Houmas House and Gardens is a historic estate located near New Orleans in Darrow, Louisiana. The property is open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visitors can tour the mansion and grounds, stay in the luxurious inn and cottages, and enjoy Louisiana cuisine at three critically acclaimed restaurants. It’s also available for one-of-a-kind weddings and events.
Located between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, The Houmas House Estate allows visitors to learn about life on a sugarcane plantation in the 1800s. The restored antebellum mansion reflects the opulence and wealth this sugarcane farm boasted in the 1880s.
The guided mansion tour covers 250 years of history, showcasing the architectural evolution of this manor house and offering glimpses of rare period artwork and artifacts, as well as expansive views of the most stunning gardens in plantation country. The Houmas House Estate is also well-known for hosting weddings and corporate events and was voted as the top historic tourist attraction in Louisiana by readers of USA Today.
Don’t forget to stop by The Carriage House Restaurant to enjoy breakfast, lunch, or a casual dinner, while Latil’s Landing presents a formal dining experience for guests. In addition, the property includes the outstanding Wine “Cellars” of Houmas House and Turtle Bar and Gift Shop along with 38 acres of gardens for you to explore. Visitors can walk from the parking lot to the levee by using the new Sweet Spot Landing bridge.
The Great River Road Museum presents the history of life along the mighty Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. The culture, commerce, folklore, and music was a fusion of all the foreign countries that developed this new territory.
From the wealthy owners of great sugar empires to the humble lives of the enslaved, this museum details how each lived and survived by this powerful body of water. Conquering the twists, turns, and challenges of the Mississippi resulted in doubling the size of the newly discovered territory. It quickly became the main contributor to the physical and economic growth of what was to become the United States of America. After touring the museum, visitors can grab a bite to eat at Dixie Cafe for a helping of traditional Creole and Cajun selections like chicken and andouille gumbo and crawfish etouffée.
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