Of the 4 plantations we visited, Houmas House was the best! Our tour guide, Judy was absolutely the best we've ever had! Her great sense of humor, combined with her immense knowledge, made our tour a very memorable experience. Unlike the other plantation tours, we were not hurried, nor discouraged from asking questions. Instead, Judy made sure we spent as much time as we wanted in every room of this beautiful mansion, and answered our many questions regarding the thousands of pieces of art work and antiques in the home.
Plan to spend several hours at the plantation, because after touring the home, you will want to meander through the gorgeous gardens and have lunch at the fantastic cafe. We would rate the food a "10" for both flavor and presentation. Our server, Josephine, was extremely efficient and friendly. The more formal dinner house (make reservations!) is also a treasure!
Houmas House is inhabited by it's current owner, Kevin Kelly, and he too will make himself available for questions regarding his beautiful estate. Truly a great treasure, and definitely the best plantation in the greater New Orleans area.
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