Everyone knows February 14 is Valentine's Day, which is all about romantic love: red roses, chocolates, and a candlelit dinner.
But have you heard of Galentine's Day? If you're a fan of Parks and Rec, you know the fictional character Leslie Knope coined the holiday! In season 2, episode 16 titled "Ladies celebrating ladies" Leslie Knope states, "Every February 13, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast style."
So, let's show tribute to Leslie Knope and celebrate Galentine’s Day with our New Orleans Style Galentine's Day Itinerary!
Although Galentine's is just a day, why not turn it into a Galentine's Weekend and stay somewhere in the city that has all the entertaining amenities? A luxurious stay at The French Quarter Lanaux Mansion definitely fits the bill; here’s a complete list of Women-Owned Accommodations.
Yoga + Beauty
Start your morning with mindfulness activities provided by Footprints to Fitness, walk through the New Orleans Botanical Garden, and head to M.A.D Nails for a Manicure and Pedicure! Looking for more women-owned attractions in the city? Click here.
Any New Orleans restaurant offering brunch would make for a great Galentine's Day celebration, but several restaurants announce events specific to the holiday in the days before. Head to Commons Club in Virgin Hotels New Orleans on Saturday, Feb. 11 for Galentine's Brunch featuring music from DJ Rusty Lazer and a "mini market" including pop-ups from Connect by Align (permanent jewelry) and Rich Auntie Vintage in Funny Library Coffee Shop. Also hosting a Galentine's Brunch on Saturday, Feb. 11 is Jack Rose. The event dubbed "Galentine's Gras" will feature glitter chicken and waffles, espresso martinis, and chocolate strawberry 75s from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Check back here for more events as they are announced.
Attractions / Shopping
Take a stroll in the city and hit up all local businesses owned by gals. When in the town, shopping in New Orleans is a MUST! Art galleries like Ashley Longshore Gallery and stops like Fifi Mahony's are filled with unique pieces to buy that make every day feel like Galentine's Day.
Check out Instagram-worthy JAMNOLA, then have a Wine Enthusiast Tasting at Drink Lab Nola.
After wine tasting, you'll be just in time to enjoy dinner in New Orleans. Continue the Galentine's theme by eating at Women-Owned Restaurants like Vyoone's, The Elysian Bar, Compère Lapin, and plenty more.
Looking for even more girls’ trip inspiration? See our weekend itinerary here.