This past weekend I ventured down to New Orleans to meet up with two of my closest girlfriends for a quick weekend getaway. After being stranded at LGA for nine hours (yes you read that correctly) I made it there! Needless to say, I was elated to see the girls but also pretty excited to not be bundled up under winter layers. While it was in fact Mardi Gras “season” while we were there. There was in fact an actual purpose to our trip, we were on a mission to help a friend get a few things checked off her wedding to do list. Luckily for us, her checklist include venturing to the nearby Houmus House plantation, which was built in 1828, that she picked for her wedding. We headed out to walk the grounds, get a feel for the area and let me tell you, there is not a photo out there that can do these places justice. From the gorgeous drive out, to the spectacular, well-manicured lawns and gardens to the giant live oak trees that lay a comforting cover over the plantation, the visit was breathtaking.
Following our productive visit to Houmus, we ventured over to Oak Alley for a visit and a snack! We pulled up to Oak Alley and were met with 25 acres of beautiful historic land, the old Southern Antebellum manor, old Model T Fords and gorgeous stately grounds. We stopped for a little ice cream and enjoyed the special flavor of the month … King Cake Vanilla no less. It was everything you’d expect it to be.
I highly recommend renting a car and heading out the the plantations the next time you find yourself in New Orleans, it was such a delightful Saturday. I’ll be back with part II of my weekend soon with more details on where to eat, drink and stay in New Orleans!
Lastly, outfit details! As mentioned, I got overly zealous with the “spring” like conditions down south. So while I packed shorts and little ballet flats initally, I wound up opting to pair my shorts with Zara knee high boots (similar here) and my absolute favorite trench (sold out, similar here). It’s quite classic but with the appropriate amount of leathered detail to fit my personality. Of course paired with two of my standard go-to’s … sunnies and my Cassandra black cross-body bag.