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A Visitor’s Guide to: The Destination of Travelers Since 1714 781 Front Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457 1.800.259.1714 ã www.natchitoches.net Authentic Culture…
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A Visitor’s Guide to: The Destination of Travelers Since 1714 781 Front Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457 1.800.259.1714 ã www.natchitoches.net 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. 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 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 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 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 www.natchitoches.net Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce (318)352-6894 www.natchitocheschamber.com 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 www.natchitochesla.gov 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: How do you say Natchitoches? Visit www.natchitochestour.com. 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 (Destroyed by fire, 9/30/08) 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 – Bishop Martin Museum – Landmarks in Time Exhibit ã Cane River Heritage Scenic Byway Cane River National Heritage Area Commission 452 rue Jefferson, Suite 150 Natchitoches, LA 71457 ã 318-356-5555 www.caneriverheritage.org Email: a class= __cf_email__ href= /cdn-cgi/l/email-protection data-cfemail= 85ecebe3eac5e6e4ebe0f7ecf3e0f7ede0f7ecf1e4e2e0abeaf7e2 [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, museums, historic homes and churches, an alligator park, national fish hatchery, national forest, and many recreational outdoor activities including fishing, hiking, or walking through a nature preserve. Every day is filled with things to do around Natchitoches Parish. 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 Dioramas Open Daily ã 9a - 5p Closed major holidays 155 rue Jefferson, Natchitoches, LA 71457 ã Interactive displays ã Displayed artifacts and costumes (318) 357-3101 (888) 677-7853 ã Replica of 18th century fort ã Interpretive Museum ã Interpretive programs daily ã $4 admission ages 12-62 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! www.crt.state.la.us/parks/iftstjean.aspx Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Museum and North Louisiana Regional History Museum N atchitoches is the site for the new Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Museum and the North Louisiana Regional History Museum scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2012. 6 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Foundation 500 Front Street (318) 238-4255 Scenic Tours Carriage Tours (318) 356-8687 (318) 729-8282 G ã Carriage Tours uided tours through historic district and “Steel Magnolias” filming sites. Available for weddings and special events. Downtown Historic District www.natchitochestours.com Call for tour times T ã Louisiana Cycle our the historic district in style, with trike rental or 4-person surrey. Louisiana Cycle 780 Front St. (318) 527-4260 Must have valid state issued ID. Must be 16 years of age or older to rent. Kaffie Frederick General Mercantile Open Mon. – Sat. 8a - 5p 758 Front St. L ouisiana’s Oldest General Store. Established in 1863, this store offers anything and everything. (318) 352-2525 (877) 865-6681 ã Classic toys ã Shop At the Top – Christmas Store (Open Oct. - Dec.) ã Shop on-line www.oldhardwarestore.com National Fish Hatchery & Aquarium Open 8a – 3p Daily Closed Federal Holidays 615 South Dr. Natchitoches, LA 71457 ã 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 Call for special events (318) 352-5324 www.fws.gov/natchitoches 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! (318) 354-0001 (877) 354-7001 April – mid August Open Everyday Mid August – October Open Weekends Only Park Hours: 10a - 5p 8 miles north of Natchitoches at 380 Old Bayou Pierre Rd. www.alligatorpark.net 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 Pavillion, picnic area and hiking trails Open daily ã 8a - 6p (318) 354-8770 106 Tauzin Island Rd. 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 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 ã Admission - Group Rates ã Gift Shop Tip: Join us for our Pow-Wow - 3rd weekend in October. 8 www.AdaiIndianNation.com 4460 Hwy. 485, Robeline, LA 71469 (318) 472-1007 (877) 472-1007 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 Costumes, music, memorabilia of Louisiana legends ã Outdoor amphitheater ã Annual Louisiana State Harmonica Championship ã Call for special programs & demonstrations ã $4 admission ages 12-62 Tip: Aspiring musical artists: call about the Saturday Night Jam Session and other performance opportunities. www.crt.state.la.us/parks/irebel.aspx Los Adaes State Historic Site 6354 Hwy. 485, Robeline, LA 71449 (318) 472-9449 (888) 677-5378 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 On the El Camino Real de las Tejas National Historic Trail ã Tours by appointment only Tip: Bring your binoculars; this is a great bird watching area. www.crt.state.la.us/parks/iLosAdaes.aspx Photograph provided by Alex Demyan image courtesy of Louisiana State Parks Ft. Jesup State Historic Site Open Wed. - Sun. 9a - 5p 32 Geoghagan Rd. Many, LA 71449 T he site of a fort established in 1822 by Zachary Taylor to secure the Western border of the U.S. Frontier. $4 admission ages 12-62 (318) 256-4117 (888) 677-5378 www.crt.state.la.us/parks/iFtjesup.aspx 9 Attractions Kisatchie National Forest T welve miles of wilderness hiking trails ã Visit Kisatchie Bayou ã 50 miles of multiple-use trails ã 17 mile National Scenic Byway ã Panoramic vistas ã Primitive camping areas ã Offers swimming, fishing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, picnicking, ATV trails ã National Red Dirt Wildlife Management Area 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. Kisatchie Ranger District 229 Dogwood Park Rd. Provencal, La. 71468 Located 16 miles west of Hwy. 6 West (318) 472-1840 http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/kisatchie/ Briarwood: Caroline Dormon Nature Preserve T he Caroline Dormon Nature Preserve is located at the Northeast 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. www.cp-tel.net/dormon GPS: N3207.969 - W9258.697 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 4386 Hwy. 494, Bermuda, LA 71456 - 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 www.nps.gov/cari 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. Private. Magnolia Plantation MAGNOLIA PLANTATION COMPLEX 5549 Hwy. 119, Derry, LA 71416 - 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 Destroyed by fire, Sept. 30, 2008 This National Historic Landmark was 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 buildings did not burn. One of the few things salvaged was a copy of the original book, Bayou Folk, a collection of Chopin’s short stories. 11 Kate Chopin House Discover Our Plantation Homes MELROSE PLANTATION 3533 Hwy. 119, Melrose, LA 71452 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 were 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 premier 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. Advanced Cosmetic Techniques (318) 352-4983 www.permanentmakeupstudio.com Billy O’Con LMT ã (318) 352-3971 Lotus in the Pines ã (318) 472-9484 www.lotusinthepines.com Rejuvenation, The Medical Spa (318) 352-2250 www.rejuvenationmedicalspa.com City Barbershop 504 Front Street (318) 352- 9500 12 Bed & Breakfast Natchitoches Hospitality Property Name # of Rooms Pets **Andre’s Riverview 3 612 Williams Ave. (318) 527-9248 ã (318) 357-0423 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 Antebellum Historic District Home beautifully appointed offering: Early check-ins, WIFI, cable TV, king and queen beds, two bed suites along with two person Jacuzzis available. Complimentary beverages, two-course gourmet breakfast. 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. Yes Children welcome, beautiful scenery on Bayou Pierre. Six private waterfront cabins with two bedrooms. Sleeps up to 6 with decks and kitchen, 5 minutes from downtown. www.andresriverview.com *Andrew Morris House 4 422 Second St. (318) 352-9206 ã (800) 441-8343 www.andrewmorrishouse.com *Bayou Amulet House 5 202 rue Poete (318) 238-2049 ã (866) 201-3910 www.bayouamulet.com Blind Faith Ranch 6 & Cabins 240 Bayou Pierre Cutoff Rd. (318) 352-2920 ã (318) 652-1311 Description www.blindfaithranch.com *Landmark Historic District, **Located on Cane River Lake. 13 Bed & Breakfast Natchitoches Hospitality Property Name *Breazeale House 926 Washington St. (318) 352-5630 # of Rooms Pets 5 **Cabin on Cane River 1 614 Williams Ave. (318) 527-9248 ã (318) 357-0423 No Charming Victorian home, circa 1890s. Children welcome, walking distance to downtown, swimming pool, full breakfast. 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. 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. No Full continental breakfast in the guest quarters. Accommodations include a full bath and a sitting area with television. Gardens and a tour of historic 1892 home included with reservation. www.cabinoncaneriver.com **Cane River Cottage 228 Pratt Lane (318) 663-8239 3 www.canerivercottage.com *Chaplin House 1 434 Second St. (318) 352-2324 ã (318) 471-9505 www.chaplinhousela.com 14 Description *Landmark Historic District, **Located on Cane River Lake. Bed & Breakfast Natchitoches Hospitality Property Name # of Rooms Pets *Chez des Amis 910 rue Washington (318) 352-2647 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. No Historic home located on Cane River in the heart of the historic district. Amenities galore, private entrances, antiques, private baths, king beds and full breakfast. Ask about children. 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 Spacious one-story Queen Anne Victorian, circa 1890 with full southern breakfast. Camellia Cottage is a perfect romantic retreat. Large wraparound porches and other amenities. www.chezdesamis.com **Creole Cottage 4 on Cane River 319 rue Jefferson (318) 352-3957 ã (318) 729-7700 (318) 332-8471 *Ducournau Townhouse 752 Front St. (318) 352-1774 4 www.ducournautownhouse.com *Fleur de Lis Inn 6 336 Second St. (318) 352-6621 ã (800) 489-6621 www.fleurdelisbandb.com *Green Gables & Camellia Cottage 201 Pine St. (318) 352-5580 3 Description www.virtualcities.com/la/greengables.htm *Jefferson House 5 229 rue Jefferson (318) 352-5834 ã (318) 729-7700 (318) 332-8471 Yes Relax on beautiful Cane River Lake in the historic district. Tastefully decorated with antique and traditional furnishings, King size beds; Private baths; Plantation style breakfast. Ask about children. No 1920s bungalow, pool, gardens, perfect for private parties and weddings, catering kitchen available. Full breakfast, cable TV; walking distance of downtown. www.jeffersonhousebandb.com *Jefferson Street 5 Townhouse 230 rue Jefferson (318) 352-3957 ã (318) 729-7700 (318) 332-8471 www.jeffersontownhouse.com *Landmark Historic District, **Located on Cane River Lake. 15 Bed & Breakfast Natchitoches Hospitality Property Name # of Rooms Pets *Judge Porter House 5 321 Second St. (318) 352-9206 ã (800) 441-8343 No International award winning Bed and Breakfast in the Historic District furnished with museum quality antiques offering: Early check-ins, WIFI, cable TV, queen beds, two person Jacuzzis avaliable. Complimentary beverages, two-course gourmet breakfast. Yes Landmark 1855
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