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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.
"Great base for touring Plantation Country"
My wife and I were very happy with our two night stay in cottage #4 at Oak Alley Plantation. We made this our base while touring the Louisiana Plantation Country, and were glad that we did. The staff was very hospitable, greeted us with cups of lemonade, and had taken the trouble to replace the feather pillows in our cottage (we are allergic to feathers and had sent an email asking for polyester pillows, something that not every hotel or B&B will do). We found our cottage to be very comfortable with modern facilities, while the style was very carefully chosen to blend with the ante-bellum surroundings. The Plantation House and grounds were very impressive, and the best feature of staying here is that you have access to the grounds after all the daytime tourists have departed. Breakfast is included, and we found the cafÃ© to be excellent for both breakfast and lunch. They are closed for dinner but will provide a packaged dinner upon request. Keep this in mind because when you arrive late in the day, as we did, it can be a very long drive to find a good restaurant on a Monday evening in this part of rural Louisiana.
"Our stay in Cabin 6"
We drove from Houston to Oak Alley Plantation (after a long haul flight from Australia). After several stops, and getting lost (we went the wrong way at Baton Rouge (I blame the GPS), we arrived at about midnight and were very tired. We had previously ordered dinner (we thought we would arrive at about 8.30pm). Dinner was waiting for us in the fridge so all we needed to do was heat it up. I recommend ordering dinner particularly should you be arriving late as there is quite a distance from the plantation to the closest (and open) restaurant/store. The food was tasty (gumbo etc) and was a good size. The mint julip was very nice as well. We called them to let them know we would be (very) late, so the directions/keys were waiting for us at the place they said they would be. There were clear directions to the cabin which is located on the plantation, a little way from the big house. The cabin itself was well appointed and very, very comfortable. The photos on their website are accurate. The kitchen was full sized and had everything you would need (we only stayed one night, so other than the microwave and crockery we didn't use it). The bed was the most comfortable bed we slept in for the entire trip (which was for 6 weeks). Breakfast the next day was included in the accommodation fee. The waitress was very pleasant and was knowledgeable about the area and the plantation. Breakfast was good and we had our first taste of grits. We decided to stay at the plantation as we wanted to walk around the plantation (before the crowds) and see the 'big house' first thing before travelling on to New Orleans. I would highly recommend staying here.
Oak Alley should ask guests to respect the setting they're stepping into before they enter. Not everyone goes on plantation tours for the same reasons. While I do respect that, those who run this place should make a point of requesting visitors to be mindful of the other guests who may have hearts, souls, and feelings. The tourists are what made the visit "bad". I will still say that I'm glad I had the opportunity, and also that the guide was sure to bring up the context of slavery throughout. However, the family who owned the land was the focus of the tour. Little information was given about those held captive. The slave quarters is a self-guided tour, while the big house comes with guides in period attire. Being of color, I didn't appreciate the period garb very much. It seemed to make light of the history of the place we were visiting. The gift shop, the mint julep stand at the big house... it just all felt a little morbid. I did try the mint juleps and they were good (I needed a drink when it was all over). I'm glad that these places are still around so that we can learn about and see these pieces of our nation's history. It's just a tour better done with a group for educational purposes, imho.
"Simply the best!"
We stayed in cottage 6 for our anniversary. This was our first trip to Louisiana and I'm glad we decided to stay here while touring the local plantations. The cottage was private and quaint and came with a fully stocked kitchen. Our first night we ordered the evening meal room service and our food was ready waiting for us in the cottage after check in. An advantage of staying the night is that you have access to the grounds after hours. My husband and I got caught on the porch of the big house at about 10 pm while it rained. We cuddled and drank our mint juleps and waited for the rain to stop. It was simply the best time we have had on a vacation in recent years. All of the staff were simply wonderful. Staying at Oak Alley was the highlight of our trip. We can't wait to return!
"Outstanding in every way--a highlight of plantation country"
We stayed two nights at Oak Alley. It was a true highlight of our trip to the region. Grounds are glorious and service on arrival was first rate. Warm, friendly, a lemonade and a golf cart escort to check us into our wonderful two bedroom cottage. A quick tour and then orientation to the area and very helpful dinner recommendations. Cottage was adorable. Very well appointed and spotlessly clean. Walking the grounds at night when everyone but the guests had left was so atmospheric. We enjoyed our back deck which was great for a glass of wine in the lovely weather after a day of touring. We had everything we needed and slept very well. Breakfast was in the restaurant and pain perdu with their own cane syrup was excellent. Service again, first rate. Overall location is excellent for touring the plantations. We did San Francisco, Evergreen, Laura and Oak Alley itself on this leg of the trip easily. St. Joesph is just next door (we missed due to hours). The stay couldn't have been more perfect and I highly recommend to anyone visiting the area. It is a step back in time and truly made our experience in plantation country.
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