Charming porch vignettes, cast iron scrollwork, colorful painted doors and magnificent homes line the neighborhood streets in the New Orleans Garden District.
Luckily we missed the rain, the humidity and bugs to enjoy nearly perfect weather on our first trip to New Orleans. The city is so amazing and we found that the most difficult part of visiting is finding the time to see it all! (Sorry it is impossible) We just loved it though, so stay tuned for many more details in the days/weeks to come.
Although through the majority of the trip the temperature was pleasant, on the first day we arrived, the sun was scorching with intense burn-your-shoulders kind of heat. We toughed it out while touring the city but we were so pleased at the relief we received at sunset. Fortunately, for the rest of our wonderful four-day trip, the weather fully cooperated!
A little history ~
“Originally laid out in 1832 by Barthelemy Lafron, the Garden District was created after the Louisiana Purchase as a settlement for the new American residents of New Orleans not eager to mingle with those of European descent, primarily concentrated in the French Quarter. Americans made wealthy by cotton, sugar, insurance and shipping commissioned leading architects of the time to create classic homes in Italianate, Greek Revival and Victorian styles. The homes were built on generous plots allowing for the cultivation of magnificent gardens for which the area is named. The result is a breathtaking neighborhood filled with picturesque homes and enchanting surroundings.”
Our walk through the New Orleans Garden District ~
New Orleans Garden District Tips ~
- Take the famous street car to the Garden District, wear comfy shoes, walk and enjoy. Visiting in October is especially nice because Halloween is celebrated in a big way here! Many of the homes were so festive and dressed in autumn decor and with really clever (and spooky) Halloween decorations too.
- Lafayette Cemetery #1 is directly in the center of the neighborhood, as well as the famous Commander’s Palace restaurant. There is a dress code for the restaurant and reservations are suggested. You can purchase a walking tour of the cemetery for $5. This is a photographers dream!
- The spring would be a great time to visit as well when all of the gardens are blooming.
- Don’t miss a visit to the Garden District Book Shop – This charming neighborhood store is filled with signed copies, local cookbooks and a plethora of interesting titles.
Wandering the quiet streets of the Garden District was a highlight for me. I was enamored by the ornate design, lush feminine gardens, and uniqueness of every single design detail.
When I asked my Facebook friends where to go in New Orleans, I received so many excellent suggestions. Everyone is quite passionate about this city and now I understand why! We did a good job with the time that we had by enjoying great music, delicious food, fantastic cocktails, gorgeous architecture and of course a trip to Cafe du Monde. Look for more photos and some great foodie details of our trip later this week.