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I know Scarlett & Rhett did in Gone With the Wind. 😉 But I mean here, on weddingbee.
We have chosen New Orleans as our honeymoon destination out of financial necessity. We have a credit for travel on Amtrak (yuk!) and it makes sense to use it, but that narrows the options quite a bit for us. Wife has never been to NOLA, I haven’t been since I was 20 and I had a baby at the time, so it was not much fun. Before that I was there when I was pregnant and before that when I was 9 or 10!
So I have never been as an adult without kids along in one way or another. The only thing is, we have to do it in the summer and it’s going to be hot hot hot. We are from Texas so we know what to expect but it’s a bit of a downer. But if we stay somewhwere with a pool it should be ok. Well we don’t HAVE to do it in summer but our honeymoon is already seriously delayed due to school schedules, and if we don’t do it in summer the only time we can do it after this is Spring Break 2012!
Any input on “must see”/ “must do” things? We will probably be there between 5 and 7 days, depends on DWs work and how long they’ll let her take off. We hope to take a steamboat dinner or lunch cruise, do a ghost tour, and just lots of wandering around the Garden District and the French Quarter. We want to keep it budget friendly though. Thoughts? Recommendations?
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- Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden
I didn’t have my honeymoon there, but I have been many times in the last few years and I loooove it. A great hotel option in the French Quarter is the Country Inn and Suites, reasonable, good breakfast, but the pool is teeny tiny.
Cafe du Monde is a must for coffee (or hot chocolate, or frozen coffees) and beignets
Some restaurants I love:
- John Besh’s Domenica, definitely make a reservation
- Bennachin for delicious West African and a fun (teeny) environment
- Mona’s for Middle Eastern, near Frenchman and Decateur and tons of music, so go for dinner! 504 Frenchmen Street, New Orleans – (504) 949-4115
- I don’t eat seafood, but people love (loveloveloved) the charbroiled oysters at Drago in the big Hilton at the Riverwalk
- If you want pizza, I’ve been happy at Slice (and the NYC-er is very picky about pizza!). Two locations, one near the Garden district.
As for things to do, definitely hear and see a lot music, there is so much down there! Snug Harbor (if you can, see Charmaine Neville, she is amazing) and the Spotted Cat are great and right by Mona’s. Presevation Hall is worth the visit because of its historical meaning.
There are several museums right downtown, the Mardi Gras museum and others. There are also tons and tons of volunteer opportunities (from soup kitchens, to Ronald McDonald House, to rebuilding) if that is something you guys wanted to spend time doing.
Cruises on the Mississippi are very popular. There are cooking demonstrations in the Riverwalk. You may want to spend an afternoon on the streetcar going from the French Quarter to the end of the line through the Garden District and back again.
And of course, going out! The nightlife is unreal!
Enjoy – and post pictures when you get back!! PM me if you have any questions for me, I don’t always remember to check back where I have posted previously.
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also the aquarium, zoo or insectarium are fun to go see! take a street car ride down st. charles ave through the garden district. I agree with going to cafe du monde, and I went on a haunted ghost tour and it was awesome. They also have cemetary tours. There is the riverwalk mall, tons of souvenir places, shops at canal place (which is a mall). You could visit plantation houses, and visit city park, and also there are TONS of festivals all the time. Jackson square is gorgeous, and there is the Gumbo Shop if you want some good food. =)
I live about 35 minutes North of NOLA, when are you coming for your honeymoon? I can let you know if I hear of anything going on when you guys are here.
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- Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden
@misskarianne: Oh yes! I can’t believe I forgot the Aquarium and the Zoo – must sees! There are big beautiful parks as well too. There is one place, and I can’t remember exactly but it is near Cafe du Monde called Johnny’s PoBoys for the real PoBoy experience as well (as I am told! I don’t eat meat so it’s kind of wash for me)
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We got back from our NOLA honeymoon a week ago. We loved it! We stayed at the Royal Sonesta, which was ok. The hotel is gorgeous, but we weren’t impressed with the service, including the parking overcharge at $38 a day and someone with a key to our room trying to get in at 6 a.m., only being stopped by the bolt lock.
We spent some days just sitting by the pool and drinking cocktails. The pool water was not very refreshing though. Think bathtub.
We were right on Bourbon Street, which I would not do again. What a zoo and it smells terrible! The French Quarter itself is very nice though. We did some walking around while the temps were in the upper 70s, but once they hit the upper 80s it was really getting uncomfortable. Definitely do the night walking tours.
We did the dinner cruise on the Steamboat Natchez. Being on the boat was fun, the food was less impressive. You had to wait in line for an ok buffett.
Another place that didn’t impress us much was Cafe du Monde. Always crowded and lacking some serious charm, it reminded me of a mall food court. The coffee was good though.
We love Cajun Food and had plenty of it! We especially loved the Gumbo, redfish, shrimp, and of course the Hurricanes. If you like beer, try Abita Purple Haze! One thing we discovered was that some of the local specialties were food we have up North too, just named differently:
Poboy = Sub
Muffaletta = Italian sub with olives
Beignets = flat donuts
My favorite thing was when we rented a car for one day and drove outside of the city to do an airboat tour of the Bayou. That was just increadibly beautiful!
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Yeah if you are going to be there in the summer, go expecting some crowds, that way you wont be disappointed.
If you dont try and SIT down at Cafe du monde there is a a walk up window around back and you can park it on the small brick wall that edges the plants behind the restaurant. Also, if you go behind there, walk down a little and you can actually watch them make the beignets!
Bourbon does have a unique smell to it, but it kind of goes with the territory. You should just expect it.
Post # 9
just wanted to thank everyone for their input on tis thread… i forgot I’d posted asking about it! 🙂
Post # 10
I’m not going there, but I’m totally jealous that you are. 😀 Have fun!
Post # 11
Ok y’all, it looks like we might be able to swing our NOLA belated honeymoon this summer. I know it’s going to be hotter than hell but we’re from Texas so it’s nothing new! We were not sure, due to money reasons, but we have an unused credit from Amtrak and it’s just enough to get us there and back so all we have to do is pay for lodging and food/fun.
I have a few more questions if anyone is reading; on priceline and the like I found a few hotels very very reasonably priced. Well, one is a B&B. But anyway they are the Lamothe House and the Avenue Garden Hotel, the Queen & Crescent, and the Historic Rathbone Mansions (that one is the B&B)..
I am reading TripAdvisor reviews but wanted to ask here too. The reviews stump me because there are such wildly varying opininos. Love it love love it then BAM, someone claims it’s a bedbug infested hell hole. :-/ But we love something old, historic, charming, and aren’t super picky as long as it’s clean with cold AC. We’d prefer a pool. Anyone stay at any of those I mentioned?
Second, what about where to eat for my wimpy wife? She can’t stand anything spicy. At all. We live in South Texas and she won’t eat most Tex-Mex either. There is no way she’s eating typical cajun fare. I know, because when I make cajun influenced foods at home, it’s just me and my oldest son eating it. I tease her that it’s because she was raised in Iowa.. but anyway.. I am trying to think of where we can go that she’ll like. Neither of us are big seafood fans (though she does like shrimp).
Oh and where is the Amtrak station in relation to the French Quarter? I know, I can google this. Just asking here anyway. We’re getting from Tx to NOLA by train.