United States Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all United States activity »
  1. 1 New orleans recs for family
  2. 2 Spring Break National Park Visit
  3. 3 New England Road Trip Itinerary
  4. 4 Steamboat Springs, CO
  5. 5 OMG
  6. 6 My Colorado trip ?'s (June)
  7. 7 Any Estero Island/Ft Myers experts?
  8. 8 Oregon Trip March 2017
  9. 9 Florida beach vacation
  10. 10 Florida keys trip
  11. 11 USA Trip in 4 Weeks
  12. 12 Suggestion for Las Vegas to Yosemite in July
  13. 13 Hawaii Help
  14. 14 sight seeing Las Vegas to Palm Springs to Sante Fe
  15. 15 2 days in Vermont, Green Mountain area
  16. 16 Best route to tour most of Michigan-Help!
  17. 17 Driving from Provo to Grand Junction in March 2017
  18. 18 HAWAII; HELP!
  19. 19 28 Day Road Trip to the Northwest from Chicago
  20. 20 San Francisco to San Diego Road Trip with little kids
  21. 21 Coffee in Boston?
  22. 22 Palm Springs restaurant suggestions.
  23. 23 Fodor's Travel QA Test_20170119141330
  24. 24 Change planes in Atlanta
  25. 25 LAX Time Between Terminals
View next 25 » Back to the top

Trip Report Trip Report: New Orleans with Teens

Jump to last reply

Cast of Characters: Me, Husband, Son 19, Daughter 17, Daughter 14.

Day 1, March 13. We arrived in New Orleans at about 2 pm and dropped our luggage in our room at the Country Inn and Suites on Magazine. The hotel is in a nice location - close to the action but not too close, plenty of room for a family of 5 in their one bedroom suite. I got a deal that included valet parking (usually $27 a day) in the price. The furnishings were a bit dated but were okay; Son reported that the sofa sleeper was terrible. Housekeeping was spotty - they kept doing things like taking the opened soap and shampoo but not leaving new.

Anyway, we walked straight to Johnny's Po-Boys for lunch. No line because it was just shy of 3 pm by then. I had a great muffaletta, others had a sea food muffaletta and an Italian sub. Very tasty.

Next destination was St. Louis Cathedral but got sidetracked by a cool shop at which the girls each got dresses. Jackson Square was hopping when we got there - a group was just leaving a wedding at the church. We went inside, then toured the 1850 House (which was about ready to close). We walked around the park and saw another wedding taking place there. Afterwards, the wedding party and guests recessed behind a sax player, and pretty soon the whole gang of them was following a band with umbrellas and white hankies, just like in a movie.

Next stop was the take out line at Cafe Du Monde. A waiter came and took our order and brought it to us, so we had our beignets very quickly, even though the line was very long. The kids LOVED the beignets. We did a bit of shopping in the area, then walked around the French quarter admiring the buildings. By then it was dusk so we walked down Bourbon St. with the kids. Pretty wild, even at that early hour. Poor Son - to be a 19 year old guy with scantly clad young women beckoning from doorways - and to be with your mother!

Back to the hotel, then we went back to the quarter for dinner at Oceana Grill. We were worried at first because there was a long line and the guy from the restaurant didn't seem to care that we had reservations. But after about 10 mintues we got a table. The surprising thing was that there were loads of empty tables. The waitress said they were short a cook, so they weren't letting very many people inside. The food was delicious. I think it was everybody's favorite on the trip. Each daughter got a different kind of duck and both were yummy.

Back to the hotel - there was a pretty building courtyard across the street and we witnessed yet another wedding.

More later.

17 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement