Oak Alley Plantation, an elegant antebellum home small town Southern Louisiana, offers the elegance of bygone era—and more than a few ghost stories. More than 200 years after it was built, the home is a favorite place for tours, overnight stays, and looking for the supernatural. It's also a fine choice for Cajun cuisine and shopping.
Nicknamed the Grande Dame of the Great River Road, Oak Alley Plantation began as a small cottage along the Mississippi River. In the 1830s, a Creole farmer convinced his new bride to leave New Orleans by building a grand home. The opulent mansion has been restored to its former glory, which can be discovered on Oak Alley Plantation tours.
Visitors are welcome year-round and have many options for their time at the estate. For the typical Oak Alley Plantation tours, plan to spend at least 90 minutes exploring the grounds and mansion. Tour guides, dressed in the garb of the Louisiana plantation era, lead mansion tours every hour. After you've seen the indoors, you can take a map and explore the lovely garden spaces at your own pace.
While taking tours, you can also visit the gift shop, located between the mansion and the onsite restaurant. The expansive store carries a selection of souvenirs as well as cookbooks, gifts, and handmade treasures.
Part of the draw of Louisiana vacations is the food, and the Oak Alley restaurant will not disappoint. Located in a cottage from the nineteenth century, the restaurant serves up Cajun and Creole cuisines for breakfast and lunch. You'll have the chance to sample beignets, a doughnut-like pastry, as well as gumbo, crayfish etouffee, and pecan pie. Naturally, a mint julep is the specialty of the house at Oak Alley Plantation.
Hearty visitors embark on ghost tours, to decide for themselves if the tall tales are true. Visiting haunted Oak Alley Plantation is filled with interesting stories and tales of another world. The staff and tour guides almost all have a story about their brush with the supernatural. The TV show Ghosthunters made visiting haunted Oak Alley Plantation a priority when they filmed a 2008 episode at the home on the Mississippi.
When visiting the haunted Oak Alley Plantation on certain days and seeing the house for yourself, you'll have the chance to meet with a character from the past. Several days a week, a costumed interpreter takes on the role of the Colonel. He'll swap tales of the Civil War and how it changed everything in the bayou.
When you can't get enough of this fascinating place, or you are looking for something different for vacation rentals, consider spending the night at Oak Alley. With elegance to rival any of the luxury hotels, the Oak Alley Plantation Bed and Breakfast offers a quiet place to stay.
Several cottages, each with climate-controlled comfort, host overnight guests. The package price includes a hearty morning meal and arrangements can be made for evening meals delivered right to your room.
Oak Alley Plantation is located in the small town of Vacherie, perched between New Orleans to the east and Baton Rouge to the northwest. Several tour companies, based in and around New Orleans include Oak Alley Plantation tours in their menu of options. You'll have the chance to enjoy the plantation and other sights such as the French Quarter, the Garden District, the swamps and bayous, and other historic buildings.