On the last full day we were in NOLA we took a short road trip to Plantation Country (the area between New Orleans and Baton Rouge) and visited two of the many plantations that are open to visitors in that area.
The first stop was Oak Alley Plantation – probably the most well known and most-filmed-at plantation in Louisiana with over a quarter mile canopy of 300 year old live oak trees. I suppose it looks like Gone With the Wind‘s Tara, but to me it looks like the home in the film version of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof – too bad Paul Newman wasn’t around.
Laura Plantation was our next stop just a few miles down the road from Oak Alley. Although Oak Alley perfectly played up the Antebellum lifestyle (the female tour guides wear hoop skirts), Laura Plantation was my favorite by far. It was a Creole plantation, which means the family lifestyle was a bit more colorful than its Anglo Saxon counterparts. If you ever are in the NOLA area, definitely stop by Laura Plantation – it’s well worth the money.
The last two days I took to wearing jeans and suffered through the 80% humidity because I found that NOLA mosquitoes loved to bite me – 50 bites on my legs alone! So instead of cute summer dresses, my uniform became t-shirt and jeans – I know, I know, shameful for a fashion blogger.
Madewell t-shirt, Bitten by SJP jeans, Dolce Vita sandals.
I think Lauren wore the perfect plantation-visiting outfit: a cute summer dress to keep cool and boots to stay dry while walking around the marshy grounds. For some reason she didn’t get nearly as many bug bites as me. I think it’s because I drink twice as much coke as she does.
Dress from Rockit in Decatur, Tarjay boots and purse from Jackie’s in NOLA.
And for those of you who would like to see a list of all the places we visited, click on the link below to see my NextStop.com NOLA guide. Enjoy!