Destinations USA

Touring the Plantation Houses – Oak Alley to Dunleith

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’.

Oak Alley Plantation

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.

Dunleith Historic Inn

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.

Mississippi River at Natchez

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!

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  • The London Secret
    March 17, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    I can’t believe that you’ve stayed in the same room as Mick Jagger! Looks like you’ve had a really interesting trip.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      March 21, 2016 at 11:19 pm

      Yes, I know! It was a really interesting trip and this area is steeped in history,

  • hannah
    March 17, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    This looks awesome. I’ve never been to this part of America but it looks a great part to visit x

    • Mr and Mrs W
      March 21, 2016 at 11:21 pm

      It’s very interesting to travel around the South of the US,

  • kerry Norris
    March 17, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Wow this looks awesome. It’s funny because you see these in movies and never think they will look as grand in real life. I’m very jealous of your trip. Looks like you’re having a fantastic time x

    • Mr and Mrs W
      April 1, 2016 at 11:13 pm

      The plantation houses are incredibly grand in real life, and beautiful inside and out.