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 www.blackpotfestival.com for info), and Santa -- plus a gajillion lights -- lands here each holiday season.