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  • Leslie Straughan | February 12, 2016 7:00 AM ET

    Three Romantic Days in New Orleans

    Three Romantic Days in New Orleans

    PHOTO: Couples can take in the sights and sounds of the city on the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar (Courtesy New Orleans Conventio & Vistors Bureau)

    Whether for weddings, a Valentine's getaway, rekindling an old romance or starting a new one, New Orleans’ southern hospitality and friendly culture inspire guests to slow down, relax and enjoy the important things in life - your loved ones.

    Maybe it's the vestiges of our French culture, but the joie di vivre, or joy of life, and appreciation for good food, drink and company have created a special place for lovers.

    See below for an example of a romantic three-day vacation.

    After your clients settle into the hotel, have them get out on the town for an enchanting dinner in the French Quarter. Also known as the Vieux Carré, this district is the city's oldest neighborhood and features scenic courtyards, historic buildings and diverse architecture. They can stroll to Bayona, a Mediterranean restaurant located in a charming Creole cottage. Try adventurous dishes such as peppered lamb loin with goat cheese and Zinfandel sauce, paired with wines selected by Bayona's expert sommeliers.

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    Afterward, they can walk to Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro, a long-running club that hosts some of New Orleans' top performers, including Ellis Marsalis and Charmaine Neville. It's located on Frenchmen Street, one of the city's hottest spots for nightlife. Then they can walk down Frenchmen and hear the sounds of jazz, rock and blues coming from at least a half-dozen other venues, such as The Spotted Cat Music Club and The Maison.

    Your clients can spend the morning window-shopping along Magazine Street, a six-mile stretch of clothing shops, lingerie boutiques, indulgent spas, antique stores and confectioners. They can pick up vintage flatware at As You Like It Silver Shop and buy unique fine jewelry at Mignon Faget.

    After grabbing a quick lunch from one of Magazine Street's numerous bistros and sidewalk cafés, your clients can catch the Canal Street streetcar up to New Orleans City Park. This 1,300-acre forested haven is filled with massive 100-year-old oak trees, peaceful lagoons and fragrant flower gardens. Here, they can spend the afternoon perusing centuries of masterful artwork at the New Orleans Museum of Art.

    Before heading back to the French Quarter, have them wander through the adjacent Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden to take a picture in front of the famous LOVE statue.

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    After a day of sightseeing, your clients can relax over a candlelit dinner. Broussard's Restaurant is a New Orleans classic, with rustic brick archways, elegant dining rooms and a lush outdoor courtyard. Peruse their extensive wine list, which earned Broussard's the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine.

    After dinner, they can walk to nearby Jackson Square, and enjoy a picturesque view of St. Louis Cathedral in the moonlight and catch a mule-drawn carriage ride. These romantic tours, which depart from the Decatur Street side of the square, will transport your client to a bygone era, as the lit streetlamps, sound of hooves against cobblestone alleyways and nighttime views of historical architecture set the scene for a magical experience.

    Your clients can enjoy their last morning in New Orleans at a leisurely jazz brunch sipping champagne and bloody Marys. Frequently voted "Best Place for Breakfast or Brunch," The Court of Two Sisters Restaurant is famous for their buffet-style brunch, which includes carving stations, a cold seafood display and a cornucopia of breakfast pastries and desserts. Sit on their outdoor patio while listening to a live performance by the house jazz trio. It's the perfect way to wrap up an exciting weekend of romance.


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Leslie Straughan The New Orleans Beat

Leslie Straughan Leslie has more than 25 years of experience working in the tourism industry, specifically with travel professionals and the cruise market. A native of New Orleans, Leslie enjoys listening to live music and traveling with her daughter.
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