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2014 Natchitoches Jazz Festival Ride - April 4-6

posted Jan 14, 2014, 1:44 PM by Mark Jensen   [ updated Mar 9, 2016, 3:31 AM ]


Natchitoches Jazz Festival Ride  

April 4-6, 2014

Natchitoches, Louisiana


OK folks....we have another ride for y'all.  A ride to Natchitoches, LA and Natchez, MS!  We did this last year and unfortunately mother nature decided to keep us away from Natchez.  This time we will make the ride to Fat Mama's Tamales!

The Natchitoches Jazz/R&B Festival (http://www.natchjazzfest.com/) will be in full swing while we are there, also.  This year's headliner is The Marshall Tucker BandA Friday night trip to The Crawfish Hole for mudbugs and other seafood choices.  I am ready to ride!


Ride to Natchitoches

We will be leaving at 8:30 AM from Forney.  Get there early for breakfast.

Alfredo's Steakhouse
111 E US Highway 80
Forney, TX
(972) 564-9925

Lunch stop in Nacogdoches at

211 Old Tyler Rd
Nacogdoches, TX
(936) 569-0489 · clearspringscafe.com

We will be staying 2 nights at:

Quality Inn
5362 University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA, 71457
(318) 352-7500

The Quality Inn is under new management since last year and they have made a number of upgrades.  I spoke with the new owner and he was very interested in our business and seemed dedicated to improving the facility.

We reserved a block of rooms for "Lone Star Riders" at a rate of $62/night. Make your reservations soon before these rooms are gone!

Group Friday Night Dinner will be at the Crawfish Hole.

119 South Dr
Natchitoches, LA

(318) 352-2379


Leave at 8:00 AM to Fat Mama's Tamales in Natchez, MS (I have summoned the weather gods to make sure we have a great day for the ride to Natchez!). Those who would prefer to ride their own route, visit plantations, etc., are welcome to do their own thing.

303 S Canal St
Natchez, MS
(601) 442-4548 · fatmamastamales.com

After lunch we will be taking a quick loop through historic Natchez before heading on a different route back to Natchitoches.

Everyone is free to make their own dinner arrangements on Saturday night. Plenty of places downtown and the Jazz Festival will be going strong.  In old historic downtown you have The Landing, Mama's, and Papa's.  I like them all.


Group ride home will depart at 8 AM.

We will stop for lunch at

413 S Greer Blvd
Pittsburg, TX
(903) 856-0000 · kahunasbbq.com

We will have a nice ride back from Pittsburg and should be home mid-afternoon.

Now let's all get our reservations!

Mark Jensen