In the wise words of Lizzo, "Just took a DNA test, turns out I'm 100%…” well you get the gist.

Amidst the season of candy hearts and flowers, create a space for yourself beyond a 99-cent Valentine.

While New Orleans resonates with romance, it also echoes self-love. So, book that ticket, friend—it's time to escape! Whether your heart aches, you're happily single, not ready to mingle, or just fed up with the season of love, we've got you covered.

Activate "Do Not Disturb" and embrace this itinerary for the greatest love of your life – yourself!


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Dew Drop Inn - Allen Toussaint Room

Check Out Through Checking In

Dew Drop Inn

The Dew Drop Inn is a legendary New Orleans landmark and a significant spot in the city for music. It hosted iconic Black musicians of the 50s and 60s, including Ray Charles, Little Richard, Irma Thomas, and Fats Domino. The venue served as an incubator for the birth of a new sound: Rock 'n Roll. Now, the Dew Drop Inn has reopened its doors, not only as a place of culture and music history but also as a place to stay in its renovated celebration of music!

Photo credit: Denny Culbert

Breakfast (but Forget the Tiffany's)

Molly’s Rise & Shine

Hop in a rideshare or taxi and head over to Molly's Rise and Shine, where they offer a refreshingly modern twist on classic breakfast fare. Their simple yet playful takes on traditional breakfast dishes will delight your taste buds and evoke a sense of high-brow and fun-loving nostalgia.

Indulge in their Grand Slam McMuffin or their Sweet Potato Burrito for a playful variation on your typical morning routine. And don't forget to complement your meal with their freshly squeezed orange juice, drip or iced coffee, and Virgin Bloody Mary's - the perfect accompaniments to any item on their menu!

Rebecca Todd, New Orleans & Co.
M.S. Rau

Self- Love Experience No.1

M.S. Rau

We love our local museums, but they can get quite crowded this time of year with aesthetic-seeking couples engaging in PDA. Instead, why not head straight down to the French Quarter? There, you can experience some of the finest museum-quality art and antique collections at one of the largest and most exceptional antique shops in North America.

Spanning 40,000 square feet, this gallery is a treasure trove filled with rare, museum-quality antiques, significant fine art pieces, and breathtaking jewelry. Prepare to be captivated by the rich history of craftsmanship on display and immerse yourself in the stories behind each masterpiece. Want to go even deeper? Ask a sales associate if they’re offering tours of the secret rooms–a clandestine VIP area with an even more rare collection of art and antiquities. It's a journey through time and artistry that's sure to leave you spellbound!

Self- Love Experience No.2

New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum

While you're soaking in the atmosphere of the French Quarter, why not seize the opportunity to learn something new? Many visitors to New Orleans think they understand what we mean when we talk about Voodoo, but there's so much more to discover. Voodoo has been an integral part of New Orleans culture since the city's inception in the 1700s.

The New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum is dedicated to preserving this fascinating aspect of NOLA history through both education and entertainment. Delve into the mysteries, legends, and traditions of Voodoo as the museum guides you through its captivating exhibits. Gain insight into the profound influence Voodoo has wielded throughout the city's storied past.

Get a Glow Up

Spa Aria

Next, swing by the Hotel Monteleone, home to the famous Carousel Bar that gracefully rotates, and find Spa Aria—a haven nestled within one of the city's most iconic and luxurious accommodations. This serene spa space is designed to elevate your senses and leave you feeling cool, calm, and collected, ready to embrace the opportunities that lie ahead.

After indulging in "The Full Monte," one of the many exquisite spa treatments available, you'll emerge feeling utterly rejuvenated. This comprehensive package offers 3 ½ hours of pure bliss, including a manicure, pedicure, custom facial, and full-body massage. Let Spa Aria melt away any heartbreak or stress you may carry—after all, that's precisely what they're here for!

Rebecca Todd

Lunch Break


Heading Uptown to Magazine Street is an absolute must on this itinerary. Sometimes, when we're away from home we tend to crave that warm comforting feeling. And what better way to experience it than with lunch at Lilly's café, where you are sure to meet the wonderful Lilly herself.

You're in for a treat as you indulge in traditional Vietnamese cuisine. From steaming bowls of pho to fresh spring rolls and flavorful bún, every dish is crafted to fill both your heart and your belly with that comforting feeling. So, take a seat, savor the flavors, and let Lilly work her magic.

Photo credit: Casey Dunn

Cocktails: Stirred, Not Shaken

Paradise Lounge

The Hotel Saint Vincent, once an orphanage, now stands proudly as one of the premier boutique hotels in the city, setting the standard for comfort and design. It's a true gem of an experience, offering everything from a luxurious pool to a chic boutique, enticing dining options, and stylish bars.

As you wander visually through the murals of the Paradise Lounge, you might just discover a sense of self-love washing over you. Sip on eclectic takes of classic cocktails and let the ambiance envelop you in a feeling of relaxation and indulgence. At the Hotel Saint Vincent, every corner holds the promise of a memorable and rejuvenating experience.

Self- Love Experience No.3

Magazine Street

Magazine Street is a shopper's paradise, spanning six miles of shopping, food, and endless fun. Nestled primarily in Uptown New Orleans but extending through the Lower Garden District and into downtown, it offers a delightful mix of vintage stores, grab-and-go restaurants, bakeries, novelty shops, bars, and fine-dining establishments.

Whether you're in the mood for a leisurely stroll, searching for unique treasures, or craving a delicious New Orleans treat, Magazine Street has something to offer every taste and preference. Soak in the vibrant atmosphere as you explore this eclectic stretch of the city.

Photo credit: James Collier

Sharing Receipts Over Dinner

Dakar NOLA

Now that you've taken in the breathtaking beauty of Uptown's illuminated houses under the evening sky, it's time for a dining experience like no other. Welcome to Dakar NOLA, where Chef Serigne Mbaye's visionary approach brings together the flavors of modern Senegalese cuisine in a unique tasting menu.

At Dakar NOLA, you'll embark on a culinary journey that merges the culinary traditions of coastal cities, offering a communal dining experience unlike any other. It's an opportunity to connect with fellow travelers from around the world, forging friendly connections over shared stories and beautifully crafted dishes.

As you savor each bite, allow yourself to be transported as food becomes a paintbrush, weaving together vibrant tales and unforgettable memories. Dakar NOLA promises to be more than just a meal—it's an experience that will leave an indelible mark on your journey through New Orleans, creating lasting core memories to cherish for a lifetime.

Sweet Treats, Not Sweet Nothings

The Vintage

At The Vintage, baristas mingle with bartenders in a charming cafe where diverse and unusual pairings await. Step inside this quaint establishment and discover a world of delights, from traditional and specialty beignets and pastries to an array of bar snacks and full entrees.

As the late evening sets in, you never know what move you might make for that end-of-the-night treat. Whether you're craving a perfectly brewed cup of coffee, a creative cocktail, or a delectable dish to satisfy your hunger, The Vintage has something to delight every palate.

Darrell Miller Photography
Vivacious Burlesque Experience

Self- Love Experience No.4

Burlesque Show

As the evening unfolds and you find yourself fully revitalized, both physically and through the comfort of food, why not invite one of your newfound dinner friends to partake in something a little unexpected from our list?

Enter the world of burlesque—a sensual art form that transcends mere topless acts. In New Orleans, the burlesque community embraces every shape, size, shade, and style, celebrating the myriad ways one can exude sexiness while fostering self-love and body positivity.

Here are two options for local producers:

  1. Trixie Minx Productions: Trixie Minx, the queen of cheese (yes, the food), infuses her productions with a delightful sense of humor that's quintessentially New Orleans. Each month, she dazzles audiences with a variety of shows, ranging from classic live-jazz-band burlesque to the vibrant Fleur Du Tease, a variety show featuring burlesque, aerialists, and drag queens.
  2. Vivacious Miss Audacious Productions: Vivacious Miss Audacious orchestrates shows that pulsate with vibrant energy, blending classic and new-age burlesque acts. Performers are given free rein to explore and create new acts, from the explosive energy of Kapow to the otherworldly glow of Psychedelic Speakeasy, where everything and everyone is UV reactive.

Burlesque in New Orleans is an experience that promises laughter, excitement, and a celebration of the diverse expressions of sensuality, and might just teach you a thing or two about self-love.

Nightcap: One Last Sip Tonight

Before you retire to your room at the Dew Drop Inn, why not savor a nightcap to complete your evening?

Indulge in a refreshing cocktail under the stars at The Haven, where you can unwind by the poolside and soak in the serene surroundings. Or, if you're still in the mood for some rhythm and movement, head inside to their music venue for one last twirl on the dance floor.

Wherever you choose to end your night at the Dew Drop Inn, it's sure to be a memorable experience filled with music, laughter, and the warm hospitality that defines this cultural gem.

Now go get some sleep!

Remember, at the end of the day, you have the power to be anywhere and anything—at your own pace. We hope your journey leads you to our world of healing, culture, and comforting food.

Cheers to you!