Baecation was exactly what we needed. Time away, just the two of us with plenty of libations to consume and food to enjoy! The city of New Orleans has this whimsical appeal to it with energy that is indescribable. Southern hospitality is an understatement there! From the time we landed, each individual we encountered, from our Uber drivers, waiters and random people we met throughout our stay – were determined to ensure we were enjoying our time there! To say we enjoyed ourselves, is an understatement!
We stayed at the luxurious Loews hotel located on Poydras which was perfect location nestled into the downtown area but walking distance from Bourbon street. While we debated staying near Bourbon Street or downtown NOLA, we quickly decided that getting sleep without the interruption of thy turn up taking place outside was more important than being by the action. #SleepOverTurnUp
Our hotel was right across the street from a Harrah’s casino. Since it wasn’t Vegas, we automatically assumed that the casinos would be like local casinos back home near Chicago, where you pay to play and to drink. We were pleasantly surprised when playing black jack that drinks were complimentary like Vegas! Heyyyy now! My order of water quickly changed to a margarita on the rocks.
We really wanted to see the lay of the land, learn about the history and the locals since it was our first time visiting. But, first, we had to eat! Our location was literally 2 blocks from the famous New Orleans Riverwalk with beautiful scenic views, shopping and dining options.
Our first meal of the trip was on the river at Crazy Lobster while trying their infamous Voodoo Juice. Yes, I was scared of the name but LOVED the taste of the rum punch concoction. We loved it so much, we took one for the road to explore the rest of the city!
Yes, y’all, you can drink while walking down the street in New Orleans! Come all the way throughhhh!
Might I add, I also found a Groupon for $30 for $60 worth of food. Ballllllin! Y’all know I love a good deal!
The first night, visited the fun shops, bars and even had dinner on Bourbon street ago Oceanas. Friends of ours recommended their surf and turf in which my husband ordered while I tried the “Taste of New Orleans” that provided NOLA’s infamous dishes. Sidebar: Naturalistas, if you’re thinking of wearing your natural hair straightened in NOLA, don’t LOL Here is a before and after humidity shot of my hair. When in doubt, bun it out. I didn’t bring any product for a bun thus had to go for the easy bun look. Shout out to the local beauty supply store for having my favorite edge control available to create a slick bun later on in the trip!
With a high of 75 on day 2, we were excited to try an outdoor activity! We found a Groupon for Cajun Critters in Westwego which was about a 10 minute Uber ride from our hotel and free ride at that since my husband had never used Uber. We used code fhdeszs2ue for $10 0ff our first ride! Our tour guide had a wealth of knowledge as being an alligator hunter with over 20 years of experience. It was refreshing being one with nature and seeing the alligators up close and personal.
Of course we had to try the beignets, french doughnuts, from Cafe Du Monde – The Original French Market Coffee Stand Since 1862. They were literally everything they were hyped up to be! We loved them so much that we went again on our last day. 👀 Sweet, hot and delicious! They are squared donuts served warmed. Pair it with their signature coffee au lait!
My favorite restaurant from the trip, hands down was Drago’s. They are said to be the originator of the charbroiled oysters that did NOT disappoint. When ordering, we weren’t quite sure if we would absolutely love the oysters and thus opted for ordering a half a dozen versus a full dozen. Our waitress advised that everyone loves the dish and assured we would want to double up; she was right! I cold have eaten them as my entree and been entirely satisfied. You know it’s good when you start trying to figure out how you can make it at home! Since we had the dozen when it was all said and done, we decided to split the Mixed Grill Seafood Platter – which we loved just as much! Not to mention, the drinks were great with a strong delightful kick.
I live for a great brunch. So, it was legit critical for me to find a great breakfast spot.Thankfully our Uber driver recommended Ruby Slipper Cafe. I am a sucker for a deal and reviews and thus always research ahead of time. After pursuing the menu, I was pleasantly surprised with the selection and to find a coupon for a free side by simply signing up for their rewards program. Easy button! Signed up in last than 2 minutes and got our beef hash side for the free!
My husband always jokes about how decisive I am when it comes to ordering, I will stare at the menu, ask for the waiters recommendation and still ponder between my top 2 items! I was considering between two different egg benedicts, but with their “The Peacemaker” option, I was able to get one of both! Hubby ordered the banana foster french toast.
Let’s also pay homage to this super sized mimosa! Come throughhhh!
The New Orleans Riverwalk had a plethora of shopping and our favorite was a boutique winery shop with wine tasting and bottles for purchase. For the free 99, you were able to sample the frozen wine selection. For $12, we received a souvenir wine glass and were able to sample 5 generous pours of wines from local vendors in New Orleans to international wines from Italy. In addition, they had frozen wines in different flavors such as Peach Passion Pinot Noir, Zinfandel Mango Nola Hurricane Cabernet to name a few. Not to mention, the service was impeccable with a great hostess and ambiance as the NOLA music played in the background.
If you haven’t noticed by now, we ate [and drank🍹] pretty much everything on this trip! #RealLifeGoals Dinner this particular night was at Royal House. Our server had been with the company for 8 years, knew the menu like the back of her hand and recommended the best dishes for us to enjoy. She was lively, energetic and recommendations of the crab stuffed mushrooms, fried oyster alfredo pasta and butter pasta dish with Clams, Mussels and Scallops were on point!
Scenic shots of NOLA streets.
Plaza D Armas – French Quarters in NOLA
Married life is lit!
We will definitely be back to visit NOLA and recommend it for a Baecation or group trip with the plethora of le turn up options! Have you ever visited? If so, comment your favorite things to do in NOLA!
Loews Hotel photos courtesy of http://directory.cityvoter.com