A recent “Weekday Rambling” found John and me in Lafitte, Louisiana which is a small fishing village about thirty minutes south of the New Orleans French Quarter. We chose the Victoria Inn and Restaurant for our stay.
http://www.nps.gov/) and Bayou Segnette State Park(www.crt.state.la.us/parks/ibyusegne.aspx). “Water, water everywhere” is certainly the area theme.
The Victoria Inn’s owners originally built it as a residence, but decided to expand to a bed and breakfast and restaurant when they recognized the site was such a favored destination for vacationers (especially fishermen). The West Indies style building and beautifully landscaped grounds stand in juxtaposition to the “working” village of Lafitte. At the rear of the property is a gorgeous view of The Pen (lake) from the Victoria Inn pier. A unique attraction is the swimming pool in the pier. We chose this spot for a late afternoon beverage. We also learned that guests can arrive via seaplane to the pier. This option would be good for tourists with a sense of adventure. Lafitte is a remote place and driving to it is tedious.
For those who didn’t catch any, or those who didn’t even “wet a line”, be sure to bring an ice chest. The fresh “catch of the day” is available at a number of locations for a reasonable price.
http://www.palacecafe.com/ is the link for this fabulous restaurant.
The cool weather during our stay seemed to increase our appetites and we found a great lunch at Seafood Maison on Highway 45 directly across from the town’s high school. The suggested po-boy was the Crab Dressing and it was excellent. A Grilled Shrimp salad was a success as well. The portions were so generous, we decided to split. No problem there. The waitress was so pleasant and willing to accommodate us. Fresh was the word that described the menu options. With all the shrimp and fishing boats we saw that is easy to believe! If you are looking for a quiet and restful spot away from the busy city try Lafitte and the Victoria Inn.