Houmas House Plantation and Gardens
An elegant inn and historic gardens invite guests to enjoy an old-fashioned retreat on the banks of the Mississippi River.
This scenic plantation dates back to the 1800s, when the property belonged to a sugar baron. These days it welcomes guests to enjoy its gentle pleasures from a prime location on the storied River Road. The Inn at Houmas House resides in a collection of cottages flank by ancient oaks. Décor is handsome, and private porches make an ideal spot for savoring a mint julep at the end of the day. The plantation is a foodie fantasy land with five wining and dining venues. The Carriage House is a sophisticated destination serving creative Louisiana fare, while Latil's Landing boasts fixed price gourmet menus with wine pairings from chef Joseph Dicapo.
Wine lovers will appreciate the historic water cisterns which have been transformed into cellars displaying a thoughtful selection of vintages. The gardens make an exceptional setting for weddings, and the plantation caters to corporate groups too, adding sophistication to the typical business getaway. Architecture buffs will want to keep an eye out for varied styles that range from Greek Revival and Italianate to Federal and Creole. Tours of the magnificent gardens are offered, and while ghost sightings are not promised, they are a possibility if you keep an eye out for the spirit of "The Gentleman," John Burnside, one of the plantation's former owners.