The first time I ever went to New Orleans was 12 years ago, right after Katrina. Jon and I went with his parents and his Aunt and Uncle who are from Louisiana. Jon’s mom also grew up in Louisiana so there is some family history there!
I fell in love with the history, the architecture, the old, haunted feeling you get when you walk the streets and most of all the food. It is truly one of the best eating cities in the country. If you love French food + fresh seafood, this is your city. It is hard to not fall in love with it all.
Our friend invited us on a last minute trip; which was a great surprise! Somehow we pulled it together in just a few short weeks. We knew the Soniat House was where we had to stay. It was where we stayed in 2006 and we just loved it. It is voted one of the best small luxury hotels in the world, it is also on the list of Smith Hotels (most unique small hotels all over the world). It is an old mansion that they turned into a 30 room hotel. They have maintained the old charm of the mansion with the decor, while still keeping the interiors fresh. A few things I love about this hotel is the staff. Calvin (shown in this pic) has been there for 17 years! We remembered him from the last trip.
They serve french press coffee with biscuits every morning that is truly a delight. They also have a sitting room with an honor bar that we would go to every night before dinner. The rooms are stunning and spacious, with Frette Linens and Molton and Brown products. It is located in the French Quarter, but just far enough away from Bourbon Street. The location can’t be beat!
The courtyard is so charming and quaint
Coffee + biscuits either in your room or in the courtyard is perfection! Love that southern chickory coffee!
Clare the house cat
Room #28 is the best! It has a sitting room, large bathroom and balcony overlooking the street
Our first stop Saturday was Bourbon Street. We wanted to hit up a few places for drinks and grab lunch along the way. Even though Mardi Gras was over, it was jammed with people. It is pretty gross, and stinky but I guess you have to do it once in your life! It is great people watching!
We went to one of the oldest bars in New Orleans; which was a total dive but fun to see.
Then we hit up Acme Oyster House for lunch, which is right off of Bourbon. It is an institution and a bit touristy, but the food was SO good. Tip, if there is a line, throw them a few $20’s and you will get right in the door. We bypassed a line of about 30 people. The fried oysters there are a MUST.
Saturday night we went to Commander’s Palace for dinner. It is a traditional, southern, fine dining experience. It is a huge restaurant that has been there for years. It was about a 20 min cab ride from the quarter, but it was worth the trip! The romaine salad with parmesan, their house specialty gulf fish dish and all of their desserts are incredible. We left stuffed, but very happy. It was a great spot! Our dinner was so late, that we didn’t get home until almost midnight. After a long day of drinking and eating, we crashed!
Sunday we tried our best to sleep in, but it was impossible. We got up early and walked to Stanleys on Jackson Square for breakfast, followed by Coffee and Beignets at Cafe Du Monde for dessert 🙂 I can’t tell you how amazing these things are, they are worth every bit of gluten, sugar and calorie intake! if you go, make sure to get there early and it is cash only
On our way back to the hotel we walked through Jackson Square which is so beautiful. The basilica is absolutely stunning.
Sunday outfit details: Tank by Splendid (old), Pants from Lady Bye in Brookside, Shoes: Golden Goose ( I wore these with everything all weekend!)
Sunday afternoon we went to Magazine St. which is about a 20 min Uber from the Quarter. It is a strip of cute shops and restaurants. La Petite Grocery came highly recommended, and we were excited to be able to snag a seat outside. The outside and inside for that matter are nothing to write home about, but the food is exceptional. They won the 2016 James Beard award for best restaurant in the South.
The blue crab fritters are absolutely to die for. We could have eaten two orders they were so amazing!
I had the shrimp and grits which blows every S&G you have had out of the water. I Added a poached egg; which was of course amazing.
It’s always fun to check out new stores. Jon’s cousin recommended a few cute spots like The Elizabeth Chronicles and Azby’s boutique.
The crew of us had booked afternoon massages at Earth Savers on Magazine St. The group had mixed reviews. A few loved their massages and a few of us felt like all we got was a lotion rubdown. Regardless, it was nice to just relax and have a spa treatment for an hour.
After that we hit up Kenton’s for some drinks on the patio and oysters. It’s a super cute spot, which is open for lunch, brunch and dinner. The inside decor is great, but we also loved the patio!
Our waitress at La Petite Grocery recommended Avo Restaurant; which I am definitely adding to my list next time we visit! It looks incredible!
We showered up and got ready for dinner at August.
August is an exquisite restaurant in the business district. The building that it is in is just amazing both inside and out. My pics don’t do it justice at all. You just have to see it for yourself!
The chandeliers were breathtaking and the food was top notch! The pecan crusted gulf fish was out of this world. We all agreed that their Gnocchi was one of the best things we have ever had. You really can’t go wrong at August. It is all delicious!
After 2 full days of fast and furious eating and drinking we were spent. We didn’t even make it out past dinner, because we were just DONE 🙂 I think that is a sign of getting old!!! ha!
New Orleans is a special place, and if you plan it right you can mix in a good amount of fun with some relaxation as well!