Saturday, February 18, 2017

Destination Honeymoon New Orleans: Accommodations, Food, & What To Do

If you're looking for a fun & romantic honeymoon New Orleans is one of your best options.

The historic city features world renowned cuisine, wonderful jazz, & great things to do.

If you love seafood as much as I do, you may want to plan your honeymoon around the New Orleans Oyster Festival - June 3 - 4th, or the Louisiana Seafood Festival that happens in September.

Keep in mind the temperatures run 80° to 90° from April to October, & that it's even warmer in July & August!

This post features the most romantic New Orleans hotels & vacation rentals, the best places to have amazing dining experiences, and the most fun activities to do in NOLO.


Where to Stay

If you're looking for a hotel experience where your linens are changed nightly, but where it also feels like you're almost alone you'll love the Audubon Cottages as much as we do.


This collection of 7 one-bedroom & 2 two-bedroom suites has access to a saltwater pool said to be the oldest in New Orleans, surrounded by lush vegetation & wrought iron chaise lounges

Amenities at this french-quarter boutique hotel include daily continental breakfast, turn down service each evening, complimentary in-room coffee, tea, bottled water & soft drinks replenished daily, bathrobes and slippers, private or semi-private courtyards, WiFi, & more.

We also love the beautifully appointed rooms at the Soniat House (also located in the French Quarter) & their beautiful courtyard is shown to the left. The hotel was built as a private residence between 1829 and 1833, and the rooms are furnished with French & English antiques.

If you've got a little more money to spend we recommend the vacation rental Uptown Tropical Oasison VRBO show to the left. Renting for ~$483 per night this house features a private pool, hot tub, hammock, grill, & a garden of lemon, grapefruit, Satsuma, banana, hibiscus, & palms.

The Black Diamond Cottage is just as private & a lot less expensive at $175 a night, featuring a  'cocktail/lounge pool' and courtyard.


What to Do

Take a stroll down Bourbon Street & enjoy the electric variety of restaurants & music. Wander down Royal Street for antique stores & art galleries. View 18th century architectural treasures alongside street musicians in Jackson Square, five minutes from Bourbon Street.

At New Orleans City Park you can hear the finest local musicians live every Thursday, visit the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park with Ferris wheel & antique carousel, or walk through the Botanical Garden.

View the St. Louis Cathedral - built in 1849, visit one of the many historic cemeteries in the city, tour the New Orleans Museum of Art sculpture garden, or visit the New Orleans Jazz Museum in the Old U.S.Mint.

Once evening comes try the upscale cocktails at the Cure. Head to Arnaud's bar the French 75 created by renowned mixologist Chris Hannah, or add some whimsy to your day with the revolving bar at the Carousel Bar & Lounge.

Take the Steamboat Natchez for an evening dinner cruise of the harbor & enjoy live jazz.

Or opt for a romantic private 50-minute tour of the City Park lagoons via Nola Gondola, where you are can bring your own alcohol to compliment the crackers & cheese provided.

Where to Eat


You can enjoy fine dining in the morning at Brennan's Restaurant enjoying a romantic brunch in the garden courtyard. The menu features an artisanal eggs benedict with house-made Canadian bacon & cornmeal English muffin and a Louisiana craw-fish omelette.

And if you feel like could could eat them & move afterwards, while I'm not sure I could, visit Cafe Du Monde to try their famous beignets for breakfast - fried dough covered in powdered sugar.

When it comes to for dinner you'll love the Commander's Palace where Chef Tory McPhail has a “dirt to plate within 100 miles” policy, with up to 90% of ingredients sourced locally.

The restaurant offers modern creole food, has been in almost continuous operation since 1893, & is said to be one of New Orleans best restaurants.

And last but not least you won't want to miss out on getting great local oysters at places like Pascal's Manale Restaurant (raw oysters 1/2 off between 3-6PM, M-F!), and for the best charbroiled oysters (said to be some of the best food in New Orleans) you'll want to visit Drago's Restaurant.

If you spent your honeymoon or visited New Orleans and know of a great place we're missing make sure to comment below & let us know!

*Image Credit: Couple Standing from Romantic New Orleans Elopement Inspiration via Green Wedding Shoes, Steambot Natchez from Let The Good Times Roll via SWT Tours, Artisanal Eggs Benedict via Bitches Who Brunch, all other photographs credit of the respective retailers.

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