By: Kay George

I have visited New Orleans in the past, it seems like each visit brings something new, along with the old of what I love from my past.  It’s always a new adventure in New Orleans and I still have so much to see!    This time my travel companion and I divide our time between the business district and the French Quarter.  The business district unlike my last visit has flourished and seems to have even survived covid, restaurants, hotels and revitalization is in full swing.    French Quarter is still rebounding from covid with many storefronts closed but the streets are full of visitors still having a wonderful time just being out and about.

We stayed at the Drury Plaza in the beautiful Cumberland Telephone Building from 1917 on Poydras Street.  From the hotels rooftop pool we noticed a rooftop bar across the street at the Alto that we had to check out, and as always when one is on a search, you find a fabulous new discovery  around the corner,  we came across the Maison de la Luz this will be my next stay when visiting New Orleans.  

We joined a tour to visit Oak Alley Plantation for the day and at $69.00 per ticket  this was a well worth the price,  just to sit on the grounds and sip on a Mint Julep is something I will always remember.

Halfway through our stay we packed up and moved to the French Quarter to stay at the W New Orleans French Quarter.   Rooms here are quintessential W – modern even a bit quirky with ours having an Alice in Wonderful vibe.  The center courtyard here is amazing and you can easily escape from the noise outside the hotel as you sit by the fountain with twinkling lights above.   We took in a evening ghost tour to walk the streets of the French Quarter and hear the ghostly stories that have evolved over the years.  The flea market is gone, this makes me sad as it has been a favorite stop of mine to shop and visit with the artisans. 


My favorite places for food and drink:

Broussards Restaurant and Courtyard

Hotel Monteleone Carousel Bar

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar

Herb Saint

Pat OBriens

Once again, my stay in New Orleans comes to an end to soon. This city with its charm both good and bad will always keep me returning for more.   As the hurricane approaches this weekend NOLA will be on my mind.



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