A Summer Staycation

Summertime in New Orleans is humid and hot AF. So naturally, we try to spend as much time as possible indoors with the AC cranked. There’s only so much you can do around your house, which is why this is the perfect time to take a NOLA staycation. Not only will you be able to spend time out of the heat (and your hair will thank you for it), but you can also treat yourself to a big comfy hotel bed, great drinks and tasty food at fantastic prices.

Hilton Riverside New Orleans

Being a local in NOLA has its perks during the summer because with it being a slow season for tourism, hotels and restaurants create plenty of specials to encourage us to navigate the city as tourists.

A few weekends ago we packed our bags and drove a few blocks to the Hilton Riverside, a huge hotel overlooking the Mississippi, just blocks away from the French Quarter and connected to a shopping mall #yas!

Hilton Riverside New Orleans

The hotel also features one of the most renowned seafood restaurants in town, Drago’s, a cafĂ© and a craft cocktail bar, a gym and 2 outdoor pools. Needless to say, we barely stepped outside the Hilton Riverside that weekend and it was splendid.

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Surprise Cocktails At Public Belt

After checking in to our fabulous rooms and being greeted with wine and delicious cheese plates, we put on our cutest outfits and headed down to Public Belt, a cocktail bar with a speakeasy feel.

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When you first walk in, you’ll be fascinated by the decor and the live piano tunes. You’ll then be intrigued by their Dealer’s Choice cocktail menu. You get to choose a spirit, flavor profile, and glassware, and voilĂĄ you’ll get your own personalized cocktail!

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Be warned, these cocktails can be quite strong.

Give Us All Of The Room Service

A couple of the Dealer’s Choice cocktails = necessary room service.

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No regrets!

And guess what?! Woke up the next day to more room service. #BestWeekendEver

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An Evening With The Inventor Of Chargrilled Oysters

On Day 2 of our Staycation we had the honor and privilege of not only eating at the iconic Drago’s Seafood Restaurant, but we dined along Tommy Cvitanovich. He’s the awesome man responsible for the invention of chargrilled oysters! And, he also comes up with all of the fabulous dishes and specials at Drago’s 4 locations.

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Drago's Seafood New Orleans
Blackened Alligator Tacos – OMG!
Drago's Seafood New Orleans
Fried Alligator, por favor!
Drago's Seafood New Orleans
Fleur De Lis Shrimp – definitely one of our favorites.

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What can we say? It was an unforgettable evening full of food and fantastic stories about the oyster world!

Navigating New Orleans

That weekend, we also attended White Linen Night. It was just a few blocks away from the hotel, but in this heat, we obviously opted for a short Uber ride!

White Linen Night NOLA

We explored tons of chic galleries and sipped on vino with our friends. Truthfully, we couldn’t wait to get back to the hotel and nap some more on their cloud-like beds. But, we pushed through and made a night out so we could continue to #NavigateNOLA.

Our favorite part of this Staycation was learning about and experiencing the Hilton Riverside’s Navigate New Orleans package: not only do you get their best available rate, but you also get

  • $30 On Property Credit for EACH Night (you can use it for Self-Parking, Breakfast, Oysters at Drago’s, Cocktails, Massages and more!)
  • A Coupon Book with Exclusive Hilton Discounts at the City’s Top Attractions Including over $200 in Savings!

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What are you waiting for, y’all! Stay out of the heat and step into the Hilton Riverside for a fabulous Staycation!

Travel Blog New OrleansOur staycation was compliments of the Hilton Riverside. All opinions are our own.

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