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September 2013 

Houmas House Plantation and Gardens


Secrets from Latil's Landing

Bloody Mary Shrimp Cocktail


Serves 4


1 lemon, juiced, plus lemon wedges for garnish


16 jumbo shrimp, cooked and cleaned


1 (28-ounce) can chunky style crushed tomatoes

2 tablespoons horseradish

2 tablespoons Worcestershire

2 teaspoons hot sauce

1/2 cup celery finely chopped

1 shot ice cold vodka

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

Squeeze half of the lemon over the shrimp and sprinkle them with salt. Mix together the remaining lemon juice, tomatoes, horseradish, Worcestershire, hot sauce, celery, vodka and pepper in a small pitcher. When ready to serve, pour the sauce into martini glasses. Hook the shrimp, 4 per glass, around edges. Make garnish wedges of lemons to hook on the edges of the glasses and serve. 


We're More Than Just Fancy Dinner 


Houmas House Introduces Elegant Tea, Breakfast and More



The Carriage House, Houmas House's newest restaurant, redefines the luxury dining experience, combining intimacy and comfort in a breathtaking relaxed club environment with personalized service and attention to detail.  

With continuous culinary offerings throughout the day (breakfast, light snacks, hors d'oeuvres, beverages and sweets), The Carriage House along with the Turtle Bar will host Breakfast, Afternoon Tea and casual Evening Dining.

Stay all day and enjoy the lush gardens, ponds, fountains and statuary all set in the shadows of the majestic ancient moss draped oaks surrounding the famed colonial - revival mansion of Houmas.  


John Burnside, an Irish immigrant, purchased the Houmas from the estate of Wade Hampton in 1858 for $1,000,000.   The Houmas was the largest sugar plantation in America. The following year, John Burnside purchased the famed Garden District villa of James Robb for $55,000.   The villa became known as Burnside Place. Mr. Burnside owned 10 of the most valuable plantations in Louisiana and became known as the Sugar Prince of Louisiana and his Houmas became The Sugar Palace.

James Gallier, famed Irish architect of New Orleans, designed a pair of carriage houses for Mr. Burnside in 1860.   The Gallier designs were not built, but the original designs survived in the archives of New Orleans.   Over 150 years later, the Gallier fa´┐Żade is finally constructed at Houmas.


The great pair of 1850's New Orleans gilt mirrors sit atop the carved marble mantles, reflecting the Irish appointments of the Ballroom. The crystal chandeliers hanging from the plaster medallions highlight the intimate seating and dining arrangements giving the room a formal but relaxing ambiance. The Carriage House and Turtle Bar redefines the luxury dining experience, combining intimacy and comfort in a breathtaking relaxed club environment with personalized service and attention to detail.

Welcome to the Sugar Baron's Cinema 
 As Seen By Princess Grace
Grace ready for the movie
For decades the drive-in movie became an icon of American culture and a weekend destination for all ages. With the growth of cinemas, movie rentals and streaming videos, these outdoor theaters have become merely a memory...until now.
Houmas House is reintroducing the concept of an outdoor cinema on our front lawn. For a mere $10.00 per adult I invite you to bring a blanket or your favorite lawn chair and come enjoy some of the greatest classics with me. The opening date of Friday, October 18 will feature The Great Gatsby starring Robert Redford.  Future dates and titles will be announced on our Facebook page and our website. 
Will you join me for a magical night under the oaks?
Princess Grace                                                           
Chef Langlois Chosen for James Beard Event
Chef Jeremy Langlois  
The James Beard Foundation promotes the continued education, creativity, and culture of food enthusiasts.  It holds events and dinners monthly, highlighting the most acclaimed chefs throughout the nation. In February 2014, our very own Chef Jeremy Langlois will travel to New York and have the distinguished honor of sharing our South Louisiana culture and cuisine.  We are delighted he has been chosen and look forward to sharing more details with you in the upcoming months. Stay tuned! And Congratulations, Jeremy! 
Luxury Accommodations on the Great River Road
Whether you've just attended a wedding, a dinner, or a Christmas party at Houmas House, you will want to continue your plantation experience through the night. Now, with the addition of the Inn at Houmas House you don't have to leave the plantation just yet. The newly constructed cottages are elaborately decorated and complete with the highest quality amenities.  In the morning you may enjoy your coffee on the front porch and watch the sun rise over the Mississippi River.  A full breakfast is included to complete your relaxing morning. Feel free to wander through the gardens and take in the serenity of early mornings at Houmas.  We can't think of a better way to end your event at the Sugar Palace. 
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Now we are offering advance ticket sales for our Garden and Mansion tour and our Houmas House Experience Tour with Transportation from New Orleans. Click below for more information.
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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 September 1st our adult ticket price to tour the mansion and gardens will be $24.00 per adult. Our child rate will remain the same.