If you’re looking for a Southern holiday getaway with a cinematic twist, we have just the place for you. The Steel Magnolia House Bed and Breakfast is located in an historic home at 320 Jefferson Street in Natchitoches, Louisiana, just a stone’s throw from the Cane River, and the name isn’t a coincidence. In fact, many scenes from the beloved 1989 movie—which lends its name to the charming B&B—were filmed in and around 320 Jefferson Street.
When you visit the Steel Magnolia House Bed and Breakfast, you’re visiting not only a location where many of the movie’s scenes were filmed, but also the town that provided the inspiration for the play upon which the film was based. Steel Magnolias playwright Robert Harling drew on his family’s experiences in Natchitoches as well as the death of his sister, Susan Harling Robinson, when writing the play.
In homage to the story, the B&B’s guest rooms are named after characters from the movie, and when you visit, you'll stay in one of the Shelby, Clairee, Ouiser, Jackson, or Annelle rooms. There’s also a grand staircase, marble-manteled fireplaces, and crystal chandeliers inside, while the exterior is adorned with a welcoming front porch lined with white rocking chairs.
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It’s not just the B&B, though. Natchitoches is a great December getaway because of the many annual holiday events that take place in the town. The Natchitoches Christmas Festival offers a schedule packed full of holiday cheer, including the Christmas Treasures Arts & Craft Show, live music, fireworks over the Cane River, a kids' festival, Lessons and Carols services, a holiday tour of homes, Christmas musicals, and other events along the downtown riverbank. (You can see the full schedule at natchitocheschristmas.com.) A highlight of the holiday season in Natchitoches is the Natchitoches Christmas Lights, a festive lights display that kicks off with the annual, daylong “Turn on the Holidays!” program.
Book early if you want to spend the holidays in Nachitoches at the Steel Magnolia House Bed and Breakfast. For information on prices and availability for a stay at this historic B&B, call 318-238-2585 or 318-332-8780 and visit their website.
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Are you planning any trips over the holiday season? Let us know if you’ve ever visited or plan to visit the Steel Magnolia House bed and breakfast.