Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Sights to See: Oak Alley Plantation, Vacherie, Louisiana


Oak Alley Plantation  3645 River Rd./Hwy. 18, in VACHERIE, (800) 442-5539.  Tours 9-5; $10.  Lodging $104-$135, includes breakfast.  This exceptional property is entered from the river road through a dramatic, and much-filmed, quarter-mile alley tree tunnel of 300-year-old oak trees (there are 28 of them spaced 80 feet apart in two equal rows).  Movies filmed here include “The Long Hot Summer,” “Interview with the Vampire,” and “Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte,” as well as Beyonce’s “Déjà Vu” music video.  The house tour tells about the Romans family that built the plantation.  Outside, a self-guided tour continues through the “Slavery at Oak Alley” exhibit.  Spread through six cabins, it provides insight into the lives and importance of those who were enslaved here.  Also of special interest are The Sugarcane Theater, which shows a short video explaining how sugarcane is processed into sugar, and a Blacksmith Shop with an 1800s-era forge and live demonstrations.

oak tree alley at Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana
oak tree alley at Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana

plantation house at Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana
plantation house at Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana

dining room in plantation house at Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana
dining room in plantation house at Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana

reading belle in plantation house at Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana
reading belle in plantation house at Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana

children's bedroom in plantation house at Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana
children's bedroom in plantation house at Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana

slave cabin at Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana
slave cabin at Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana

Housed in a 19th-century cottage, Oak Alley Restaurant serves a particularly tasty breakfast enhanced by what must be the very best beignets around. 

best beignets around in restaurant at Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana
best beignets around in restaurant at Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana

Both new and century-old cottages are available on the outskirts of the property to spend the night in.  Breakfast in the restaurant is included. 



guest cottages at Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana
guest cottages at Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana

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