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A Colorful Travel Guide to New Orleans in 24 Hours

If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you may remember that Jared and I took our first actual trip together to New Orleans way back when. On account of the fact that we were basically babies (clearly kidding), we thought it would be fun to revisit memory lane with a colorful travel guide to New Orleans in 24 hours now that we’re getting married soon.

We still love a lot of the same places from several years ago, but we’ve added plenty of fun new spots to our list, stayed in the Garden district this time (the Henry Howard Hotel is the CUTEST!), and played dress up with J. McLaughlin to welcome the fall weather.

I also ate my bodyweight in carbs, and we walked through the colorful streets until we needed bandaids, so I’d say it was a successful trip. Staying away from the French Quarter was definitely more our jam since we’re pretty laid back when it comes to going out and exploring, and it also gave us a chance to try out the historic street cars that connect the areas of town.

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Our hotel only had 18 rooms, plus a cute living room bar, street car tickets at the concierge, and a super warm vibe. We actually spent quite a lot of time hanging around the house talking with the staff and sipping local cocktails. They also have complimentary coffee and muffins in the morning, and a mimosa bar on the weekends so we weren’t in any hurry to rush off each day.

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I also shamelessly wore my retro suede dress, button up,  and velvet loafers to snap a photo when we saw this retro truck parked across from the hotel, which was screaming for a photo!

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Being on the neighborhood side this time around, we tried to stick to new places to eat and see that were within walking distance. We walked to a quick dinner at Cochon the first night. Plan to have about a 30 minute wait on a weekend, and definitely try the smothered greens.

The second night we had a dress-up dinner date at Commander’s Palace, which was also in walking distance through the cutest/fancy neighborhood. I basically took photos of everything along the way, but what’s new?

I also couldn’t pass up the chance to include a photo of this hysterically awesome GIANT SHELL grill sitting in the yard of one of the fancy houses. If this doesn’t sum up New Orleans in a nutshell, I don’t know what does!

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There are so many new, cute places that have popped up since the last time we were visiting, that we wanted to see all of them. It took us a quick second to figure out the street car system and timing, but we ended up riding it all the way to Bourbon Street/French Quarter area to walk around from there.

If you’re on the hunt for fun photo-ops, we found quite a few!

Madison Street for the cute pink door photo

Color block wall across from St. James Hotel

Henry Howard Hotel lobby

Garden District neighborhood off of Prytania St.

Frenchman Street

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We went back to a few favorite eateries for nostalgia purposes, like Tableau that we stumbled upon the first time around, and I feel like we still have so many to try out. Naturally I wore a swing dress and flats by the end of the trip, haha! I still really want to make reservations at Brennan’s, but we’ll have to save that for next time.

These are a few of our favorites to date from this trip and our last-

Sucre

Cafe Beignet (we liked this WAY better than Cafe du Monde!)

Cochon

Commander’s Palace

Napoleon House

Tableau

K. Paul’s

Stanley

Lilette

St. Roch Market (lots of vendor, food, and drink options here!)

Drip Coffee (our friend Juley just opened this cute coffee and ice cream shop!)

Seaworthy (for cocktails and oysters)

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Also important to note, it only got one degree below 70, and I busted out a cape. Why? Because I feel like a super hero, I miss fall in West Virginia, and I had to have this reversible one that’s gray AND tan. Feel free to judge me for that.

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We always tend to budget our money for eating ALL of the things, but if you’re looking for shops to browse, I loved these-

Nadine Blake

Freda

DNO

Friend

Exodus Goods

French Quarter Market (for the experience!)

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We’re already hoping for another trip back soon! The cooler weather is so perfect for walking the neighborhoods. So much better than sweating myself skinny in May the last time.

Have you all ever been? What are some of your recommendations?! Let us hear it!

And a big thank you to J. McLaughlin for partnering with us on this post!

Sources: suede dress / white button down / knit sweatergrey velvet shoesnude bag / blue swing dress / red clutch / blue clutch  / black skinny pant / striped shirt / black wedges / cape

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A Colorful Travel Guide to New Orleans in 24 Hours

If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you may remember that Jared and I took our first actual trip together to New Orleans way back when. On account of the fact that we were basically babies (clearly kidding), we thought it would be fun to revisit memory lane with a colorful travel guide to New Orleans in 24 hours now that we’re getting married soon.

We still love a lot of the same places from several years ago, but we’ve added plenty of fun new spots to our list, stayed in the Garden district this time (the Henry Howard Hotel is the CUTEST!), and played dress up with J. McLaughlin to welcome the fall weather.

I also ate my bodyweight in carbs, and we walked through the colorful streets until we needed bandaids, so I’d say it was a successful trip. Staying away from the French Quarter was definitely more our jam since we’re pretty laid back when it comes to going out and exploring, and it also gave us a chance to try out the historic street cars that connect the areas of town.

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Our hotel only had 18 rooms, plus a cute living room bar, street car tickets at the concierge, and a super warm vibe. We actually spent quite a lot of time hanging around the house talking with the staff and sipping local cocktails. They also have complimentary coffee and muffins in the morning, and a mimosa bar on the weekends so we weren’t in any hurry to rush off each day.

A Colorful Travel Guide to New Orleans in 24 Hours - Sugar & Cloth - Travels - Houston BloggerA Colorful Travel Guide to New Orleans in 24 Hours - Sugar & Cloth - Travels - Houston Blogger A Colorful Travel Guide to New Orleans in 24 Hours - Sugar & Cloth - Travels - Houston Blogger

I also shamelessly wore my retro suede dress, button up,  and velvet loafers to snap a photo when we saw this retro truck parked across from the hotel, which was screaming for a photo!

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Being on the neighborhood side this time around, we tried to stick to new places to eat and see that were within walking distance. We walked to a quick dinner at Cochon the first night. Plan to have about a 30 minute wait on a weekend, and definitely try the smothered greens.

The second night we had a dress-up dinner date at Commander’s Palace, which was also in walking distance through the cutest/fancy neighborhood. I basically took photos of everything along the way, but what’s new?

I also couldn’t pass up the chance to include a photo of this hysterically awesome GIANT SHELL grill sitting in the yard of one of the fancy houses. If this doesn’t sum up New Orleans in a nutshell, I don’t know what does!

A Colorful Travel Guide to New Orleans in 24 Hours - Sugar & Cloth - Travels - Houston BloggerA Colorful Travel Guide to New Orleans in 24 Hours - Sugar & Cloth - Travels - Houston Blogger A Colorful Travel Guide to New Orleans in 24 Hours - Sugar & Cloth - Travels - Houston Blogger

There are so many new, cute places that have popped up since the last time we were visiting, that we wanted to see all of them. It took us a quick second to figure out the street car system and timing, but we ended up riding it all the way to Bourbon Street/French Quarter area to walk around from there.

If you’re on the hunt for fun photo-ops, we found quite a few!

Madison Street for the cute pink door photo

Color block wall across from St. James Hotel

Henry Howard Hotel lobby

Garden District neighborhood off of Prytania St.

Frenchman Street

A Colorful Travel Guide to New Orleans in 24 Hours - Sugar & Cloth - Travels - Houston Blogger A Colorful Travel Guide to New Orleans in 24 Hours - Sugar & Cloth - Travels - Houston BloggerA Colorful Travel Guide to New Orleans in 24 Hours - Sugar & Cloth - Travels - Houston Blogger

We went back to a few favorite eateries for nostalgia purposes, like Tableau that we stumbled upon the first time around, and I feel like we still have so many to try out. Naturally I wore a swing dress and flats by the end of the trip, haha! I still really want to make reservations at Brennan’s, but we’ll have to save that for next time.

These are a few of our favorites to date from this trip and our last-

Sucre

Cafe Beignet (we liked this WAY better than Cafe du Monde!)

Cochon

Commander’s Palace

Napoleon House

Tableau

K. Paul’s

Stanley

Lilette

St. Roch Market (lots of vendor, food, and drink options here!)

Drip Coffee (our friend Juley just opened this cute coffee and ice cream shop!)

Seaworthy (for cocktails and oysters)

A Colorful Travel Guide to New Orleans in 24 Hours - Sugar & Cloth - Travels - Houston BloggerA Colorful Travel Guide to New Orleans in 24 Hours - Sugar & Cloth - Travels - Houston Blogger

Also important to note, it only got one degree below 70, and I busted out a cape. Why? Because I feel like a super hero, I miss fall in West Virginia, and I had to have this reversible one that’s gray AND tan. Feel free to judge me for that.

A Colorful Travel Guide to New Orleans in 24 Hours - Sugar & Cloth - Travels - Houston Blogger

We always tend to budget our money for eating ALL of the things, but if you’re looking for shops to browse, I loved these-

Nadine Blake

Freda

DNO

Friend

Exodus Goods

French Quarter Market (for the experience!)

A Colorful Travel Guide to New Orleans in 24 Hours - Sugar & Cloth - Travels - Houston BloggerA Colorful Travel Guide to New Orleans in 24 Hours - Sugar & Cloth - Travels - Houston Blogger A Colorful Travel Guide to New Orleans in 24 Hours - Sugar & Cloth - Travels - Houston Blogger A Colorful Travel Guide to New Orleans in 24 Hours - Sugar & Cloth - Travels - Houston Blogger A Colorful Travel Guide to New Orleans in 24 Hours - Sugar & Cloth - Travels - Houston Blogger A Colorful Travel Guide to New Orleans in 24 Hours - Sugar & Cloth - Travels - Houston BloggerA Colorful Travel Guide to New Orleans in 24 Hours - Sugar & Cloth - Travels - Houston Blogger

We’re already hoping for another trip back soon! The cooler weather is so perfect for walking the neighborhoods. So much better than sweating myself skinny in May the last time.

Have you all ever been? What are some of your recommendations?! Let us hear it!

And a big thank you to J. McLaughlin for partnering with us on this post!

Sources: suede dress / white button down / knit sweatergrey velvet shoesnude bag / blue swing dress / red clutch / blue clutch  / black skinny pant / striped shirt / black wedges / cape

Comments

    • Ashley said:

      Ah, so exciting! You’re going to have so much fun! xo

  • EdithG

    10.06.16

    Obsessed with your cape!!!! Just added it to my christmas wish list!

    • Ashley said:

      It’s so comfy too! Can’t wait to see it on you:)

  • Corina Nika

    10.06.16

    New Orleans has been on my list for like ever! This looks like so much fun, bookmarking for when the brilliant day arrives!

    • Ashley said:

      You have to go, Corina! It’s like heaven for us color lovers :)

  • sara

    10.06.16

    I love all of these colors!! Such beautiful buildings. I hope to visit one day! I looked for a link to your ankle strap gingham flats but don’t see one; where are those shoes from? Thanks!!

  • Keshia White

    10.06.16

    Looks like you had a wonderful trip! New Orleans is one of my favorite cities. As we were walking through the GArden District the last time I was there in May, we stopped at the Henry HOward Hotel and the staff was so ACCOMMODATING! They gave us delicious cocktails and dinner recommendations…it was so helpful. I love Cochon and Stanley. I definitely want to check out Drip when I go back. I love coffee and aesthetics and that place seems to have the perfect blend of both. Thanks for sharing your photos and recommendations!!

    Keshia
    http://www.queenlifeblog.com

    • Ashley said:

      They’re the best, right?! We loved our stay there. And, yes, you have to check out Drip!

  • Marie

    10.08.16

    Thanks for the tips – im currently on a plane headed to NEw olreans, this couldnt be better timing.
    Your photos are stunning – do you mind if i ask which camera you use?
    Xo.
    Mp

  • Laurel

    10.08.16

    Where are those flats from? Gah! They are darling.

    • Ashley said:

      Hi Laurel – you can grab a pair from Stitch Fix! Just request them in your first fix package :)

    • Ashley said:

      Can’t wait to check these out, Krista!

    • Ashley said:

      So glad you liked our guide, Marlene! Pretty much our heaven there.. you will love it! xo

  • Sharon garoFalow

    11.23.16

    I’m going next week! Cant wait tocheck some of these spots out!

    • Ashley said:

      Yay! Let us know which are your favorites :)

  • Such beautiful captures of such an incredible city! Love your recommendations- perfect way to spotlight some of the lesser known equally amazing spots.
    -caroline

    ohhcaroline.com

    • Ashley said:

      Ah, so glad you like some of our favorite spots too! It was so much fun to get to explore..