Nola Weekend Travel Guide

13 June 2017
So the big question here is: do I acknowledge the pink elephant in the blogosphere that it has been six plus months since my last blog post? 


At a networking event recently, I had a friend introduce me to someone by saying, "This is Lee Owens, an interior designer and she has a great blog." Her comment was so kind (!) but I felt that it was a bit of a stretch seeing as though I'm not even eligible to call myself an "occasional blogger" at this point. A blog post every six months?  😁

Nonetheless, it was the kick I needed to write a post. (Should hold me over until 2018, right?)

Life, lately, has been busy busy and I am thankful for that! Kids and client projects and throw in a home renovation (our first!) and, well, you know how it is.

If you follow my Instagram, you probably saw photos from our recent trip to New Orleans. I fell in love with the city! So much color and vibrancy. I loved it so much that I decided to put together a little weekend travel guide with my favorite spots.

If you've come across this post via Pinterest, hopefully that means you're heading to the Big Easy for a few days and you're looking for ways to spend your time. I hope this helps and enjoy your trip (bring me with you?)!!


Friday

Start your trip on the right foot by heading immediately to Cafe du Monde for your first (of many) beignet and sip on their most delicious coffee Au Lait. Hands down the best coffee I've ever had. Walk off the rich snack with a stroll through Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral and into the French Quarter. If you're anything like me, this will be the start of a love affair with the beautiful colorful buildings and private homes throughout the quarter. Antique store window shopping is another must.



This color combo will surely inspire my Summer 2017 wardrobe





While you're in the Quarter, find out what all the buzz is about regarding Bourbon Street. Grab a beer to go. (My personal preference: daytime Bourbon Street. Nighttime wasn't my scene!)



Saturday

Begin your second day with the jazz brunch at the Court of the Two Sisters. First, look up: the courtyard is nestled beneath a canopy of greenery. It's breathtaking! Next: walk immediately to the omelet station. You will NOT regret it.


Jazz brunch under a living canopy

Following brunch, hop on the St. Charles Streetcar and head into Garden District to see the stately mansions and the Lafayette Cemetery No 1. The ride along St. Charles Ave is an activity in itself and it's a great way to see the city.


Lafayette Cemetery No.1

Make your way back into the historic districtt and walk along Royal Street until you get to the Hotel Monteleone. Grab a drink at the Carousel Piano Bar & Lounge; maybe you'll be lucky enough to get a much desired seat at the spinning bar.



Next stop: dinner within Brennan's beautiful courtyard. The restaurant's decor is a dreamy tropical motif filled with palm leaves and birds of paradise. The playful salmon pink and dark green color scheme is heavenly on the eyes. The food is yummy, too. (Unfortunately I didn't get the opportunity to dine in the courtyard and therefore, no picture to post. I guess it just means I'll have to plan another trip to enjoy the "Bubbles at Brennan's" champagne happy hour in the courtyard, no?)



End your day with a visit to the Frenchmen Art Market. This charming market is open during the evenings and it feels magical with the twinkle lights overhead and jazz music coming from the local bars. I picked up a great print of a classic New Orleans home exterior to remind me of our trip.

Frenchmen Art Market
Illustration by artist Specer Epps


Sunday

Clearly it's been too long since your last beignet! Cafe Beignet on Royal St is a lovely setting to enjoy your breakfast before heading to the airport. It truly feels like you've been transported to Europe!




As you can tell, I fell in love with the Big Easy. I'm ready to go back. 
I hope you enjoy your trip and I'll be curious to know what you think of Nola!


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