The holidays are a special time of year anywhere, but spending the Christmas season in New Orleans is an unforgettable treat. The city gets dressed up in its finest garb, with lights twinkling and garlands adorning the iconic iron balconies of the French Quarter. And one of the most unique things to do in New Orleans during December is to attend a Reveillon dinner.
There are few cities with as boozy a reputation as New Orleans. After all, one of the most famous streets of debauchery is named after a type of alcohol. Though larger-than-life drinks with destructive names like ‘hurricane’ and ‘hand grenade’ have been causing havoc with partygoers for years, they’re not the cocktail foundation that New Orleans was built upon. In fact, the Crescent City is the birthplace of many classic cocktails. So sit back, grab a glass and enjoy the liquid libations that the city has to offer.
New Orleans is a city that doesn’t how to do things small; everything is bigger and better here. So instead of a typical Halloween festival, NOLA puts on Voodoo Fest. Technically the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, Voodoo Fest is a three-day event that combines amazing music and all of the Halloween magic that New Orleans has to give.
When you think of New Orleans, you most likely think of the downtown area: Jackson Square, the French Quarter, maybe the Garden District. And, while these areas are well worth their considerable reputation, if you feel like exploring a lesser-known area, head to the North Shore. Located about 45 minutes north of New Orleans, this area has been growing in popularity for the past few years for good reason. With a wonderful blend of history as well as up-and-coming restaurants and attractions, the North Shore is worth stop when you visit the New Orleans area.
The first season of the HBO series ‘True Detective’ captivated audiences and was a ratings success. While the work of the actors is to be commended, perhaps the other reason that people were drawn to the show was the silent star—the location. Filmed in and around New Orleans, following the trail of ‘True Detective’ will showcase an eclectic mix of nature, industry and interesting locals; it’s one that every fan should explore.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the images of which are cemented into the minds of anyone who saw – or lived through – that horrible storm. And yet as devastating as the hurricane was, it was equally as compelling to watch New Orleans rise from the flood waters, seemingly stronger and more determined than ever before to stay tethered to its traditions.