From Here To There: New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans

We had so much fun in New Orleans for my 25th birthday, and I’m excited to start recapping everything we did. In typical To Travel & Beyond fashion, I am going to start with a general overview of everything within this post, and then go into detail in future posts. The trip was with one of my oldest friends, Gina, and her boyfriend, Josh. Of course, Dave tagged along as well. We had the most beautiful weather for almost our entire trip, and really took advantage of this. It was so hard coming home to cold temperatures!

We left on a Thursday night, and arrived in time to still enjoy ourselves. I love being so close to a big airport with hundreds of Southwest flights leaving daily, this made it really easy for us to meet after work and then head to the airport. Our flight left right on time, and we actually arrived 45 minutes early. We decided a few days before to grab a rental car because it ended up saving us at least $100 in Uber rides. The airport in New Orleans was about 25 minutes from downtown and since we were there right as Mardi Gras was ending, we knew there would often be traffic. Once we got out car, we were off to our Airbnb.

Our host greeted us, told us of a bar 4 blocks from our house and we quickly changed and headed out to Markys. There were 2 hours left of my birthday, so we kept celebrating. Oh man and the cheese fries were the best I have every had. This was a fun neighborhood bar with some good music and empty tables, we’ll take it!

New Orleans

The next day we started our trip with a free tour of the French Quarter, it was really cool learning about all of the history. It was also pretty great to walk around everywhere with a drink in hand. After the tour, we walked around for a while and watched a taping of a new Popeyes commercial. We had a swamp tour this afternoon, and of course we needed to get Popeyes on the way there. We took it easy the rest of the day and played some games at our place, until We had dinner on Frenchman and then went to join the madness of to Bourbon Street.

New Orleans

While we were walking through the crowds we literally ran right into one of my greatest friends, she happened to be working in NOLA during the same time as us! This was awesome and we ended up hanging out 2 of our nights. We eventually made our way to the Mississippi River, just so we could say we touched it, then we grabbed some deliciousness at Cafe du Monde.

New Orleans

On Saturday we started slow (Bourbon Street-1 The 4 Best Friends- 0), but eventually made our way to the Garden District. This is where we tried out the public transportation, we were not fans, but more on this later. It was really cool just looking at all of the houses in this area, so many pretty colors. We found a local bar to stop for lunch, and then were recommended a brewery that had recently opened. This was our kind of day! We headed home for a bit and then went to the French Quarter for the best Cajun dinner we could have had at The Gumbo Shop.


After eating such delicious food, we weren’t ready to hit the madness yet, so we walked around and shopped for a while. Even grabbing some Spitfire Coffee. We found this sign that said “Don’t need no beef to eat our beef” and me and my friend Gina have called each other Beef for at least 10 years now. It stands for Best Eternal Emazing Friend…Middle School folks..

New Orleans

Sunday didn’t start too bad since we discovered an awesome cafe right by our place, and we fed our headaches with some amazing food. We rented bikes in the afternoon and made our way back to the Garden District so I could see the house from The Real World, this turned into a slight nightmare when I fell off my bike. I have more details of this to come because I learned a lesson from it, but I was terrified of falling for the rest of the day. We continued on for another 20+ miles of biking, and explored another part of New Orleans- City Park.

We were all about taking it slow since it was our last night….HA! We found a place on Bourbon with a balcony and 3 for 1 drinks. We parked it there until about 12am. All we needed was dancing and we were good to go. They even had a bull, which I almost rode, but then I realized I probably shouldn’t since I had fallen off my bike and hurt my arm. We ended up wandering around and found Daisy Dukes for 1:30am food, which was basically the best.

New Orleans

The next day was a rainy one, but it was also our last morning there. We decided to make the 40 minute drive to Mississippi, in order to check off another state on our list and hopefully find some breakfast. We made it and all we could find was chickens and roosters roaming the streets, no restaurants, shopping centers, etc. We looked on Yelp and nothing was around, so after 30 minutes of driving, we made our way back to Louisiana. I am SO glad we did because we ate at the Creole Bagelry and they had the BEST breakfast I have had in my entire life. After breakfast, we retreated to the airport and safely made our way back home.

It was the perfect trip to take, and I am so thankful we were able to visit. I was so saddened by the looks of some areas still dealing with the aftermath of Katrina, but it seems that the locals still love their homes.

Have you ever been to New Orleans?

  • Portland | Grace – Travel Blog

    Yay !!! Cannot wait to read the details of your NOLA adventures. Looks like you had a blast.

    • Macy Volpe

      I’m so excited to get all of the posts together. Thank you so much for your help when I was planning!

  • Megan

    YAAASSSS. I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR THESE! I’m so happy you all have warm weather. We were BUMMED that we had to wear hats and gloves for our entire trip :( Daisy Dukes was the one restaurant on our list we didn’t make it to which everyone recommended. PS. I want to watch the Real World season in NOLA now. Any ideas where I can locate that? Can’t wait for the recaps!

    • Macy Volpe

      We lucked out with the weather, everyone was saying that it was typically colder. I had never heard of Daisy Dukes but another (drunk) person recommended it as we were walking and we knew we had to go. MTV might still have the episodes on their website, I want to rewatch it. I seriously LOVED that season.

  • Kayla Whitter

    Looks like you had so much fun! I’ve never been to NOLA, or Louisiana at all, but I would love to go!

    • Macy Volpe

      It was a great weekend, it would be a blast for you to visit!

  • Ashley @ Wandering Weekenders

    It sounds like y’all had such a fun time in NOLA celebrating your birthday! Not to mention, the amazing food that you got to eat too! I can’t wait to hear all the details!

    • Macy Volpe

      It was a ton of fun! I was so excited to be able to go when the weather was nice.

  • Lisa

    New Orleans has been on my ‘must travel to’ list forever, and I still haven’t been! It looks like an amazing place to visit :-)

    • Macy Volpe

      It was so much fun! A great place to visit for a few days, and really enjoy yourself :)

  • Jackie @ My Sort Of Adult Life

    This looks like such a fun trip!

    • Macy Volpe

      We had a great time! I can’t wait to get to the rest of the posts.

  • Jenn

    This sounds like so much fun! We were supposed to go to NOLA in 2013 but it didn’t work out :( still hoping to get there soon!

    • Macy Volpe

      Aww that is a bummer! I’m sure you would like it, it’s so unique!

  • Annie

    Looks like you had a FANTASTIC time! I love any time I get to be in New Orleans. It’s such a unique place. I also love the sign…classic middle school (;

    • Macy Volpe

      It really is so unique, it was half what I expected and half surprising.

  • Morgan

    We went to New Orleans last March and saw some of the same sites, Jackson Square, Cafe du Monde (yummy beneigts) and the Garden District. Glad you had a fun birthday!!

    • Macy Volpe

      It was a really fun trip, and so much fun to see all of those areas! Thank you so much

  • Emelia @ Dream Big & Buy the S

    Your trip sounds SO fun, minus the falling stuff! The scenery is pretty and the bikes and food sound great. Our friends live there right now, one of Chuck’s best friends is in the Air Force and stationed there so we hope to get to NOLA to visit while they are still there!

    • Macy Volpe

      We really had a fun time! It was half of what I expected it to be and then half things I never planned and I loved it that way. It would be so much fun for you to visit!

  • Jasmine @makingrestorations

    sounds like a fun trip! It’s amazing that you guys caught the tail end of mardi gra. Can’t wait to hear more about it. And happy birthday!

    • Macy Volpe

      It was a great birthday weekend, thank you!

  • Lauren

    I’m so glad that you got to have such a fun trip for your birthday! Someday soon we need to take a trip together!

    • Macy Volpe

      Thank you!! YES we totally should!!

  • Jacquelyn @ Lowcountry Mama

    This sounds like my kind of place! I also went to the Mississippi river once just to touch it, and say I had been to Arkansas lol

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