IF YOU (SADLY) HAVE 1 DAY ONLY
BREAKFAST: To fortify
yourself for a busy day, begin by indulging in a gourmet New Orleans-style
egg breakfast here at Barrow
DAY 2 IN ST.FRANCISVILLE AREA
Now, to work off those
calories, drive the 5 miles to Audubon State Historic Site (Oakley
which was built during the colonial period here around 1806.
The architecture is a much simpler style and the grounds are quite
natural,much like they were over 180 years ago when John James Audubon himself walked the same paths.
For a different pace,
travel a mile further down the road to the
Mary Ann Brown Nature Preserve (The Nature Conservancy) and take a light hike through
the woods. Don't miss the huge pond and gazebo!
Drive back into SF (St. Francisville) and eat lunch at Magnolia Cafe,
a true local treasure with too many delicious items on the menu!
Then onto Rosedown Plantation State Historic
Site. It's a true "Gone With The Wind" experience
with the 1835 Greek Revival
'big house' and 28 acres of formal English gardens. Stroll down the
alley of oak trees and admire the many statues, fountains and gazebos.
The tour of the house alone is a captivating hour, so you will spend a
good amount of your afternoon here.
The last stop is our Civil
War site, Port Hudson State Historic Site
(15 miles south of town on Hwy 61). Port Hudson was the last
Confederate stronghold on the Mississippi River. One of our most
frequent guests said this battleground
is fascinating, especially for those in the military. DO NOT MISS in
the Welcome Center:
Ketchum Hand Grenades and the
computer which gives your family's connection to this battle. Kids love it!
Carriage House Restaurant
(4-star cuisine with fantastic setting at Myrtles Plantation)
SHOPPING AND WALKING TOUR
Directory of Local Shops
After breakfast, pick up our unique audio walking tour at the
Barrow House. Listen to the town's history and stroll around the historic
district, which includes a stop at
Grandmother's Buttons , one of the most unique shops in the entire region.
Don't miss it! The stained glass window is reason alone to go inside.
Just steps away is Grace
Episcopal Church (1859),
one of the South's most beautiful churches and cemeteries... absolutely stunning when the azaleas are in full bloom.
*** NOTE: DO NOT... I REPEAT... DO NOT MISS THIS CHURCH AND CEMETERY ***
Continue along Ferdinand
Street (the main
avenue in the historic district) to shop for gifts such as
local handicrafts, antiques, pottery, quilts, Audubon prints,
and whatever else suits your fancy.
Less than a mile away is the fabulous
Imahara's Botanical Garden . Once it's completed, Imahara's will
become one of the best botanical gardens in the south.
LUNCH: Either the Magnolia cafe again
Audubon Cafe (at intersection of US Hwy 61 and LA Hwy 10)
After lunch, drive out into
the countryside to Greenwood Plantation, where you
can learn about the rebuilding of the home (which took 16 years) and
the filming of the TV mini-series "North and South."
Next, drive through part of the Tunica Hills Wildlife Management Area
on your way to the Louisiana State Penitentiary Museum
at Angola. Believe it or not, this is the one place *every* area visitor likes. The tales told by
the trustees alone make it well-worth the trip. There you will see the
infamous electric chair "Gruesome Gertie"
and display of weapons fashioned by inmates.
In the gift shop you can buy a DVD of the award-winning A&E
documentary "The Farm: Life Inside Angola Prison"
(the crew stayed at Barrow House Inn while shooting the film) &
an "Angola: A Gated Community" t-shirt.
Return to SF. If this is a Friday or
Saturday night, you can take the fun 'Mystery Tour' at the
where you are entertained with stories of ghosts which supposedly roam
the property. NOTE: The night tour is more entertaining than the day tour, so
*do not* do both.
Do You Play Golf?
If so, you can choose from 4 golf courses in the surrounding area:
The Bluffs -
(PRIVATE) 7 MILES AWAY. Arnold Palmer-designed course w/ spectacular 17th hole!
Beaver Creek -
(PUBLIC) 18 holes on 200 acres of rolling terrain
Copper Mill - (PRIVATE) 18 holes of
“links-style” golf reminiscent of Scotland
Prison View Golf Course - (PUBLIC) Why the
name "Prison View" ??? Get this: it's 9 holes *inside* Angola, our
state prison. Yet at this long-term bed and breakfast, you
don't have to stay to play. ;)
Carriage House Restaurant (on grounds of Myrtles Plantation)
Magnolia Cafe ( American; Dinner: Thurs - Sat. Only)
Que Pasa (Tex-Mex)
East Dragon (Chinese)
DAY 3 IN ST. FRANCISVILLE AREA
Drive up the road a few miles to Cottage Plantation, which is
famous for hosting Andrew Jackson on his way home to Tennessee after defeating the
British at the Battle Of New Orleans
on January 8, 1815 (the battle was actually pointless, since the War of 1812 officially ended 2 weeks prior).
If you're here
between March 1 - July 1 *or* October 1 - December 1,
you're in luck. You can visit Afton Villa Gardens ,
set among the ruins of Afton Villa Plantation and patterned after the
Sissinghurst Castle Garden in England . Afton features 40
acres with 80-100,000 (!!!) daffodils and countless tulips in the Spring,
with more beautiful blooms in the fall.
Take the beautiful 2-year-old
$400-million Audubon Bridge
across the Mississippi River. About 7 miles south of town, it's the longest cable-stayed suspension bridge in America.
Next stop: New Roads,
an historic town on the banks of the False River.
LUNCH: Eat Lunch at Satterfield's
overlooking the False River. After lunch, drive 3 1/2 miles north on LA
Hwy. 1 to the Pointe Coupee Museum. While there, be sure to ask about
visiting Parlange Plantation,
which has been in the *same* family since the 1750s.
Ma Mama's Kitchen
or Morel's Restaurant and Antiques in downtown New Roads.
DAY 4 IN ST. FRANCISVILLE AREA
Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge:
Only a 5 minute
drive from the inn. Walk along Blackfork Trail, a 3 mile loop
several 500 - 1000 year-old bald cypress trees. The
aptly-named "Big Tree" is the largest tree east of
the Rocky Mountains, a whopping 52 feet in circumference. ***NOTE: To
see this natural wonder, drive 5 miles to the very end of a rough
gravel road, then walk 1/2 mile on a good path.
Clark Creek Natural Area
a 45 minute
drive from your B&B; where you can hike to the Tunica
Falls and a series of 7 waterfalls. This hike usually takes about 3 hours to
Drive 12 miles east of SF to
Jackson, Louisiana, our 'sister' town. Tour Milbank,
an 1836 mansion, the West Florida History Museum
and then sample muscadine wines at Feliciana
Cellars. One of Louisiana's most famous wineries, its tasting room is open daily.
Next, head over to
Centenary State Historic Site , the original location of
Shreveport's famous Centenary College (1826 - 1908 at this site)
Into trains? Check out the
Old Hickory Railroad .