STOPOVER IN LAPLACE
LaPlace is a convenient spot to overnight. I recommend you plan in a swamp tour here as well.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites La Place 4284 Hwy. 51, in LAPLACE, (985) 618-1600. Continental breakfast. Pool; coin laundry. This is a cog in the reliable chain and features really unusual bathroom plumbing.
Nobile’s Restaurant 2082 W. Main Street, in LUTCHER, (225) 869-8900. L M-F, D Thur-Sat. Built in 1895 during Louisiana’s lumber boom--this town harvested cypress--when it served as a bar and boarding house, this spacious restaurant features vintage high ceilings is a comfortable gathering place for locals. It retains a lovely Victorian mahogany bar that greets arrivals and has some interesting collectables as part of the decor. The menu offers Cajun and Creole dishes, including gumbo, seafood, and po’boys. I chose a crispy Caesar salad and an unusual appetizer plate of crawfish empanadas to go with my colorful Hurricane cocktail.
|front dining room in Nobile's Restaurant in Lutcher, Louisiana|
|rustic paintings for sale in Nobile's Restaurant in Lutcher, Louisiana|
|Hurricane cocktail at Nobile's Restaurant in Lutcher, Louisiana|
|Caesar salad at Nobile's Restaurant in Lutcher, Louisiana|
|crawfish empanadas at Nobile's Restaurant in Lutcher, Louisiana|
Cajun Pride Swamp Tour 110 Frenier Road, in LAPLACE. Tours here glide through the legendary, privately owned Manchac Swamp, where you will see alligators, turtles, and a variety of birds. Seasoned guides introduce additional local flora and fauna as the pontoon boat meanders through the waterway, and they tell tales of hurricanes, survival, and the unique Louisiana culture. According to Captain Allen--our Cajun guide who sports a gravelly voice much like the late actor Redd Fox--whether you see alligators “depends on the temperature.” At 70-degrees plus they come out. Allen keeps alligators in his home as pets and sometimes brings one along for his riders to hold. If you’re real lucky, as I was, he will do this on the day you visit and you, like I did, might get to hold a two-foot-long baby alligator.
|Cajun Pride Swamp Tour in LaPlace, Louisiana|
|alligator spotted on Cajun Pride Swamp Tour in LaPlace, Louisiana|
|egrets spotted on Cajun Pride Swamp Tour in LaPlace, Louisiana|
|red cardinal spotted on Cajun Pride Swamp Tour in LaPlace, Louisiana|
|Captain Allen holds alligator on Cajun Pride Swamp Tour in LaPlace, Louisiana|
|visitors hand off alligator on Cajun Pride Swamp Tour in LaPlace, Louisiana|
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