I will be taking my first trip to New Orleans in early February. I will spend the first 4 days wandering around by myself before my work conference starts. My husband will fly to New Orleans mid-way through the conference, and we will have 3 nights/2 days together before flying home. Here is what I have lined up:
Friday night arrival (solo)-check in to Hyatt Regency. Staying there in order to use a suite upgrade that will expire on 2/28.
Saturday-10 AM Free by Foot tour of Garden District-Lunch at Coquette-then I figured I would walk around on Magazine street for a bit and grab a sandwich at Cochon Butcher to take back to the hotel for dinner. Then music and Chocolate buffet at the Hyatt.
Sunday-New Orleans Cooking School demo class, wander through French Market, Happy Hour at Domenica and then maybe a drink at the Sazerac bar
Monday-wander around French quarter before heading to Emeril's for lunch-maybe Mardi Gras World and then Borgne for dinner.
Tuesday-French Quarter again-Cafe Du Monde for sure and then Carousel bar for a drink and Bayona for dinner. Switch to Sheraton for conference.
Wednesday-Conference 8-7, then dinner at K-Paul's.
Thursday-Conference 8-7, then dinner at Herbsaint-My husband arrives later that night.
Friday-Conference for me in AM-Husband will do Free By Foot French Market tour and then we will head to Commander's Palace for a 1:30 lunch reservation. Later in the day, visit W.I.N.O and then a snack before we head out to hear music.
Saturday- World War II museum and then dinner at Mr. B's.-more music.
I would love some input on my choices of restaurants/things to do. I would love to get out to hear some music both before and after my husband arrives, but I am not sure if there are any places to go that might be OK for a woman alone safety-wise. I love live music, and I really want to get out to hear some in one of the world's great music cities.
When my husband arrives, I think we will concentrate on the Marigny area for music-I have Snug Harbor, the Spotted Cat, DBA, Blue Nile and Three Muses as possibilities. Someone else suggested Irving Mayfield's and the Davenport Lounge as other places to go. I am in my 50's and my husband is in his 60's-so super late nights are probably not in the cards for us :)