Details: How to schedule a weekend getaway to New Orleans

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Want to take a spur-of-the-moment trip to New Orleans? Here's what you need to know for the weekend of Dec. 11-13.


AirTran flies from Baltimore-Washington International Marshall nonstop to New Orleans for about $287 round trip. Southwest flies from BWI nonstop starting at about $330 (or $260 including one stop). Delta's flights from BWI are significantly cheaper, starting at $150, but they include a layover.


International House Hotel, 221 Camp St., 504-553-9550, 800-633-5770, Chic but warm perch in the Warehouse District near the French Quarter. Rooms start at $109.

Hotel Villa Convento, 616 Ursulines Ave., 504-522-1793, Not fancy, but clean, well-situated and with a friendly staff. Bonus: Across the street are the best croissants in town at Croissant d'Or (if you get there early when they're fresh). Rooms start at $79 but sell out quickly.

Soniat House, 1133 Chartres St., 504-522-0570, 800-544-8808, Charming, gorgeous and genteel French Quarter hotel with an old-world appeal. The biscuits and homemade jam at breakfast are outstanding. Rooms start at $195.


Stanley, 547 Saint Ann St., 504-587-0093, Right on Jackson Square, this all-day breakfast and lunch spot by Scott Boswell of Stella! is a modern diner with fantastic egg dishes. Entrees $8.50-$19.

Cochon Butcher, 930 Tchoupitoulas, 504-588-PORK, Phenomenal sandwiches feature house-cured meats and house-made pickles from Cochon's Donald Link. Full bar. Sandwiches $7-$12.

Luke, 333 Saint Charles Ave., 504-378-2840, One of John Besh's many restaurants, this easygoing bistro makes a fine breakfast perch, especially with a selection of newspapers, jazz soundtrack, flaky biscuits and the world's best bacon, by Allan Benton. Breakfast entrees, $9-$22.

d.b.a., 618 Frenchman St., 504-942-3731, Fantastic live music and a wide array of spirits, including many single-batch bourbons and whiskeys.

Cure, 4905 Freret St., 504-302-2357, Inventive, balanced cocktails in a sleek atmosphere. $9-$11.

Sazerac Bar, The Roosevelt New Orleans, 123 Baronne St., 504-648-1200, Carefully made classic drinks, such as the namesake cocktail, the official drink of New Orleans. $10-$15.

Arnaud's French 75 Bar, 813 Bienville St., 504-523-5433, Old-fashioned style and killer drinks, including a French 75 that replaces the gin with cognac. $8-$16.


-- J.Y.

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