Mississippi River Plantations

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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Mississippi River plantations became a way of life in the 17th and 18th century South. With crops to ship and goods to import to run their plantations, many Southern landowners chose to buy and build near the great Mississippi River. Today, just a short distance from New Orleans, you will find dozens of river plantations that offer bed and breakfast facilities, guided tours, and fine dining.

If you're looking for a getaway vacation, some time for peace and quiet in a country atmosphere, or a place to bring history alive for your children, staying at one of the plantations near the Mississippi River is an excellent choice. There you will find beautifully appointed rooms and suites, and even some cottages, where you can enjoy the ambiance of long ago. Many of the bed and breakfast plantations in the area are top rated by the Bed and Breakfast Association, so you can also expect excellent service and great food.

Mississippi River Plantations Online

Now you can tour these wonderful plantations online to get a feel for which one is right for you and your family. Take a virtual tour, for example, of the main house, the grounds, and cottages that started out at plantation outbuildings. You can book your room and even learn about coach and driving tours of the famous River Road area, home to some of the finest maintained and restored plantations in the South.

If you are considering staying at a plantation bed and breakfast during Mardi Gras, you will have to book up to a year in advance. Because the plantations are generally a little removed from the city, they are prime choices for Mardi Gras devotees who want to be able to get far enough away to find some quiet during their vacation. Look for package rates at the bed and breakfast locations, and be sure to get their list of recommended off-plantation dining locations.

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