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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.
"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.
"Skip the house tour and rude southern Belle's..."
My family went of our way to tour this plantation and wasn't impressed when we left. Majority of the artifacts inside the house were replica and only a handful of them are originals. The tour itself was OK; our guide wasn't the greatest as she spoke too fast that it was almost impossible to understand everything she was saying. If you are visiting this plantation and plan on touring - stay close to your guide (but this means you might miss out on some details of the rooms). When you get to the second floor, be closest to the door that opens revealing the 300+ year old trees or you will be MISSING the supposedly "million dollar" shot as if you are in the back, you will not a good shot and once they close the door (after a minute) you will not have another opportunity as the staff will state "this isn't a photoshoot which contradict what their statement of "take as many photo as you want". For the guides, please consider that some traveled from far distant so take the time to actually cater to them as you'd never know when a review such as this will be posted. We left the plantation unimpressed with the staff; though the trees themselves are just magnificent. If you are there to just take photos of the trees, just avoid the house tour itself.
"Plantation near New Orleans worth visiting"
Chosen because of their ginormous ice creams but so much history, beautiful oak trees and gardens and friendly staff.An artists dream to sketch on site and later paint these old oaks on canvas. Learned so much about immigrant families, their slaves and how society was at the time.
After visiting NOLA, we were headed home but hoped to see a few plantation homes before leaving the area. Oak Ally was our 2nd or 3rd, we quickly realised that we weren't going to get home that night. We noticed their sign for cottages and enquirer about availability. We were lucky and were soon checked in to cottage number 7. Beautifully furnished, with every thing we could have needed. We could have just stayed in the cottage and been happy but still had the plantation house to visit (see separate review). By staying at the cottages at Oak Ally, you can walk the grounds once I'll the day visitors had gone which was lovely. Breakfast was served in the resturant a shor walk away. They had a very varied menu for all tastes, my full breakfast was delicious. I wish we could have stayed a couple of night but we had to get home. A wonderful stay.
"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.
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