La Plantation

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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Louisiana plantation getaways can mean a chance to really step into a time when the pace of life was slower, when graciousness was a way of living, and peaceful walks in formal gardens were part of every evening. A plantation getaway can also be a time for you and your family to explore a significant period in the history of the South. During your stay at a Louisiana plantation, you can also take trips into cities like New Orleans where you can enjoy an exciting evening and great food.

Some of the great plantations in the New Orleans area are on the River Road which runs from New Orleans to Baton Rouge along the Mississippi River. You will be able to tour lovely restored homes whose residents are direct descendants of the original owners. You can even stay at one of these remarkable homes that has been converted into a bed and breakfast.

Louisiana Plantations--New Orleans

Along River Road you will find Oak Alley Plantation, a bed and breakfast that has been featured in several movies and whose front drive takes you through a canopy of Live Oaks. Nearby Laura Plantation is in the process of being restored to its original style in bright Creole colors. Nottoway Plantation contains an incredible grand ballroom where you can hold a plantation-style wedding, and it is a bed and breakfast as well.

The oldest plantation home in the lower Mississippi valley is Destreham Plantation built in 1787. In nearby Garyville, you can tour the San Francisco Plantation built in 1856 and resembling a Mississippi riverboat. The beautiful Poche Plantation was built in the late 1800s and, recently restored, is now a first class bed and breakfast with wedding facilities as well. Many of these architectural and cultural gems are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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