New Orleans for Romantics

They say three times is the charm, that by their third trip New Orleans visitors are so smitten, they return home, pack up and move here. Others fall head over heels at first sight. Really … what’s not to love about a city so steeped in romance?

With its mule-drawn carriages, moss-draped oaks, lacy ironwork balconies and flickering gas lamps, New Orleans rivals Virginia as a destination for lovers. And not just newlyweds, though the city consistently ranks among the nation’s top wedding destinations; it also seduces foodies, music fans, history buffs, architecture enthusiasts and culture vultures.

Here, we’ve highlighted 10 romantic retreats in and around town to help set the mood. 

Jackson Square

Set in the heart of the French Quarter overlooking the Mississippi River, Jackson Square is one of New Orleans' most iconic landmarks.

City Park

Abundant live oaks provide a lush canopy for this 1,300-acre outdoor oasis, larger even than New York’s Central Park.

New Orleans Museum of Art

The New Orleans Museum of Art is a nexus for the arts in New Orleans, an iconic presence synonymous with the city, and recognized nationally as the foremost cultural institution in the Gulf South.

Court of Two Sisters

No French Quarter visit would be complete without a meal at this romantic restaurant, which features a daily jazz brunch and a nightly a la carte menu. Creole and Cajun cuisine, combined with southern hospitality and a magical patio setting, makes for a memorable dining experience. Br, D (daily).

Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights

The vast majority of copper and brass gas lanterns adorning French Quarter shops, restaurants and homes are made at Bevolo. Choose from a selection of available styles, or have fixtures custom-built on-site.

Trashy Diva

Featured in such publications as Elle and Lucky, Candice Gwinn’s NOLA-based clothing company features original and vintage-inspired designs with a modern sensibility. The stylish shop offers women’s clothing, shoes, lingerie, jewelry and accessories, along with numerous locations.

The Spa at the Ritz-Carlton

This luxurious, award-winning spa features 22 treatment rooms, two couples suites, a separate esthetician wing, sauna and steam rooms and a health-conscious café. Named the best hotel spa in the nation by Travel + Leisure.

The Davenport Lounge

An elegant escape inside the Ritz-Carlton offering classic New Orleans cocktails and sexy small plates, along with entertainment by celebrity trumpeter/crooner Jeremy Davenport.

Houmas House Historic Estate and Gardens

Houmas House is famous for its imposing Greek Revival architecture and lush grounds, and for having “starred” in many films (most memorably Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte). Tours are offered daily, 9 am-7 pm. $24; $15 grounds only. Overnight accommodations available.