People spend their entire lives searching for that special someone. So when you finally find “the one,” you want to make sure the wedding proposal goes off without a hitch. The first order of business: Finding the right location to pop the question.
No other metropolis in America offers a wider variety of historic nooks and crannies than New Orleans, a place synonymous with romance. One of the oldest cities in America, its stunning European architecture, subtropical weather and rich culture offer the perfect backdrop for anything from a first date to a formal marriage proposal, no matter how creative you may want to be.
So as we celebrate one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court decision legalizing marriage equality, check out six unexpected places to pop the question in America’s most magical city…
1. City Park
If you’re looking for the epitome of lush Southern landscape, search no further. Whether it’s under the shade of the famed 800-year-old McDonogh Oak tree, on a cobblestone bridge over a bayou, amongst the exotic plants and flowers in the botanical gardens, or gliding through the lagoon on a gondola, this 1,300-acre public park offers no shortage of special spots to ask for your loved one’s hand in marriage.
2. Faulkner House Books
Who could turn down a wedding proposal whilst surrounded by some of the world’s greatest love stories? Located in Pirate’s Alley across the street from the iconic St. Louis Cathedral in the heart of the French Quarter, Faulkner House Books is a cozy shop that specializes in rare and first editions. Fun fact: The shop was once William Faulkner’s apartment. In fact, he wrote his debut novel “Soldiers’ Pay” there.
3. Ace Hotel
Located in the city’s swanky Warehouse District, the Ace Hotel’s newly-opened rooftop bar and pool not only provide a stunning panorama of New Orleans, it has plenty of private corners and cabanas where you can sneak off with your honey. Assuming the answer is “yes,” head downstairs to celebrate at Three Keys, the hotel’s intimate live music venue featuring a different band every night of the week.
4. The Sculpture Garden
The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden features over 60 thought-provoking sculptures set against a landscape of beautiful pines, fragrant magnolia trees and Spanish moss-laden live oaks. It’s a unique way to spend an afternoon, and queer artist Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE statue makes for the perfect backdrop to plight your troth and all those selfies you will be sure to snap.
5. Crescent Park
One of the cities newest public spaces, this chic, 20-acre linear park spans the riverfront, from the edge of the French Quarter, through the Marigny all the way to the Bywater. It offers unparalled views of downtown New Orleans, native landscaping, bike paths and multi-use pavilions for all to enjoy, making it the perfect setting to escape, to unwind and, of course, to become betrothed.
6. St. Charles Streetcar
The St. Charles Streetcar has been in operation since 1835, making it the oldest continuously operating streetcar line in the world. It winds through some of New Orleans’ most enchanting enclaves, including the Carrollton neighborhood, Audubon Park, Uptown and the Garden District. What better place to pop the Big Q than whilst gliding past the historic homes and lush gardens along St. Charles Avenue?