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Road trip from New Orleans: The best places to stay, mapped

Several hidden gems along the Gulf Coast

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Sometimes you need to take a break, even from a fun city like New Orleans. If you have a tank full of gas and some time to spend, exploring Louisiana and the Gulf Coast can be an ultimate road trip adventure.

There are several unique bed and breakfasts, old country homes, and resorts across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. Each has a unique spin on its accommodation, offering beautiful scenery, elegant architecture, or unique furnishing.

Most of all, these locations are no more than a five-hour drive from New Orleans.

Whether you plan to stop at one or stop at them all, here’s a map of destinations ordered West to East along Louisiana and the Gulf Coast.

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1. 2439 Fairfield

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2439 Fairfield Ave
Shreveport, LA 71104

If you love nature, and are looking for a break from the city life, than you’ll like this Shreveport bed and breakfast. This accommodation has beautiful landscaped grounds, complete with English rose and herb garden, oak trees, and an outdoor sanctuary. Inside are four antique-filled rooms and pleasing common areas. Each lodging has a private balcony, swinging chairs, and rockers.

This bed and breakfast’s central location makes it effortless to visit downtown Shreveport and the Barksdale Airport Base’s Global Power Museum.

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2. Aaah! T'Frere's Bed & Breakfast

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1905 Verot School Rd
Lafayette, LA 70508
(337) 984-9347
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You can find this boutique 19th century lodging about two hours west of New Orleans. This Acadian-styled property boasts original artwork, complemented by a mix of modern decor and antiques. Other highlights include its grand foyer, glass porch, and tranquil courtyard. 

Looking for things to do? Food, swamp, and Cajan-culture tours are easily accessible from this bed and breakfast.

3. The Stockade Bed and Breakfast

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8860 Highland Rd
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
(225) 769-7358
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If you’re on the way to the state’s capital, check out this hidden gem near Louisiana State University. Surrounded by an 11-acre certified wildlife habitat, this bed and breakfast is named after the Civil War Stockade that once occupied the same grounds. This Hacienda-style house has six different accommodations that all have private balconies and sitting areas. It’s common-area living room almost feels like a time capsule set in the 19th century.

4. Houmas House Plantation and Gardens

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40136 LA-942
Darrow, LA 70725
(225) 473-9380
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This historic mansion sits between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, roughly an hour from the Crescent City. Nestled onto 38-acres of land, it has several garden areas filled with native Louisiana plants and flowers—and each garden has a unique water display. Built circa 1840, the suites are furnished with 19th century antiques and all have direct access to a porch.

If you’re a movie buff, you’ll enjoy the fact that several movie and tv shows were filmed at this plantation.

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5. Oak Alley Plantation

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3645 LA-18
Vacherie, LA 70090
(225) 265-2151
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Serving as a Bed and Breakfast since 1976, this retired sugar cane plantation sits near the Mississippi River in Vacherie, Louisiana, just 50 miles from New Orleans. Here, you can spend the night at one of nine individually decorated cottages. During the day, the owner offers tours of the large antebellum dwelling.

Though, this accommodation is not for the faint of heart. There have been several testimonies of ghost sitings, but no conclusive evidence supporting it.

6. Annadele's Plantation

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71518 Chestnutt St
Covington, LA 70433
(985) 809-7669
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This pristine 19th century plantation sits amidst an unbelievably pleasant, landscaped estate in Covington. Just an hour away from New Orleans and accessible through the Causeway, it has four separate lodgings and an unmatched breakfast.

This plantation is near the Pontchartrain Vineyards, several art galleries, and a Mardi Gras mask workshop that is open for tours. 

7. The Guest House at Gulfport Landing

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1114 32nd Ave
Gulfport, MS 39501

If you’re on your way to see the world’s largest rocker or The Institute of Marine Mammal Studies, then check out this luxurious Bed and Breakfast in Gulf Port, Mississippi. Built over 100 years ago, this bed and breakfast offers fine accommodations in each of its five suites, including claw foot tubs, antique furnishings, and extraordinary detail.

8. The White House Hotel

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1230 Beach Blvd
Biloxi, MS 39530
(228) 233-1230
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You don’t have to go to Washington D.C. to stay at the White House. This beautiful building in Biloxi, Mississippi dates back to the late 19th century. Beyond its several suites, this quaint inn has beautiful grounds, a pool, and is near the beach. Most of all, it’s only 1.5 hours from New Orleans.

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9. The Kate Shepard House Bed and Breakfast

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1552 Monterey Pl
Mobile, AL 36604
(251) 479-7048
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If you pass through Mobile, Alabama, you’ll find this southern Queen Anne Victorian bed and breakfast, which is 2.5 hours from New Orleans. Built circa 1897, this accommodation is surrounded by gorgeous Magnolia Trees and its magnificent landscaped grounds. The three listed rooms all have unique furnishing. Guest can browse through the home’s library that holds artifacts dating back to the early 1800s. 

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10. Turquoise Place

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26302 Perdido Beach Blvd
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(877) 720-5864
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A road trip down the Gulf Coast wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the beach. If you’re in the mood for white sand, lots of water, and paradise on earth, why not experience in at a high rise resort? This unique stay has three-, four-, and five-bedroom condominiums, starting at 2,301 square feet and at least 403 square feet of balcony space. Most of all, it has an on-site lazy river in case you don’t feel like doing much moving after a road trip. 

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11. Lee House

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400 Bayfront Pkwy
Pensacola, FL 32502
(850) 912-8770
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If you can’t get enough of Florida, check out this 1860s-inspired inn that has a gorgeous double gallery facade. Its suites are inspired by Pensacola’s deep Spanish, French, American and Native American roots. Located three-hours from New Orleans, each lodging has a unique view of the Pensacola Bay.

If the in-house suites aren’t enough, The House also has two separate private cottages available for lodging.

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12. Aunt Martha's Bed & Breakfast

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315 Shell Ave SE
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
(850) 243-6702
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As Curbed NOLA’s last stop on the Gulf Coast, check out this hidden gem located in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Completed in 2001, this homey bed and breakfast has a classy foyer, a dining room that can seat 12, and a backyard that overlooks the crystal blue Florida water. Most of all, it’s moments away from several beaches.

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1. 2439 Fairfield

2439 Fairfield Ave, Shreveport, LA 71104

If you love nature, and are looking for a break from the city life, than you’ll like this Shreveport bed and breakfast. This accommodation has beautiful landscaped grounds, complete with English rose and herb garden, oak trees, and an outdoor sanctuary. Inside are four antique-filled rooms and pleasing common areas. Each lodging has a private balcony, swinging chairs, and rockers.

This bed and breakfast’s central location makes it effortless to visit downtown Shreveport and the Barksdale Airport Base’s Global Power Museum.

2439 Fairfield Ave
Shreveport, LA 71104

2. Aaah! T'Frere's Bed & Breakfast

1905 Verot School Rd, Lafayette, LA 70508

You can find this boutique 19th century lodging about two hours west of New Orleans. This Acadian-styled property boasts original artwork, complemented by a mix of modern decor and antiques. Other highlights include its grand foyer, glass porch, and tranquil courtyard. 

Looking for things to do? Food, swamp, and Cajan-culture tours are easily accessible from this bed and breakfast.

1905 Verot School Rd
Lafayette, LA 70508

3. The Stockade Bed and Breakfast

8860 Highland Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70808

If you’re on the way to the state’s capital, check out this hidden gem near Louisiana State University. Surrounded by an 11-acre certified wildlife habitat, this bed and breakfast is named after the Civil War Stockade that once occupied the same grounds. This Hacienda-style house has six different accommodations that all have private balconies and sitting areas. It’s common-area living room almost feels like a time capsule set in the 19th century.

8860 Highland Rd
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

4. Houmas House Plantation and Gardens

40136 LA-942, Darrow, LA 70725

This historic mansion sits between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, roughly an hour from the Crescent City. Nestled onto 38-acres of land, it has several garden areas filled with native Louisiana plants and flowers—and each garden has a unique water display. Built circa 1840, the suites are furnished with 19th century antiques and all have direct access to a porch.

If you’re a movie buff, you’ll enjoy the fact that several movie and tv shows were filmed at this plantation.

40136 LA-942
Darrow, LA 70725

5. Oak Alley Plantation

3645 LA-18, Vacherie, LA 70090

Serving as a Bed and Breakfast since 1976, this retired sugar cane plantation sits near the Mississippi River in Vacherie, Louisiana, just 50 miles from New Orleans. Here, you can spend the night at one of nine individually decorated cottages. During the day, the owner offers tours of the large antebellum dwelling.

Though, this accommodation is not for the faint of heart. There have been several testimonies of ghost sitings, but no conclusive evidence supporting it.

3645 LA-18
Vacherie, LA 70090

6. Annadele's Plantation

71518 Chestnutt St, Covington, LA 70433

This pristine 19th century plantation sits amidst an unbelievably pleasant, landscaped estate in Covington. Just an hour away from New Orleans and accessible through the Causeway, it has four separate lodgings and an unmatched breakfast.

This plantation is near the Pontchartrain Vineyards, several art galleries, and a Mardi Gras mask workshop that is open for tours. 

71518 Chestnutt St
Covington, LA 70433

7. The Guest House at Gulfport Landing

1114 32nd Ave, Gulfport, MS 39501

If you’re on your way to see the world’s largest rocker or The Institute of Marine Mammal Studies, then check out this luxurious Bed and Breakfast in Gulf Port, Mississippi. Built over 100 years ago, this bed and breakfast offers fine accommodations in each of its five suites, including claw foot tubs, antique furnishings, and extraordinary detail.

1114 32nd Ave
Gulfport, MS 39501

8. The White House Hotel

1230 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, MS 39530

You don’t have to go to Washington D.C. to stay at the White House. This beautiful building in Biloxi, Mississippi dates back to the late 19th century. Beyond its several suites, this quaint inn has beautiful grounds, a pool, and is near the beach. Most of all, it’s only 1.5 hours from New Orleans.

1230 Beach Blvd
Biloxi, MS 39530

9. The Kate Shepard House Bed and Breakfast

1552 Monterey Pl, Mobile, AL 36604

If you pass through Mobile, Alabama, you’ll find this southern Queen Anne Victorian bed and breakfast, which is 2.5 hours from New Orleans. Built circa 1897, this accommodation is surrounded by gorgeous Magnolia Trees and its magnificent landscaped grounds. The three listed rooms all have unique furnishing. Guest can browse through the home’s library that holds artifacts dating back to the early 1800s. 

1552 Monterey Pl
Mobile, AL 36604

10. Turquoise Place

26302 Perdido Beach Blvd, Orange Beach, AL 36561

A road trip down the Gulf Coast wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the beach. If you’re in the mood for white sand, lots of water, and paradise on earth, why not experience in at a high rise resort? This unique stay has three-, four-, and five-bedroom condominiums, starting at 2,301 square feet and at least 403 square feet of balcony space. Most of all, it has an on-site lazy river in case you don’t feel like doing much moving after a road trip. 

26302 Perdido Beach Blvd
Orange Beach, AL 36561

11. Lee House

400 Bayfront Pkwy, Pensacola, FL 32502

If you can’t get enough of Florida, check out this 1860s-inspired inn that has a gorgeous double gallery facade. Its suites are inspired by Pensacola’s deep Spanish, French, American and Native American roots. Located three-hours from New Orleans, each lodging has a unique view of the Pensacola Bay.

If the in-house suites aren’t enough, The House also has two separate private cottages available for lodging.

400 Bayfront Pkwy
Pensacola, FL 32502

12. Aunt Martha's Bed & Breakfast

315 Shell Ave SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

As Curbed NOLA’s last stop on the Gulf Coast, check out this hidden gem located in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Completed in 2001, this homey bed and breakfast has a classy foyer, a dining room that can seat 12, and a backyard that overlooks the crystal blue Florida water. Most of all, it’s moments away from several beaches.

315 Shell Ave SE
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548