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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.
"A must-see national landmark in Louisiana"
Everything at Oak Alley Plantation is spectacular to see--the plantation, the grounds, the trees, the slaves' quarters, etc. Oak Alley is located about a one-hour drive from New Orleans. Here you have the opportunity to explore 175 years of history. It has been claimed to be the deep south's most spectacular antebellum setting. It all began here in the early 1700s when an unknown settler planted 28 evenly spaced oak trees in two rows leading from hid cottage to the Mississippi. The Plantation was built in 1839. Make sure you take the 45-minute guided tour even if you have to wait awhile because of the crowds. Overall, a wonderful place to visit.
"Unforgettable and dreamlike"
We stayed in cottage number 3 for 1 night while road tripping in Louisiana. What a great experience! The cottage in itself was very comfortable. And absolutely huge for the 2 of us. The bedroom was nice with a very comfortable bed. The bathroom is equipped with a huge shower and a jacuzzi tub. The kitchen is fully equipped if you want to have dinner "at home". But the best part is outside. Once all of the customers visiting the plantation have left, you have all the time and space to roam around the gardens and the famous alley, and get a feel of the place. And it is quite an experience. Especially at dusk. The place is centuries old and so magic! We would definitely recommend the stay only for that moment.
We have always wanted to see a southern plantation and chose Oak Alley because it has appeared in over 25 movies and received good reviews. We were not disappointed. It was pouring on us so we ran into the house and we were able to stay under the homes large porches until our tour started. There was a paddlewheel cruise ship on the Mississippi while we were there which just added to the charm of the moment. This is how the families who lived here would have traveled in the day by boat/ferry not car. The oak trees which are original and hundreds of years old are in great shape and make it worth seeing. When the sun came out we captures incredible pictures of the trees leading to the home from the river and on the other side as well. It was less than an hour drive from Canal Street and we really loved all we saw. Had the weather been nicer we would have enjoyed more of the plantation and its exhibits. The home is immaculate and her last owner only passed away in the early 1970's. They have great displays about life on the plantation to educate everyone about slavery and all that comes with running a plantation in that era. We had to get out of the rain so we ate at the restaurant on the property and the food was awesome. We spent time in the gift shop and found great books and trinkets to take home. Highly recommended and great pictures with the tour ladies in their period costumes.
"Fun to See"
I'm not much into visiting old homes, I can see what I want to see without a tour guide telling me things about the family and furnishings, but that's the way it's done. The best part of this trip was walking up the "alley" made by 300+ year old oaks that are absolutely majestic. They think they were planted by some Frenchman years ago, but the house wasn't built for over 100 years after that...so the question....why did he do it? The confederate soldier and southern belles in costume were a nice added touch. This was a great place to view and understand the wealth of the deep south before the war. I enjoyed the grounds more than the house, especially the slave quarters which were in stark contrast to the house. The gift shop was very nice, they had a decent restaurant for the hungry, and of course the obligatory free mint julep at the end. I'm not into mint flavored sugar water and bourbon, so I had my taste and then it helped to water a potted plant...wonder if it's thriving. If you go by boat, that would be the best way to see it as the boat docs right at the mouth of the alley, and a short walk over the levy gives a tremendous view of the whole thing. Go and enjoy...its worth it.
"History not to be missed "
Beautiful property. Unbelievably the most energy I felt anywhere. History books cannot give you the true life lived here. I learned so much that left me very fulfilled in my wanting to learn. Toured the home with a great tour guide. Young man was full of history and answers. I recommend this to everyone that wants to learn and see the truth in plantation life. God bless
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