.
Onsite activities like kayaking and cooking classes are an enticing excuse never to leave the property. Laura loves traveling around the country with her husband and two young boys, and especially looking for adventures at home in South Louisiana.
A former travel magazine editor and tourism marketing director, Laura is currently a freelance writer, a columnist and mommy blogger. Her work can be found at www. By Laura Lee on Feb. As Louisiana moves through its phased reopening of businesses, please check with restaurants, stores, and attractions for information on openings, capacity, and available amenities before making plans.