Louisiana Leadership Lagniappe at Sweet Cane Inn - Just Little Something Extra!

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Mortgage and Lending with Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp Louisiana NMLS#2289 Equal Housing Lender NMLS 69996

 

Are you wondering about that word ....."Lagniappe"? It entered English from Louisiana French, which in turn is derived from the American Spanish phrase la ñapa (something that is added) or throwing in a little something extra.  Although a old custom, it is still practiced in Louisiana! 

 

 



It was that "little something extra" that made the "Louisiana Leadership Lagniappe", a gathering of branch owners, managers, and members of corporate staff of Fairway Independent Mortgage in Natchitoches, Louisiana, from around the country so very special. 





Instead of meeting in a standard, stuffy convention hall at a local hotel, we chose to gather at the elegant, century old Victorian home, Sweet Cane Inn, located in the heart of the Natchitoches Landmark Historic District historic district of Natchitoches, Louisiana.






Sweet Cane Inn was built for Congressman Phanor Breazeale in the late 1800’s.  You will absolutely love the 12 foot ceilings, 11 fireplaces, and a wall of stained glassed windows at the top of the stairs! 

 


 

 



It was great having the projector and screen that Sweet Cane Inn had set up for our corporate event as we went through the session of "Five Dysfunctions of a Team"!





We were excited to have the owner of the company and our fearless leader join us at the event - and of course, here he is - "testing" the food!


 

 



For lunch, we gathered in the dining room for some Louisiana gumbo and Jambalaya - and some coconut pie!  This also where we gathered for breakfast, and Rachel, our innkeeper, cooked some incredible CHEESE grits, along with fresh fruit, french toast, and much, much more gave us a good start to the day!



In between sessions, everyone is catching up on phone calls and e-mails.....


In the house....



On the porch....

 


In the yard.....!




Some just enjoying hanging out and visiting with each other at such a beautiful home....




 



Because Sweet Cane Inn is so conveniently located within walking distance of Front Street, it was easy to take a break from the meetings to walk along the century old brick lined street to visit the many shops and attractions. We needed a "shop break"!


 

 


 


On the last night, we walked to the restaurant "The Landing Seafood and Steakhouse" where we feasted on shrimp, crawfish etouffee, fried green tomatoes,  and alligator......


 



and then DESSERT......................!



Sweet Cane Inn had a GREAT front porch......here's a a few of the ones who gathered for the event as we are getting ready to leave.....




 

 


So check out  www.SweetCaneInn.com!  And consider it not only for a great week-end get-away - but also for a corporate event.  You will NOT be disappointed! 


 

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Louise,

That was some Lagniappe you served in this post.  Although I jsut finished lunch the menus you described made my mouth water.  What a lovely place you shared with us, Thank you. A

Oct 13, 2011 08:54 AM #1
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A and Kristrine - thanks for your comments - and YES the food was incredible! 

 

Oct 13, 2011 09:57 AM #3
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Louise, Wow, makes me want to visit you and stay there.  Maybe in the spring????

Oct 13, 2011 11:58 AM #4
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Karen - that would be GREAT!  Would love to have a "girlfriend" retreat there! 

Oct 13, 2011 12:15 PM #5
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Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
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You are one of my favorite bloggers in the rain....you took my hand and it was almost like I was there....it would have been perfect to sit down with some crawfish and a beer...while watching Brees throw a touchdown soon after....now that's lagniappe
Oct 13, 2011 02:48 PM #6
Rainer
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Thank you so much, Fernando, that means a lot coming from you! 

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Great post! I totally agree with Fernando, good writing you feel like you are there and love the "action" photos whether you intentionally included these pics or not almost all are with peeps on the phone taking care of family or taking care of business! Oh and lastly OF COURSE if you arent having fun WHAT ARE YOU DOING???? You better love this industry, especially today, to still be in it!

It makes tough days tolerable and good days great ones!!!!

Oct 13, 2011 05:38 PM #8
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Amen, David!  We just gotta keep having fun or we would just WILT down!  Thanks

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