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Bayside Plantation in Jeanerette, on the National Register of Historic Places, is the first stop on the tour.

If fine dining, tours of historic places, and lectures on art and architecture seem like an appealing way to spend an autumn weekend, then the Louisiana Chapter of the Institute Of Classical Art and Architecture has the tour for you.

It’s the group’s “Fall Foray,” scheduled Thursday, Nov. 2, through Sunday, Nov. 5, titled “Sugar and Spice.” The tour draws New Orleanian and classicists from around the nation out of the city for a few days to the shores of Bayou Teche and Avery Island to offer a classicist’s perspective on the culture of Acadiana.

The weekend begins with a cocktail reception and supper at Bayside Plantation in Jeanerette, named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.

Built in 1850, the Greek Revival home features an American floor plan, meaning there is a central hallway around which rooms are organized (in Creole sites, rooms are en suite and without halls).

It concludes with a trip to the privately-owned Enterprise Plantation in Patoutville, built in the 1840s by French immigrants Pierre Patout and his wife, Appoline Fournier Patout.

They managed to create a thriving sugar growing concern, a business that continues to this day.

In between, there are lectures by architect and retired professor Ed Cazayoux on the architecture of the Teche country, by McIlhenny Co. historian Shane Bernard on the intertwined histories of Avery Island and Bayou Teche, by art consultant and Tulane lecturer Claudia Kheel on four centuries of art in the area, and more.

Also on the agenda for the weekend are visits to the Jungle Gardens and private McIlhenny homes on Avery Island; a stop at the art deco Iberia Parish Courses (filled with murals by Conrad Albrizio); and, of course, a visit to the New Iberia landmark, Shadows on the Teche, with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and music.

“We are so fortunate the fall weather arrived just in time for our guests to be able to truly enjoy visits to the plantations and the courthouse,” said Peter Patout, a member of the ICAA-LA chapter and event co-chair (with Ed Cazayoux). “It’s exciting to have the opportunity to host friends from New Orleans and around the nation to Teche country and show off the extraordinary art and architecture of this area, just two hours away from town.”

Tickets begin at $425 for the event package and can be purchased at