Deep in the heart of Cajun Country lies Lafayette, Louisiana, a town in which to eat and unwind in slow, Southern style. If you're not eating, you'd better have your dancing shoes on; Lafayette loves to boogie! No matter in which of the top hotels in Lafayette you stay during your vacation, you'll be close to a restaurant, dance hall, or live music bar.
Before the sun sets and the music starts, there are plenty of stops around town worth your time. Lafayette was first known as Vermilionville upon its founding, and the living history and folk park of the same name lets you step back in time to daily life between 1765 and 1890. For more history of the area and its Acadian settlers, now referred to as Cajuns, check out the Acadian Cultural Center. You can also visit the Acadian Village to view old-style buildings, or you can stop by the Acadiana Center for the Arts to admire traditional local artwork. Many great Lafayette hotels are within proximity to these attractions.
Lafayette is also the perfect place to sample classic Cajun food, such as jambalaya—rice with sausage, tomatoes, and more—or gumbo—a stew with celery, peppers, onions, and meat or shrimp. After dinner, take in a live music performance at a bar or dance hall. Jefferson Street is lined with pubs and restaurants, and there are plenty of cheap hotels in Lafayette within walking distance; you won't have far to go after dancing the night away!
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