48 Hour Travel Guide: New Orleans Edition
I have already been to New Orleans for two weekend trips this year and felt I would be doing you all an injustice if I didn't create a mini travel guide for one of my favorite Southern cities. Both times we visited were for weddings, which meant we didn't have too much free time on our hands. Thankfully, the brides/grooms have great taste, so all of the events were at places I already wanted to go. So what do you do with roughly 48 hours to spend in the Big Easy? If you ask me, this is the ticket...
**All pictures from our Airbnb because it was pouring rain during our last stay & the camera couldn't make it out
S T A Y.
This Airbnb - If you've read any of my previous travel posts, you already know I am an avid Airbnb supporter. This place only further increased my stance. With eclectic furnishings and beautiful pine floors throughout, there is no shortage of charm in this studio apartment. You'll feel like a local while you relax in your own private courtyard - just minutes away from all the good stuff.
E A T / D R I N K.
Tableau - We went here during both of our visits this year. The first time for drinks and the second for a rehearsal dinner. They have a happy hour every day from 2-6 PM during which they offer 1/2 priced beer and wine on tap + $5 classic cocktails (they make a mean Aperol Spritz). You can't go wrong with any seafood items for dinner.
Arnauds - Yet another rehearsal dinner venue we attended, I cannot say enough good things about this place. The food, service and location were all top of the line. We had drinks on the balcony prior to dinner; it was the perfect spot to get in the New Orleans' spirit. Afterwards, we had a great time hanging out at the downstairs bar before heading out into the French Quarter.
Juans Flying Burrito - While most of the places we dined at were for wedding events, this was a place I stumbled upon while out shopping on Magazine Street during a rainy Saturday. I was pleasantly surprised by my discovery and ended up enjoying one of the best burritos ever.
Shop on Magazine Street - Specifically at Century Girl Vintage. I found the sweetest little cocktail dress there that I can't wait to wear. We also ventured into a few home decor stores and a fairly large Free People. I could have spent much longer exploring, but wedding festivities called.
Audubon Park - We took pictures here for the wedding I was in and I am dying to go back. The weather was too bad to venture out during our second trip, but this place is a must see. It is full of ancient oak trees, making it any photographer's dream.
That pretty much completes my list for a quick trip to New Orleans, but I'd love to hear recommendations from you. Cheers to friends that get married in fun cities!