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WINTER 2013
In the fall issue, we introduced the RV
Lifestyle reader to the culinary delights
of Cajun Country.
But there is more to the Cajun appeal
than just the food.
Between bites of their tasty cuisine,
boredom is never a problem in Cajun
Country. First-time travellers rarely
allow enough time to take in the re-
gion’s numerous treasures.
Visitors can experience Cajun food,
music, history and culture in cities
such as Lafayette, Lake Charles and
Houma; and in smaller towns such as
Breaux Bridge, New Iberia, Crowley
and Opelousas.
Popular activities include dancing to
Cajun and zydeco music, living history
tours at Cajun historical villages and
air boat rides.
Nature experiences are abundant
on the Creole Nature Trail, an All-
American Road.
Crowley: Where Life Is Rice
and Easy
Rice is the bedrock of the region’s
celebrated Cajun cuisine and no other
Louisiana community is as intimately
tied to the crop as Crowley, the Rice
Capital of America. The swallow ponds
and level prairies surrounding the
city produce crawfish too, but it was
the turn-of-the-century rice mills that
gave Crowley its identity and made
possible today’s impressive collection
of historic structures.
A large number of rice mills line
Crowley’s Mill Street, where more
rice annually than any other city in
America helped earn the city its title of
Rice Capital of America.
The oldest and largest agricultural
festival in the state, the International
Rice Festival is an annual event held in
the third weekend of October.
The Historical District is home to
almost 200 homes and buildings listed
in the National Register of Historic
Places.
Many historic buildings still play
prominent roles in the city’s life. One
such example is Miller Stadium – a
1940s-era ballpark – and the Grand
Opera House of the South that first
opened in 1901 and was recently
revived as an elegant space for world-
class performers.
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