The release of the movie counterpart in 2022 has inspired us to transport you within the pages of the novel by immersing you in the filming locations of Where the Crawdads Sing on this New Orleans itinerary and the surrounding wetlands. You’ll base yourself in the feel-good city of New Orleans, a dizzying concoction of cultures that are knitted together by its happy-go-lucky locals. This a city that’s playful in nearly all instances but when it comes to food, they take it very seriously. You’ll find out exactly how much with an expert-led cooking class, where you’ll make Deep South staples like grits and crawfish boil – a favourite with the cast during filming.
You’ll take a deeper dive into New Orleans with a guided tour of the city, absorbing its historic French Quarter and landmarks like St. Louis Cathedral (the USA’s oldest continuously used cathedral), Jackson Square and its time-frozen colonial mansions. After you’ve been bewitched by the Crescent City, head for the wilderness and the marshlands surrounding New Orleans. In the book, Kya’s mother left behind several oil paintings and you’ll have your own brush with watercolours in the wetlands, as you splash them across a canvas with a painting class led by a local artist. With so much water around, a kayak is the best way to navigate Louisiana’s marshlands and, with camera in hand, you’ll paddle on a one-on-one nature photography course to capture its mystical landscapes and wildlife close-up.
While Where the Crawdads Sing is set in the 1950s and ‘60s, we’ll whisk you to the 1800s with guided visits to a pair of New Orleans’ historic plantations. Built in the early nineteenth century, the city’s many plantation houses not only offer an elegant portal into Louisiana’s sugar boom but also the Deep South’s shady slavery history. Then, it’s back to the marshes, this time with your own naturalist so you can explore the wetlands through expert eyes. You’ll also enjoy a seafood lunch in a stilted village where fishing has been a way of life for centuries. Birds were often Kya’s only friends in the marshes, so it’s only fitting to end this luxury holiday in New Orleans with a guided birdwatching experience, where you’ll spy anhingas, whooping cranes, double-crested cormorants and more.
The playful attitude of New Orleans is perfectly reflected in the punchy style Maison de la Luz employs. Its exterior is inspired by Beaux Arts architecture, while the inside feels as if it’s been lifted from a Wes Anderson film with its monochrome tiled floors, art deco flourishes, plush furnishings and novelties scattered throughout the hotel that could only have been collected by the most avid of travellers. The scarlet-hued Bar Marilou is an elegant setting for expertly mixed cocktails, while one of its bookcases is actually a hidden entrance to a secret speakeasy that feels thrillingly exclusive. Away from the hotel, Lafayette Square and several art galleries are only steps away, while New Orleans’ French Quarter is a five-block walk.
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