AOS Travel Feature: New Orleans, Louisiana
Date: April 22, 2016 | Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
A few weeks ago, I took a quick road trip with my mom to New Orleans, Louisiana. I'd been to New Orleans before and experienced all Bourbon Street has to offer, but didn't venture too far off of the path of a typical college student. This trip would be different. We stayed at my cousin's colorful, art-filled home in the suburbs of the city. Of course, my one-of-a-kind mother had something a little different planned for us to do on our first day there. Anyone who knows my mom knows that our family vacations have always been a little different. We once visited a small island off the coast of New England with more cats than people, and a trip to Minnesota entailed large amounts of time spent searching for moose. So I was pleasantly surprised when she brought up the idea of visiting an old plantation home in the outskirts of the city, but still had no clue what I was about to experience.
We arrived at the Houmas House Plantation and Gardens after about an hour long drive in my mom's trusty, green convertible. It was a nice day with temperatures in the low eighties. Stepping onto the grounds was like stepping back in time. Everything was picture perfect at the home referred to as "The Sugar Palace".
Our afternoon started off on the right foot with lunch at The Carriage House (located right on the property). After some savory gumbo and a large glass of sweet, iced tea, I felt prepared for the home tour. I am not usually one to take guided tours, but my mom is, which means my cousin and I were along for the ride whether we liked it or not. Thankfully, our tour guide was adorable and in character of a lady of the plantation. We saw room after room filled with ornate antiques and Persian rugs. I felt like I could move right in after we finished seeing the entire home.
After the tour, we wandered the gardens that looked as if they were right out of a storybook (complete with garden gnomes!). I snapped as many pictures as I could, hoping to be able to remember the beauty of this warm spring day spent traveling back in time. To end our experience, we headed to The Turtle Bar where I proceeded to get a fresh mojito.
Please follow my mom's and my advice when we tell you that you must visit the Houmas House Plantation and Gardens the next time you visit New Orleans. It is truly a sight not to be missed!