By April Guillote
Submitted images and pictures courtesy of cityofabbeville.net
Connected to Lafayette by Hwy 167 or New Iberia by Hwy 14, Abbeville is a center point for Vermilion Parish. Holding the Parish Seat the Abbeville Courthouse is one of the iconic buildings in town. Not far from the Courthouse is Magdalen Square where some of the best events happen!
Abbeville was established by Rev. Antoine Megret in 1843 alongside the Vermilion River and was modeled after towns in France that included a chapel and two large public squares. Much of this set up can be seen today with Madalyn Square and St Mary Magdalen Church. Expanding outward you will find charm and character at its finest.
Want to stay a weekend? Book your weekend at Bayou Rose Bed & Breakfast set on the Vermilion River. Here you can enjoy a good cup of coffee out on the porch watching the boats drift by on the River. Anne Guilbeaux, owner/operator, provides free boudin with your stay – and the proper way to eat boudin, crispy with a sweet drizzle of Steen’s Syrup. Great stories and a genuine sense of home is at the Bayou Rose. Across the river, you will find Dupuy’s Oyster Bar for a good cocktail and seafood and then head over to Kelvin’s Piano Bar for a nightcap and some great music.
Locals also have some options to stay out of the heat this summer by heading over to the Vermilion Parish Library or catching a good movie at the Lafitte Cinema. One place that is worth heading south a few miles for some outdoor summertime fun – Palmetto Island State Park. There is an excellent learning center and a splash pad.
Finally catch a great plate lunch at Soulful Eats on Charity St or grab an excellent cup of coffee at Classic Cup on the main drag of Veteran’s Memorial Hwy. Have some extra time? Call and stop by the LA Military Hall & Fame Museum honoring every Louisiana Veteran from Past, Present, and Future.
Some other noteworthy items to do in Abbeville during the year:
Giant Omelette Celebration – Held in November.
Sounds in the Square – Held in the spring and fall.
Abbey Players – July 12 – July 21 Snoopy: Summer Youth Musical