Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Travel, ahoy!

Last week we booked our holiday trip.  We are heading to New Orleans!  I'm really excited because I've never been there, but it sounds fun.  Also I saw pictures on the internet of a small child petting a stingray at the Audubon, so I was sold immediately.

Anyway, we figured that you all were so helpful in assisting us with our honeymoon, with all of your recommendations of great places to eat and good places to stay, that we thought you might be able to help us out with this trip as well.  We are staying at the Prytania Park Hotel in the Garden District, but we are, as the British say, "walkers", and game for just about anything.

As far as traveling, our likes and dislikes are as follows:
-Reasonably priced, well done, comfort food and pub food
-Craft beer
-Really good vegetarian food
-Being outside
-Great views

Dislikes (these are actually all my dislikes, Husband is easygoing enough that he dislikes hardly anything):
-Large crowds
-Overpriced crummy food
-Ghost stories and other creepy stuff
-Loud music

So help a sister out!  What are your fun NOLA suggestions?


  1. This is everything we did on my trip to New Orleans (it was WONDERFUL!): One small piece of advice is to bring some slightly nicer clothes. There were two restaurants we wanted to try (Commander's Palace and Brennan's) that we couldn't because we didn't have proper dress-up clothes. Have a great trip!

  2. Just walk around! You will stumble upon some wonderful things to see. Obviously, coffee and beignets at Cafe du Monde are cliche but still a must. I also really liked this restaurant called Harriet's in the French Quarter. Very cool, somewhat macabre atmosphere with delicious food. Hopefully you can endure some "creepy stuff" because New Orleans has a lot of it. The cemeteries are fascinating. I've always wanted to take a tour of Avery Island (where the McIlhenny family still makes Tabasco sauce) and I would also like to take the ferry to Algiers to walk around and go to the Mardi Gras museum. If you are interested in doing any shopping, the Trashy Diva stores are great (each specializes in a different item - dresses, lingerie, shoes). Have fun!!

  3. One of my favorite places in the world!!

    1. Cafe du Monde (yes there are lots of tourists, but locals go there too, because the cafe au lait/beignets really are that good)
    2. Jazz clubs and other live music - if you don't like ALL loud-ish music this may be hard, but it's truly one of the best and most unique things about NOLA. My favorite is the Spotted Cat; also popular many nights is the Rock n' Bowl. The classic is to go see the Rebirth Brass Band. Seriously, it is a show like no other and you will dance the entire way through.
    3. 5 cent martinis at Commander's Palace (dress nice, like the commenter said above!)
    4. Ferry to Algiers (cheaper than the paddleboat cruises on the Mississippi, but just as fun)
    5. A daytime cemetery tour is not particularly creepy, and is extremely interesting. If you are a law nerd like me you will enjoy visiting Homer Plessy's tomb at the cemetery St. Louis #1.
    6. Take the trolley out to City Park for some outdoor's full of spanish moss, wading herons, and pretty landscaping.
    7. It is impossible to get into how much good food there is in NOLA. Just get on Chowhound and check out a few of the current popular places. Yum.

  4. Just came to your site from APW, and being from Houston, TX, I've spent a LOT of time in NOLA. Please, PLEASE go to Ruby Slipper ( for brunch one day while you are there. It's amazing! Really interesting views on local foods, and they build out of the ashes of Hurricane Katrina a few years ago, and are doing great - mostly by word of mouth. They are THAT good! Enjoy!