• Stephanie Gerhardt

Celebrating in New Orleans!

This year my husband and I celebrated our 20th anniversary...hard to believe it's been that long! When discussing where we might go, it didn't take us long to decide on our favorite city...New Orleans. If you know me at all, you know my love for this eccentric place and all it has to offer. (In fact, we just returned a couple of weeks ago and are already planning our next visit!!)

Our trip was adult's only, so this post will focus mostly on adult activities ;) (Actually, mainly food and beverages...we had a long list of places we wanted to try!) NOLA offers soooo many things for all ages-I HIGHLY suggest a visit with your family. I'll provide a short list of family friendly things to do at the end!

Our first day included a hunt to find the best chargrilled oysters in the French Quarter (If you haven't tried them yet you're missing out! I won't touch a raw oyster but these are DELICIOUS.) The first stop was Drago's Seafood Restaurant. Known as the home of the original chargrilled oyster, they didn't disappoint! Next stop was Desire Oyster Bar at the Royal Sonesta Hotel...they were pretty darn good as well. Third stop- Mr. Ed's Oyster Bar and Fish House...these came in at a strong 3rd place. They were all so good!! Since we were already in the FQ we headed to The Carousel Bar at Hotel Monteleone to sip on a Fleur Des Lis and listen to some jazz...

Largest Live Oak in City Park

The next day we took a walk to City Park, passing through Bayou St. John, on our way to Morning Call Coffee Stand. According to locals, this is the BEST place to get fresh beignets-I have to agree with them! (Cafe Du Monde is a close runner-up!!) After breakfast we strolled through the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, part of the New Orleans Museum of Art (just across from Morning Call). As we headed back, we passed through the famous Live Oaks, located in City Park as well-some of the oldest trees in the city.

Later that evening we celebrated our 20th Anniversary at Carrollton Market, another highly recommended restaurant (by locals), and finished the evening listening to some fabulous music at The Jazz Playhouse.

Some highlights from the rest of our trip included:

  • a photoshoot (an Airbnb experience) with a local photographer who entertained us with some interesting history while getting some great shots in some pretty cool locations.

  • a cocktail history tour with Dr. Gumbo Tours (Sazerac, Grasshopper, or Brandy Crusta anyone...?)

  • more incredible food from too many places to name...

  • a self-guided tour of some pretty fabulous watering holes in Mid City.

  • a stop at Juan's Flying Burrito on Magazine St. (Best guacamole and margaritas, and a famous quote from yours truly - "Sit up and finish your margarita!") We visit Juan's EVERY TIME we are in NOLA :)

I could go on and on! We are always sad to leave, but know we'll be back! If you have an opportunity-go. Whether you're going for a weekend getaway, a family trip, or a business convention, you won't be disappointed!

Here is the list of family friendly ideas I promised earlier!

Photo courtesy of Mardi Gras World

  • National WWII Museum

  • Mardi Gras World

  • Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

  • Explore City Park

  • Visit Jackson Square (with a pit stop at Cafe Du Monde)

This is a tiny list...for more info, give me a call or send me a message. I'm always happy to help! Until next time...

Laissez les bons temps rouler(Let the good times roll!)


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