Take a moment and look at this picture. How perfect!?
If you’re in the South, and want to visit a plantation, Oak Alley is the creme de la creme. It’s about an hour outside of New Orleans in the city of Vacherie, and very much worth the trip. While it’s most known for its production of sugar cane, I recognize it as the famous location from the movie, Interview With A Vampire.
Anyway, aside from the many movies that have been shot here, it’s first and foremost a working plantation, and is rich in history.
This 25-acre plantation was restored in the early 1900’s. Today visitors can enjoy tours of the house (more on this later on in the post), and explore exhibits such as “Slavery At Oak Alley” and “Civil War.” There’s also a blacksmith shop, gardens, graveyard, an antique car garage, and more! There’s so much to see and do that you can spend an entire day here. The onsite restaurant is amazing, and is the perfect place to take a break.
The oak trees. Wow. Nothing is more beautiful than these trees (which were planted in the 1700’s)!
The grounds can be explored at your leisure, with the only guided tour being that of the house. This tour is a must, especially since it’s included with admission (which runs about $20pp). Guides are dressed in period attire, and take visitors on a walkthrough of the mansion, sharing stories and pointing out unique items in the rooms.
At the end of the tour, be sure to grab a mint julep from the bar just outside. Seriously, I’d return for these alone – SO GOOD! If you take anything away from this at all, please let it be to taste the mint julep here.