After a long day of working nearby or touring plantations, nothing could be more satisfying than returning to a furnished rental home in Donaldsonville and sitting down to a nice meal, well-paired with a glass of wine. Here’s where world-renowned Chef John Folse built Lafitte’s Landing restaurant on a foundation of River Road recipes. Donaldsonville is known not only for its place in Louisiana culinary lore but also for its political significance. It served as the state capital in 1830 when the seat of power was first moved from New Orleans – because the more countrified legislators had become scandalized by the Crescent City’s laissez-faire approach to moral conduct. Though the capital ultimately moved to Baton Rouge because as it turns out Donaldsonville is close to New Orleans. Donaldsonville has maintained the quiet, small-town appeal that first inspired Louisiana legislators to move there. In fact, the state has designated Donaldsonville as one of its Main Street communities, and it is also home to the intriguing River Road African American Museum.
With the incredible industrial investments going on in the area, Donaldsonville is well positioned for economic growth and an influx of new residents. The locals love their town’s quiet ways and inexpensive luxury so much that Donaldsonville remains one of the best kept secrets in Louisiana.