Fun Time in New Orleans - No matter what your age!

New Orleans is the place to go anytime of the year, at any age! Even without The Mardi gras, Jazz Festival, or other entertainment, The French Quarter is exciting at 8:00 a.m. when you can waltz along in quiet, or at midnight when the streets come alive with entertainment and fun!

Banana Tree Courtyard B&B￿

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by RickNColeen on January 27, 2003

The Banana Courtyard is a B and B on the corner at the beginning of the French Quarter. The rooms are not small and host a TV, larger beds, a couch, and chair and dressers for your clothing. The B and B is run by a couple, one is mildly disabled and the wife is energetic and fun. These two will assist you in any endeavor you wish to partake in the NO area as they are anxious to make you feel comfortable in the French Quarter. They have rooms on ground level where you must share a bathroom, or in the second floor suites, where you have a bathroom all to yourself. The small coffee pot and refrigerator are there for you to use on the second floor, or you are to make yourself at home in the dining room. The breakfast is continental and you must call 30 minutes before to let them know you want coffee and rolls.

The accommodations are comfortable and the owners do not skimp on comfort. However, it seems that the owners try hard to leave you to your own and do not engage in idle chatting for very long. It is unknown whether this is because of past experiences or whether they wish to be left alone in their own lifestyles.

Banana Tree Courtyard B&B
Esplanade at the Beginning of the French Quarter
New Orleans, Louisiana

Commander's Palace

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by RickNColeen on January 27, 2003

Our anniversary was spent at this elegant establishment. The restaurant opens at 6:30 p.m. The restaurant lobby is filled with guests at 6:00 p.m., but you must wait until they "open" before you are escorted to your table. The setting of the tables and the starch white table cloths with elegant excessories cause a mood of intimacy.

The selection ranges from local, exquisite dishes to American, with prices ranging from $40 for an excellently prepared, mouth-watering steak dinner to $120 for seafood. The wine list is a worldly list of wines ranging from $27 to $1400 per bottle. The staff are experts in their profession and treat you like royalty, whether you spend a fortune or not. Each dish is masterfully prepared by a chef who cares about his display whether a steak or gumbo is served. The mouth-watering steak enticed even these midwesterners, where the steaks are the best. The chocolate mousse is a necessity even if you are at your fullest - share one with the one you came with. It will be a memory forever.

Commander's Palace
1403 Washington Ave
New Orleans, Louisiana, 70130
+1 504 899 8221


Member Rating 1 out of 5 by RickNColeen on January 27, 2003

This restaurant is set up with a bar on one side and dining on the other. It is decorated for the bar scene with tables strewn here and there. The food is acceptable, but the atmosphere is there for someone who doesn't want to pay attention. The service from your wait person seemed like a bother to them, and you are only a time-crunch customer in their way.

The food is a mixture of Mexican and American and doesn't really cater to the local foods very much. The portions are acceptable, but if you want another drink or your check and haven't a lot of time, it is not suggested you venture into this restaurant. The live band located in the bar side can be heard, but is not of the quality you would expect with the location of this restaurant in the French Quarter. The TV screen plays a snipet of the Mardi Gras scene over and over and over.

Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville
1104 Decatur Street
New Orleans, Louisiana, 70116
(504) 592-2565

Mississippi Cruise on the Natchez

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by RickNColeen on January 27, 2003

The mighty Mississippi can be seen from the Natchez for a relaxing but interesting two hour cruise from the French Quarter any time of the year. But if you attempt it in January, bring your mittens and a snug hat with your warmest winter coat for the trip.

The view is astounding and the cruise worth your time. Not only do you get to watch the barges and see battleships, but you get a panoramic picture of New Orleans and you are told a lot of history to include the battle fields and the French Quarter settlement. The view of Algiers and the river itself is not to be missed.

The cruise offers a dinner at an extra price and you can go below deck to see the paddle wheels and all the machinery it takes to run the ship. The gift shop is rather high in price, but if you want to take something home from New Orleans, you can choose to spend an extra dollar or so to get it from this ship or find the many, many shops on Bourbon Street.

Natchez Steamboat
2 Canal St
New Orleans, Louisiana, 70130
504) 586-8777

Anything in the French Quarter

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by RickNColeen on January 27, 2003

From what we saw of the French Quarter it is not a "dirty or dangerous" place. At 8:00 a.m. every morning, we watched the store owners and others power spray the entire French Quarter down, including streets and sidewalks. The place was a quiet and entertaining morning walk. But at night, the place is more than mildly entertaining and fun. You can partake of the entertainment ranging from so-so to excellent jazz, rock-n-roll, blues, and rap in any given area of Bourbon Street. At age 50+, we felt safe and enjoyed ourselves without harassment from others.
French Quarter Nightlife
French Quarter
New Orleans, Louisiana

Swamp Tour

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by RickNColeen on January 27, 2003

In January, the alligators are hibernating so, while the swamps tours are still running, you will probably not see an alligator. But the trip is still worth your money in that you are in the swamps!!

The trip from the French Quarter is accommodated by a driver who will pick you up at your hotel or B&B and drive you to the swamps. You have a choice of just doing the swamp tour or doubling it up with a trip to a plantation home or graveyard tour. Who wants to see a graveyard? In New Orleans, you want to tour the graveyards, which are filled with history (of course) and everyone buried there lies in above-ground tombs because New Orleans is below sea level.

The swamp tours and plantation home tours are worth your time whether it is warm or not. It's back to nature and even a little scary when you're in the middle of nowhere and at the mercy of a tour guide who knows the area like the back of his hand.

If you take these tours, you will be picked up at 8am and returned around 2pm(we got back at 3pm). If it's the off-season, take some snacks, because the tour office is at a skeleton crew and lunch or drinks aren't included.

New Orlean Tours Swamp Tour
233 N. Peters
New Orleans, Louisiana

Anywhere in the French Quarter is worth your time!

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by RickNColeen on January 27, 2003

Even though we have become partial to staying in condos with RCI and our timeshare, the chance to stay at a B and B on the French Quarter is a memory you will tell over and over. The French Market and Bourbon Street are not to be missed, either at Mardi Gras or any other time.

We arrived at our B and B by taxi, afforded by the B and B owners telling us to call them when we got to the airport. They have particular drivers who deliver you to their establishment. You must pay the taxi toll of approximately $27.

Upon arrival at the Banana Tree Courtyard B and B, you will be given a short tour down Esplanade and told where and where not to go and during what times is best. The lady of the B and B happens to exercise at 11:00 p.m. by walking the French Quarter and states she feels safe no matter where she goes. This we found out to be true.

What to explain about the experience of the French Quarter when so much can be seen and experienced? The food at any restaurant to include gumbo, steaks, hamburgers, even baked potatoes are a treat to feast upon.

Walking the French Quarter makes exercising loads of fun. The French Market is filled every day with bargains ranging from Mardi Gras attire to tourist "junk" to sweatshirts, t-shirts, coats, hats of any caliber, dresses, food, and more food. Don't miss the New Orleans coffee you can't buy anywhere, with chicory - the best there is.

The walk down Bourbon Street or any other street in the French Quarter needs to be cautioned, as the sidewalks are not even at any time - unless the owner of the property has them replaced on a year-to-year basis, the sidewalks will "rupture" due to the low sea level. In the morning, it's like a breath of fresh air, it is quiet and the owners are cleaning everywhere for the night events. The river front is filled with shops to tour and buy anything you desire. The sidewalk amusement is always there with acrobatic displays and singing. Jazz guitarists and the many desired "horn" sounds can be enjoyed or passed by to the next shop.

If you like people and like to watch people, New Orleans is the place to go. If you don't like people, but wish to experience New Orleans, ignore the crowd and enjoy anyway.

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