New Orleans Journals

Taking It Easy in the Big Easy

A January 2008 trip to New Orleans by E. B.

Loews New Orleans Hotel Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana More Photos
Quote: I accompanied my boyfriend to his conference in New Orleans. I figured that I could check out NOLA while he was busy with workshops.

Taking It Easy in the Big Easy

Overview

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Everyone talks about Mardi Gras in New Orleans, but there's more to New Orleans than just Mardi Gras. This is my second trip to NOLA, and I can't believe how the people of New Orleans can pick up the pieces and continue on after Katrina. I don't know what it was like before Katrina, but I have toured 9th Ward and the devasted areas after Katrina, and I'm constantly amazed that it's still the way it was right after Katrina hit.People are still scared to come to New Orleans, but the chance of another huge hurricane hitting again so soon is pretty low. Tourism hasn't been the same since. This city really needs tourists. Mardi Gras is only a week and a half away, and the city is emptier than I t...Read More
Loews New Orleans Hotel Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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This hotel is the only union hotel left in the city after Katrina destroyed the only other one (Fairmont Hotel). There is a full-service spa available that I have not booked. The pool is open to all hotel guests from 6am-10pm. There is a whirlpool spa and dry sauna room as well.I like the excellent service provided by the hotel. Beds are comfortable. Internet access is free. What I don’t like is that there is no ventilation in the rooms. The windows don’t open, and the bathrooms don’t have a fan, so there is continual low ventilation in the rooms. Otherwise there is no fresh air, just ventilated air....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 30, 2008

Loews New Orleans Hotel
300 POYDRAS STREET
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130-3216
504-595-3300

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We had a coupon for a free entrée when buying another entrée, so we decided to check it out. I was in the mood for a beer and a burger, and I figured a brewery would do burgers just fine. Unfortunately, the coupon didn’t apply to sandwiches, only entrees, which were a higher price. Since it was a “buy one, get one free” deal, we switched our orders. My boyfriend ordered the Red Fish St. Louis, and I ordered the Southern Crispy Duck. I had already ordered a Red Stallion, so I went with the duck since I was already eyeing that item on the menu, and it was recommended to pair with the Red Stallion beer.When we received our orders, we were pleasantly surprised. The fish tasted wonderful, and the...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 30, 2008

Crescent City Brewhouse
527 Decatur St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
+1 504 522 0571

Lucy's Retired Surfer's Restaurant & Bar

Restaurant | "Lucy's Retired Surfer's Restaurant & Bar"

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Lucy’s was a place recommended by the concierge at Loews Hotel. She said it was a funky little place, so we decided to check it out. Imagine our surprise when it had Santa Cruz sandwiches on the menu. (My boyfriend is from Santa Cruz.) We thought this was a good sign, so we went in.The front was a bar area, packed with locals. We had walked in on Thursday, which was ladies night. You can order $1 beers if you don’t carry a Y chromosome. We sat in the restaurant area in the back. The tables have plastic covers stapled to them with surfer print, varying from Hawaiian aloha designs to kitschy beach wear.My bo...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on January 30, 2008

Lucy's Retired Surfer's Restaurant & Bar
701 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
+1 504 523 8995