Off The Beaten Track

There are usually “must do” activities friends will assign you before your trip to NOLA. You know - beignets at Café du Monde, voodoo shops, rides on the St. Charles Streetcar – yes, they’re all here. But don’t forget to step off of the beaten path. Below are a few ideas to get you started, all within a mile of Sweet Olive B&B. And Lola and Vincent stand ready to help you curate adventures of your own!

Confederacy of Cruisers

There are many wonderful ways to tour the city, but the Confederacy of Cruisers is one of our all-time faves. A 5-minute stroll to Washington Park will take you to the start of the tour, where a friendly guide and a comfortable, fat-tired cruiser await. With wonderful stories and deep historical knowledge, they will lead you on a unique bike adventure, exploring the real neighborhoods of NOLA. Our pick: their “Cocktails in New Orleans” bike tour is the highlight of many a guest’s trip.

St. Roch Market

A block and a half from Sweet Olive, the St. Roch Market is a jewel of the Marigny. The first stop for many a guest, this is the ideal spot for a flavor of the neighborhood (literally) to fortify you for your New Orleans adventures. The historic 1875 hall houses an amazing lineup of small restaurants, where you can sample freshly-shucked oysters, shrimp and grits, gumbo, a muffuletta, or lighter dishes like gourmet salads, smoothies, or even Vietnamese pho. And of course, there’s a craft cocktail bar with tasty beverages to help you wash it all down. All set in a gorgeous, airy space full of both locals and savvy visitors – we will likely see you there!

Gospel Mass at St. Augustine Catholic Church

The sensational gospel choir at the 10:00 am Sunday mass is just one reason to visit. Established in 1841, St. Augustine Catholic Church in the Treme was the spiritual home for free blacks, slaves, and whites. And after more than 175 years, it continues to be joyfully integrated today. A visit to this welcoming, landmark church can be a moving and uplifting experience, a living legacy of New Orleans history and culture.

The Country Club

The secret of this restaurant and bar lies just behind the beautifully restored creole cottage. That’s where you’ll find their hidden saltwater pool, tropical cabana lounge, hot tub and sauna. For a modest fee, you can party day into night, and get in some of the best people-watching in the city. If you’re not in a mood to swim, you might want to sample their Saturday drag brunch. A Bywater hideaway for over four decades, The Country Club is LGBTQ-friendly and welcoming to all.