Natalie & Joe's Vampire foodie New Orleans honeymoon

In Jackson Square
Natalie and Joe in Jackson Square.
Honeymooners: Natalie and Joe

Type: Domestic travel

Budget: Mid-range ($1000-$5000)

Where did you go? My husband is a total foodie — he spends more time looking up awesome places to eat, and watching food travel shows, than most guys do watching sports. I love vampires, ghosts, and creepy things. Where else would we possibly go for our honeymoon than New Orleans!?

We flew out about 48 hours after our wedding and spent five days in the city. Neither of us had ever been there before, and now we both cannot wait to go back!

What did you do? On the plane we watched the New Orleans episode of Man Vs. Food… so you can probably guess our first stop after checking into our hotel was hitting a restaurant!

Absinthe at the Pirate Bar!
Absinthe at the Pirate Bar!

We both made a flexible list of things we wanted to see and do, and we used that as a daily guide. The funny thing is that people associate NOLA with nothing but drinking, and while we did partake of that a little, Joe and I were more excited about the city, its food, and its culture. I think we spent all of five minutes on Bourbon Street, because the rest of the French Quarter is just so much more interesting.

Oak Alley Plantation
Oak Alley plantation.

Sometimes we would stay up late eating beignets, and sometimes we would wake up early for chocolate filled croissants! We took vampire tours in the rainy night and cemetery tours in the day. We toured the Garden District and Lafayette Cemetery, and of course I had to go to Oak Alley Plantation where they filmed Interview With The Vampire!

On the porch at Oak Alley
On the porch at Oak Alley.
Joe was somehow not as soaked.
Joe on a Vampire tour.
There are so many great places to eat, and the next dining destination was as exciting as any of the tours we went on! Sometimes we talked to locals to get a feel for where to go, and people were really great about giving us inside tips on where to listen to great music and to avoid the tourist trap restaurants.

We both loved shopping there — their antique stores look more like museums! I also loved being able to be immersed in a city that did not shy away from its darker magical affiliations. We never once felt out of place or stared at just for being offbeat. :)

What would you have done differently? I would have loved to have spent more time there! Everything else was honestly perfection.

Trent Reznor's Old House
Trent Reznor's Old House.

What's your advice for other offbeat honeymooners? The most important piece of advice I got as a first timer was "do not bother bringing your heels, wedges, or any shoe you don't feel comfortable walking in!" The streets are all cobblestone and uneven in the Quarter — and even if you are just camping out at the bar, you still need to walk to it!

There are a lot of tours in NOLA, and if you do any, check in with your hotel or at the numerous tour booths around the city, because they will always offer you discounts! We stayed with the Haunted History Tour people for about 90% of the tours we took because they were just incredible. The tour guides treat you like friends instead of mindless tour sheep. We learned so much and had such a nice time with them!

Me in a cemetary.

A lot of people associate NOLA with high crime — I didn't feel any less safe there than in any other big city. We were out very late some nights and had somewhat of a walk back to our hotel and never felt unsafe. Just be smart and don't announce to the world that you are a tourist filled with bags of money and people really leave you alone.

Hanging out on the water's edge.

New Orleans is a great city full of people who want to share it with you. We had a never-ending list of recommendations from people on where to eat, what to see, and where to shop. Before we went I had printed out several pages of Google maps with the "search nearby" feature, so when people recommended places I would flip to the page (I had a page for restaurant, shopping, tour, historic site, etc.) and star the place they were talking about. Except for the tours at specific times, we didn't stick to a rigid timetable, because it's New Orleans, and it is our honeymoon — who wants a schedule! The maps saved us a lot of time being lost or trying to find what we were in the mood to do.

Enough tips, show us more New Orleans!

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  1. There are areas of New Orleans that are sketchy, but the FQ ain't one of them. In the years that I've spent partying and exploring in the mini-city, often alone, there was only one incident where I felt I needed to watch my back, and it turned out fine.

    The city depends on tourism, so it's a priority to make the popular areas, like the FQ, pretty safe while still staying authentic.

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  2. Omg, I'm so happy we get a honeymoon post! This is awesome and something I never considered; did you guys see Anne Rice's house? ;)
    P.S. Your eyes are STUNNING, but I'm sure you're told that all the time!

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  3. Yaaaaay! We did our honeymoon in New Orleans over Halloween weekend this year! I had never been before and had loved the idea of New Orleans since first reading Anne Rice in middle school. I really wanted to stay at a haunted hotel, but the husband refused (we went on a ghost tour as a compromise). I'm like Natalie–the only thing I would've changed about my honeymoon was to be there longer! New Orleans is lovely.

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  4. I love NOLA. I went there for gaming stuff in September. There are so many things to do and see that are affordable. It was $20 for the ghost tour.

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  5. Awesome :) Glad you had a great time!!!
    Always happy to see honeymoon posts, although now I have *another* place to put (back) on my list now… Love NOLA the first time and I want more toooo!

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  6. Awesome honeymoon…New Orleans is such a wonderful, beautiful place. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. I've lived by New Orleans my entire life and every time we visit, there is always new stuff to do. It really is such a beautiful city full of completely off-beat people. :) As a citizen, I am truly grateful that you enjoyed your stay.

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  8. I totally want your list :) I have never been to NOLA but my husband lived nearby and he would love this!

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  9. As always, this post is right in sync with things I talk to my fiance about. We were trying to decide where to go for our honeymoon. I would really really LOVE to make it to NOLA.

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  10. Hey neat! This is the first time I saw the featured honeymoon. I love it! I request more. :)

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  11. I LOVE New Orleans! It's exactly where I want to go on my honeymoon.
    Last time I was there I stayed at the French Market Inn, which had an awesome location.

    If I go back, I'll stay at the cornstalk…it's meant to be haunted

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  12. I'm a NOLA local and I love reading positive write-ups like this. I love my city so much and am glad to see other cool people loving it, too!

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  13. Thank you for such a wonderful post! I'm from New Orleans, but have been in New York for school. I want to have our wedding in New Orleans because his family has never experienced it (and I'm homesick), and you highlighted so many wonderful spots. I'm so glad you enjoyed NOLA!!!!

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  14. I used to live a short drive from NO… LOVE the Quarter! Always something to do or see. Made friends with a man called Hack Bartholomew who played the trumpet outside Cafe Du Monde most days… he even let me sing for the crowd once. It was a really exciting place to explore! And the vampire tours sound exciting! I'm now considering taking a trip back… <3

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