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New Orleans: Where to stay, what to do

New Orleans is one of those iconic U.S. cities that I forget to put on my to do list. I’ve only been a handful of times but there’s always something new to discover in this city of classic cocktails and cajun cuisine. On my last trip there, I discovered two incredibly fabulous historic New Orleans hotels that you really should check out. And if you’re looking for a diversion from traditional Orleans-style food, you’ll want to hear about three chefs and their restaurants who are really redefining the dining scene. I’ve never been to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, but it’s certainly on my bucket list especially after I toured the Mardi Gras Museum and learned all about those magnificent floats. 

If you’re headed to New Orleans anytime soon, here are some of my recommended favorites, including two pretty awesome New Orleans hotels!

New Orleans Hotels

Check out the newly renovated Pontchartrain hotel, recently named to ’s list of the best hotels in their 30th annual Readers’ Choice Awards: NOLA’s Pontchartrain Hotel is a Perfect Spot to Stay During Mardis Gras


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The historic Pontchartrain Hotel


You’ll love the elegant furnishings and historic charm of the Henry Howard Hotel: Southern Hospitality Abound at NOLA’s Henry Howard Hotel


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The boutique Henry Howard Hotel


New Orleans Restaurants

When it comes time for some unique cuisine, check out these Three Chefs Who are Disrupting New Orleans’ Food Scene.

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The changing food scene of New Orleans



New Orleans Attractions

One attraction that should not be missed is the Mardi Gras Museum where you can learn How Mardi Gras Floats Come to Life.

If you’d really like to experience a unique side of New Orleans, get in touch with Bespoke Experiences, a locally-based tour company that offers a more personal view of the city with unique and one-on-one experiences. 


New Orleans hotels and restaurants


Where to stay, where to eat and what to do on your next trip to New Orleans.

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