There are few places that make you stop and wonder what makes them so magical. You try to pinpoint the element of intrigue that makes it stand out from the rest, and can never quite find the right words to describe it. That’s how New Orleans is. A place so special that no description will ever do it justice. The culture, the music, and oh man that food make it a notch above the rest, but when it comes down to it, the people are the pulse of this amazing city.
If you’ve been, then we don’t need to tell you why you should plan your next trip to New Orleans. If you haven’t made it there yet and it’s on your bucket list, here are our reasons why 2016 should be the year to book that ticket.
New Orleans is so much more than Mardi Gras.
Much like the city can’t be defined by Hurricane Katrina, it also can’t be defined by one wild week of festivities. New Orleans thrives at all hours of the day, but it is true, that it most certainly comes alive at night. The city beats to its own rhythm through the people; despite the highs and lows or utter devastation to pure elation, the culture is driven by the people who live there. They seem to project genuine kindness and happiness to everyone they encounter, and simply go out of their way to make the day a little bit better.
New Orleans is so much more than Bourbon Street.
Dare we say you could go to New Orleans and not even step foot on Bourbon street?! While we invite you to check out the madness in all its glory, there are so many special neighborhoods and streets throughout the city; Tchoupitoulas St. for bars, Frenchmen St. for the jazz, Garden District for some quiet (!!), Bywater for some history – the list goes on and on. Listen to the jazz that pours from the bars, fills the streets, and wraps you up in its arms. Sip on a Sazerac while drinking in the architecture and unique feel for the streets. Get lost and explore the city and the nuances from neighborhood to neighborhood.
New Orleans is so much more than po’ boys.
Po’boys, oysters, creole, catfish, and cochon are happy additions to most menus. N’awlins cookin’ is a powerful fusion of French, creole, southern, and little bit of something extra. The French Market houses local food stalls, fresh oysters, and sugary drinks, Cochon serves up some of the best food in the country, and Cafe du Monde is actually as good as everyone says it is.