Experience Historic Natchitoches in 2021
January is known for reflections, resolutions, and cold weather. Natchitoches was happy to receive the last of these, cold weather, at least for a brief time. Unusual for this southern town, Natchitoches welcomed a heafty snowfall that blanketed the city in a lovely white powder. This somehow made the city even more picturesqe. So even though Natchitoches had to say goodbye to the twinkling Christmas light displays for another year the city is ready to take on the new year. The holiday atmosphere may be gone, but there is so much more to this quaint town 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 along with other notable sightseeing locations that extend well beyond the city limits.
In the historic downtown district, a visit to the oldest operating hardware store in the state is a must. 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.
Adjacent to the Museum and in the heart of the Natchitoches National Historic Landmark District sits the largest boutique hotel in the city. Chateau Saint Denis features its very own 'Lounge 1714', French Quarter style courtyard, as well as 87 luxury rooms including seven suites as well as balcony rooms.
The Christmas season may be over but there are many good reasons to visit Natchitoches. History, charm and southen hospitality abound in this unique city that is home to the movie "Steel Magnolias".
Don't miss an opportunity to visit the Oldest Permanent Settlement in the Louisiana Purchase!