New Orleans, La. is the first city that I’ve traveled to as a travel blogger that wasn’t new to me.
I’ve also traveled to New Orleans several times on business. If you would have asked me a month ago how I felt about New Orleans, I would have told you that I could take it or leave it.
Last week this changed for me. My experience started with a Bridal Shower for my friend of over 30 years. We met in the city along with some of her Bridal party to celebrate her upcoming nuptials in New Orleans.
During this time New Orleans experienced a pretty significant flood. Everyone kept apologizing for the weather described as something like a “Freak Accident”.
This trip to New Orleans has been one for the books. We just basically had to swim home dressed in all white because there were no other modes of transportation available. So much of the city is completely flooded. Why am I smiling? Once we realized that it wasn’t a damn thing that we could do about it but pull our skirts up and figure it out, we had a freaking blast! #goodtimes #girlstrip #serendipity
Despite the weather, we made the most of the trip. To be honest, this portion of my trip to New Orleans was EPIC!!!
From not being able to see anything on our steamboat cruise, to having to practically swim home after attempting to get a ride for hours, including public transportation, but we made it work for us.
Who would have dreamed that our Girl’s night in and slumber party, would have turned into us threatening to tell ghost stories, and acting like terrified school aged girls during a power outage? This was probably the highlight of our trip!
After the ladies left, I stuck around for a few days to explore the area more.
If I had to choose the best food I’ve ever eaten, it was definitely eaten in New Orleans. This go around I was able to visit the famous, Court of Two Sisters Restaurant in the French Quarter. They host a Jazz Brunch in the courtyard, every day.
Not only was the atmosphere beautiful and pleasant, the food was delicious and the service was impeccable.
If you have followed me for a while, you may be aware that the Whitney Plantation Museum right outside of New Orleans has been on my Bucket List for a while. I’m so happy to say that I finally had a chance to visit, and it was everything and more than I ever could have dreamed of.
You can read my blog about that experience here.
While staying there I had the pleasure to stay in Hotel Maison Deville on Toulouse St. This was a real treat.
This is the second oldest free stranding structure in the French Quarter, dating back to the 1700’s, and it is packed with history and amazing stories. The Famous Playwright Tenessee Williams actually wrote parts of his Pulitzer Prize-winning play A Streetcar Named Desire there in room #9.
Long before the property became a Hotel, it went through several different changes, knowing that I was sleeping in a place that was once home to slaves was interesting as well.
I can’t say enough about the history of this amazing place. Remember it dates back to the 1700’s, this means it survived the tragic fires that occurred during the 1800’s.
It has boasted the title of Best Boutique Hotel in New Orleans and #9 on the Best Hotels in the U.S.A. list by Conde’ Nast
You will not regret it!
Enjoy a few images from the beautiful New Orleans, La.
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