New Orleans has been on my bucket list for a long time. I’ve always heard such great things about this city and I always wanted to check it out – and now I can say that I have! I headed down with two of my friends, Kim and Susan (who you’ve seen featured in other blog posts!), over a long weekend and we tried to cram as much into the weekend as we possibly could.
We stayed at the Royal Saint Charles, which is just a few blocks outside of the French Quarter. Nice hotel, but if you book online I STRONGLY recommend calling to ensure the hotel has your specifications as far as the correct room needed.
After we got settled into our room at the hotel, we wandered down the street and met one of Kim’s friends at the Davenport Lounge at the Ritz Carlton for some cocktails and to listen to Jeremy Davenport play some jazz.
We were tired from all our traveling, so we didn’t stay out too late, but were up bright and early the next day for beignets from Cafe Du Monde. We got our powdered sugar bites of heaven to go and ate by the river.
…admired all the beautiful architecture in the French Quarter, including the houses decked out for Mardi Gras….
…..lots of buildings still had gas lamps outside…..
We also went to the Historic New Orleans Collection and did a tour of the Williams Residence, which was neat to see, especially all the gorgeous courtyards, and then we followed it up with a mimosa brunch at the Court of Two Sisters.
After brunch, we stopped in at the Mask Gallery to marvel over the beautiful masks they have. Amazing works of art! I couldn’t make up my mind, so I got a traditional Venetian mask and a mask by Judith Rauchfuss, who makes the masks for Cirque du Soleil.
That evening, we stopped at Carousel Bar and Lounge for a drink (I recommend the French 007) before heading out on our ghost tour. We had a two hour walking tour full of ghosts and New Orleans history, with a break at Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop for a to-go hurricane.
The next morning, we decided to continue on the ghost theme, so we wandered up to St Louis Cemetery #1. Marie Laveau is reported to be buried in St Louis #1 and many people leave tokens and mark (illegal!) on the crypt in which she is rumored to be interred.
After our cemetery tour, we got some lunch and cocktails (Kim was happy she finally got her oysters) and then we took the streetcar to the Garden District, where we walked around looking at the houses, including Anne Rice’s old house, and did some shopping on Magazine Street. I got a great hat at Goorin Brothers and a fabulous necklace at Trashy Diva.
After our shopping adventure, we took a nap and then headed out again. My fabulous friends took me to Muriel’s for a wonderful belated birthday dinner and afterwards we enjoyed a night out on the town.
I was beat when I got back to town, but it was worth it to be non-stop for the weekend, and I can’t wait to go back to NOLA again!