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Miles to Natchitoches from: New Orleans—250 miles Dallas—255 miles Lafayette—140 miles Houston—230 miles Lake Charles—140 miles Little Rock—290 miles…
Miles to Natchitoches from: New Orleans—250 miles Dallas—255 miles Lafayette—140 miles Houston—230 miles Lake Charles—140 miles Little Rock—290 miles Baton Rouge—190 miles Jackson—230 miles Shreveport—70 miles Oklahoma City—435 miles Monroe—109 miles Convention & Visitors Bureau 781 Front Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457 1.800.259.1714 ã A Visitor’s Guide to: The Destination of Travelers Since 1714 781 Front Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457 1.800.259.1714 ã Authentic Culture Natchitoches Parish atchitoches, the original French colony in Louisiana, maintains its European flavor through its architecture, heritage and lifestyle. At the heart of this National Historic Landmark District lies Front Street, a brick thoroughfare where wrought iron balconies, restaurants and shops face the beautiful Cane River Lake. This area is home to the Cane River National Heritage Area that includes the largest collection of Creole architecture in North America along with the Cane River Creole National Historical Park at Oakland and Magnolia plantations. Beginning in Natchitoches, the El Camino Real de los Tejas (Highway 6 in Louisiana and Highway 21 in Texas,) has existed for more than 300 years and was designated as a National Historic Trail in 2004. Top Things to do in Natchitoches ã Shop & Dine in Landmark Historic District – Experience authentic Creole & Cajun cuisine – Sample a Natchitoches Meat Pie ã Guided tours of Creole Plantations – Four sites open daily ã Interpretive tour Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site – Four State Historic Sites within a 25-miles radius ã Carriage tours – Historic tour and Steel Magnolia filming sites w ã Stroll along the scenic Cane River Lake ã See alligators up close and personal ã Experience the charm of our bed and breakfast inns ã Museums, art galleries and Louisiana’s Oldest General Mercantile The Destination of T Photo Credits: Mark Bills, Jeff Dawson, Ed Johnson, Lane Luckie, Chris Post and Gary Hardamon Contents Natchitoches Area Convention & Visitors Bureau 781 Front St., Natchitoches, LA 71457 Open Daily: 9am - 5pm 4 Cane River National Heritage Area 5 - 10 Natchitoches Parish Attractions 11 - 12 Plantation Homes 12 Pampering 13 - 18 Bed & Breakfast 19 - 20 Hotels/Motels 1.800.259.1714 Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce (318)352-6894 21 Campgrounds 21 Retirement 22 - 24 Cuisine 25 - 26 Shopping 27 City of Natchitoches 28 Conference Facilities 29 - 30 Northwestern State University City of Natchitoches (318)352-2772 31 Community 32 - 37 Rural Communities 38 - 41 Take a Tour Travelers Since 1714 42 Art & Culture Tours 43 Children’s Activities 44 - 45 Outdoor Activities 46 Festivals 47 Important Phone Numbers Tip: While in Natchitoches, watch the Natchitoches Preview Tour on local Channel 17 at 6 p.m. daily and 8 a.m. Saturday morning for a quick preview of all the town has to offer. 3 Cane River National Heritage Area A Cultural Journey C ane River National Heritage Area, a 116,000 acre area, is a place where many cultures came together to create a way of life dependent on the land and the river and each other. The Heritage Area includes most of the distinctive landscapes that are closely connected to the history of this region. Heritage Area Sites Include: ã Oakland Plantation ã Melrose Plantation ã Magnolia Plantation & Complex ã Badin-Roque House ã Kate Chopin House ã Los Adaes State Historic Site ã Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site ã Fort Jesup State Historic Site ã National Historic Landmark District – Old Courthouse Museum – Bishop Martin Museum – Landmarks in Time Exhibit ã Cane River Heritage Scenic Byway Cane River National Heritage Area Commission 452 Jefferson St., Suite 150 Natchitoches, LA 71457 ã 318-356-5555 Email: a class= __cf_email__ href= /cdn-cgi/l/email-protection data-cfemail= 573e3931381734363932253e2132253f32253e2336303279382530 [email protected] /a script data-cfhash='f9e31' type= text/javascript /* ![CDATA[ */!function(t,e,r,n,c,a,p){try{t=document.currentScript||function(){for(t=document.getElementsByTagName('script'),e=t.length;e--;)if(t[e].getAttribute('data-cfhash'))return t[e]}();if(t&&(c=t.previousSibling)){p=t.parentNode;if(a=c.getAttribute('data-cfemail')){for(e='',r='0x'+a.substr(0,2)|0,n=2;a.length-n;n+=2)e+='%'+('0'+('0x'+a.substr(n,2)^r).toString(16)).slice(-2);p.replaceChild(document.createTextNode(decodeURIComponent(e)),c)}p.removeChild(t)}}catch(u){}}()/* ]] */ /script Tip: Stop at the Downtown Visitor Center to get the Heritage Area’s map guides for the Town and Country Tours. Photographs provided by NSU, Watson Library, Cammie G. Henry Research Center Attractions N atchitoches Parish is home to three fort sites, numerous Creole plantation homes with four open for tours, museums, historic homes and churches, an alligator park, a fish hatchery, and many recreational outdoor activities including fishing, hiking, touring pecan plantations, or walking through a nature preserve. Every day is filled with things to do around Natchitoches. 5 Attractions Fort St. Jean Baptiste E xperience French Colonial life in Natchitoches at Fort St. Jean Baptiste as you are guided through the fort by costumed interpreters. ã ã ã ã ã ã ã Dioramas Interactive displays Displayed artifacts and costumes Replica of 18th century fort Interpretive Museum Interpretive programs daily $2 admission ages 12-62 Open Daily ã 9a - 5p Closed major holidays 155 rue Jefferson Natchitoches, LA 71457 (318) 357-3101 (888) 677-7853 Tip: Ask if the interpretive guides can shoot the musket! Keep your ticket stub if you plan to visit another State Historic Site in the area on the same day. You will get in free at the next one! William R. Atteridge Civil War/Naval Ship Museum of Natchitoches ã ã ã ã ã Handcrafted wooden naval ship replica Civil War era $5 admission/$2 children under 10 Open Thurs. – Mon. (318) 652-0236 200 rue Jefferson Natchitoches, LA 71457 Tip: If you have a group, the Museum offers special rates. Old Courthouse Museum Branch of the Louisiana State Museum F eatures special changing exhibits on Louisiana’s history & culture. Special events held throughout the year. Admission: $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for seniors, students & military. Children 12 & under admitted free. Tip: If you have children, the Museum offers a Second Saturday educational program for children of all ages. 6 Open Mon. - Sat. 9a - 5p (318) 357-2270 Call for Special Events & Exhibits Natchitoches Cane River Transit Company Carriage Tours (318) 356-8687 G Call for tour times uided tours through historic district and “Steel Magnolias” filming sites. Available for weddings and special events. Kaffie Frederick General Mercantile Open Mon. – Sat. (877) 865-6681 L ouisiana’s Oldest General Store. Established in 1863, this store offers anything and everything. ã Classic toys ã Shop At the Top – Christmas Store ã Shop on-line National Fish Hatchery & Aquarium Open 8a – 3p Daily 615 South Dr. Natchitoches, LA 71457 ã ã ã ã ã ã 16 tank Aquarium Wood duck display Replica Caddo Indian Village diorama Mock archaeology dig site exhibit Group tours available Hatchery tours available if staff permits (318) 352-5324 Cane River Boat Tours Houseboat Adventures (318) 458-4680 Call for Reservations LA Outdoor Excursions (318) 419-8089 G uided tours of Cane River Lake and Red River. Seasonal cruises during Festival of Lights, private parties, and fishing trips. 7 Attractions Alligator Park F rom covered, protected walkways and platforms you’ll see hundreds of alligators in their natural environment. ã Five acre park ã Feeding Zoo ã Bird Sanctuary ã Reptile Habitat ã Jungle ã Turtle Town ã Rocky Raccoon Resort ã HUNDREDS OF ALLIGATORS! ã Site includes Gator Bite Snack Shop & gift shop ã Admission Tip: Take a souvenir photo with an alligator and remember – Alligators LOVE visitors! (877) 354-7001 April – mid August Open Everyday Mid August – October Open Weekends Only Park Hours: 10a - 6p 8 miles north of Natchitoches on Old Bayou Pierre Rd. Grand Ecore Visitors Center ã 4 miles north of Natchitoches ã Sits on an 80 foot bluff above Red River ã Interactive displays & historic area exhibits and Corps of Engineers’ role in development and preservation on Red River ã Pavilion, Picnic area and Hiking trails Open daily (318) 354-8770 Red River Waterway Commission (800) 874-9431 Adai Indian Nation Cultural Center E Open Daily ã 9a - 5p xperience a day in the life of the Adai Indian. ã Visit historic dwellings ã Explore the Cultural Center ã Watch the buffalo roam ã View the historical artifacts found on the site ã Visit historic St. Anne’s Catholic Church, mass held each Sunday ã Site offers food court and arts and crafts shop ã Traditional Indian dances - performed daily ã Admission Tip: Join in the traditional dances! 8 4460 Hwy. 485, Robeline, LA 71469 (318) 472-1007 P im Rebel State Historic Site & LA Country Music Museum Open Daily ã 9a - 5p Closed Major Holidays 1260 Hwy. 1221, Marthaville, LA 71450 (318) 472-6255 (888) 677-3600 S tep back in time with the Louisiana Country Music Museum at Rebel State Historic Site. The Museum, shaped like a stringed instrument, houses a wide collection of Country music. ã Louisiana Country Music Museum with costumes, music, memorabilia ã Outdoor amphitheater ã Annual Louisiana State Harmonica Championship ã Call for special programs & demonstrations ã $2 admission ages 12-62 Tip: Aspiring musical artists: call about the Saturday Night Jam Session and other performance opportunities. Los Adaes State Historic Site Open Daily ã 9a - 5p Closed Major Holidays 6354 Hwy. 485, Robeline, LA 71449 T his site was the capital of the province of Spanish Texas for more than 40 years. Today, the site outlines where the presidio once stood. ã ã ã ã On the El Camino Real National Historic Trail Changing displays Guided tours of the grounds Hosts historical demonstrations and special programs throughout the year ã Walking trail is available (318) 472-9449 Tip: Bring your binoculars; this is a great bird watching area. Photograph provided by Alex Demyan image courtesy of Louisiana State Parks Open Daily ã 9a - 5p Closed Major Holidays 32 Geoghagan Rd. Many, LA 71449 (318) 256-4117 (888) 677-5378 Ft. Jesup State Historic Site T he site of a fort established in 1822 by Zachary Taylor to secure the Western border of the U.S. Frontier. 9 Attractions Kisatchie National Forest T welve miles of wilderness hiking trails ã ã ã ã ã ã Kisatchie Ranger District Over 20 miles for canoeing down Kisatchie Bayou 50 miles of multiple-use trails 17 mile National Scenic Byway Panoramic vistas Primitive camping areas Offers swimming, fishing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, picnicking, ATV trails ã Includes National Red Dirt Wildlife Management Area 229 Dogwood Park Rd. Provencal, La. 71468 Tip: Known as the Little Grand Canyon, the Lonfleaf Vista Recreation Area lies on a ridge that provides views of the 8,700 acre Kisatchie Hills Wilderness. This area is a favorite among hikers and horseback riders who enter along Backbone Trail. (318) 472-1840 Located 16 miles west of Hwy. 6 West Briarwood: Caroline Dormon Nature Preserve T he Caroline Dormon Nature Preserve is located at the Northwest corner of Natchitoches Parish in the Kisatchie National Forest. This area was named after Caroline Dormon, the first woman employed in forestry in the United States and leader in the designation of Kisatchie as a National Forest. Tip: April to May is a great time to visit the Nature Preserve when most of the wildflowers are in bloom. Open Saturday 9a – 5p & Sunday 12p – 5p during the months of March, April, May, August & November. Appointments during the week throughout the year. 216 Caroline Dormon Rd. Saline, La. 71070 (318) 576-3379 Discover Our Plantation Homes OAKLAND PLANTATION - Cane River Creole National Historical Park Oakland Plantation Oakland has 17 of its original outbuildings still remaining. Outbuildings still on the plantation include two pigeonniers, an overseer’s house, massive roofed log corn crib, carriage house, mule barn that was originally a smokehouse, carpenter’s shop, and cabins. The historic property is a National Bicentennial Farm, only one of two such Farms west of the Mississippi River, both of which are in Natchitoches Parish. Unit of Cane River Creole National Historical Park. Oakland was acquired by the National Park Service in 1998. Open daily. (318) 356-8441 ã MAGNOLIA PLANTATION The two and one-half story plantation house is one of the largest in the area, with twentyseven rooms, including a Catholic Chapel in which Mass is still celebrated. Betty Hertzog, a descendant of the LeComtes, still lives in the main house. Tours by reservation only. (318) 379-2221 Admission. Magnolia Plantation MAGNOLIA PLANTATION COMPLEX - Cane River Creole National Historical Park The Magnolia Plantation Complex, 18 acres of outbuildings, is open to the public and free to tour as a unit of Cane River Creole National Historical Park. The Park includes a blacksmith shop, plantation store, gin barn, eight cabins, and former slave hospital that at various times housed the owners and overseer. The gin barn houses a wooden screw-type cotton press, the last such press remaining in its original site in the United States. (318) 356-8441. Open daily with self-guided tours. Kate Chopin House KATE CHOPIN HOUSE Constructed in the early 1800s by Alexis Cloutier, this house was later the home of Kate Chopin, the renowned novelist and author of The Awakening and many Creole stories. The complex includes a restored blacksmith shop, a building that served as a doctor’s office, and also houses the Bayou Folk Museum, which features among its contents many agricultural implements. (318) 379-0055 by reservation only. 11 Discover Our Plantation Homes MELROSE PLANTATION Marie Thérèze Coin-Coin, an enslaved woman, and Claude Thomas Pierre Metoyer, her French owner had many children together. On land acquired by land grants, the Yucca House and the African House was built. The Yucca House remained the large structure on the plantation until 1833 when the main house, known as Melrose, was built. Melrose Plantation After 1884, Melrose Plantation became a hub of art and education under the ownership of John Hampton Henry and Miss Cammie Garrett Henry. Miss Cammie, as she became known, made Melrose a haven for artists and writers. At the time there was a field hand and cook at Melrose who also became known as a renowned artist. Clementine Hunter, one of the South’s most primitive artists, began painting the people, life, and scenes of Cane River. Hunter was in her 50’s when she began painting and continued until a few months before her death in 1988. Clementine is Louisiana’s most famous folk artist, and her paintings are on display at the plantation. (318) 379-0055 ã Open Tuesday - Sunday. Admission. Pampering Pamper yourself with a relaxing session at one of our many spas. Our massage therapists can take a little of your stress away and have you feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and totally relaxed. Spas & Massage Therapists Advanced Cosmetic Techniques (318) 352-4983 Billy O’Con LMT ã (318) 352-3971 La Petite Maison (318) 352-5335 Lotus in the Pines ã (318) 472-9484 Rejuvenation, The Medical Spa (318) 352-2250 12 Bed & Breakfast Natchitoches Hospitality Property Name # of Rooms Pets *Andre’s Riverview 3 612 Williams Ave. (318) 357-0423 ã (800) 960-2267 No Three story guest house overlooking Cane River Lake across from the downtown historic district. Private entrance, balconies, whirlpool baths, refrigerators, microwaves, and coffeemakers, antique furnishings. No Restored 1850s elegant home surrounded by gardens. Private baths with Jacuzzi tubs, swimming pool, home-cooked breakfast. Within walking distance of the downtown historic district. No Circa 1836 Creole raised cottage. Private breakfast and gardens, wireless internet. Children welcome. Within walking distance of historic downtown district & scenic Cane River Lake. Yes Children welcome, beautiful scenery, 6 private waterfront cabins with decks, kitchen, kitchen, bedrooms, cabins sleep up to 6. Overlooking Bayou Pierre, only 5 minutes from downtown. No Charming Victorian home, circa 1890s. Children welcome, walking distance to downtown, swimming pool, full breakfast. *Bayou Amulet House 5 202 rue Poete (318) 238-2049 ã (866) 201-3910 *Blessed House 3 318 Nelken St. (318) 356-9977 ã (866) 253-7347 Blind Faith Ranch 6 & Cabins 240 Bayou Pierre Cutoff Rd. (318) 352-2920 ã (318) 652-1311 *Breazeale House 5 926 Washington St. (318) 352-5630 ã (800) 352-5631 Description *Landmark Historic District 13 Bed & Breakfast Natchitoches Hospitality Property Name # of Rooms Pets *Cabin on Cane River 1 614 Williams Ave. (318)357-0520 ã (318) 352-6494 No Log cabin guest house. Completely equipped kitchen and accommodations for two. On the banks of the Cane River Lake overlooking the downtown historic district. 3 No Guesthouse situated on the banks of Cane River Lake, full kitchen, gardens. Bring your boat for fishing or cruising on the lake. Available for weddings & private parties. 2 No Casual elegant comfort overlooking the beautiful Cane River Lake, only minutes from the downtown historic district. Private entrances, private baths, cable TV, full breakfast. No Continental breakfast in the guest quarters. Accommodations include a full bath, and a sitting area with television. Gardens and a tour of historic 1890 home included with reservation. No Overlooking scenic Sibley Lake, cottage nestled in secluded setting; front porch, third floor sitting room with lake views. Continental breakfast on weekdays and Southern breakfast on the weekends. Cane River Cottage 228 Pratt Lane (318) 663-8239 Casa Rio 1326 Williams Ave. (318) 356-5698 *Chaplin House 1 434 Second St. (318) 352-2324 ã (318) 471-9505 Chateau d’ Terre 2 109 Jamar Dr. (318) 354-7929 ã (888)798-6566 14 Description *Landmark Historic District Bed & Breakfast Natchitoches Hospitality Property Name # of Rooms Pets Description 3 No 1923 bungalow; 2 guest rooms and cottage. Wireless, high speed internet; full breakfast in dining room; private baths; located 1 block from downtown historic district. Creole Rose Estates B&B 3 3798 Hwy. 119 Natchez, LA 71456 (318) 332-1785 No Located on the banks of Cane River Lake just minutes from plantations. Private baths, full breakfast, Cable TV, fishing dock. Private parties and groups welcome. No Historic townhouse, circa 1835 over restaurant and courtyard, balcony overlooking Front Street and Cane River Lake. Antique beds, private baths; beds, continental breakfast. Private parties & weddings welcome. No Historic 1906 Victorian home. Children welcome. Spacious surroundings decorated with antiques; private baths, king & queen size beds. Full breakfast served in formal dining room. No Exclusive 1930 English cottage overlooking Bayou Amulet. Heavy continental breakfast, pool, private baths, double Jacuzzi tubs, wir
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