Not too far south of New Orleans is the Woodland Plantation Bed and Breakfast and Restaurant. Built in the 1830s by a river pilot named William Johnson, this former sugar cane plantation had one of the most modern mills of its time. Also found the property were unique slave houses that were knocked down by hurricane Betsy in 1965. Now located on the site where the slave houses once stood is Spirits Hall – an old church that serves as an event center. If the image of Woodland Plantation seems familiar upon first glance, the main house for this bed and breakfast and restaurant was depicted on the label of Southern Comfort from the 1930s until 2010 when the liqueur was rebranded. The address for the Woodland Plantation and Spirits Hall is 21997 Highway 23 in West Pointe a la Hache, Louisiana.
Woodland Plantation - Spirits Hall
Formerly known as St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Spirits Hall dates back to 1883 and was moved to its present site at Woodland Plantation in 1998. Originally, it was located about 14 miles away in nearby Homeplace, Louisiana. Restored into a dining and reception hall, the venue boasts a vaulted barrel ceiling, attractive chandeliers, stained glass windows, and an eye-catching mahogany bar to go with its beautiful Brazilian cherry wood floors. Among other things, the 4,000-square-foot Spirits Hall hosts wedding receptions and gourmet dinners, with traditional Louisiana Creole and Cajun cuisine being the main focus when it comes to the food. Most any group can reserve Spirits Hall for upcoming events, and guests are encouraged to try some Woodland Punch. The signature beverage of Spirits Hall, Woodland Punch blends Southern Comfort with pineapple juice, club soda and a dash of cherry juice. A squeeze of lime is optional.
Woodland Plantation Rooms
Wonderfully set along the Mississippi River, the Woodland Plantation offers nine guest units in its main house for anyone who wants to linger for a while and bask in the charming Southern atmosphere. Period furnishings and antiques lend appropriate depth to the rooms in the Main House, each of which has its own private bathroom. Several other rooms are housed in additional buildings. All guests of the Woodland Plantation Bed and Breakfast are treated to a full Southern breakfast between the hours of 7 and 10 AM. Lodging packages that include lunch and dinner are available. Guests can also interest themselves in the tours that the hotel has to offer, which revolve around birding and fishing.