(Closed) Pleeeeease tips for NEW ORLEANS honeymoon!! Hotels? Restaurants? Must sees??

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Well, I was  just in New Orleans in September and my best piece of advice is don’t go.  I’m not trying to be a party pooper, but Bourbon street and the streets near it smell like vomit, it is dirty, parking is atrocious, and depending on when you are going, it is hot and humid as hell. It is a party town, and has a few cool sites, like the cemeteries, definitely visit them if you go, but it is at the top of my lists of worst places I’ve ever been.  Oh, and get some beignets from the French Quarter, they are pretty awesome! 

 

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

We spent a couple of days in New Orleans on our Wedding Trip / Honeymoon… it was our first visit there.

Loved the city… we will be going back in the next year or so again for another visit (this one longer)

First off, Hotels in New Orleans tend to be quite expensive (and parking is super-high as well) … if you can afford the prices then staying somewheres in the downtown core is great.

If you can’t… or want to make it a longer visit (we found 3 days not long enough)… then look at staying a bit further afield… we stayed in the historic (and very picturesque) Garden District.  Where we found a much cheaper (still a well rated Hotel on TripAdvisor) with FREE Parking.  We cabbed in and out of the downtown core, and still saved oodles of cash vs taking a $ 250+ Hotel Room and paying for Parking too.

So do the math…

The Garden District was lovely… we walked St Charles and admired the old houses etc.  We had drinks on “the porch” at The Columns (the Hotel itself looked very romantic… I might look into staying there sometime)

We took one of the city tours… we booked with VIP.  They came right to our Hotel to pick us up… and would deliver us back at the end… or take us “within reason” to wherever we wanted to go.

The City Tour was not the hop-on hop-off variety… but rather a tour that took us a variety of places and told us about what we were seeing / passing enroute.  It also included a stop at a New Orleans Cemetery.

The Guide was excellent (lol, altho as a History Buff, I have to say that his take on some Historical aspects, had certainly been enhanced for “entertainment” purposes).

We spent one evening on Bourbon Street… it was interesting… but not at all what we really expected (it was also busy… being the night of the Sugar Bowl).  We thought there would be more Restauarants and such.  There wasn’t… not much except the Bars, Tacky Souvenir Shops & Strip Clubs.  Which was ok… just not what we were expecting I guess.  It wore thin pretty quick IMO (also tho because the temperature was unreasonably cold… in the 40s)

We did however have a ok meal at the Desire Oyster Bar in the Royal Sonesta Hotel.  And drinks “by the fire” at Lafitte’s Old Absinthe House … while the game was on.

The second night (after the city tour) we discovered Decateur & Frenchmen Streets.  Frenchman is where the locals mostly go to hang out.  Some great restaurants and places that play good music (Blues, Jazz, Zydeco etc).

Good eats on Frenchmen include Adolfo’s (Italian) and Melange (New Orleans fare / Creole)

We drove thru the Warehouse District at one point… and it looked interesting as well… (probably will want to explore it more next trip)

Due to a shortage of time we didn’t see enough of the historical places… which would be on my list for next time.

As we had our own car… we did however get to see some of the surrounding area, and the geography (which is amazing)… including I-55 coming in from Mississippi… which snakes its way between Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas, with a good deal of it aboard the Manchac Swamp Bridge (which is almost 23 Miles long !!).  The Bridge gives a peak at various Bayou settlements along the way.

We also travelled thru the Bayou to the east of the City via Chef Menteur Hwy when we left the city (enroute to Mississippi – Alabama – and Florida) … again very interesting scenery.  There are organized tours that can take you out to and thru the bayou if you so desire.  (Lol, not my thing… I’m not crazy about Gators & Snakes)

Hope this helps,

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

We’re having our honeymoon there too 🙂

If you want to see the French Quarter, avoid Bourbon during the day. Royal st is lovely and full of antique shops, and the Quarter is definitely worth exploring, just always be aware of your surroundings. Do lots of research online, there is SO MUCH info.

I recommend staying in Marigny or the Garden District based on personal preference, but staying in CBD or the Quarter is fine, too. There are plenty of quieter hotels. It really depends on how close you want to be to the “action” in the evenings.

Frenchman’s street for good music, Magazine St for fun shopping, the city park, the zoo, swamp tours…head over the bridge toward Mandeville and Abita Springs (to see the brewery and the UCM Museum if you’re into quirky stuff)

Most importantly, have fun. And be prepared for the weather!!

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

@TinaJade: Thank you for your kind words, I’ll send you a PM

 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@TinaJade:  If you or your FI are history buffs I highly recommend the WWII museum there.  If you go to the museum check out the 4D movie there(very much worth the watch). 

 

I’m from Louisiana(Baton Rouge) so I’ve been to NOLA many times.  Awesome city, but be aware of your surroundings.  Crime can be out of control there.  The way the city is you can easily walk into a rough part of town and not even realize it.  Research any hotel you are considering on Tripadvisor.

Enjoy NOLA! 

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I live in NOLA! youll have a great time and the best part about late September early october is the weather! It’s perfect!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My FI and I finally decided to Honeymoon there as well! I am so excited!!

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

A different form a city tour-carriage rides! They line up in front of the St. Louis Cathedral Courtyard, very romantic. If you do it ask for “Dennis the Menace” very informative historically plus stops at a bar with curb side service and AWESOME hurricanes. Plus, he has a really cool accent.

 

And yes, Beignets at Cafe Du Monde for the ultimate breakfast experience. Also, the zoo is indeed wonderful. Very nice atmosphere however we went on a Saturday and there was like nobody there…not that that mattered but it was odd.

 

We stayed in Metairie, close enough to town but far enough away to get a deal.

Post # 12
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Helper bee

I think New Orleans is a great city to visit. 

If you’re interested in history and want a day trip, there are a lot of plantations around. Laura and Oak Alley are probably two of the best – I think there is a bus tour that goes to both of them. 

Swamp tours are another good half day trip and will probably be pretty good in September. You can do airboats or a pontoon boat – the airboats go faster and you can go into some smaller waterways, but some people don’t like the noise. The tour I’ve done allowed us to hold a baby alligator. 

If you want cheap gifty things to take home – like the masks you see in all of the stores – they’re usually cheaper at the French Market. Most places at the market only take cash though. 

I think a cemetery tour would be worth it, most go to St. Louis Number one which you can walk to from the French Quarter.  There is a lot of history to learn and New Orleans Cemeteries are pretty unique.  Some tours do parts of the French Quarter as well as the cemetery, so its like a 2 for 1. 

If you’re looking for bars, Frenchman street is good. it’s not as wild as Burbon, but most places play music and there’s a pretty good variety. 

This isn’t  typically New Orleans, but there is an wildlife refuge park across lake Ponchatrain http://www.globalwildlife.com/ . It’s a bit of a drive, but kind of cool to drive across the brigde (one of the longest in the world – 24 miles). Once there, you go on a caravan through the park and you can feed animals like giraffes, zebras, and elk – you get a lot closer to the animals than in a zoo (although I do really like the New Orleans Zoo also)

Food… Cafe Du Monde, Mothers is good for Po’Boys.  There are so many good restaurants around that I can’t imagine that this will be a problem… Try a snowball. 

 

 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I LOVE New Orleans- such a culturally rich city and SO many things to do. I’ve been there numerous times. I’ll second what a pp said about staying in the historic Garden District- it’s beautiful, quiet and a quick cab ride (or trolly ride down St.Charles Avenue) to the French Quarter. Plus the historic homes and the Lafayette Cemetary #1 is there. Also in that area is Commander’s Palace restaurant where Emeril Lagasse got his start! It’s a very traditional NOLA restaurant and I love it for the Sunday Jazz brunch.  During the week, I believe they do 25 cent Martinis!

A little further down from the Garden District is the Warehouse District- good bars/a few good restaurants and also home to the WWII Museum which is actually fantastic like another PP mentioned- the MOVIE is unbelievable (directed by Steven Spielberg, narrated by Tom Hanks)  and both are a good option if it’s raining.

Further South of the Warehouse District is the Financial District- in that area I would recommend Mother’s for some good, home style NOLA eats.

Walk around Jackson Square, hit Du Monde for Beignets and Chicory Coffee, hit the French Market. In Jackson Square, I like Muriel’s which is a beautiful historical restaurant with a balcony overlooking the Square.

Go to Pat OBrien’s- check out it’s multiple bars, they are very cool despite the touristy nature of the outside dining area. HAVE a hurricane. On that note go to the famous Hotel Monteleone, sit at the rotating bar, order a classic cocktail. Antoine’s in another formal, classic NOLA restaurant and originator of oysters rockerfeller! They have 14 dining rooms- and is nice for a special dinner.

Do a haunted walking tour- either of the French Quarter OR of the historic cemetaries. I like the one that Bloody Mary (seriously) offers as well as the cemetary tour by the Save our Cemetaries group, a non-for profit dedicated to preserving NOLA’s historical cemetaries.

HEAR some jazz! Preservation Hall is a legend- you pay one cover charge and you could potentially stay ALL night long. They don’t serve alcohol, but it’s a great experience. Try hitting it on an off night and it won’t be so crowded.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Have you picked a hotel or place to stay yet? I’m having my wedding and honeymoon there in November!

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Definitely try Commander’s Palace for brunch. It’s so delicious!

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