Food Lovers hop aboard and get ready to see the sights and sounds of the South while you enjoy just some of the tasty traditional foods of New Orleans and Dallas Texas on this six amazing night Southern Sojourn!
First stop the iconic city of New Orleans and a three night stay at the Old No.77 Hotel & Chandlery. Voted one of the 10 best ‘New Orleans Hotels’ by USA Today, the Old No.77 Hotel & Chandlery is a charming New Orleans boutique style hotel with a rich history that’s the perfect base for food art and culture lovers.
Ideally located in the heart of New Orleans revitalised Warehouse Arts District, a historic neighbourhood, and now a New Orleans hotspot that’s filled with museums, art galleries trendy eateries and lively bars. The Old No 77 Hotel & Chandlery is also close to major attractions that include Harrah’s Casino, the National WW II Museum, Audubon Aquarium, the Riverwalk, and the west end of Bourbon Street in the cities famous French Quarter. Create fantastic memories for life during your Big Easy stopover!
A foodie paradise, New Orleans is famous for many things, the Mardi Gras Celebrations, it’s amazing jazz scene and of course it’s food where legendary local dishes include gumbo, jambalaya, crawfish, oyster loaf, red beans and rice, po’boys, beignets and lots lots more.
The hotel’s highly acclaimed Compère Lapin Restaurant is a great place to start, popular with locals and hotel guests alike Chef Nina Compton and her team’s menus combine the wonderful ingredients of the Gulf of Mexico with Chef Nina’s Caribbean heritage and her love of French and Italian Cuisine. The lively cosy atmosphere of the restaurant and bar provides the perfect setting for your evening meal, as you plan tomorrow’s “Big Easy” adventures – treat yourself and finish the night off with one of the bartender’s expertly crafted cocktails.
Popular New Orleans favourites include Beignets and Café Au Lait from the iconic Café Du Monde, Fried Chicken at Willie Mae’s Scotch House, Shrimp Po’Boy at Domilise’s, Gumbo at Galatoire’s, Spicy Jambalaya at Mother’s and the Banana Foster at Brennan’s. Of course with over a 1000 different restaurants to choose from you’ll no doubt be able to add some of your favourite dishes to the list.
Next stop Dallas and a three night stay at the colourful and well-appointed Aloft Hotel whose handy setting in the heart of Dallas’s downtown district places you close to some of the city’s biggest attractions including the Reunion Tower, the American Airlines Centre, and Dealy Plaza.
The hotel’s loft inspired guestrooms have a chic urban vibe and come with complimentary Wi-Fi, flat screen TV, marble bathrooms, coffee maker and fantastic views of downtown Dallas. This trendy Dallas destination also features the trendy W XYZ bar and Re:mix lounge, an outdoor pool, and a 24 hour fitness centre. It’s a great base for your short stay in Dallas.
Burgers, barbeque and margaritas, Dallas has them all, and much more. Get ready to get your Texas taste buds tingling!
Texas Chicken Fried Steak has to be on your to taste list – it’s a pan sized, crunchy, breaded fried steak that’s usually served up with traditional sides like creamy mash, corn, green beans, okra and a biscuit. Next on the list has to be Dallas BBQ, lots of places have their own versions of BBQ but every Texan knows that theirs is the best and with lashings of smoked brisket, giant beef ribs, turkey steaks prime beef on the bone, smoked sausage and lots more it’s hard to argue any differently.
Other tasty Texan treats include Texas Chilli – its chilli with extra beef and extra peppers but no beans, Corn Dogs, Tacos, Chips and Queso, Tortilla Soups and lots of other Tex Mex favourites all backed up by Pecan Pie, Apple Pie, Whiskey Cake Texas Style Cobblers and lashings of ice cream!
Download the Margarita Mile App to your phone and get ready to sample some of Dallas’s funkiest cocktails venues on a self-guided tour to the places serving up some of the best margaritas in town! The app provides directions and transport options for each venue and you can earn prizes and swag by answering trivia questions throughout your journey.
No trip to Dallas would be complete without visiting Dealey Plaza; the site of John F Kennedy’s assassination on 22 November 1962 that’s just a couple of miles away from the hotel. The plaza provides a poignant window into the past events of that tragic day. See the site where the infamous shooting occurred; stand on the famous Grassy Knoll and visit the Sixth Floor Museum to discover much more about the lifetime, legacy and death of the 35th President of the United States of America.
For a great view out over the Dallas skyline head on over to Reunion Tower, one of the city’s best known landmarks, its 561 feet tall and offers panoramic 360 degree views of the city from its revolving tower.
Pioneer Plaza is the city’s largest public park paying homage to the original “Dallas Cowboys” where you’ll find amazing life sized sculptures of cowboys in the saddle roping longhorn cattle and trail drivers – the perfect place for some stunning selfie photographs!
Guided tours are a great way to explore the city without getting lost. Segway tours and hop on hop off trolley routes stop at lots of the city’s most popular attractions while organised tours to places of special interest such as the Dallas Cowboy’s Stadium and the famous Ewing Ranch at Southfork are also easy to access – visit the ranch and maybe you’ll find out who really shot JR!