A Scouted Getaway to New Orleans

A sunny view of a vibrant, ornate two-story building with lacy iron balconies adorned with lush green plants and hanging ferns. The architecture is reminiscent of the historic charm one might find while exploring destinations featured in The Scout Guide.

Last month, eight editors from Scouted cities across the south gathered for a few days in New Orleans. As passionate missionaries when it comes to the idea of shopping local, we knew there was no other destination that could compete with The Crescent City. When it comes to places that do local right, they are the pinnacle, as is their longtime editor, Taylor Morgan. From the rich cultural heritage and culinary scene, to historic landmarks, music, attractions, and southern hospitality, it’s a city that captivates visitors and makes for a perfect getaway—especially with the ease of their modern and well-located international airport. 

Conversations were centered around our local businesses in each respective city and how we can service them better on the print and distribution front and also on the digital front when it comes to utilizing AI, increasing digital footprints, and unique ways each of us have found to advocate for shopping local within our own communities. 

But it wasn’t all meeting rooms at the Windsor Court Hotel. It was also tons and tons of fun with New Orleans & Company, the marketing organization for the tourism division of the city that represents over 1,100 members in the local hospitality community. Between The Scout Guide New Orleans & New Orleans & Company, we were spoiled with the cutest collection of welcome gifts in our hotel rooms and an itinerary that was the perfect mix of culture, culinary, and fun.  

Thinking about heading to New Orleans soon? We’re sharing a mock itinerary below.


DAY 1: 

  • Arrive and check in to the Windsor Court Hotel located in the heart of downtown. We recommend opting for 22nd floor club level access for complementary daily breakfast, open bar and a relaxing place to take in the sights of the city from above. 
  • Dinner at Brasa, a new contemporary steakhouse built on South American tradition run by Edgar Caro, a renowned Colombian Chef. 
  • Post-dinner stroll just across Canal to Harrah’s to show off your luck…or do we mean skill? The longtime staple of the city is now owned by Caesar’s and is unbelievably clean, vibrant and a fun way to close out the evening. 

DAY 2: 

  • Head to their spa for some R&R…Steam room, Sauna, Service Rooms and Hot Tea will leave you feeling refreshed as you head to Magazine Street. 
  • Upon arrival on Magazine Street, we recommend starting at Le Petite Grocery for lunch and walking off the to-die-for fries and French 75’s after with some shopping. You can read a full shopping guide here, courtesy of The Scout Guide New Orleans. However, we felt it was worth mentioning that we specifically spent a lot of time in Hola Guava. The bright shop sits on a corner on Magazine and offers an insanely cute hat and bag collection with products made by South American artisans. The owner is amazing, even customizing earrings for us based on our latest guide colors… which you know we loved! Other favorite stops were classics like, Leontine Linens, Sue Sartor & Mignon.
  • Head back to the hotel and refresh before heading out to Vue Orleans. A french play on the word view, this one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor cultural exhibit walks you through the history of New Orleans and ends at the observation deck featuring the only 360-degree panoramic view of New Orleans. This is a must stop to anyone interested in the rich cultural history of the city. 
  • Dinner at Miss River, owned by acclaimed chef Alon Shaya. This restaurant is said to be his love letter to the city and after enjoying it with fellow editors turned friends, it felt like a love letter to us, too. Wonderful vibes, beautiful decor, great service, classic cocktails and educated staff filled with recommendations for those who don’t speak cajun as well as the locals do. 

DAY 3: 

  • Wake up and enjoy breakfast with a view (yes, again) at the Windsor Court Hotel on the club level.
  • Enjoy some downtime at the rooftop heated pool, appropriately stocked with a daiquiri bar. 
  • Pop into A Gallery for Fine Photography, owned by world renowned photographer, Joshua Pailet. Open Monday, Thursday and Saturdays for limited hours, the gallery has established itself as one of the most respected in America – one that has flourished despite an ever-changing art world by remaining true to itself and Pailet’s unique perspective.
  • If you happen to be in New Orleans on a Friday, there’s nowhere else to lunch than Galatoire’s. As you turn onto Bourbon Street, you’ll see a line down the block with men dressed in sport coats and women in southern dresses and heels waiting for the door to open for first come, first serve access.  With bottles of bubbly at each table, jazz bands off the street doing laps through the restaurants, napkins waving as each table’s celebration is announced, it’s a scene to say the least. Opt for 3+ hours, order the milk punch and bring your most fun party decor to deck out your table. “New Orleans is at its very best on a Friday at Galatoire’s” per Frances King of TSG Knoxville. 
  • Conveniently, you’re already on bourbon street for lunch and a few stops on the most iconic street in the south is not to be missed. Make your way down the bars, with people watching as your top to-do and be sure to grab a hurricane at Pat O’s prior to karaoke at Cat’s Meow.
  • Close out the trip with a casual dinner at Pascal Manale’s right off of St. Charles Ave in Uptown, New Orleans.

DAY 4: 

  • The day pass to the steam room and spa may be worth it to properly detox from a few days of southern eats and cocktails on repeat before saying goodbye for now to New Orleans. 

At the conclusion of the getaway, each of us departed with a renewed sense of our mission… to support and shine the spotlight on the small businesses in our own communities, feeling invigorated and inspired to bring the communal sense of New Orleans back to our own territories. We also left with generous gifts from TSG West Texas member, Hancock Group that even included a TSG-medallion branded Apple air-tag—the most unique and useful gift to date.

Long Live New Orleans!

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