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What you should know about Garden District

New Orleans’ elegant Garden District is home to some of the most impressive and best-preserved historic mansions in the Southern United States. This National Historic Landmark dates from the mid-19th century, when wealthy Americans built opulent homes with spacious gardens on former plantation land, under the guidance of celebrated New Orleans architect Barthelemy Lafon. Today the district is a magnet for lovers of heritage and history, as well as those seeking a relaxing break from the buzz of downtown.

Hotels in the Garden District


Thanks to its National Landmark status, there’s no shortage of historic hotels in the Garden District. Many of its most beautiful buildings have been converted into boutique hotels offering the last word in luxury. The Green House Inn on atmospheric Magazine Street has guestrooms named after different species of flower, as well as an outdoor saltwater pool shaded by tropical foliage. The Fleur De Lis Mansion combines traditional architecture with quirky individual décor that adds a modern twist to a historic jewel. For the budget-conscious traveler, there are also numerous hostels in the Garden District—try the Auberge Nouvelle Orleans, which offers more bang for your buck.

Things to see in the Garden District


The Garden District is celebrated for its architecture, so get a feel for this unique neighborhood by taking a walking tour—there are numerous guided routes to choose from, or you can simply set out on your own and go where the wind takes you. The George Washington Cable House is a National Historic Landmark in its own right. Cable, the American writer and chronicler of Creole life, is reputed to have welcomed his good friend Mark Twain as a guest there. Another local landmark of historical significance is the Anshe Sfard synagogue, one of the earliest public buildings in New Orleans to be decorated with electric lightbulbs. Shop for unusual gifts and souvenirs in The Rink, a shopping mall converted from a 19th-century skating rink. Complete your special day at one of the city’s most famous restaurants, Commander’s Palace, and indulge in award-winning cuisine with a side order of celeb spotting!

Good for couples


The Garden District is the ideal spot for a romantic getaway, with a laid-back vibe that offers a peaceful alternative to the pace of life downtown. After a day’s sightseeing, you’ll be pleased to retreat to the tranquility of your Garden District boutique hotel, or linger over the menu in one of the intimate little restaurants tucked away in its pretty tree-lined streets. This charming district is also popular with family groups who prefer traditional home comforts—check out B&Bs in the Garden District to find the best value for money in this prestigious neighborhood.

How to get to the Garden District


New Orleans is served by the Louis Armstrong International Airport as well as Amtrak rail services overland. Getting to the Garden District is easy by cab or shuttle bus, or why not start your vacation in style with a private limo direct to your destination? Once you’ve safely checked into your Garden District hotel, you can take advantage of the excellent public transportation system to visit the neighborhood’s major landmarks. Walking is the best way to appreciate the architectural delights of the area, so ask at the hotel reception for a map and enjoy planning your own route.

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