VBGetaway: New Orleans
Stay:Soniat House - Southern Hospitality at it’s best. Don’t miss the coffee and biscuits!
Eat:Galatoire's - Founded in 1905, it’s one of my favorite old-time restaurants. Order the Oysters Rockefeller and Crabmeat Sardou.
Also, don’t miss: Clancy's, Antoine's, Commander’s Palace (brunch), Jacques-Imo’s (Smothered Chicken), Mother’s (Grits), Port-of-Call (Burger), Central Grocery (Muffaletta), Domilise's (Po-Boy)
Drink:The Napoleon House - Don’t miss having a Pimm’s cup in the courtyard.
The next stop (you’re in New Orleans, after all!): The Columns Hotel,
Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, Snake and Jake’s
SHOPKrewe du Optic - This boutique-slash-café serves up super-chic New Orleans-inspired eyewear and killer coffee, alongside a curated selection of art and design books in their lounge.
Royal Street Antiques and Galleries - Royal Street in New Orleans has been named one of the best street for antiques in the world…for good reason! So many treasures to be found!
Shop ‘til you drop: Graci Interiors, Angelique Boutique, Alex Beard Studio, Faulkner House Books, Pied Nu, Alexa Pulitzer, Leontine Linens, As You Like It Silver Shop, Papier Plume
SEEPreservation Hall - the quintessential jazz venue.
Maple Leaf - Escape the tourists at this off-the-beaten-path dive bar with all kinds of music from rock to jazz to funk and more.
More live music: Tipitinas, Snug Harbor, BJ’s Lounge, Dragon’s Den, The Spotted Cat
Worth Every CalorieGambino's Doberge Cake - my favorite thing on earth, and they ship!
Cafe Du Monde Beignets - breakfast to late night snacks, this sugary treat is worth the mess!