New Orleans is a popular vacation spot for people across the country. But as visitors make their way to your city, you may want to head out a little bit away to enjoy some great weather, see new places, and just take a New Orleans weekend break. With so many great vacation spots just a few hours away from New Orleans, it would be a shame to spend hundreds of dollars to fly to other destinations before enjoying an easily accessible New Orleans weekend break. Here are the top New Orleans weekend break options that you ought to give a shot to.
For the Best Burger in Louisiana
Head to the heart of the Cajun Country in Lafayette, LA for the very best burgers in all of Louisiana at Bread & Circus Provisions. The Juicy Lucy is just about perfect – full of cheese, caramelized onion mayo, hand-ground beef, and so much Southern goodness. If you are after some true-blue Cajun cooking, also stop by The French Press which serves a Cajun Benedict that will change your world-view, Prejean’s, and Johnson’s Boucaniere, Billy’s Boudin & Cracklins, and The Best Stop. This New Orleans weekend break is destined to be a gastronomic delight like no other!
Road trip: 2.5-hour drive to cover 135 miles (West) from New Orleans
For History and Craft Beer
Mandeville is a small historic town by the waterfront. Picture an idyllic town with meandering bike paths, green parks, and cozy B&Bs and cottages that you can rent for the night. Stop by reputed eateries such as Opal Basil on the Trace, Gio’s Villa Vancheri, and Jubilee Restaurant and Courtyard for Northshore meals you will not forget anytime soon. Mandeville is THE town to be at when it comes to craft beer – take in The Barley Oak opposite the lake, Chafunkta Brewing, and the Old Rail Brewing Company pub that brews their beer in-house.
Road trip: 45-minute drive to cover 35 miles (North) from New Orleans
For Some Island-Living
Located on the Emerald Coast, Pensacola Island is where you need to head to if you feel the need for some sun, sand, and surf! The island offers some sensational beaches, a look at naval history at the Naval Aviation Museum and the Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum, and local beer brewed at the Pensacola Bay Brewery. Explore the Downtown area at Pensacola City, FL for your shopping pursuits. But wherever you go, come back to the beach for some live music at the Paradise Inn Bar & Grill at night.
Road trip: 3-hour drive to cover 201 miles (East) from New Orleans
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