SORRENTO, La. (WVLA/WGMB) — With all that hype for college football’s National Championship Game crowding hotels and motels in New Orleans proper, a slice of Ascension Parish — less than an hour from next Monday’s action — lends tranquility Louisiana-style.
The Cajun Village Cottages has eight Acadian-style offerings, with most prices below $200 a night. The cottages may date back 120 years, but make no mistake; they’re with the times and ready for LSU Tigers fans to pounce.
“We know we’re off the beaten path, but a lot of people like that,” said Beth Laishe, who runs The Cajun Shop, located feet from the cottages and offering LSU gear year-round. “We cater to a lot of travelers who pass through Louisiana, so we have a little something for everybody.”
To anyone there for the big game, Laishe has a whole room for what they need.
“Travelers that are LSU fans — or want to be LSU fans — they’ll find something to buy here,” she said. “Occasionally, people will ask us, where is ‘Bama merchandise, so we chuckle and have to disappoint them.”
One of the last items visitors see on their way out of The Cajun Shop (perhaps heading back to their cottages) is a trap featuring toy mascots of all of LSU’s football victims this year. Laishe hopes to fit a Clemson Tiger toy in the cage after the National Championship Game on Jan. 13.
The idea of travelers staying outside New Orleans is gaining interest. Other lodging spots in Ascension, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Charles and Jefferson parishes have reported growing demand for rooms.