10 Aug A very special getaway!
You know how the most spontaneous things in life turn out to be the best things in life? Well, after last weekend I can confirm this again! After a very stressful week, my husband and I jumped in our car at 7:30pm on Friday night to drive up to the most special and historic hotel in Louisiana. From Houston, that is a 4,5 hours drive, but what can I say… It was so worth it as we arrived at 1pm in the most romantic, beautiful and unique place to stay the night. It is called Nottoway Plantation, home of the South’s largest antebellum mansion.
Nottoway Plantation is the perfect getaway with deluxe accommodations. It is a majestic property next to the Missisippi River, which used to be the Road River. For that reason, the Nottoway family chose to build their sugarcane Plantation here in 1859. Today it is part of the Historic Hotels of America, stunningly restored to her days of glory. It is situated right between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. It takes your breath away when you see the massive white columns and grand balconies of this enormous Mansion for the first time. And that is why this place is worth a visit alone, especially when you find out about the fascinating history and the warm hospitality of Nottoway.
To be honest I didn’t expect this beautifulness and that is why I think that I was dressed a little too casual for this great Mansion (trust me, I think my wedding dress would have been most appropriate here and therefore I totally understand why so many couples want to get married here!). However, it was very comfortable as I was wearing my Florakini Bathing Suit, which was very convenient when it is 100 Fahrenheit; yes Louisiana gets hot in summer!! My Ms. Little Bag was perfect for the day as it fits my wallet, phone, sunscreen, lipstick and keys. These fringe boots were perfect to walk on in the Mansion as well as out in the garden. And of course I never forget my Polette Sunglasses with my coolest Sunny Cords.
After waking up in the attractive and charming bed, a delicious Southern Louisiana Cuisine-breakfast was waiting for us with lots of fresh fruits and berries, eggs, sausages, bacon, biscuits and – my favourite – pastries! Meanwhile, we enjoyed the most beautiful view over the garden, with big sweeping oaks and fountains.
After another tea (and chocolate muffin) we were ready to do the tour. Our guide leaded us through the Mansion’s fabulous rooms and shared the details of Nottoway’s expensive construction and the stories of the family that lived here, the sugarcane practice and her survival through the Civil War. The hand-carved Italian marble fireplace, the great white ballroom and the large 11-foot doors were my favourite features of this 53,000 square foot luxurious mansion.
After the tour we went for a little dip in the pool, which was also very beautiful decorated and relaxing. I could have stayed here all day as I expect that the dining at Nottoway is fabulous. However, we had to make our way to New Orleans but we can’t wait to come back here soon.
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