48 Hours in New Orleans

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48 Hours in New Orleans

Got 48 hours in New Orleans?  Here’s the perfect itinerary planned by locals.

I’d like to thank my friends at Cambria Hotels for sponsoring this post.  As always, all opinions are my own.  Thank you for supporting companies who support Running in a Skirt.

48 Hours in New Orleans What to See and Do / Running in a Skirt

Hello! Hello!

I’m so excited to share with you part of my recent New Orleans trip today.  I was invited by Cambria Hotels to take part in its Cambria Blogger Shuffle, the Asheville-New Orleans edition! I swapped cities with New Orleans bloggers Babes & Beignets, who created a fantastic travel itinerary for me to help me get the true NOLA experience.  The hotel just opened a brand new location in New Orleans and is about to open one in Asheville, and invited the Hubs and I to New Orleans to check it out! They are sending New Orleans bloggers, Babes and Beignets to Asheville this upcoming weekend, and I planned out an itinerary for them to explore Asheville. As you can imagine I was beyond thrilled to be involved.  Neither the Hubs nor I had ever been to New Orleans so this was the perfect opportunity.

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Hello New Orleans!

48 Hours in New Orleans What to See and Do / Running in a Skirt

Before I dive into what we did and what you can do with 48 hours in New Orleans I thought I’d gush a little about the fabulous hotel we stayed in, the Cambria Hotel New Orleans Downtown Warehouse District, which was perfectly located between the French Quarter and Garden District of the city.

If you haven’t heard of them yet, Cambria Hotels is part of the Choice Hotel group.  It’s their newer, upscale brand that is delightful.

48 Hours in New Orleans What to See and Do / Running in a Skirt

The hotel feels like an upscale experience from the moment you walk in.  The lobby is warm, comforting and uniquely NOLA.

48 Hours in New Orleans What to See and Do / Running in a Skirt

There are fun touches everywhere that remind you of the city and make the hotel far from cookie cutter.

48 Hours in New Orleans What to See and Do / Running in a Skirt

All of the Cambria Hotels, including the Cambria Hotel New Orleans Downtown Warehouse District are perfect for tourists or business travelers with fabulous amenities including fast, free Wi-Fi and on-site gyms.

48 Hours in New Orleans What to See and Do / Running in a Skirt

Our room was simply dreamy!  It was huge and felt like an upgrade with high-end, modern finishes and design.  We instantly felt right at home.

48 Hours in New Orleans What to See and Do / Running in a Skirt

Our room even had an adjoining living area with these funky photos of famous New Orleans folks.  I thought the pictures were so fun and funny.

48 Hours in New Orleans What to See and Do / Running in a Skirt

The bathroom was spa-like with over-weighted towels, beautiful fixtures and decor.  I seriously wanted to transport this bathroom back to my house!

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One of the best parts of the Cambria Hotels brand is it growing fast in urban markets like New Orleans and gives you a fun, new hotel to pick from.  Plus you still get great loyalty program perks through Choice Privileges.

Now that you are a little more familiar with Cambria Hotel New Orleans Downtown Warehouse District, let’s dive into all the fun we had while staying there!

48 Hours in New Orleans

Day 1

The Hubs and I arrived to New Orleans in early afternoon and immediately hopped on a street car to see the Garden District.  The street cars felt so old timey and fun.

48 Hours in New Orleans What to See and Do / Running in a Skirt

Our first stop was The Columns Victorian Lounge, which is supposed to be a great local hang out.

48 Hours in New Orleans What to See and Do / Running in a Skirt

I got a mojito and the Hubs tried some New Orleans craft brews.  The historic interior was cozy and took us back in time.

Cheers to our first drink in NOLA!

48 Hours in New Orleans What to See and Do / Running in a Skirt

The bar was decked out for the holiday in full NOLA colors.

48 Hours in New Orleans What to See and Do / Running in a Skirt

After settling in for a bit we got back on the street car to see the Hot Tin Bar, which has a killer view.

48 Hours in New Orleans What to See and Do / Running in a Skirt

It was really foggy so we couldn’t see much of a sunset, but the moon rise over the city was equally stunning.

48 Hours in New Orleans What to See and Do / Running in a Skirt

After enjoying the gorgeous views we went back to our hotel, the Cambria Hotel New Orleans Downtown Warehouse District to change for dinner.

48 Hours in New Orleans What to See and Do / Running in a Skirt

Our trip planners suggested us going to Brigsten’s for dinner, but we could not get a reservation so we tried Brennan’s instead.  Brennan’s is a well-known, historic New Orleans restaurant that had such an authentic vibe.  The service was amazing and it felt like we were getting pampered the entire meal.

I’m going to share another post with my favorite eats in the city but here’s an epic sneak peak.  These oysters are the stuff foodie dreams are made of!

Best New Orleans Eats & Drinks

After dinner we went back to our beautiful room full and happy!

Day 2

Our second day in New Orleans was our only full day so we woke up early to make the most of our time.

48 Hours in New Orleans What to See and Do / Running in a Skirt

First stop was breakfast at Willa Jean’s.  Once again I’ll share the full meal in my next post but holy moly it was incredible!  Such a fun and hip way to start the day.

Best New Orleans Eats & Drinks

After breakfast our tour guides recommended walking around a few areas of town.  Since we wanted to get some history to go along with the walk we booked a morning walking tour of the French Quarter.

48 Hours in New Orleans What to See and Do / Running in a Skirt

The tour started at the New Orleans Musical Legends park which was a great way to remember the musicians that brought such delightful sounds to the city.

48 Hours in New Orleans What to See and Do / Running in a Skirt

It was still pretty early in the morning so the infamous Bourbon Street was nice and calm.  You can only imagine how crazy this was a few hours before.

48 Hours in New Orleans What to See and Do / Running in a Skirt

They were doing a lot of construction on the street, so it was even more of a mess than usual… but it was still really interesting to see.  I’m not one for crowds or late nights, so this is just how I liked to see it!

48 Hours in New Orleans What to See and Do / Running in a Skirt

We toured the entire French Quarter, not just Bourbon Street though which gave us some great insight into the city.  I loved looking beyond the rough exteriors of the buildings to see pretty sights like this.

48 Hours in New Orleans What to See and Do / Running in a Skirt

Our tour was really interesting and told us how Louisiana became a state, how the city itself was built and how resilient the residents are.  If you like history at all, I highly recommend booking a quick tour to get your bearings and learn more about what you are seeing.

48 Hours in New Orleans What to See and Do / Running in a Skirt

Our tour ended in Jackson Square near the St. Louis Cathedral which gave us a chance to see the art and street performers which were both really entertaining.  We watched some break dancers and a clarinet player that kept me captivated for a long time.

48 Hours in New Orleans What to See and Do / Running in a Skirt

After our tour, we were hungry and thirsty so we looked up a place nearby to get oysters and cocktails… we were in NOLA after all!

We got a great table along an outside balcony at the Royal House Oyster Bar.  The views and people watching were pretty darn spectacular.

48 Hours in New Orleans What to See and Do / Running in a Skirt

We snacked on more oysters and enjoyed the show below.

Best New Orleans Eats & Drinks

After a long lunch I wanted to go back to Bourbon Street and get one drink so I could check that off the bucket list.   Because it seemed like a good idea!

48 Hours in New Orleans What to See and Do / Running in a Skirt

I got a giant and slightly obnoxious Pina Colada that was actually pretty darn good.  Not sure it was actually a good idea, but I’ll put that under the “worth it” category.

Best New Orleans Eats & Drinks

After getting our drinks we walked around Royal Street exploring the shops, art galleries and antique shops.  Royal Street was just block away from Bourbon Street but instantly felt like another more polished world.  I loved all the charming shops and boutiques.

48 Hours in New Orleans What to See and Do / Running in a Skirt

On our way home we walked into see the christmas lights at The Roosevelt Hotel, which our guides told us was a must do while we were in town.

48 Hours in New Orleans What to See and Do / Running in a Skirt

The light show was spectacular and did not disappoint!  It was such a fabulous way to start off the season.

48 Hours in New Orleans What to See and Do / Running in a Skirt

After a long day exploring the city, the Hubs and I went back to our hotel to shower and change for dinner.

48 Hours in New Orleans What to See and Do / Running in a Skirt

For dinner our guides recommended Pesche, which we also had trouble getting into so I found GW Fins online and booked a table.  I had high expectations because of the stellar reviews and it did not disappoint!  The food was some of the most unique and creative I’ve had in awhile.  I can’t wait to share more pictures of it with you Monday.

Best New Orleans Eats & Drinks

What a fun filled day in NOLA!

Day 3

Our final day in NOLA started bright and early again because we had some big food must-eats to check off our list.  First up was the famous Cafe Du Monde which is known for their coffee and beignets.  It’s a most stop on any New Orleans tour.

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I’m not much of a donut person, but WOW these beignets are nothing short of little bites of heaven.  They left such a sweet and lasting impression of the city!

As I’m writing this a few days later I’m wishing I could have more of these this weekend.  Clearly they are quite addictive.

Best New Orleans Eats & Drinks

Next we walked the streets again, which were much quieter and calmer on an early Monday morning.

48 Hours in New Orleans What to See and Do / Running in a Skirt

It was so nice to stroll around without the crowds and see the unique architecture and designs that New Orleans has.

48 Hours in New Orleans What to See and Do / Running in a Skirt

New Orleans is one of those places that is well loved and worn up close, but from a distance really has an undeniable charm.  The wrought iron balconies, brightly colored buildings and colorful planters bring life to the city.

48 Hours in New Orleans What to See and Do / Running in a Skirt

Before leaving we walked the streets to make room for our final meal before catching our flights.

48 Hours in New Orleans What to See and Do / Running in a Skirt

I knew I could not leave NOLA without trying a po’boy and gumbo so our last stop was at the Napoleon House.  The Napoleon House was actually built for Napoleon, who died before he was able to live there… but once again the history is pretty remarkable.

On top of that their po’boy was incredible!  I’ve had sandwiches in the past that claimed to be po’boys but nothing before was ever as delicious as this.  I’d honestly got back to NOLA just for this sandwich.

Best New Orleans Eats & Drinks

I’ll share the rest of the meal in my next post, but needless to say after cramming two meals into such a short amount of time we were stuffed and happy.  Our time in New Orleans may have been short, but the memories will last a lifetime.

New Orleans is such a fascinating city.  It’s filled with charming architecture, fun people and has a captivating history.  The food is some of the best I’ve ever eaten.  I loved seeing a place I’d heard such fun stuff about my entire life.  So glad to check this must-see destination off the bucket list!

Cambria Hotel New Orleans Downtown Warehouse District

I hope that if you decide to visit New Orleans you’ll consider staying in the Cambria Hotel New Orleans Downtown Warehouse District.  I know you’ll love this hotel as much as we did!  If you go, don’t forget to tell them I sent ya!

48 Hours in New Orleans What to See and Do / Running in a Skirt

I have even more New Orleans fun to share with you Monday… the best eats in the city!

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Your turn!

Have you ever been to NOLA?

What would be our favorite thing to see?

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  1. Amy ostwalt December 20, 2017 at 10:41 am - Reply

    We are heading down to New Orleans for the Sugar bowl so i will have to look at rooms a Cambria! It looks super nice! And all the food and drinks!! 😍🥂🙋‍♀️🍷💃
    Go Tigers!! 🐅

  2. Kristy from Southern In Law December 18, 2017 at 4:18 am - Reply

    What a fun trip! I really need to convince Jesse that we should go to NOLA next time we’re in Cenla visiting family!
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  3. Courtney December 15, 2017 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    I have been very fortunate to travel all over the world, however, I have never been to New Orlens! Hopefully one day my travels take me there

  4. Christine December 15, 2017 at 10:40 am - Reply

    I love the idea of swapping cities! So much fun and it looks BEAUTIFUL!

  5. Ilka December 14, 2017 at 9:18 pm - Reply

    This is such a great recap of your stay in New Orleans! All wonderful pics of this beautiful city. The cover pic of you sitting by the fountain is so pretty!

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  7. Jeanine December 14, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    That hotel looks incredible! I’ve never been to New Orleans myself but would love to! Looks like a fun place to see and explore for 48 hours!

  8. Jill Conyers December 14, 2017 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    I grew up in NO. I miss the food the most. And the character of the city.

  9. Lisa Ballantyne December 14, 2017 at 10:39 am - Reply

    New Orleans was one of the first stops on the last vacation I was able to enjoy with my mother before her passing. We loved it! I’ve just gotta tell you about our bus driver/tour guide! He introduced himself as “Red” and flirted with me the entire duration! Long story short, when Mama, my aunt and I got off the bus, he grabbed me and planted a big ole smacker right on my cheek! The most special part of that trip wasn’t the trip itself, but what happened to me upon our return home: a marriage proposal! That was in September and we were married that December. We just celebrated 28 years on December 2nd! (And yes, “eventually” I told Bruce about the bus driver kissing me, and we both had a good laugh!)

  10. Christine December 14, 2017 at 9:47 am - Reply

    I’ve been to Cafe Du Monde – AMAZING! Love New Orleans. Looks like you had such an amazing trip!

  11. Jessica Levinson December 13, 2017 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    Looks like you had an amazing time in New Orleans! What a great opportunity to be involved in this special project with Cambria Hotels! Loved looking through the pictures!
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  12. Lorie December 13, 2017 at 10:04 pm - Reply

    The hotel looks amazing! I like be the touches of local flair they added!

  13. Blane Sherer December 13, 2017 at 7:54 pm - Reply

    Glad you enjoyed your New Orleans trip.

  14. Scott December 13, 2017 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    We’ve only been to NO once and did all the regular tourist things. I know there’s so much more to see – need to visit there again!
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  15. Alisa Fleming December 13, 2017 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    Wow, what a fun town. There just looks like so many interesting things to do! New Orleans has been on my bucket list for a while.

  16. Chrissy December 13, 2017 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    This is awesome! My hubby and I are thinking about taking a trip to NOLA next year, so I’m saving this post for future reference 🙂

  17. Jenn December 13, 2017 at 6:01 pm - Reply

    The hotel looks amazing! I need to do New Orleans again – this time without a three year old in tow! LOVE all the Christmas decorations everywhere – beautiful!

  18. Anita Anderson December 13, 2017 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    I love the black and white wallpaper in the hotel suite. New Orleans is on my list of places to visit and from your pictures, it is a must see.

  19. Rebecca December 13, 2017 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    ahhh looks like so much fun! I can’t wait to go… someday!

  20. Rachel December 13, 2017 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    Oh my gosh, this sounds (and looks!!!) like such an amazing trip! Your hotel is awesome. That Christmas tree is awesome. I’m totally doing that next year. 🙂 How fun!!

  21. Abbey Sharp December 13, 2017 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    Wow love all of these photos! Looked like a lovely trip! That hotel looks beautiful!

  22. Alicia Taylor December 13, 2017 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    I love NOLA and only live a few hours away. You won’t find better oysters – or drinks! There is so much to do and the city is so full of culture
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  23. Susie @ Suzlyfe December 13, 2017 at 11:05 am - Reply

    That hotel is stunning. I’m still so sad about having to cancel our trip last minute this year (but obviously, losing Yoshi was not an option). One day I will get back there. It is a fab, magical, crazy, whimsical city and it speaks to me!
    If they want to fly Alex and I down there…. just saying… I’ll do whatever they want!

  24. Neely Moldovan December 13, 2017 at 9:39 am - Reply

    So crazy but I’ve never actually been to NEW Orleans. I would love to though. Great guide!

  25. Deborah Brooks December 13, 2017 at 9:14 am - Reply

    Wow you sure packed a ton into your 48 hours! How fun to have the opportunity to do it. I have actually never been to NOLA!
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  26. Debbie December 13, 2017 at 8:58 am - Reply

    I’ve never been to New Orleans, but now I’m ready to go! Great photos that really capture the spirit of the city. It really looks like you had a wonderful time.

    And I love the idea of a blogger swap! Super original idea.

  27. Whitney E, R.D. December 13, 2017 at 8:35 am - Reply

    Oh my goodness…I love your post! I love NOLA + this is an excellent “mini-guide!” It looks like you had a blast! And all that great food there- DROOLING!

  28. Mary Beth Jackson December 13, 2017 at 8:32 am - Reply

    NOLA is a fun fun city, so much to see and do! I love the ghost tours, they do not disappoint!

  29. Mary Jean Henson December 13, 2017 at 7:42 am - Reply

    Love NOLA! Been there several times. Love the food and atmosphere. Your photos brought back great memories. Glad you had fun.

  30. Maureen @ Maureen Gets Real December 13, 2017 at 7:35 am - Reply

    My family took a trip to NOLA years ago and it’s definitely a city I want to head back to! I love love love the French quarters and architecure that the city has.

  31. [email protected] December 13, 2017 at 7:19 am - Reply

    Yes they are so addictive! I would have loved to go there every morning we were there. Cute pic of you two by the Christmas tree. How fun we can walk around with our tasty beverage on the streets in that city.

  32. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups December 13, 2017 at 7:15 am - Reply

    What fun little getaway! I love New Orleans, we have taken a couple little trips there and it is such a fun city with so much history. Also, po’boys are amazing!

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