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Experience Historic Natchitoches, Louisiana

February 5 2019 | News

Natchitoches may be known for it’s dazzling Christmas light displays and festive holiday atmosphere but there is so much more to this jewel that makes visiting an unforgettable experience!

Visitors are in for a visual and culinary treat while in the Natchitoches area. The downtown historic landmark district offers many shopping, dining, and sightseeing opportunities but there are other notable sightseeing locations that also extend well beyond the city limits.

In the historic downtown district, visitors will find the world famous Lasyone’s Meat Pie Restaurant just blocks from the Chateau Saint Denis Hotel. Lasyone’s is famous for it’s golden meatpies and dirty rice meal and Cane River Cream Pie dessert, in addition to other mouth-watering options.

A visit to Natchitoches would not be complete without visiting the oldest operating hardware store in the state. Kaffie Frederick General Mercantile is located on the north end of the brick thoroughfare, Front Street, and offers almost any gift and gadget imaginable.

Just steps from the hardware store sits the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum. This modern museum sits in stark contrast to the traditional architecture in the surrounding historic district. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

During the month of February and first half of March, the museum will offer “The Pelican State Goes to War: Louisiana in WWII”, a limited time exhibit featured in the revolving gallery on the first floor. The exhibit was developed by the National WWII Museum and locally sponsored by the Friends of Louisiana Sports and History, the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, and the City of Natchitoches.

The Christmas season may be over but there are many good reasons to visit Natchitoches. History and charm abound in the quaint city that is home to the movie “Steel Magnolias”.

The Chateau Saint Denis Hotel is the largest boutique hotel in the city and is located right in the heart of the Natchitoches National Historic Landmark District. The hotel features its very own “Lounge 1714, French Quarter style courtyard, as well as 87 luxury rooms including seven suites as well as balcony rooms.

Don’t miss an opportunity to visit the Oldest Permanent Settlement in the Louisiana Purchase!

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