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Intimate Getaways in the French Quarter

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The perfect gumbo for creating a romantic getaway begins with pulsating jazz! Add in some luxurious accommodations, a feast of Creole food and a penchant for adventure; that's all here at the French Quarter in New Orleans! It is the perfect destination for an unforgettable day trip or a week of solid, sensual fun. Vieux Carre, (as the locals call it) sprawls over 78 blocks, each one offering dreamy nooks and pleasant surprises! You'll fall under the spell of the French Quarter as you explore, dine, walk and ride down her historical streets.
Start with an amble down the cobblestoned streets to Toulouse Street--and it's on to the Hotel St. Marie. Book a balcony room and stay above the fray as night descends upon the French Quarter. If you would like more privacy, choose a room that overlooks the lush, tropical inner courtyard and pool. Elegant guest rooms and helpful staff will make your "honeymoon" that much more enjoyable. Located on the bottom floor of the hotel is Vacherie Restaurant and Bar. Start your day with a sample of local Louisiana cuisine like Vacherie's Breakfast Bread Pudding or a Crawfish Frittata. Immerse yourself in the Vieux Carre ambiance with crisp table linens, fine china and soft Quarter music playing delightfully in the background.
Hurry on board the Steamboat Natchez for their afternoon departure; it is located at the Toulouse Street Wharf! Ride the Mighty Mississippi River for two hours on a real, working steamboat. Lovebirds will find it easy to grab a spot on one of the ship's three decks. Listen to the Captain as he provides details about each bend of the river or enjoy the live jazz band playing their riffs at the back of the steamboat. Inside the glass dining area, you can view the scenery while sipping on a cocktail or dining on a traditional Creole meal.
No intimate getaway is complete without a carriage ride and in the French Quarter, they've got the carriage ride down to a science. Walk up Toulouse to Decatur Street and you will easily find a row of decorated, horse-drawn carriages. Costumed drivers vie for your custom. Pick your carriage, pay the inexpensive fares and take a tour around the Quarter. One certain stop on any carriage ride will be Jackson Square. Walk the square's paths and you'll see interesting hedges and might be inspired to steal a kiss under Jackson's statue.
At the end of the day, make your way to Fritzel's European Jazz Pub, a small but bustling venue with big excitement, Fritzel's is the perfect place to watch jazz artists up close and personal!
The French Quarter's mystical atmosphere makes it an irresistible choice for couples seeking to make a little magic of their own!

Photos by David Richmond and NewOrleansOnline.com

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