If you follow me on Instagram you know we spent my 30th birthday in New Orleans and it was just the best! This was our first family vacation that wasn’t to visit family and I am so please with how it went. My husband and I went to New Orleans when we were dating (true story, it was a disaster and we almost broke up!) and I have been wanting a do over ever since so Joe planned this little surprise trip a while back!
He found the hotel on Groupon, we stayed 3 nights at the Wyndham and it was pretty good, lol. The kids loved it, because they love any hotel, but the WiFi was spotty at best, no free breakfast and the room was not up to my OCD cleanliness standard. All that being said, we got a GREAT price so the room was a steal for New Orleans in July, the staff was incredibly nice and the location was solid–right off to Canal street so we were close to the trolley and could walk to the French Quarter, plus it was in a safe area and relatively quiet. Not a lot of great dining options near by so I would plan of getting dinner in the Garden District, Arts District or Riverwalk before retreating for the night.
As far as food goes, if it were up to me we would just eat Beignets the whole time! I absolutely love them! Judy, however, wouldn’t even try them! Crazy girl. We went to two spots while there–Cafe du Monde (duh) and Cafe Beignet. Not surprisingly, the beignets at du Monde were superior–surprisingly though, the cafe au lait at Beignet was better!
For lunch one of the days we stumbled upon this awesome diner called, The Grill. This place was great! A classic diner serving awesome food and the people were so nice! All the servers and cooks came up to talk the kids–for no reason, just to be friendly! On top of that, the price was spot on and the food was fresh and the air was cool.
Couldn’t celebrate my birthday without doing a little shopping and scored this whole outfit at the Jcrew in Metarie–it rained every afternoon so we really enjoyed walking around and shopping at the Lakeside Mall. There is also a Disney store and another Cafe du Monde. WINNING!
This skirt and top–on clearance to boot!–were a lifesaver for beating the heat! I also wore this little romper on the day we went to the New Orleans Mint and Jazz museum –hidden treasure alert, this place is right off the French Market, FREE and blasting the AC.
If you go to NOLA in the summer, you will soon realize that finding places with good AC is a necessity. I live in Alabama and even I was looking for relief!
The best way to end our trip was DONUTS! District Donuts was recommended to me by an awesome lady and she was right! I only wish we had gone earlier in our trip! Next time we go, I think we will stay in the Garden District where this gem and so many other cool places were!
Any of you been to The Big Easy? Hoping to go? Let me know!
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