New Orleans Your Way


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Cu­rated Cres­cent City itin­er­ar­ies for first-time vis­i­tors, ro­man­tics and his­tory fans.


With three cen­turies of his­tory to cull from, New Orleans has more than its fair share of must-dos. You’ll find hordes of folks queued up out­side of (1) Café Du Monde, but don’t let the long lines de­ter you; the trade­mark café au lait and fresh-fried beignets are well worth the wait. Cel­e­brat­ing death may seem macabre, but here jazz fu­ner­als are a way of life. (2) Save Our Ceme­ter­ies of­fers guided ex­cur­sions through St. Louis Ceme­tery #1, just out­side of the French Quar­ter, which counts voodoo priest­ess Marie Laveau and (still-liv­ing) ac­tor Ni­co­las Cage among its above­ground tombs. The crum­bling walls at the (3) Napoleon House hint at its early age. A warm muf­fuletta and an icy Pimm’s Cup in the court­yard make for a pic­ture-per­fect NOLA mo­ment.


With cou­ples canoodling on benches and the statue of An­drew Jack­son tip­ping his hat to­ward the for­mer dwelling of his al­leged lover, (1) Jack­son Square has been woo­ing ro­man­tics since 1851. Mule-drawn car­riage tours line up at its en­trance, pro­vid­ing the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to snug­gle to­gether. The (2) New Orleans Mu­seum of Art’s free, out­door sculp­ture gar­den features more than 60 swoon-wor­thy works by modern masters, in­clud­ing Robert In­di­ana’s iconic “LOVE” sculp­ture, tucked amid lush land­scap­ing. In­dulge in each other in el­e­gance at the (3) Spa at the Ritz-Carl­ton with the “Le Charme Ro­man­tique” pack­age, a cou­ple’s mas­sage that in­cor­po­rates two Cres­cent City clas­sics: cof­fee and pra­lines. Even sweeter is the cham­pagne for two.

His­tory Buffs

Pre­dat­ing the city it­self, the (1) French Mar­ket ranks as the old­est ac­tive pub­lic mar­ket in the U.S. The open-air venue of­fers a num­ber of food stalls, in ad­di­tion to fresh pro­duce and sou­venirs. With its nu­mer­ous French Quar­ter prop­er­ties, hun­dreds of rare hold­ings and free ex­hibits, the (2) His­toric New Orleans Col­lec­tion is the per­fect place for a Vieux Carré primer. Brush up on the city’s 300-year back­story in its Louisiana His­tory Gal­leries. Hot south­ern nights call for cool jazz, and it doesn’t get much cooler than (3) Preser­va­tion Hall, which has been ded­i­cated to pre­serv­ing the city’s time­honored jazz customs since 1961. Don’t want to stand or sit on the floor? Call ahead to re­serve “Big Shot” seats.

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