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Looking for an unforgettable place to stay? When it comes to choosing your next vacation abode, the Louisiana bayou offers a surprising array of unusual lodgings. Cajun-style tin-roofed cabins, antique-filled plantation homes, and fish camps soaring high on stilts promise to immerse travelers directly in the enchanting beauty of the bayou. Here are 9 escapes you can book right now.

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A floating apartment

Unwinding is easy at this serene, one bedroom, one bath houseboat vacation rental, bobbing on scenic Moon Lake. Offering incredible on-the-water views, it also has a comfortable patio outfitted with a hammock, and is just 3 miles from the cypress- and tupelo-tree-filled Black Bayou Lake National Refuge.

A Cajun cabin with a tin roof

Oozing Cajun charm and located on the banks of Bayou Teche, Bayou Chateau boasts a tin roof, exposed brick walls, and a covered back porch with comfy seating and a barbecue. This cozy, award-winning house is conveniently located in New Iberia’s quaint downtown, just a few minutes’ walk to an array of charming restaurants like Bon Creole, known for stick-to-your-ribs dishes (think overstuffed po’ boys, gumbo, and even bowfin caviar).

A lakefront log cabin

Built in 2018, this 3 bedroom, 2 bath log cabin has some of the clearest sunset views for miles from its spacious entertainment deck, plus water enthusiasts can moor their boats to the cabin’s seawall and access the property directly from Toledo Bend Lake. Its rural location near the Louisiana-Texas border ensures peace and quiet, plus there’s a no-fee community boat launch about a half mile from the cabin. Nearby adventures include float trips down the scenic Toro Bayou, complete with easy white water, tall pines, and sandy beaches.

A historic plantation

Mint Juleps on the porch, a hearty Cajun breakfast, and antique-filled guest rooms help evoke a sense of place at the 7-room Mouton Plantation bed-and-breakfast, located in Lafayette. Given the property’s history, which dates back to 1820, perhaps it’s no surprise that some guests have reported seeing ghosts—it’s more likely, though, that you’ll spot alligators, egrets, and feral hogs in the nearby bayous of the Atchafalaya Basin (especially if you spring for a swamp tour).

A log cabin with a Tabasco-themed bedroom

Get acquainted—or at least, make eye contact—with gators, bullfrogs, and wood ducks directly off the back porch of this two-bedroom log cabin rental situated on picturesque Bayou Petite Anse. Deep in the heart of Cajun Country, this comfortably furnished cabin is decorated with unique regional memorabilia, including a Tabasco-themed bedroom. (Hot sauce enthusiasts can tour the Tabasco plant in nearby Avery Island.)

A house on stilts

Grand Isle is Louisiana’s only inhabited barrier island. Renowned for its beautiful beaches and bountiful wildlife, it sits near Bayou Petit Caillou. You can’t get much closer to the water than this bright and beachy 4 bedroom, 4 bath fish camp. With a water depth of 3-4 feet at high tide, its stilts come in handy. (Bonus features include a lighted fishing pier, cleaning station, and boat dock.)

A contemporary tower home

While most nearby accommodations slant rustic or traditional, the Tensas Tower on Bayou Teche stands out. An architectural marvel, this 3-story, modernist structure offers guests contemporary art, spiral staircases, and even a rooftop garden in the heart of quaint downtown New Iberia.

A crab shack

Bay Side crab shack

Situated on stilts above the bay in Grand Isle, this airy, 2 bedroom, beach-themed crab shack boasts boat parking for two (where the water depth is approximately 6 feet high). Seafood lovers: Don’t miss the chance to grill your own fresh catch of the day in the property’s outdoor barbecue pit.

An Acadian-style cypress cabin

Travel back in time with a stay at this historic 4-room cypress cabin on Bayou Lafourche, close to Napoleonville. The River Roads African American Museum and Madewood Plantation are two attractions nearby, though the rocking chairs overlooking this peaceful property invite you to slow down and set a spell, enjoying all that’s beautiful about bayou country.

Alexis Korman

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