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Over Oak Alley Plantation
Nergens anders in het zuiden vindt u zo'n spectaculaire omgeving! De honderden meters lange entree van de plantage met haar gigantische eiken, vermoedelijk bijna 300 jaar oud (!), vormt een indrukwekkende laan die leidt naar het klassieke antebellum plantagehuis in Griekse bouwstijl. Dit huis is open voor bezichtiging, onder leiding van in traditionele outfit geklede gidsen. Op het terrein bevinden zich tevens enkele cottages, die nu dienst doen als accommodatie. Ze zijn zeer ruim, comfortabel en uitgerust met centrale airconditioning, koffiezetapparaat en natuurlijk zaken als een koelkast en draadloos internet. U kunt ontspannen wandelingen maken over de weelderige gronden of op de oever van de machtige Mississippi uitkijken naar passerende schepen. Een uitgebreid 'country-breakfast' is inbegrepen.
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Elke cottage heeft een eigen nummer en specifieke inrichting.
Cottage 3: Goed ingericht, 2 aparte slaapkamers en een woonkamer met een kitchenette. Verder is de cottage voorzien van airconditioning, televisie, strijkplank en -ijzer, een compleet ingerichte badkamer met (bubbel)bad en douche en een terras.
Cottage 4: Zoals Cottage 3, kleiner en een badkamer met bad/douche.
Cottage 5a en b: Zoals Cottage 3, 1 aparte slaapkamer en een woonkamer met een kitchenette. Cottages 5a en b hebben een gezamenlijke veranda en geen televisie.
Cottage 6: Zoals Cottage 3, kleiner, met veranda en carport en badkamer met bad/douche.
Oak Alley Plantation is gelegen aan de rivier de Mississippi tussen de historische steden Louisiana, New Orleans en Baton Rouge, vlakbij de plaats Vacherie.
• Restaurant (voor ontbijt & lunch)
• Gift shop
Het plaatsje Vacherie (2500 inwoners) is strategisch gelegen tussen de steden New Orleans en Baton Rouge in de staat Louisiana. In dit traditionele ‘Deep South’ plantagegebied kunt u in historische plantagehuizen overnachten.
"Sleep over at oak valley and have that view all to yourself at sunrise!"
Added a day on to my work trip to New Orleans so I could spent a day and night touring the plantations. The minute I arrived at Oak Alley, all of the stress from the day of travel just melted away. Made it just in time for the last tour but was annoyed that there were so many other people in all of my photos. Dinner was delicious - and the mint julep hit the spot! Slept like a baby in the tempurpedic bed. 5B was the perfect balance of privacy and price. Set an alarm and was drinking coffee under the oaks at sunrise. It was perfect!
This is a stand alone restaurant worthy of a visit whether you're there to visit the plantation or not. It's nice inside, but not posh like the plantation house. Our lunch of shrimp au gratin was outstanding! Rich and creamy with a hint of spice, accompanied by soft, fresh bread and salad, this was a really good meal! We also ordered the garden salad. The veggies had a lot of taste and it was a generous helping. The service was good and the view out the window was interesting. We sat in the small back porch area of the building looking out. There are a couple of other rooms with no windows. Sitting with the windows is much nicer. Our server brought a dessert tray out after lunch but we were too full. Everything looked good though...and very rich! I'd definitely eat here again!
"Ambience, Gators, and Gumbo"
Okay, the plantation tour was interesting, and the mint julep(s) very refreshing. But the restaurant? Fabulous. We had gator for the first time, Gumbo for the umpteenth time, a great Po-Boy sandwich.... and the Sadie, our adorable and personable server brought out a decadent dessert tray. Half the selections had alcohol drizzled in and if we weren't on a motorcycle, we'd have partaken happily! Settled for Pecan pie, heated, ala-mode (I know, right?) Fabulous lunch and a great visit.
"REALLY WORTH A VISIT"
Visiting NO and decided on a trip to a plantation. Randomly chose this one and it turned out to be a gem. The main feature is the Live Oak avenue of trees to the front of the house which are more than 300 years old. The oaks at the back of the house are only 200 years old! It is worth the walk to look back on the house along the avenue. We took the house tour and it was well worth while - although I thought it should have been a smaller group. The history of the building and the slaves was covered really well and we emerge to walk round the grounds which included replicas of the slave quarters which underlined just how they were exploited and used as "currency". There was a separate tout which concentrated on the slaves and their individual stories which tried unsuccessfully to humanise individual characters who worked in the fields, served the house and basically enriched the landowners. There was also an interesting film on the method of production of the sugar from the cane and the planting etc. Afterwards we wandered through the gift shop and settled for an ice cream in the restaurant. Gigantic and wonderful - but then I just love ice cream. Decided it would be good to drive back along the river but of course with the levee prevented any view of the river but what it di do was to underline how badly hit these areas had been and there were many home which were derelict. This was a worthwhile visit but I would recommend going early.
"Worth it! "
Six of us, history buffs' or not, we all enjoyed it (we're all late 50's to mid/upper 60's) The tour thru the main home was guided (and under a/c thank heaven). Even though many (or some) items are not original it's all very well done giving the feel for the time period. The main house was very well restored or maintained and definitely gave a feel for the time period it was built and used. There are two views of the oaks. When viewing one of them from the second floor balcony the 350 (that's not a typo!) year old oaks are amazing. The oaks from the parking lot -on the other side of the house - is another amazing view even if they are a mere 150 years (lol)!! The slave quarters were reconstructed it seems but hugely informative and moving. Tons of things to see which surely date back to that period and information to read about what you are viewing. Really excellent exhibits. The sugar cane processing building was a fast viewing but the film showing the processing was informative. It was just too hot for us to wander the grounds further to see the graves etc but in better weather I would. The gift shop very nice and while we didn't eat there the restaurant looked great. All in all a very worthwhile trip. We spent a bit over two hours there. We rented a car to get there rather than a tour. It was an easy drive so perhaps some may want consider that perhaps versus what I hear tour buses charge but I'm not knocking them- just mentioning how we did it and it worked out. The car (6 passenger vehicle ) only cost about $150 total. And we used it to do some exploring on our own. All in all we were all absolutely glad we did this trip and think Oak Alley a good plantation to see but we don't have a basis to compare to any others.
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