Sometimes, a Friday to Sunday weekend getaway just isn’t enough. I totally agree, especially here in New Orleans. That’s why I created this special, long weekend itinerary for trips to the city from Thursday to Sunday that highlights some of the best activities for LGBT travelers. Whether you decide to follow this itinerary as is, or tailor it to your needs, there’s something here for everyone to enjoy.
Grab lunch at Café Amelie which is home to one of the best courtyards in the city.
Hop on the St. Charles Streetcar and make your way Uptown to see the magnificent, historic mansions and architecture along the way. Tickets for the streetcar will only cost $1.25 each way and can be purchased onboard. You can also purchase a Jazzy Pass for $3, which will give you unlimited rides for the day.
Catch a Jazz Show at Preservation Hall – a very special venue preserving jazz music and culture. Show times are 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10 p.m.
Dinner at Compére Lapin – a beautiful restaurant serving Caribbean and European-inspired cuisine located inside the Old 77 Hotel. The menu is crafted by legendary chef Nina Compton, which means everything on the menu is worth trying!
See a drag and comedy show at Oz, the hottest gay club in the city. My favorite comedy act is Geneva Joy – a Philadelphia-turned-NOLA resident who will have you laughing for hours. After you’ve had your share of laughs, stick around for great drag artists such as Chi Chi Rodriguez who was voted New Orleans’ number one trans performer of the year.
Breakfast at Horn’s Eatery. This quaint Marigny spot is perfect for a hearty breakfast. If you love a breakfast where eggs are the star of the meal, this is definitely the place to go.
Take an LGBT history tour and learn about the importance and influence of the LGBT community in New Orleans. Here are a few tours to consider: Crescent City, G L-F de Villiers Historic Tours, and Royal Tours.
Relax by the pool at the Country Club, which is also a wonderful spot to grab lunch. There is a small fee to enter the pool ($10 or $15 depending on the day of the week), but it’s certainly worth it for a day in this Bywater oasis.
Have dinner at Lüke – a Creole-inspired restaurant with local and fresh ingredients each day. The fresh gulf puppy drum melts in your mouth and is a can’t-miss.
Sip cocktails at the Roosevelt Hotel – their Sazerac and Gin Fizz are a must-try. Not only is the Sazerac a delicious spirit made with rye, bitters, and absinthe, but it also has a lot of history behind it. This now world-renowned cocktail was first invented in New Orleans before the Civil War.
Wake up and explore the bayou on a world-famous swamp tour, just a quick 30-minute shuttle ride to the West Bank.
Paddleboard or kayak on Bayou St. John – the perfect activity for those who love the outdoors.
Dine at Cane and Table – I highly recommend their take on the piña colada which is less creamy than the traditional version, but much more refreshing.
Catch a show at the Allways Lounge – an eclectic venue with drag performers, burlesque shows, and much more entertainment.
Brunch at Elizabeth’s – a casual breakfast/brunch spot offering a truly spectacular menu. If you have a sweet tooth, try the Bananas Foster stuffed French Toast.
Stroll through Crescent Park and cross the “Rusty Rainbow” bridge right across the street from Elizabeth’s, where you can enjoy a great view of the city and the Mississippi River.