Let’s start by saying that New Orleans is always a good idea. The Southern city feels like the heartbeat of the U.S. because it combines a beautiful mixture of art, history and culture with food, music and spirit.
There’s much to do and see: Rent a bike and roam the Riverwalk to catch a glimpse of the steamboats, visit one of NOLA’s above-ground cemeteries or cycle to the New Orleans Museum of Art. If you’re the adventurous type, take a guided swamp tour (yes, it’s a thing) in a kayak. Since it’s the birthplace of jazz, music should probably be on your agenda. Drop into one of the many live music venues on Frenchmen Street for a show.
If you decide to make your home base in the French Quarter, stay at the charming Hotel Monteleone, famous for its Carousel Bar & Lounge that’s been spinning for 65 years (yes, it actually spins, and yes, it’s amazing). If you’re looking for a trendy neighborhood, the Ace Hotel in the warehouse district and The Eliza Jane on Magazine Street just opened. Both are located near restaurants and art galleries.
Willa Jean has quickly become a local favorite (the biscuit sandwiches are a must). And you can’t go to New Orleans without grabbing a po’boy at Domilise’s Po-Boy & Bar. For dinner, make a reservation at Commander’s Palace for a classic Creole dinner. And don’t forget to stop at legendary Cafe Du Monde for some mouthwatering beignets.
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