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New ORleans, Again and Again

15 Jun 2006  I am one half of a empty nest couple and we love to travel.
3.0 of 5 stars based on 8 votes

I've visited New Orleans twice, once in the summer with my husband an once in the Spring for the French Quarter Festival with a group. I've been to New Orleans twice. Once in the summer just me and my husband and once in the Spring for the French Quarter Festival with a group. I think I preferred the summer when the crowds were thinner. I will return again and maybe even again. There is enough to do to make at least two visits, but I've listed my personal favorites. You must give yourself time to just walk around the French QUarter and enjoy New Orleans; spend time in the courtyards; listen to the music, eat the food.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: New Orleans
  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Shopping, Never been before, Repeat visitors
  • Appeals to: Business travellers , Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Large groups, Seniors, Tourists
  • Seasons: Spring, Summer
  • 1. Wyndham Bourbon Orleans Hotel
    Bourbon Orleans Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana
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    Avg price: $316

    A wonderful hotel, just what you would imagine in New Orleans. A good location,just off Bourbon Street. A lovely courtyard with a pool.

  • 2. Court Of Two Sisters Restaurant
    Court of Two Sisters, New Orleans, Louisiana

    A lovely restaurant for a first night in New Orleans. We dined in a wisteria covered courtyard. Be sure to notice the horse head posts on the street.

  • 3. Cafe Du Monde
    Cafe Du Monde, New Orleans, Louisiana

    Great for morning coffee with beignets. DO NOT wear black -- the powdered sugar is abundant. If you are lucky, a local will be playing his instrument for your enjoyment. You may even be moved to throw something in his hat!

  • 4. Brennan's Restaurant
    Brennan's Restaurant, New Orleans, Louisiana

    Ahhh, Brennans for SUnday brunch.... a MUST! Be sure to have the Bananas Foster, their signature dish. We learned how to make it at home, but it's much better with the ambiance at Brennans.

  • 5. Gray Line Bayou Tour
    http://www.graylineneworleans.com/swamp.shtml

    A very interesting two hour tour. The bus picked us up at our hotel and drove us to the boat about 20 minutes away. We were pleased that we saw egrets, a heron, turtles and, yes, alligators. Our guide was terrific, pointing out everything we wanted to see an learn about.

  • 6. Cafe Maspero's

    If you tire of cajun food (yeah, right), Maspero's is a good choice for a burger and a $1 strawberry daiquari. It's right on Decatur St., one block off the river.

  • 7. Jackson Brewery
    http://www.jacksonbrewery.com/index.html

    The "JAX" was a brewery. Now it has shopping, dining, etc. There is a kiosk selling pralines, a sweet cookie, another MUST.

  • 8. Pat O'Brians Restaurant & Bar
    http://www.patobriens.com/tour.html

    Oh, Pat O'Brians -- a wonderful retreat from the afternoon sun and heat. On St Peter Street, it is the place of the "Hurricane", a tasty punch type drink (with a "punch"). There we enjoyed the piano players and entertainers.

  • 9. New Orleans School of Cooking
    New Orleans School of Cooking, New Orleans, Louisiana

    I enjoyed this immensely! You will learn the basics of cooking New
    Orleans style -- perhaps, Gumbo, Jambalaya, bread pudding with rum
    sauce and, of course, pralines. A 2-1/2 hour course that goes extremely
    fast. And, then you get to eat.

  • 10. Gray line city tour

    Tour The Big Easy in an air conditioned bus with a knowledgeable guide. Very interesting were the cemeteries, above ground of course. The guide has great stories.

  • 11. Bars, nightclubs, etc

    At night, the bars on Bourbon Street open up and music, jazz especially, can be heard for blocks -- it is like nothing else I have ever seen or heard. It is New Orleans!

  • 12. The Coffee Pot
    http://foodfest.neworleans.com/restaurant_inv.php?RID=129

    A real good place for breakfast. On St. Peter St., right next door to Pat O'Brians. Food is excellent, french toast, etc.

  • 13. Jackson Square
    http://members.tripod.com/~Hatman7/secondpage.html

    The center of a walking tour. Here you can listen in the afternoon to musicians, watch jugglers and just sit and enjoy New Orleans. You can see St. Louis Cathedral, the Cabildo, which has a lot of history. Continue your walk to include St Ann's St, to see the home of Marie the VooDoo Queen and across the street an example of the colorful homes of the Creoles!