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Tying the Knot

5 Reasons to Mini-Moon in New Orleans

It’s official. I’ve left my heart (soul and stomach) in New Orleans.

After Jeff and I said “I do” in Baltimore, we left for a four-day stay in New Orleans.

Originally, we’d planned to book it back to Chicago after our nuptials. But, as Jeff pointed out, if we simply flew to Baltimore for the wedding and came back right after it, it’d be just like every other weekend we went to visit my family. True.

But time and money were not on our side (long-distance wedding planning can do that to you). So, instead of planning an immediate honeymoon to some far-flung destination, we opted for a mini-moon to an American city neither of us had ever visited … NOLA!

Shrimp & grits for brunch! ☺️ A photo posted by L’Oreal Thompson (@ltinthecity) on

1. The food is amazing! Seriously. I did not have one bad meal in New Orleans. Whether it was shrimp and grits at The Ruby Slipper Cafe, shrimp creole at Coop’s Place or jambalaya at Gumbo Shop, I ate it all and I loved every bite of it! Got a sweet tooth like me? Then you absolutely must try the beignets at Cafe du Monde and/or Cafe Beignet–both delicious! Want to whet your whistle? Pat O’Brien’s is the place to indulge in the city’s famous hurricane drinks. But be careful, you only need one!

Jackson Square #NOLA

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2. There are so many sights to see. Jackson Square is a great place to soak in the sights and sounds of New Orleans. Stray away from the French Quarter to get a feel for other neighborhoods, such as the beautiful Garden District. The houses are just lovely! We also visited the aquarium and the zoo, which is deceptively large, for a break from Bourbon Street.

3. You can party the night away in a second line. Solange isn’t the only one who can party it up and dance in the street in style! Second lines are quite common in the Crescent City. We even joined one on our way back to the hotel our first night there. Want to host your own second line? Find out how HERE.

Photo credit: Shutterstock

Photo credit: Shutterstock

4. It’s affordable. Unlike big cities, such as New York and Chicago, you don’t necessarily need to spend a lot of money to have a a good time on the town! Accommodations are fairly reasonable (we booked our stay at the Hotel Modern on LivingSocial for around $100/night) and cheap eats are plenty! Plus, the downtown area is pretty walkable, saving you money on cab rides (but, for a bit of nostalgia, ride the trolley car…it’s $1.25/ride or $3.00 for a day pass). Discount sites such as LivingSocial, Groupon and Travelzoo always have deals for NOLA.

5. There’s no place like it. At the risk of sounding cliche, I’ve been around the world and there’s no place like NOLA. I can’t wait to go back!!