Six months ago, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana was named one of the 15 most charming southern small towns in the United States by the website Hailed by the website as “the heart of Cajun country,” Breaux Bridge has become a mecca for people who want to experience the slow life of southerners, the world-famous food, and the crustacean the town is famous for (crawfish). While the joy of a small southern town is sometimes forgotten by its residents, seeing visitors and tourists enjoy things around town can breathe new life into the town for its residents as well. Swamp tours, bird watching at Lake Martin, fishing the bayou Teche, and enjoying local restaurants, cafés, and shops are all things locals sometimes forget in the day-to-day life of work, school, activities, and more.

In many ways, the world moves faster everywhere with more obligations and technology, giving a worldwide “keeping up with the Joneses” aspect to life. It’s easy to forget in the daily lives of its residents that Breaux Bridge is a place many travel to in order to get away from the daily hullabaloo of regular life. A New Year’s resolution for the town could be to make locals fall in love all over again with Breaux Bridge. Whether that is increasing the crowd for town events such as Boo on the Bayou for Halloween or visiting the Veterans’ Park of Pont Breaux during the holiday season to see the Christmas trees and old light scenes from the former Christmas bayou lights parade. If you’re looking for something not holiday-related, Breaux Bridge has many restaurants, bars, pool halls, dance halls, and more.