What could be more romantic than whisking your sweetheart away to a weekend in New Orleans for Valentine’s Day, one of the most magical cities in the country?

New Orleans is built for love and romance, with its oak tree lined avenues and historic French Quarter streets, and Hotel Monteleone is the perfect place to start your romantic retreat.

After grabbing a classic New Orleans cocktail at The Carousel Bar & Lounge, we suggest exploring one of our favorite romantic things to do as a couple for Valentine’s Day in New Orleans.

Beautiful Royal Street, full of shops and galleries. Note the horse-drawn carriage in the background! (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Beautiful Royal Street, full of shops and galleries. Note the mule-drawn carriage in the background! (Photo by Paul Broussard)

1. Explore the French Quarter together.

While many of the best attractions in New Orleans are easily accessible by foot, bike, car or streetcar, there’s no better way to spend Valentine’s Day together in New Orleans than by exploring the French Quarter in an old-fashioned mule-drawn carriage. Pick-up locations for the carriages are close by — just a quick stroll from our hotel to Jackson Square! Your knowledgeable driver will serve as a wonderful storyteller of the rich history of our city during your ride through the French Quarter (just as New Orleans residents used to do for hundreds of years).

Hotel Monteleone is also lucky enough to be located on one of the best streets in the French Quarter for window-shopping: Royal Street. Known for its vibrant art galleries, antique stores and unique custom jewelry shops, Royal Street makes for a wonderful stroll through the French Quarter while shopping for a special present for your significant other. You might even visit Bourbon French Parfums (805 Royal Street), where you can each have a romance-inducing scent custom-blended.

Parisian pastries galore at Salon By Sucre in the French Quarter. (Photo via Yelp on Flickr)

Parisian pastries galore at Salon By Sucre in the French Quarter. (Photo via Yelp on Flickr)

2. Indulge your taste-buds and learn new culinary skills.

Maybe you can’t make it Paris for Valentine’s Day this year, but New Orleans’ French cultural influence will get you close. With our roots rich in French history, we offer some of the best in local French bakeries or patisseries. Enjoy the many delicious treats available at these charming shops, including Salon by Sucre (conveniently right near the intersection of Conti and Royal!), where you can partake in an afternoon tea together.

Want a way to bring the romance of New Orleans back home with you? Enroll in a cooking class and learn how to make an authentic Louisiana meal, which you’ll be able to prepare once you return home. The New Orleans School of Cooking is located just a few blocks from our hotel and offers a variety of cooking classes, including daily demonstration classes. You’ll learn about the history of New Orleans cuisine while you watch a cooking demonstration. Then, sit back and dine on the fruits of your instructor’s labor! Yum!

3. Relax with a couple’s massage at Spa Aria.

Our very own on-site spa offers some of the most luxurious and romantic couple’s spa packages in the French Quarter.

Pamper yourselves with the Honeymoon Retreat package, which features a 75 minute couple’s massage followed by side by side pedicures, plus with champagne and chocolate strawberries. Or experience Ultimate Togetherness, which offers a 60 minute couple’s massage, 60 minute couple’s facials, and dual ultimate pedicures, plus delicious champagne and chocolate strawberries.

Love is in the air at the NOMA Sculpture Garden in City Park. (Photo via Angela N. on Flickr)

Love is in the air at the NOMA Sculpture Garden in City Park. (Photo via Angela N. on Flickr)

4. Explore nature and culture in City Park.

There’s nothing quite like spending the day in the park, and there are fewer things more romantic than visiting an art museum as a couple. In City Park, you can do both.

Take the Canal Streetcar a few blocks from our hotel to City Park, where you’ll be dropped off in front of the New Orleans Museum of Art. This museum, known to locals as NOMA, is the oldest fine arts museum in the city, dating back to 1911. After you’ve explored the museum, take a stroll through the Sculpture Garden or the Botanical Garden.

Grab a café au lait and beignets from Morning Call before playing a round of mini-golf at City Putt. For an added dose of romance, take a ride on the historic “flying horses” in the Carousel Gardens. The namesake Carousel is more than 100 years old and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Enjoy the char-grilled oyster appetizer at Criollo Restaurant. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Enjoy the char-grilled oyster appetizer at Criollo Restaurant. (Photo by Paul Broussard)

5. Dine at Criollo Restaurant.

The elegant and handsome decor of our New Orleans restaurant, Criollo, serves as the perfect location for a wonderful tasting menu. Sip on a glass of Prosecco or Pinot Noir from our extensive wine list and enjoy the luxurious service of our staff, who will cater to your every wish and desire.

Set the mood with nature’s aphrodisiac: Char Grilled Oysters, topped with garlic and herb butter and a Parmesan crust. Finish things off with some of the best desserts in town. Follow it up with a drink at The Carousel Bar & Lounge while enjoying live New Orleans music nightly!

Book Your Romantic Valentine’s Day Getaway in New Orleans!

Hotel Monteleone is the perfect place to celebrate Valentine’s Day in New Orleans. You’ll love discovering all there is to do in New Orleans! From window shopping on Royal Street to a carriage ride with your loved one, one of our luxury New Orleans hotel suites is the perfect place to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Stay with us for the evening or book an extended weekend getaway for an extra special celebration!

Celebrate Valentine's Day with a romantic getaway at Hotel Monteleone. You'll fall in love with these 5 romantic things to do as a couple in New Orleans.