Plan a Romantic Weekend for two or a Fun Friends Trip in historic Natchitoches, Louisiana. Stay in the Steel Magnolias Bed and Breakfast, home of the Movie Family, Drum and M’Lynn Eatenton. Enjoy a Steel Magnolias Tour with Tour Natchitoches with Barbara.
The movie “Steel Magnolias”, based on the Stage Play by Robert Harling Jr., came to Natchitoches in 1988, but the real Steel Magnolias have been here for much longer. Bobby’s family story was his inspiration. A story of love and friendship, a story of relationships, of loss and grief but most of all a story of how a family and a community lived through it all. As engaging as is the movie, the real life story behind the movie is even more fascinating. It has warmth, humor and the capacity to touch something very deep within us. The story of one family’s experience provides a life lesson for us all.
Hear the real life story. See the site of Truvy’s (Dolly Parton) Beauty Shop. Drive down Harling Lane. See Shelby’s (Julia Roberts) “home”, the Steel Magnolias House and more. Visit St. Augustine Catholic Church at Melrose where the wedding took place.
“… it was a total blast. Led by beautiful, sassy, “Don’t Worry, I Know the Sheriff—Go Ahead and Jump that Fence” Barbara Bailey of Tour Natchitoches with Barbara, it was one of the most pleasant experiences we’ve had on a recent vacation. She rides in the back of your car and directs you to all the major locations in the film, from Shelby’s (Julia Roberts) house to Truvy’s (Dolly Parton) beauty shop (plus the real neighborhood, off-the-house beauty shop that inspired the fictional version) within Natchitoches, as well as a picturesque drive a few miles south to the church where the big pink wedding scenes were filmed. Along the way, stop at historic plantations and other unique points of interest, like playwright Robert Harling’s childhood and current homes. (This is where your fence-jumping may come in handy.) Best of all, Barbara is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about her town. Plus, the fact that she admits to watching Steel Magnolias at least once a month, she can tell you just about everything from behind the scenes. She customizes each tour specifically to your wishes, so call her today for pricing and availability.“The Pink Traveler