Two Day New Orleans Getaway
Each year before joining my family in Baton Rouge for Thanksgiving, I love making an initial stop and stay in one of my favorite cities, New Orleans. It is always fun to explore new hotels, restaurants and attractions each year. And once again NOLA did not disappoint!
Day 1: Arrival at the Four Seasons New Orleans
Our adventure began with a warm Southern welcome at the Four Seasons New Orleans. Located in the heart of the city, this stunning hotel is a testament to luxury and sophistication. As we entered the lobby, we were greeted by the friendly staff, who made us feel right at home.
The history of the Four Seasons New Orleans is fascinating. The hotel was originally known as the World Trade Center, but it underwent a remarkable transformation into the opulent establishment we know today. The design seamlessly blends modern luxury with the city's rich heritage, and the attention to detail is impeccable.
One of the highlights of this hotel is the dining options that are available. Miss River, the hotel's signature restaurant, which specializes in Creole and Cajun cuisine is one of the special options available. The atmosphere was refined, and the flavors were an explosion of Louisiana's culinary traditions.
For one pre-dinner cocktail hour, we had the pleasure of visiting the Chandelier Bar, a hidden gem within the hotel. The ambiance was enchanting, with its crystal chandeliers and plush seating. It was here that we enjoyed the best crab claws we've ever tasted, perfectly complemented by expertly crafted cocktails.
During our stay, we also took advantage of the hotel's rooftop pool. Overlooking the city skyline, it provided a tranquil oasis amidst the bustling streets of New Orleans. We lounged by the pool, sipping on refreshing cocktails and soaking up the Southern sun, making it the perfect way to unwind after a day of exploration.
The Four Seasons New Orleans offered not just a place to stay but an experience that embodied the spirit of the city. With its rich history, exquisite dining options, and luxurious amenities like the Chandelier Bar and the rooftop pool, it set the stage for an unforgettable Thanksgiving getaway in the heart of New Orleans.
Our first evening was dedicated to celebrating our dear friend's birthday in style. We dined at GW Fins, a renowned seafood restaurant known for its fresh catches and innovative dishes. And their signature delicious biscuits are always an indulgence!
After dinner, we headed to the 21st Amendment Bar, which offered a delightful mix of cocktails and live music. The band played jazz and blues tunes that perfectly encapsulated the soulful spirit of the city.
Day 2: Shrimp Po'boys, Abita Beers, and French Quarter Exploration
No trip to New Orleans is complete without savoring the iconic shrimp po'boys, and we found the perfect spot at Mother's Restaurant. The combination of crispy fried shrimp and fluffy French bread was simply divine. Washed down with locally brewed Abita Beers, it was the quintessential New Orleans lunch experience. There is really nowhere like Mother’s and I highly recommend this local spot.
With satisfied appetites, we spent the afternoon strolling through the historic French Quarter. The vibrant streets were alive with the sounds of street musicians. We couldn't resist popping into local shops and soaking in the city's unique atmosphere.
Our final night in New Orleans took us to Coop's Place, a beloved local haunt that comes with a unique twist – a strict "no cell phones allowed" policy. This meant we had no distractions as we enjoyed a variety of delectable local dishes, including jambalaya and gumbo. Our waiter was a riot, telling us stories and sharing his artwork. He definitely added to the color of the evening!
After dinner, we ventured to Oz, a fun gay bar that boasts some of the most talented drag performers in the city. The energy in the room was contagious, and we found ourselves cheering as the performers wowed us with their incredible acts. It was a night of laughter, entertainment, and a true taste of New Orleans' vibrant nightlife.
Day 3: Time to head to Baton Rouge for Thanksgiving
After a fun few days, it was time to head to my hometown of Baton Rouge to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family. Thanks, NOLA for another wonderful trip!
If you book this hotel through me, you will receive the following perks:
Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
Daily breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
$100USD equivalent Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability