all photos courtesy Houmas House
Over the last 250 years, this land and this estate has evolved from a humble trading post into an internationally sought out tourist destination. From the garden enthusiasts to the history buff, Houmas House offers a variety of experiences.
A day at Houmas House is truly an escape into the 1880’s. Upon entering the garden gate, your journey back in time begins, starting in 1774. The guided mansion tour leads guests through the architectural evolution of the mansion and details how a succession of owners and the Mississippi River grew this manor house to today’s grand estate. Period antiques, artwork and artifacts help the costumed guides tell the story of plantation life. Once sprawling over 300,000 acres, Houmas House has survived wars, floods, abandonment and the test of time.
The restaurants are perfect for indulging in a leisurely breakfast, lunch or dinner. With three restaurants to choose from, you can experience fine dining or a more casual setting. Our famous Turtle Bar and wine cellars boast one of the largest wine and rare whiskey collections in Louisiana.
After visiting the mansion you’ll want to take time to stroll through the gardens. Thirty-eight acres are perfectly manicured for a self-guided tour. Many sitting areas have been provided around the property, inviting you to linger and experience the year-round grandeur of the ancient oak alley, the fragrance of spring and summer blooms and the sights and sounds of bird life, wildlife and plantation life of long ago.
The latest addition of the Inn at Houmas House completes this plantation destination, making it the most extensive experience of all the plantations along the Great River Road. Twenty-one private cottages nestled among vibrant gardens create a serene environment, perfect for a romantic getaway. Each room is complete with marble bathrooms, old world furniture and a private porch. Just steps from the mighty Mississippi River, you’ll have front row seats to watch the sun rise or set.
Houmas House Plantation is an unforgettable plantation experience and was voted Top Tourist Attraction in Louisiana in 2017 by the Readers of USA Today. Learn more at www.HoumasHouse.com
View of the Houmas Mansion from the courtyard
The American Queen steamboat docked near Houmas House
Courtyard and Garconierre