Houmas House Plantation

Fun in the Gardens
As Seen by Princess Maggie

As you know, I have quite a collection of hats. I learned the importance of how to wear the proper hat by my predecessor, Queen Grace.  She taught me that hats were not only used to make fashion statements, but they were also quite indicative of a woman's status.
In fact, two notable women in Houmas House's history were well known for both their status and wealth but also for their contribution to the daily operations of the sugar plantation.
Caroline Preston and Harriet Miles were the wives of two owners of Houmas House when it was the largest sugar producing plantation in the country.  Although their husbands handled all business affairs concerning the plantation, it was these women who actually ran the household and the everyday operations of the business, as well as caring for all that lived and worked here.  In fact, following the death of her husband, William Porche Miles, Harriet ran the entire plantation.
By day, they wore large brimmed hats protecting them from any sun.  This way, they always looked fair skinned as though they were never exposed to sun, giving the illusion of living a luxurious lifestyle.  At night when they hosted lavish affairs at the Sugar Palace, their hats were ornate and accented with satin ribbons and feathers.  For picnics and day events, they would dress up a simple hat with fresh flowers from the gardens at Houmas House.
As the current Princess of The Sugar Palace, I find it important to continue the traditions of plantation life. Much like the past ladies of the House, I too contribute greatly to the success of the business while maintaining my status and lifestyle.  My hats always reflect the season and today's fashion, while also being practical for my activities.

Much Love,
Easter Buffet




Every year, families spend Easter Sunday frolicking through the Spring gardens, marveling at the historic mansion and indulging on the culinary delights that are featured on this buffet.

Reservations are limited and we suggest calling soon to  partake in this fabulous feast.

Hop over to THIS LINK to view the menu.

And make your reservation by calling our gift shop at 225-473-9380.



Wednesday Nights in the Turtle Bar Will Be Hoppin'



Wednesday nights in the Turtle Bar are becoming the new favorite place among locals.  And our visitors who happen upon this crowd love getting the inside scoop on what to see and do off the beaten path.

Next week, we'll give you another reason to visit the Turtle Bar- live music! This duo will provide relaxing ballad-style folk country that will provide the perfect backdrop for our quaint tavern.




Swingin' into Spring


A true plantation destination, Houmas House gives visitors many reasons to visit. From the food enthusiast to the horticulturist to the history buff, one can spend a couple days at
The Sugar Palace
and experience something new inside and out.  


With the Spring season upon us, the most sought out attraction are gardens, and Houmas House is no exception. Visitors can stroll through 38 acres of breathtaking, lush gardens, which are replanted throughout the year to reflect the season. Walking paths and sitting nooks invite visitors to take their time meandering through the acres of seasonal foliage, enjoying the colors, scents and designs of these plants. Master Gardener, Craig Black, has overseen the gardens for over 40 years. An artist by trade, he approaches each new season as though it is a blank canvas. The color renewal process is done twice a year, in April and November, which involves replanting over 40,000 new plants. Both Spring and Winter bring vibrant colors and varying textures to each section of the grounds. Water features such as lily ponds and waterfalls create a peaceful feeling and provide a beautiful display of our Amazon lily pads and exotic Lotus. Wisteria-wrapped arbors provide many picturesque scenes and shady spots to enjoy a mint julep. The most impressive feature of the gardens are the massive moss-draped Live Oak trees that form a cathedral alley to the front of the imposing Greek revival mansion. Viewing the gardens alone could be a full day. 

Enjoy a gallery of garden images HERE


                    Go  Ahead,  Spring  for a  Night  Away!


Can you think of a better way to immerse yourself in the Antebellum era then to stay at a plantation? Quaint cottages nestled among gardens and Live Oak trees create the perfect atmosphere for a romantic night away.

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 . Reservations can be made by Click Here.



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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

    Dinner- 5 pm- 9 pm



   Directions to Houmas House Here




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

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