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New Orleans Pla... > Plantation Tours
04/02/2020 ~ 04/08/2020

Excellent

about 1 year ago
We visited San Francisco & Houmas House plantations. They were both different, but I think being able to see both gave a better perspective. San Francisco plantation actually gave us more thorough history.
Julia Morrow

Great antebellum home tour.

about 1 year ago
This trip was 5 star. It was great being with friends and family sharing wonderful memories. The meal at Houmas House was fabulous.
Virginia O

Great adventure with friends!

about 1 year ago
The trip was really nice. Just maybe if we could have had a 12 passenger vehicle to bring us rather than caravan in our own cars. The Houmas House was absolutely beautiful, tour guide was great, lunch was delicious. San Francisco house was nice.
Helen W

Beautiful homes!

about 2 years ago
At Oak Alley when you arrive, there is plenty of parking in their gravel parking lot. The grounds are massive and covered with 500+ year old trees. Check in is right inside the gate and then you take a short walk to the house. You are not allowed to take pictures of the inside of the house but you can of the grounds and outside on the veranda. The first part of our tour with Allison was downstairs. Each room is beautifully decorated with period furniture. The second part of the tour is upstairs. If you cannot climb the stairs they do have a media room for people to watch a video about the second part of the tour. When the tour is over, they lead you outside. There is a small bar where you can purchase mint julips or other tasty beverages. They also have a restaurant, bar and gift shop on the back side of the property. Don't leave without trying a home cooked praline! The San Francisco Plantation is surrounded by factories and refineries. It's almost odd to see such a beautiful and brightly colored home in the middle of it. Checking it was a breeze at their gift shop. Our tour guide, Jonas met us at the house. You're not allowed to take pictures inside of this home either but Jonas did help us take some group pictures outside on the veranda. The inside has some amazing wonderful original artwork. I can't even imagine how they were able to preserve it. Jonas did a great job of telling us about several of the pictures and furniture pieces. After the tour we were able to check out the slaves quarters on our own and take pictures of those. We really enjoyed both tours and thought the homes were beautiful!

Beautiful homes, wonderful guides and great buffet

about 2 years ago
Decided to give these two plantations a visit while I was in the area. We went to San Francisco first as we purchased the lunch buffet at Houmas House with our entry. Walking up the home is so pretty and has such vibrant colors. The guide greeted us warmly adn made us feel quite welcome. Walking through it was interesting to learn about the floors and why they were built the way they were. I wish more of the front gardens had been salvaged from the flooding. The hand painted ceilings and decorative painting to the wood moldings was absolutely exquisite! The top floor of the home was very nice and it was a great touch to get to exit from the main, front stairs. The property had some slave homes you were able to self tour and some pretty trees with nice photo spots. Next, we drove over the Houmas House. It was about 30 min away but the trip was an easy one. When pulling in the drive is almost like you are entering a secret garden, there are trees and plants all over and it is so pretty! We walked in and checked in without any problems, went straight to the restaurant as we had worked up an appetite at the other plantation. They said it woudl be a couple minutes and took my phone number to call me when our table was ready. We decided to walk back over to the Turtle Bar and ordered up a couple of beverages. The bartender was quite skilled and made a show of mixing our drinks! It was so fun and we had our table ready just moments later. When we were seated we went and got some of the food, everything looked and tasted AMAZING and the service was top notch. They kept everything full and the serving area clean. You have GOT to save room for at least a small taste of the bread pudding, I am not usually a fan of that sort of thing and I could have eaten a plate of this alone! Once we had our fill and finished our beverages we walked over to the meeting place for the house tour, since we were early for the tour we walked around and looked at the beautiful gardens. I almost wish we had come here first as the gardens are quite extensive and you could spend half a day just walking through them! Our tour guide was dressed in time accurate attire to the hey day of the home. She was super nice and made the tour a fun time for all involved. One thing that stood out in this home was that there weren't really any spaces that were blocked off. You could fully walk around and explore the rooms and the items within. We even got to touch the yard darts and some of the old canes in the billiards room. The stairs leading to the second floor were gorgeous, the spiral was such a nice touch to the home. It was such a great way to end the day, I look forward to visiting this property again in the future!

San Fran & Houmas House Tours

about 3 years ago
both homes were amazing; San Fran tour guide Destiny was GREAT, very pleasant and bubbly, knowledgeable as well. HH guide Michael was very knowledgeable.
Jen

I enjoyed the trip.

about 3 years ago
I loved the environment at Houmas House, I was a little taken back by the San Francisco House, but the tour guide was very entertaining and knowledgable.
Barbara M

Good one day trip tour

about 5 years ago
Good combo home tours
Rosella

Beautiful Plantation homes!

about 5 years ago
So happy that I chose to visit these 2 plantation homes. They were both great in their own way. San Francisco just had a renovation where the hand painted ceilings(among other things) were redone and they were beautiful! Houmas House was stunning with its beautiful grounds. The guide was quite entertaining and the lunch there was perfect. I plan on going back to both of these properties next time I am in the area!