There are few movies we love enough, or that have an appropriate level of kitsch, to drive 300 miles to see where it all took place. But Steel Magnolias fits the bill on both counts, so we headed out one hot summer day a couple weeks ago. And 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.
Tour Natchitoches with Barbara
Cast Photo: Copyright TriStar Pictures
Additional Photography by Rod Orta