For some, a trip to New Orleans is all about partying like it’s Mardi Gras, regardless of the season. Others choose to explore the city with family, taking advantage of the opportunities to learn about New Orleans’ rich history and culture and sample the local cuisine. But many visitors choose to spend a weekend in New Orleans to celebrate romance – an anniversary, a honeymoon, or a sweet getaway to spend some time with your significant other. With plenty to see and do and an atmosphere you simply won’t find anywhere else, it’s the perfect place to fall in love all over again.
Want to plan a romantic weekend in New Orleans? Here are a few tips to help you make it happen:
CHECK THE CALENDAR.
New Orleans is a popular spot for festivals, fairs, and events throughout the year. Mardi Gras is the most well-known, but there’s also the Jazz & Heritage Festival in April, New Orleans Pride Festival in June, and approximately 130 others to potentially attend – or avoid. Some of these festivals are known for drawing larger crowds and driving up prices for flights and hotels, which may detract from your romantic plans. Consider your options and plan accordingly!
GET A ROOM.
If you’re on a mission to enjoy a romantic weekend together, you don’t want to skimp on accommodations. Find a place with the right ambiance, and you’ll set the tone for your entire trip the moment you step into your suite – or whatever suits your taste!
New Orleans is home to a whole host of bed and breakfasts, each with their own personality and charm, as well as many world-class hotels. You can also find some excellent Airbnb options scattered throughout the city if you’d prefer something a bit more private.
EXPLORE THE FRENCH QUARTER.
Home to Bourbon Street, Jefferson Square, and many well-loved local establishments, the French Quarter is an excellent place to make some romantic memories together. Grab a table at Cafe Amelie, renowned for its delightful courtyard and historic location, or sample wine in the intimate, low-lit Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar & Bistro.
Whether your idea of romance involves a sweet photo shoot among the area’s colorful buildings, dancing the night away, or cuddling as you learn about the area’s past on a private horse-drawn carriage tour, there’s something for virtually everyone to enjoy in this central district.
BOOK A ROMANTIC DINNER CRUISE.
For a meal you won’t soon forget and a delightfully romantic way to celebrate any occasion in New Orleans, consider booking a dinner cruise. Steamboat Natchez sets sail each evening and features live jazz, a delicious meal, and incredible views of the sunset. Another excellent option is the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen, a 2.5-hour long cruise that serves up a buffet of New Orleans favorites and delights guests with, you guessed it, sunset views and live jazz tunes.
Spend any time in New Orleans, and you’ll quickly see why the city is a common choice for proposals, elopements, and honeymoons. Keep these tips in mind as you prepare for your trip, and you’ll be well on your way to enjoying a perfectly romantic weekend together.