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“How’s Your Mom-and-Dem”? As the greeting goes, and with Thanksgiving the fourth week in November, thoughts turn this time of year to family. Family is very important on the Cajun Coast where generations have made their living along its waterways. And we have everything you need to plan the perfect family reunion!

From Harvests to Historic Exploration - there's plenty to do on the Cajun Coast this fall!

As summer slowly begins to give way to fall, everyone wants to be outside, including the animals along the Cajun Coast. Alligator spotting becomes more frequent on swamp tours and birds traveling along our flyway to warmer climates fill the skies and skim along the water’s edge.

Shrimp & Petroleum - (and Other Unique Things on the Cajun Coast!)

Laid back foodies, you have found your vacation paradise on the Cajun Coast! 

Ah, Summer, and the Livin’ Is Easy. 
Being on the water, whether on a peaceful inlet bayou or the deep blue seas of the Gulf, is a perennial summer pastime. With the sunlight reflecting off the water, the cares of normal 9-to-5 living slip into the rhythm of the lapping waves.

Bayou Swamp Tours on the Cajun CoastSome mamas love the outdoors - especially Mama Cayenne. With approximately as much waterways as land, the Cajun Coast is home to remarkable eco-systems not found in any other state.

Unusual Spring Festivals - You’ve got to admit, an area that celebrates shrimp & petroleum in the same festival, has some work to do to top the distinctive festival list, but we have some interesting festivals in the spring that you’ll want celebrate a little differently. See our calendar for the full line-up.

St. Patrick’s Day celebrations on the Cajun Coast feature more than just parades in an area known historically for the Civil War Battle of Irish Bend and settlers of many different cultures, including Irish, English, Italian, French, German, Danish, and Native American.

Ahh - romance! Your eyes adjust to the soft, morning light filtering in through billowing curtains, as you pick up the faint aroma of bacon and coffee wafting in from beyond your suite door.

Snow birds eager to escape clouds, miserable weather and frigid temperatures often think of Florida for the winter months unless they have family and friends to visit in Louisiana.

Doug Larson said “If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles.”

On the Cajun Coast, we agree. Everyone can have a fishing pole in their hands year ‘round here. It’s just a matter of choosing where you want to cast your line.

By Roger Emile Stouff

Awakening to thunder from a late afternoon nap, flashes of brilliant lightning lanced through the windows, burning my eyes with white magic.

Ancient Grecians surely watched with anticipation as their favorite contestants competed in early Olympic events like boxing, archery, chariot races and discus throwing.

Located on the western bank of the Atchafalaya River in Berwick, Louisiana, the Southwest Reef Lighthouse is the centerpiece of the Everett S. Berry Memorial Lighthouse Park.  In 1987, the lighthouse was lifted from the screw piling - where it sat since before the Civil War - in an attempt to preserve the historic structure for future generations.

For a step back in time to the days of wandering the hometown Main Street to shop for your wares, one only needs exit U.S. 90 at the picturesque town of Franklin, LA.

The 81st edition of the Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival kicks off today with a ribbon cutting and carnival before getting into full swing this weekend.

Crisp air, crunchy leaves tumbling to the ground and tons of festivals – It’s fall on the Cajun Coast, y’all. 

National Aviation Week is celebrated this year August 15-21. It’s always during week of Orville Wright’s birthday - August 19.

National Aviation Day is observed each year on August 19th.  This day is dedicated by Presidential Proclamation to those who helped pioneer aviation in the United States.

The Cajun Coast is coordinating with Livingston Parish Tourism Assistant Director JT Taylor (whose father is a minister at Life Church in Walker) to get supplies to the 100-150 evacuees their church is housing. Additionally, the church is feeding about 200 people per day as flood victims in neighboring homes who have no way to cook are given meals.

Any chef worth his salt will tell you ingredients are best when they are fresh - and shrimp don’t get any fresher than when they’re bought straight from fishermen themselves at the dock.

The Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival is the state’s oldest chartered harvest festival, held every Labor Day weekend in Morgan City.

Sugar, spice and everything nice. Grand plantations and sprawling countryside. These are the diverse images evoked by a commodity that means $2.7 billion to the Louisiana economy.

The Cajun Coast Visitors & Convention Bureau would like to welcome the players, coaches, family members and friends of the Dixie Youth 10- and 12-year-old South Regional Majors tournament and North Regional AAA tournament.

We will play host to 32 teams of Dixie Youth players (480 players and coaches) July 15-19 in Morgan City and Bayou Vista.

In the 19th century, Monday typically was laundry day. Without a washing machine, the lady of the house tended to every article of clothing by hand.

The Last Honky Tonk Music Series brings national acts to small communities across the country, creating a camaraderie between artists and music lovers.

Instagram poster @tltickets, whose real name is Tara Gauthreaux, has a feed full primarily of one gorgeous nature shot after another.

If she is a painter of sunrises, sunsets and gorgeous skyscapes, then Louisiana is her canvas.

Temperatures are soaring and the kids need something constructive to do now that they’re out of school. Grab a snoball, put your feet up and review these family-friendly activities on the Cajun Coast.

 Swimming/ Splash/ Spray Parks/ Beaches

This week’s post is courtesy of KeenVision, author of the blog #ibedamned.

When you live in a small community, dating can be somewhat of a daunting bid; like buying shoes at the one shoe store in town and later wearing them in public only to find out that everyone else bought the same pair. But, if you’re lucky enough to find a cute one-of-a-kind designer brand, consider yourself the belle of the ball.

Small towns may also lack in optional dating scenes. However, you don’t have to go out of town or spend a lot of money to have a good time. Sometimes, the best locale is off-the-beaten path and unspoiled. First dates may be awkward but they can also be fun, if both parties are interested in trying new things. Dating doesn’t always have to be dinner and a movie. Be adventurous and remain open-minded.

Check out the following list for ideas that can offer multiple opportunities that will help you “break in your new shoes” but not break the bank:

If you’re the competitive type, try a night game of basketballA game displaying physical strength and agility could show a number of positive attributes and even some negatives, like his metabolism level; how soon does he get winded or if he has a propensity for good sportsmanship. Trash talking’s not so bad either. It’s a display of his competitive yet playful side.

Enjoy a nice stroll at a park near a lake or just go fishing together. It might seem cliché, but parks and waterways are typically serene spaces. It also forces both of you to engage in conversation; talk about your pleasant childhood memories, hobbies, interests and personal goals. Fishing can also show if a man is sensitive to the outdoors; a likely turn-off if you’re a rough and rugged kinda gal. And, sunsets! They’re a perfect end to any date; whether good or bad. It could either be a set up to a sweet smooch or a sweet goodbye.

Attend an outdoor concert or festival. Music speaks to the soul. Really, it does! Listening to music together can answer three things: 1) Does he have rhythm? 2) Do you have similar musical tastes? and 3) How well does he function around crowds? These are three important clues that may dictate the possibility of subsequent dates.

Go to a gun rangeWhat woman doesn’t want to feel protected? And, what man doesn’t love a woman who can stand her ground in the face of danger? Some outdoor shooting ranges are free to the public. Just make an appointment, bring your own gun and ammunition.

Try a nature trail. This ain’t your regular bag of nuts and berries. It’s likely a testament to your potential future relationship. On this date, make it a point to get a little intimate…on a platonic level. Here’s how: spray and rub mosquito repellent on each other, bring a light lunch, take pictures of the scenery and of each other. While in nature, let nature do what it does best; allow it to take its natural course.

Watch thespians on stageAKA, attend a play at a small theatre. There’s likely a fee attached but it’s nominal. And, often times, the money stays in-house to fund additional stage plays or renovations. Small theatre houses offer a quaint, quiet atmosphere and during intermission you can discuss the acts and actors as if you were play critics.

Go fly a kite, literally! Go to a wide open space like a nearby beach and fly a kite. It’s not an activity just for children, it’s for the kid at heart. At the end of your flight, pull out the blanket and have a picnic. It’s even more memorable if your date owns a pickup truck. Jump in the back and enjoy the sunset.

Dinner and a movie, why not? It’s not just any type of dinner. It’s Iron Chef meets Love Connection. If you’re pretty comfortable with the person, invite him or her over to your home and create a challenge that’s sure to get more than just your burners hot. Top it off with a movie. If you’re not a really good cook, that’s ok. I suggest a horror or suspenseful movie. That way, the scariest thing about the date would be the movie and not your cooking.

Go to a museum. You don’t have to be a hipster to enjoy fine art or exhibits. Art is all about interpretation. You might just learn something new.

Invite mutual friends over for a game night. Group settings are great ways to learn about each other as well as the caliber of friends he’s acquired. After all, birds of a feather flock together. Game nights are increasingly becoming the new adult craze in large cities. Why not make it an event in your own home or neutral site. And, if you don’t hit it off, maybe you help a fellow friend find the man of her dreams.

Who knew that living in a small town could offer such a plethora of date activities? Keep in mind that you will probably become hungry during the date, so make sure to be financially ready to fork over a few dollars for a meal, if you’re going dutch. Compiling the list was pretty easy. Now, it’s up to you to find the right companion.

 

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The smell of steaks sizzling on an open grill is a Siren song few can refuse.

It’s a summer staple built right into our DNA. Cooking with fire, which evolved into the modern barbecue, allowed early man to char his catch before digesting his protein.

Things have changed a bit since the early hominids’ version of cooking took hold.

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