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April 2014 

Houmas House Plantation and Gardens


 April Showers Bring Spring Flowers!



We have finally said good-bye to Jack Frost and are bounding into Spring!

April brings new plant life boasting vivid colors across 38 acres of fully landscaped gardens.  Spring rain showers wash away the dry fallen leaves to make room for budding seedlings and bright greenery. 

At Houmas House, Spring means pink azaleas, vegetable gardens, rare orchids, dancing waterfalls, and spunky wildlife. Throughout this month, our gardens will undergo a complete color renewal which will bring thousands of new plants in addition to our existing foliage and ancient oak trees.


See a Spring Garden Slide Show here.


Egg-perience the Magic 

As Seen by Princess Grace


Don't be fooled by the ears, it's me- Princess Grace, with Sugar Baby, and Maggie. We are just hoppin' with excitement over the upcoming Easter Bunny visit!  He's been spotted throughout the gardens but he's too quick to catch for a picture. So, we took one without him.  What do you think of our family photo?


We hope you will visit us Easter Sunday for our Annual Buffet and spend the afternoon in the gardens. The colors are bright, the breeze steady, and the food is divine as always.  Share your Easter photos at Houmas House with me on my Houmas House Facebook and Instagram page.  See you soon!





Princess Grace

Signature Entrees from Latil's Landing Restaurant


Sweet Potato Gnocchi Tossed in Crawfish Cream Sauce and White Truffle Oil

Serves 4


For Gnocchi

2 sweet potatoes

2 Idaho potatoes

2 eggs

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (plus more for rolling out gnocchi)

Salt and Pepper to taste



Boil the Idaho potatoes until a knife pierces them easily. When all of the potatoes have cooled, peel and grate them. In a bowl, combine all the potatoes, mix in the eggs, flour, salt and pepper. Mix only enough to incorporate all of the ingredients, and do not over mix. Shape the gnocchi into oblong balls, then mark with the back of a fork. Boil shaped gnocchi until they float, about 2 minutes. Drain.



For Crawfish Cream Sauce

1 pound crawfish tails

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon minced garlic

2 cups heavy cream

1 tablespoon hot sauce

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Salt and pepper

8 tablespoons white truffle oil

Shredded Parmesan cheese


In a saute pan, heat olive oil. Saute garlic for 30 seconds. Add the crawfish and saute for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the cream, hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce. Bring the liquid up to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer the cream until it thickens and reduces by half and thickened, about 4 to 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper and fold the cooked Gnocchi. Divide the Gnocchi evenly into four bowls and spoon the extra crawfish cream sauce over the Gnocchi. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of white truffle oil over each dish of Gnocchi and garnish with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.





Easter Buffet at Houmas House
The eggs are dyed, the baskets stuffed,
Next, the menu--but you've had enough!
Here's the solution, a good one indeed,
Our Easter buffet is just what you need!
Roast beef, sliced ham, crawfish etouffee,
Even pecan pie with Cr�me Anglaise. 
After lunch spread for a king,
Stroll in lush gardens decked out for Spring. 
Azaleas, lilies, daffodils poppin';
You might even spot a bunny hoppin'! 
Reservations being accepted. Call 225-473-9380
Upcoming Events
Art Gumbo Market:
April 19, 2014
Local artists display and sell their art in the Houmas House parking lot. Free to the public from 10AM-2PM.
Easter Sunday Buffet:  
April 20, 2014
Reservations from 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Call for reservations: 225-473-9380
Mother's Day Buffet:
May 11, 2014
Reservations from 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Call for Reservations: 225-473-9380
Luxury Comes to the Great River Road
While winding down the Great River Road you will trip upon Houmas House Plantation. Once known as the Sugar Palace for its mass production of sugar- today it remains immaculately restored and is open for tours.
Adding to the charm is the new Inn at Houmas House. Twenty-one quaint cottages nestled among an ancient oak alley provide a private and appealing atmosphere guests love. Each room is furnished with old world furniture, rare art, porcelain bathrooms, and a large porch.
This Spring the gardens surrounding the cottages are bursting with vivid colors and tropical greenery.
Booking is easy and for a short time you can enjoy a 30% discount on your stay (see coupon below).
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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.

Save 30%
Enter Promo code INN30 upon booking and receive 30% off one night at the Inn at Houmas House.
Offer valid for rooms booked by May 31, 2014. Valid for reservations through December 31, 2014. May not be combined with any other discount. May not be used for Saturday nights at the Inn at Houmas House.
Or FORWARD to a friend and receive a $10 gift certificate to the Carriage House Restaurant.  Limit one per person. View the Carriage House Menu Here 
Offer Expires: December 31, 2014