It was a glorious spring day, cool and breezy, and practically perfect. We drove to Lafayette, and then down to Avery Island where Tabasco is made. It was a fun visit. Don used to go there for work many years ago when he was just a young whipper snapper mechanic, and I always wanted to see it.
After Avery Island, we headed out through Franklin, Morgan City, Thibodaux and finally got to our destination...River Road and Oak Alley Plantation. I've always wanted to go! So pretty. There are 28 oak trees planted in the front of the house creating a breezeway from the Mississippi River (also 28 oaks in the back). The builder put 28 columns on the veranda of the house, a tribute to the mighty oaks. Oak Alley is a sugarcane plantation.
There's a gift shop and restaurant. If you go, stop in and eat pecan pralines at the gift shop. They're delectable....don't ask me how I know. You can walk around the grounds by yourself but you do need to buy a ticket to tour the house. Of course the house looks bigger in movies. Isn't that always the way it is? Waiting for our tour to begin.
Our guide showed us some family pictures of the past owners of Oak Alley.
The master bedroom. I didn't bring my camera so these shots are from my phone.
I fell in love with the cradle. It's the only furniture that's original to the house from when it was built, in the 1830's. Just think of those babies who were rocked and loved there.
How to get there:
You've probably seen Oak Alley in the movies or on TV. Wheel of Fortune was there, twice I think. Here's some others:
~ Oak Alley Plantation ~
(from Google images)