By Nancy Buczkiewicz
Looking for a getaway that’s easy on your wallet but big on the scene? Head south to the lively, history-laden streets of New Orleans. There’s nothing quite like perusing the antique shops on Royal Street or enjoying French cuisine to feed your soul.
The Wyndham Bourbon Orleans is a cheap and great hotel conveniently located one block off of Canal and Bourbon streets, in the heart of the action. As the concierge said, “New Orleans doesn’t have a poor worth ethic, it has a great social life.”
The pace of New Orleans is about not planning, so you need to balance between an agenda and going with the flow. Your must-stops include Café DuMonde for beignets (easy $5 breakfast — don’t let the long line fool you, it moves fast) and one of many affordable restaurants for Cajun or Creole food (there IS a difference!). Plenty of neighborhood bars in the French Quarter serve up free live music, and in some cases like Vaughns, free barbecue on Thursday nights cooked by local music genius Kermit Ruffins.
After you feast at The Joint on cheap, southern barbecue ($15 for two), hike back to the French Quarter to Fritzels on Bourbon Street for some local jazz and cheap drinks. Not to be missed are one of the many varieties of tours: historical, ghost, cuisine — these are a guaranteed way to see sides of NOLA you may have otherwise missed. New Orleans is a very affordable destination that offers up plenty to see on a small budget.