(Closed) Just booked our vacation to New Orleans!

posted 6 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

Well you of course have to get down to the French Quaters and enjoy some beignets at Cafe de mundo

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve been, but we usually enjoy the aquarium when we go and this last time we went to the instectarium (creepy)

We also ate at one of Emeril Lagasse’s restuarants downtown.. food wasn’t that great but the service was amazing! Our trip was almost 3 years ago and my mom and I have STILL talked about it. lol

I’m sure lots of bees will know other places to see and things to do as well =)

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Bourbon Street, of course! Cafe Du Monde, Brennan’s Restaurant, the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain.  I really enjoyed the Grayline tour.  When we got tired of all the hoopla in The French Quarter we went over to The Garden District.  It’s a lot more relaxing over there.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper

I LOVE New Orleans, one of my favorite vacation spots.

Definitely stop by and have some coffee (or hot chocolate) and beignets at Cafe Due Monde and DO NOT wear black clothing of any variety when you go. Believe me, don’t do it.

I would have to disagree with the PP as Emeril’s restaurants are amazing and worth every penny (IMO). Our favorite is Delmonico with the most amazing steaks and desserts. Make sure to call for reservations if you don’t want an endless wait.

For something inexpensive take a ride down the St. Charles streetcar line. You will see a lot of downtown New Orleans with opportunities to get off and on. You will go by the big plantation style homes that take my breath away.

All in all just walk around town and enjoy yourself. There is so much to see, eat, and drink for sure!!!

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

@Treejewel19: Just to clarify… We’d definitely go back for the amazing service which to me was worth the price even if the food wasn’t (maybe it was the menu they had… I don’t think steak was even on it we had fish dishes). Still We’d NEVER had service that amazing… and like I said it’s been 3 years and we STILL swoon over it. lol

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’m so jealous right now! We went there on our honeymoon and I’d go back in a heartbeat!

We had great food at the Red Fish Grill. It’s on Bourbon street and belongs to the Brennans, so many think it’s too touristy.  But food and drinks were excellent! We tried several of Brennan’s restaurants. This one and the Bourbon House were outstanding.

We did one of those mule carriage tours that start from Jackson Square. They are pricey, but it was a lot of fun. You really get to learn and see a lot, including Nicholas Cage’s grave, the history of Jazz, Marie Laveau’s two graves.

My favorite was when we drove to Lafitte and did an airboat tour through the Bayou. I’m still jokingly trying to persuade DH to move down there so I can become a gator hunter.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

come visit me!  lol!  just kidding.

If you go on the st. charles street car, take it alllll the way down until it turns to the right (get off here!) you will see a white restaurant (looks like a house) called the Camillia City Grill.  Its entertaining AND yummy!

I agree you should check out the aquarium, and the riverwalk mall. Walking the quarter is fun. Cafe’ du Monde is a must! 

FI and I took a haunted tour one evening and it was awesome!! 

Swamp Tours, Airboat tours, plantation tours.

When in October are you going?  The VooDoo Music fest is the 28th, 29th, and 30th.

There is also dinner cruises (but they can get pricey)

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

New Orleans is one of my dream destinations! Report back on the trip. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I don’t have anything to add because misskarianne covered it all. But I will say we did the swamp tour and it was so fun.  The tour guy had a baby alligator on board and he let us all hold it (jaws were taped shut) and it felt just like a nice handbag.:)

Also, be prepared to eat and eat and eat. Everything is good.  Outside of Paris, it’s the best food I’ve ever had in my life.  Have lots of fun!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

they also have cemetary tours- but they are more.. informative than spook (if that makes sense?),  hurricane Katrina tours too. – I haven’t done either of these yet.

also right down by the st. louis cathedral there is the Gumbo shop.  I dont care for gumbo and everything but my cousins and my FI both really liked it.   http://gumboshop.com/ 

http://www.hauntedhistorytours.com/Haunted.htm  (the haunted tour I went on)

Oh and the street cars are 1.25 each time you get on (last I knew) and they like you to have exact change (not litterally CHANGE, the machine takes dollar bills) because they dont carry money to give you back.

 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@MissBoPeep:  It depends on what all you are doing really. A lot of things are in walking distance. I like the St. Charles Line because it goes through the garden district and its gorgeous.

If you are staying in the Canal St area, I would just walk most places.

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