New Orleans, Louisiana to Natchez, Mississippi
Collecting the car in New Orleans we planned to follow the Mississippi up to Natchez, one of the oldest towns in the South. The route took us along the uneventful I10 and then up the ‘Blues Highway’, Highway 61.
The direct drive is about 3 hours although we had arranged a visit to a classic antebellum plantation house on the way.
Oak Alley Plantation, Vacherie, Louisiana
Oak Alley Plantation is about 1 hour from New Orleans.
You may already recognise this classic plantation house and its famous ‘Oak Alley’. It has been used in a number of films including the Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt film ‘Interview with the Vampire’.
The house has a tour with a guide in period costume – voluminous ‘Gone With The Wind’ style skirts and petticoats. There are pretty gardens and the striking Oak Alley itself faces the Mississippi.
There are also reconstructions of the slave houses with interesting exhibits and stories.
After visiting Oak Alley it was then onto to Natchez and our hotel.
Dunleith Historic Inn, Natchez, Mississippi
Dunleith Inn and Natchez is another 2 and half hours north along Highway 61.
It was great to have visited Oak Alley before arriving at our hotel. It really added to the experience and the southern antebellum atmosphere of the region. Away from the sound of the cars, you could imagine yourself on the verandah in the 1800’s.
Our room was a verandah room (the two right hand windows on the first floor), previous guests in this room include Mick Jagger.
Natchez itself is a quiet little southern town about 25 mins gentle walk from the Dunleith. Surprisingly for America there is a pavement into town.
Natchez is also the start of the Natchez Trace Parkway, a 400 mile scenic road which follows the ancient Indian pathway crossing Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee.
After a relaxing couple of days enjoying the gentle pace of southern living, it was onto Memphis!