Overnight in Natchitoches, Louisiana

The Queen Anne Bed and Breakfast.
The Queen Anne Bed and Breakfast.

Last month, Michael and I finally got the opportunity to take a long weekend in Natchitoches, Louisiana.  We had driven through this cute town once when coming home from Natchez, Mississippi.  One drive through town and we knew we wanted to visit again!

We stayed at the Queen Anne Bed and Breakfast.  We had heard good things from folks who had stayed at the Church Street Inn, but it was totally booked when we were planning our trip.  Mike found the Queen Anne, and we loved it!  Our room was the Library, which was the only room on the first floor.  It had tons of books, a private bath, and lovely antique furniture.

The Library at the Queen Anne Bed and Breakfast.
The Library at the Queen Anne Bed and Breakfast.

The proprietors do not live on-site.  However, it was easy to get in, and a lovely welcome note gave us the rundown.  Free sodas, water, and hot tea were available all day in a kitchenette off the dining room.

Breakfast was included with the stay.  We stayed two nights and had sweet one day and savory the second day.

Apple streusel baked pancake with sausage and blood orange slices.
Apple streusel baked pancake with sausage and blood orange slices.

The sweet offering started with fresh fruit.  Once cleared, an apple streusel baked pancake served over warm syrup was presented with sausage and fresh blood orange slices.  The savory breakfast started with a  peach and pecan crumble served in individual compote bowls.  The second course includes an open face biscuit topped with Canadian bacon, egg and cheese.  On the side were grits and fresh tomato slices.

The savory breakfast.
The savory breakfast.

On both days we were served coffee, water and a delightful fruit drink.  It was the color of grapefruit juice, but tasted much sweeter.  Turns out it was a combination of orange juice and cranberry cocktail.  It was wonderful!

Natchitoches is quaint.  There are great shops, day trips and fun restaurants. There are several bed and breakfasts from which to choose.  Nearer the highway and the university, there are chain motels.  The downtown runs alongside the Cane River, which boasts a lighted Christmas parade and other seasonal festivities.

The blade sign for Kaffie-Frederickson, Inc. General Mercantile.
The blade sign for Kaffie-Frederickson, Inc. General Mercantile.

The downtown is enjoyable.  We spent hours in the Kaffie-Frederick, Inc. General Mercantile.  This is where I met my new friend and terrarian artist, Connie (for more information check out this earlier post).  There are gift shops, clothing stores, bars, restaurants, a fabulous visitor’s center all within walking distance.  Don’t forget this is where Steel Magnolias was filmed, so there are lots of associated gifts, tours and photo ops.  When we were there, the house that was in the opening scene was for sale.

The gardens behind the Queen Anne Bed and Breakfast.
The gardens behind the Queen Anne Bed and Breakfast.

While visiting, we discovered that many of the downtown businesses are open on Sunday, but closed on Monday.  So plan your shopping and excursions accordingly.

Only a three and a half hour drive from my neck of the woods, Natchitoches is a wonderful, relaxing place to visit.  Please check it our for yourself!

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The Cane River.

Bonus Information:  For all my north Texas neighbors, you will be interested to know that the Cane River is formed from the Red River.

The dining room at the Queen Anne Bed and Breakfast.
The dining room at the Queen Anne Bed and Breakfast.
The living room at the Queen Anne bed and Breakfast.
The living room at the Queen Anne bed and Breakfast.
Chocolate covered strawberries that were waiting upon our arrival.
Chocolate covered strawberries that were waiting upon our arrival.
Another view of the Library.
Another view of the Library.

2 thoughts on “Overnight in Natchitoches, Louisiana

  1. Thanks for sharing your visit! I grew up a hour south of there… and we still make an annual visit to Natchitoches! It’s home of one of the best little secrets- Lasyone’s meat pies, great fishing, antiquing, and is no too far from some of the best floral nurseries in the south. Make plans now to see the Christmas Parade along the river!

    1. Rick, I did not realize you were from around there! We did not make it to Lasyone’s, but when we go back for the Christmas parade we sure will! Good to hear from you. Hope you are feeling better! Kayla

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