Houmas House Plantation and Gardens




Max Trobley-HH at dusk
Photo courtesy of Max Trombly. www.BreathlessBoudoir.com 


May 2011
Grace with Children The Mothers of Houmas House
As seen from the eyes of Princess Grace


Being a mother has been the most rewarding experience I've ever had.  As I sit here with my children Baby Sam and Sugar Baby I'm reminded how important being a mother is.   Did you know on plantations in the 1800's it was the mothers of the household that kept the daily operations running?  The mothers served as Mistress of the House as well as "Momma".  They had the grueling tasks of caring for the house, the children,  and helping with the daily operations of the family business- in our case sugar cane production.

I'm fortunate that my era has been a little more relaxed than my ancestors.  But my duties as Mother and Mistress of the House are still needed.  After all, without me, there would be no royal children to carry on our bloodline and make this house a 'home'.  Yes, my days are filled mostly with long naps in the shade of the mossy oaks, and leisurely afternoon swims in the ponds, but my role as Mother never wains. My two children look to me for how they should act as mature canines, how to treat our guests at Houmas House, and how to be a loyal companion to our loving owner.


I hope you enjoy this picture of me and my two children.  Do you have a picture of your mother at Houmas House? We'd love for you to share them with us.


Princess Grace  

Grace with children on bridge 


Secrets from Latil's Landing

Lurline Langlois' Pralines



Makes 15 pralines


1 cup sugar

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup evaporated milk

1/2 cup pecans


In a small, thick bottom sauce pan combine all ingredients and heat over medium high heat.  Bring mixture to a boil and cook for 6 minutes, or until 240 degrees, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat and stir until mixture thickens, becomes creamy and pecans

stay suspended in mixture. Spoon out on wax paper,

 aluminum foil or parchment paper.


Mother Earth Loves Houmas House 


Vegetable garden  

 Our gardens are what set us apart from many historical destinations. But what most visitors don't realize is that we're not only 16 acres of lush flowers and perfectly trimmed hedges. We also produce hundreds of fruits, vegetables, and herbs that are all used in our restaurants on a daily basis. 

Historically, plantations grew and hunted all the food that was served in the lavish seven course dinners.  Food was celebrated and appreciated in a way we don't understand today.  The gardens at Houmas House will give you a glimpse into the past and help you understand the life of the Sugar Baron and all it encompasses. So next time you visit our gardens, stop and smell the roses...or at least the fresh mint that's served in your fresh mint julep.   


Do you want to know about what to plant in an herb garden? We have videos that can help.


See Gardening Videos Here


 See What the Spring Gardens Look Like Here

Mother's Day Buffet


 Mother's Day cookies

We can't think of a better way to tell Mom how much she's appreciated than with a luxurious feast at Houmas House's famous Mother's Day Buffet Brunch.  She can feast on roasted duck, salmon, veal grits and grillades just to name a few.  So if you haven't made plans for your mother yet, don't fret. There's still time to make reservations.


What's On The Menu This Year? Take a Look:





 Call for reservations: 225-473-9380

Houmas House Featured on Wheel of Fortune

  Wheel of Fortune                                                    



Set your DVR's for Monday night. Houmas House Plantation will be featured on the Wheel of Fortune.

Open Daily          


Max Trombly-Tea House
Photo courtesy of Max Trombly. www.breathlessboudoir.com


Monday, Tuesday 9 AM- 5 PM
Wednesday- Sunday 9 AM-7 PM 
Cafe' Burnside: 11 AM- 2 PM daily
Latil's Landing: Wednesday through Saturday 6 PM- 9 PM,
Sunday Brunch 11 AM- 3 PM; Reservations Required for 6 or More


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