New Orleans for a honeymoon?

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Helper bee

I wouldn’t think of New Orleans as a really relaxing honeymoon, and there isn’t a ton to do in the city for two weeks. 

It’s definitely a cool city for a vacation though. 

You should look into staying at one of the plantation homes for a couple nights. The Laura Plantation is pretty cool but I don’t know if they allow overnight guests. I think Oak Alley does though and it’s right down the road. 

In New Orleans, theres a mardi gras museum (you can see the artists working on next years floats) the world war two museum is also interesting.  There are also swap tours, but I think by December most of the alligators are hibernating.  There are also a couple of jazz dinner cruises on the Mississippi that are nice – the food isn’t great and is expensive- but it’s a good way to spend a night. 

If you rent a car you can head over to Mississippi,  Florida or Alabama for a bit too.  I spent 3 years for school in NOLA and can’t really think of what I would do for 2 weeks. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I think New Orelans can be a great honeymoom and also it’s only gets crazy in the spring. So december should be fine, The city is very romantic. Stay at one of the local hotels and not a chain. Get out of the french and go visit some of the historic buildings they have all kinds of great architecture tours in the french quater and out of it.Great Museums.

Tons of great resturants and good for romantic dinners. Lots of live music, if you are fan of jazz it’s great for that, but there also a lot different bands. Go on the riverboats. Also they have an awesome Symphony Orchestras.

New Orleans has this reputation of being a drunk fast which it no doubt is especially during mardi gra and spring break. But it’s more then that. I think in December you won’t find the same vibe there.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Our church and then at The Garden Room for the reception

I was just there this summer with my dad; I think it would make an amazing spot to honeymoon! (Wish I could take my FI!)

I highly recommend the Steamboat Nathchez. They take you for a cruise tour a few miles down the Mississippi, and the food is amazing! We had lunch, and it was one of the best lunches that I’ve ever had. (By the way, the river is very calm, so no worries about seasickness. I only really felt that we were on water when the boat started to turn around.) They also have a live jazz band who play in the dining room. 

I could picture it being a lovely place for a newlywed couple to dine. I can’t tell you what their dinners are like, but I would think it has potential for a romantic night out.

 

Post # 7
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Helper bee

@MlleDarcy:  I guess if you really take your time on everything it would probably be good. There are a lot of walking tours too. I you end up doing the Laura Plantation (its intersting because it was run by a woman) I think they also have a tour in the French Quarter that goes to covers some of what the family owned there too. 

If you do go, The Court of Two Sisters was probably my favorite restaurants, Iris is also really good.  You may hear a lot about Commander’s Palace, but I think it was over rated. There are about a million small places that I’m sure are great also. 

Also, when you’re looking at hotels – although it sounds fun, don’t stay on Burbon street unless you want noise all night. I’m sure some places have better noise control than others, but it can get pretty loud (and smelly!) 

On another note, depending on what you want to do/where you want to go renting a car may or may not be worth it. I’d consider renting for a few days or a week and schedule what you want to do outside the city for those days.  The streetcars aren’t necessarily super convenient in where they go, but should get you most places you’re interested in. Parking isn’t usually too bad, but if you stay in/near the french quarter you’ll probably have to pay to park at the hotel. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Go!  Commander’s Palace is amazing…the food is so awesome, and the service is amazing.  If you get a hotel room that’s in the Garden District rather than the French Quarter, I think you’d like it better.  

There are plantation tours and swamp tours to go on, there are plenty of places to drink, there are tons of amazing restaurants…it’s the best.

Go to Commander’s Palace for lunch on a weekday.  They have 25 cent martinis!  Go to Cochon and tell me how it is, since I’ve never been able to go.  Go to Coop’s for jumbalaya, to Acme Oyster House for crawfish po’boys, to the Carousel Bar at Hotel Monteleone for amaaaaazing drinks (the bar rotates, too!), to Napoleon House for their heated muffaletas, of course to Cafe du Monde…I could seriously live there and not get bored of all the things to do.  

Have FUN!!!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

We got engaged in NOLA and love it there! I second the PP on Commander’s Palace. Even if it’s just for a brunch, the spots reserve very quickly. John’s Steakhouse down the way is also phenomenal for a celebration dinner! There are also many “must do” options like Cafe Du Monde, etc. We really loved Hotel Indigo in the Garden District, as it’s still a very modern hotel in the midst of such old architecture and culture. I usually recommend staying closer to the French Quarter, to be closer to the action. However, it’s your honeymoon and you’ll want something a little more lax. You also have two weeks, and the trolley rides can be really charming. Even rent mopeds one day! 

I think two weeks would be great there, as there is a lot to see and you can do it at your own pace…. Create your OWN self guided tours since you have the time. It will make it just that more memorable. We would sleep in, order room service for brunch, snuggle some more (and get pretty cozy ;P)… Take our time getting ready and go out and about. We would explore something new each day, even if it was simply getting ourselves lost amongst the beautiful historical homes and ending up in a restaurant off the beaten path. Our nights would usually end after a few drinks, in the huge couples walk-in shower. Maybe a little TMI, but SO romantic and one of the most unforgettable things for us both.

also, research the weather, because I imagine December could be cold… And you’ll be doing A LOT of walking around. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

We did a 7 day vacation in NOLA, and had a blast!  Favorite places were: Cafe Du monde, Court of Two Sisters- very romantic dining spot, Cafe Beignet for the early morning, mid afternoon times, for drinks- we didn’t really find a bad place they were all pretty great. 

We took a streetcar out to the art museum one day- Wednesdays are free admission!  That was a really fun time. 

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Mr TTR & I were in New Orleans for our Vacation Extravaganza last year… (Christmas – Pre Wedding – Wedding – Honeymoon)

We spent 3 Days there.

I have to warn you that the weather can be iffy in Wintertime (especially January which is the coldest month in the Northern Hemispher)… everything is going to depend on where the Jet Stream is located, how far it has dipped down into the USA.

For example, when we were there, it wasn’t very warm when we were there, and down right chilly at night (example our Days were in the LOW 50s and the Nights in the mid 40s)

Here is a link where you can look at Historical Weather Temps = http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/new-orleans-la/70112/december-weather/348585?monyr=12/1/2012

http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/new-orleans-la/70112/december-weather/348585?monyr=12/1/2012

It was our first visit to New Orleans and we had a blast.  Lots of great things to see in this Historic City.

We would definitely go back… but next time we probably will forego Bourbon Street in favour of Frenchman which is where the Locals go to have fun.

And we’d look at going later in the year… February, March & April… before the heat & humidity become oppressive.

Hope this helps,

PS… Want to save money in New Orleans ?  Don’t stay Downtown… stay out in the Garden District and commute by Taxi or Streetcar / Trolly.  2 Taxis a day is still going to be waaay cheaper than the difference of a Hotel Room Downtown.

 

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Mr TTR & I were in New Orleans for our Vacation Extravaganza last year… (Christmas – Pre Wedding – Wedding – Honeymoon)

We spent 3 Days there.

I have to warn you that the weather can be iffy in Wintertime (especially January which is the coldest month in the Northern Hemispher)… everything is going to depend on where the Jet Stream is located, how far it has dipped down into the USA.

For example, when we were there, it wasn’t very warm when we were there, and down right chilly at night (example our Days were in the LOW 50s and the Nights in the mid 40s)

Here is a link where you can look at Historical Weather Temps = http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/new-orleans-la/70112/december-weather/348585?monyr=12/1/2012

This was our first visit to New Orleans and we had a blast.  Lots of great things to see in this Historic City.

We would definitely go back… but next time we probably will forego Bourbon Street in favour of Frenchman which is where the Locals go to have fun.

And we’d look at going later in the year… February, March & April… before the heat & humidity become oppressive.

Hope this helps,

PS… Want to save money in New Orleans ?  Don’t stay Downtown… stay out in the Garden District and commute by Taxi or Streetcar / Trolly.  2 Taxis a day is still going to be waaay cheaper than the difference of a Hotel Room Downtown.

 

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

We stayed there for one day/night during our road trip honeymoon. I honestly couldn’t imagine staying there for two weeks. I wasn’t a huge fan. I prefer Savannah to New Orleans.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee

New Orleans, wht a fun city!1

Some of the best food in the entire world, so if you are foodlovers, you can’t go wrong that way. Do hit the Court of 2 Sisters or one of the others for SUnday Brunch Heavenly.

If you don’t want to spend the whole time in the city, check out the Plantaion Home idea. I used to live there nad a friend spent her honeymoon at one. It is very neat becaue these places have big ballrooms, and balconies and a great deal of charm.

Congratulations!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Following along, we’re looking at New Orleans for our honeymoon too!

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@MlleDarcy:  Hello!  I live in New Orleans, and I think a 2 week vacation here is too long!  1 week, you will be good to go 🙂  I would suggest vacationing here for a week then heading somewhere else for the other week.   Don’t wear yourself out on one city…   it’d be different if it were NYC, but NOLA isn’t as big as people think 🙂

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