Whether you’re eyeing their annual Mardi Gras bash, the iconic jazz scene, or a taste of that Cajun cuisine, New Orleans is sure to satisfy. Here’s how we would spend a weekend in the Big Easy.
Where to Stay
A living legend in the French Quarter, the Hotel Monteleone is equal parts historical and whimsical. If you’ve got a strong stomach, check out their 25-seat rotating carousel bar.
Waldorf Astoria’s local digs at The Roosevelt New Orleans leave nothing to be desired when it comes to luxury. Enjoy a day at the in-house spa, or a signature cocktail at The Sazerac Bar.
For an immersive experience, consider the Chimes Bed and Breakfast in NOLA’s Uptown neighborhood. Known locally as the Garden District, this part of town moves at a slower, quieter pace compared to its downtown counterparts.
Centrally nestled equidistant from Bourbon Street, the French Quarter, and the Port of New Orleans, let the Hotel Fontenot by Kimpton be your home away from home. Their onsite watering hole, the Peacock Room, is a perfect spot for a nightcap.
Where to Dine
An absolute must-try while in town, don’t skip the beignets at Cafe du Monde. Visit one of their downtown locations, or stop in at their Louis Armstrong International Airport (MSY) location while in transit.
No one does New Orleans hospitality quite like Tujague’s. You’ll find traditional Creole offerings of fried green tomatoes, grits, and gumbo, plus plenty of surf and turf options for any palette.
A quintessential spot for brunch and bubbles to dinner and cocktails, Brennan’s is a NOLA staple. Grab a traditional King Cake to go for an authentic taste of Carnival.
Seafood lovers, look no further than GW Fins. The menu is curated daily based on what their suppliers catch; if it was any fresher, your dinner would still be swimming.
For a caffeine fix, New Orleans’ Treme Coffeehouse is a local favorite.
If you’re looking to imbibe, check out Seven Three Distilling, a nod to the city’s 73 distinct neighborhoods. Try their whiskey, vodka, bourbon, gin, or (if you’re brave) moonshine.
What to Do
Tour Mardi Gras World for a look behind the curtain at some of the most famous floats from the annual parade.
Check out the events and happenings in Jackson Square during your visit. A hub for local artists and vendors, the square is a spot for making memories and sharing beignets.
New Orleans is home to the Audubon Nature Institute, which includes both a zoo and an aquarium for a full day of touring.
Take a walk around NOLA’s Louis Armstrong Park, a namesake of one of the city’s greatest jazz musicians.
Ride along the bayous of Louisiana with Airboat Adventures for an experience you’ll never forget.
How to Get There
Lakefront Airport (NEW) and Louis Armstrong International Airport (MSY) are both viable options when flying into New Orleans.
Private Charter from New York City (Teterboro) to New Orleans – starting at $19,300 for a Light Jet
Private Charter from Los Angeles (Van Nuys) to New Orleans – starting at $24,700 for a Light Jet
Private Charter from Seattle to New Orleans – starting at $31,900 for a Light Jet
Private Charter from Miami to New Orleans – starting at $13,600 for a Turboprop or $13,800 for a Light Jet
Private Charter from Chicago to New Orleans – starting at $15,200 for a Light Jet
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