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Looking for a romantic getaway? Check out the "Big Easy" for a sure thing. New Orleans is flush with its share of intimate encounters and attractions that will ignite intrigue and passion. Here's a list of some of my favorites...

New Orleans City Park

Start the romantic encounter with a cozy gondola ride around the lake. Once the stage is set, go ashore for a picnic in the park, where butterflies will drift lazily and birds will sing sweet songs until nightfall. Hint: Stick around after the sun sets for stargazing.

The Historic District

Surrounded by antebellum homes and charming, old-fashioned shopfronts, the historic district of New Orleans is perfect for couples who likes to wander, walking hand-in-hand through cobbled streets. Comb through souvenirs in the square. Visit famous landmarks like the Presbytere. And, once all tuckered out, retire to Maison St. Charles Hotel & Suites, with honeymoon suites and Jacuzzis.

The French Quarter

Also known as Vieux Carré, the French Quarter is where lovers gather to experience the beating heart of New Orleans. Shops, restaurants and art galleries dot the sidewalk and horse-drawn carriages add to the allure. Hint: be sure to inquire about the free, outdoor concerts in local parks during the summertime.

New Orleans Museum of Art

Culture is an aphrodisiac for the soul so a trip through the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) will offer a firsthand glimpse at some of the paintings, exhibits and impressionist artwork that put this city on the map. Also, look into an afternoon at the accompanying sculpture garden...it's another great place for flirtatious picnics.

Frenchman Street

In a city famous for its jazz, you won't want to miss Frenchman Street. All the best clubs, cafes and dance halls are found along this strip, including the Three Muses and the Palm Court Jazz Cafe. Sip cocktails on the patio of a 1920's bar or relax into a leather-backed chair through a haze of smoke while live musicians play the best of yesteryear. Hint: bring your dancin' shoes!

The Mississippi River

Gondolas may be charming, but if you really want to make an impression, book a cruise on the mighty Mississippi. These luxury liners come with everything from five-star meals to live bands and they offer breathtaking, one-of-a-kind views of New Orleans. For those looking to create an unforgettable night with the one you love, book a cruise and sail away from the city lights for a truly unforgettable experience.

For more information, check out the Maison St. Charles Hotel and Suites at http://www.maisonstcharles.com/hotel-suites-in-new-orleans-en.html

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