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Laissez les bon temps roulez! - New Orleans

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A May 2001 trip to New Orleans by Sierra

NOLA Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana More Photos
Quote: "Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez!" is the motto of New Orleans - in other words, "Let the good times roll!" The home of Mardi Gras is more than just a party town!

The Glimmer Inn

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Hotel

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New Orleans has plenty of brand-name hotels, but the city is loaded with bed and breakfasts, which are a fantastic choice of alternative accommodations, particularly as they tend to be more economical than the name-brand hotels. The Glimmer Inn in the Garden District was my B&B of choice; I had picked it off bedandbreakfast.com based on its colorful "painted lady" exterior (the house dates to 1891), which seemed to me to perfectly fit the "Laissez les bon temps roulez!" city attitude. I was in New Orleans for Memorial Day weekend, and all I can say was: boy, was it hot - sticky, sweaty, you-know-you're-down-South-now hot. In the midst...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 23, 2004

The Glimmer Inn
1631 Seventh Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70115
504-897-1895

Hilton New Orleans Riverside

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Hotel

Hilton New Orleans Riverside Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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If you were attending a conference at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside or the adjacent convention center, you would never have to go outside-unless you wanted to, of course. This sprawling complex holds a prime piece of Mississippi riverside, properly at the end of Poydras Street. It is within easy walking distance of the casino, Bourbon Street, the French Quarter, and most major attractions (Aquarium, IMAX, etc.). The New Orleans waterfront streetcar line even has a stop at the entrance, so a tourist would find the Hilton a decent choice. First, make no mistake about it-this property is huge, encompassing not only its own conference space, but two towers and sprawling along the Mississi...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 17, 2004

Hilton New Orleans Riverside
2 Poydras Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70140
(504) 561-0500

NOLA

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Restaurant

NOLA Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Yes, I am an Emeril's restaurant fan. Yes, I wish he'd open one in Chicago. In the meantime, I have to settle for visiting his restaurants when I visit other parts of the country! One of my favorite Emeril's locations is his NOLA Restaurant (NOLA stands for New Orleans, LA) in the heart of the French Quarter. This unassuming restaurant is located across the street from the Omni Royal Orleans, with lunch hours 11:30am-2pm Mon-Sat, dinner hours after 6pm the rest of the week. It is also more casual than his signature restaurant in town, Delmonico's, but the food is just as great. I went in for lunch on a sultry Saturday (reservations highly recommended, any day!) - the cool, dar...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 23, 2004

NOLA
534 St. Louis St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
+1 504 522 6652

Remoulade

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Restaurant

Remoulade Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Since most of our friends had departed the city by Sunday afternoon, we headed out for the Vampyre tour around the French Quarter, and afterwards, took in the Halloween crowds along Bourbon Street. It was late (nearly 11pm), and we wanted someplace quiet where we could sit down and enjoy ourselves for a while without feeling swamped with the tourists that filled the French Quarter. We saw a simple sign that stated Remoulade and looked inside. There were only a few patrons that late (most people on the street were jammed into the bars), so we stepped inside. The space is small, seating perhaps 70, with a huge beautifully restored mahogany bar that d...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 3, 2005

Remoulade
309 Bourbon St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
+1 504 523 0377

Haunted History Tours

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Attraction | "Vampire Tour"

Haunted History Tours Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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What says Halloween better in the US than a Vampire Tour on October 31st by Haunted History Tours? We gathered, as per instructions on our reservations, under the clock facing Jackson Square outside of St. Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter. We weren't the only ones with this perfect idea for Halloween; lots of other costumed people waiting for tour guides. However, we did have one step up over those just walking up for the tour; we'd saved $3 per ticket by booking online (or you can print a $3 coupon to bring with you). Plus, those of us who'd booked online got free beads that had been "blessed by a voodoo queen."...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 3, 2005

Haunted History Tours
97 Fontainebleau Dr
New Orleans, Louisiana 70125
+1 504 861 2727; +1

St. Louis Cemetary No. 1, New Orleans Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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"Death is simply nature's way of telling us to slow down." Something I had wanted to do ever since my first trip to New Orleans was to tour the cemeteries - the "Cities of the Dead." For my cemetery tour experience, I choose the New Orleans Ghost Tour, which starts their daily morning tours (11am) with a very civilized eggs Benedict and mimosa breakfast. (Tours are also available at 1pm daily and Sundays at 10am). Tours are $19 for adults and $17 for students/seniors (save yourself $5 by booking online). The tour starts at Flanagan's Pub, 625 St. Phillips St. on the eastern side of the French Quarter. For ...Read More

The French Quarter - Part I

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Story/Tip

Café du Monde - New Orleans Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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"My advice to you is to stay for a while in the old section of the city, sit for a time in Jackson Square and let the old world charm you. Give the atmosphere a chance to lull you. Take your time and wander slowly; look twice at the old houses, they are worth it. Talk to the beggars in the street; talk to any one you chance to meet. The natives of the Quarter are pleasant people, and they will gladly tell you anything they happen to know." —Lyle Saxon, Fabulous New Orleans, 1928 New Orleans is a fascinating city to me. It has a mystique and air about it that makes you want to peel back the layers and discover more, even when you see she is a bit worn about the edges. New O...Read More

The French Quarter - Part II

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Pat O'Brien's - New Orleans Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Continued from The French Quarter - Part I Lafitte's is actually a block or two beyond the "party" section of Bourbon, which helps explain some of the appeal to locals. I have a few friends in New Orleans, and they all say they prefer to do their socializing away from Bourbon Street. However, every time we go to New Orleans, we tend to end up in some of the same places on Bourbon Street. One of our first stops is often Tropical Isle, which has three locations in the Quarter (721 Bourbon Street; corner of Orleans and Bourbon; and 738 Toulouse...Read More
Baring it for the beads - New Orleans Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Mardi Gras is synonymous with New Orleans and Bourbon Street. Its local history stretches back to 1699, when Pierre Le Moyné - one of the first European settlers - landed on the shores of the Mississippi some 60 miles downstream from present-day New Orleans. Upon realizing the day was Mardi Gras, he named the place Pointe du Mardi Gras, or Mardi Gras Point. The city just hasn't been the same since. As early as 1800, with just 8,000 citizens to its name, New Orleans was well-known for its reputation for drinking and carousing. As a major port of entry and seaport for the country, New Orleans has long played welcoming host to tourists, immigrants, seamen, and others. (It may be surp...Read More