Wednesday, October 5, 2011

A Big Easy Vacation

Remember a few months back when I posted about Robert and I taking a vacation for our anniversary, but couldn't decide on where to go? Well, as if the post title doesn't give it away, we decided on New Orleans! So, here's the plan, Monday morningish we'll load up the truck and drive 6 hours to Lake Charles and stay here:
L'Auberge du lac Casino Resort
We decided on this pit stop for many reasons; Robert has always wanted to take a trip to Lake Charles to go gambling, so we thought this would be a good test to see if it would make for a fun long weekend trip sometime, it looks really pretty to me, we didn't want to start our vacation out exhausted from driving 9+ hours, they have a lazy river! You can see where my priorities are.

Tuesday morning we'll get up and drive the rest of the way to New Orleans, a little less than 4 hours, and arrive at our destination for the rest of the week:
Hotel Monteleone
I was torn on whether or not I wanted to stay in a hotel near the French Quarter or in a B&B/guest house in the Garden District, but after lots of travel website browsing, we ended on the Hotel Monteleone in the French Quarter. We decided that we did want to be close to all the action and explore all that the French Quarter has to offer while maybe taking a side trip over to the Garden District. I am so excited for our stay here! The best part might be that they have a bar that looks, and moves, like a carousel!
Again, you can see where my priorities are.

We'll be in New Orleans from Tuesday until Saturday morning. Saturday morning we will drive the whole 9+ hours back home just in time to make it to Gruene Hall to see these brothers:
Bruce and Charlie Robison
We have funny priorities, don't we?

We're not really planning out anything to do while in New Orleans, just making a list of things we would like to do. We don't want to stick to any sort of schedule or "have to be here or there at this time". We really just want to take this time to hang out and enjoy being with each other for a while.

Here are a few of the things on our would like to do list:
  • Eat beignets at Cafe du Monde (duh)
  • Drink a Hurricane (maybe more than 1)
  • Take a cemetery tour (not sure if we want to do guided or not)
  • Visit Bourbon Street (after 10pm to get the full experience)
  • Ride on a riverboat (after reading terrible reviews about this online, this one might get scratched)
  • Take a swamp tour
  • Visit a plantation
  • Tour the Abita factory
  • Eat dinner or brunch at Commander's Palace
Alright, now it's time for reader participation!
Have you ever been to New Orleans?
If so, what should we add to our list?
Got any other suggestions for our trip?

1 comment:

  1. So fun!!

    I have been to New Orleans 3 times. Two for Mardi Gras and one just for fun in college. I was going to say eat beignets, but you got that on the list already. :) Maybe add eat a Po'boy (shrimp and oyster are my fav) or some oyesters on the half shell?? You got it all pretty well covered though. :)