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w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m E D I T O R ' S HOT PICKS SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA Cajun culture and southern charm are abundant in both Lafayette and Lake Charles. A region rich in tradition and full of Louisiana spirit and energy, this area provides a unique cultural experience never to be forgotten. TOP PICKS IN LAKE CHARLES: Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana CVB www.visitlakecharles.org The L'Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles www.llakecharles.com The Golden Nugget Casino Resort & Hotel www.goldennugget.com/lakecharles TOP PICKS IN LAFAYETTE: Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission www.lafayette.travel Cajundome & Lafeyette Convention Center www.cajundome.com Hilton Lafayette www.lafayette.hilton.com FOLLOW UP: Iberia Parish CVB www.iberiatravel.com SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA IN-DEPTH Visit www.ConventionSouth.com for more about Southwest Louisiana through our interactive Insider's Guide with maps, videos more. S O U T H W E S T L O U I S I A N A ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 5 34 Lafayette: Real Cultural Experiences Vermilionville Historic Village is a living history museum and folklife park with a mission of pre- serving the cultural resources of the Acadian, Native American and Creole cultures from as early as 1765. The park sits on 23 acres on Bayou Vermilion and has unique attractions such as local artisans demonstrating essential crafts performed by the early residents. The Perform- ance Center is one of its many meeting spaces and is styled after an old agricultural building. The center is well suited for banquets of up to 350 and exterior walls slide open to utilize the adjacent courtyard for additional space. Facilities include the Cajundome with arena seating for 13,000 as well as the adjacent Lafayette Convention Center, which offers over 72,000 square feet on two levels, including over 37,300 square feet of exhibition area, nearly 20,000 square feet of meeting and banquet facilities, a 5,000-square-foot mall area plus spacious prefunction and reception areas. Specialty offerings include authentic Cajun cuisine menu items, audio/visuals for elaborate shows or a private wireless telecom- munications network. Additional Lafayette meeting venues include the Heymann Performing Arts Center with auditorium seating for 2,230 and banquet capacity for up to 1,800. And for large congre- gations, the Blackham Coliseum offers seating for 9,800, including 3,000 bleacher seats. Matching this meeting space are Lafayette's full-service hotels, totaling over 4,000 citywide guest rooms. Recommended for meeting groups and set on the banks of the Vermilion River, the Hilton Lafayette hotel is located near the Lafayette Convention Center, the Acadiana Center for the Arts and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The 327-rooms hotel is equipped for groups of up to 1,200 guests and offers 22,000 square feet of meeting space. Maximilians's Lounge and the award-winning Alexander's offer a taste of traditional Cajun cuisine in a relaxed, lively setting. The Hilton Garden Inn Lafayette/Cajun- dome, just steps from the Cajundome and the Lafayette Convention Center, is surrounded by the university's research park and athletic facilities. Hotel Acadiana is located minutes from downtown and the Lafayette Convention Center and offers 290 guest rooms, including six suites, each with a wet bar, expanded cable, and free wireless Internet access. You'll also find 10 conference rooms, meeting space for up to 600, 14,000 square feet of flexible spaces, catering services, a dedicated meetings director, and state-of-the-art A/V equipment. n From authentic Cajun and Creole cuisine to bustling dancehalls and historic attractions, Lafayette can provide a cultural experience meeting attendees will never forget. Travel back in time at Vermilionville Historic Village