Touring Oak Alley Plantation
If you’re in the South, and want to visit a true plantation, Oak Alley is the creme de la creme. While it’s most known for its production of sugar cane, I recognize it as the famous location from Interview With A Vampire.
Aside from the many movies that have been shot here, it’s first and foremost a working plantation, rich in history. Located at about an hour from the French Quarter in Vacherie, Louisiana, this place NEEDS to be on your must visit list!
This 25-acre plantation was restored in the early 1900’s, and today visitors can enjoy tours of the big house (more on this later), the “Slavery At Oak Alley” exhibit, a blacksmith shop, Civil War exhibit, gardens, a graveyard, an antique car garage, and so much more! There’s really a ton to see and do that you can make an entire day out of it! There’s even an onsite restaurant (and yes, it’s delicious!).
You’re probably gawking at the gorgeous oak trees (I don’t blame you – I was too). Nothing is more beautiful than these trees (which were planted in the 1700’s)!
The grounds are to be explored at your leisure, with the only guided tour being that of the big house. This tour is a must do, 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 each of the rooms. They’re informative and overall wonderful!
At the end of the tour, be sure to grab a mint julep from the bar just outside the house. Seriously, I’d return for these alone – they are SO GOOD!
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