Girls Weekend in New Orleans | The Ultimate Travel Guide

04 March 2017


Someone once told me to stop thinking of New Orleans as a city in the South and to start thinking of it as a place all on its own. The minute I stopped trying to categorize New Orleans I truly developed an appreciation, and even a love for the city. There are few places in America with as much character or uniqueness. It's not everyones cup of tea, but New Orleans can be a wonderful place for that perfect getaway you need. 

A couple years back I created A Weekend in New Orleans | The Ultimate Travel Guide. Despite the fact that it is now severely outdated, it is STILL my most popular post on this blog. After getting to know the city even more, I thought it was about time to give you an updated travel guide, specifically for a girls weekend!

QUICK FACTS
Time Zone | Central
Airport | Louis Armstrong International (MSY)
Transportation Airport to French Quarter | $33
Transportation Streetcar | $3 day pass
Average Hotel Price Per Night | $90 - $350 
Average Meal Price | $22

French Quarter 

FRIDAY
6PM Fly into Louis Armstrong International Airport. From there take either a taxi or an Uber into the French Quarter. Both will set you back $33, however if you opt for a taxi note that an added rate of $14 is added per additional passenger. 

7PM After checking into your hotel, make your way through the French Quarter to Chartres House for a bite to eat. The French Quarter is notorious for expensive restaurants and bars. Chartres House is a are rare gem that is both tasty and reasonably priced. Try the Spinach and Artichoke Dip, it won't disappoint! 

9PM Enjoy the magic of the French Quarter! Whether you decide to explore Bourbon Street or opt for something a little quieter like one of the many courtyard spaces, theres plenty to do, all you have to do is walk around and explore for yourself!

12AM Need to fuel that late night craving? Don't worry, Cafe Du Monde is open 24/7! Going late at night means you'll miss the crowds! The line is usually out the door during the morning breakfast rush.

Buckner Mansion in the Garden District 


SATURDAY 
9AM Its time for a cup of coffee. Take the St. Charles Streetcar to the Garden District and hop off at Jackson Avenue. Remember, the streetcars only take exact change so have your $3 ready! It'll give you a roundtrip ticket for the day. Walk down Jackson Avenue, stopping to take pictures at Buckner Mansion, before reaching Magazine Street. At the corner of Jackson and Magazine you'll find one of the best places in the world for donuts, and that isn't an exaggeration! District Donuts is a donut lovers dream! Try one of their specialty donuts of the day and pair it with a cup of cold brew. 


District Donuts Sliders and Brew

10AM Head north of Magazine Street and explore the beautiful Garden District. You'll pass several walking tours while exploring the Garden District, but I've found it's easier to walk at your own pace.  Download this Self Guided Walking Tour to make sure you don't miss a thing! Some of my personal favorites include Buckner Mansion (the American Horror Story Coven House) and Lafayette Cemetery No. 1.

1PM So you're probably a little hungry by this point. End your Garden District trip with lunch at Atchafalaya, a local favorite! Head back to the French Quarter after you've finished exploring the beauty of the Garden District. 

Lafayette Cemetery No. 1


7PM Tonight is all about jazz. You are in New Orleans after all! Grab a bite to eat at Paladar 511, a favorite for pizza, before walking over to Frenchman Street for some of the best jazz in New Orleans. The most difficult decision will be choosing with jazz club to step in to! There are dozens! Spend the night listening to the sounds of New Orleans. 


SUNDAY
9AM Sadly, it's your last day in New Orleans. End your trip with a bang by going to a local favorite for breakfast, St. Roch Market. Here, everyone in your party can get what they want. From grits to avocado toast or breakfast burritos, St. Roch Market has been serving up local produce since 2015. Don't forget that cup of coffee either. Coast Roast Coffee at St. Roch Market is some of the best in the city! 

St. Roch Market

If you have any time to spare, head back to your hotel by foot! The journey from St. Roch Market to the French Quarter gives you a taste of real New Orleans, colorful, magical, and always unique! The city of New Orleans is full of history and character. The mix of French, Spanish, and Caribbean history makes this city like no other.

What are some of your favorite spots for a Girls getaway? Leave your suggestions below, and make sure to reach out to me if you have any questions. Happy traveling!

xoxo



Das Peach Haus | Fredericksburg, TX

06 January 2017


Deep in the heart of Texas lies the peaceful town of Fredericksburg. Fredericksburg, famous for its beautiful vineyards, also posses a unique German-Texan charm brought by German immigrants in the 19th century. Although we were in Fredericksburg for the wine, the girls and I decided to make a stop by the best place for fresh preserves in all of Texas. 


As we pulled up we soon realized Das Peach Haus was more than just a store. Surrounded by acres of beautiful Texas Hill Country, this little store had a charm like no other. We were instantly welcomed by the friendly staff as we tasted the wide variety of preserves, salsas, and wines. From tasting the original Roasted Raspberry Chipotle sauce to peach wine, my tastebuds were in heaven. 


The store itself was impressive, but the staff graciously invited us to wander the grounds as well. With lots of outdoor seating and the most beautiful view in all of Texas, Das Peach Haus easily became our favorite little store in Fredericksburg. 


xoxo

2016 In Review | Hello 2017!

02 January 2017


Good morning from 2017! 

I think I speak for everyone when I say 2017 is a much needed change. 2016 was all around a horrible year for the world and I am excited to put it behind us. However, on a personal level 2016 taught me a lot about myself. 2016 was a year of rediscovery, travel, and change. It's been awhile since I did a life update, so I thought I would go through and recap the major events of 2016!


I fell in love with places and out of love with people.
I wasted no time in jumping into travel in 2016. I visited New Orleans, Chicago, Nashville, Austin, Charleston, Seattle, Costa Rica, Ireland, England, and Wales. I fell in love with the places I visited, while simultaneously falling out of love in the relationship I was in. We ended our relationship almost half a year ago and I spent the second half of 2016 enjoying the beauty the world has to offer. Yes, I enter 2017 single and excited for a future of possibilities! 


I took a leap of faith in Houston.
When I moved back to Houston almost two years ago I was miserable. I hated the city I grew up in and was constantly looking for a way out in the form of a job. Well that job opportunity never came, and I as I progressed both professionally and socially in Houston I began to realize it really wasn't such a horrible place after all. I took a huge leap of faith and signed a lease on an apartment here in Houston. I officially move out of my parents house at the end of this month! I'm excited to be living on my own (no family, no roommates) for the FIRST time in my life!


I became healthier. 
Over the last year and a half I started going to a boutique spin studio based out of Sugar Land (the suburb I currently live in). I fell in LOVE with this routine and now find myself spinning 4-5 times a week. My energy has skyrocketed and I now find myself making healthier choices in my life in general.  I am the happiest I have ever been with my body, but I am still willing to try new things to make improvements!


I stopped treating this blog like a job.
Many of you have probably noticed the lack of routine Of Golden Roses has. I'm still traveling, and I still have so much to share, but my personal life has become increasingly busy making it difficult to sit down and write! I felt bad at first, abandoning the "3 posts a week" routine, but I soon came to realize that blogging isn't my job. It's my hobby. And I want to continue to enjoy it for as long as possible. 


I rediscovered the power of amazing friends. 
Being in a long distance relationship is isolating. I realized towards the end of my relationship that I had been isolating myself from my friends because I spent the majority of my time trying to coordinate Skype schedules and trips to visit each other. It wasn't until I realized how much my relationship was holding me back that I truly began opening myself back up to my friends. This year was centered around trips with some of my dearest friends, which is really what made 2016 so special. 



So here's to 2017! A year full of possibilities!
xoxo