RECOGNIZED AS THE BEST B&B IN LOUISIANA 2020 to 2022 by La Office of Tourism

May 29, 2022


Bienvenue Mon Ami Bed and Breakfast is the first B&B to have ever be a multi-year winner for the BEST Bed and Breakfast in Louisiana as presented by the Louisiana Office of Tourism (Louey Award for Bed and Breakfast Accommodation of the Year). Bienvenue Mon Ami Bed and Breakfast has held the title from 2020 to 2022. The most recent award was presented the proprietors, Jeff and Laura Atkinson, at an awards ceremony attended by approximately 300 persons in the Alexandria Convention Center on February 3rd, 2022.

News Release for 2020 follows:



CONTACT:      Bienvenue Mon Ami Bed and Breakfast and Art Gallery







Annual awards recognize best of the Louisiana tourism industry


Charenton,La. (Feb. 5, 2020) –  The Louisiana Travel Association (LTA) and Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser introduced Jeff and Laura Atkinson, proprietors of the Bienvenue Mon Ami Bed and Breakfast and Art Gallery, as the winner of the 2020 Bed and Breakfast Accommodation of the Year during its Annual Meeting in Charenton,La.

This LTA presented 19 “Louey Awards” to honour and showcase individuals and organizations who have made outstanding contributions to the Louisiana tourism industry.  Three accommodation awards were presented to honour larger Hotels. smaller Hotels/Inns and Bed & Breakfasts.

“We were honoured to just be nominated by Tangipahoa Tourism (Tangi Tourism) and were overwhelmingly excited to have met the rigorous Louisiana Travel Association selection criteria to become the  winner of the 2020 Accommodation of the Year Bed & Breakfast” said the Atkinsons of Bienvenue Mon Ami Bed and Breakfast and Art Gallery.  “We look forward to continuing partnering with artisans, performing arts, educational groups and businesses to showcase our great Louisiana cuisine, culture and landscape to the whole world. View our fantastic B&B at

The LTA announcer brought these B&B winners to the stage with this introduction:

“Now on to another Louey Award in the accommodation category, recognizing one of Louisiana’s newest Bed and Breakfast establishments.

The well-travelled proprietors, Jeff and Laura Atkinson, have combined the ultimate collection of Bed and Breakfast concepts to deliver an incredible customer experience. Whether you are seeking worldly conversations, or a sense of solitude, Laura and Jeff offer personalized concierge services and unmatched hospitality.

Located in Amite, the newly built bed and breakfast estate features Antebellum and Acadian style grandeur on 30 acres with forested rolling hills and long view fairways.

Partnerships are the key to success when marketing an ‘off the beaten path’ establishment. Jeff and Laura have established unique collaborations including golf, art and theatre.

Congratulations to our Accommodation of the Year, Bed & Breakfast – Bienvenue Mon Ami”

About the Louisiana Travel Association, LTA
LTA is a trade association leading and strengthening Louisiana’s vibrant tourism industry through promotion, education and advocacy on behalf of our members.  Tourism generated $1.9 billion for Louisiana in 2018 and employs more than 237,200 people throughout the state. For more information, visit