December 2014 

Houmas House Plantation and Gardens


Bells Will Be Ringing...


It's time for the Baton Rouge Symphony to return to Houmas House for their annual Christmas concert under the oaks.


December 14, 2014

4:30-6:30 pm

Buy Tickets Here


A special menu is being offered in the new Carriage House Restaurant and Latil's Landing. Reservations required.  Call 225-473-9380 

May Your Holiday Be Merry and Bright!
As Seen by Queen Grace

The elves have rushed and scurried all season,

Just to give you yet another reason,

To visit the Sugar Palace in all its Christmas glory,

Only to return home with an amazing story.

The story of the Sugar Baron who turned sugar into gold,

(Not in the literal sense, but that's how the story is told.)

The lady of the house sashays through the halls,

Her finest of dresses she'll wear for the balls.

And let's not forget the tour guide serenading,

she plays the antique Steinway and is so entertaining.

Your senses will thank you, all five of them,

For the adventure to this historical gem.

Dining and touring are sure to make you weary,

But don't fret because our cottages are clearly,

The most luxurious on the river we'll guarantee that,

You will hurry like the elves and to Houmas will be back!

 See our Tour Guide Serenading

Merry Christmas to All!


Queen Grace 



This is Flipping Exciting! 


Set your DVRs or watch live on December 17th for the Houmas House episode of Flip My Food! 

Chef Jeff Henderson works alongside Chef Jeremy Langlois of Houmas House to "flip" some of his recipes to make them slightly different.  These two have fun experimenting with  our local Creole and Cajun cuisine.  Plus, Chef Jeff gets a tour of the Sugar Palace and spends some time with the Mistress of the house, Susan.

It's sure to be a fun episode!

If you aren't in a syndicated area, Click Here for Episodes.




 Secrets from the Carriage House Restaurant 

Red Velvet Cheese Cake



1 1/2  cups  chocolate graham cracker crumbs

1/4  cup  butter, melted

1  tablespoon  granulated sugar

3  (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

1 1/2  cups  granulated sugar

4  large eggs, lightly beaten

3  tablespoons  unsweetened cocoa

1  cup  sour cream

1/2  cup  whole buttermilk

2  teaspoons  vanilla extract

1  teaspoon  distilled white vinegar

2  (1-ounce) bottles red food coloring

1  (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

1/4  cup  butter, softened

2  cups  powdered sugar

1  teaspoon  vanilla extract



Stir together graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and 1 tablespoon granulated sugar; press mixture into bottom of a 9-inch springform pan.

Beat 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese and 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar at medium-low speed with an electric mixer 1 minute. Add eggs and next 6 ingredients, mixing on low speed just until fully combined. Pour batter into prepared crust.

Bake at 325� for 10 minutes; reduce heat to 300�, and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until center is firm. Run knife along outer edge of cheesecake. Turn oven off. Let cheesecake stand in oven 30 minutes. Remove cheesecake from oven; cool in pan on a wire rack 30 minutes. Cover and chill 8 hours.

Beat 1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese and 1/4 cup butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth; gradually add powdered sugar and vanilla, beating until smooth. Spread evenly over top of cheesecake. Remove sides of springform pan.


The Perfect Gift


It's that time of year to start planning what to give your friends and family for Christmas. Don't give another sweater that will live on a shelf all year.  Why not give an experience that they will remember for a lifetime?  Gift certificates are available for a night at the Inn at Houmas House.  The room includes Mansion tours and a gourmet breakfast in the new Carriage House Restaurant. Gift Certificates can be purchased through our gift shop. 


Houmas House Gift Shop



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 Open  Daily      


Sunday-Saturday: 9 am-7 pm

Cafe Burnside: 11 am-2 pm daily

Latil's Landing: Wed-Sat 6 pm-9 pm

Sunday Brunch: 11 am-3 pm

The Carriage House Restaurant:

    Breakfast- 8 am-10 am

    Afternoon Tea- 2 pm- 4:30 pm

    Dinner- 5 pm- 9 pm


 Directions to Houmas House Here


** Please note-  As of November 1, 2014, ticket price for self-guided garden tour has increased to $15.00.  


Houmas House Plantation|40136 Hwy 942 (River Road)|Darrow, LA|70725