Though the coronavirus pandemic still lingers over everything in the city, more and more events are being added to the New Orleans social calendar. Many of these events are perfect for our Big Easy couples, and include more than just trunk shows.
Speaking of trunk shows, Town & Country Bridal on St. Charles Avenue is hosting a Georgia Young trunk show through Oct. 16. Town & Country noted on Instagram that space is limited, special incentives apply and you must call the store at 504-523-7027 to book an appointment.
Not a trunk show, but The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe on Severn Avenue in Metairie is still dealing with aftermath from Hurricane Ida but announced on its Instagram page that appointment bookings are resuming for December. Visit the boutique’s website, call 504-266-2771 or message on social media.
Sir Richard Branson was recently in town celebrating the opening of his new Virgin Hotel in New Orleans. Though the hotel officially opened in August 2021, it has dealt with the pandemic and a hurricane. As you could imagine, this hotel is as colorful as its owner. The hotel rooms range in size from 294 square feet to 1,097 square feet. If you’re looking for a couple’s staycation or spot to get ready the day of your wedding, you may have something here. “Richard’s Penthouse Flat,” features floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking downtown New Orleans and is just begging to be a honeymoon suite.
In other hotel news, the JW Marriott New Orleans was recently recognized by Conde Nast with a Reader’s Choice award for No. 3 hotel in New Orleans. The Reader’s Choice Awards is one of the longest-running award recognitions for the travel industry and over 800,000 Conde Nast Traveler readers sent in their nominations this year.
The JW Marriott New Orleans has 501 guest rooms and suites, including a few bi-level suites that offer a little extra to your hotel stay. Some hotel amenities include a 24-hour fitness center, rooftop pool and lobby lounge that includes craft cocktails, shareable plates and entrees.
The 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards are published on Condé Nast Traveler’s website at cntraveler.com/rca and celebrated in the November issue.
Travel and vacation experience experts getyourguide.com recently put together a list of the top Halloween activities and, not surprisingly, New Orleans made the list.
The New Orleans History and Haunts Carriage Ride Night Tour was picked as a Halloween highlight on the app and website. In this one-hour carriage ride through the French Quarter, participants will hear stories about pirates, ghosts, haunted restaurants, and visit haunted locations like Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop and the LaLaurie Mansion.