Nestled on a quiet corner on the outskirts of Lafayette, Aaah! T'Frere's is not your average bed and breakfast, sha. This Acadian Colonial home from 1880 is in the heart of Cajun country, but even if you don't speak a lick of French, you'll feel right at home as soon as you walk through the front door.
Upon our arrival, we were greeted with ceremonial T'Juleps and crab crustards before heading back to our room in the garçonnière (or bachelor pad, where the son of the family lived before moving out on his own). We were given a hearty bienvenue by the owners and sent off to enjoy a warm Louisiana night.
After stuffing our gullets with crawfish étoufée, fried catfish and boudin, we wandered back to T'Frere's, where we met some fellow guests who had already been there for a few nights. We helped ourselves to some treats left for us in the guest fridge and joined them on the back porch for the evening.
T'Frere's is well-known around Lafayette for being haunted by the ghost of Amelie Comeaux, a young math teacher who died there from a fall at the age of 32. She was living at the house of her younger brother, or t'frere, after tragically losing her husband and young baby in the same year.
Amelie is known to bang pots and pans, turn lights on and off, and even help out with math homework from time to time. Our new friends had an encounter with her the night before our arrival, turning on a television in the middle of the night and turning off a light while they were still awake. Luckily for us, Amelie always stays in the main house and never goes out back to the garçonnière, so we slept peacefully in the evening breeze, happy to enjoy the Cajun history, food and warm spirit at T'Frere's.
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