Weekend trip to NOLA


My hubby and I decided to take advantage of the long weekend and take a little trip to one of our favorite places – New Orleans. His birthday is also a week from today so we thought it would be the perfect weekend to celebrate. Here are a few highlites from our trip.

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We stayed at the International House Hotel (www.ihhotel.com) and I couldn’t have been happier. The hotel was beautiful and modern and the location was perfect. I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone. At night the entire lobby and hotel bar was full of candles and it was so beautiful and romantic.

IH room This picture is from their website but it is literally our room exactly. I loved the decor!

The Loa bar: It was simply impossible to get a picture at night time. I tried several times with no luck. Here you can get an idea of how pretty the lights and candles are. It was so romantic and magical. This picture definitely doesn’t do it justice.

loa bar

We did a lot of eating and drinking and just wandering around. We both love the architecture and character and we were so lucky to have perfect weather to enjoy it. Our favorite bar is Lafitte’s Blacksmith bar. It was built in 1722 and supposedly is the oldest structure used as a bar in the United States. It is nothing fancy and that’s what I love about it. Its the perfect place to people watch and everyone knows New Orleans is a prime place to do that.

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Here are a few pictures of some of the beautiful homes we saw while wandering around. We couldn’t help but take pictures of a few so we could look back on them.

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We revisited a few old favorites and tried a few new places. I wont go into a ton of detail but will make some recommendations so if anyone decides to plan a trip they have a few places to hit up and one to definitely avoid.

Stanley’s Restaurant – This restaurant is well-known for its brunch but they also have a bar right next door to the restaurant that you can get their drinks from. They had by far the best bloody mary in the french quarter and also quite randomly the best croissant I have ever had. No joke. My husband agreed too.

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Johnny’s – This place has been around forever and is well-known for their po boys. You can’t go to New Orleans and not get a po boy! We go here every time we are in New Orleans and their shrimp po boy is to die for.

johnnys poboy

Court of Two Sisters – This brunch spot is super famous and super hard to get into. Usually there is a huge wait but we were able to get seated right away on Saturday. We ate outside and the courtyard is gorgeous, that is the only positive thing I have to say about the experience. The buffet (which is the only option you have for brunch) was over rated and waaaayy overpriced!!! At $30 per person I had pretty high expectations and was really disappointed. It has a big selection but nothing that me or my husband tried was anything better than average. Also, their bloody mary was so bland I couldn’t even drink it. And I hate to let anything, especially a cocktail, go to waste.

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We had a wonderful weekend and can’t wait til the next time we can return. Hope everyone else enjoyed their weekend.

XOXO  -Brittany

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