48 hours in New Orleans: Alligators, Lingerie, and Beignets

I detoured from my usual beach centered destinations to spend a weekend in New Orleans. What a city! Gritty but glamorous, Southern but European, NOLA  invigorates you with it’s many personalities. As a I told one friend ” if there were waves, I would totally live here.” Food, history, music, unique outdoor adventures, make this a great option for a long weekend getaway with your partner or friends.

Things to Do:

When you’ve had your fill of concrete and crowds head to the wetlands. We booked the Manchac Mystic Kayak Tour through New Orleans Swamp Tours and spent a sweaty afternoon paddling around the swamp and burning off some beignets. While listening to the guide tell you about the natural history of the region you’ll be looking longingly at the cool water, that is until you glimpse a gator…

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Swamp serenity

A better option for taking a dip is The County Club. For about $20 you can pay for a day pass to the oasis-like pool area. A more sophisticated version of the pool parties you went to in college, it’s the perfect place to lounge, people watch and recuperate from the demands of being a tourist in NOLA.

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Cool off at the County Club

After channeling your inner pool goddess you might be feeling sexy and adventurous. If that’s the case head to the Trashy Diva. There are several locations throughout the city, we went to the one in the French Quarter, and if you’re traveling with a group you can rent out the store for a few hours and be pampered with wine and bubbly while you shop.

The French Quarter is the place to go if you want to walk around with a large brightly colored drink or simply listen to some great music. Wander around in the evening and take in the ambiance, then end the night with a plate of beignets at Cafe Du Monde.  IMG_7756

Eat:

Country Club: Even pool loungers get hungry. The poolside menu has a nice assortment of mouthwatering salads and sandwiches.

Three Muses: A small, lively restaurant in the French Quarter that offers both small plates for sharing and larger dishes. Live music adds to the “I’m in NOLA!” dining experience.

Dick and Jennys:  This neighborhood restaurant was my favorite meal of the entire trip. Cozy and friendly it’s the perfect alternative to the dining scene in the more touristy areas. Enjoy classic southern fare like fried green tomatoes and cornbread.

Cafe Du Monde. This is beignet mecca for people visiting New Orleans. It’s always packed but that adds to the fun. And waiting in line give you more time to deliberate on how many beignets you should order..

Superior Seafood: If you happen to be in the Uptown neighborhood, grab a frozen drink to go and admire the mansions on St.Charles or hop on the streetcar. Being an adult has never been better.

Stay:

There are so many options for where to stay.  I stayed in a quiet little AirBNB off Magazine Street. You can easily find a great vacation rental for under $100 or scour the internet for hotels offering specials.

Gear:

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Wide brimmed hat
  • Rain coat/Umbrella for unexpected downpours
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug repellant
  • Swimsuit
  • Rental car (if you’re interested in exploring the sites outside of the city) IMG_7758

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