Hit the road for a quick trip off-the-beaten path.
So you want to plan an escape for the holiday weekend? Take a quick road trip and venture off the beaten path. We rounded up some great places you can travel to on one tank of gas from New Orleans.
The Myrtles Plantation
Dare to take a tour at this haunted plantation in St. Francisville, La. Stories of ghosts and hauntings have surrounded the Myrtles Plantation since the property was built circa 1796. Guests can experience the mystery of the antebellum plantation touted as “one of America’s most haunted homes.” The site offers daily tours of the home and bed and breakfast accommodations.
This off-the-beaten-path escape makes a great option for a family getaway. Located about an hour from New Orleans in Bush, La., Splendor Farms’ 75-acre retreat offers bed and breakfast accommodations. Some activities include horseback riding, a petting farm, a swimming pool, fishing ponds and more. The site also offers a “spend the day” package for those who want to explore without staying the night. Photo courtesy: Splendor Farms
About 30 minutes from New Orleans along the banks of the Mississippi River, you’ll find the oldest documented plantation home in the lower Mississippi Valley. Take a tour of the home, and spend the night at one of their vintage cottages. Photo courtesy: Destrehan Plantation
Covey Rise Sportsman's Retreat
No more than a two-hour drive from New Orleans to Husser, La. brings you to this hunting lodge providing full-service hunting adventures on 400 acres of property. Deer, quail, duck and pheasant are all part of the hunting experience. There are also activities for the non-hunters including fishing, hiking, cooking lessons and a tour of the Covey Rise Farm. On-site accommodations include a six-bedroom lodge or cabin rentals. Photo courtesy: Covey Rise Lodge
Spend the night in an antebellum home while learning all about its history from the knowledgeable staff at this plantation home in Destrehan, La. Explore the beautiful grounds, and grab a bite at the on-site restaurant before heading back home. Photo courtesy: Ormond Plantation
Houmas House Plantation
A little further up River Road between New Orleans and Baton Rouge sits this historic home located on 38 beautiful acres of land along the Mississippi River. Tour the mansion and explore the many gardens on your visit. Overnight guests can stay in one of the quaint cottages nestled within the property. There are several restaurant choices on-site from casual to chic. Photo courtesy: Houmas House Plantation
About 75 miles from New Orleans in Napoleonville, La. is this sugar cane plantation that now caters to its guests. Enjoy a wine and cheese reception in the library followed by a set dinner menu featuring Louisiana specialties. Select from two house for overnight stays — the main house or the Charlet House. Enjoy leisure activities like reading under the live oaks or playing croquet with other guests. Photo courtesy: Madewood Plantation via Facebook
Often referred to as Sportsman’s Paradise, Tuna Town USA and the Redfish Capital of the World, Venice, La. is known for its exceptional fishing. It will take you no more than two hours to get there from New Orleans. There are dozens of fishing charter companies offering day trips into the Gulf. Most leave around 6 a.m. and return in the early afternoon. You could either it make a day trip or stay in one of the many lodges on the water.
Nottoway Plantation & Resort
The South’s largest antebellum mansion is about 75 miles from New Orleans and boasts massive white columns, grand balconies, multi-level Rotunda’s and beautiful lawns. There are deluxe rooms for overnight guests as well as multiple restaurant options. Photo courtesy: Nottoway Plantation and Resort
Cat Island and Ship Island
These two islands just off the coast of Gulfport, Miss. are part of the Gulf Island National Seashore. Cat Island is accessible by private boat only or charter a boat to get you there. Primitive camping is allowed on this island. Ship Island is accessible by a ferry that leaves multiple times throughout the day. Ferry fares range from $19 to $29. During the summer months, the ferry can get busy so you’ll want to get there early to make sure you get a good spot on the beach. Food and chair rentals are available on Ship Island but you can also bring your own. Check their website for tips on what to bring.
Oak Alley Plantation
One of Louisiana’s most recognizable plantations gives guests a chance to explore the beautiful oak-lined grounds while learning about the plantation’s rich history. Guests can stay at one of the many cottages and enjoy a nice meal at the restaurant or in the comfort of their room. Photo courtesy: Oak Alley Plantation