Sweet Spot Spotlight
Houmas House and Gardens
Located in the “Sweet Spot” between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Houmas House and Gardens is an exquisite picturesque mansion built in the early 1800s. It is surrounded by 38 acres of beautiful lush gardens and ponds, luxurious cottages, three exquisite restaurants, The Great River Road Museum and the Sweet Spot Landing.
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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.
The Gardens of Houmas House, spanning 38 acres, are a panorama of indigenous Louisiana plant life and stunning exotics designed to beckon visitors to extend their stay. The Gardens are planned to reflect the unique beauty of each part of the year with an extensive color renewal each April and November.
Once you have explored the Houmas Estate, visit The Great River Road Museum. This expansive museum educates about life on the Mississippi– exploring the culture, commerce, folklore and music. Once you’ve completed this attraction, save time to walk across the bridge located in the parking lot and enjoy sweeping views of the Mississippi River and the surrounding landscape.
Houmas House Estate is the home of Latil’s Landing Restaurant, The Carriage House Restaurant, and Dixie Café. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are available in both casual and fine dining settings. Just minutes from Baton Rouge and New Orleans, these restaurants have varying menus reflecting traditional Louisiana cuisine. Each menu is updated seasonally to reflect the availability of locally grown produce, providing a true farm-to-table experience.
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