New Orleans Journals

Romantic New Orleans and the River Road Mansions

A March 2001 trip to New Orleans by Irish lassie

Nottowat plantation Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana More Photos
Quote: Half of our time was spent in one of the romantic cities in the world.....New Orleans. After a hectic workweek, we traveled half an hour away by car to stay in one of the beautiful mansions along the Mississippi river. Known as the River Road many of the wonderful plantation homes have disappeared either from years of neglect or fire. The ones that are left are to be cherised.

Romantic New Orleans and the River Road Mansions

Overview

The White ballroom Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Relax in one of the south's most beautiful plantations at Nottoway. Spend at least one if not two days touring the surrounding plantations. One of our favorites was Oak Alley. Located on the Mississippi River about five miles from Nottoway, Oak Alley Plantation has been called the "Grande Dame" of the Great River Road. The 1/4 mile canopy of giant live oak trees, believed to be nearly 300 years old, forms an impressive avenue leading to the classic Greek-revival style antebellum home. This is the home that inspired the Twelve Oaks plantation in gone with the Wind. Built in 1839 by a wealthy French Creole sugar planter from New Orleans, Oak Alley Plantation offers daily tours, bed & breakf...Read More
Nottoway Plantatation Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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At the edge of sugar cane fields, Nottoway stands overlooking the Mississippi River. This enormous mansion, completed in 1859, reflects an unusual combination. Greek revival architectural elements blend with innovations that were the fanciful desires of the original owner. Not only is the floor plan irregular, but the house contained many elements that were innovative and rare in the mid-19th century, such as indoor plumbing and hot and cold running water. This plantation was considered one of the wonders of the antebellum South. John H. Randolph, a wealthy sugar cane planter, commissioned New Orleans architect, Henry Howard to design and build the most palatial home on the Mississippi River. Ra...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 28, 2001

Nottoway Plantatation
30970 Highway 405
New Orleans, Louisiana
(225) 545-2730

Brennan's

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Restaurant

Brennan's Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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While Brennans is not on the River Road, I thought that you might want to go into New Orleans one night for dinner and this is the place to go.In my opinion Brennan's is the best of the best. It is considered the most beautiful restaurant in all of New Orleans's by many, myself included. While definetely expensive, it is worth the splurge just to experience not only superb meals but the care that the staff takes with you. While it may sound like a cliche, everyone really is treated like royalty. The owners mandate to the staff is that you are to be treated as if you are in his private home. There is no sign on the Greek Revival home advertising the restaurant and you must ring the doorbell t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 5, 2001

Brennan's
417 Royal St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
+1 504 525 9711

Nottoway Plantation Restaurant Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Enter Randolph Hall seperated fom the main home, but on the grounds of Nottoway and experience the good ol' southern cookin'. My husband had the jambalaya which he thought was excellent and I sampled the Soul in Yo Bowl creations and become a believer in southern cooking.

Louisiana legends such as Plantation Mint Julep, Creole Gumbo, Cajun Two-Step and Nottoway's Bread Pudding with Rum Sauce where some of the listings on the menu that challlenged our dining decision.

As there are no other close restaurants, it is very fortunate that this one is excellent!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 28, 2001

Nottoway Plantation Restaurant
River Road
New Orleans, Louisiana
(225) 545-2730

The smallest chapel Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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The Point Pleasant community, situated on the River Road, is the home of the Madonna Chapel, said to be the smallest chapel in the world. Built in 1902, and reconstructed in 1924, it measures 9 feet by 9 feet. Drive from the chapel through the oldest French settlement in Louisiana, Bayou Goula, established in 1699, and then on to Nottoway Plantation in White Castle.