Wonderful!

The following is a review posted by guests who stayed at The Caldwell House on BedandBreakfast.com:

The Caldwell has a five star rating and it is well deserved. Our stay there, two nights, was most enjoyable and we will go there again at first opportunity. The house is quiet, extremely well kept, and the staff very congenial and conscientious. It is located only two blocks from town center, yet no traffic noise. Parking is ample, private and close to entry. Food is outstanding and superbly served. Couldn’t ask for more – and the price is very reasonable.

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The Caldwell Bridal Show and Open House – 2011

Davids Carriage

The Caldwell House was pleased to host a Bridal Show and Open House on Sunday, April 10, 2011.

Evangeline Honeymoon Suite

Wedding service vendors from all over Acadiana and beyond were present for this event.  Brides from as far away as Rayne, New Iberia and Broussard, along with many from Abbeville, Kaplan and Delcambre attended the event.  One lucky bride & groom won an overnight stay in The Caldwell’s Evangeline Honeymoon Suite.

Unlike the large bridal shows where the brides feel overwhelmed by so many choices and so many people, this show was just perfect and enjoyable for the brides planning their weddings.  While the crowd was good throughout the afternoon, brides still had plenty of time to speak with vendors, sample their products, and make decisions about their own weddings.

Lafayette Jazz Authority

Several bridal couples spent time under The Caldwell West Garden Pavilion listening to the music of Lafayette Jazz Authority, who performed live for the event.

The Caldwell thanks everyone who made this bridal show a success, from the wedding service vendors to the brides, grooms and others who attended.

Save the date for next year’s Bridal Show at The Caldwell House

March 18, 2012!

Here are a few pictures taken during the event.

A Flower Cottage, Abbeville

Dons Custom Catering

Shane Falgout, Studio 2640

Chef Bobby & Dot Catering

Virginias Cakes

Executive Inn, Abbeville

The Refinery, Abbeville


Why tourists come to Abbeville

People in this area often wonder why tourists come to visit a small town like Abbeville.  Guests who come and stay at The Caldwell House do so for various reasons.  Probably the most popular reason is to eat in one of our fine restaurants.  As guests tell us, “there is no better place to eat seafood than in Abbeville”, and we couldn’t agree more.  When guests return from dinner, they love to share their experiences with us and we always love hearing how much they appreciate our food.

They may come for our food, but they are also happily surprised at the friendliness of the townsfolk.  Many of our guests walk to restaurants and shopping, and they often come back with stories of people who greet them on the street and engage them in friendly conversation.  For many people who live in other areas of the country or world, this is unheard of.  The people of Abbeville should be proud.  The beauty of the town and the friendliness of our townsfolk make staying here a memorable experience for many tourists.  And the food makes them want to return.

The second most popular reason for guests staying at The Caldwell House is to visit family in the area.  The Caldwell offers them a place to return to sleep in luxury after a day of visiting relatives.  Sometimes our guests invite family members to eat breakfast with them, and we are always happy to accommodate them with advance notice.

The Caldwell House treats guests to a hot, gourmet breakfast each morning.  Since we use as many local ingredients as we can to promote our area, and we tell the guests what we are serving and that it is locally produced, many of them shop locally to purchase these products before they leave.  Once we had guests who purchased so many food products, they had to ship them home because it was too much for them to carry with them.  We are proud of our local foods and proud to be able to offer them at The Caldwell breakfasts.

And what about the ghosts? We have had guests who WANT TO COME to The Caldwell House to experience ghosts, for surely a 103 year old home has ghosts!  We have heard of others who WILL NOT COME to The Caldwell House because it has ghosts, none of which the staff has seen or experienced.  But who knows….maybe ghosts really are there and are waiting for the right guests to scare!

Banana Breakfast Cake

The Caldwell House

Banana Breakfast Cake

This is an extremely moist cake…delicious!

1 box yellow cake mix

1 stick butter, melted

1/3 cup oil

½ cup sugar

3 eggs, beaten

3 large bananas, mashed

1 tsp. Vanilla

1 cup chopped pecans

1 cup raisins (optional)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Mix melted butter, oil, sugar and eggs together.  Stir in vanilla.  Add cake mix and stir until blended.  Add pecans and bananas.

Pour into 2 greased and floured (or use Baker’s Joy) loaf pans.

Bake at 325 degrees until browned on top and center is done, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.  If top browns too quickly, cover loosely with aluminum foil until inside is cooked.

Stories of Caldwell Events

Bed and Breakfast rental by basketball team:

For two years in a row, The Caldwell House hosted a basketball team from out of town who came to Abbeville to play in a tournament.  These were 13 year old boys with their parents.  The first year they came, it was just before Mardi Gras.  While the staff was preparing breakfast, the boys all came downstairs dressed in the luxurious white robes we provide for our guests, each grabbed a handful of Mardi Gras beads we had in a display in the parlor, and paraded around outside to the horror of their parents, but to the delight of our staff.  During this same basketball team rental, while the boys and their families were eating breakfast, one of the parents came downstairs with a white sheet over him to try to scare the boys into thinking he was “The Caldwell ghost”.  He was not very convincing and we are happy to report that no evidence of a “real” ghost has yet been seen.


Oysters:

On one particular weekend in October of one year, a couple from up north visited Abbeville and stayed with us just to eat oysters in a different restaurant each night of their stay.  On the same exact weekend, a couple came from Texas to eat oysters in a different restaurant each night.  Neither of these couples knew each other, though they both explained that this is something they do every year – come to Abbeville to eat oysters.  For both couples, they had just discovered The Caldwell and promised to be back every fall.

Wedding and Reception Adventures:

We have had many wedding and reception adventures, but two stand out from all the rest.

Once, the mother of a bride wanted to give her daughter a wedding reception she, nor her family and friends, would never forget.  The daughter was a model and had many friends in the modeling agency where she worked.  During the reception, the bride was surprised with a “fashion show” by her friends.  Guests were seated, music was played, and the girls and guys put on a fashion show especially for the bride and groom.  Later, the bride and groom were treated to a dance routine given by the young men of their church (ages 13 on down) which was created just for the bride and groom.  This wedding reception was the most unusual we have held at The Caldwell and it would be difficult for anyone to try to top it.

The next most unusual wedding and reception held at The Caldwell consisted of a bridal party of 12 bridesmaids, 12 groomsmen, a matron of honor, flower girls, ring bearers, and of course the bride and groom.  The names of the bridal party which were given to The Caldwell staff prior to rehearsal had to be revised when it was determined that some of the party could not make the wedding and others who fit into the dresses and tuxes were substituted to fill in.  Even with such a large bridal party, the wedding and reception was a complete success.

Uninvited Guests:

The majority of The Caldwell’s wedding ceremonies are held outside in our East Garden.  While having a wedding under the oak trees in front of a pond adorned with little white lightss or under the stars in the sky sounds romantic, outside weddings present experiences not found in indoor ceremonies.  An outside wedding is subject to uninvited guests – neighborhood pets.  At one wedding, prior to the wedding party coming down the aisle, a cat strolled down the aisle, seeming to want to be part of the bridal party.  Someone took the cat and held it during the entire wedding so it wouldn’t be trampled upon by the bridal party.

In another wedding, when the bridal party was standing at the arbor entrance to the ceremony site ready to walk down the aisle, a large dog decided that he, too, wanted to be part of the wedding, and it took a while for our staff to chase him away to keep him from walking down the aisle, which probably would have been terrifying for the guests, as well as the dog.  We’re happy to report that he did run away and did not attend the wedding.

Unique Ideas:

Some brides and grooms want their wedding to be totally unique, something memorable for family and friends.  We have an evening wedding reception scheduled where there will be a ping-pong table complete with glow-in-the-dark ping pong balls; besides a book for guests to sign in, one wedding couple furnished real rocks for guests to write messages on which the couple could display in their garden after the wedding. We have had Mardi Gras groom cakes, and cakes of every size, color, flavor and decoration that you can imagine.  Never do we have two weddings and receptions alike.  Our brides and grooms have so much imagination!

Engagement Proposals:

Twice in the past 6 months, we have had a hopeful groom rent The Caldwell for the purpose of proposing to his future bride.  The Caldwell staff enjoys in participating in this type of event and assists the groom in whatever way possible to make the proposal a complete surprise for the bride and a memorable experience for the couple.  One groom brought in real rose petals and used battery-operated candles to line the way to the bed in the Evangeline Master Suite upon which he put a large heart of red rose petals.

The staff at The Caldwell House can hardly wait to see what will happen next!