Exploring a foreign city, experiencing a unique culture, and tasting new food are among the most rewarding and exhilarating activities for a single traveler. Although New Orleans is located in the US, its rich culture, history, and cuisine make it about as foreign and unique as many European destinations. Few cities are as fun or delicious as “The Big Easy.” This weekend getaway will leave you relaxed, rejuvenated, and wanting more!
After you arrive Friday evening, check into the Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel. It’s close enough to the action to walk but still far enough away to give you some peace and privacy. Nice hotels in the heart of NOLA can get pricey quick; this one is much more affordable while still being clean and classy.
Walk a block down the street to enjoy one of the finest dinners in town at Emeril’s New Orleans Restaurant; it definitely lives up to its name. Don’t pass up the calamari appetizer; it will blow you away. (Be sure to make reservations.)
End the night and workweek by relaxing in the hotel roof’s pool and Jacuzzi where you will have a picture-perfect view of downtown.
Take a morning stroll to Jackson Square and enjoy a late breakfast at Stanley Restaurant. I recommend the Eggs Stanley or Bananas Foster French Toast. Afterwards, spend a few hours exploring the well-known French Quarter, which hosts a variety of truly unique shops. End up back at Jackson Square in the afternoon to be entertained by the many artists, musicians, and street performers. Grab lunch or an early dinner at Muriel’s (across from Stanley’s); then, be sure to grab a few of the famous Beignets, or French donuts, from Café Du Monde before leaving the square.
As for the evening, venture down Bourbon Street for the experience if nothing else. How long you stay or how much you drink is up to you.
After checking out of the hotel, head to the nearby Garden District for breakfast and experience my favorite New Orleans’ eatery-Surrey’s Café. The Shrimp & Grits is to die for; and, the Migas w/ Chorizo is a mouth-watering dish as well. Spend the rest of your Sunday relaxing in the City Park where you can take in the New Orleans Botanical Garden or the New Orleans Museum of Art. Before making the return journey, get one more fill of that delicious NOLA food, but ask a few locals for their recommendation this time.
As you travel back to reality, you’ll be wishing you could have stayed longer and dreaming of when you can return.