The wedding dress may be hung up, but the excitement is just beginning - it’s time for your honeymoon! It’s easy to break the budget by planning a trip to a tropical island somewhere, but many people fail to realize the amount of incredible potential honeymoon adventures right here in the states. New Orleans, Louisiana is a great option for newlyweds looking to immerse themselves in a whole new cultural experience, all while basking in the new, romantic glory of marriage!
If you like bold, bright, and bohemian places, check out the Bywater neighborhood just outside of New Orleans. Jackson Square is a picturesque half-an-hour walk from the popular Maison de Macarty Hotel, which makes it a fantastic choice for newlywed couples looking for a bit of distance and alone time, while always having the option to explore.
For those who’d rather be right in the hustle and bustle of it all, the French Quarter is the perfect place to stay. Hotel Montelone is a luxurious (but low-cost!) option that’s central to the liveliest parts of the city. The best part? It’s home to the famous Carousel Bar & Lounge - a must-see for anyone visiting New Orleans.
Because of the fantastic streetcar system in New Orleans, we suggest that instead of renting a car, you explore the city on the historic St. Charles Avenue line, the oldest in the world! This is a win-win-win - it’s cheaper, it’s efficient, and it’s another exciting new adventure to cross off the NOLA bucket list with your sweetheart!
Walking and exploring is also a great option for getting around New Orleans since the streets are always lined with music, food, and art. Here, you’re never just going from point A to point B - every little step is another entirely new experience! Stroll down the Moon Walk to hear live musicians, take in the great Louisiana weather, and see the best view New Orleans has to offer.
Guided walking tours are also available and some of the most popular are food-centric, of course! A super in-demand option is the French Quarter Tasting Tour, an inexpensive sampling of the area’s most popular restaurants. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with all of the food choices and restaurants at your fingertips, this is a great place to start. Spend a day together eating classic Creole and Cajun food at the oldest restaurants in town, such as Antoine’s and Tujague’s. Walk around hand-in-hand and get a taste of NOLA, all at once! This tour, as well as its other options (a day-long cooking class where you can make your very own Gumbo and a cocktail tour where you can sip on classic drinks) are all sought-after, so be sure to book in advance.
Bayona is another raved about restaurant in the heart of the French Quarter with a gorgeous courtyard. Its cell phone-free policy makes for a calming, romantic atmosphere: the perfect end to a busy day of exploring. After dinner, head to The Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta to enjoy a drink in an intimate music hall, or people-watch from your balcony as the night winds down.
Make sure to take the time to relax with one another, too. Wake up in the morning, grab a coffee at the iconic Cafe Du Monde, and get a romantic couple’s massage at Spa Atlantis to finally get past all that wedding stress!
New Orleans is clearly made up of more than just its incredible food. It’s the perfect go-to spot for a couple on a budget that still wants to experience something new and exciting. It’s the quintessential honeymoon spot for newlyweds looking for a romantic trip full of history, culture, and charm, and the Jambalaya definitely doesn’t hurt, either!