April 23, 2018
Regional Spotlight: Plantation Country
Posted by: Mae Mayeux
Take a trip back in time to the antebellum South and explore Louisiana’s beautiful and iconic Plantation Country. There is nothing quite like stepping inside of its many preserved plantations, where you can feel the region’s rich history and culture with every step. From the rolling hills of St. Francisville to the swamps and bayous of the Atchafalaya Basin, the settings of Plantation Country are truly enchanting. You are never far from history in this part of the state. Everywhere you go, you’ll hear tales of Civil War soldiers and doomed love affairs. Some of our properties in the region are even rumored to be haunted! Are you an adventurous history buff? Have you always been fascinated by the Civil War South? Then Louisiana’s Plantation Country could be the dream destination for you. Whether you are interested in a majestic plantation mansion or a peaceful country cottage, the Louisiana Bed & Breakfast Association offers a variety of accommodations to help you make the absolute most of your time in Louisiana’s magical Plantation Country.
Oak Alley Plantation, Restaurant, and Inn
The Louisiana Bed & Breakfast Association is proud to partner with many beautiful and historic plantation-inns throughout the region. For one of the South’s finest examples of classic colonial architecture, book a stay at the Greenwood Plantation in Francisville. The plantation was built in 1830 by William Ruffin Barrow in the Greek Revival style, identifiable by the 28 imposing columns that surround the building. Many Hollywood pictures have been filmed on the property, including Louisiana, North & South, GI Joe II, and Jeepers Creepers III. With its sprawling lawn and moss-draped oaks, the majestic setting makes it the perfect location for honeymoons, weddings, family reunions, and romantic weekend getaways.
The Oak Alley Plantation, Restaurant, and Inn is the most photographed of LBBA’s properties and it is not hard to see why: stately oaks form an archway over the country road leading up to the 19th century plantation with its Greek columns and elegant, shuttered decks. The historic Sugarcane Plantation is a popular spot for tourists to the area as is the restaurant, where you can enjoy Louisiana classics, like gumbo, fried chicken, red beans & rice, crawfish étouffée, and delicious homemade desserts. Guests do not sleep in the plantation but instead stay in quaint cottages located on the property, offering the privacy of a tranquil country retreat on a beautiful and historically significant property.
The Inn at Houmas House is located on a former sugar plantation, allowing guests to experience the life of a wealthy sugar baron in the 1880s. The Inn encompasses 38 acres of exquisite Southern gardens where you will find native Louisiana plantlife as well as exotic flora such as lotus, and lily pads in a koi pond. The Houmas House was voted best historic mansion by USA Today and its two first-class restaurants have garnered acclaim as some of the best places to dine in the country. Always dreamt of a plantation wedding? TheKnot.com also voted Houmas House Plantation as a top wedding venue in the New Orleans area.
Milbank Historic House
Milbank Historic House is a striking Greek Revival mansion located in historic Jackson. With its grand parlor and beautiful period antiques, the Milbank House is historic treasure that allows guests to experience the magnificence of plantation-era life in Louisiana. Each morning, guests can enjoy a classic plantation breakfast. Located in quaint New Roads.
The Pourciau House was recently fully-renovated to offer the charm of a historic 1900’s home without sacrificing the finest modern comforts and amenities. Guests love to relax in their lush courtyard or take a stroll downtown to New Road’s many lovely shops and restaurants.
At the St. Gemme de Beauvais in Ethel, you have the chance to stay in a beautiful French Colonial Antebellum style family home located on 56 peaceful and secluded acres, including a 3-acre stocked pond. This peaceful country retreat is located only 30 minutes from Baton Rouge and 90 minutes from the New Orleans airport, but staying there is like stepping back into a simpler, more tranquil time. Take a stroll through their wooded grounds or enjoy fishing, stargazing, and birdwatching on the property. St. Gemme de Beauvais is also located near many Civil War sites, wineries, golf courses, shops, fruit farms, and historic towns.
Guest Houses, Bed & Breakfasts, and Cottages
Auberge du Chene Vert
Located in historic downtown Jackson, the Old Centenary Inn offers its guests a charming and elegant small town escape. At the Old Centenary Inn, they like to say that time doesn’t stop but it definitely slows down. Enjoy a glass of wine on the veranda or a cup of coffee and a good book in the courtyard. The Inn’s central location also makes it the perfect choice for exploring the restaurants and antique shops of quaint downtown Jackson.
The Auberge Du Chene Vert Bed and Breakfast in Paulina is located on 5 acres along Louisiana’s historic River Road on the east bank of the Mississippi, making it the perfect choice for exploring nearby plantations. It gets its name for the four striking live oaks that call the property home. Take a walk on the levee and watch ships pass by or enjoy a good book or cup of tea in the garden or on the front porch.
The lovely Green House Bed & Breakfast was built with lumber from the dismantled cypress homes of South Louisiana. You’ll fall in love with its colorful green and pink exterior and the many period antiques located inside. On the property, you’ll find deer, rabbits, squirrels, peacocks, and chickens, giving you a true Louisiana farm experience.
If you are looking for an elegant and romantic weekend getaway, look no further than the Stockade Bed and Breakfast. We love their Red Stick Romance Package, which comes with hor d’oeuvres and a bottle of wine upon arrival, fine chocolates and turn-down service with rose petals, a delicious dinner for two at Mansurs on the Boulevard or the French Market Bistro, and a gourmet breakfast in bed served with Bloody Marys or Mimosas.
For country cottage escapes, try the Cajun Village Cottages in Sorrento, the LeJeune Street Guest House in New Roads, of the Cottages on the Farm in Vacherie. Spend an afternoon rocking on the lovely and peaceful front porch at the The LeJeune Street Guest House or enjoy a private country retreat with your loved ones at the Cottage on the Farm. At the Cajun Village Cottages, you’ll have the unique chance to sleep in one of eight early 1900’s Acadian style shotgun houses tucked away in a picturesque rural setting.
Planning a dream getaway to Louisiana’s Plantation Country? Book a stay at one of Louisiana’s many wonderful properties in the region.