Just south of La. 342 is a reconstructed (actually, reassembled) Cajun bayou community that looks a little prefab at first, but it grows more alluring as you wander the footpath through period-furnished houses beside a sleepy bayou. There is a dear small church and a proper Cajun dance hall, all in a setting that isn't radically different from 200 years ago. The Blackpot music and cooking festival, where traditional meets steampunk cool, is held here in October (visit for info), and Santa -- plus a gajillion lights -- lands here each holiday season.