Have you ever been to New Orleans? It is an awesome place. I called the city that never sleeps. New Orleans is best known for its live jazz fun great food and friendly people.
My husband and I recently took a trip to New Orleans was birthday for three days as he had never been. He had the time of his life!
From fried gator to fried frog legs to the famous beignets to our awesome beautiful hotel, we truly enjoyed our three day weekend in New Orleans! When the wheels go up and away, I couldn’t wait to get there. My husband not so much as he is definitely not a friend of flying. But hey I got him to step outside his comfort zone. Love it! . And yes, the picture of me is thrown in for good measure 🙂
Staying in New Orleans
We stayed at one of the most luxurious hotels in the French Quarter; the Hotel Monteleone. . More than just a last name, Monteleone has its roots in the Italian word for mountain lion: “leone di montagna.”
In a city surrounded by French, Spanish, and Caribbean influences, they to add a bit of Italian heritage to the diversity of New Orleans. The rooms were nice and opulent and the down pillows and comforters just dreamy.
A pleasant and welcoming staff set the tone for our stay. The Hotel Monteleone is complete with an awesome Carousel bar and rooftop pool. Check them out next time you go and if you are looking flight availability and last minute deals and if you’re a frequent flyer like me then try these unique online tools .
Playing in New Orleans
1. They are famous for their arts district. It is to die for. I could spend hours just touring the galleries. One in particular that I absolutely loved was the Caliche & Pao Gallery of Fine Art. Located in the French Quarter at 312 Royal Street and one of the most eye catching and thought provoking galleries. See for yourself why the Caliche and Pao Gallery is the bomb so jump on over here to see what is in store for you.
2. It just wouldn’t be right if we didn’t experience the nightlife first hand. I’m sure you know our first stop after dropping our bags off in the room was the Carousel Bar & Lounge in our hotel. From there we traveled down Bourbon and Royal Street to Canal Street and everywhere we turned was live bands and jazz clubs. One we truly enjoyed was the The Bombay Club New Orleans. Awesome food, happy hour and live jazz.
3. Tours. There’s tours of the French Market, Jackson Square, Creole Mansions, Cemeteries. Most have pickups from the hotels or are easy to get to via the trolleys. The one I loved was the swamp tour and we went here on Saturday morning.
4. The Riverwalk is also a great experience. Located on the Mississippi River, it has the Aquarium of the Americas, the Natchez Riverboat, Woldenberg Riverfront park, and an even better mall.
Eating in New Orleans
5. Now if you’ve ever heard about New Orleans, you have heard about eating gator and the famous beignets. Café du Monde is the place to be. Who would have thought that such a light and airy sweet treat would cause so much hysteria. Be prepared for long lines and powder sugar all over the place. Haha. I loved it though because we were immersed in the culture. Check them out at Cafe du Monde.
Overall, just have the best darn time you can have and don’t stop enjoying the culture, sites, and locals. You’ll love the experience! And as they say in New Orleans, Laissez le bon temps rouler! Just let the good times roll! If you’ve been then drop a comment below and let us know what you loved about New Orleans.