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Summer Cool Downs

It’s summer in Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou and that means things are heating up! But that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of sweet treats and refreshing drinks to help keep you cool on the bayou. Our safe and social distancing friendly options are here to help you make the most of your summer road trip, staycation or day-trip.


SWEET TREAT STOPS
Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou is in the heart of sugar country -- Louisiana produces 13.5 million tons of the sweet stuff each year. So of course, there’s plenty of tasty (and cold) treats on just about every bend of the bayou. When you are driving along Highway 1, stop at the Goal Post in Raceland for some of their rich and thick ice cream that’s hand dipped onto the cone and sure to make a satisfying mess.
And you can’t come to Cajun without trying a snowball. Maggie D’s Snowballs in Thibodaux is just the place! They have the perfect combination of shaved ice and plenty of flavors to choose from. For a little “lagniappe” add condensed milk to top it off. Visit Places to Dine to discover more treats in Lafourche Parish.



GRAB A REFRESHING DRINK
What is summer without a fresh, hand crafted cocktail? Our restaurants serve not only the most authentic Cajun delicacies, but they can craft a pretty mean cocktail as well. Cuvee is the newest addition to Thibodaux’s culinary scene. This charming new eatery has a beautiful bar and a large selection of wines, which you can also buy by the bottle to go. Their seasonal drinks, like the Grand Isle Sunrise Punch, are crafted with the freshest ingredients and always served with a smile.
For a southern bistro that cannot be compared to anywhere else, visit Cinclare in downtown Thibodaux. Their mixologists are always concocting something new. Try “the Robichaux”, a refreshing blend of bayou satsuma rum, ginger ale, lime, angostura and a simple syrup. This drink is literally the essence of summer! Cinclare is also a stop on the Cajun Bayou Food Trail, so be sure to get your passport stamped when you go.

 


SEE YOU SOON
We have all experienced a change in our travel plans this summer, but that does not mean that you still can’t safely enjoy a relaxing escape. We look forward to spending our summer with you in Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou!

 


 

You'll Remember the Adventure, You'll Remember the Fun, You'll Remember Lafourche

Just 35 miles south of New Orleans you’ll find Lafourche Parish, better known as Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou. If you are a traveler that values memories as part of your travel experience then Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou is a must-visit for you!


SWAMP TOURS
With the amount of time you have spent inside lately, we think you could use some fresh air. Jump on board and ride out on one of our swamp tours! Listen to the sound of bald eagles overhead, while alligators are sunning in the distance, all while you are transported through the lush marshland and cypress swamps that make this area so naturally beautiful. What sets our swamp tours apart? Your native Cajun guide. They love what they do and it shows in the stories they tell and the connection they bridge between you and our rustic bayous. Don’t be surprised when your guide stops and explains to you that Spanish moss isn’t just pretty to look at, but back in the old days it was used in Ford cars to stuff their seat cushions. This is just one of the many colorful facts you may learn.
 


 

FISHING
With hundreds of miles of both freshwater and saltwater for you to fish in, we guarantee you’ll have a reel good time. Try your luck down the bayou at the Leeville Fishing Pier, or book a charter and head out to the gulf to reel in a tarpon, tuna, or swordfish. Our charter captains extend our Cajun hospitality to every fisherman, no matter the skill level. From a cane pole, to bowfishing, there’s something for every angler. Here, our waters make it easy to catch your dinner for the night.
 



THE FOOD
With home cooking getting old, let us cook for you! It’s no secret, Louisiana is synonymous with food. Much of that has to do with the local ingredients found right outside our doors. The shrimp, oysters, crabs, crawfish ... it’s all right here. You can’t get it any fresher, we call that “bayou-to-table” dining. Discover these traditions and flavors on the Cajun Bayou Food Trail, where you can Wander off the Eaten Path to try all of our Cajun cuisine. Bring your “stretchy pants” and don’t’ forget your passport as you stop at restaurants along the trail. Make sure to get five stamps to claim your free t-shirt.
 



THE CULTURE
There’s an amazing blending of cultures here in Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou. We have French influences, Spanish influences, African influences, Native American influences and when you blend them together, it makes a beautiful “cultural gumbo.” You’re not going to find all those influences combined in just this way anywhere else in the world.  You can experience our unapologetic and laid-back Cajun culture in every town, restaurant, shop, and historic site you visit. Each welcomes you with love and warmth; a mask cannot hide our heart and our spirit. Places like the E.D. White House Historic Site or the Bayou Lafourche Folklife & Heritage Museum, are perfect places to dig even deeper into our heritage.
 


 

YOU'LL REMEMBER LAFOURCHE

Our swamp tours, savory food, diverse culture, and the people you’ll meet along the way are just a few reasons our destination is so unforgettable. We can’t wait for you to start making memories of your own in Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou. We look forward to safely welcoming you back over and over again.
 


Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou Tourism Earns Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP) Designation

Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou Tourism Earns Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP) Designation
 

Raceland, Louisiana (July 15, 2020) – Today Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou Tourism, the destination marketing and management organization for Lafourche Parish, received a Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP) seal from Destinations International, an association dedicated to elevating the tourism industry to its highest potential. The organization informs and inspires its members to ensure that tourism is both an economic engine for their communities and a way to improve the quality of life for visitors and locals alike. The DMAP accreditation recognizes a tourism bureau’s commitment to meeting the highest standards of performance in the tourism industry.

Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou Tourism took things one step further by achieving “accreditation with distinction,” an honor reserved for those tourism offices that go well beyond meeting the required standards of accreditation. Lafourche Parish is one of just a handful of small destinations in the country to achieve this high honor.

As part of Destinations International’s goals of building a worldwide tourism community, serving as a collective voice for the industry, conducting relevant research, and providing professional development across the industry, the organization encourages all its members to work toward earning DMAP certification. Achieving this accreditation demonstrates that a tourism bureau is a valued organization within its community and the entire tourism industry. Only a few hundred destinations in the United States have met the rigorous standards dictated by the accreditation program.

To earn a DMAP seal, an organization must complete a lengthy and comprehensive application process to demonstrate compliance with a series of industry standards that span such topics as governance, finance, management, human resources, technology, visitor services, group services, sales, communications, membership, brand management, destination development, research and marketing intelligence, innovation, and stakeholder relationships.

Newly accredited organizations are typically recognized by Destinations International at its annual convention in July. This year’s convention is being held as a virtual event, and today the most recent class of tourism offices to achieve accreditation were honored by their industry peers.

“We wanted to go through the DMAP process to ensure that our standards for successful destination management and marketing aligned with our industry’s national standard,” said LCBT president and CEO Timothy Bush. “Achieving our accreditation is a huge accomplishment that lets our community partners and elected leaders know that Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou Tourism is operating at the highest level for our community. Our role will be even more important as we continue to navigate a world that includes COVID-19.”        

The DMAP designation is one more way that Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou Tourism is proving that tourism can have a significant economic impact on even the smallest communities. The LCBT staff consistently strives to raise awareness of Lafourche Parish as a tourism destination, from completely rebranding the area in 2017 to debuting the Cajun Bayou Food Trail in 2018 to launching the “Remember Lafourche” marketing campaign just a few weeks ago. The office takes pride in developing fresh, award-winning tourism programs that generate regional and national attention.

“This is truly an honor for the board of directors, staff and our entire community,” said LCBT Board Chair Jeremy Punch. “Timothy, along with the support of his team, has transformed Lafourche Parish Tourism into one of our state’s and region’s most respected destination marketing organizations. This designation shows our organization’s commitment to elevating the standards in our community, which helps drive our economy through innovative marketing and strong leadership.”


USA Today 10Best: Thibodaux Is Home to One of the Country’s Best Small-Town Food Scenes

Dishing up a Victory on USA Today 10Best: Thibodaux Is Home to One of the Country’s Best Small-Town Food Scenes
 

Raceland, Louisiana (July 10, 2020) – The town of Thibodaux today earned recognition from the popular website USA Today 10Best as having the #3-ranked Best Small-Town Food Scene in the country. Achieving this honor is in part a testament to the success of the Cajun Bayou Food Trail, an initiative launched by Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou Tourism two years ago.

The Cajun Bayou Food Trail boasts 16 restaurant participants throughout Lafourche Parish, seven of which are in Thibodaux. Since it launched in May 2018, the Trail has been a clever way for locals and visitors alike to experience the unique food cultures of this area.

A new 10Best Reader’s Choice Award contest launches every other Monday at noon Eastern time, revealing 20 nominees in several themed categories. The website’s readers – averaging about 5 million per month – are encouraged to review the master list and begin voting for their favorites over a period of four weeks. Readers can vote once a day for 28 days, and the list of 20 is ultimately whittled down to 10 winners.

That’s the process by which Thibodaux claimed the #3 ranking on the list of Best Small-Town Food Scenes, which was topped by Abingdon, Virginia, and Punta Gorda, Florida, in the #1 and #2 positions, respectively. Thibodaux was the only Louisiana town to make the Top 10 list.

10Best.com gives its users original, unbiased content about things to see and do, places to eat, and destinations to visit all around the United States and throughout the world. It relies on a team of travel experts to help create its lists, and in this case, some of the experts as well as a USA Today 10Best editor had personally visited Thibodaux in the past few years and could attest to the town’s appealing food scene.

To see a complete list of winners, please visit https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-small-town-food-scene-2020/. To learn what topics are being voted on at USA Today 10 BEST right now and perhaps participate in a vote yourself, check out https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/.


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