Sunday, September 22, 2013

Oak Alley Plantation

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Our last stop, sort of a grande finale, was Oak Alley Plantation. This plantation which, in my opinion is the crown jewel of River Road, is famous for it's two rows of massive oak trees that line a walk way leading up to the front of the home. We had booked a cottage weeks before our trip and were looking forward to the quiet of the plantation life.
a flight of mint juleps. Whew! They were strong!
Before getting started on a tour, we stopped in at the plantation restaurant for some lunch. Eating at the plantation you have a couple of options. First, you can go light. There is a snack bar and ice cream shop in the back part of the gift shop. You can get turkey wraps, beer, soft drinks, ice cream, and a couple of other things here. Later in the day we came back and bought some food here for a low key dinner. The restaurant isn't open late, so if you are staying the night you need to either bring food, or pick some up from the snack bar before 4pm.
Your other option for food is the restaurant, which has a nice menu of southern food items. I ordered the shrimp gumbo, and it was really good. I have to say one of the most enjoyable parts about this trip was the food. I complain all of the time about how the Travel Channel is all about food these days, but I'll give it to them...tasting the culture of different areas is both fun and delicious. Yum!
Tour guide 

Come on...this looks haunted, right?

Claire taking in the view
With full bellies we joined a tour of the plantation home, which was informative and interesting. There were a lot more people on this tour than there was on the San Francisco Plantation tour, but we enjoyed it just the same. I loved the wrap around balcony on the second level.

Checking out the grounds
After the tour we were able to check in to our room. We headed over to the office and the restaurant brought us over three glasses of lemonade. How nice! Especially since they had to walk through the rain to get it to us. They led us over to our cottage, and I regret to say none of us took any pictures of it. Bummer. It was really great too. Each cottage is a little different. Ours had a full kitchen, two bedrooms, a dinning room, and a living room area with cable and wifi. It was so comfortable and felt like home, I fell asleep almost immediately.
The Oak Alley

After a nice nap we headed out to walk the grounds. The rain had stopped and the day tours had cleared out, so we essentially had the place all to ourselves. It was so peaceful and quiet that it made it easy to imagine what it would have been like in the old days.

This was a wonderful end to a great trip. We packed up and began our drive home in the morning, and I was sad to go. The whole thing had been paced perfectly, the food was great the whole time, and we had a great variety of experiences. I love the New Orleans area! Can't wait to visit again.

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