Experience New Orleans Like Nick Viall on 'The Bachelor'
New Orleanians live and breathe the saying “Laissez les bons temps rouler” — let the good times roll — and city definitely lives up to that motto. The Big Easy is one of the most historic cities in the country (it turned 300 in 2018) and the combination of old and contemporary are tangible as you walk down the cobblestone streets, ride in the streetcar, or dance along to a brass band.
So much of New Orleans’ culture revolves around food, festivals, football, music, and warm hospitality, making it a perfect (and delicious) place to fall in love.
Nick Viall traveled here on Season 21 of “The Bachelor,” and here’s how you can experience this wonderful city just like him.
Where to Stay
Downtown New Orleans, especially the French Quarter, is filled with hotels that are ideal for both first-time and returning visitors. To be like Nick and the ladies, make a reservation at the JW Marriott, which is just steps away from some of the most popular spots in the Vieux Carré. You can fall out of bed and walk straight into any number of cafés, shops, and museums. Even better, the streetcar stops right in front, so you and your date can talk about the future of your relationship while feeling like you’ve fallen right into the past.
One-on-One Date: Love Is Easy in the Big Easy
Since you’re already staying in the heart of the city, there’s no better way to kick off your trip than strolling around the French Quarter and downtown. Start your day at the French Market and wander through the various stalls, picking up NOLA-centric souvenirs and other keepsakes. There’s a chance you and your date could find a memento that you’ll cherish and keep forever as a symbol of your relationship!
After the French Market, walk across the street to the world-famous Café du Monde for some fresh beignets and coffee. Your love for your date won’t be the only sweet thing there!
A day in New Orleans isn’t complete without live music, so stop by venues such as One Eyed Jacks, where you can hear performers like LoLo or dance in the street with the Kinfolk Second Line Band. End your night with a visit to Mardi Gras World to learn about how people build Mardi Gras floats and the extensive detailing that goes into it.
You and your date don’t need Mardi Gras to know that you’ve found your own king or queen.
Group date: In the Spirit of Love
Thanks to its centuries of history, New Orleans ranks among the most haunted cities in the United States. Don’t believe it? Just take a visit to Houmas House to see for yourself.
Nick and the ladies visited this 18th-century home and tried conjuring some spirits with a Ouija board. The former sugar plantation claims that two separate events caused spirits to continue to wander the halls of Houmas House. You and the group can talk about your own pasts and where you see your respective futures going.
Whether you believe in ghosts or not, you can at least say “Boo!” to your boo.
Two-on-One Date: A Wild Time
See you later, alligator? Not on this date!
Swamplands surround New Orleans, so get a taste of nature during a day at a place like Zam’s Swamp Tour. Learn more about Louisiana marshland and the animals that reside in the bayou from a completely different vantage point. You and your date might even be able to hold a baby alligator! Swamp water might be murky, but your love will be as clear as ever when you’re on this fun tour.
New Orleans is unlike any other city in the country, and it will be a trip you and your date will take with you into your future together. Laissez les bons temps rouler in your relationship!