New Orleans is one of the most vibrant cities in the United States; rich in history, cuisine, architecture and culture making it a must-visit at least once in your life. Recently we ventured off to explore the deep south for a long weekend and were greeted with the cities enchanting southern charm. We fell in love with the city that is the birthplace of jazz, the smells of Creole and Cajun food and the quaint and historical buildings set in the French Quarter.
In the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter are the Audubon Cottages. The historic Audubon Cottages were built shortly after two great fires destroyed most of the city in the late eighteenth century. Named in honor of naturalist and painter John James Audubon, the Audubon Cottages are seven charming and private cottages that surround what is believed to be the oldest swimming pool in the French Quarter. The cottages reflect the charm of old New Orleans while offering modern amenities and a high level of service. Each cottage has its own unique story, including haunted histories. Cottage One was home to Audubon while completing his Birds of America series from 1821-22. The seven Cottages each have a dedicated French Quarter Butler to cater to guests needs. Waking up and walking to the New Orleans French Market for our coffee and beignets at Café Du Monde was a highlight of our our mornings.
A trip to the deep south would not be complete if we had not visited the bayous and the breathtaking nature of the South. Just a short drive from New Orleans we ventured off on a boat ride to explore the swamps where we encountered different species of birds, alligators, turtles, boars and more.
The Southern charm can be felt throughout the city and a great way to explore the city is on a streetcar. We hopped aboard and saw various attractions passing by such as the quaint shops of the French market, museums, marketplaces, and more. With so much to see and do New Orleans makes for a perfect ESCAPADITA.