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Louisiana Character & Flavor

Plantations, Souththern Charms & Cajun Culture

PLANTATIONS, SOUTHERN CHARM & CAJUN CULTURE.

I am very excited to travel, this fall, with you, to this exciting and amazing state.

Whether you’re craving small-town authenticity or big-city excitement, every region in the state is infused with # Only Louisiana character and flavor. 

This Formidable trip will provide participating  with an extraordinary opportunity to experience firsthand Louisiana’s rich history while networking with locals.  If you’re interested in applying to join our group, submit your reservation as soon as possible. 

Greater River Road

 

The Greater River Road Area sits outside of Baton Rouge in Plantation Country. The towns of GonzalesDarrowSorrentoVacherie and more make up this region. The area showcases the history of River Road’s once highly influential landowners on a winding path that leads to the state’s political seat. Add to that the capital city’s downtown with award-winning restaurants and a thriving Arts and Entertainment District and you’ve discovered the area’s vibrant personality. The art of cooking was perfected inside plantation kitchens, where mansion restaurants today serve mouthwatering seafood paired with glorious sides such as Creole tomato risotto. From music festivals to antebellum plantations like Oak AlleyHoumas HouseLaura: A Creole Planation and Evergreen to name a few, the Greater River Road offers a glimpse into this unique area of Louisiana.

River Road Plantations

In the late 1800s, Mark Twain noted on his adventures down the mighty Mississippi that there were so many plantations and dwellings along the river that it looked like a spacious street. Towering homes lay nestled in large patches of moss-draped oak trees. Slaves worked the sugarcane fields, while planters from as far away as Europe brought materials and furnishings in by steamboat.

Still today you can catch a glimpse of what Twain once saw on the riverfront by embarking on a tour of Louisiana's plantation homes and museums.

Just 20 miles outside of New OrleansDestrehan Plantation dates to 1787 and is the oldest documented plantation in the lower Mississippi Valley. Once stretching over 6,000 acres to the shores of Lake Pontchartrain, Destrehan was actually a small community that supported several households.

It's still easy to imagine Destrehan as it was more than 200 years ago. Members of the Destrehan family tended to administrative affairs and held lavish dinners in the main house. Steamboats arrived from New Orleans with furnishings and visitors, while caretakers tended to the manicured gardens. Destrehan offers daily historic demonstrations by costumed guides who offer visitors a glimpse into what life was like during the 1800s. 

Just upriver is San Francisco Plantation, the most distinctive of the restored plantations on River Road. Noted for its lavish and intricate interior painting, the home was built in mid-1800s and inspired novelist Frances Parkinson Keyes to write a novel about it, Steamboat Gothic. It is a National Historic Landmark and the grounds still feature historic outbuildings, such as an 1840s slave cabin and a school house dating back to 1830s.

Cross the bridge near Gramercy and head west to Oak Alley Plantation, named for the quarter-mile entrance canopy of 300-year-old oak trees. A 40-minute tour given by costumed guides chronicles the history of the elaborate mansion that was built in 1837. Next door to Oak Alley is St. Joseph Plantation, one of the most complete plantation homes on River Road. Tour the blacksmith shop and peek into the on-site schoolhouse, and be sure to stop by the visitor's center to pick up handmade gifts, many of them made by descendants of those who once lived at St. Joseph.

Upriver from Oak Alley you'll find Houmas House Plantation. This is a stately Greek Revival home which, at its peak in the 1860s, was the largest sugar producer in the United States. Today Houmas House is best known for its gardens, impeccably decorated interior, tours given by costumed guides and a world-class restaurants.

Downriver from Oak Alley, Laura Plantation once spanned 12,000 acres of sugarcane, the lifeblood of plantations in the 19th century. Visitors to Laura, can still find kettles, tools and other remnants of the sugarcane industry—as well as the crop itself, which is still grown throughout Plantation Country. 

In 1792, Pierre C. Becnel, a grandson of some of the first German immigrants in the area, built a small cottage near Edgard that would one day be known as  Evergreen Plantation. It is one of only eight major Greek Revival plantation homes on River Road, and contains one of the most complete intact collections of slave cabins in the nation.

Next door to Evergreen Plantation is The Whitney Plantation. Opened in December 2014, The Whitney offers visitors a unique view of plantation life as it was lived by those who worked there — enslaved Africans. Take a guided tour to see three memorials dedicated to telling the story of slavery in Louisiana, as well as an original slave cabin and church. The Whitney is one of the oldest and best-preserved plantations on River Road.

A shift from sugarcane, cotton is the focus at the Frogmore Plantation and Gins in east-central Louisiana. The plantation began in the early 1800s and still today produces cotton for the garment industry. Frogmore has more than a fair share of stories, having been the site of a Union encampment during the Civil War, and is one of the best-preserved cotton plantations in the Mississippi River Delta.

Take a tour with this amazing video for a great introduction to what we have to offer you very  soon.

LOUISIANA'S CULINARY TRAILS

 

Restaurants & Culinary

Jambalaya, gumbo, spicy crawfishboudin and bread pudding, these are just a few things you can sample of Southwest Louisiana's famous Cajun French and Creole cuisine. Cajuns in Southwest Louisiana like to tap their toes to good music while dining, and several restaurants in the Southwest Louisiana area feature live Cajun tunes almost every night of the week. Don't miss out on delicious seafood and fine dining seasoned to perfection. There are also many culinary events throughout the year that feature savory local dishes.

 

The Inside Scoop on Louisiana Gumbo

Historical River Cruise

Louisiana Swamp Tours

 

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