Last updated: 07:00 AM ET, Sat November 19 2016

Cruising to the Nottoway Plantation and Resort

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship American Queen Steamboat Company Bobbi Dempsey November 19, 2016

Cruising to the Nottoway Plantation and Resort

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Nottoway Plantation & Resort in Louisiana is a unique destination that is probably different from anything you have ever seen before.

Unlike some hotels and inns that were built in a style meant to replicate nostalgic design, this property is the real thing. It is a magnificent sugarcane estate dating back to the 1850s.

It has the distinction of being the home of the South's largest existing antebellum mansion. While it has had a few makeovers through the years, much of the estate remains essentially as it first appeared. Many of the original architectural and style details remain, which gives the property lots of Southern charm and traditional appeal.

A perfect way to make the most of your visit to Nottoway Plantation & Resort is to roll it into an exciting cruise. American Queen Steamboat Company docks at Nottoway several times throughout the year, but guests seem to especially enjoy the experience during the holidays. From the moment the estate comes into view, lucky American Queen passengers are entranced by the beauty, and gasp at the magnificent sights ranging from twinkling holidays lights to antebellum-dressed dancers who greet guests upon arrival.

In many ways, Nottoway offers the best of both worlds. You get all of the charm and history of a bygone era, coupled with the modern conveniences today’s travelers often expect.

The focal point of the property is the imposing mansion that stands right at the center, serving as a grand stately guard looking over the estate. Boasting such attention-getting features as the majestic three-story rotunda, the home offers a rare glimpse into what it was like to reside inside this type of mansion many years ago. The grounds surrounding the mansion are lush, beautiful and meticulously maintained.

The estate is situated perfectly, near the Mississippi River and among many other beautiful properties and gorgeous natural landscapes, making for a terrific backdrop for a leisurely drive. Conveniently located between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Nottoway is the perfect stop to include on the itinerary for any trip in that general area.

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As if Nottoway Plantation & Resort isn’t appealing enough on its own on a typical day, there are also frequent special events and extras that add some additional allure to a visit. During the winter holidays, there are several exciting happenings on the calendar. A bonfire in early December kicks off the holiday season, and you can enjoy a colorful fireworks show at the same time. Shop for the perfect holiday gifts during the Christmas Marketplace happening throughout December. You can browse the offerings from vendors who will be selling arts & crafts and holiday items. Bonfires and fireworks displays will continue to be held throughout this period.

The holiday season concludes with a delicious meal, as you can bring the family to enjoy the Christmas Eve buffet in the beautiful Randolph’s Ballroom.

When you visit the plantation as part of your cruise, you will also be treated to a delicious four-course meal.

This will truly be an extra bonus to your cruise, serving as a highlight that helps make the voyage unforgettable. Like the American Queen crew, the staff at Nottoway Plantation & Resort are dedicated to making you feel welcome, and will ensure that you enjoy every moment of your visit.

Make your arrangements for an American Queen Steamboat Company cruise now.