A Sunday Afternoon in New Orleans: The Historic Garden District

Updated: Aug 22, 2018

Hey there, Gadabout Kelly here!

We truly had such a fabulous time this past weekend in New Orleans! SO many fun places to eat and drink...and people to see and places to go. Seriously...there is NO shortage of fun and fabulous things to see and do in that great city!

On Sunday, my Gadabout Guy Jason and I decided to explore the Garden District. We've been there before, briefly...but we've never done a Sunday brunch and then taken the trolley along St. Charles to look at the beautiful historic homes and mansions. So, we did just that....and I want to share the pics and videos with you here below.

We started with the Sunday Jazz Brunch at the historic Columns Hotel in the Garden District.

What a beautiful spot! This historic New Orleans icon, located on one of the city’s most famous streets, is a true testament to the Old-South. The Columns Hotel, which overlooks St. Charles Avenue, was built in 1883 and features original architecture and interior design. Visitors to The Columns can enjoy an affordable over-night stay in one of the hotels 20 beautiful rooms, or just visit the hotel for food and drinks.

The Columns Hotel offers guests a southern breakfast every morning, Sunday jazz brunch, and daily happy hour from 5-7pm. This grand mansion has outdoor accommodations along the house's garden, as well as on the large and beautiful front porch..and indoor lounge and bar seating as well. The Columns Hotel is a landmark in the city that transports guests back to the history and romance of 20th century New Orleans.

This icon has definitely enjoyed its time in the spotlight, from being featured as a set for the well-known film "Pretty Baby" (starring a young Brooke Shields in 1978) and more recently on HBO's "Treme."

Brooke Shields, Susan Sarandon and Keith Carradine in a scene from 'Pretty Baby' in 1978, in what is now the downstairs bar area of the hotel.

Scenes from the film 'Pretty Baby' shot at The Columns Hotel in 1978

Jason and I enjoyed ALL of our delicious brunch selections: Bloody Marys, Gumbo, Shrimp and Grits, and of course...Bread Pudding for dessert!

Click below for a brief video tour of the downstairs bar and parlor rooms and the outside front porch area of the Columns Hotel (with a little history from the sweet bartender):

A wonderful bonus to our Sunday Jazz Brunch: Jazz guitarist Chip Wilson entertained us while we dined. In between songs, we had a warm and wonderful conversation with this multi-talented musician. Chip has been playing at The Columns for many years and shared quite a bit of its history with us. We truly enjoyed our time with Chip...and his music!

More about Chip Wilson and his music here: Tin Pan Highway: Chip Wilson

After we finished brunch, we headed out onto St. Charles to catch a trolley for our ride through the Garden District. What a fun (and easy!) way to travel through this area of New Orleans. Beautiful and historic mansions line both sides of St. Charles. Such a lovely ride.

I hope you've enjoyed this brief glimpse of the Garden District in New Orleans. It's truly a beautiful and historic section of this fabulous city...I definitely recommend a visit if you have the chance. I wish we would've had more time to explore it all...hopefully, next time!

TRAVELER TIP: You can purchase an all-day pass for the trolley on the RTA GoMobile app for $3. Then, you can ride all day on buses and trolleys throughout the city, as many stops as you like! For more info and to download the app, click here: http://www.norta.com/Getting-Around/NEW-GoMobile

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