We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

First timers in June, possibility for "relaxing vacation"?

Jersey City, New...
Level Contributor
133 posts
Save Topic
First timers in June, possibility for "relaxing vacation"?

Hi everyone. My husband and I are going back and forth with the idea of spending 5-7 nights in New Orleans in June. It also happens to land on our one year wedding anniversary. He thinks New Orleans would be a great vacation but I can't help but feel that it just isn't "special" enough for the occasion, and with no beaches - it doesn't count as a vacation in my book. (I was raised on beach vacations, I can't help it!)

I'm hoping you guys can talk me INTO New Orleans. Is there maybe an area or hotel we can stay at that will give me that vacation feel, maybe it has a rooftop pool where I won't know that I'm in a busy city instead of on a white sand beach? And maybe some suggestions on a really romantic evening we can have to celebrate our anniversary? Or maybe even recommend a semi-nearby beach we can visit and spend a few days on?

I really want to be excited for this trip, I just need a little boost. Thanks!

Union City...
Level Contributor
85 posts
46 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: First timers in June, possibility for "relaxing vacation"?

Check out The Royal Sonesta hotel. Very beautiful pool area and you came to the right place to get talked into NOLA. We are all obsessed and for good reason. I,too was raised on beach vacations and raised my kids on beach vacations, but I went to NOLA, it was all over. I still love the beach, and still go at least once a year, but my heart is now in New Orleans. So much so that I will be going twice in two months. First with my husband for our 25th anniversary , he also loves it and he hates leaving home! Then going again in July for Tales of the Cocktail with a group of women. So yea, I say just do it! The beach is about a three hour drive if you decide you just can't take it.

College Station...
Destination Expert
for New Orleans
Level Contributor
11,545 posts
2 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: First timers in June, possibility for "relaxing vacation"?

To my lovely wife and me, New Orleans is the ultimate in relaxation. There's a reason the City is referred to as the "Big Easy". It is more of a strolling vacation than a lounging vacation. Although there are a number of very nice hotels with most all typical luxury amenities, being in an urban area, albeit a placid and beautiful historic urban area, there are not any "resort" type hotels. To us, New Orleans defines romantic.

Omni Royal Orleans is a medium size full service hotel in an older but well maintained building. It has a very nice rooftop pool, bar and observation deck. it is in the middle of everything except the noise.

Although quite warm during the day, early to mid June late evenings can be pleasant. The courtyard at Bayona, owned by the model for Chef Desautel on HBO's popular Treme series, is truly lovely. There are many more romantic restaurant selections.

The very nice beaches are in Alabama and western Florida, about 3-4 driving hours away.

Perth, Australia
Level Contributor
244 posts
73 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: First timers in June, possibility for "relaxing vacation"?

I understand why you like beach vacations but being your first anniversary why not opt for something a little different as you'll most likely be pleasantly surprised and make even more special memories!

I haven't been to NOLA before but I'm planning my first trip this summer and from what I can tell, it's a fabulous and unique place. The hotels look gorgeous - they're old and restored so it will feel quite romantic.

We are also staying a night at Bocage Plantation, in the 'big house' and the rooms are just divine! Because it will be the two of you for your first anniversary, it'll be super special no matter what!!!!

My hubby and I couldn't afford to do much for our first wedding anniversary, which was a tiny bit disappointing but he fully embraced the 'paper' theme and got take out and served it on paper plates, paper cups and a paper table cloth made of photos of us....no matter what you do, it'll be amazing!!!

Sunrise, Florida
Level Contributor
807 posts
13 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: First timers in June, possibility for "relaxing vacation"?

If you like food, NOLA is the place for you. You can go to the fanciest restaurants and never get snooty service. So many great lunch and happy hour specials. You don't have to spend a fortune.

Harrahs Casino is fun if you like that stuff.

We live in South Florida and mostly do the beach, pool vacations, but NOLA is completely different in a good way. Forget about pools. We stayed at the Sonesta and the pool was nothing. It was probably 80 years old. You will like walking, drinking, and dining.

We are going in June as well, and staying at the Roosevelt at a ridiculously low rate. If you have any questions don't be afraid to ask.

chicago
Level Contributor
1,237 posts
48 reviews
Save Reply
5. Re: First timers in June, possibility for "relaxing vacation"?

I'm like you: cities are "travelling," and beaches are "vacationing."

What is drawing your hubby to New Orleans? Is it the music, food, history, architecture?

What is it you love most about the beach? Taking long walks, laying around, being pampered, people-watching?

I guess my first step would be to see where your priorities intersect and see if there's a compromise (Miami and Charleston combine city and beach very nicely).

But if you can manage without a beach, there are so many romantic things and places in New Orleans. Check out Le Pavillon and the Monteleone. Both are gorgeous historic hotels with beautiful rooftop pool areas. Monteleone has a better location and the Carousel Bar (yes, it rotates!) but Le Pavillon has a nightly PB&J buffet and a bit more charm. Bourbon Orleans, Four Points Sheraton, and LeRichelieu have nice courtyard pools and are less expensive.

One mistake I made once was looking at the beach in Biloxi is a compromise. It's just a few hours away, but you do not want to give up time in New Orleans for Biloxi! The beach there isn't worth it.

Union City...
Level Contributor
85 posts
46 reviews
Save Reply
6. Re: First timers in June, possibility for "relaxing vacation"?

No no no do not go to Biloxi for a beach. Beautiful beaches are about a three hour drive to Gulf Shores/Orange Beach and Pensacola/Navarre Beach. Depending on how long your vacation is, you could consider splitting it.

Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
673 posts
27 reviews
Save Reply
7. Re: First timers in June, possibility for "relaxing vacation"?

I read your whole statement and I understand where you're coming from re: beaches=vacation. I was raised in the midwest and even the shoreline of the great lakes was magical to me...and just renting a house in nearby Michigan City on Lake Michigan was like paradise. And then seeing the actual ocean, wow. I was in heaven.

This way of thinking was completely and totally obliterated by my visit to New Orleans. I couldnt care less about a beach or anything else now. I have no way to guarantee that you'll have this same reaction, but many here have had similar ones. I likened my first trip to the scene in Contact where Jody Foster is transported through a wormhole to an alternate galaxy...I was at a pathetic loss for words and on the verge of tears. Is New Orleans special enough? To me, there is no place more special .

Cape May Point, New...
Level Contributor
623 posts
28 reviews
Save Reply
8. Re: First timers in June, possibility for "relaxing vacation"?

Jersey Girlfriend: you live within an hour or two of the wonderful beaches along the Jersey coast (including "mine") so why not do something that you can't get in our home state. New Orleans can be a very romantic place for your anniversary, the music and food is unbeatable, and you can go to the beach when you get home :-). Happy Anniversary!

Orlando, Florida
Destination Expert
for New Orleans
Level Contributor
6,587 posts
123 reviews
Save Reply
9. Re: First timers in June, possibility for "relaxing vacation"?

New Orleans French quarter is unique..history, architecture, food, music, drink and friendly people that make you feel like you are home and have traveled back in time..its not a typical city vibe.

Middleburg, Virginia
Level Contributor
411 posts
50 reviews
Save Reply
10. Re: First timers in June, possibility for "relaxing vacation"?

My girlfriends wanted a beach vacation reunion. I protested. " So, sit on the beach and talk about what we used to do?" Let's make new memories", so our upcoming New Orleans trip was born and we arrive in a month from today! 1st time for all of us! Exciting!

Happy and safe travels!