new orleans



ritz carlton

i love a little trip to new orleans after a week at the beach. it makes me feel like i can extend my vacation and see something new and fun. when in new orleans, i really enjoy the classics. the old hotels and tried and true restaurants are fabulous. i love the architecture, the sultry air, and the historic feel of the city. staying in a luxe hotel is such a treat, and this ritz does not disappoint. with great jazz and fantastic dining just downstairs, it really has it all. when venturing out i love a jazz brunch and a leisurely stroll through the garden district. you have to check out my picks for some seriously southern shopping!
happy travels!

stay

ritz carlton / www.ritzcarlton.com/neworleans / 921 canal street / executive suite / the room we had was fantastic / with 700 square feet and a separate living room and powder room for the kids, we were in heaven / the bathroom was zen like and the bulgari amenities smelled fantastic / cocktails on the courtyard / even better is jazz and dinner in the restaurant / jeremy davenport does a great classic jazz show wednesday through saturday / the valet is great and they offer umbrella service, should you find yourself there on a drizzling afternoon


the royal sonesta

the royal sonesta / www.sonesta.com/royalneworleans / 300 bourbon street / a few years ago, we stayed here / the rooms are classic, tailored and clubby / you are in the heart of everything / the famed desire seafood & oyster bar, is just downstairs and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner / the rooftop pool is fun and well appointed / there is live jazz in the lobby level playhouse, 7 days a week, with no cover

 

dine


sucre

sucre / www.shopsucre.com / 3025 magazine street / this sweet shop puts everyone else to shame / the most beautiful and insane desserts ever / my family is hooked on the macarons / we love everything else too! / it’s so worth the drive through the lovely garden district and uptown for these treats!


the court of two sisters

the court of two sisters / www.courtoftwosisters.com / 613 royal street / dixieland jazz bruch / there was a soft drizzle and brunch here complete with mimosas was heaven / omelets made to order / the most divine creamed spinach / grits / buttermilk biscuits / bread pudding with whiskey sauce / the setting is picture perfect new orleans


pat o’brien’s

pat o’brien’s / www.patobriens.com / 624 bourbon street / lunch or a cocktail at pat o’s is a can’t miss / have a hurricane and forget your troubles / spinach salad if you are being good / pasta primavera if you are feeling decadent / beware, this is nola, and not always kid friendly, even during lunch service, we have been denied access to pat o’s when with kiddos


cafe du monde

cafe du monde / www.cafedumonde.com / 800 decatur street / you have to have a beignet and a cafe au lait while in nola, your trip would not be complete without it / grab a table and enjoy a moments rest in this bustling classic, open 24 hours a day / my favorite is the frozen cafe au lait on a hot day


carousel bar at hotel monteleone

carousel bar at hotel monteleone / www.hotelmonteleone.com / 214 royal street / when sans kiddos, a cocktail at this bar is a treat / there is an actual carousel in the bar that you can be seated at and have cocktails while it slowly spins / only in new orleans

 

shop


hemline

hemline / www.shophemline.com / 609 chartres street / i love to stop in hemline when i am in town / look for ella moss, splendid, free people, dvf, trina turk, sam edeleman, chan lu and much more


earthsavers spa and store

earthsavers spa and store / www.earthsaversonline.com / 5501 magazine street / this spa has a fantastic shop offering great skincare brands, lounge wear, gifts and spa goodies


hazelnut

hazelnut / www.hazelnutneworleans.com / 5515 magazine street / this home and houseware shop has great pieces with a preppy and fun edge / look for jonathan adler, vietri ceramics, seda france candles, and toile decoupaged accessories


villa vici

villa vici / www.villavici.com / 4112 magazine street / unique home furnishings / you will find a lot of classic modern pieces with a few rustic touches and some unexpected elements as well / full design services and original art


leontine linens

leontine linens / www.leontinelinens.com / 3806 magazine street / these linens are sensational / the monograms are sheer insanity and i haven’t seen a piece i didn’t love / these are handmade and heirloom quality for certain / while an investment, i feel like a piece is in my future for sure, now which one to choose…


bevolo

bevolo / www.bevolo.vom / 521 conti street / these handcrafted copper gas lights are classic and elegant / i am dying for a pair for my entry / they have so many styles to choose from and interior fixtures too / a southern classic


fleur de paris

fleur de paris / www.fleurdeparis.net / 523 royal street / i love to stop here to oogle the beautiful hats / the selection is fantastic and this shop is famous to hat lovers / being a louisvillian i am always on the lookout for a hat to wear to the track

 

and don’t forget to…


st charles streetcar

take the st charles streetcar to the garden district and take the walking tour! / catch it at canal at cardondelet / get off at st charles at napoleon / enjoy the beautiful architecture of these wonderful historic homes / find streetcar information here: www.norta.com / here is a great link to a walking tour: http://www.frommers.com/destinations/neworleans/0020020034.html

Cheers! - lh

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