Curious Crowd, if you know just one thing about us by now, it is that we love to travel. We may go to a lot of conventions, but we also just love to experience and explore new places to try to satiate our curious natures and wanderlust the best we can! It came to my attention that Jen and Rach had never been to New Orleans. This just would not do, and quickly had to be remedied. We started planning late last year to accomodate Jen’s
insane work schedule.
We quickly got in touch with our local gal pal, Michelle (aka NerdyGras), and settled on October, mainly because it was supposed to be cooler. Sadly, that ended up backfiring, but more on that later.
Rach and I began the search for a place to stay in the Quarter, but neither of us are big night owls and we’re super chill, so we knew the Garden District was the place for us. Now, I had it in my mind that I wanted Rach and Jen to have the quintessential Southern experience.
Picture this… A gorgeous, grand home, with a huge wrap around porch you can lounge on while you drink your favorite beverage, and the cool breeze of a fan on you while the subtle glow of a gas light flickers. Do you see it? That is what we were on the search for and we found it in the Sully Mansion.
Location. Location. Location.
Conveniently one block south of the St. Charles Streetcar Line and a short 4 blocks north from Magazine St., this location offers loads of flexibility to what you plan to enjoy in New Orleans. Take the St. Charles line down to Audubon Park for a picnic or the zoo, or take a stroll down Magazine for countless foodie options!
What a Beauty!
The Garden District is known for its grand historical homes, and the Sully Mansion is the epitome. Designed by Thomas Sully in 1890, this Queen-Anne style home is truly a sight to behold. Its original stained-glass windows, ornate ceiling medallions, grand stairway, 14-foot ceilings, are just a few of the features that we fell in love with. If you are a history buff, you need to stay here. There are 9 suites for you to choose from, we stayed in the Royal suite. Because we were channeling our inner Charlotte extraness. We actually booked the St. Charles, but Melinda switched us to the Royal because she didn’t think we’d have enough room.
Melinda takes great care of her guests and the breakfast spread is just one of these examples. New Orleans is a foodie town, so she makes sure to provide a simple breakfast, so you don’t over do it and get to enjoy the city cuisine. However, we took full advantage of all the tasty morsels. We had every intention going light on breakfast. That lasted about zero seconds. Worth it. Those dang oat bites and biscuits and croissants and the coffee cake and the cheese… We could on. #NoShame #ForeverFat
People. Make. The. Trip.
We always say the most important thing when you travel is the people that you are with. They can make or break a trip. Equally as important is your host. Guys, if you want to spoil yourself a bit and feel you’re getting your money’s worth, you have to stay at the Sully Mansion. Melinda does an incredible job hosting and managing this gorgeous place. She is one of the most accommodating and understanding hosts I have ever met. Also, her pups, Henri & Babette, are just the icing on the cake. Yes, they have an Instagram! Personally, as someone who wishes they could travel with their pup, I always appreciate a good surrogate fur-baby.
Apart from the above the mansion also serves as a wedding and special events venue, as well as offers an array of experience packages for you to enjoy from a palm reading to a romantic picnic with a carefully prepared basket of goodies and bubbly! Check out the photos below! We definitely want to give Melinda a big thank you for such a wonderful stay. We can’t imagine staying anywhere else next time we come to New Orleans. For anyone going to New Orleans for the first time, regular visitors, or even locals looking for a wonderful stay-cation like our Michelle, stay at the Sully Mansion. We highly recommend it!