Hotel at a Glance: The Juliet Hotel
The Juliet Hotel exudes Southern elegance, with regal columns, intricate moldings, and lustrous chandeliers. The lobby invites guests to plunk down in overstuffed couches beside a central fireplace, and guest rooms are equipped with free WiFi and weekday newspapers. When the outdoors beckon, you can fish, kayak, or just enjoy the wildlife at Lake Martin and the Vermilion River, just 2 miles away.
- Take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool and bubbly hot tub.
- Onsite fitness center equipped with cardio machines, free weights, sauna, and steam room
- See 18th-century homes and demonstrations by local artisans at Vermilionville Historic Village, 3 miles from the hotel.
- Browse local artwork at Second Saturday ArtWalks in the downtown cultural district while live music plays.
Lafayette, Louisiana: History and Culture on the Vermilion River
As the Vermilion River snakes through Lafayette, it passes the white picket fences of 18th-century homes and lazy alligators resting in the shade of cypress trees. The southern Louisiana town is a place where nature, culture, and history intersect. Visitors can still view the town founder's original home, the Alexandre Mouton House, and admire its authentic period furnishings. For a wider sense of history, visit the living-history museum Vermilionville. It provides an intimate look at the lives of the Acadian, Native American, and Creole people who shaped Louisiana from 1765 to 1890.
The river is a big draw, too, and part of a diverse ecosystem unique to the American South. The Lafayette Parish Bayou Vermilion District manages numerous boat launches as well as public parks to bring people closer to the river. Just 10 miles east of downtown is an even more pronounced example of the region's topography: the 9,500-acre Cypress Island Preserve. Its cypress-tupelo swamp and bottomland hardwood forests provide a refuge for the area's wildlife, including great egrets, spoonbills, and American alligators.