"Autumn in the South"
OCTOBER 26 / Day 1 (Sat)
Hammond LA – New Orleans LA
Afternoon check-in to the historic “Maison Dupuy” hotel located just blocks from Jackson Square and Bourbon Street in the French Quarter. (B)
**For an evening of fun with genuine Cajun food and live Cajun music and dancing dinner at Mulate’s is the place to go. Mulate’s
serves as the ideal introduction to Cajun Country.
OCTOBER 27 / Day 2 (Sun)
New Orleans LA
Breakfast at “Vacherie” located close to the hotel and then depart on a walking tour of the French Quarter with your guide. Lunch aboard the “Natchez” for a steamboat cruise on the mighty Mississippi with a live jazz band. Afternoon at leisure. New Orleans, the home of the Francophone Creole and the Anglophone American has over 85 square blocks designated as a National Historic District. Much to see, Jackson Square to Bourbon Street world famous restaurants such as Paul Prudhomme’s, Emeril LaGasse or Arnaud’s..take your pick! Exploring the French Quarter by night is a must, visit a jazz or blues club for the best local music or listen to a street musician who plays for tips . (B, L)
OCTOBER 28 / Day 3 (Mon)
New Orleans LA – White Castle LA
This is your last morning in New Orleans, breakfast at Vacherie then checkout. Depart from New Orleans then drive along the banks of the “Ole Miss” passing the “Great River Road Plantation Parade”. Today’s visit is the “Oak Alley Plantation” – “The Grand Dame of the Great River Road.” Imagine Scarlet O’Hara having barbecue at Twelve Oaks Plantation and charming the red headed Tarleton boys – Oak Alley fulfills that visual image. What a beautiful way to spend a fall day than at one of the most spectacular settings in the old south. Tour the mansion, the slave quarters and the civil war encampment. Enjoy a luncheon buffet and then explore on your own. Depart in the afternoon for Nottaway Plantation located in White Castle for your overnight accommodation. (B)
OCTOBER 29 / Day 4 (Tue)
White Castle LA – Lafayette LA
Enjoy a plantation style breakfast then depart for the heart of Cajun Country. Travel the back-road’s of Louisiana through swamp lands and tall cypresses trailing Spanish moss, vast expanses of sugarcane and small communities with old cajun style cabins. Arrive in Lafayette and meet your “Cajun” guide, Danny Bonaventure, who will fill you in on the history of Lafayette, St. Martinville and the history of the Cajuns. Visit the Evangeline Oak, the St. Martin de Tours Church and the Acadian Quilt.
Vermillionville – History Comes Alive
Lunch at La Cuisine Maman in Vermillionville prior to touring the park – it’s part of the authentic experience. This heritage and folk-life park brings to life the early days of Cajun and Creole settlers in Louisiana from the mid 1700’s to late 1800’s. Costumed crafts people and artisans conduct demonstrations of their talent. Several historic homes and numerous artifacts from the time period are laid out as they would have been if someone were living there.
Your last stop today is to J & B Quilting & Fabric located in Sunset a few miles north of Lafayette. Check in at the Drury Inn & Suites for overnight. Freshen up then depart for dinner a Prejean’s Cajun Restaurant with live Cajun Music and Cajun/Creole food – “Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!” (Let the Good Times Roll!). (B, D)
OCTOBER 30 / Day 5 (Wed)
After breakfast and check out depart for a morning adventure by boat into the Atchafalaya Wilderness. You are accompanied with a naturalist expert to see birds, alligators and other animals in this unique environment with its beautiful nature.
After your tour depart in the mid-afternoon by the shortest route to Houston. Check in to your hotel The Best Western Inn & Suites Galleria your home for the last three nights of your tour. This evening you will attend preview night at the “International Quilt Festival”. You have been pre-registered and will have your tickets in hand. The convention center has many food courts and restaurants where you can have dinner.
Return to hotel and overnight. (B)
OCTOBER 31 / Day 6 (Thu)
Lafayette LA – Houston TX
FULL DAY AT THE QUILT FESTIVAL
Enjoy breakfast then depart by the shortest route to Houston for your early afternoon arrival at the “International Quilt Festival”.
This is a full day at the show where you can have both lunch and dinner at one of the many food courts or restaurants at the George Brown Convention Center.
Return to hotel and overnight. (B)
NOVEMBER 1 / Day 7 (Fri)
Houston TX - International Quilt Festival
LAST DAY AT THE QUILT FESTIVAL
The International Quilt Festival Houston is one of the premier quilting trade events in America with over 60,000 visitors each year.Talented quilt artists are present in huge numbers at this convention.There are over 500 varieties of quilts represented not to mention quilting machines, sewing tools, fabrics and over 22 special exhibits. Enjoy a full day at the show.
Return to hotel and overnight.(B)
NOVEMBER 2 / Day 8 (Sat)
Houston TX – Home
Full American Breakfast at the hotel. If time allows take a cab from the hotel to The Galleria for shopping or relax at the hotel. Group transfer provided to George Bush Intercontinental Airport for your return flight home. (B)
We offer additional days at both the beginning of tour and at end for clients that wish more time at quilt show. Also can arrange your arrival transfer in Atlanta. Ask for details.