Hotel at a Glance: The Dansereau House
Built in 1847, The Dansereau House has seen the Civil War and multiple owners, but it has stayed standing through it all. Elegant white columns and a wraparound veranda and balcony give the hotel a charm that’s echoed by its interior decor. Each suite is individually decorated with lush carpets, sparkling chandeliers, and wood accents. The Caldwell suite has a soothing blue color scheme, and the Rose suite features a floral theme. You can look out onto the garden or the streets of historic Thibodaux from your suite’s balcony.
- Notable honors: The Louey Award for Accommodation of the Year – Bed and Breakfast in 2012
- Enjoy drinks and live music at The Drinkery on the veranda every Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., when appetizers are offered.
- Within walking distance: Take a five-minute walk to downtown Thibodaux and visit the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center. Other highlights include casual and fine-dining restaurants.
- Surrounding plantations include Madewood, Oak Alley, and Laurel Valley Village.
Thibodaux, Louisiana: Southern Charm and the “Longest Street in the World”
Settled in the 18th century and incorporated as a town by 1830, Thibodaux has a rich history best learned about at the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center, which displays the furnishings, clothing, and artifacts of the original Cajun settlers. A 1-mile historic walking tour is run by the center’s guides to point out local bits of history around town as well. Perhaps the town’s best-known house is the E. D. White Historic Site, a Greek Revival plantation house that was the home of Louisiana Governor Edward Douglass White, and then his son, US Chief Justice Edward Douglass White. It is now designated as a National Historic Landmark.
Those hoping to explore what’s locally referred to as the “longest street in the world” won’t be able to do so on foot. The “street” is really the 106-mile-long Bayou Lafourche, which can be toured by boat in the spring and fall. Kids can explore the area’s past at Bayou Country Children’s Museum through interactive exhibits about the region’s old sugar-cane plantations and Mardi Gras.