Photo: Courtesy of the W Hotel
Whether you're celebrating with your girls, your guests, or your guy, every night's a party in Nola. From where to stay with your girlfriends to how to have a New Orleans wedding just like Solange (and even the best spots to dine on your honeymoon), here's where to stay, what to eat, and what to do for every type of wedding-related getaway.
The Bachelorette Party
Stay: W New Orleans, French Quarter
Sleek and chic, this hotel has a prime location near the bars of Bourbon Street, a lush courtyard pool, and a buzzy gastropub featuring inventive spins on Creole street food. Doubles from $239.
Eat: Cane & Table
This French Quarter eatery, which dishes our Caribbean-inspired plates and rum-centric craft cocktails is perfect for tiki drinks with the girls.
Do: French Quarter
Hit the shops (Hemline, Saks), then head to Fifi Mahony's, a fun wig store and salon (rhinestone manis!), to beautify before you bar hop.
Photo: Courtesy of Hotel Monteleone
Stay: Hotel Monteleone
Old Hollywood glamour meets modern luxe at this French Quarter icon. Everyone from your grandmother to the groomsmen will love kicking back Zazeracs at the rotating Carousel Bar. Doubles from $199.
Eat: Ralph's on the Park
With balconies overlooking City Park, this is a gorgeous spot to raise a glass. Throw your rehearsal dinner in a private dining room and bask in the city's vibe.
Do: Marigny Opera House
Celebrate under the 40-foot-ceilings and stained-glass windows of this former Catholic church. If it's good enough for Solange...
Photo: Courtesy of the Columns Hotel
Stay: The Columns Hotel
An Italianate-style mansion dripping with southern charm, the Columns Hotel offers opulent antique-stuffed suites and a breezy front veranda where you can do Sunday jazz brunch and watch the streetcars trundle down St. Charles Avenue. Doubles from $170.
Eat: Restaurant August
Celeb chef John Besh reigns over the food-obsessed city with 10 restaurants in town. His flagship is the most romantic of the bunch, featuring a five-course French tasting menu full of local twists.
Do: City Park
Spend the day floating through its lagoons on a hand-crafted Venetian gondola. After dark, go to Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse in the Quarter for a cool '40s feel and hot live music.