Shop art works, soak up culture along Louisiana's Great River Road
Art markets, fairs and festivals held at plantations and other sites along the Mississippi River make for great shopping opportunities.
Some of the finest works by regional artists and artisans are available in art markets, fairs and festivals held on the grounds of Louisiana plantations, and that makes for excellent specialty shopping opportunities during late fall.
On the third Saturday of each month, for examples, you'll find the Art Gumbo Community Market under the graceful oaks at Houmas House Plantation and Gardens in Darrow. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the market offers arts sand crafts from local artisans. You can shop beautiful paintings, jewelry, photography, pottery and other crafts. Take your time and sample the great cuisine from Latil's Landing Restaurant, and stop by Café Burnside for casual dining.
Not far away, also along the Great River Road, you might catch the fall or spring arts festival at Oak Alley Plantation. Here, too, some of the best works by Louisiana artists are at your fingertips. And of course, there's always a great meal just around the corner.
Gift shops at plantations all along the River Road offer quintessential Louisiana items that make memorable gifts during the holidays or anytime. Check out the shops at Destrehan, Laura, Poché, San Francisco and St. Joseph plantations for great ideas.
Communities along the way also provide good choices for gift shopping. In the historic riverside town of Donaldsonville, for instance, you, can walk along the avenue and browse the shops and boutiques for a special Louisiana shopping experience.