Weekend Getaway: New Orleans, LA
When people think about New Orleans, many ideas come to mind including Mardi Gras parades, jazz, and delicious food. Perhaps images of sugar-dusted beignets dance in their heads while they imagine the beautiful architecture of the homes in the Garden District. The word "romantic" doesn't always come up when describing this famous city. However, there are opportunities for couples to find romance in The Big Easy. And with several short nonstop flights available, it's the perfect location for a weekend getaway!
WHERE TO STAY
One of the best ways to get a feel for New Orleans is to stay in a boutique hotel in the historic French Quarter. This is perhaps NOLA's most well known neighborhood for nightlife, restaurants, shopping, and people watching. Almost everything is accessible by foot, but there are options for public transportation as well as ride-shares for when the weather is too hot and/or rainy.
There are so many things to see, do, and eat in New Orleans. One of the most famous places to grab a coffee and a snack is Cafe du Monde which is open 24 hours. It can get busy during the day, but the service is fast and the tables are quickly turned over. And did we mention the beignets are delicious?!
Looking for more spice? Cajun food options abound in the city and a trip to New Orleans is incomplete without sweating it out to a bowl of gumbo.
WHAT TO DO
Because of the history and voodoo culture in New Orleans, ghost tours and cemetery tours are a popular activity for those who are looking for a more macabre experience. Coming up to Jackson Square, you are greeted with the alluring sounds of jazz playing in the park, and there are ample opportunities to get your fortunes read. The Garden District gives travelers an opportunity to appreciate the historic architecture of the beautiful mansions.
For the foodies, history buffs, music lovers, and fans of the whimsical, New Orleans makes for the perfect getaway from the ordinary.
About the Author:
Theresa of Get Out! Custom Travels is a Central Florida based travel agent who provides honeymoon planning for engaged couples, as well as hotel room blocking for couples out of town wedding guests.