Are you looking to head to New Orleans for the weekend? It’s a wise choice for a getaway destination. Weekends in New Orleans are filled with jazz music, shopping, and of course, copious amounts of seafood.
New Orleans is also the perfect place to get a psychic reading and you can even take a cooking class. At the end of your long days, there’s no end to the interesting places where you can stay to wind down.
Can’t decide what to do first? Don’t worry, we can help you. Keep reading for a few ideas on how to spend your weekend away in New Orleans.
1. Places to Eat
New Orleans is famous for its seafood but it’s not the only type of dish you’ll find. Here are a few delicious options for you to try out.
Willa Jean was opened up in 2015 by the award-nominated chef Kelly Fields. It can be found in the Central Business District of New Orleans.
Here you’ll find all kinds of southern favorites such as shrimp and grits, banana bread, and chocolate chip cookies.
Bevi Seafood Co.
Again, New Orleans is famous for its seafood. Bevi Seafood Co. is the place where you can get the best. This restaurant only uses the freshest fish in all the dishes.
There is a wide array of crawfish and oyster dishes as well as a Po-Boy menu. If you head over during breakfast, they offer a meal of three sausage patties and eggs over easy. It’s just what the doctor ordered if you had a little too much fun the night before.
We hope you brought some of your best clothes because you’ll need them when you step into Antoine’s. It’s an old family-owned restaurant that’s been around since the 1840s.
There are 14 different dining rooms that are decked out with chandeliers and other elegant decors. You’ll also see several paintings of past guests. There’s actually a guided tour available to view and learn about the paintings but you’ll need to book in advance.
2. Places to Sleep
After you get your stomach full you’re going to be tired. Look into one of these great places to wind down for the night.
Henry Howard Hotel
The Henry Howard Hotel is located in the Lower Garden District in New Orleans. It’s a double-mansion that’s been restored and converted into an 18-room hotel.
Once you’ve checked into your room, you can head to the parlor where you can get coffee and pastries by morning and soothing cocktails by night.
Follow in the footsteps of some of the greats like Frank Sinatra, Rita Hayworth, and Tennessee Williams by staying where they once did in the Pontchartrain Hotel. This is actually the location where Tennessee Williams wrote his famous piece A Street Car Named Desire.
In fact, you’ll be right next to the St. Charles streetcar that inspired it. There are amenities located inside where you can get a bite to eat and order drinks as well.
The rooms and lobby of the Ace Hotel have been decked out in a retro classic New Orleans style. On top of the gorgeous layout, there’s no end to the entertainment with the music venues and rooftop pool.
When you get hungry there’s a restaurant located in the hotel that’s run by two award-nominated chefs.
3. Things to Do
Now that you know where you can get breakfast and have picked out your hotel for the weekend, it’s time to see the town. Here are a few places that you should add to your itinerary.
Saint Claude Social Club
If your fashion tastes tend to veer into the colorful then you need to go shopping at the Saint Claude Social Club. There is a wide array of bright fashion choices from head wraps to jewelry. You’ll also find clothing options that are covered in sequins and tons of fringe.
Besides seafood one of the other things New Orleans is famous for is jazz music. Bacchanal is the perfect place to catch some small stage acts while sipping a glass of wine and enjoying a party platter full of cheese and bread.
If you’re more of a beer drinker that’s fine. If you step inside to the bar you’ll be able to order your favorite draft beer.
The French Quarter is the oldest district in New Orleans. It’s full of culture and art as far as the eye can see. You’ll visit galleries, preserved architecture, and plenty of shops.
You can attend live music performances, see a psychic for a tarot or palm reading, and you’ve got to stop by the Cafe du Monde.
City Park has a little something for everyone in your group. For nature lovers, there is a botanical garden and lake. The theater buffs will enjoy seeing a Shakespearean play in the sculpture garden. Art lovers can stop by the museum of art.
If you’re looking for an activity the entire family can participate in, you can go a couple of rounds at the mini-golf course.
The Perfect Way to Spend Your Weekends in New Orleans
Are you looking for a weekend getaway that’s full of culture, music, and delicious food? Look no further than New Orleans. There is a little something for everyone in your entire group here.
From the amazing shopping to tarot readings, weekends in New Orleans is the place to be.
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