Thursday, June 9, 2011

A New Orleans Staycation

A few months ago when my grandmother became ill, my family decided to take its vacation right here in New Orleans to stay close to home.  Can you think of any place better to spend a weekend?!  I love being a tourist in my own home town.  It's so easy to go through life not appreciating all of the amazing things that are around you.  So over the next few days, we will bask in the warm sunshine and take in the rich history, culture, and traditions New Orleans has to offer.  Here's a little peak into our weekend plans...

We will be checking into the Loews Hotel this evening where we will surely stop at the Swizzle Stick Bar for mojitos (faux-jitos for me!)

We're going to stop in on Jeremy Davenport's set at the Davenport Lounge in the Ritz Carlton for an evening of jazz before heading to dinner at every local's favorite secret treasure, Adolpho's.  It's a teeny little Italian place that sits above the Apple Barrel on Frenchman St.  Amazing food, great location, even better prices!

We're planning to stroll through the French Quarter and visiting the Prsebytre and Cabildo, two fabulous museums in Jackson Square.  Coveniently located just across the street is Stanley's where we'll be having lunch.  In my opinion, their Reuben cannot be beat!  And wouldn't it be nice to cap the day off with an afternoon carriage ride through the Quarter?

Saturday we plan to start the day at Cafe Du Monde with some beignets and cafe au lait.  There's no better breakfast in the world than that!  Then we'll take in the sights, sounds, and smells of the Seafood/Zydeco/Creole Tomato festival taking place throught the Quarter and the Marigny.

I think Saturday afternoon would be the perfect opportunity to stroll through the Shops at Canal Place where we can visit the makeup counters in Saks and check out the amazing sales at Anthropologie.  All this before we head to dinner at 5 Fifty 5!

Sunday will be a day of sleeping in and brunch.  Where, we have not yet decided!  But there's certainly no shortage of choices.  We're going to let the city lead us there. 

And we're off!


  1. That's a great idea! I grew up in Baton Rouge, but my boyfriend and I still love stealing away to New Orleans for a weekend of eating delicious food and wandering around the French Quarter. Hope y'all have a great time!

  2. What a fun idea and how special for your grandma
    I seriously want to come along!
    I def need to come visit NO and get a carriage ride.
    PS: Hope you're feeling well :)

  3. aaaaah, beignets and cafe au lait! yummmy!!! :D
    i loved new orleans and i can't wait to go there again! :D

    <3, Mimi

  4. Sounds like a fabulous weekend. Enjoy your staycation with your family! It's great to see your city in the eyes of a tourist. I played tourist last August when some bloggers came to visit and will do that again this August. Can't wait!

  5. We ate at Adolpho's last weekend and the food was amazing!!! You definitely can't go wrong at any of those places. Thanks for the info on the oyster festival. We stopped by but couldn't stay long.

  6. I've never been to New Orleans and loved your little tour. Sounds like the perfect weekend!

    I can't remember if I congratulated you on your up-coming arrival, so congratulations! That is wonderful news!

  7. What a wonderful idea. I love playing tourist in Tampa! And a beignet is a killer way to start the day!

  8. Being a tourist in your own town sounds like a lot of fun! I've never tried that. Thank you for the inspiration! I hope you have a lot of fun!

  9. Sounds like a fun weekend. I have a lot of vacation time to take this year am I am thinking of spending some days seeing places in Memphis I have never visited. I also might make a trip to the Crescent City

  10. I can't WAIT to get back HOME! I grew up spending my weekends in NOLA, and your post has me tearing up here! Seriously! 4 more weeks, 4 more weeks...

    PS. I added you to my blogroll, and I'm a follower too! Take care, J~

  11. I stumbled across your blog while planning our own staycation. We live in Slidell....hope we have as much fun as you



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