Hotel at a Glance: The Fairfax House
The Fairfax House offers up Southern hospitality on the banks of the historic Bayou Teche. After enjoying a welcome beverage and snack, you can explore the former plantation home. Built in 1852, it has been fully renovated and updated to reflect pre-Civil War Acadiana in a modern way. Take a stroll beneath the oak trees and bamboos that line the property, or enjoy views of manicured lawns on one of the home’s many porches. Each morning, indulge in a Cajun breakfast served in the dining room.
- Elegant rooms and suites feature carved wooden furniture indicative of the antebellum era.
- Enjoy a game of chess or read a book in one of the bed and breakfast’s many public seating areas.
- Main Street is just a short walk away; you’ll find historic sites and museums, as well as a handful of quaint shops and restaurants.
- Modern amenities include WiFi and a flat-screen TV.
- Take a boat tour of the nearby swamps to spy native birds and other wildlife.
- Test your luck at the nearby Cypress Bayou Casino, which features more than 35 table games and several restaurants.
Franklin, Louisiana: Historic Small Town in the Heart of Acadiana
The small town of Franklin, located in Louisiana’s Cajun Coast, offers a glimpse into pre-Civil War life. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is home to more than 420 notable historic structures. A walking tour takes you to places such as the Allain house, where legend has it Davy Crockett stayed while traveling to the Battle of the Alamo. Most of these sites were built on or around Main Street, which parallels the Bayou Teche river—the setting of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s Evangeline—and still serves as the city’s center. Tucked into historical façades, even the handful of restaurants and shops don’t detract from this thoroughfare’s old-timey charm. If you look closely, you might recognize a scene or two from the classic 1969 film Easy Rider and 2006’s All the King’s Men; parts of both movies were filmed here.
Franklin is also home to an important ecotourism spot: the 9,000-acre Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge. Here, you can stroll through cypress-tupelo swamps on the boardwalk or one of several nature trails while keeping your eyes peeled for alligators, birds, and fauna. Fishing and hunting are allowed in the area during designated seasons, though the protected Louisiana black bear is always off-limits.