Though the fictional character Rip Van Winkle hails from the Catskills, he inspired a gorgeous estate in southern Louisiana. Rip Van Winkle Gardens in New Iberia is a peaceful place to spend time outside among flowers, birds, and a gorgeous Victorian-era house overlooking little Lake Peigneur.
Aside from touring the garden and mansion, eating at the café, and browsing the gift shop, you can also stay the night on the estate. Guests can book the Cook’s Cottage or Servant’s Quarters for a bed and breakfast experience. You can learn more about rates, admission, hours of operation, and other important visitor information on the estate’s website.
Have you visited Rip Van Winkle Gardens or stayed as a guest in one of the two accommodation options? What was your experience like? Let us know in the comments!
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