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Old 07-17-2010, 05:40 PM
 
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My boyfriend and I are moving from southeast GA to Austin, Texas the first week of August. We are going to be traveling I-10 most of the way. We are trying to support local businesses. Though, we know it won't be a drop in the ocean compared to what they've lost b/c of the oil leak.

Our first stop will be Ft Walton beach.

Our 2nd stop will be Lafayette. We don't have a place to stay yet, waiting to hear back from a few places to see if they'll make an exception and allow pets, if not we may end up staying at a chain. We do have our restaurants planned out- Olde Tyme for lunch, Borden's for dessert, and Prejeans for dinner. Unless anyone has any other recommendations.

We'll be getting to town around noon and leaving at 6am the next morning. We'd like suggestions on any local attractions to see or things to do to kill the time between our meals
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Old 07-17-2010, 10:58 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, La
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Well there is the zoo of Acadian, natural history museum and planetarium, historic Acadian village and vermillionville, heymann performing arts center, downtown art galleries and shops, kart ranch a little out of town, a couple bowling alleys, the rok Haus climbing wall, the welcome center on Evangeline thruway, and there's downtown alive events with music and dancing usually going on most nights. That should get you started.
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Old 07-18-2010, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Southwest Louisiana
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There is alot of shopping in Lafayette, and there are resturants everywhere. Lafayette also has many festivals throughout the year. What area are yall moving to?
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Old 07-18-2010, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, La
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they are just passing through by the sound of it.
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Old 07-18-2010, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Youngsville, LA
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....we know it won't be a drop in the ocean compared to what they've lost b/c of the oil leak.
Trust me when I say that it is genuinely appreciated by us locals, no matter how small your contribution may seem. Thank you both for that consideration.

Regarding your dining choices based on your limited schedule, I say stick with your plan. The shrimp Po-Boy at Olde Tyme Grocery is, well, ...phenomenal... i could go on and on, but... Another favorite of mine is their meatball po-boy, but that's me. Everything I've tried there has been outstanding. So good choice there. Nothing fancy, but that's part of the pure beauty of the very best offerings in Acadiana.

Prejeans meets just about every definition of a tourist trap, yet their food is actually quite good from my own experience. However, if you had more time to spend here, I'd steer you to quite a few other places, such as Poor Boys Riverside Inn, but finding it alone would likely take a good part of the afternoon.

Hotel accommodations? As a local, can't really offer anything other than what would be the most convenient based on your itinerary. Drury Inn fronts I-10 with quick access to both lunch and dinner choices, both being near downtown to visit Bordens, but Trip Advisor is the place I would start for reviews, etc.

For time killing between meals, since you'll already be downtown for dessert, Innotech provided some good choices.
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Old 07-19-2010, 04:38 AM
 
Location: Milton, Florida
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I'd do Vermillionville since it's not located that far from I-10. If I'd eat at all those places in one day I'd BLOW! HAHAH! Check hours on Old Tyme before you go not sure if they are open on Sat or Sun the times you will be here and not sure they are open on Sundays at all. Just check. Prejeans will be open and like someone said Drury might work for you. While the surroundings aren't that great I know people from out of town who have stayed there and they liked it. I wouldn't stay anywhere off I-10 in Lafayette except there or you could try Breaux Bridge bc they have a Holiday Inn Express right off the interstate. Breaux Bridge has lots of stuff to do that is geared at Louisiana.
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Old 07-19-2010, 06:36 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, LA
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In the event that you don't find local accomodations that will allow your pet, go with La Quinta. I've traveled with my dog... a lot. La Quinta is the one chain that, in my experience, has consistently been accomodating of my dog (with no additional fees/charges).

I still encourage you to make an attempt at finding a local business.
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Old 07-19-2010, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, La
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also, Id recommend making a stop at Don's specialty meats off the Scott, La I10 exit west of Lafayette and pick you up some of the best boudin around
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Old 07-19-2010, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Texas
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When I was there last week, I visited Shadows on the Teche in New Iberia, a short drive south of Lafayette. It was lovely. The trees and grounds were gorgeous. I even liked the chocolate colored Bayou Teche out back. It doesn't take very long to do, either.

Scott
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Old 07-19-2010, 09:21 PM
 
Location: Youngsville, LA
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When I was there last week, I visited Shadows on the Teche in New Iberia, a short drive south of Lafayette. It was lovely. The trees and grounds were gorgeous. I even liked the chocolate colored Bayou Teche out back. It doesn't take very long to do, either.

Scott
Just one more item to add to a slightly longer itinerary. I need to take my family there myself. I miss that place, as well as venturing further south to Avery Island.

A couple of weekends ago, I took the family to Pat's in Henderson for lunch, then a drive over to Lake Martin. That lake could use some rental cabins. The beauty there is incredible, and great for photography for bird watchers, etc....
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