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New Orleans 30th Anniversary Trip

9 Jun 2011  Joe and Wendy - there for our 30th anniversary - and our friend, Leanne joined us for most of the trip.
4.0 of 5 stars based on 2 votes

Trip we took to New Orleans May 24th-30th - for our 30th wedding anniversary and with a good friend.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: New Orleans, Slidell, Vacherie
  • Category: Recent trip
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Repeat visitors
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Tourists
  • Seasons: Spring
  • 1. Hotel St. Marie
    Hotel St. Marie, New Orleans, Louisiana
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    Avg price: $235

    We stayed in a really large King Courtyard Balcony room at the Hotel St. Marie - room 323. The balcony was small - but the room was spacious, and had a separate vanity area where the closet was - separate from the bathroom. We loved this hotel - the staff was extremely friendly. The only real negative was there's just one elevator - and the hotel was sold out Memorial Day weekend - so we would sometimes have to wait 2-3 minutes. The staff went above and beyond - even bringing us an ice bucket with champagne our first night!

  • 2. Arnaud's Restaurant / French 75 Bar
    Arnaud's Restaurant / French 75 Bar, New Orleans, Louisiana

    Arnaud's was wonderful! The servers were very attentive and the food was great! We shared two appetizers ? the Shrimp Arnaud and the Oysters Bienville. I had the Pompano Duarte and Joe had the Pontchartrain (drum fish with crab meat). We shared Bananas Foster for dessert. They made this a very special night for us!

  • 3. Tropical Isle
    Tropical Isle, New Orleans, Louisiana

    This is our favorite bar on Bourbon. It has a relaxed, tropical atmosphere and is definitely geared toward baby boomers with live bands that play a lot of late 60's and early 70's music. We loved this place!

  • 4. Cafe Du Monde
    Cafe Du Monde, New Orleans, Louisiana

    We stopped here twice the week we were there. The beignets were as good as we remembered!

  • 5. Acme Oyster House
    Acme Oyster House, New Orleans, Louisiana

    We stopped here for lunch one day. We sat at the bar - which was great for watching them shuck oysters. The raw oysters were tremendous - very fresh and great flavor! I also had a bowl of chicken and andouille gumbo and my husband had the oyster po-boy. Very good!

  • 6. Nola Restaurant
    Nola Restaurant, New Orleans, Louisiana

    We loved NOLA when we were last in New Orleans – and it was as great as we remembered. I had read complaints that it was often too loud there – but it didn’t seem bad to us. I had the Fried Green Tomatoes appetizer, and Joe had the Caesar salad. Leanne had the gumbo. For our entrees, I had the drum fish, Leanne had the duck - and Joe had the pork chop. It was HUGE! Joe and I shared the Banana Layer cake for dessert and Leanne had chocolate/cherry ice cream.

  • 7. Pat O'Brien's
    Pat O'Brien's, New Orleans, Louisiana

    We stopped here one night for drinks in the courtyard. Joe and Leanne had Hurricanes, and I had the Lemonade - which was very refreshing! Even though it was hot, they had fans going to keep it cooler.

  • 8. Cajun Encounters
    Cajun Encounters, Slidell, Louisiana

    We used this tour company for our Plantation tour. We took a morning tour - that included Laura Plantation and Oak Alley. The guide was friendly - but drove a bit too fast! We were sitting in the back - and every bump had us bouncing out of our seats! I'd recommend sitting closer to the front or middle if you can. We were some of the last to board, so we didn't have much choice! While the tour is nice, there really isn't enough time to spend at both plantations. They pick people up until about 9-9:15am - and get you back by 2:30 or so. It took an hour each way - so there wasn't a lot of time to really tour the plantations. I'd prefer a longer tour that allowed time for a lunch, too.

  • 9. Laura Plantation
    Laura: A Creole Plantation, Vacherie, Louisiana

    Our guide (Norman) for the tour here was fantastic! You could tell how deeply he cared for the plantation and its history. This was the best tour of the two plantations we visited - I highly recommend it!

  • 10. Oak Alley Plantation
    Oak Alley Plantation, Vacherie, Louisiana

    The grounds (with the 300 year old oak "alley" leading up to the house) and house are beautiful - but the tour was too short and had too many people. I'd recommend going on your own versus going with a group - and making a day of it with a lunch, if you can.

  • 11. Commander's Palace
    Commander's Palace, New Orleans, Louisiana

    We sat in the Garden room, which was beautiful. We did the fixed price 3-course dinner. Joe and I had the turtle soup and Leanne had a salad. We all three had the soft shell crab, which was delicious. For dessert, Joe had the strawberry shortcake, Leanne had the chocolate chip cookie dough bread pudding, and I had the bread pudding soufflé – which was tremendous! The service here was also great.

  • 12. New Orleans School of Cooking
    New Orleans School of Cooking, New Orleans, Louisiana

    We had all done this before – but we picked the different menu they have on Fridays – which included shrimp and artichoke soup, Crawfish Etouffee, Bread Pudding and Pralines. Our instructor, Pat, made us think of a New Orleans version of Paula Deen! She was very entertaining and the class was a lot of fun. They offered iced tea, lemonade and Abita Amber to drink – so we were all happy!

  • 13. Felix's Restaurant and Oyster Bar
    Felix's Restaurant and Oyster Bar, New Orleans, Louisiana

    The raw oysters were good – but the other food was just “ok”. I’m not sure we’d try this place again.

  • 14. The Old Coffee Pot Restaurant
    The Old Coffee Pot Restaurant, New Orleans, Louisiana

    We stopped first here for a breakfast - which was GREAT! Joe and I had seen it profiled on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” on the Food Network and were anxious to try it out. We loved it! I think we had Pearlie for our waitress – and she was great! Leanne and Joe had the Sis Omelette and I had the Eggs Creole. We will definitely come back here our next trip! We also came back later in the week for a dinner. The food was good - but breakfast is the best there.

  • 15. Garden District Carriage Ride

    We tookk a great carriage ride from the French Quarter to the Garden District. Our driver was Jamie - and her mule was Maybelline. Highly recommended!

  • 16. Court of Two Sisters
    Court of Two Sisters, New Orleans, Louisiana

    We had been there before. We know there are better brunch spots – food-wise – but we LOVE the courtyard. We got there early – 9am – and it was still pleasant, particularly with all the umbrellas and fans.