Our Escape

7 May

The thunderstorms did not hold off in New Orleans. We stayed in with pizza our first night and worn our rain coats when we caught the bus the second night. We went out for hot dogs which may sound a little odd but I had a crayfish dog covered in tomatoes, onions and creole sauce. Even the french fries were smothered in chili, cheese, sour cream and more spicy sauce.

Lunch in the French Quarter didn’t go as planned. We had loved the Clover Grill 11 years ago when we were there. They are still in business so that was to be our destination. Turns out they decided to close for 4 days between Jazz Fest weekends for cleaning and painting! I didn’t really think that anyone with black & white title floor, soda fountain stools and hamburgers cooked under a hub cap would every clean and paint but wished they hadn’t done it during our visit. We have spent the last 11 years talking about going back to New Orleans for the Clover Grill. The Po Boys that we had in the little hole in the wall were good but not a reason to drive 550 miles for lunch! Oh well maybe next time. To really cap off lunch, we were caught in a downpour as we walked from the street car to our B&B.

Our next stop was south of Lafayette, LA at the Madewood Plantation Inn. It was fabulous! Unlike other plantation houses, they do not offer tours. More importantly the B&B rooms are actually in the main house rather than just out buildings. We had the Master bedroom which had an adjoining room for children. The large room was furnished with tasteful antiques although non were original to the house. The floor to ceiling window opened to the 2nd floor front porch equipped with wicker furniture.

Dinner started with wine and cheese in the library and then a wonderful 4 course dinner in the formal dinning room. Harry didn’t even mind that he needed to wear a real shirt and long pants (no tees or shorts.) After dinner there was brandy and coffee served in one of the parlors. There was one other couple which worked well for all of us. We compared notes and explored the house together.

Breakfast the next morning was tough competition for the Clover Grill. Next time I may vote to skip New Orleans and spend 2 -3 days at the Madewood.

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