The beating heart of Louisiana Cajun country is yours to explore when you stay in our Holiday Inn Express® Lafayette hotels. Lafayette is the center of all things French Acadian, from fiery Cajun food to rollicking Cajun music.
The history of Cajun culture comes alive in places like Vermilionville, a heritage park and living-history museum of 18th and 19th-century life in French Acadiana. Six of the park’s structures are restored originals. From your hotel in Lafayette, you’re minutes away from the sultry bayou. Don’t miss a swamp tour led by Cajun naturalists to see alligators, herons, and other residents of the bayou. You’re also close to sleepy, stately plantation homes like Chretian Point and Shadows-on-the-Teche, mansions built in the days when cotton was king in these parts. Tales of ghosts and buried treasure only heighten the bayou mystique.
Music and food are essential ingredients of the Lafayette lifestyle, where restaurants and bars spotlight the irresistible sounds of zydeco music—“bluegrass with a French accent.” From our hotels in Lafayette, it costs little to dine on delicious local specialties. Join a “Cajun jam” and sample the likes of filé gumbo (a hearty stew) or maque choux (stewed corn) to zydeco rhythms. Cajuns roll up their sleeves for community crawfish boils, where big pots of Louisiana crawfish—mudbugs, to locals—are boiled in spices, shelled, and eaten by hand on newspaper-covered tables.
Step out from your Lafayette hotel to swing to the rhythms of Cajun music in the city’s clubs, bars, and restaurants. Festival Acadiens et Creole is a celebration to rival that of New Orleans, its sister city to the south, with music, food, and ever-popular Cajun hoedowns known as fais do-do—and it’s absolutely free. You’ll find no better base than our Lafayette hotels to let the good times roll, Cajun style.