Houmas House Plantation Tour - Drive Out Tickets
Once you've visited Houmas House Plantation and Gardens in person, you'll know why it is called "The Crown Jewel of...
Gorgeous gardens and home. A little pricey and they make it very obvious that you are expected to tip the tour guide at the end, but overall worth the money.
When you arrive you will notice there is quite a bit of construction at the front entrance. They are adding a new museum to the property! Check in was easy and inside the gift shop. The tour starting point is a short walk from the gift shop where you check in. The guides are dressed in period costumes which really adds to the ambience of the tour. Our guide, Stephanie was very funny and great at telling the history of the home and grounds. She had tons of information about the furniture, art, family members... Stephanie was really wonderful. This is the only plantation that has an elevator to the second floor of the home. If you have someone in your party that is wheelchair bound, they will be pleasantly surprised to discover they don't have to miss the second part of the tour! The rooms and grounds are just exquisite. It's like being in a botanical garden. Every staff member we encountered was very friendly and helpful. SAVE ROOM FOR THE BUFFET! You can't miss having lunch here. The food was some of the best I have had in Louisiana and the bread pudding is outstanding. I won't mention how many plates I had, it's embarrassing so I def recommend wearing stretchy pants if you eat here. Our server, Lauren was great at suggesting drinks and very attentive. If you visit and have time, you could easily spend 4-5 hours here and enjoy every second!
Houmas house is probably my most favorite of all the plantations I have seen so far. Once you pull up, it doesn't look that grand (partly because there's construction for a museum addition) but trust me, it gets better! You walk into the large gift shop and you have the option to watch a short video about how the plantation came about and the owners, etc. As you start the tour, you're instantly looking at a beautiful pond. As you take the pathway to the home, it's like walking through a magical garden with various statues and fountains. You can tell they care a lot about their grounds and keep them very maintained. It's very picturesque with the beautiful oak trees and gardens with the magnificent home in the background. Inside the home is just as beautiful. As soon as you walk in you see the lovely painted walls and ceilings. The tour guide walks you through each room, and is very friendly and informative. The home is filled with some of the most amazing antiques, art, and collectibles. The owner still lives in the house, and supposedly he was there but we never saw him and I think it's very cool he's still letting people come and visit such a beautiful part of Louisiana history. Oh, and the food at the Cafe Burnside was delicious! Some of the best bread pudding I've ever had!