Part Jazz and New Orleans magic, part eco-exploration and Cajun Culture deep dive with our partner, Beyond the Bayou. Spend two nights in the Crescent City and one in the Bayou of Lafayette.
To know New Orleans is to love her. But this sentiment extends to all of Louisiana, and we’re teaming up with the expert naturalists at Beyond the Bayou to offer an only-in-the-Pelican-State escape this summer.
Lean into New Orleans culture with some legendary live jazz and cool drinks on Frenchman Street, then get to know the true “spirits” of the city like no other during a session with a Voodoo Queen or insiders’ tour of the famed St. Louis No. 1 cemetery, where Voodoo Priestess Marie Laveau is buried. Then take an essential and educational tour of the Whitney Plantation, a former sugarcane plantation, now the country’s only museum dedicated to the lives of the enslaved. From there, skim the cypress-lined bayous by flat bottom boat (or kayak, if you prefer) for an ecotour with our naturalist guides and spot wildlife like alligators and egrets. Along the way, you’ll get to taste all of the most delicious and adventurous flavors of the Gulf, from boudin sausage to crawfish étouffée, and frog legs to gator bites.
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Check in for you two-night stay at Old No. 77 Hotel, located just four blocks from the French Quarter in the Warehouse Arts District. The hotel has become a gateway to the cultural epicenter of the city steps away from some of cities busiest galleries. Housed in former coffee warehouse from the 1800’s, the hotel puts a modern spin on its historic roots found through playful design, curated Chandlery of local artisanal goods and a rotating art gallery.
Take in the city following your own impulses. Spend an afternoon strolling the Garden District and the galleries of Royal Street. Or head to city park to tour the 80+ sculptures at Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden outside of the New Orleans Museum of Art. In the evening, consider the famed Maple Leaf and Frenchman Street for live music are a must do.
Get into the real New Orleans spirit during a private spiritual session with Voodoo Queen Kalindah Laveaux, who descends from a strong lineage of traditional spiritual practitioners, or head off on a guided walking tour of popular and famed cemeteries with Lucky Bean Tours. See and learn about funerary symbols and monuments in the cemeteries, New Orleans’ unique interment practices and hear fascinating stories of the (sometimes famous) dead who rest within the old brick walls.
In the evening, dine at Compère Lapin, one of New Orleans’ top restaurants, headed by James Beard award-winning chef Nina Compton. The menu mixes the indigenous ingredients and rich culinary heritage of New Orleans with those of Chef Compton’s Caribbean roots.
We’ll depart New Orleans mid-morning and, following a remarkably scenic drive, stop for lunch at the riverfront B&C Seafood in Vacherie. Known for its gumbo and locally caught seafood specialties, snack on alligator bites and frog legs, or chow down on a huge softshell crab poboy sandwich. Owner Tommy Breaux might stop by and entertain you with one of his charming fishing stories.
After lunch, we’ll visit the Whitney Plantation, a sugarcane plantation founded in 1752 and located along the Mississippi River on historic River Road. The Whitney Plantation is the only museum in America dedicated to telling the essential stories of slaves in the American south, letting visitors see a glimpse of what life was like for the enslaved people who worked on these plantations.
Overnight at T’Frere’s in Lafayette, a beautiful colonial farmstead built in 1880 turned B&B. Some say it’s haunted by a ghost named Amélie, but she means no harm. Unwind in their beautifully renovated rooms, relax with a book in the courtyard or sip a cocktail in their elegant sunroom. For dinner, learn how to make Bayou specialties from a local Cajun chef like crawfish étouffée, shrimp and grits, or jambalaya
Following a hearty and comforting Southern breakfast, board a flat bottom boat (or a kayak if you prefer) for a two-hour ecotour through some of Louisiana’s most pristine swamps. Huge cypress trees give shelter to alligators, egrets, roseate spoonbills, osprey and more. The guides are expert naturalists and know all about the species that in habit the area and where to find them. You’ll learn about the importance of these unique Bayou ecosystems, the threats that they face, and take in the beautiful and peaceful scenery.
Following the swamp tour, we’ll visit Poche’s Market for a delicious and authentic Cajun lunch. Choose from a rotating variety of hot local specialties, like smothered pork chops and tasso (Cajun smoked ham), plus all the classic and homey Southern sides. After you’ve eaten your fill, we’ll make the picturesque two-hour drive back to New Orleans.
Make a break for the Bayou with a flat-bottom boat tour led by eco-experts at Beyond the Bayou.
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