Valentine's Day in New Orleans
There’s no better place to spend Valentine’s Day than in New Orleans. While most Valentine’s Days consist of the usual chocolates, champagne, and roses, New Orleans will provide the perfect romantic getaway that is anything but ordinary.
Start the evening off with a stroll through a scenic part of town – whether it is through the streets of the French Quarter, under the oak trees of Uptown, or past the beautiful mansions of the Garden District, spending time with your Valentine in such beautiful locations will set a romantic tone for the rest of the evening.
Feel like really treating your sweetheart to something special? From locally designed jewelry, to unique chocolates, beautiful flowers, or even steamy lingerie, New Orleans shops have the perfect gifts. With so many options, there is something for every person and every price range.
Plan ahead and take your sweetie to one of the city’s many romantic restaurants. Smaller bistros nestled among neighborhoods offer a quiet, more intimate setting for the perfect romantic meal. Many of the city’s best culinary treasures lay off the beaten path, and provide a vacation within a vacation for you and that special someone. Since Valentine’s Day is a busy night for most restaurants and places can fill up quickly, check out our romantic restaurants guide and make your reservations now.
Follow dinner with drinks at one of New Orleans’ many quaint nightspots. Quieter lounges provide the perfect setting for lingering conversation (and kisses) over drinks, but if you’d rather dance the night away, check out live music at one of the city’s famous music venues. If you’re looking for a more laid back music scene, get carried away by the romantic atmosphere in a local jazz club. Follow drinks with an exploration of the French Quarter, stopping every one in a while for a kiss under the glow of a streetlamp. Don’t feel like walking? Hop in one of the horse drawn carriages stationed in front of Jackson Square and snuggle with your honey as the French Quarter slowly passes you by.
Of course, the best way to set the mood for a romantic Valentine’s getaway is to pick the perfect place to stay. New Orleans has a wide range of quaint Bed and Breakfasts for a quiet, more homey feeling. Many of the city’s excellent hotels also offer Valentine’s Day specials and incorporate the perfect, romantic vibe in the décor – from seductive contemporary designs to old-fashioned glamour.
Whether you’re looking to rekindle an old flame or add fuel to an already fiery relationship, New Orleans has the perfect ingredients to spice up your Valentine’s Day. To add extra sizzle to the trip, try kissing at one or all of the following storybook locations for your February 14 trip, or anytime:
- Moonwalk at Dusk
- Sculpture Garden in City Park
- Lakefront at Sunset
- French Quarter roof top patio
- Carriage Ride through the French Quarter
- Fountain at Audubon Park
- Top deck of the Steamboat Natchez
- Pirate’s Alley
- On the Streetcar
- In a corner booth at a dimly lit jazz club