Perfect Weekend in New Orleans

Published July 23rd, 2020 by Book NOLA

Perfect Weekend in NOLA

You and your friends and family decide to take a spontaneous trip to New Orleans for the weekend, but you’ve never been there before. So you head to TripAdvisor or some other site boasting to know the “Best Things to do in New Orleans” and you wind up having a semi-decent trip and definitely hit all of the key sightseeing spectacles. But would life just be simpler, if you had an itinerary already planned out to make your trip special, authentic, and unforgettable.

Day 1: Friday Evening

You’ve just had a late flight and have been dropped off by our transportation service at your property for the weekend. The day has been long and frankly you and everyone in your party is looking to do something, but also to keep things relatively low key.

Kick your evening off with a trip to Frenchmen Street.

If you’ve ever seen pictures of New Orleans, then chances are that you’ve come across a pic or two of Frenchmen Street. This popular street has a three block radius, and is home to some of New Orleans’ most popular clubs and food. While you’re on Frenchmen, head to local favorite, Dat Dog to enjoy some quality dogs, as well as a stellar view from their second floor balcony. To see what Frenchmen Street has to offer, block by block, check out this site: 

Day 2: Saturday

Take a stroll just outside the city!

District Donuts

You’re about to have a lovely day just outside the city, and there is no better way to start it off than with a signature donut from District Donuts! This local favorite has weekly rotations of new donuts that are sure to delight all of your senses. If you aren't in the mood for donuts (not likely), then try one of several choice sandwiches to get you fueled up for the day ahead!

Plantation Tour

After some breakfast at District Donuts, head down to one of the plantation tours. Thankfully, New Orleans has no shortage of these tours, but we recommend taking one of the morning tours to avoid the sweltering midday NOLA heat! Many of the mansions line the Mississippi River and are chalked full of history, so take a trip and visit the Laura, Ormond, or Destrehan plantations.

Port of Call

While some of the plantation tours do offer lunch, we are short on time and want to experience some of the best that NOLA has to offer, so why not have lunch in town? Port of Call is another local favorite and has been serving up some of the juiciest burgers since the 1960’s! They have been called the GEM of New Orleans, and are often said to have the best burgers in the city...not to mention, they have a great list of drinks and cocktails to accompany a good burger, and get you ready for the rest of the afternoon. 

Airboat/Swamp Tours

You can’t come to New Orleans without at least venturing out to the swamps on an airboat! It’s the perfect way to get out and do something a little adventurous while also enjoying nature, and getting in a bit of sightseeing. There is amazing wildlife out in the bayou, and if you happen upon a good tour guide, you’ll get a good lesson on the ecosystem and may even be able to hold a small alligator while you’re out!

Dinner at Morrow’s

Morrow is a classic. The restaurant provides delicious food and just an overall good vibe! Why not continue the indulgence of the day and feast on some of their cajun and asian inspired cuisine like Korean bbq, red beans and rice, or cajun crawfish pasta! Additionally, they’ve got a great selection of carefully crafted cocktails, and often have live music playing. This is the perfect ending to what would have been a day chalked full of adventure! 

Day 3: Sunday

When going on vacation, it’s always nice to have a healthy balance of adventure days, relaxation days, and days simply to explore and wander around. Today is the latter.

The Ruby Slipper Café

Start your day off right with some breakfast at the Ruby Slipper Cafe. This café is a hub for southern classics and the food is simply delicious. Whether you’re in the mood for one of their signature benedicts, buttery brioche French toast, or just a good old fashioned southern biscuit with eggs and bacon, the Ruby Slipper has more than enough offerings to satisfy any craving!

Jackson Square

After a big breakfast at the Ruby Slipper, head down to Jackson square for some nice photos, and to walk off some of that breakfast! Jackson Square is extremely historic and is one of New Orleans’ most recognizable locations. The square is rich with history, and not too fat from the Mississippi River walk and other popular attractions found in New Orleans.

Cafe du Monde

Hopefully you’ve left some room for a midday snack at Cafe du Monde! It’s almost criminal to come to NOLA and not have at least ONE fresh and hot beignet. Cafe du Monde is famous in New Orleans and if you’ve got the time, you must indulge in a few beignets, sprinkled with powdered sugar and served with a piping hot cup of coffee or hot chocolate!

The French Market

Located just next door to Cafe du Monde is the French Market. This is truly one of the best places to check out while in NOLA. You’ll find vendors selling all sorts of things from art, to authentic food and spices, to clothing. There is hardly a better feeling than walking through this market and being awed by the colors, music, and eclectic vibe that permeates the air.

The French Quarter

Luckily most of today’s activities are found all within a few blocks of each other, so if you haven’t been thus far, swing back around to check out the French Quarter. The Quarter is the heart of New Orleans and is known for its bustling nightlife, vibrant colors and  historic balconies. The French Quarter has alot to offer historically, but it’s also a great segway into an evening of going out.

Bourbon Street

Ahhh Bourbon Street. Need I say more? This is definitely one of the places you go if you want to have a good time. It is also the place that anyone who has never been to New Orleans, will ask you if you have been. You will want to be able to say that you have. That aside, Bourbon is host to a variety of clubs and bars. The atmosphere is always buzzing and if one venue doesn’t suit you, there are a dozen more down the street that will. This is the perfect way to finish off your trip and to end the day with a little excitement before your trip home!

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