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10 Best Destinations For A Girls Trip

For the past few years, my girlfriends and I have tried to take a trip together every year. We were all so close in college, and then afterwards we all moved to different parts of the state and country (and eventually to another country altogether), so a trip together was the perfect way to stay close. Obviously this year we decided on Charleston for our destination, but I thought that it’d be fun to talk about some other great destinations for an amazing girls trip for this Wanderlust Wednesday with Kerri, Kate, and Emily!

The Wandering Weekenders- 10 Best Destinations For A Girls Weekend

  1. Charleston- When we were thinking about a place for this year’s girls trip, Charleston just seemed like the perfect place. Not only is it one of the oldest cities in the United States, but it’s also extremely beautiful and girly with the all of the amazing architecture (read perfect for Instagram!). You also can’t beat the amazing food scene either! Another appeal of Charleston is the fact that it’s a smaller city, so it was easy to navigate and get around, and also relatively inexpensive compared to the other top travel destinations in the US!
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  2. New Orleans- There’s a reason that we chose this for our first girls trip ever! Not only does New Orleans have a great night life (hello Bourbon Street!), but New Orleans is another city that’s rich in history as well. From tours of the Garden District and the French Quarter to spooky ghost tours at night, you can definitely get a feel for the city of New Orleans no matter where you are. And who can pass up some amazing Creole or Cajun food or some delicious beignets from Cafe du Monde? Plus, you can’t beat how relatively inexpensive the city (if you don’t go during one of the top festival weekends) considering how touristy the city is.
    The Wandering Weekenders- 10 Best Destinations For A Girls Weekend
  3. Las Vegas- Oh Las Vegas, you definitely know how to keep a secret, right? Sin City is known all over the world as being a place to let your inhibitions go and have a great time, and who better to do that with than your girlfriends! From the clubs and night life, to the pool parties during the day, to the amazing shopping, and the out of this world food, Las Vegas is the perfect place to go with your girls! Just be prepared for the very high price tag of this very fun city!
    The Wandering Weekenders- 10 Best Destinations For A Girls Weekend
  4. New York City- New York City might be one of the most iconic cities in the United States! From the numerous different neighborhoods that each have a vibe all on their own, to the amazing food and shopping, to all of the cultural experiences like Broadway and the art galleries and experiences, it’s easy to see how NYC would be the perfect destination to go with your best gals! Again, because New York City is known all over the world, it’s definitely going to be a destination with a higher price tag than some of the other cities.
    The Wandering Weekenders- 10 Best Destinations For A Girls Weekend
  5. Napa- I think that all I need to say is wine for a reason why Napa would be a great destination to visit with your besties! Besides some out of this world wine, Napa also has a great food scene with some of the world’s best chefs. Although there’s not too much more to do in Napa besides drink wine, sometimes that’s all you and your girlfriends really need! Just be prepared to pay for everything when you visit Napa, including all of your tastings!
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  6. Austin- Being a Texas girl, you know that I have to throw a great Texas location on this list! Austin is known for being the capital of Texas, but it’s also known for being “weird”, aka not like the rest of the Lone Star State! Austin is definitely anything but traditional Texas, but that also means that it has a lot of other fun things to offer. Austin has its famous 6th Street for some night life, an awesome music scene, a ton of festivals throughout the year, an awesome food scene, and a ton of outdoor activities ranging from hiking and canoeing to all the lake and river activities as well. And since Austin is in Texas, it’s relatively inexpensive as well.
    The Wandering Weekenders- 10 Best Destinations For A Girls Weekend
  7. Boston- If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, then you probably know that I’m a huge history buff, which is one of the reasons that we chose Boston as a destination for one of our girls trips. Besides being one of the integral cities during the American Revolution and having a ton of history, Boston is another city that’s has a great food scene, a great cultural scene with tons of museums, and also a great sports scene as well. Girls can love sports as well, so don’t be afraid to take in a Red Sox or a Patriots game while you’re there! Because of it’s location, Boston is another city that’s a little bit on the expensive side.
    The Wandering Weekenders- 10 Best Destinations For A Girls Weekend
  8. Nashville- Nashville is another fun Southern city, that’s very quickly becoming the bachelorette party capital for the country, and there’s obviously a reason why. Nashville is a lot cheaper to visit than Las Vegas, and it offers some of the same great benefits as Sin City! Broadway offers a great place to party, and with all of the amazing live music, that puts it a step above Vegas in my opinion. Nashville also offers an amazing southern food scene, and if you’re a fan of country music, then Nashville is definitely the place to be!
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  9. Los Angeles- Los Angeles might not be a very traditional place to visit with your girlfriends, but I think that it’d be a ton of fun! LA is the home of Hollywood, so the potential to run into some of the celebrities that you love is way higher than any where else in the country. And who better to fangirl with than some of your best friends! Because of all the celebrities that live in LA, you can also count on some fabulous shopping, some great food, and very high prices!
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  10. Disney World- Again, Disney World is a very untraditional destination for some, but where else can you relive your childhood with some of your girls! I’ve always thought that it would be a ton of fun to get your picture taken with some of your favorite Disney princesses with some of your favorite girlfriends! Disney World is definitely not just for kids or big kids, you can definitely have some adult fun in Epcot and attempt to drink your way around the world!
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And now I’m officially excited and can’t wait to start recapping our awesome trip to Charleston!

Do you have any other destinations that would be perfect for a girls trip?

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The 10 Best Destinations for a girls trip in the United States broken down by location, price, and things to do!

The 10 Best Destinations for a girls trip in the United States broken down by location, price, and things to do!

Weekend Wanderings- New Orleans {Part 4}

We had a pretty whirlwind of a long weekend when we were in New Orleans. We literally packed as many places to eat at and things to do in a three day period that we could (you can read about the first three parts of our trip here, here, and here). Because we packed so much into those three days, I feel like these recaps have been extra long, or maybe it was because I was that excited about all the food we ate while we were there. Either way, here’s the final recap of our amazing New Orleans trip!

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Saturday

Haunted History Tours

After stuffing our faces with the delicious food from Chef John Besh’s restaurant August, we definitely needed to work off some of our dinner. The perfect way to do that was definitely with the other walking tour that we had scheduled, and what better walking tour is there to do in the French Quarter at night than a spooky walking tour.

During my girls’ trip to New Orleans, we went on the traditional Ghost Tour with Haunted History Tours, and we loved it so much that I knew that I wanted to do another tour the next time I was in town. We decided to book the 5 in 1 Ghost Mystery Tour, just to make sure that we wouldn’t repeat some of the same stories I had already heard, plus this tour also told stories that had to do with witchcraft, voodoo, vampires, and ghosts, which is always fun too!

Once we were able to roll ourselves out of the restaurant we started walking back towards the French Quarter, and not 50 yards from the restaurant, I noticed somebody that looked very familiar walking towards me on the sidewalk. Once he had passed by, I literally freaked out and ran to my friend and was talking very excitedly and super fast because James (Kristen’s Doute’s much younger, British, and now ex-boyfriend from Vanderpump Rules) had just walked by! We might have ran back a little bit just to sneak a peak to make sure that it was him, and sure enough it was him! I was so happy that I finally had a celebrity siting in New Orleans, even if it was a Bravo-lebrity!

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Social media proof that he was there the same time we were!

After we had calmed down, we hurried and made it to the French Quarter just in time for the start of our tour. Overall we enjoyed our 5-in-1 Tour, but I don’t think that it was as good as the original Ghost Tour that I did a few years back. I thought that the stories were a lot more interesting on the Ghost Tour, and they were a little more believable than a story about Voodoo or witchcraft, if you believe in that sort of thing.

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I have to admit the highlight of our tour, didn’t actually have anything to do with the tour, but rather somebody we met when we made our bathroom and bar stop. While my friend and I were waiting for the bathroom, the guys were trying to get us a couple of beers, and they noticed an older man wearing a Texas A&M hat. It turns out that man’s name was Frank and he was a member of the band, class of 1957, and he had just moved in a few houses down from the bar and this bar had turned into his new hangout. I love hearing stories about how the Aggie network works, but I love seeing it happen in real life even more! It was so cool to see the three guys from completely different generations talk about their time in school and have multiple things in common.

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Frenchmen Street

During the tour, our friends had left to meet up with some family friends of theirs, so Chris and I decided to hang out on Bourbon for a little bit until we could catch up with them. We ended up going into another jazz bar called Fritzel’s on Bourbon and enjoyed a drink and some great jazz music! Overall, I think that our favorite part about Bourbon wasn’t all of the craziness, but actually the great jazz bars!

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After a few songs, we headed out to meet our friends for the rest of the night. Their family friends had told them about Frenchmen Street, which I had also read about in a few blog posts, that is supposed to be where the locals mostly go. Frenchmen Street is only a few of blocks away from Bourbon Street, so very easy to get to. A word to the wise though, my coworker had told me that some of the areas around Frenchmen Street are a little rough, so I would be very careful when walking there from Bourbon, and make sure you do lots of research before walking to Frenchmen Street.

Once we got to Frenchmen Street, we immediately saw a ton of clubs with music just pouring out of them. A few of the first clubs that we tried to get into had covers, so we ended up going into Blue Nile, which was very packed and looked like a lot of fun. We walked in and grabbed a spot near the back while the guys went and got us drinks. We had a lot of fun listening to the music, which was pretty much current songs with a jazz twist, but we were all pretty exhausted and weren’t digging the claustrophobia we were all getting from all the people so we left not too long after we got there.

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We were all ready for some food after that, so we grabbed a late night snack from pretty much the only place that was open that late, a little restaurant called 13. We were all craving what normal people who have been drinking normally crave, fried food, and 13 did not disappoint! We ordered what I think should be their house specialties- Tachos, pretty much a bunch of different things loaded onto tater tots! Definitely some great food after a night of having maybe too much fun!

After eating our fill of tachos, we headed back to the hotel since our friends had to wake up early to drive back to Houston.

Monday

Cafe Beignet

We took our time sleeping in Monday morning since we had a later flight to catch, then we headed out in search of breakfast. During my last trip to New Orleans with the girls, we decided to grab breakfast one morning at Cafe Beignet and actually fell in love with the beignets from Cafe Beignet over those at Cafe du Monde. I wanted to see if Cafe Beignet would stand up to the husbands taste buds so we headed over there.

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Cafe Beignet was super crowded, but after we ordered we had no problem getting a table. We tried the beignets but also the cajun hash browns and loved both! Chris ultimately didn’t have a favorite beignet place, but he described Cafe du Monde’s beignets as being more crispy, almost funnel cake like, while Cafe Beignet’s were softer.

As you can tell, we had such a blast with our friends on our trip to New Orleans! I would go back in a heartbeat, even if it was just to grab a quick dinner at one of the many wonderful restaurants the city has!

Linking up with Bonnie at A Compass Rose, Lauren at Lauren on Location, and Courtney from Alkeks Abroad for the Travel Tuesday linkup!

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Weekend Wanderings- New Orleans {Part 3}

Happy Thursday everyone, and welcome to my third recap of our trip to New Orleans! You can read about the first two parts of our whirlwind weekend here and here.

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings New Orleans Part 3

Sunday

Mr. B’s Bistro

Because we visited New Orleans over Labor Day weekend, we had a full day to explore on Sunday, and what better way to start off a Sunday in the city, than with brunch! Another restaurant recommendation my coworker made to me was Mr. B’s Bistro, and when we read online that there was a jazz brunch on Sunday we were sold!

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We called ahead and got reservations for first thing Sunday morning, but if you got there as soon as it opened for brunch (10:30 on Sunday), you shouldn’t have any trouble getting a table. We just wanted to be safe rather than sorry because we had tours later on in the day.

We all started with some fresh cocktails to kick off our brunch, and then we dug into a fantastic brunch! Chris and I started off with the crab cakes followed by the bagel and lox done two ways. Both were amazing and we would definitely recommend them, but my friend Sarah’s dish definitely stole the show. She had the Chicken Pontalba, and her and Clayton were fighting over that meal by the time that brunch was over!

The French Quarter

After we had stuffed ourselves at brunch, the couples went their separate ways before our walking tour of the French Quarter. Chris and I explored the French Quarter and Bourbon Street a little bit more, while Sarah and Clayton spent some time at the pool (they had gone exploring that morning). We really enjoyed looking in all of the different shops, and some more of the chaos that was Southern Decadence on Bourbon Street.

The Wandering Weekenders- New Orleans Part 3

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings New Orleans Part 3

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings New Orleans {Part 3}

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings New Orleans {Part 3}

One of my favorite things that we found while we were exploring the French Quarter was the Carousel Bar in The Hotel Monteleone. I had found a pin on Pinterest, of course, and the bar looked like so much fun, that I knew that I had to find it. We got super lucky because as soon as we walked into the Bar, two spots on the Carousel opened up, and we were able to grab a seat to have a quick drink. The drinks were delicious, but, of course, the atmosphere was the best part! It was so magical to turn around in circles on the carousel, and it really transported you back to your youth, minus the alcohol, of course!

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings New Orleans {Part 3}

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings New Orleans

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings New Orleans

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings New Orleans

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings New Orleans

Once we finished our drinks, we headed over to Jackson Square to meet up with Sarah and Clayton for our walking tour. What was exciting about this tour was that it was completely FREE through the Free Tours by Foot company! (Side note, it’s not completely free because nothing is ever free, but all you have to do is register online and then tip your tour guide).

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings New Orleans

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings New Orleans

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings New Orleans

We all really enjoyed our walking tour, even though it was cut short due to rain. Our guide was amazing and really animated, and we learned so much history about the city and the people of New Orleans. This tour we walked around the French Quarter, but we mainly stayed close to Jackson Square, and learned about the French, the Spanish, and some pirates.

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings New Orleans

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings New Orleans

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings New Orleans

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings New Orleans

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings New Orleans

August

After our tour was over, we walked through the French Market before heading back to the hotel to freshen up before dinner. While we were in New Orleans, I knew that I wanted to eat at one of the many restaurants that are owned by one of the many famous chefs that reside in New Orleans.

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My coworker had many recommendations for us, and one of them was John Besh’s restaurant August that we decided to try that night. We couldn’t get a reservation that night, but we decided to get there as soon as it opened to make sure we got a table. It was a good thing we did because we couldn’t even sit in the dining room because they had too many reservations that night. (Everybody else seemed to blame it on the fact that I was wearing tennis shoes with my nice dress because I wanted to be comfortable for our walking tour that night).

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Everything we ate at August was to DIE for! There wasn’t a bad meal that we ate in New Orleans and everything was so good that it’s hard to choose our favorite place, but August might be it! Chris and I started off with shrimp etoufee, which was a deconstructed version of the traditional New Orleans meal.

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For dinner, we shared the gnocchi and the soft shell crab, and by far, the gnocchi was the best thing we ate, in my opinion. Word to the wise though, we ordered the appetizer portion of the gnocchi, which is definitely not enough for a meal, so order the dinner portion if that’s what you want.

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings New Orleans

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings New Orleans

Everything about our experience at August was absolute perfection! From the beautiful and rich bar with all of the wood detailing, to the wonderful service from our waiter who gave us a ton of recommendations, to the delicious food that we seriously couldn’t get enough of! I definitely recommend visiting August next time you’re in New Orleans!

We did a lot on our last night in the Big Easy, so I think that I’ll save the last little bit of our New Orleans trip for another blog post! Until next time y’all!

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