How do frogs and romance at Maison d’Memoire, a Louisiana Bed and Breakfast go together? Believe it or not it can happen, but only in Acadia Parish.
Rayne, Louisiana the Frog Capital of the World!
Rayne, Louisiana is the Frog Capital of the World, due to its long history as an importer of frog legs for French cooking. Between the amusing statues, festival, and frog knick-knacks from the local Five and Dime, Rayne is a delightful and colorful gateway to an unforgettably romantic Cajun-flavored escape, the Maison d’Memoire.
The area offers much more than cute amphibians: breathtaking tours to view local flora and fauna, airboat trips, Cajun Food Tours, local attractions and museums in Lafayette, just 15 minute away, and music, music, music. Rayne is central to the golden “Music Triangle” of Lafayette, Natchez and New Orleans, where American Music was born and continues in ear-pleasing tradition. Other history is not neglected: the life of the Cajun People is celebrated at the Acadian Village, the Lafayette Museum and the Acadian memorial. Fine dining is available in Rayne, or a 15 minutes drive to Lafayette. For romance, award-winning Maison d’Memoire will set you up from the beginning of your life together through the years ahead, for they are famous for their “elopements“.
Weddings at Maison d’Memoire
While an elopement may bring up visions of a ladder leaning against a house and irate parents chasing a young couple down the street, it takes on a whole new meaning at this Louisiana Bed and Breakfast. No time to plan your small wedding? Maison d’Memoire can accommodate you and your best friends, relieving you of the bother of planning. Wedding packages can provide you with an officiant, a beautiful location, a flower budget, cake, the honeymoon suite and your wedding is instantly stress-free. You can concentrate on each other, and truly celebrate.
The four cottages of Maison d’Memoire, over 100 years old and lovingly restored, include Country Garden, Prairie Haven, Autumn and Sweet Surrender. Romantic jacuzzi tubs (including a heart-shaped one in Sweet Surrender) are featured in some cottages, cozy nooks with comfortable furniture, beautiful decoration and many excuses to stay inside… or to get out! Walks around the twenty acres that comprise Maison d’Memoire, proceed around the lake to watch the egrets fly, or sip lemonade lakeside after an evening of sightseeing and shopping in Lafayette.
Owner Lyn Guidry will bring you your full country breakfast, delivered to your door every morning. She can share with you her knowledge of the food, culture and music of the Cajuns of Acadia Parish. And when it comes to food, don’t miss crawfish season. Many local restaurants specialize in this Louisiana delicacy. Cajun cooking features unique flavors that are frequently copied, but this is the heart of Cajun country.
Maison d’Memoire also features enchanting Louisiana elopements and weddings for up to 100 people. The onsite event center is perfect for larger weddings, conferences and family reunions, with reasonable prices, and easy access to Lafayette. For your Louisiana getaway, you can’t ask for more than the hideaway nestled in the heart of it all, the Maison d’Memoire.
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