Enjoy a romantic dinner for two along the banks of Cane River.
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Enjoy a romantic dinner for two along the banks of Cane River.

With the beginning of February coming upon us, many people are scrambling to plan something special  for Valentine's Day. Stop sweating and plan your getaway today! The perfect location for that romantic rendezvous can be found right here in Natchitoches Louisiana.  The National Landmark Historic District is filled with Bed and Breakfast inns that each offers their own unique environment, amenities, and a staff willing to take that extra step to help make your stay relaxing and enjoyable. With a wide variety of locations and architectural styles, these charming Southern homes will remind you of the grace and elegance seen in films like Steel Magnolias or Gone With the Wind. The Bed and Breakfast inns of Natchitoches offer a higher standard of comfort and convenience that will allow you to show that someone special that you had them in mind when planning this trip.

Looking for that right venue to entertain? Try Historic Front Street and the endless variety of restaurants and pubs, that offer southern creole, seafood, and down home cuisines at affordable prices. When your meal is done, take a romantic ride in a horse drawn carriage. While you sit back and travel through the Historic District, carriage drivers will take the time to explain the wonderful and rich history of Natchitoches and the homes made famous in such films as Steel Magnolias.  If you enjoy the performing arts, be sure to visit Northwestern State University's Theater West as they put on One Who Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest running for eight performances, from February 8th, 2012 to the February, 17th, 2012.  On February 18th, 2012 the Krewe of Dionysus will be holding the annual Mardi Gras parade through the historic district. The parade will be a family friendly event filled with beads, bands, and fun as Krewe members dance and sing their way down Hwy 1 South to the Historic District of Natchitoches.  If you have not found your perfect romantic rendezvous, then check into the live music that will be played in establishments along Front Street almost every weekend. No matter what, the nightlife in Natchitoches can offer you the perfect locations for stealing a kiss and wooing your love.

During the day, venture out into Natchitoches Parish and stroll through the grounds of old plantation homes located throughout the parish. These large, lavish, homes offer informative tours that will explain not only how the homes came into existence, but how they have survived the many years to become hidden treasures of the South. If you feel like staying closer to the city, experience one of the art exhibits at the Norton R.W. Art Gallery on NSU's beautiful campus or the Natchitoches Art Guild located on Front Street. After seeing the beautiful artwork that Natchitoches artists have to offer, feel free to take a stroll down Front Street and browse the locally owned and operated shops that offer unique items for your home or office. At the end of the day, take a romantic stroll down along the beautiful Cane River Lake. By the end of the weekend, you'll find yourself planning your next vacation to beautiful Natchitoches Parish.

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