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There are few cities as intoxicating and charming as New Orleans, which makes it a preeminent destination for a romantic getaway

Get out and explore this ancient, moss-draped city with your sweetheart, and you are sure to be both seduced and haunted by its charms. Whether you’re interested in the city’s sumptuous and extensive music offerings, or leaning more towards strolling hand-in-hand down the French Quarter in search of gastronomic pleasures and lovely libations, New Orleans caters to both exotic and passion-inducing FUN! The city adeptly walks the beam of balancing culture, history and international uniquities with flare and perfection. Don’t be swayed by its boozy and bawdy reputation, it is a city where it is said that even the sidewalks have personality, and is indeed a place where lovers can get lost in one another, and in the uniquities that is one of America’s treasures.

Where to Stay

Hotel Peter and Paul
This former schoolhouse, rectory, church and convent have been stunningly restored and repurposed into a dynamic and lovely NOLA hotel. Ideally located steps away from Frenchman’s street and all of its decadent musical offerings! Decked out with antiques and offering vibes of old world New Orleans luxury…this is the perfect place for a pajama party and ghost stories with your sweetheart! View on Google.

Ritz Carlton New Orleans
In a historic Beaux Arts building on the cusp of the French Quarter, the Ritz Carlton feels unmistakably New Orleans with its tapestry-gilded rooms and 19th century glamour. Not only are you within walking distance to anything you would want to do, see, or eat, in NOLA, but the hotel’s 25,000 foot spa is a destination unto itself! View on Google.

Maison de la luz
A landmark hotel in NOLA, this place is unapologetically luxe, and hits every right note with its audacious decor which perfectly threads the needle of old Southern charm and classic European influence. This lovely jewel-box of an abode gives the feel of a classy upscale hotel while at the same time offering rooms and communal spaces that feel private & like true New Orlean’s character and warmth. (Don’t miss having a drink in the hotel’s sassy & saucy bar!  It is beyond Insta-worthy.) View on Google.

Where to Eat

Commander’s Palace
Operational since 1880, this iconic jazz themed restaurant is a staple in New Orleans offering the latest in creole dining in a historic chandelier-hung setting. Take it easy on the morning beignets, as you will need room for the several courses here, as you eat your way through the legendary menu. View on Google.

Doris Metropolitan
Upscale steakhouse meets French Quarter charm in this modern, yet refined chophouse. Specializing in rare dry-aged steaks, fresh bone marrow and a truly spectacular wine list, this is a perfect date night to remember. View on Google.

Venture out of the Quarter and dine in this artistic local favorite and enjoy creative Louisiana fare. High ceilings and walls lined with local New Orleans art, they are known for their Bloody Mary bar and traditional Cajun brunch. View on Google.

Where to Shop

Saint Claude Social Club
A den of women’s necessities and curiosities, this self-described “women’s parlor,” is exquisitely curated. From hot pink ostrich feather brooches to delicate one-of-a-kind jewelry and beyond, this Nola disco-ball of a store is sure to tickle your fancy and is THE spot to procure that perfect date night accessory to top off your stellar New Orleans ensemble. View on Google.

Pied Nu
This glamorous and chic shop is situated in a French-tinged beach-house that will steal your breath away with its abundant apothecary offerings, stunning jewelry and accessories that will cause heads to turn as you dance your way down Bourbon! View on Google.

Nadine Blake
Stocked with offerings from local New Orleans artists, as well as a peppering in of well-known brands, this sweet little boutique is a wonderland of stationary, coffee table books and other fun gift-worthy finds. View on Google.

Best Place to Watch The Sunset

New Canal Lighthouse on Lake Pontchartrain
Go experience the setting of the sun at this 1839 fully restored, and some say, haunted, lighthouse, which boasts how the history of light, a lake and a coast blend seamlessly together, all while you and yours catch unparalleled panoramic sunset color. View on Google.

Perfect Picnic Spot

Audubon Park
Upon entering the 350 acres of this park, you will be whisked away by the sweeping views of the Mississippi River as well as several stunning lagoons. You and your beloved will join more than a century of people who have being enjoying this urban oasis full of allèes of ancient live oaks, and genuine New Orleans charm! View on Google.

Date Night Idea

Bacchanal Wine
Do not miss this wine laboratory where food, music and culture collide with a healthy dose of airy New Orleans hospitality. Dedicated to Old World wines, this is no stuffy wine joint, but more of a rowdy NOLA backyard party where you can hear some of the city’s best jazz seven days a week! View on Google.

Places to get lost in

Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden
Run, don’t walk, to this stunning museum where art is set amongst Spanish moss-hung backdrops of huge live oaks and serene lagoons. This lovely setting has aced the art of blending nature and works of art harmoniously, leaving you transported to another time and place altogether. View on Google.

Hidden Romantic Spot

Peter & Paul Hotel
This 1875 Rectory, now a fabulous hotel, and recently named one of the best new hotels in the world, is the absolutely perfect spot for a romantic staycation. Tucked away in a quiet residential neighborhood, this is the perfect spot to have a nap or an afternoon delight! Be sure to have a drink at the Elysian Bar, which is a destination of its own…it is quaint, cozy and the perfect place to cuddle up. View on Google.

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