Let’s jump in the Delorean and set it to October 2018..yes, we’re taking it WAAAYYY back. But I think it’s worth the trip down memory lane to fill y’all in on our favorite stops in Natchez, Mississippi and the Big Easy aka New Orleans.
Odds are you’ve never heard of Natchez, MS and honestly I hadn’t either ’til we started planning our route. But I’m so glad we stopped here for a long weekend. An adorable, historical town, known for its biscuits, on the Mississippi River, with a casino. What more could you ask for!
Here’s our list of must-do’s while in Natchez.
- Tour the Antebellum homes and the “Downtown” area.
- The Camp Restaurant in the area known as “Under The Hill”. Down on the river with great views, wonderful craft beer selection and where I learned I’m obsessed with Green Gumbo….gumbo, but with Collard Greens. For all of you non-southerners out there who have never had collard greens and/or gumbo I have no way to describe either that could possibly do them justice, so I’m not even going to try. Just hop in the car or on a plane and visit Natchez. #justsayin
- The Casino…Magnolia Bluffs Casino. It is a super tiny casino, but still offers a few hours of entertainment. And if I remember correctly…FREE DRINKS!
- Leave a love lock on the pedestrian bridge near the Natchez Gazebo. Not to be confused with the huge car bridge that crosses the Mississippi.
These are just a FEW of the things Natchez has to offer. This town is known for their soul food, biscuits, jazz, history and so much more. My favorite part, we walked everywhere! Some of the antebellum homes are located a little further out of town, so you’ll have to do some driving. But for the most part you can just tour the town at your own pace. Learn more about Natchez here.
We knew we wanted to be in New Orleans for Halloween. I just figured with its party atmosphere and voo-doo vibes it would be a fun time to be there and we were not disappointed. It also happens to be the second busiest night on Bourbon, behind Mardi Gras. There were tons of parades and street parties and not just on Bourbon Street. We had the most fun on Frenchman Street which is just a short walk from Bourbon, so do both. Halloween fell in the middle of the week and we weren’t sure if folks would be out and about or not, so we went out the Saturday night before and on the actual day of Halloween. We had amazing time both evenings. Each night everyone was out in costumes, and they take their Halloween seriously down in NOLA. No Party City bag bought outfits…no Ma’am. They were creative, homemade and blew our minds.
It’s impossible to list all the great food we had, the dive bars we frequented, the neat shops, etc. But here are the highlights.
- October is festival season all across the US and there are TONS…I mean TONS in New Orleans. From food and jazz to hot air balloons…there’s something for everyone. We checked out the Po’ Boy festival and ate til we about busted. And once again, the folks of New Orleans use this festival as a time to dress up. There were men and women decked out in ol’ Victorian garb with a modern twist. We had a great time.
- I love anything and everything crawfish. Our first trip to New Orleans 5 or 6 years ago I had my first crawfish potpie and I was HOOKED. Many restaurants have them, but Remoulade on Bourbon is where I had them first and will always be my favorite. This trip we discovered the crawfish and crab beignets at Basin Seafood & Spirits on Magazine Street. These things are AH-MAZ-ING! Go during Happy Hour for half off prices.
- Speaking of Magazine Street. There is great shopping, eating, music, farmers market, art galleries….just a great area to stroll on a nice day. I found a fun Billy Joel tour t-shirt at a consignment shop and we had a scrumptious brunch at Ruby Slipper Cafe. We recommend The Trifecta…and it’s enough to split.
- Use the Trolley system!!! It’s cheap, easy to use, goes everywhere and is part of the fun and charm of NOLA.
- Harrah’s casino ’nuff said!