Hotel St Marie New Orleans


On our second trip to New Orleans this year I wanted to stay closer to Bourbon Street. We walked our legs off the last time we visited New Orleans. I found the Hotel St Marie and it’s one Block off Bourbon Street. Perfect. It was very easy to find and there is a parking garage. So when you go to check in you don’t have to worry about trying to find parking on the street. We paid for parking through the hotel. Once we handed off the keys we never needed them again. It was great to be able to slip back to the room to rest.



We stayed in room 223. It was huge and had a courtyard balcony. This was the best location we have found so far.


The hotel wraps completely around the courtyard. Our balcony is one of the small ones on the right in the picture. A larger balcony would have been the only thing that would have made our stay even better.


Vacherie is the restaurant in the Hotel. It’s so good that the locals eat there.

We were very pleased with the Hotel St Marie. The hotel staff is very friendly and helpful. The location can’t be beat. We will be staying here again.


Oak Alley Plantation Louisiana

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We stopped at Oak Alley Plantation on our way home from New Orleans. There are quite a few plantations about an hour outside New Orleans that you can visit and tour. We always seem to be tired and ready to get home so haven’t had to time to go inside any of them yet. I love the buildings and grounds, but plan on making more trips back to spend more time exploring the past. Oak Alley is where Interview with a Vampire was filmed and we missed it on our trip in the spring so I had to see it this time. There is a quarter of a mile alley of Virginia Live Oaks that lead to the house. I can just imagine a horse and buggy driving between the oaks and pulling up to the front entrance.

Oak Alley Plantation Sugar Kettle

Oak Alley was built in the 1830’s. It is still a working Sugarcane Plantation today.

Oak Alley Plantation Communication BellThe Plantation Bell was the communication system for the plantation. Each ring had a different meaning. The Oak Alley Bell was cast in 1848 and is still used to signal the guided tours beginning.

Oak Alley Plantation Fire ExtinguisherAbove is a fire extinguisher that was used on plantations. I’m not sure exactly how effective it might have been.

Oak Alley Plantation Restaurant Pecan PieAfter looking at all the sites stop by the Oak Alley Plantation Restaurant and have some lunch. Our Pecan Pie had more pecans that pie in it. The menu tells what page each item can be found on in the Plantation’s Cookbook. Everything we ate was so good that we came home with that cookbook. Now I have to see if I can do it justice.

Oak Alley Plantation Restaurant Mint JulepFinish your visit off with a Mint Julep.

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Take a Trip to New Orleans with Me!

My husband and I made our first trip to New Orleans in March 2013. The city has been on my bucket list for about 15 years but between hurricanes and life it just never seemed to work out. We made it a weekend getaway and drove in on Friday. It is about a 6 hour drive from our home in Texas. We checked into the St James Hotel on the corner of Magazine and Natchez. St James Hotel New Orleans

The hotel is full of character. We stayed on the 4th floor in room 401. As you are walking down the hallway you can feel that the floor is uneven from the age of the building. The beds are pillow top and heaven to sleep on . I’ve added some pictures of the room and private balcony.

St James Hotel New Orleans (2)St James Hotel New Orleans (4)St James Hotel New Orleans (5) - CopyThe St James Hotel is a great place to stay with great rates. It is centrally located to everything that you want to do. We paid for valet parking and never needed our vehicle again the rest of the weekend.

We fell in love with the city immediately. There is so much to see and do. We spent Friday night roaming around the French Quarter and enjoying the 2 for 1 and 3 for 1 beers on Bourbon Street.

55Take your tennis shoes. To heck with being fashionable. I started off in my most comfortable pair of boots with a heel on them. They didn’t last long.

Saturday morning we hit the road running. I had a laundry list of thing that I wanted to do and see. We got on the St Charles Streetcar and headed to the Garden District. You can get an all day pass on the streetcars for $3 per person. It is an automated ticket taker on the streetcar so you have to the exact amount of money. It’s not capable of giving change. The streetcar stops every couple of blocks so travel is slow going. I was ok with that. It gave my feet a rest and the opportunity to take some pictures.

13This is one of those pictures I took form the streetcar of Lafayette Square. The azaleas were in bloom and they are panted all over the Garden District.

We toured the Lafayette Cemetery No 1. located in the Garden District. When I say toured I mean that we roamed around on our own and explored. It was very interesting.

The Garden District has nineteenth century home and a slower pace. We ended up walking back to the hotel. It didn’t seem that far when we started out. It’s father than you think. Time for a nap.

We hit Harrah’s Casino and made a little walking around money. Don’t stay too long or they will take it all back.

Everyone told me that I had to eat Bennetts while in New Orleans.

43Bennetts are fried dough shaped in a square and rolled in powdered sugar. They are served in portions of 3 in a brown paper bag. So simple and yet so yummy!

Time for a carriage ride. Another MUST when in New Orleans. The carriages are pulled by mules because they are more sure footed and smarter that horses, or at least that’s what the carriage driver said. You get a history lesson and a beautiful view of the French Quarter. Did you know that Joan of Arc is the Patron Saint of New Orleans? I didn’t.


There is even a golden statue of her.

We ran across a parade. I think they are pretty common in New Orleans. Any excuse for a party.

58This one was the Italian American Parade.

We ended up Back on Bourbon Street.

54Make sure you go to Pat O’Briens and have a Hurricane, their signature drink.


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This guy is playing on the bar.

At the end of the night we stumbled back to our hotel room for some much needed rest.

Sunday morning rolled around and it was time to pack up and head home. New Orleans is a destination that we will be coming back to again. Next time we plan on staying Sun- Wed. Weeknights have better hotel rates by almost half. We didn’t get to eat at any of the restaurants that I wanted to because the wait was way too long. (an hour and a half at most places) I’m hoping that it won’t be as crowded during the week. Friday to Sunday in not long enough to do all the things that we wanted to do. About the time you get the lay of the city down it’s time to go home. Also I will be power walking for the month before we come back. I couldn’t feel my legs by the time Sunday rolled around.

About an hour outside of New Orleans you can visit plantations. We stopped at a couple of them. You can take tours, but we just couldn’t walk another step. That will have to wait for our next visit.

There are posts on my blog that have the photos of the places referred to in this post. Go take a look. I hope you have enjoyed reading about our trip to New Orleans. Please leave comments for anything I should add to my bucket list for the next trip.

Louisiana Plantations

There are some beautiful Plantations about an hour outside for New Orleans off of I10. We only got to see two and were so exhausted from our weekend in New Orleans that we didn’t take any of the tours. Here are some of the pictures that we took. I hope you enjoy.

The first is the Bocage Plantation which is a Bed and Breakfast.

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The second Plantation was Houmas House Plantation. It was spectacular. Exactly like you see in the movies. It was like stepping back in time.

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Below is a photo guide for finding the plantations. Oak Alley is the Plantation that was used in the Movie “Interview with a Vampire”. I didn’t figure that our until we got home or I would have made time to see it.


If you have seen any of these Plantation let me know which was your favorite. If you haven’t seen these have you visited any other Plantations?

View of New Orleans

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These are random pictures that we took on our trip to New Orleans. You never know what you will see while you are there. The whole city seems to be covered in plaques. They are everywhere giving you the history of the location. This one was my favorite. This truck was sitting on the side […]