I am a transplanted Texan living in Louisiana, and have lots of out of town company. When people come to visit for the first time, this is the most likely plantation trip that I plan. Oak Alley is that plantation you picture in your mind....probably because you have seen it in some movie. There are interesting stories at Nottoway, incredible landscape at Houmas House, and beautiful gardens at Rosedown. But nothing rivals this view from the front of Oak Alley with the majestic oaks lining the walk and the view of the Mississippi River from the upstairs porch.
I had an excellent male tour guide once who had presented a step back in time with his knowledge of the house and the original owners; and i have also had one young woman who was mediocre in her presentation.
There is a list of slaves and their values....based on their abilities that is unique to Oak Alley. There is a garage with old cars as well. If you have ever wondered what a mint julep tastes like, it is available. (the lemonade is much better)
Another reason I lean toward choosing this plantation is the fun lunch afterward in Donaldsonville at a very unique restaurant called The Grapevine, which has white chocolate bread pudding that is worth the drive from Baton Rouge.
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