the girls go to new orleans | summer 2016.

I recently went on a weekend getaway to New Orleans with a few of my favorite women, and it was honestly just the best time. I originally wanted to write a big ol’ blog post about every little detail (the music! the food! the to-go drinks!) because I loved nearly everything about this city, but unfortunately duty calls (and by duty, I mean editing). So, here are some bullet points/highlights, along with some of my favorite images from our weekend.

Our converted garage AirBNB + courtyard: We stayed in the Bywater neighborhood, which is part of the Ninth Ward. We AirBNBed instead of staying in a hotel, and our place was actually a garage that had been converted into an apartment space. It was perfect for the four of us girls, and had a great courtyard as well. (We also loved the art pieces within the courtyard; one was painted by our host, Leslie, and another was gifted to her by one of her past guests.)

Bywater, Night One: Our flight got in late Friday night, so we dropped our bags off and grabbed an Uber upon arrival to our place. Our driver suggested Bacchanal, a wine bar in the Bywater area, and we had some amazing drinks there, and loved the patio + overall vibe of the place. The night then took us to Vaughan’s Lounge, which is now one of my favorite dive bars ever.

Frenchmen Street: While I don’t have many pics from Frenchmen, it was definitely one of my favorite parts of the trip. We did dinner at Maison, where a band that described their musical style as ‘gypsy jazz’ was playing, then bar hopped a bit while checking out different musicians. Our favorite live music spot (that night, at least) was Blue Nile, where we listened to a few different brass bands.

French Quarter: We hit up a couple of awesome food spots in the Quarter (Café Amelie for lunch, Stanley for brunch on our last day, Café Du Monde for beignets) and also hopped on the trolley to go down to the Garden District to check out Magazine Street on our first full day. We did some happy hour margaritas at The Rum House, and some gelato at Sucre. (If you haven’t figured it out by now, our trip consisted mostly of eating and drinking, and I definitely wasn’t complaining about that.)

Mural by Brandon ‘BMike’ Odums: We happened upon the warehouse mural on our walk to Frenchmen from our place in Bywater. After doing a bit of googling, I learned that Odums (who I quickly realized is a pretty brilliant graffiti artist + activist) created the piece as a Mother’s Day tribute in collaboration with poet Cleo Wade. This was possibly my favorite thing we stumbled upon throughout the trip.

Other things there aren’t photos of but must be mentioned because of their awesomeness: We did do one night of Bourbon Street mayhem, which naturally led us to a much needed day at the pool at The Country Club in Bywater. We hit up Pat O’Briens piano bar action, and had our fair share of hurricanes and hand grenades along the way. Also massacred more food at St. Roch Market (shocker) which is a southern style dinner hall with a variety of local food vendors.

So my ‘highlights’ turned into paragraphs, but that was bound to happen. Shoot me a message if you are heading to NOLA anytime in the near future and wanna hear more about any of these spots, for real – I would gladly talk your ear off about it.

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