Note that many of the plantations operate their own so-so restaurants.

Dining in St. Francisville -- For a light snack or drink, consider Bird Man Coffee & Books (5687 E. Commerce St.; tel. 225/635-3665), on the same grounds as the 3 V Tourist Court and Magnolia Cafe. "It's got the best espresso around," a visiting Polish man told us, and who are we to disagree with such a coffee authority? This small bookstore/coffeehouse, open from 7am to 5pm on weekdays, 8am to 6pm on Saturdays, 8am to 4pm on Sundays, offers excellent drinks and decent baked goods.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.