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“Beautiful gardens and unique home”

Rip Van Winkle Gardens
Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in New Iberia
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 25, 2013

Worth the trip. The gardens are beautiful almost any time of year, but especially in the spring and summer. For the Christmas season the house is decorated in the style it would have been in that time period. The house has an interesting history as well as the grounds that were almost destroyed several years ago. The cafe serves good food typical of the area. Its definitely worth the trip.

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Reviewed November 13, 2013

Do try to visit Rip Van Winkle Gardens and Tea Room if you are in this part of Louisiana near New Iberia! The entrance (and exit) through the gift shop is quite typical of many attractions, however the Jefferson House on the property is a wonderful example of lovely architecture and fine living of the time period! The knowledgeable lady giving the tour was very informative and most pleasant in her presentation of the lives of the residents on the "Rip Van Winkle" property.
The video which preceded the house tour gave an excellent brief overview of the family, the history of the development of the property and of the disaster which struck the underground salt mine in 1982. We were happy to expand our knowledge of the area and then enjoy an excellent lunch on the veranda of the onsite restaurant after our tour. Although it was extremely busy on the Sunday we visited, the staff made a great effort to accommodate us for lunch. Service was terrific and the food was plentiful and delicious.

2  Thank Keddy2013
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Reviewed November 10, 2013

We enjoyed the gardens although not much was blooming -- must be magnificent in the Spring. The video was most interesting, as were some of the stories told by the docent at the house. We made it to the café just before closing time, but they graciously let us in. My first muffuletta was delicious, friends reported excellent sandwiches. The chocolate mousse was good, but I probably wouldn't order it again. Overall, a great lunch and lovely afternoon.

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Reviewed November 5, 2013 via mobile

We had lunch at the cafe and it was wonderful. Four of us had an eggplant something. It had crawfish and crab meat and was wonderful. There was enough crab meat to taste the crab meat and enough spice for an awesome flavor but not too much spice to take away from the egg plant , crab and crawfish flavor. Definitely will go back on my next visit.

2  Thank Sabduv
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Reviewed November 4, 2013

We went to this place on an overcast and drizzly day.

The access to the property is not well marked but not too hard to find.

The entrance is through the gift shop (what a surprise) and in general the store does not have much to offer that is unusual.

Staff very helpful and we were ushered to see the video as it was about to start.

The video is very important to see as it gives great insight to the history and disaster that struck here as well as the overall vastness of the estate.

The gardens leading up to the mansion are adequate but not stunning, interesting but not encompassing.

Make sure to get a map as some things are not too well marked.

The mansion is a gem to see and our tour guide was passionate about her job and made the tour so much more enjoyable.

The tour of the mansion is of the lower floor only and the upper living area is out of bounds which was such a disappointment as this is such a major part of seeing how people lived in the house especially when the feature of the house was the three story center feature of the house.

Nevertheless the tour was very informative and a lot of period and original antiques are in place as well as original art and craft of the families that lived there.

The tour of the mansion was the high-lite of this attraction.

Make sure you try the restaurant as it was worth going to. The food was great and the seating and view were too.

1  Thank TangoForFun
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