PLANTATION TRAIL TOUR & HISTORIC RIVER TOWN TOUR

PLANTATION TRAIL TOUR - EAST BANK ASCENSION TOUR

From New Orleans traveling west on I-10 to Ascension Parish - 60 miles or 1 hour.
From Baton Rouge/Lafayette traveling east on I-10 to Ascension Parish - 30 miles or 30 minutes.

8:00 a.m. - Depart New Orleans
8:30 a.m. - Depart Baton Rouge

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Visit Bocage Plantation designed by famous architect James Dakin and built in 1837. It is steeped in history with ties to Christopher Columbus, early colonization and the Louisiana Purchase. On the National Register of Historical Places, Bocage's design is of the American Greek Revival Style. Open for tours and is also a Luxury Bed & Breakfast. The landscaping is being restored to the grandeur of the 19th Century by famous Louisiana landscape architect Dr. Neil Odenwald.

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Tour Houmas House Plantation and Gardens - Relive the magnificent plantation era with a visit to our Greek Revival Mansion built in 1840. Houmas House is home to wonderful stories of sugar cane farming on the grandest scale, Civil War history, period furnishings of early Louisiana craftsmanship, significant movie setting and formal gardens beneath 200 year old moss laden live oaks. Houmas House is so much more than just a tour of a grand antebellum estate. Experience the southern splendor of "The Sugar Palace". Stay all day and enjoy 38 lush acres of gardens, ponds and a majestic live oak alley. Relax with a refreshing mint julep; enjoy the breeze off the Mississippi River. Considered the Crown Jewel of Louisiana's River Road.

12:30p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Lunch - Choice of the following restaurants - Cafe' Burnside or Le Petite Houmas Restaurant at Houmas House Plantation & Gardens, The Cabin Restaurant, Don's Seafood Hut, Mike Anderson's Seafood, Sno's Seafood and Steak House.
(Contact the Ascension Parish Tourism Commission for specific restaurant information)

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Shopping - Tanger Shopping Outlet, Over 50 designer and manufacturer outlet stores and restaurants are featured in this popular outlet mall. Special coupon vouchers and incentives are available for groups. At Tanger, every day is sale day. Cabela's the "World's Foremost Outfitter" of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear. The 165,000 square foot retail showroom is an educational and entertainment attraction, featuring a decor of museum-quality animal displays, huge aquariums and trophy animals interacting in realistic re-creations of their natural habitats. Cabela's showroom provides outdoor enthusiasts and their families a truly unique shopping experience that is educational and entertaining.

3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Tour the Cajun Village, a collection of restored Acadian buildings housing unique shops and galleries featuring original Louisiana artists and products, a Coffee House, alligator pond and more. See alligators, Big Boy and Nubby, in a natural swamp setting and enjoy Cafe' Au Lait and Beignets at the Coffee House. Great scavenger hunt stop for groups.

4:45 p.m. Depart Ascension Parish for New Orleans; Arrive New Orleans 5:45 p.m.
4:45 p.m. Depart Ascension Parish for Baton Rouge; Arrive Baton Rouge 5:15 p.m.

HISTORIC RIVER TOWN TOUR - DONALDSONVILLE

From New Orleans traveling west on I-10 to Donaldsonville - 75 miles or 1 hour 15 minutes.
From Baton Rouge traveling east on I-10 to Donaldsonville - 40 miles or 45 minutes.

8:00 a.m. - Depart New Orleans
8:30 a.m. - Depart Baton Rouge

9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Visit St Emma Plantation built in 1847 by one of the leading sugar planters of the day. The site of the Battle of Kock's Plantation, a skirmish in 1863 when Union forces were surprised by a contingent of Texas troops and were routed, and suffering significant losses. St. Emma is filled with Empire period furniture suitable to the original construction date.

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Tour the Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church, a beautiful gothic style cathedral-like structure built in the late 1800's, serving the Church parish established in 1772 after which ascension civil parish is named. Originally a mission to serve the growing community of Acadians and evangelize the nearby Native Americans.

11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Tour the River Road African American Museum - The River Road African American Museum collects, preserves and exhibits art, artifacts and buildings as it is related to the history and culture of African Americans in the rural communities along the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. The museum includes a campus of buildings located in the beautiful downtown historic district of Donalsonville, LA.

12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Lunch - Choice of the following restaurants - Cafe' Lafourche, Cypress Cafe', First and Last Chance Cafe', Lee's Chinese Inn, The Cup and Saucer Restaurant, The Grapevine Restaurant and Gallery. (Contact the Ascension Parish Tourism Commission for specific restaurant information).

2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Visit Alvin Batiste, Folk Artist - The history of generations along the Mississippi River finds expression in the brush strokes of Alvin Batiste, self-taught, primitive artist whose work has been critically acclaimed. Visitors may watch the artist at work, browse the gallery, commission and/or purchase original paintings.

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Shopping in Historic Downtown Donaldsonville - Cabahanosse Antiques & Gifts, Gift Shop Fleur de Lis at Merle Norman

3:45 p.m. Depart Donaldsonville for New Orleans; Arrive New Orleans 5:00 p.m.
3:45 p.m. Depart Donaldsonville for Baton Rouge; Arrive Baton Rouge 4:00 p.m.
 

Events

Polos & Pearls
08/19/17; All day

Cooking for Character
08/29/17;
Main Branch of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library - Event Room

Market on the Square
09/02/17; 8:30am - 11:30am
Will be held in Louisiana Square in Donaldsonville

Downtown Live
09/02/17; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Crescent Park in Donaldsonville

Oldies But Goodies Fest & BBQ Cook-Off
09/09/17; 11:00am - 5:30pm
West Baton Rouge Tourist Information & Conference Center



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