If you thought New Orleans was simply the place to go for the Mardi Gras Carnival celebrations, you couldn’t be more wrong. This is a fascinating and vibrant vacation destination that is also perfect for a romantic getaway. Here are a few of the most popular things to do and see when you whisk your loved one away for a fabulous trip, plus a few pointers to help you plan it.

Sometimes known as the most unique and most romantic city in America, New Orleans is more like a European city than any other, with the French influence still very much in evidence. In fact, La Nouvelle-Orléans was named for the French duke who ruled as Regent for King Louis XV of France from 1715 to 1723. Rich in heritage and historically fascinating, you will delight in the charming American Colonial architecture derived from French and Spanish Creole influences.

The soul of this special city beats to the music of jazz, blues and other musical genres all year round, while the multilingual and cross-cultural heritage has resulted in superb cuisine, just perfect for a romantic, candlelit dinner for two. You can be sure of a friendly welcome and some old-fashioned Southern hospitality no matter where you go, and a trip around the city’s French Quarter by horse and carriage is a wonderful treat.

Make sure you check out all the superb romantic eateries, cocktail bars and key places to visit before you go. If you want to see fabulous buildings and enjoy curious shops – from antiques and novelty items to artworks and chocolate – you won’t be disappointed. If you want to do both, you should definitely check out the Jackson Square and Royal Street areas. Jackson Square has been a National Historic Landmark for more than 50 years, and Royal Street is one of the oldest streets in the city, dating from colonial times.

Plan to enjoy yourself

Work out which parts of the city you really want to see and plan to stay at one of the elegant hotels, such as one of the Blue Green Resorts on the edge of the French Quarter. The expert concierge will be able to offer some first-class tips for things to do and see whenever you visit. Bluegreen has been providing memorable vacations for its customers since 1966. The company manages over 60 resorts in more than 40 US destinations.