“America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco and New Orleans. Everything else is Cleveland.”Tennessee Williams
You may have heard this famous quote before, but if you’ve never visited New Orleans, then you’ve yet to experience the distinct sentiment that Williams is addressing.
While Mardi Gras, drinking in the streets, and Hurricane Katrina are some of the most popular parts of New Orleans and their unique culture, there is so much more that comes along with a city full of music, adventure and romantic getaway potential. Looking to spend a little time in the south eating surprisingly spicy food, and listening to energetic and experiencing some of America’s most unique coastlines while you honeymoon? Look no further than NOLA.
When to honeymoon in New Orleans
- Go quick: Did you know that statistics show Louisiana losing the equivalent of a football field in land mass every hour due to coastal erosion? New Orleans is an old city and environmentalists believe that it may not be here for long. If you’re considering a honeymoon in Nola, now may be the time to visit!
- The best time of the year to visit: New Orleans is from February-May. The weather is casually cool and the city’s oldest celebration is in full swing.
- If you don’t want to Mardi Gras: If you’re not interested in the Mardi Gras culture, the best time to visit is between December and January. The city is calm and making hotel reservations won’t be nearly as competitive as it is in during the springtime.
What to know about a honeymoon in New Orleans
- The city’s official motto is “Laissez les bons temps rouler!” “Let the good times roll!” Not surprising, right?
- Hurricane season spans from June to November and while the Louisiana south has yet to see a hurricane as detrimental as Katrina, the weather is still something to keep in mind when making travel plans.
- New Orleans is the birthplace of Jazz and the famous trumpet player Louis Armstrong.
- Until the mid-20th century, New Orleans had more miles of canals than Venice, Italy
- The city is also home to the longest continuous bridge over water in the world.The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway clocks in at 23 miles in length.
Things to do on your New Orleans honeymoon
Spend some time outdoors:
- Visit the wildlife parks: The natural swamp and marshland beauty that is still in tact should definitely be a part of your trip. Parks such as Jean Lafitte National Park and the Bayou Sauvage Wildlife Refuge are great places to tour the Louisiana bayou.
- Helicopter tours: If you’d rather have an aerial view of the swampy city, helicopter tours over NOLA are a great idea. The New Orleans Helicopter Tours will give honeymooners a tour of the French Quarter, The Mississippi River, the financial district, above ground cemeteries and historic cathedrals.
Relax in New Orleans
- The Theatres at Canal Place: This movie house shows a unique mix of mainstream movies and indie films in a plush and intimate seating arrangement. This is the perfect place to snuggle up with your honey, order tapas, wine and beverages right from your seat and relax.
- Stroll Jackson Square: Oftentimes, the most underrated activities are the most romantic. Stroll Jackson Square under the starry sky and you’ll know what I mean. Honeymooners may hear live music or see dancing from a street performer. You may also decide to pop inside Cafe du Monde, a restaurant that’s open 24 hours, for a late night cocktail.
- Visit Spa Atlantis: This highly rated spa is one of the best in New Orleans. If you’re looking for a relaxing couples massage or a facial, Spa Atlantis is the place to go. Their dedication to relaxation, rejuvenation and serenity will make sure you leave feeling like a completely different person.
Romantic things to do in The French Quarter
While many honeymooners who aren’t interested in a party may be tempted to avoid the French Quarter, there are plenty of romantic things for honeymooners to do in this beautiful part of the city
- An elegant dinner: You can’t go wrong with an elegant dinner on your honeymoon. The Courtyard tables at Broussard’s provide an old world glamour feel while the spicy food at Bayona is excellent. If you’re really looking for exclusivity, seclusion and romance, you can’t do better than booking a private room at Antoine’s. But it’s hard to go wrong hitting an oyster bar and truly getting in the New Orleans spirit. Bourbon House has a wonderful couples friendly bar for just that.
- Horse drawn carriage ride: The famous carriages that can be found lining up in front of Jackson Square are actually pulled by mules and offer a private tour of the district’s breathtaking architecture. Each carriage driver is a licensed tour guide and it’s the perfect place to snuggle up with your new spouse.
Romantic accommodations for your New Orleans honeymoon
Le Pavillon Hotel
The reimagined Le Pavillon Hotel in New Orleans is glamorous and grand. The property boasts 226 newly reinvented guest rooms and eclectic suites, a newly designed lobby bar, and signature restaurant, Bijoux. The historic hotel also draws honeymooning couples in with their intimate rooftop pool, and their seven one-of-a-kind suites inspired by the rich history of the vibrant city. If you’re looking for history, style, class and a beautiful place to relax on your honeymoon, you can’t do better than the Le Pavillion.
Loews New Orleans Hotel
The Loews New Orleans Hotel holds a AAA Four Diamond Rating and puts honeymooners in the center of downtown, and within walking distance to major areas including the French Quarter and Mississippi River. The building offers 12 suites with breathtaking views of the magnificent Mississippi River, the historic French Quarter or the New Orleans skyline. The rooms are finished in modern colors while the iconic New Orleans photos accent the city’s rich history. The staff can help set up candles and rose petals both around the spa tub and in the bedroom, as well as champagne and chocolate covered strawberries to create a truly romantic setting for newlyweds upon arrival. The best bonus? If you don’t want to leave your pet at home during your honeymoon? Loews gladly welcomes your furry friends and offers gourmet room service menus for cats and dogs, e specialized bedding, leashes and collars along with helpful amenities such as dog-walking route maps, pet placemats, water bowls, and treats.
New Orleans Festival Package: Newlyweds looking for a fun experience will want to check out one of the many festivals or big musical acts that come through New Orleans. The Festival Package includes a stay in one of the luxurious suite accommodations, one $25 food and beverage credit per stay at Poydras & Peters, complimentary valet-parking nightly and one $20 Lyft credit for use in the New Orleans area
The Bourbon Orleans
This beautiful property is situated behind Jackson Square and the St. Louis Cathedral, and offers an ideal setting for an unforgettable honeymoon. New Orleans’ oldest and grandest ballroom dating back to 1817 can be found in the Bourbon Orleans Hotel and offers an authentic French Quarter atmosphere for your post-wedding trip. Each guestroom features private balconies with amazing views of Cathedral Gardens and the French Quarter’s street life, which is perfect for people watching. The Bourbon O Bar, is noted as the “first fresh cocktail bar on Bourbon Street,”and Cheryl Charming, former New Orleans Magazine “Mixologist of the Year” runs it. This hotel is quite famous for the weddings they put on and they also offer an LGBTQ package.
This 102 guestroom property offers a boutique experience in the heart of New Orleans. The picturesque fountain in a leafy courtyard, brings out a european-style hospitality while the 21st Amendment at La Louisiane, a former mob hangout with live jazz most evenings, pays homage to the city’s history. This bar specializes in prohibition era classics that showcase practiced technique, house-made syrups and locally grown herbs and is rooted in New Orleans cocktail culture. The hotel is also walking distance to many of the region’s top attractions such as Jackson Square, Aquarium of the Americas, Riverboat Cruises on the Mississippi and the Street Car Line.
Hotel Les Marais
Hotel le marais is a sleek and intimate property in the French Quarter, where 64 welcoming rooms are ready to help honeymooners relax. Their brick-lined courtyard weddings are famous and the tranquil pool with lush landscaping will make you feel like you’re in a neighborhood in Paris. Hotel le marais offers a casual and cool Parisian experience with a touch of Southern charm that includes stylish cocktails, light bites and a relaxed social atmosphere at Vive! Lounge, along the hotel’s courtyard pool
The Romantic Rendezvous Package at the Bourbon Orleans, Hotel Mazarin and Hotel Le Marais: includes a bottle of Champagne with two souvenir Champagne flutes, $100 gift certificate to dine at Dickie Brennan’s Tableau Restaurant, complimentary welcome cocktail, and complimentary breakfast for two each morning.