Oak Alley Plantation - The Grand Dame Of The Great River Road

Perhaps the most photographed plantation in Louisiana, this home was built in 1839 and was originally named Bon Séjour (pleasant sojourn). But steamboat passengers traveling on the nearby Mississippi River had a different view of the property. Marveling at the quarter-mile avenue of 28 giant, live oaks leading up to the house, they dubbed it “Oak Alley.”

From the moment you gaze up the tree-lined drive to the splendid Greek Revival style mansion, it is evident that Oak Alley Plantation is an extraordinary place. Step inside to gracious interiors that echo the romance of another era, where gleaming hardwood floors and shimmering chandeliers reflect both streams of sunlight, and the venerable history of this magnificent home.

Oak Alley Plantation's restaurant is housed in a 19th century cottage on the grounds, and offers a delicious menu of traditional Cajun and Creole dishes. Take advantage of Oak Alley Plantation’s location in the heart of New Orleans Plantation Country by making your stay here. The Bed & Breakfast cottages near the mansion offer the best of both worlds … a century-old, quiet setting equipped with modern comforts. Indeed, guests delight in taking leisurely strolls on the lush grounds or on the levee where they can watch the mighty Mississippi River roll by. And of course, Oak Alley Plantation weddings offer a fairy tale setting, and the home serves as an ideal venue for group functions and special events.

You may have glimpsed this fabled plantation on screen, as it has appeared in several popular movies and television shows. The magnificence and allure of Oak Alley Plantation regularly draws celebrities and other VIPs who come to tour the plantation firsthand. And, there have even been some ghostly sightings by guides and staff members, as well as guests. So you never know who or what you might see at Oak Alley Plantation during your visit!

Nowhere else in the South will you find a more spectacular setting. Bring your camera, and experience a bygone era at Oak Alley Plantation … the “Grande Dame” of the Great Louisiana River Road.

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