Matt and I desperately wanted to get out of town, but had limited time. Lucky for us New Orleans is only three hours away! Armed with some local recommendations from a previous local, (friend of a friend); we popped over Sunday night and came back super early Tuesday! Like 5:30 AM EARLY! But, so worth it! Here are some highlights!
- Catahoula Hotel– I cannot say enough about this hotel. I mean personally, I’m in LOVE with boutique hotels, along with other basic biotch stuff such as PSL’s, pizza, etc. DUH! Haha, In all seriousness, I did some research and this place had only been open 6 months, but we decided to take a chance and book anyway! It was the roof top bar that sold me. We were sad to find out it was closed by the time we arrived (late Sunday night) and didn’t open back up till Wednesday night (after we would be gone). We still left not even slightly disappointed with this place. They have the cutest courtyard, and downstairs bar. The hotel has only 35 rooms and is also super affordable. It’s the perfect mix of contemporary decor, while also remaining true to its good ol Nola roots, charm and all! It’s so dreamy, we will definitely be back! Also it’s worth mentioning the downstairs bar is a Pisco bar, which I had never tried before, it was phenomenal! The Staff/Bartenders were awesome as well!
2. Pat O’Briens– We don’t typically go for the tourist traps, but Matt had not been to Bourbon Street since he was of legal drinking age, so naturally, we HAD to get a Hand Grenade! They were horrible!!!!! I’ve had them before, but my 27 year old stomach can not drink that S-word anymore! It gave me an acid attack! Thank goodness people drink whiskey ginger, making ginger ale readily available, it saved the night! (BTW I swear by ginger ale for stomach aches) We stumbled in Pat O’Briens and had a blast! Who doesn’t love a good piano bar though?! SING IT WITH ME NOW “SSWWWEEETTTT CCCAARRROOOLLLIINNNEE”
3. Willa Jean– Breakfast/Lunch Place. We had a slow morning after Bourbon Street. We stumbled into this beautiful restaurant and had an early lunch. The ascetic was all there, and the food was delicious; we split the crab claws, and this meatloaf sandwich. I’m not normally a meatloaf kinda girl, but I’m happy I branched out because it was delicious!!! This place gets straight A’s from me for ambiance, taste, presentation, and great service. OMGOSH I almost totally forgot to mention I had some FROSE and it was delicious! My first Frozen Rose experience might I add!
4. The French Quarter– My boyfriend was not feeling so hot! He had a cold before we left, and the hand grenades did NOT help. He was a trooper though, and pushed through! Needless to say, I pretty much dragged him through the French Quarter…poor guy! I’m not a super fan of the Quarter. It’s fun to peddle around down there, for a little, but it’s kinda like once you’ve seen it, you’ve seen it! It is worth checking out though! My favorite part is looking at all the different art! You can see how happy of a camper Matt was as I dragged him around in the picture below. lol, Sorry babe!
5. French Market– I LOVE the French Market! It’s like a garage sale with great food! I had been craving a mango daiquiri my friend, Samantha and I had drank last time I was there. This one is made with like real, yummy mangoes, OMG YYUUMMM!!!!! Matt and I also had some bracelets made by this sweet woman. Mine says ‘Sunshine’, and Matt’s says ‘Do More’, (in the words of Casey Neistat) We love them! I also got a cute small brown leather backpack. I tried to haggle with the guy and failed miserably, lol. Oh well, I still think I got a good deal, and it cute; I’ve been needing a purse anyways.
6. Baru– After a quick, much needed nap and a fresh change of clothes, we went to a true local’s spot for dinner. You could certainly tell this was a popular spot among the residents, outside of the hustle and bustle. The food was really pretty, and tasty. Matt is one of those big portion size dudes. Not so much down for an $80 meal the size of your fist, lol. I didn’t mind though! I’d give the place a solid 8. The sangria was excellent as well!
P.S. Sorry about the quality of the pictures below! These are screen grabs of a video, but I wanted to give you the FULL picture!
7. The Monteleone, Carousel Bar– This is at a fancy schmancy, ballinnn hotel! The Carousel Bar is actually a real Carousel!!!! It’s also really hard to get a seat at said bar. Because who doesn’t want to sit at a bar shaped like a carousel and drink a fancy, yummy drink while you slowly spin like you are on an actual ride?!!! We were there on a Monday night, and I sat at it for just a second to get the vibe, because after an hour there was only one seat open. This was so cool. Regardless of where you sit, the whole place is beautiful!!! It is swanky, so expect swanky prices!!! This was probably my second favorite thing we did! We had some cucumber strawberry drink that was soo good! I will definitely come back whenever I’m in New Orleans! Great experience, but one of those places you have one drink and leave. Unless you’re like Kim K. or something!
8. Sucre– After our pricey drink, and the fact we had to wake up at 5 AM, we decided to stop with the alcohol and get on with another vice. ICE CREAM! This place was on Yelp, and about a 2 minute walk from the Carousel Bar. Well, 2 turned into like 6 because we walked the total wrong direction, lol! We made it though! It was super adorable and exactly what we were looking for! The staff was excellent! I got hazelnut ice cream, yum!!! If you are a recovering Nutella addict, like myself, this flavor is for you! Matt got some fudge flavor and both of our tummies were happy!
9. Bourbon Street Pizza– I should mention at the end of our Bourbon Street adventure on our first night in town, Matt and I split a slice of good old New Orleans Bourbon Street PIZZA! To know me, is to know that PIZZA is my FAAVVVORITE food ever!!! With that being said, do not judge me for what I am about to tell you! All day, Matt was talking about that pizza. So, we decided to walk on over stone cold sober to Bourbon Street on our way back from ice cream, and grab a couple slices. We decided to take them back to our fabulous hotel and have a PIZZA PARTY!!!!! I know, I know, “Didn’t you just have dinner and ice cream?” YES, but also this is vacation, and everyone knows, rules don’t apply during vacation, and I said don’t judge me! SO, we ended our Nola trip with a pizza party watching Forensic Files and cuddling! And NO, I do not regret it!
All in all, we had the best time being a tourist! I love traveling, like sooooo much! It’s when I feel like I am the best version of myself. It did kinda suck that Matt was so sick, and unable to enjoy himself fully! We made the best of it though and he pulled through! We ended up doing a lot anyway. I just hate knowing he wasn’t feeling good. Lucky for us, Nola is only 3 hours away and we plan to be back often!
Leave me a comment and let me know what you thought about my first official Blog post! AH!! I kinda made this on a whim. I’ve been talking about it forever, but hey, no time like the present! What was your favorite thing we did? Thanks for taking your time out to read, if you’ve made it this far in the post! I hope your day is filled with tons of SUNSHINE! MUAH!