With rich land and abundant freshwater, the area around Cajun Corridor provides some of the best places in the state to enjoy fresh shrimp, crawfish and oysters, hearty rice dishes and the spicy local sausage known as boudin. The short byway, along Highway 14 in southwestern Louisiana, covers gently sloping terrain highlighted with allées (alleys of shade trees) and cheniers (coastal ridges covered with stands of oak trees). The area’s drained marshes are ideal for growing rice and crawfish farming. Sugar cane fields dot the horizon, and cattle graze near the marshlands. Towns such as Maurice, Abbeville and Delcambre reflect the influences of French and Acadian settlers who founded them. Many residents here speak French, just as their ancestors did.
This mostly rural stretch of the byway begins at Gueydan, with spanning views of “dual crop” farms - rice fields that are also home to thousands crawfish. The Gueydan Museum, located in a 1902 bank building, puts the town’s history on display, along with antiques once owned by its founder, Jean Pierre Gueydan. Further down the road is Suire’s Grocery and Restaurant, known for its gumbo, boudin and turtle sauce piquant and homemade pecan pie.
Nearby, the city of Kaplan is home to Crawfish Haven/Mrs. Rose's Bed & Breakfast - a bed and breakfast that offers crawfish excursions, Cajun cooking classes, Cajun dinner specials and comfortable accommodations for an overnight stay.
Abbeville is home to giant oaks, a century-old church, several bed-and-breakfasts housed in historic homes, oyster bars and even the C.S. Steen Syrup Mill that has been making the popular Steen’s pure cane syrup for almost 100 years. The mill welcomes visitors to purchase products straight from the source. Abbeville is also known for its Giant Omelette Celebration, a family-friendly festival centered around an Omelette made with 5,000 eggs.
A short drive from Abbeville are the small towns of Maurice, Erath and Delcambre. In Maurice, Hebert’s Specialty Meats is home of the turducken – a turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken, and other Cajun specialties cooked and frozen, ready to take home for a taste of Acadiana. The Acadian Museum in Erath features artifacts from more than 300 years of history, including the mid-18th-century deportation of the Acadian people from Canada and their odyssey to south Louisiana. The museum occasionally hosts Cajun musicians for jam sessions. Delcambre is a shrimping town, offering views of the shrimp boats and nets that help keep Louisiana and the country supplied with the best seafood. The town even celebrates its bounty with the Delcambre Shrimp Festival.
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Vermilion Parish Tourist Commission