Louisiana October 27, 2018
One Of Louisiana’s Most Charming Small Towns Has Been Hiding Right Under Your Nose
Small towns are the absolute best. When you’re needing to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, consider taking a day trip or even a weekend getaway to this fabulous town that’s known for its charm and allure.
Established in 1714, Natchitoches is the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase.
Even though the population is just under 20,000, the city has a small-town vibe to it, especially the downtown area.
Nestled on the banks of the Cane River Lake, it’s perfectly walkable and there is a ton to see.
The views of Cane River Lake are simply mesmerizing, so we don’t blame you if you just want to sit for a spell on one of the benches and admire the view.
As Louisiana’s oldest city, you can bet on several historical attractions that you’ll love.
From parks to plantations, Natchitoches is a history lover’s paradise.
Right in the heart of Natchitoches is the National Historic Landmark District.
This 33-block area is full of shopping and dining opportunities, and there are several bed & breakfasts peppered throughout the area, making it the perfect place to stay for a quick weekend trip!
One of the most notable bed & breakfasts in the area is the Steel Magnolia House.
That’s right, the same one from the iconic movie. The historic home was built in the 1840s and is absolutely charming.
While you’re out and about, be sure to swing by Lasyone’s and try one of their famous meat pies.
Perfectly portable, these things can be addictive—they’re that good! They’ve been a Natchitoches tradition since 1967, not only cooking up those delicious meat pies but they also have some of the most mouthwatering Creole cuisine in the area.
Be sure to stroll down Front Street for a delightful day of shopping and sightseeing.
The beautiful cobblestone street is so quintessential of small towns.
While you’re on Front Street, pop into Kaffie-Frederick’s General Mercantile.
Established in 1863, it’s the oldest General Store in the state and worth your while to check it out. Featuring everything from kitchen supplies to classic toys, it’s a nostalgic experience that you’ll have a hard time leaving empty handed.
One of the most popular times to visit Natchitoches is during the holiday season.
The city transforms during the holidays, attracting visitors from all over the country. Not only do the streets light up with holiday cheer, but the Cane River Lake transforms as well. Over 300,000 lights and more than 100 set pieces illuminate the lake and the surrounding area, making it an absolute bucket-list attraction. The season kicks off November 17, 2018, and will run until January 6, 2019, so be sure to make plans to see this dazzling display this year.
Have you ever been? Share your memories in the comments below!