Has anyone been to new orleans?

posted 3 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@mrsalexander:  I think they have the Jazz Festival in June or July, you might want to look in to that.  The Garden District is nice, and of course you will want to go to Bourbon Street.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

It’ll be SO HOT then, but it’s pretty much impossible not to have fun in NOLA, so I’m sure it’ll still be great!

Obviously, the French Quarter (Bourbon Street) is a must. Magazine Street is also great – cute little shops and not as wild and crazy as the French Quarter. My favorite restaurant in NOLA is Jacques Imo’s uptown – SO GOOD. 

The only time I stayed in a hotel there (FI’s brother lives there so we usually stay with him) we stayed at the Avenue Plaza Resort right on St. Charles Street. Great location and nice rooms – no idea on price, though, because FI’s parents paid (we were in town for his brother’s graduation).

Also, Commander’s Palace has 25 cent martinis during lunch. Can’t beat that. Oh, and make sure to drink at least 1 Bloody Mary – they are so good in New Orleans.

We also took this bus tour around the city once (you get to see the portion of the city really destroyed by Katrina) and it was awesome. The tour guide was so great. Unfortunately, I don’t remember the name of the company, but the bus was purple.

Have so much fun!

Post # 6
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Helper bee

@mrsalexander:  I live in NOLA! Nber0815 is right, it will be VERY hot in New Orleans that time of year, but it is truly a unique city that you cannot help but fall in love with. I know that people always want to go to Bourbon Street…honestly, the locals cannot stand it,but if you must see it go ahead, just know it doesn’t represent the true essence of New Orleans. I say if you want to see some real New Orleans, check out Frenchmen St, where you can see great live music. Presevation Hall is cool. Commander’s Palace is popular and it is in the Garden district(has 25 cent martinis during lunch, otherwise it’s an expensive place). The WWII museum is pretty cool, Definitely ride the street car down St. Charles Ave and see all the beautiful homes. The Columns is a really old and cool hotel on St. Charles ave that would be cool. I’m not sure when you will be there in July, but there is an event called “Running of the Bulls” that happens downtown and is an absolute BLAST. It basically mimics the running of the bulls in Pamplona, except the bulls are roller derby girls. It really is so much fun. I guess let me know more about your budget and I can help you think of some fun ideas, restaurants, etc…

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I love New Orleans! It’s where I got engaged, actually 🙂 My memory is terrible so I can’t remember many specifics, but I enjoyed just walking around all day, especially the garden district. And eating. Oh my goodness, the food is delicious! You must go to Cafe du Monde for their beignets (spelling?). I only remember the names of 3 other places and I would recommend them all: The Column’s hotel (it’s where my husband proposed <3), the Commander’s Palace (where we went for dinner after) and the Camellia Grill. The only reason I remember the last one is because I bought a cute pink shirt there, hehe. I think we just randomly stumbled upon it, and it was delicious. I went in January and it was like 50 degrees; I can only imagine how hot and muggy it will be down there in July!

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We went with some friends last year. I loved the city. One of the best things we did was a bayou air boat tour. We wanted to do a really authentic one so we searched for one that wasnt quite as touristy.

We ended up finding this website that looked straight up homemade. I called to make reservations and this guy answered that I could barely understand because his accent was so heavy. He wrote down our reservation and said, “bring cash” then hung up. Haha. We drove like 45 minutes out of the city to find this place – it was in the middle of NO WHERE and no one got any cell service. We all pretty much thought this guy was going to take us out on the boat, rob us and then feed us to the gators LOL. Luckily, that isn’t what happened 😛 It turned out to be an AMAZING tour. Just gorgeous. And we didn’t see any other boats or anything touristy. It is one of our favorite memories of that trip. I highly recommend going on on these bayou tours and doing some research when picking it out.

 

There is also a bar far down on Bourbon street – Lafitte’s Blacksmith Bar – that we enjoyed. The building was built in the 1700s and was supposedly used as a front for a pirate smuggling. Kind of interesting. Its ranked one of the best bars in America.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

@mrsalexander:  Mr. H and I just got back from a NOLA mini-cation back in October. We live close, so we’ve done a little bit of everything. Unless you’re really into alcohol and bars, Bourbon St. isn’t a must (for me at least). Magazine street is great hidden gem–check out the antiques shops, cool little restaurants, and DEFINITELY go to Sucre for some macarons!! So yummy 🙂

 

Also check out the zoo and aquarium if you like those types of things; you can get an all access pass for the zoo, aquarium, IMAX, and insectarium for around $85-$90; you don’t have to do them all in one day. The pass is good for a week I believe once you purchase it. 

 

Stop by Central Grocery on…Decatur? You’ll probably wait in line but it’s worth it to get a muffaletta (delicious sandwich; lots of Italian meats and olive salad..mmm). Of course there’s Cafe Du Monde on Decatur which is open 24/7. It’s CASH ONLY so be prepared, and it’s also crowded. If you’re good at seat stalking, then go for it! 

 

I’d also say take a ghost tour! We did the haunted history tour, and I think tickets were less than $20 a person. It was really fun, and one of the stops was Laffite’s Blacksmith Shop bar…we were already tipsy, but by the time we got done with our strong haunted drinks, we were “THOSE” people. Lol. Speaking of alcohol, there’s this little bar that’s on the corner of the alley behind the cathedral at Jackson Square. It’s called Pirate’s something…anyway. They have absinthe, and they can tell you all about it and you can try it. We learned the hard way that when you drink something that’s 100+ proof, you should eat and also not keep drinking. We tried absinthe traditionally (mixed with a sugar cube and water), which tasted just like licorice; we also tried it as “death in the afternoon,” where it’s mixed with champagne. It’s a stimulant while other alcohol is a depressant, so if you do this be careful. When we were losing our drunkenness, it was so hard to go into a nice drunk coma because the other drinks were making us sleepy, but the absinthe had us wired. You’ve been warned. 😉

 

For accommodations, we stayed just outside of NOLA in Metairrie, and the Crowne Plaza. It was nice, and more importantly it was quiet. About 15 minutes away from the city (and no stupid parking fees, and less expensive than being right in the French Quarter). That’s the trick to getting something more reasonably priced: don’t try to stay on Bourbon or something, because you will pay out the ass.

 

 

 

I hope this was helpful, and that you have a great trip!! 

 

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@mrsalexander:  i was there in june 10 years ago.  it was humid.

i recommend the mardi gras museum.  you take a boat across the mississippi river and you can see from start to finish how all the floats are made.  it was pretty cool.

i stayed at a hotel near the superdome, was there for a confernce.

going to bourbon street and garden district are pretty standard. i also went on a plantation tour.

emeril is from new orleans so you might want to check out one of his restaurants.

 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

All I’m going to say is, yes I have and it sucked.  Summer in New Orleans is unbearably humid.  Like more humid than any other place on Earth.  You’ll be miserable.  Also, if you like to drink and get trashed, then Bourbon Street is the place for you!  Otherwise, there’s really nothing else to do there (in my experience).  The streets are filthy, and my husband literally got a shot SHOVED DOWN HIS THROAT by a stranger!  It is not a nice place.  I cannot recommend it.  If you’re set on going, at least wait until October when the weather won’t suffocate you.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church

You are going to MELT. My husband and I (who have lived in the South for the vast majority of our lives) refuse to go to N’awlins unless it’s February or October.

We always stay in Marigny on one side of a split shotgun that we found on airbnb. The owners live on the other half of the house and let me borrow a bike to go get food/groceries/whatever. It’s lovely, quiet and close to everything we love. The transit is really good too if you want to go across town, but we end up staying around the Quarter unless we decide to go to the zoo.

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

If you don’t mind super hot and humid weather, then go!  New Orleans has some of the best food I’ve ever eaten…  My favorite place to get cocktails is the carousel bar in the hotel monteleone in the French quarter.

I love it there!!!!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

Brennans is not inexpensive, but has a wonderful brunch and bananas foster done tableside.   

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I also agree that the weather might restrict your mobility, especially if you plan on walking through different neighborhoods — it will just be very hot and muggy and it will pour monsoon-like amounts around 4:00pm every afternoon. October/November is actually a wonderful time to visit.

For a really nice dinner, you should definitely try Cochon or La Petite Grocery. For Po-Boy’s I love Mahony’s in the Garden District and I second the PP who recommends Central Grocery for a muffuletta — it’s an institution. I also love a place called Elizabeth’s, especially for brunch/breakfast http://www.elizabethsrestaurantnola.com/menus. To stay, I also second the Monteleone if you want to be in the heart of the French Quarter, but if you want to get away from the craziness of Bourbon St and go where the really good music is, then definitely look for a bnb in the Marigny Area. The zoo is also definitely worth checking out. 

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