November 2013 

Houmas House Plantation and Gardens


Fall in Love with the Houmas House Gardens 



 When the seasons change, so do our gardens.  The month-long process of planting 40,000 new plants for our winter months has begun.  Spanning across 38 acres will be yellow and purple pansies, cabbages, and many more vibrant foliage to enjoy.


Fall at Houmas House brings crisp mornings and mild afternoons permitting long walks through the curvy paths throughout the property.  Get a mint julep and find a cozy spot to watch the sunset and take in your surroundings. 
Here's a sneak preview of the Fall and Winter Gardens at Houmas House.  Click Here

Upcoming Events at Houmas House 

As Seen by Princess Grace


Are you as excited as I am about the approaching holidays?  At my Sugar Palace we always have exciting events to commemorate the holiday season. 

Our Annual Thanksgiving Buffet is always a wonderful family affair. With a spread fit only for a Sugar Baron, you will be so thankful for spending your day with us.

Speaking of Thanksgiving, just after dinner we begin the week-long task of decorating for Christmas!  By November 30th, tens of thousands of lights will be hand strung throughout the Mansion and gardens along with eight fully decorated trees.  This is sure to be the most bombastic display along the Great River Road! 


During the holidays, it's always nice to plan a special event for your friends or office. Have you considered coming to Houmas House for Afternoon Tea? I cannot think of a more elegant way to exchange gifts and spread holiday cheer. I ask that you make a reservation soon and enjoy this sophisticated menu of delicate treats!


PS. Gift certificates are a great gift idea for our Inn at Houmas House or any of our restaurants.  


With Love,

Princess Grace



Thanksgiving at Houmas House


The continued tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving at Houmas House has become one of our favorites. Each year, families come together to visit the Sugar Palace, enjoy a feast, and spend the afternoon under the sprawling oaks.
We are forever thankful for our loyal friends who join us each year, as well as new visitors looking for a different experience. 
Reservations are coming in daily and we anticipate this year to be our biggest yet. Make yours soon!
Call 225-473-9380

 Symphony at the Sugar Palace


Each December, Houmas House welcomes the Baton Rouge Symphony to perform its Christmas Brass under the oaks.  Led by Associate Conductor David Toms, this is a cherished holiday tradition with lively yet peaceful varied arrangements and lush acoustics.


December 15, 2013

4:30 PM


How's this for music to your ears?  Our new restaurant, The Carriage House, is open for dinner and would be a fantastic complement to your sensory overload.  Reservations are recommended for this special night and can be made by calling 225-473-9380. 


View Carriage House Menu Here 


Buy Tickets Here 



Signature Entrees from The Carriage House Restaurant 


Oyster Stew

Serves 4



4 large puff pastry shells

3/4 cup vegetable oil

1 cup flour

1 cup diced onions

1/2 cup diced celery

1/2 cup diced bell peppers

1 tablespoon minced garlic

2 quarts oyster liquid

2 dozen fresh-shucked oysters

3/4 cup sliced green onions

1/2 cup chopped parsley

salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

granulated garlic, to taste


Bake pastry shells according to package directions, set aside.

In a heavy-bottomed sauce pot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Whisk in flour,stirring constantly until a dark brown roux is achieved, about 20 minutes. Add onions, celery, bell peppers, and minced garlic. Cook 3 to 5 minutes or until vegetables are wilted. Slowly add oyster liquid and whisk until well blended. Remember that once fresh oysters are added, natural juices will thin out stew.Simmer 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add oysters and cook until edges of oysters are curled, but not overcooked. Add green onions and parsley, then season to taste with salt, pepper, and granulated garlic. Place puff pastry shells on a serving platter, then ladle a generous serving of oyster stew into center of each pastry shell. Serve.




Chef Langlois Chosen for James Beard Event
Chef Jeremy Langlois  
The James Beard Foundation promotes the continued education, creativity, and culture of food enthusiasts.  It holds events and dinners monthly, highlighting the most acclaimed chefs throughout the nation. In February 2014, our very own Chef Jeremy Langlois will travel to New York and have the distinguished honor of sharing our South Louisiana culture and cuisine.  We are delighted he has been chosen and look forward to sharing more details with you in the upcoming months. Stay tuned! And Congratulations, Jeremy! 
Win a Trip to the LSU vs Texas A&M Game and Houmas House!
If you love LSU football and visiting Houmas House, this might be the perfect escape for you. Enter Here to win 4 tickets to the LSU vs Arkansas game on November 23rd and two nights at the Inn at Houmas House!   
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Open  Daily      


Sunday-Saturday: 9 am-7 pm

Cafe Burnside: 11 am-2 pm daily

Latil's Landing: Wed-Sat 6 pm-9 pm

Sunday Brunch: 11 am-3 pm

The Carriage House Restaurant:

    Breakfast- 8 am-10 am

    Afternoon Tea- 2 pm- 4:30 pm

    Dinner- 5 pm- 9 pm


 Directions to Houmas House Here


** Please note- as of September 1st our adult ticket price to tour the mansion and gardens will be $24.00 per adult. Our child rate will remain the same.