Sorry for the long absence but I am so glad to be back! I just took a trip to Louisiana and was able to see many beautiful plantation homes. Even in the Louisiana summer heat the trip was actually quite enjoyable! OAK ALLEY: Oak Alley is located in Vacharie, Louisiana and is arguably the most famous Plantation in the world. It was built between 1837 and 1839 for Jaques Telesphore Roman. The alley of oaks has served as a model for countless other landscapes around the world. The architecture combines Greek Revival, French Colonial, and other styles. My favorite feature is the beautiful wrap around balcony with beautiful shutttered french doors. The plantation is open for guided tours. HOUMAS HOUSE: Houmas house is located in Darrow, Louisiana. The home was built in 1828 by Revolutionary War hero General Wade Hampton. The home's architectural style is Greek revival, with louisiana french accents. The houmas house gardens are absolutely beautiful, and the plush 38 acre site is meticulously maintained by expert gardeners. The fountain courtyard itself makes a trip to Houmas house completely worth it. The home was recently restored and is now open for guided toures as well as being a wedding venue. Photo courtesy of tripadviser.in/tkring Houmas house before renovation:(sorry about the the picture, it was the only good one I could fined pre restoration. Notice the house is painted white, the bad roof, and the lack of landscaping. photo courtesy of movie locations.com/hush...hush, sweet Charlotte NOTTOWAY: Nottoway Plantation is located in White Castle, Louisiana. It is an immaculately designed italianate home built in 1859 for John Hampton Randolph and his family. The home also serves as abed and breakfast, restaurant, and wedding venue. The home was recently restored to its now pristine condition, much like Houmas House was. It is open for guided tours.