New Orleans, LA: Named one of the most romantic cities in the world by CNN and other travel publications, New Orleans is the perfect place to spend some quality time with the one you love. Visit any time of year and experience misty mornings on the Mississippi, historic neighborhoods, great jazz music, and some of the world’s finest cuisine. New Orleans is known for its wild side but if you look a little closer you will find the other side of New Orleans. Like the African American History, the booming food scene, and the beautiful architecture in the garden district.
Off the Beaten Path Attractions/Things to do:
Oak Alley Plantation: This is one of many plantations you will find on River Row. River Row is about 20 miles outside of New Orleans on Old River Road, that’s where you will find the a major part of New Orleans history. The street is lined with plantations each with their own stories of the past. From the moment you gaze up the tree-lined drive to the splendid Greek Revival style mansion, it is evident that Oak Alley Plantation is an extraordinary place. Step inside to gracious interiors that echo the romance of another era, where gleaming hardwood floors and shimmering chandeliers reflect both streams of sunlight, and the venerable history of this magnificent home.
Tremé: Tremé is very close to the famous French Quarter, but it’s also a world apart. Many consider Tremé the to be the cultural heart of New Orleans, and the neighborhood’s contributions to the American arts can be witnessed in disciplines from dance to music to architectural design. Tremé celebrates its rich history and heritage with museums, tours and landmarks dedicated to preserving one of the United States’ oldest African-American and free people of color neighborhoods.
Frenchmen Street: If it’s music that you crave or just a peek into the New Orleans way-of-nightlife, then Frenchmen Street is a must see. Known as the “locals’ version of Bourbon Street,” Frenchmen is an entertainment district located within walking distance of the French Quarter and offers an amazing variety of venue styles and music ranging from traditional jazz to blues to reggae to rock.
Frenchmen Street is where you will find authentic Cajun/Creole food. My favorite is Praline Connection, an ordinary, non-fussy, authentic New Orleans restaurant. The food is delicious and priced reasonably, and the portions are well sized. The food is not the only thing you will enjoy there, you will hear live music from the many street musicians that play up and down Frenchmen Street. Believe me, you don’t want to skip this spot while in New Orleans.