My top recommendation when you plan a visit to Natchitoches, Louisiana (pronounced "nack-a-tish") is to make reservations in one of their wonderful B & Bs. With 30 from which to choose, you are bound to find one that strikes your fancy. Follow this link to read the descriptions. During my recent visit, I had a chance to tour 4 of them, so I want to share my photos and observations.
Violet Hill Bed and Breakfast
Through the generosity of the Natchitoches CVB (Convention & Visitors Bureau), I was allowed to stay in the Prince Haithcoat Suite, which was on the ground floor, extremely spacious, and stunning. The Inn can trace its roots back to the 1800s and is located on the Cane River Lake, so the back deck leads to a pier for closer viewing. Joni Collins-Moore is on hand to pamper the guests, and she prepares the wonderful breakfasts.
Steel Magnolia House Bed and Breakfast
Fans of the "Steel Magnolias" movie will LOVE staying here. So many scenes were filmed inside this house. You can sleep in Shelby's pink bedroom, see the window where Jackson climbed in, and look through the opening in the kitchen where Shelby told her mother she was pregnant . . . among other scenes. It is easy to understand why the producers chose the house, because it certainly photographs well.
Riverbend Bed and Breakfast
This 5-bedroom, 2-bath house would be great for families or Girlfriend Getaways. It has a full kitchen, a large living area, and the back gives a great view of Cane River Lake. It is a short drive out of town but near several of the plantations, as well as Cane River Commissary which serves great Creole dishes, catfish, poboys, and much more.
Samuel Guy House Bed and Breakfast
This inn is located adjacent to the oldest cemetery in the Louisiana Purchase, dating back to 1737. The owners have an impressive number of custom-made display cases placed throughout that house their impressive collections. The rooms are large. Breakfast is served on the enclosed back porch. Much of the house is modern rather than historic, but the outside certainly has a vintage look.
Remember, there are 26 more to consider. Amazing.
My second suggestion, if you're not a B & B person, would be a boutique hotel in the downtown area. And, a distant 3rd choice would be one of the chain hotels. But, why be ordinary, you know?
Next week? Restaurant recommendations in Natchitoches.