Oak Alley Plantation
Hotel class: 3 stars
3645 la highway 18, Vacherie, LA, USA
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This is THE plantation to visit in Louisiana Feb 23, 2013
I see that Oak Alley appears on TB as a hotel, but we didn't spend the night there, so I will review it as a landmark.
Of all the plantation houses in Louisiana, Oak Alley is by far the most spectacular and impressive. You can easily skip all of them and just visit this one.
The first thing we visited there was the souvenir shop, which contains an awesome selection of Louisiana items to bring home, from traditional soaps, sauces, cookbooks and many other things.
Then, we had lunch there, but the dishes we had weren't all that great + a little pricey. They have a few Louisiana crafted beers though.
The highlight was of course, the tour of the mansion. I loved the decorations inside and the explanations about the lifestyle, traditions and superstitions of those times was excellent. Our tour guide -a very gracious Southern lady- did a great job keeping us entertained at all times.
Then the best part for me was when they showed us the famous Oak Alley. I don't think there's any other courtyard in America that can beat this one. You can spend hours just contemplating it, it's that impressive.
We walked by it and climbed on some of the giant tree branches. I just wish we would have taken any pictures before everyone else rambled in.
Our visit to Oak Alley was great and definitively worth the detour.
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Tour back in time Jan 31, 2012
Plantations in the south, especially near the Mississippi river, are a sight to see. Question is how are you getting there? If you have a rental or car of your own and you are in the New Orleans/ Baton Rouge area of Louisiana, then this tour won't break the bank ($18 tour). If no car, its definitely more pricey from the deals I've seen online ($40-$50) since they have to bus you out there and your ticket. From New Orleans it is about a 45 minute drive. Even just driving past these plantations and getting a photo in front is nice. And just down the road is the also popular, Laura Plantation.
The old home has some of the original furniture and mostly restored belongings and such. The tour guides dress in 18th Century wear that was typical of the time. The tours go every 30 min. The rest of the plantation is self-guided and it is a big lot so prepare to do some walkin'. Open almost everyday except major holidays yr. round. "Normal" business hours. Also, try the mint julep drink! It is kinda like a fresh whiskey (but Bourbon used) sour with mint. Great summer drink!
From their website oakalleyplantation.com, some attractions....
Alley of Oaks- line of trees in the front. People like to walk down this so wait for an opportunity when people clear to take photos. Can see from the levee across the street too.
Big House- guided tour
Confederate Commanding Officer's Tent
Slave Quarters Reconstruction Area
Antique Car Garage
Roman Family Tombstone
Stewart Family Graveyard
Restaurant • Gift Shop • Cafe • Overnight Cottages
For a full plantation experience, please allow 2 hours for visiting.
Oak Alley Plantation on tv (from their website).......
Filmed in August 2008 by Sci-Fi Channel, an American cable television channel. Paranormal investigation and interviews with Oak Alley Plantation tour guides.
Beyoncé's "Déjà Vu" Music Video and "B'Day" CD insert photos
Filmed/shot in June 2006. Produced by Sony BMG Music Entertainment.
Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte
Bette Davis. Exterior shots only. Subsequent production changes limited originally predicted film time at Oak Alley.
Filmed in October of 1978, starring David Selby.
Dixie: Changing Habits
September of 1982. For CBS television, starring Suzanne Pleshette and Cloris Leachman. Filmed entirely on location at Oak Alley Plantation and the French Quarter in New Orleans.
Days of our Lives
Segment of NBC Daytime Television Series ("Soap Opera") filmed at Oak Alley in mid 1984 during the World's Fair in New Orleans. One day, dawn to dark, film session starring Peter Reckell (Bo Brady) and Kristian Alfonso (Hope Welch). Aired on NBC in August of 1984 with numerous flashbacks over the years. Exterior shots and a balcony scene at mansion.
The Long Hot Summer
Produced for NBC and filmed on location at Oak Alley in April of 1985. A made-for-television version of the original 1958 motion picture which starred Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, this cast included such celebrities as Don Johnson, Cybill Shepherd, Jason Robards, Judith Ivey and Ava Gardner.
Interview with a Vampire
A Warner Brothers/Finewood Studios production, in conjunction with Geffen Pictures, starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. Based on the Anne Rice best seller by the same name. The film featured Oak Alley as Louis' homeplace. Some graveyard scenes and the loading dock scenes were filmed here as well. October 1993.
A Universal Picture Production starring John Travolta, Emma Thompson, Kathy Bates, Bill Bob Thornton, Larry Hagman, Maura Tierney, and Adrian Lester, based on the novel "Primary Colors" by Joe Klein. The movie follows a southern governor's campaign to win the Democratic nomination to run for President of the United States.
In addition to the above films made at Oak Alley, there have also been a number of commercials, national and international fashion magazine layouts and print advertising campaigns, pictorial supplements to articles and documentaries on a variety of subjects which have appeared in almost every category of media.
A Visit to Antebellum Louisiana Mar 04, 2011
Oak Alley is a gorgeous antebellum sugar cane plantation located in Vacherie, Louisiana. We stopped midday, in time for the 3 o'clock tour. It costs $18 in order to enter the grounds and tour the home.
The plantation home has been preserved, and tours are on every halfhour and hour, led by guides in antebellum costumes. I was a little disappointed, but not surprised that there is no photography in the mansion. The tour begins with a brief history of the plantation. The 28 Virginia live oak trees that are in two spaced rows leading up to the home, were planted before the sugar cane plantation existed. The tour goes through the first and second floors of the home and lasts less than an hour. Our guide, Jason, was informative and entertaining.
Also on the grounds is a restaurant, ice cream parlor and gift shop. Plus, their signature beverage, the mint julep is available on the veranda of the home and in the cafe.
I saw a sign for the Oak Alley Bed and Breakfast and thought it would be interesting to stay at this plantation sight.
Oak Alley is located on Highway 18, down the road from two other tourable plantations, Laura and another, and is directly across from the Mississippi River, separated by a levee.
We stopped at Oak Alley on our road trip from Shreveport to New Orleans. I am glad we did. I enjoyed the experience and I learned a lot. I didn't even know sugar cane grew in Louisiana! Visiting Oak Alley is well worth your time.
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“Grande Dame of the Great River Road” Apr 21, 2008
Oak Alley Plantation has got to be one of the most spectacular antebellum homes in the entire south. It has in fact been referred to as the “Grande Dame of the Great River Road”. You can see why as you near the property. There is a canopy of giant live oak trees that run from the front of the home the quarter mile to where you used to be able to see the Mississippi river, a most spectacular view. The home has been through many owners since it was built back in 1837-1839. But this Greek revival showplace with its 28 huge freestanding Doric columns makes it something to see. It has gone through a complete restoration and now looks much the way it did back in its much younger days. Of course modern features were added in the early 1900s as would be expected. Tours are available and although no pictures are allowed inside the guides tell you interesting and enjoyable facts while leading you throughout the home, both downstairs and up. From the front upstairs balcony you can look out towards the river and imagine how great it would have been to see the ships making their way up and down the river. Today, they have built a large artificial flood bank so that the river will not overflow during high water levels. The grounds, although much smaller than the original plantation, still hold some beautiful areas, gardens, and out buildings. There is even a bed and breakfast, café, and gift shop. This was one visit not to miss.
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