Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmastime in New Orleans

I cannot believe it has already been one week since our friends at the Renaissance New Orleans Arts Warehouse District Hotel asked us to come stay with them and explore New Orleans for the first time. The hotel itself is gorgeously filled with all different kinds of art from paintings to blown glass pieces. I love the location too!

The hotel is located close enough to the action of everything that we were able to park our car for the weekend and walk everywhere but juuuuust far enough away from the loud fun that is New Orleans at night. There are a few things that the Renaissance New Orleans Arts Warehouse District Hotel already thought of for us that I didn't think were essential until we got there. If you are traveling to a city that you are unfamiliar with, there are two things you want out of a hotel.

1. Valet Parking
It's crazy enough just trying to find your way through the city to get to your hotel, the last thing you want to worry about is finding parking.

2. A restaurant located in or attached to the hotel. We live about four hours from New Orleans so our mission was to just get there with minimal stops. When we got there we were starving but so glad we that we could check in, bring our bags to our room, and go right back downstairs to eat.

And let me tell you, the food at Legacy Kitchen is fantastic! We ate dinner and breakfast there, both days and were not disappointed. Everything we tried was really good but if you go here, you HAVE to try the chicken and waffles! I was so excited to eat it that I totally forgot to take a picture of it and it was melt in your mouth deliciousness.

Christmastime in New Orleans is beautiful. Of course, they do it bit with their decorations and lights. They even had a something called the St. Nick Celebration which included: live music, art market, and kids activities. We unfortunately didn't get to experience it due to the rain but we did get to explore the New Orleans Aquarium.

This wasn't just something for our daughter, we all loved getting to walk under the tunnel of fish and see some crazy fish that we didn't even know existed. Right outside of the Aquarium is the river walk. We got to watch some huge boats go by and the cool part is that since the river walk is so long, there are places to view it from inside as well. We got a beautiful, and warm, view from just inside the mall.

After the aquarium, we got lunch at the ever famous, ACME Oyster House and it was just as good as everyone says. We then went for dessert and hot cocoa at Cafe Du Monde. It was our first time trying beignets and now I am wondering how I have gone my whole life without them.

That night, we got to ride on a street car and experience public transportation for the first time. We really got the whole city experience this weekend and of course, Presley made friends with everyone on the bus.

By far our favorite part about the trip was just exploring what New Orleans is all about. You can walk down any street and experience twelve different kinds of performers from jazz bands to giant bubble makers. Everything was so fun and Presley loved it all too. She even got to see Bourbon Street (in the daytime.)

Our last day there it rained alllll day but we had some fun at the Children's Museum and got to experience Celebration in the Oaks which was something that everyone should put on their bucket list. We walked and walked and walked through countless numbers of lights and lights programmed to Christmas songs and they even had a carnival right in the middle. Everything about it was simply magical. Presley's favorite part was the beautiful indoor carousel.

Thank you again to Renaissance New Orleans Arts Warehouse District Hotel for hosting our stay. We had an amazing time in your beautiful and fun city and cannot wait to come back. Check out their social account here.

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