If you’re the kind of person who owns an “I Slapped Ouiser Boudreaux” t-shirt and can work a Truvy Jones quote into any situation, then you need to book a trip to Natchitoches, Louisiana immediately. That’s the home of the Steel Magnolia House Bed and Breakfast and, as the name implies, it’s the actual house where the 1989 tearjerker was filmed.
According to Southern Living, the Eatenton family’s on-screen home became a real-life B&B almost 20 years ago, and guests can choose from one of five suites that are each named after one of the flick’s characters. (The rooms are called Annelle, Clairee, Ouiser, Shelby and, surprisingly, Jackson.) In addition to Instagramming yourself drinking your juice at breakfast, the house is filled with costume sketches, cast photos, and other assorted Magnolia-iana.
If TripAdvisor is any indication, visitors to the house seem to be freaking delighted by it. The 100-plus five-star reviews describe it as “wonderfully preserved with the movie magic” and one recent guest practically combusted after “[watching] THE movie in THE family room where it all happened.” (Another overnighter pragmatically mentioned that they “have Netflix in every one of the rooms,” which suggests that they had zero interest in cosplaying as a kidney transplant recipient.)
If this sounds like your thing, you can book your stay through the Steel Magnolia House website or you can reserve Shelby’s Room — which does, in fact, look like it was hosed down with Pepto-Bismol — directly through Airbnb.
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