Vermilion Parish is overflowing with culture, music, history and all-around Cajun flavor. Visit one of the many museums in the area, take in some local Cajun sounds and participate in one of the many exciting annual events of Vermilion Parish. As is the motto of many Louisianans, “Laissez les bons temps rouler!” (Let the good times roll!)
Abbeville Cultural & Historical Alliance, a collaboration of four local community service organizations, operates the Alliance Center’s Museum & Art Gallery, which is lined with various works of art, photographs, artifacts and historical information. The Gueydan Museum and the Kaplan Museum are exceptional attractions for those interested in learning about local history. The Acadian Museum in Erath is another fantastic historical site that celebrates Acadian heritage and the Cajun people that call Louisiana home. Adjacent to the museum is the Museum Café, a popular gathering spot for locals and host to the “Living Legends” program. Visitors can also take a trip to Sam Guarino’s Blacksmith Shop Museum in Abbeville, where they can catch a glimpse into the life of a blacksmith in the early 1900s and the Sicilian culture.
Live Cajun music and local culture is enjoyed at the Museum Café, along with Le Bayou Legendaire (Richard Sale Barn) in Abbeville, Touchet’s in Maurice and many others. For those who love theater, make sure not to miss an Abbey Players production. The Abbey Players invite patrons to enjoy three to four high-quality, main-stage theatrical productions each year, as well as a summertime children’s production. The theater is located within the renovated Reaux Lumber Company building in Abbeville, which has been the troupe’s home since the early 1980s.
No mention of Vermilion Parish, would be complete without highlighting the exciting events happening throughout the year. Abbeville is home to one of the most unique festivals, the Giant Omelette Celebration, which is comprised of music, arts and crafts, Cajun food, an antique car show and the cooking of the over 5,000 egg omelette in downtown Abbeville.
Erath’s Fourth of July Celebration is a major draw for residents and visitors as we celebrate our nation’s independence, as well as the Delcambre Shrimp Festival. The popular event, held the third full weekend in August, celebrates the community’s strong shrimping industry with plenty of activities, live entertainment and of course, shrimp!
The Louisiana Cattle Festival, held in October in Downtown Abbeville, is a much-anticipated, three-day event filled with U entertainment, food and fine arts and crafts. The Queen’s Pageant, Cooking contest, Cattle Livestock Show and parade are among the various festivities happening at the well-attended event.
To culminate the year, be sure to take in the Annual Les Lumieres de Village, which showcases innumerous lights throughout Downtown Abbeville, along with the Annual Abbeville Christmas Stroll, featuring holiday shopping, entertainment and food. Additional events worth noting include the Daylily Festival, Krewe Chic-a-la-pie Mardi Gras parade, Louisiana Cajun Food Fest and Gueydan Duck Festival.
Visitors spending more than one day in the area can choose from a number of local lodging facilities. Several hotels and motels are available for visitors in need of a range of modern conveniences, such as business centers, outdoor pools and fitness centers. Abbeville is home to the Best Western Abbeville Inn, Executive Inn Express, Magnuson Hotel, Sunbelt Lodge, Vermilion Motel and Budget Inn & Suites, all of which offer great service and clean, comfortable guest rooms.
Plus, the parish offers charming bed and breakfast inns. Apartment A Bed and Breakfast, The Ducote-Williams House, Bayou Rose Bed and Breakfast Cottage, and The Caldwell House in Abbeville are great choices for those looking for a bit more privacy during their stay.
Just north of Kaplan you’ll find Crawfish Haven/Mrs. Rose’s Bed and Breakfast. Mrs. Rose’s Bed and Breakfast is nestled in the middle of Cajun Country depicting a peaceful, country setting. The home offers the perfect romantic getaway with a hint of Sportsman’s Paradise, a tranquil country setting, private ponds on the property and intimate charm.
Contact information for these referred hotels, motels and bed and breakfast inns can be found by visiting the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce’s online Business Directory at www.vermilionchamber.org.